One of three fruits native to North America (the other two are the blueberry and the Concord grape), cranberries are chock-full of health benefits. They contain proanthocyanidins, which help prevent the adhesion of bacteria associated with urinary tract infections, and emerging studies show that they also help inhibit bacteria associated with gum disease and stomach [...]
In addition to the unbeatable taste combination of banana and berries, walnuts offer anti-inflammatory fat, and a bit of plant protein will help keep you sated through the morning. This week, our Kripalu Recipe is a tasty nutrition-packed vegetarian/vegan smoothie to jump-start your day. Preparation time: 5 minutes. Serves 2–3. Ingredients 1 cup fresh or [...]
Strawberries are rich in phenols, including the anthocyanins that give this summer fruit its bright-red color and antioxidant potency. Antioxidants protect the body’s cell structure from oxidative stress and other damage. Ellagitannins, another phenol in strawberries, has been associated with lower rates of cancer. Dark chocolate also contains phenols (cocoa phenols). Studies suggest that in [...]
So you put on a pound or five over the holidays… Do you feel a like a sausage squeezed into your clothes? Most of us indulge in the delectable offerings of the season, usually laden with saturated fats, dairy, sugar, and white flour. In excess, these foods create congestion or metabolic waste that leaves us feeling sluggish, heavy, bloated, tired, achy, irritable, and/or depressed. Just as our automobile perks up after a tune-up, we can revitalize with a detox.
Whether you call it cleansing, detox, purification, or fasting, eliminating metabolic waste from the body is an ancient practice. All of the major religions include some form of fasting as a vehicle for well-being and spiritual awakening.
Fasting has a profound effect on all levels: physical, emotional, and spiritual. Increased vitality, mental clarity, and weight loss are typical detox results. Fasters often experience lasting relief from allergies, arthritis, fibromyalgia, headaches, and addictions to sugar, caffeine, and nicotine as well as gaining deeper insight and a sense of joy. Fasting is considered by many to be the single most effective method of healing chronic disease.
The Paleo diet trend is catching on.
It used to be called dieting. Now our food restrictions, most of them self-imposed, are called a lifestyle choice. From the vegetarian, vegan, and dairy-free to nut-free, low-fat, no fat, no carb, and raw, pretty much everyone’s not eating something.
The newest abstainers may be followers of the Paleo diet, also known as the “caveman diet” and populated by Loren Cordain, PhD, author of three books on the topic: The Paleo Diet, The Paleo Diet for Athletes, and The Dietary Cure for Acne. Cordain and other proponents of the Paleo diet argue for a return to prehistoric ways of eating, pointing out that the human body was designed to thrive on—and best digest—the foods available to us when we were hunter-gatherers: meat, vegetables, and fruits, but not dairy or grains. Before the invention of agriculture and processed foods, we were fitter and less disease-stricken, he argues; those who’ve had success on a Paleo diet, meanwhile, credit it for everything from losing weight to lowering blood pressure and eliminating acne. Like nearly any other restrictive way of eating, including veganism, the Paleo diet has dedicated followers and ardent detractors.