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Tip on Using Artisana Coconut Butter Products

If you've ordered any Artisana coconut butter-based products from our natural health shop, please note that coconut oil and coconut butter become harder at temperatures below 76 F, and they become softer at temperatures above 76 F. Read more

 

5 Super Greens: An Alternative to Our Original Super Green Food Formula

I'm often asked to name just one simple action step that people can take to improve their health. My answer is usually this: Eat more green vegetables.

I'm not talking about adding a few florets of broccoli to your dinner. For measurable improvement in your health, you need to eat at least the equivalent of about 5 big handfuls of dark greens every day. Start doing this on a daily basis, and I'm confident that you'll feel stronger and healthier within a month. Read more

 

Zucchini and Basil Quinoa Pilaf Recipe

If you're looking for a truly healthy, protein-rich food to anchor your diet, I highly recommend that you consider quinoa (pronounced keen wah). Called the "mother of grains" by the Incan empire, quinoa is native to South America, and is naturally rich in all nine essential amino acids - these are amino acids that we humans can't make from other nutrients, so must obtain from our diet. Quinoa is one of a few grains that are gluten-free, and for most people, it's easy to digest and utilize. Read more

 

Heart-Healthy Salad Recipe

To optimally support your cardiovascular system, it may be helpful to regularly eat foods that are naturally rich in folate and an omega-3 fatty acid called EPA. Folate primarily protects your cardiovascular system against disease by keeping your blood homocysteine level in check. And though we aren't certain of how EPA reduces risk of cardiovascular disease, a number of studies have found a strong relationship between EPA consumption and a decrease in heart disease. Read more

 

Calcium-Rich Asian Sesame Sauce Recipe

As I mentioned in my post on eating calcium-rich plant foods to promote optimal bone health, sesame seeds are an excellent source of calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus, all of which your body needs to build and maintain healthy bones and teeth. So if you want to ensure that you optimally nourish your bones and teeth as you age, consider mastering the following Asian-style sesame sauce recipe. Depending on how much water you use, this recipe can produce a light salad dressing, a dip for raw vegetables, or even a rich alternative to mayonnaise. Read more

 

Artisana Coconut and Nut Butters

Until a few months ago, I was under the impression that coconut oil and coconut butter are the same thing. So I was one surprised chap when I tried a coconut butter product made by a company called Artisana.

I now know that true coconut butter is made by carefully blending whole coconut meat - when done properly, the result is a sweet, creamy butter that has the wonderful fragrance of coconut oil, along with healthy protein and fiber that naturally occur in coconut. Read more

 

Experience the Health Benefits of Sesame

Did you know that half a cup of sesame seeds contains three times more calcium than half a cup of whole milk? In addition to being an excellent dietary source of calcium, sesame seeds are also a good source of manganese, copper, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B1 (thiamin), zinc, vitamin E, healthy protein, and fiber.

Sesame seeds also contain sesamin and sesamolin, two substances that are thought to prevent high blood pressure and protect the liver against oxidative damage. Read more

 

Heart-Healthy Chocolate Smoothie Recipe

If you want to have a healthy heart and good blood circulation throughout your body, you need to regularly supply your body with flavonoids, which are natural nutrients that have antioxidant properties.

Raw, organic chocolate is one of nature's most flavonoid-rich foods. When eaten on its own or with other healthy foods, raw, organic chocolate can help keep your cardiovascular system strong and healthy. Read more

 

How To Get The Most Nutritional Value Out Of Watermelon

Hardly a day goes by in the summer where you won't find a watermelon in our home. Watermelon is hands down, our family's favourite summertime fruit.

Not only is watermelon packed with thirst-quenching water and natural sweetness, it is an excellent source of two powerful antioxidants: lycopene, and beta carotene. Read more

 

Experience the Health Benefits of Mint

Peppermint and other mints are among the healthiest herbs that you can include in your diet. What if your body doesn't react well to ingesting mint-flavored foods and beverages? Before you say no to mints forever, I encourage you to consider that some mint-flavored products (especially candies, chocolates, and low quality teas) use synthetic menthol to create mint flavor and scent.

Synthetic menthol is created by using a crystallization process that generates contaminants, and these contaminants can affect the scent and quality of synthetic menthol. Read more

 

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