What are the Big Benefits of Kefir?

Trendy superfoods have been coming and going in and out of the spotlight for decades. But kefir is different. It has true staying power.

It’s one of the oldest products of its type (cultured milk) in existence. Kefir has been sold as kefir drink since 1908 in Moscow, and it keeps its spot on our health-food radar for a bunch of reasons.

In fackefir milk recipet, many people believe that the origin of the word kefir is the word “keyif”, which refers to the “good feeling” you’ll get after drinking or eating it.

So, what is it?

Kefir is a grain, but is more popularly known as a drink, a fermented milk product made from using the kefir grains as a yeast/bacterial starter. You can buy it pre-made or make it at home. Continue reading

With Age, Growth

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As we weather another winter, we’re taking a moment to appreciate the passing of time. Experience and movement forward isn’t something to be feared and avoided, but instead cherished and nourished.

Embrace all you are today and be grateful now for your healthy tomorrows.

 

 

Find out how healthy aging support makes the passage of time even better here.

Is Seltzer Bad for your Bones?

carbonation and calciumI drink a lot of seltzer. Because despite my knowledge of the facts about H20, I really have a hard time getting it down the hatch.

So I do what I can to stay hydrated, opting for coconut or orange seltzer instead.

Yesterday, though, someone scared me with this little factoid: “Seltzer or carbonated water depletes calcium.” I wanted to take that at face value, but I of course had to find out for myself.

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You Should Make These Veggies This Thanksgiving

These Brussels sprouts and cauliflower dishes will liven up your veggie selection without scaring off the veggie haters this Thanksgiving. Dig in!

cherrypecansproutsWhat to make:

Cherry & Pecan Brussels Sprouts With A Tarragon & Madeira Wine Reduction – from The Urban Poser

Why you should make it:

It’s paleo, vegan and GAPS friendly. It’s Brussels sprouts that aren’t soggy or bitter. Instead, they have an extra kick of fall and winter flavor with cherry and pecan accents, and they’re sure to add both color and novelty to your Thanksgiving table.

 

What to make: Vegan Roasted Cauliflower Soup

Why you should make it:

It’s thick, creamy, and rich – but without the cheese, because it’s also vegan. This soup is made with almond milk and is a bit tougher as far as recipes go, but if you’re looking for a great meal starter that provides the cauliflower you want in your family’s bellies, this is the one.

What to make: skinnysproutsEasy Skinny Roasted Brussels Sprouts - from Amy’s Healthy Baking

Why you should make it:

It’s roasted. It’s a two-ingredient dish. It’s a 16-minute endeavor. It’s delicious. Need we say more? Ok, fine. These sprouts have just 41 calories per serving, 0% of your total fat intake, a whole bunch of fiber, and 3.2 grams of protein.

What to make: Crackling Cauliflower

Why you should make it:

Fragrant spices like ginger and curry make this dish pop. It’s spicy and sweet (the peas lend the sweetness) and only takes about a half hour to prepare. All of that makes it an excellent potluck dish – perfect for your Thanksgiving grazers!

What vegetables will grace your table this Thursday? Share in the comments below!

gratitude This Thanksgiving week, take deep breaths and remember that no matter what comes your way, gratitude is the ultimate gift to yourself and others.

Immune System, Meet Zinc

winter cold Daylight Savings has ended and the chill of winter has taken over our homes, our outfit choices, and our commutes.

But that doesn’t mean we should let it take over our immune systems, too.

We’ve all been told a million times to bundle up to avoid getting a cold, and yes, body temperature (in general) definitely can affect your health. But the real reason why we get sick more often in winter isn’t because of the cold itself—it’s because we spend more time in closed quarters with dryer and less circulated air.

So, what can we do to support our bodies during this time of (unfortunate) change?

There’s one mineral that we really stand behind. It supports all sorts of normal bodily processes, but when we say that its support extends to immune system health, we mean it.

Here’s your intro:

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Celiac Disease, Gluten Free and You: What you Need to Know

6677360_l“Celiac disease” and “gluten free.” Undeniably, they’re buzzwords. Buzz topics, even.

The sharp increase in diagnoses of celiac disease and the subsequent market boom surrounding gluten-free products have undoubtedly reformed our collective thoughts on bread and our health. From Wheat Belly to FDA labeling guidelines – everyone is taking notice.

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6 Houseplants To Clean Your Air

plant copyWe’re so much less likely to crack our windows when it’s only three degrees outside. And we’re getting to that point right now, in mid-October, so the time is right to think about our homes’ air quality. Aside from forcing yourself to bear the chill momentarily (which we all should try to do at least once a week), what strategies can you use to keep your house fresh and your inhales healthy?

Our favorite: Buy some houseplants.

Here are our six favorite plants for cleaning your air this winter. Get thee to the nursery!

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Seeking Supplemental Support During Cancer Treatment?

19480431_lWhen we talk about supplements, we never indicate that they can treat, cure, prevent or mitigate any diseases. We don’t say: This pill will change your body! We say: This supplement will support your body’s normal processes.*

 

 

So what happens when those normal processes change as the result of treatments? Good news: supplements can still offer you support. *

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The Common Cold and Allergies: What’s the Difference?

allergiesWe’ve all been there. That first runny nose hits and you just can’t tell: Is it a cold? Is it allergies? How do we treat ourselves when we don’t know what the issue is?

To phrase it simply, both sets of symptoms are caused by an immune response, but to different things. While a cold is a response to a virus, an allergic response is facing off with an allergen – an irritant from the environment.

The main difference we’ve noticed: Colds go away, allergies last a while – and are potentially seasonal.

But sometimes you’ll only feel the allergic response for a few days, or roughly the same amount of time as you would if you were experiencing a cold.

That’s why these key symptom differences are important: 

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