Natural Insect Repellents That Work">

Natural Insect Repellents That Work

Chances are, if you’ve used bug spray, you’ve probably applied DEET. “DEET is the most widely used insect repellent in the U.S. and is the leading ingredient in most conventional bug repellents,” says Lori Alper, founder of natural lifestyle blog Groovy Green Livin.
So is it dangerous? Not when used properly, according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Environmental Protection Agency. “The tricky part is following the directions,” says Alper. “Most of us don’t, and we end up applying too much and leaving it on our skin for far too long. DEET then becomes highly toxic.”
According to the EWG, one common mistake leading to overexposure is using a sunscreen that also contains a chemical bug repellent. Two-hour reapplication (as you should do for sunscreen) can lead to overexposure to chemicals like DEET. So use both a mineral-based sunscreen and an effective bug repellent, but as separate products.
Another consideration: The environment. Alper notes that in addition to physical concerns, “DEET is also toxic to birds, animals and aquatic life.”
Natural insect protection that works
When it comes to “natural” bug repellents, the EWG’s Advice for Avoiding Bug Bites offers the simple—and most natural of …read more

8 High Fiber Gluten-Free Foods You Should Be Eating">

8 High Fiber Gluten-Free Foods You Should Be Eating

One of the downsides of following a strict gluten-free diet is that you lose a lot of your fiber sources, as many fiber-rich foods are wheat-based.
Fiber is an important part of a healthy diet for numerous reasons:
It helps maintain an environment of healthy gut bacteria
It helps with constipation
It aids in healthy cholesterol and blood pressure levels
It helps treat belly bloat
It makes you feel fuller for longer
It helps you maintain a healthy weight
It helps avoid complications like heart disease, diabetes, and colon cancer
Long story short: fiber is crucial.
Studies show the average American is only getting around 10-12 grams of fiber a day, which is well below the recommended daily intake of 25 grams for women and 38 grams for men. For those of us following a gluten-free diet, getting enough fiber can be even more difficult with having to avoid grains, cereals and flours.
While a convenient, foolproof way to get your daily fiber intake can be through fiber powders like Metamucil and Citrucel (make sure the powder you choose is gluten-free!), another option is to get all of your daily fiber by adding some of the following choices to your diet regimen. Their multiple health benefits will have you feeling great …read more

The Top 50 Foods To Prevent Cancer">

The Top 50 Foods To Prevent Cancer

In honor of National Cancer Survivor Month this June, we are happy to present the Top 50 Foods to prevent cancer. So many whole foods are considered anti-cancer for reasons ranging from fiber content to anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It has been estimated that 30–40 percent of all cancers can be prevented by lifestyle and dietary measures alone so what you eat definitely matters. Here is the ultimate Foodtrients® list of the top 50 foods to prevent cancer. Mix and match these healthy whole foods to include them in your diet daily to reduce your risk today.1. Apples
An apple a day is great advice when it comes to preventing cancer. This common fruit contains the powerful antioxidant vitamin C in addition to 5 grams of fiber and healthful phytochemicals. Special compounds to note include quercetin, a flavonoid that shows anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, epicatechin and (in red apples) anthocyanins all which may benefit the human body through anti-cancer, free-radical scavenging effects.
2. Apricots
Rich in antioxidant vitamins C and beta-carotene, apricots also have a number of other antioxidants in the form of phytonutrients. Of note, apricots are rich in polyphenolic antioxidants like …read more

