On Valentine’s Day, chocolates are often exchanged as gifts of the heart. From a health perspective, however, chocolates may truly be regarded gifts for the heart. Cocoa beans, from which chocolate is made, are rich in nutrients known as flavonoids. These natural chemicals—found in many other plant foods, from fruits and vegetables to nuts and seeds—function as antioxidants, or protective agents that work to defend the body’s cells from free radical damage.
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About this time of year, many of my clients’ thoughts turn to detoxification. People’s memories of their recent holiday food-and-drink indulgences are fresh in their minds and also on the scale. Fortunately, so is the optimism that spring is just around the corner. Both are excellent motivators for health-minded people to work with the liver to support the body’s ability to neutralize toxins.
Every January brings the promise and hope of vibrant opportunities in all areas of our lives. Unfortunately, for many, this New Year’s transition brings up regrets over the vast amounts of food ingested during recent holiday celebrations. Literally, overnight, millions of people start strategizing their weight-loss programs to rid themselves of the extra pounds they now see popping up on the scale.
There’s a substance that many health-conscious people are increasingly talking about. It’s hyaluronic acid, also known as HA. HA occurs naturally in the body and is necessary to maintain healthy joints and connective tissues.* And the aging body simply doesn’t make enough of the stuff.
Most people who adopt a healthy lifestyle know that good digestion is a key factor in the body’s absorption of nutrients. It may seem like a contradiction, but one of the best things we can do to help ensure efficient digestion is by eating fiber, which is dietary material that resists being broken down by enzymes in the intestines.
You may have circled a couple of red-letter days on your calendar—days you know are going to be stressful. Maybe you’ve got a deadline approaching at work, a dental appointment or a wedding to attend. During these times, at least we’re able to plan ahead, implementing coping techniques and relying on support from family and friends.
The cranberry, a crimson, jewel-like, tart-tasting fruit, is one of those foods that dramatically takes over supermarkets’ produce sections during the pre-Thanksgiving season, just as people’s minds turn to feasting.
This native American fruit grows on trailing vines which thrive in wetland areas, commonly referred to as bogs or marshes. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recognizes the North American cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon) as the fresh-cranberry standard.
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