Reishi Mushrooms: Traditional Medicine for Cancer, Diabetes and More

Reishi mushrooms, also called lingzhi mushrooms, are a species of medicinal mushroom characterized by their kidney-shaped cap and tough texture. Though widely appreciated throughout the countries of their native Asia, reishi are especially venerated in China. In fact, practitioners of ancient Chinese medicine have been prescribing reishi for a host of medical conditions such as…

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Hey Quinoa, Teff May be the New Gluten-Free Kid on the Block

Quinoa, long-praised for the fact that it’s a gluten-free food rich in protein and manganese, may have to share some of the nutritional spotlight with teff. Of course quinoa still remains an outstanding health food. But teff, which has likely been available from your supermarket and health food store for quite a while now, is…

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Avocados – The Perfect Food or Funky Fruit?

Shopping for healthy foods can be confusing. Many foods products claim to be “healthy”, “all-natural”, “organic” or “low fat”. But how do you know if these words are real benefits or just clever marketing schemes? If your food comes in a box or a package, it is likely not as healthy as it claims. If…

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Benefits of Vitamin D That We Should Be Talking About

Last week we looked at a few of the supplements that might be necessary to take if you consume a plant-based diet. One such supplement that I mentioned was vitamin D; the sunshine vitamin. This fat soluble hormone is typically known for promoting healthy bones, which it does well. But there is increasing evidence to…

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Beating Chronic Stress Can be Fun, Easy and Creative: Here’s How

Chronic stress leads to chronic inflammation, which leads to almost any disease you can think of including adrenal fatigue. Adrenal fatigue is usually not recognized or even considered in mainstream medicine. The constant production and buildup of the “fight or flight” hormone cortisol leads to adrenal fatigue or burnout. The resulting hormone imbalance also creates…

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