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The Food 411: Do you Structure your water?

Okay, we know water is important, but is turns out that its shape might just as important as its quality. Seriously, could it be all that good water you are drinking is not effectively making it into your cells?  I am no expert on this—frankly, I had my doubts—but strangely enough, it’s true. I had a friend who had suffered from migraines ever since she was a child. Doctors tried everything to no avail…until one progressive MD I worked with

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The Food 411: Are you eating your Bitters?

How often do you eat artichoke, parsley, arugula, radicchio, endive, angelica, chamomile, dandelion, goldenseal, horehound, milk thistle, peppermint, wormwood or yarrow? Most of us don’t, but maybe we should be. Research indicates that these foods can help control blood sugar, stimulate digestion, reduce inflammation, control hunger, balance the thyroid and more. So why don’t aren’t they a normal part of our diet? We evolved thinking that if something tastes bitter, we’d better not eat much of it since bitter flavors

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The Food 411: Can calorie restriction Extend your life?

Animal testing studies demonstrate calorie-restricted diets increase lifespan by up to 40%. How about us? Eight people unexpectedly tested this theory when locked into a bubble. From 1991-93, Biosphere 2 was a scientist’s Disneyland, a 3-acre ecological laboratory in Arizona which housed 8 different ecosystems. Completely isolated from the outside world in every sense, scientists recycled all their air and water and grew 100% of their food. Unfortunately, they experienced some logistical problems. For the first 6 months, the scientists

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The Food 411: Are you a rabbit or a turtle?

A study published in Appetite in 2011 found that eating speed had a direct correlation on weight gain. We all might guess, quick eaters tend to consume more calories than slow eaters do. Slowing down allows us to fully chew our food, which allows our bodies time to control our ” I’m full” hormone, ghrelin, so that we know when we are full. A study in 2011 American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that test subjects who chewed 40 times

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The Food 411: Can you Think your way into good health?

Could a simple attitude adjustment be all you need to improve your health and lose a few extra pounds? It turns out the way you think about the food you eat is just as important as what you actually eat. A study from the 2012 Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found that eating mindfully is just as effective as following a diet when it comes to reducing blood sugar levels in adults with Type 2 diabetes. Mindful

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What are the benefits of an elimination diet?

You eat the perfect diet: plenty of whole foods, organic grains, fresh fruits, and lots of dark-green veggies. But what if I told you that some of those great foods could actually be undermining your health? Here is the deal. Most folks think of food allergies only as rashes, hives, or asthma, but the most common food allergies don’t cause an immediate reaction or even show up on regular allergy tests.  The issue is that unaddressed food sensitivities or allergies

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