What are Adaptogens?

What are Adaptogens?

Today many people are making quality decisions to improve their overall health and well-being. One part of this is adding supplements to your plan, and boy can this get overwhelming! There are so many supplements and products on the market which range in quality and effectiveness. How does anyone know what to take, how much to take, what is the best form, and why should we take any supplements anyway? One type of supplemental herb is the class of adaptogens. So lets talk a little bit about them.

Dark Leafy Greens

Dark Leafy Greens

As you may have noticed, I share a lot about adding dark leafy greens to your diet, and for good reason. Green leafy vegetables are very nutrient dense and incredibly healthy for us. They are a vital source of antioxidants, and if you are wanting to lose some weight they can help in that effort, too.

Inflammation and Your Health

Inflammation and Your Health

Inflammation, is it good or bad? Well the answer is yes to both. Inflammation is important to our body’s immune response. It is the body’s way of fighting against foreign invaders, such as viruses and bacteria, or healing damaged tissue. The problem starts when it becomes a part of the whole body; this refers to chronic, imperceptible, low-level inflammation. Now there is mounting evidence that this can lead to many serious, age-related diseases including heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and the many autoimmune diseases that are on the rise.

“I Forgive You, But…”

“I Forgive You, But…”

About a year ago I shared a post about unforgiveness and the effects it can have on your health. This past week a friend of mine had her most recent book released. “I Forgive You, But…” by Karen Jensen Salisbury. I have read other books by Karen and have found them to be very inspiring. Karen has a unique gift for sharing real-life stories that we can glean inspiration from while weaving in biblical truths to encourage each of us on our journey to healing. I have also had the privilege of hearing her speak in person; she is funny, down-to-earth, and very inspiring.

Fermented Foods: Curtido

Fermented Foods: Curtido

Fermented foods are among humans oldest attempt to preserve food. There has been a resurgence of fermenting vegetables due to the numerous health benefits. Sauerkraut (fermented cabbage) was mentioned in early Roman writings; it has a long history. Sauerkraut contains high levels of dietary fiber, as well as significant levels of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, and various B vitamins. It is a good source of iron, manganese, copper, sodium, magnesium, and calcium.

Zinc and Your Health

Zinc and Your Health

Minerals function along with vitamins as essential components in enzymes and co-enzymes. If an enzyme is lacking the necessary mineral, it cannot function properly no matter how much of the vitamin is available. One of these minerals is zinc. Read on and learn why zinc is so importance for your overall health.

Black, Green, and White Tea

Black, Green, and White Tea

Sometimes making small changes in what we eat can have great benefits for our health. One way I have improved what I eat is by adding teas to my daily routine, I try to have at least one cup of tea a day. The challenge can be knowing what teas we should drink, so I thought I would share a little bit about three common teas. Did you know black, green, and white tea all come from the same plant, Camellia sinensis? The significant differences of each tea type is developed in the processing of the leaves.

What is a CSA?

What is a CSA?

February 24th, 2017 is CSA day. You might be wondering what is a CSA? It stands for Community Supported Agriculture. A CSA allows people to have direct access to high quality, fresh produce grown locally by regional farmers.

Healthy Heart Tip: Potassium-to-Sodium Ratio

Healthy Heart Tip: Potassium-to-Sodium Ratio

February is Heart Health Month. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, but the good news is that it is one of the most preventable. Taking even small steps to improving your overall heart health can have huge benefits.