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Tips for Finding the Best Olive Oil + A Homemade Dressing Recipe

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

With its highly palatable taste and wide availability, nearly everyone has heard about olive oil’s heart helping, cholesterol lowering, blood sugar regulating properties. Olive oil is popularly used in cooking: drizzled in the pan as a base for quick, hearty sautés or slathering over veggies for roasting. However what many people don’t realize is that this powerhouse plant oil is really best featured in dips and salad dressings where its 200 plus beneficial compounds and complex fatty acids can be enjoyed in the raw. In this article I'll share some of the key features to look for when selecting an olive oil, review tips for using it wisely in the kitchen, and share one of my favorite salad and homemade dressing recipes. 

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Tags: Recipes, Fuel Your Body, Avoid Toxins

Breathe Easy: How Air Quality Can Affect Your Sleep

Posted by Kathy LeMoine

Recently, we wrote about how to improve the quality of sleep using natural remedies. With sleep disorders on the rise, we think it is important to consider the various factors that promote a good night's rest. One under-discussed facet of sleep hygiene is the importance of clean air in the bedroom. If you think about this further, ideally you are spending 8+ hours in that room and breathing that air. In the cooler months, we tend to close windows so the option to increase ventilation inside your home isn’t always practical. So how can you improve air quality in your room?

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Tags: Heal Your Mind, Avoid Toxins

DIY Sleepy Time Balm

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

Bedtime should be an event to look forward to after a long day. There can be something so comforting about going through a methodical nightly routine that ends with cozying in under the covers and flicking off the lights. However, if you are one of the millions of Americans struggling with insomnia or related sleep disturbances, the evening hours can be a dreaded part of the day. Restless nights of tossing and turning can leave you feeling drained and distant rather than renewed come morning. This DIY Sleepy Time Balm offers a gentle solution; it uses a calming blend of essential oils designed to soothe the nervous system so that a deeper sleep can occur naturally.

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Tags: Supplements & Remedies, Avoid Toxins, DIY, Rest & Recover

Coconut Flour Pumpkin Pancakes

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

Around here we have already started to see the very first hints of fall. Certain leaves are beginning to fade into a golden yellow, apples are decorating orchard trees and there's a cool edge to the afternoon breeze. The season for steaming drinks, flannels and all-things-pumpkin is about to arrive! To celebrate, I've prepared this Coconut Flour Pumpkin Pancake recipe. Made with hearty ingredients and filled with the rich flavors of cinnamon and maple syrup, this breakfast treat is the perfect way to usher in the upcoming season.

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Tags: Recipes, Fuel Your Body

PFOS and PFOA: What You Need to Know About These Common Chemicals

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

Over the past decade, there has been growing concern over two environmental contaminants known by the cryptic acronyms PFOS and PFOA. These man-made chemicals were once used to manufacture a diverse collection of consumer goods, ranging from pizza boxes to stain-resistant carpets to teflon pans. Now PFOS and PFOA have worked their way into the soil, air and water, invading even the most remote and pristine corners of the globe. They’ve contaminated our food and water supplies, and pose a significant risk for humans and wildlife. Discover the key things you need to know about these chemicals including health risks, how to avoid them and what you can do to help.

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Tags: Avoid Toxins, Connect With Nature, Drink Pure Water

Vanilla Almond Chia Breakfast Bowl

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

Last week I found myself in a breakfast rut. Don't you just hate when that happens? I woke up, walked down to the kitchen and scanned it blankly. I swung open the cabinets and peered into the refrigerator, but nothing looked appetizing. I was bored with my go-to options and was craving something new. That's when I dreamed up this Vanilla Almond Chia Breakfast Bowl. Packed with healthy fats, protein, antioxidants and fiber, it has plenty of nutrition to satisfy and just enough sweetness to leave you scraping the bowl.

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Tags: Recipes, Fuel Your Body

No-Bake Chocolate Berry Slices

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

Making healthy, real food desserts isn't always easy. Gluten-free flours can be tough to work with, recipes seem to have a million steps and at times it can feel like you've spent days in the kitchen experimenting only to end up with a recipe flop. But every so often I find a dessert like this one that tastes amazing and is super simple to make. I guess it's hard to go wrong with chocolate, nuts and fresh berries. This unique nutrient dense dessert combines these beloved ingredients into something that falls between a tart, pie and fruit pizza. Call it whatever you'd like; most importantly it is delicious!

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Tags: Recipes, Fuel Your Body

The Forgotten Mineral That Could Protect Your Brain

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

As far as cosmologists can tell, there were only three elements present when the universe was first formed some 13.8 billion years ago: hydrogen, helium, and lithium. As one of the three original elements, lithium is found throughout our atmosphere. The sun, stars, and meteorites burn brightly with the flame of this highly reactive element. On earth, lithium remains a major mineral component of granite rock, and also lingers in significant amounts in sea water, mineral springs, and soils. Every organ and tissue in the human body contains the mineral lithium, with particular importance in brain health.

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Tags: Supplements & Remedies

Mineral Deficiencies and Depression: Evidence-Based Research

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

Last year I was privileged to contribute to one of the first medical textbooks on integrative treatments for depression. The book, edited by Dr. James M. Greenblatt and Dr. Kelly Brogan, is supported by the review of nearly 3000 scientific studies that consider the roles of inflammation, genetics, hormonal imbalance, gastrointestinal conditions, environmental stress, and nutritional deficiencies in the pathogenesis of mood disorders. Needless to say it was a BIG project! Today, I'd like to share a quick excerpt from the chapter I worked on about mineral deficiencies and depression. It's a short and sweet snip-it, but I hope you enjoy it nonetheless.

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Tips for New Gardeners to Remember

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

What is the one thing that every first time gardener should remember? Sustainability expert and master gardener Celeste Longacre is here to tell us! Celeste is joining us for part three of our interview series on learning to grow your own food at home. In this segment we cover the benefits of community gardening, what to look for when purchasing seeds and how to preserve food to last all year. Can't you almost taste the delicious, fresh homegrown veggies just thinking about it? Enter Celeste...

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