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May 25, 2015

Commentary: Grains Or No Grains? That Is the Question

Grains used to be the foundation of a healthy pyramid diet according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, but now they seem to be getting a lot of hate. Even the healthier whole grains are catching some flack.

The United States Department of Agriculture defines grains as, “Any food made from wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal, barley or other cereal grains.” Some examples are cereals, oatmeal and bread.

Grains come in two different forms: whole grain and processed grain. Whole grains contain all parts of the kernel, including the bran, endosperm and germ. Refined grains go through a process that removes the bran and the germ.

Grain refinement extends shelf life and [...]

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May 24, 2015

5 Tips for Treating Allergies Naturally

Allergy season is upon us, and there’s nothing worse than having to load up on medication while dealing with a stuffy nose and other unbearable symptoms. Good news is we can possibly find relief naturally. (Remember to check with your doctor first if you’re taking any medications or have any concerns.) Consider the following:

1. Apple Cider Vinegar It might not sound too appealing, but apple cider vinegar is known to help with stomach problems, sore throats and cholesterol, among other things. According to the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, apple cider vinegar can also help break up mucus. Pour a teaspoon of the vinegar in a glass of water, mix and drink up.

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May 23, 2015

A Fascinating Tale of Mushrooms – You’ll Want to Add Some to Your Diet After You Read This!

Mushrooms are one of the more fascinating organisms on the planet. The fungus has long been used by many cultures in cooking, as a medicine for its healing properties and as a spiritual tool in its psychoactive form. Recent studies have advanced our knowledge of what they’re capable of, beyond their role as a meal garnish.

The reishi mushroom has been used in Chinese medicine as a healing agent and immune booster; it is sometimes even referred to as the “immortality mushroom.” It’s often used by those looking to naturally help the body defend against the symptoms of leaky gut syndrome, bronchitis and other diseases that can arise from imbalances in the immune system. This [...]

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