How and Why You Should Try a Sugar Detox

While some people jokingly refer to themselves as sugar addicts, the truth is no laughing matter. Refined sugar causes real, clinically verifiable addictive patterns in your brain and ruinous effects on your body. The average American consumes between 22 and 30 teaspoons of added sugar every day.[1] That’s sugar that you could easily cut from your … Continue reading How and Why You Should Try a Sugar Detox

The Importance of Healthy Fats for Nutrient Absorption

  Since the 1960s, Americans have been obsessed with cutting all fat out of our diets. In that same time frame, rates of obesity and diabetes skyrocketed across all socioeconomic groups. How is it possible that reducing fat intake coincided with a 300% rise in obesity and a 700% increase in diabetes?[1, 2] It’s almost as if … Continue reading The Importance of Healthy Fats for Nutrient Absorption

Heme Iron Vs. Nonheme Iron: What’s the Difference?

Not all iron is created equally, and if you have an iron imbalance, you should carefully consider which iron is best for your health. Your body recognizes the difference between heme and nonheme iron sources and will absorb each type differently. These types are easy to identify in your daily diet. Heme iron comes from … Continue reading Heme Iron Vs. Nonheme Iron: What’s the Difference?

How to Fast Safely: Considerations Before Starting a Fast

If you haven’t done the research, you might find yourself wondering if fasting is safe. You may have heard from people who’ve never even tried it that it’s crazy, dangerous, or just pointless. And yet, for thousands of years, many cultures have embraced fasting wholeheartedly. This ancient practice leads to numerous health benefits for most people—when done … Continue reading How to Fast Safely: Considerations Before Starting a Fast

6 Popular Weight Loss Diets Explained

Here’s a look at some of the most common diets people are using. I am not endorsing any of these but I’ve received a lot of questions about them and wanted to provide a brief overview. Fundamentally, I usually recommend a mostly vegetarian diet but that also is a personal preference; you need to do … Continue reading 6 Popular Weight Loss Diets Explained

Indian-Inspired Green Lentil Salad with Spiced Carrots

Carrots are rarely the star of any dish, but in this green lentil salad recipe from One Green Planet, the spiced carrots really shine. You can spiralize your carrots, but I recommend using a peeler to get thin, pretty ribbons for your salad. If you can find red, purple, or yellow carrots, give them a try! … Continue reading Indian-Inspired Green Lentil Salad with Spiced Carrots

DIY Vegan Probiotic Yogurt Recipe with Floratrex™

Probiotics are one of the best ways to maintain gut health and yogurt is one source many people turn to. But, if you’re dairy-free, you might have trouble finding a store-bought probiotic yogurt that meets your needs. When you do manage to find one, vegan yogurt tends to be rather more expensive than dairy-based. So what’s the … Continue reading DIY Vegan Probiotic Yogurt Recipe with Floratrex™

Sweet and Savory Vegan Buddha Bowl

If you’ve scrolled through your social media in the last year, you’ve probably come across a slew of veggie-filled dishes called “Buddha bowls.” They are usually deep, round bowls filled with healthy cooked and raw vegan ingredients that fill you up and keep you sustained for hours. The easiest way to throw these bowls together is to … Continue reading Sweet and Savory Vegan Buddha Bowl

55 Foods with Manganese: Essential for Enzyme Support

Manganese is a nutrient that is critical for the production of several different enzymes. Your body uses many of these enzymes to support antioxidant activity,[1] nutrient absorption,[2] bone development,[3] metabolism,[4] and the healing of wounds.[5] Like any other mineral, manganese works best when it’s obtained from natural, whole-food sources. Foods that are rich in manganese include nuts, seeds, grains, vegetables, legumes, … Continue reading 55 Foods with Manganese: Essential for Enzyme Support

Selenium and Cell Function: Is Selenium an Antioxidant?

The element selenium (Se) is a powerful antioxidant[1] and an important micronutrient that’s absolutely essential for human health.[2] Selenium deficiency is a problem that leads to a variety of serious health complications.[3, 4]Fortunately, many foods offer a sufficient amount of selenium; as a bonus, most of the best are vegetables and fruits.[5] It’s actually not that difficult to follow a diet … Continue reading Selenium and Cell Function: Is Selenium an Antioxidant?