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In a first of its kind study, German scientists report that excess salt significantly impairs immune function. The scientists first conducted an experiment in mice, feeding the mice a high salt diet and assessing how the high salt diet impacted neutrophil function. Neutrophils are critical immune cells that target dangerous bacteria. They found that mice […]

If you love beets, you will love this salad. Ingredients 1 bunch beets, washed, trimmed, and greens saved for another use 1/2 English cucumber, chopped 1 box (5oz. clam-shell) Earthbound Farm’s herb lettuce blend Dressing: ¼ cup plain yogurt Juice of 1 lemon 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 tbsp red wine vinegar 1 […]

Eating an anti-inflammatory diet is one of the surest ways to guard and protect your health and vitality. Thankfully, there is a long, delicious list of inflammation-busting foods on the menu. Foods are in no particular order. All dark leafy greens – dark lettuce greens, collards, Swiss chard, spinach, etc. Avocados Tomatoes, tomato paste Carrots […]

I consider extra virgin olive oil to be the healthiest of all oils. Here’s why: 1) Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) protects the heart and arteries through many ways including lowering bad (LDL) cholesterol and raising good (HDL) cholesterol. 2) As oils go, EVOO is uniquely high in potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds called polyphenols. Polyphenols […]

  Science emerges daily highlighting both the necessity of physical fitness, as well as the long list of astounding health benefits associated with routine exercise. With all the options available to us for getting our daily-dose of movement, it’s worth noting that yoga has maintained its popularity as an exercise practice of choice for more […]

Kick start your day with one of my three favorite healthy breakfasts: A bowl of steel cut oatmeal mixed with 2 heaping tbs of 100% canned pumpkin topped with a small handful of chopped pecans or walnuts, a liberal dash of cinnamon, 1 tbs of wheat germ and a tsp of dark brown sugar or […]

Past studies have consistently shown that one of the quickest and most effective ways to boost immunity is to move your body.  Underscoring the potent germ-fighting power of exercise – a study found that the most fit individuals get less frequent colds and when they do get them, they are milder and don’t last as […]

Both black and green teas are exceptionally healthy beverages.  Black, green, oolong and white tea all come from the same plant – Camellia Sinensis – Their differences are created in the fermentation process.  All varieties are loaded with super potent antioxidants called catechins.  The robust antioxidant activity of tea is the source of its health […]

If you are looking for a delicious way to kick up your immunity, enjoy more shitake mushrooms. That was the exciting conclusion from a clinical trial conducted to evaluate the effects this exotic, hearty mushroom has on immune function. For this study the researchers had 52 adults consume a daily four-ounce dose of shitake mushrooms […]

Curry powder has already achieved blockbuster status as a powerful anti-inflammatory food and thanks to a study it looks like this flavorful spice blend may also be helpful for fighting infections. Scientists discovered that curcumin, the plant chemical that gives curry powder and turmeric (a spice in curry powder) their vivid golden yellow color, significantly […]

To take full advantage of broccoli’s powerful immune-boosting/cancer-fighting compound, sulforaphane, eat it raw, lightly cooked (steam 2-4 minutes), or pair it with some mustard, arugula, radishes, brocco-sprouts or wasabi. All of these simple strategies boost the formation and absorption of the “active” form of sulforaphane. It only takes 3-5 weekly servings of broccoli to reap […]

Fiber has a long list of health benefits. Here are the best ways to get more of this special compound in your daily diet. Consume as many fruits and veggies as possible. The superstars for fiber content include: berries (raspberries #1), snow peas, apples, canned tomato products, pumpkin, cauliflower, avocado, spinach, asparagus, broccoli, carrots, Brussels […]