Beat the Heat with Blooming Wild Rice & Blackberry Salad">

Beat the Heat with Blooming Wild Rice & Blackberry Salad

You don’t need to boil water to make blooming rice, which makes this salad a perfect choice for a hot, late-summer meal or potluck. You can bloom a batch of rice ahead of time and refrigerate it up to 5 days prior to making this salad or using it in other recipes.
*Bloomed Wild Rice: Rinse 1 cup uncooked, organic wild rice in a mesh strainer; place in a bowl and add purified water until there is at least 1 inch water above the rice. Let rice soak for 2–3 days until rice “blooms,” changing the water 1–2 times a day. The rice has bloomed when it is chewy and fluffy and the white interior of each grain opens.
Bloomed Wild Rice*
2 cups baby arugula
½ cup raw walnuts (or raw nut of choice)
½ cup roughly chopped fresh mint
½ cup roughly chopped fresh parsley
⅓ cup thinly sliced shallots
1 cup whole blackberries (or substitute halved fresh cherries)
1 cucumber
2 Tbs. lemon juice
Zest of 1 lemon
1 tsp. finely grated fresh ginger
2 tsp. raw apple cider vinegar
2 tsp. raw honey
1 tsp. sea salt
¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
⅓ cup cold-pressed olive oil
Bloom wild rice 2–3 days before making salad.*
To make salad: Drain and …read more

Liver Recovers Faster On Low-Sugar Diets">

Liver Recovers Faster On Low-Sugar Diets

Liver damage caused by diet high in fat, sugar and cholesterol may be difficult to reverse even if the diet is generally improved, a new study found.
The damage can also lead to more serious health problems, such as cirrhosis or even cancer, the study said.
‘For more significant liver recovery, the intake of sugar has to come down, probably along with other improvements in diet and exercise,’ said Donald Jump, a professor at Oregon State University in US.
Researchers found that diets low in fat and cholesterol could, in fact, help with weight loss, improved metabolism and health. But, if the diet was still high in sugar, there was much less liver recovery, the Medical Xpress reported.
‘This research suggests that diets lower in fat and cholesterol, even if they help you lose weight, are not enough,’ said Jump.
The researchers noted that complications related to liver inflammation, scarring and damage are projected to be the leading cause of liver transplants by 2020.
‘Many people eating a common American diet are developing extensive hepatic fibrosis, or scarring of their liver, which can reduce its capacity to function, and sometimes lead to cancer,’ Jump said.
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Superfoods Hiding in Plain Sight">

Superfoods Hiding in Plain Sight

There are certain foods I always have in my pantry and refrigerator because they are delicious, versatile and full of great nutrition. By keeping these around as staples, you’ll always be able to boost the FoodTrient value of whatever you’re preparing. Both of my award-winning books, The Age Gracefully Cookbook and my newest one, The Age Beautifully Cookbook, would not be complete without these culinary essentials:

Loaded with fiber, eating an apple a day has been associated with reduced risk of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, asthma and diabetes. A key ingredient in apples is a flavonoid that a 2001 study at the Mayo Clinic showed to help inhibit the growth of prostate cancer cells. The phytochemicals in the skin have been shown to reduce the growth of colon cancer cells according to a study at Cornell University. Plus, apples are an excellent source of bone-building boron that can help fend off osteoporosis. Whether eaten fresh out of hand or baked into something delicious like my Pear and Apple Tart, apples are something to always have around.

With their intense purple (or golden) color, the betacyanin that makes beet juice stain your clothes has been shown to be a serious cancer …read more

This Power Veggie Boosts Bone Strength and More">

This Power Veggie Boosts Bone Strength and More

I’m always excited when I come across something natural that helps promote good bone health. And when it also helps other aspects of your health, that’s even better. That’s how I feel about what I’ve learned about a certain common vegetable that I hadn’t paid much attention to before. I had no idea it was such a nutritional powerhouse for your bones. But that’s not all, it also has some other pretty amazing health benefits. Let me tell you about it.
Drink This Ruby Red Veggie Daily for Better Bones and More
It’s pretty rare when I come across a new food, or nutrient, that can do so much for bone health. I’m so impressed by what this veggie does for your bones that I’ve been telling all my patients to go buy a big bunch of beets and make their own beetroot juice to drink daily.
Other than having my grandmother’s borscht on occasion, or eating a Greek salad now and then, I’d never thought much about beets before. But, recently, I found out that this ruby red veggie has been carrying a secret for bone health that I wished I had known sooner.
Beets, it seems, …read more