If you had to choose just 30 foods to eat for the rest of your life, be sure to take this list with you. We’ve compiled a list (in no particular order) of not just our favorite foods, but foods with real science behind them; foods that support innate health and wellness, metabolism, skin, mood, [...]
Black pepper (Piper nigrum) has been used as a form of traditional medicine for hundred of years in many cultures. Piperine was isolated from the fruits of the black pepper plant in the early 19th century. Piperine has fairly extensive research to support its use as a possible agent to increase absorption and bioavailability (and thus effectiveness) of certain medications and dietary supplements, including curcumin
Seeds are all the rage these days, though they’ve been an essential dietary component of many cultures for centuries. Today they’re a cool buzzword for those hip to the health scene. Whether you’re following a raw, “paleo,” vegan, or omnivorous diet, seeds can serve up a mighty dose of micro- and macro-nutrients, pushing them into the category known as “superfoods,” that is, foods that are nutrient- and phytochemical-dense and beneficial to health.
There are proponents of the idea that “a calorie is a calorie.” But beyond the calorie, which is a measure of energy, actually, the amount of energy needed to raise the temperature of one gram of water by one degree (Celsius), is the metabolic value. Metabolism establishes the rate at which we burn calories. Most people “burn” calories at a different rate.
Summer is hardly complete until you’ve sunk your teeth into a hunk of juicy watermelon, juice running down your face (or arms). Watermelon is not just refreshing, it is a super healthy food, loaded with nutrients like antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, and amino acids.
For a person who visits the grocery store typically no less than three to four times a week, one might think that I’m less guilty of allowing food, specifically fresh fruit and vegetables, go bad. But like the more than 31 million Americans who throw away nearly 33 million tons of food each year (equivalent to 470 pounds per household per year), I am indeed guilty.
Did you know that the oils that we consume can have an impact on our mood?
Winter in Colorado typically means a shortage of fresh, local, organic fruits (and vegetables for that matter). We typically rely on fruits and veggies from our neighbors down South. We are fortunate that growers in states like California, Texas, and Florida provide us with quality citrus fruits just when we’re needing an extra dose of vitamin C during these cold winter months. So whether you’re into grapefruits, pommelos, clementines, oranges, lemons (or Meyer lemons), or limes, now’s the time to get your citrus fix.
Most of us do our best to eat right and make good choices. We trust the brands we have come to know and love over many years. Some of us maintain vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, raw, or organic diets – all in the name of a healthy lifestyle. But even when we try to do the “right” thing we occasionally (or often) fall into the allure of packaging and clever marketing.
In October we honor those who have been affected by breast cancer: survivors and their families and friends, loved ones we have lost. We also raise breast cancer awareness and remind one another that it isn’t just a threat to older women, but to young women and men as well.