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When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need. - Ayurveda Proverb
When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need. - Ayurveda Proverb

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10 Things to Throw Away for Better Health. I've gotten rid of most of these. Presently working on #8. How about you?
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If you think gluten intolerance is "fake" I challenge you to take it out of your diet for 3 weeks. Conduct your own experiment. Take gluten containing foods out of your diet for a few weeks and see how you feel. A lot of times we get used to certain symptoms and start to think they are normal. They are not. Symptoms are your body's way of telling you something. Learn to hear what your body is telling you. 

"Observational studies have linked gluten intolerance with a shockingly diverse range of symptoms and conditions, including: Irritable bowel syndrome (6)
Fibromyalgia (7)
Dermatitis and other skin conditions (8)
Multiple sclerosis (9)
Peripheral neuropathy, myopathy, and other neurological disorders (10)
Schizophrenia (11)
Depression (12)
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (13)
Ataxia (14)
Type 1 diabetes (15)
Autism spectrum disorders (16)
Ménière disease (17)
Endometriosis (18)
Insulin resistance and inflammation (19)"

After your 3 week gluten free experience please let me know how you did. 
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One of the reasons I love the sumer season is all the beautiful vegetables that are available. I love fresh, crisp purple cauliflower. If you are trying to "eat from the rainbow" in order to improve your health I suggest trying purple cauliflower! Here's a family approved recipe:http://simplegoodhealth.com/purple-cauliflower-health-benefits-and-recipe/
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Basil, also known as Saint Joseph's Wort, is a herb belonging to the mint family. Basil is an excellent source of vitamin K and manganese, a very good source of copper, vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids such as beta-carotene), and vitamin C; and a good source of calcium, iron, folate, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids. 

Basil has properties that are anti-bacterial, can help reduce inflammation and swelling and contains high quantitites of (E)-beta-caryophyllene (BCP), which can be useful for helping with arthritis and inflammatory bowel diseases

Quick Serving Ideas:

• Combine fresh chopped basil with minced garlic and extra virgin olive oil to make pesto 

• Layer fresh basil leaves over tomato slices and mozzarella cheese

• Add basil to healthy stir-fries

• Purée basil, extra virgin olive oil and onions in a food processor or blender and then add to soups.

• Enjoy a warm cup of invigorating basil tea by infusing chopped basil leaves in water, after it's boiled. Let steep for 5-8 minutes.

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Did you ever eat a "Kind Bars"? The FDA has sent a warning letter to the popular "Kind Bars" to stop labeling their product as a "healthy snack." What do you think... is this a healthy snack? Comment below.
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It may sound crazy, but how you look—as in, whether you look young or old for your age—can actually affect your risk for certain cardiovascular problems. Do you have an earlobe crease?
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I'm guilty of multitasking and not taking enough breaks. (This leads to weight gain and can prevent weight loss) My tasks are overlapping instead of having a little transition time built in. That's when I find myself mindless eating. When faced something I don't necessarily want to do, I find myself reaching for a snack. Not a good idea. Too much "grazing" can add up to plain old overeating. If this describes you, identify your transition points and built in a little time to get up an stretch, have a cup of tea or at a minimum take a few belly breaths so you can become present. Works for me. Are you a snacking, multitasker?
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Do you only eat when you are hungry? Do you stop eating when you are full? The answers to these questions might depend on who you are with. 
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Do you drink soda? (Please say No!) I think i should have a black warning label right on the front panel. It should say "Drink this if you want to increase your chances of cancer, heart disease, diabetes obesity and yes, early death. Drink up!" http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/02/150218191653.htm?utm_source=feedburner
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The toxins in the food supply started appearing heavily in the 90's. So if you were born before that you didn't grow up on many of the chemicals that are being used today. The age group that are in real danger (health risks) are our kids. They have been exposed to GMOs and preservatives since birth.   http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-17341/5-common-chemicals-that-are-making-you-fat-depressed.html
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