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May 27, 2015

4 Surprising Health Benefits of Black Pepper

When dinner needs a flavor boost you probably turn to the classic duo, salt and pepper. Together, they are a force to be reckoned with. Separately, they offer a plethora of health benefits you might not even know about. But while salt has its fair share of upsides, it also comes with some downsides like contributing to high blood pressure, heart disease and dehydration. Pepper, on the other hand, has next to no downsides. It isn’t touted as one of the “king of spices” for nothing!

This natural wonder is derived from the peppercorn, a fruit grown on the Piper nigrum plant, which can be made into a variety of flavors depending on when it was plucked. You can use this common [...]

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May 26, 2015

3 Tips To Get You Summer Ready

When are you most aware of your body? The answer more often than not is summertime.

I mean is there anyone who really loves bathing suit shopping? I don’t care what size you are, we have all felt insecure and vulnerable when it comes to slipping into a bathing suit or short shorts. It’s tough: We feel we cannot live up to today’s standards. But I want to remind you not to stress out about getting to the perfect size or weight.

If you are concerned about your weight, talk with your doctor about what is a healthy weight for you, and work toward it – slowly.

It’s not easy, but perhaps these three tips will help you get started.

Tip No. 1: It’s a [...]

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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 22, 2015

Why You Should Say No To These 5 Foods

There are a lot of foods we can generally agree are just downright bad for us. We know that Doritos and soda hold next to no nutritional value and that even a lot of foods touted as “health” foods, contain artificial, lab-made ingredients that don’t do much good for the body.

But what about the foods that not only appear healthy on the outside, but also feel, taste and just seem healthy? These are the foods, when inspected more closely, that reveal a host of unhealthy ingredients and yet are very likely to exist in our day-to-day diet simply because we’re unaware of how detrimental they can be over time.

Anna Marie Cruz, a Los Angeles-based holistic health coach, says [...]

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