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The Surprising Habit that Raises Your Blood Pressure

 

Research shows a link between grilling and increased blood pressure

Barbecue season is here. But before you grab that grill you might want to keep reading, especially if you're prone to high blood pressure or heart disease. That’s because recent research shows that grilling regularly can increase your blood pressure.

According to the study published in the medical journal Circulation researchers found that eating grilled meat on a regular basis increases blood pressure over and above the amount normally linked to meat consumption. This result occurred over and above the effects of meat eating on high blood pressure, which was taken into account …

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Is Coconut Oil Really Bad for Me?

Since the American Heart Association (AHA) stated that coconut oil is harmful to health, many people have dropped their favorite cooking oil in favor of canola oil. After all, the AHA recommended the latter as a supposedly healthier option indicating that cooking with coconut oil was just as unhealthy as cooking with butter, beef or bacon fat. It might be tempting to adhere to the AHA advisory, believing that coconuts, and the oil extracted from them, are villains that stalk us from grocery store shelves just waiting to clog our arteries and force us into premature death from heart attack …

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Top 12 Foods and Herbs for Healthy Eyes

Blueberries and blackberries are great for eye health

While most people think of the foods they eat if they are suffering from digestive issues, few people consider how the foods they eat can keep their eyes and vision healthy for life. But the right foods can make a difference between strong and healthy eyes or a tendency toward eye disorders later in life. So, what foods should you choose? Here are my top 12 picks for healthy eyes and eyesight:

Apricots: When it comes to eye health you’ll want to indulge in a handful of fresh or dried apricots. These mostly-overlooked nutritional powerhouses contain a wide variety of nutrients needed for…

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Top 10 Foods to Transform the Health of Your Liver Now

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Food is the best medicine. There are many foods that offer support and healing to the often-overworked liver. Since the liver has over 500 functions, supporting it with healthy liver-healing foods is essential to great overall health. While there are many excellent liver-supporting foods to choose from, here are my top X foods for liver health.

Beets—These purple pow…

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Living “in a World Where Sad Wants to Win”

I was listening to the music of my favorite singer, Mario Frangoulis, who you may remember from the 2004 Greek Olympics; however I discovered his stunningly beautiful music long before the games and it has often been comfort to me during difficult times. Perhaps it is because he wears his emotions and his heart in his music and speaks to the vulnerability of the human experience.

In one particular song he asks “Is a man allowed to feel this happy in a world where sad wants to win?” Having been the subject of ongoing harassment by a group of people who seem to have nothing better to do t…

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Top 12 Natural Remedies to Help Asthma

EGCG in Green Tea can help open airways in the lungs

Asthma sufferers know how frustrating and difficult asthma can be to treat. While it is important to always keep medication on hand and use it when necessary, there are many natural remedies and approaches that can help reduce the number and severity of asthma attacks and improve the condition over time. Here are some of my preferred approaches:

Cut Down on Sugars: Sugar intolerance seems particularly common among asthmatics so it is best to cut out concentrated sugars of all types, including: cane sugar (even unrefined), lactose (in dairy products), corn syrup (which is usually genetic…

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Create Your Own Herbal First Aid Kit

Lavender helps keep bugs at bay while supporting healthy moods.

Most people want a natural first aid kit complete with all the remedies that will help them address minor health issues. But where do you start? It’s easier than you think to create your own herbal first aid kit with only 6 herbs that will address most common concerns.

The following information is adapted from my book Be Your Own Herbalist: Essential Herbs for Health, Beauty, & Cooking. Be sure to check it out for lots of research-supported information on over 30 herbal remedies, along with recipes to use them in your food and even how to make body care products with them.

Anxiety,…

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Fabric Softeners are the #1 Source of Indoor Air Pollution + What to Use Instead

Fabric softeners are the number 1 source of indoor air pollution

If you enjoy the smell of clean clothes straight out of the dryer you may be shocked to learn that smell comes at a cost.  Most commercial fabric softeners–dryer sheets or the liquid variety–contain many toxic chemicals. 

According to the Allergy and Environmental Health Association, both liquid and dryer sheet fabric softeners are “the most toxic product produced for daily household use.”  Most of the popular brands of fabric softeners contain many neurotoxins (substances that are toxic to the brain and nervous system) and other types of toxins.  Not sure about your natural optio…

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Should You Soak Dried Beans?

Adding beans to your meal is a great way to boost nutrition.

We’ve all been taught to soak dried beans before cooking them. After all, the digestibility of them improves, or at least that’s what we’ve been taught. More recently, people have jumped on the don’t-soak-your-beans bandwagon. To soak or not to soak? That’s the fundamental question of cooking legumes. What’s a cook to do? I thought I’d add my two cents to the pulse predicament.

“Why not just buy canned beans and avoid the whole dilemma altogether?” you may be wondering. After all, they’re convenient and you can just toss them in your meal. Considering that dried beans are …

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10 Surprising Health Benefits of Cinnamon

Cinnamon gives foods and beverages a healthy and delicious boost.

Who doesn’t love a sprinkling of cinnamon on fresh apple pie or atop a chai latte?  It’s just one of those spices that tastes fantastic.  But taste is not the only reason to love cinnamon.  Here are 10 more reasons to love this super spice:

1. Numerous studies show that cinnamon regulates blood sugar, making it a great choice for diabetics and hypoglycemics alike.  That’s also great news for anyone who wants stable energy levels and moods.

2. It reduces LDL cholesterol levels.  LDL is also known as the harmful cholesterol.  Reducing it may help reduce the risk of cardiovasc…

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