Trace Minerals: Essential to a Healthy Body From the hair on your head to the bones that support you and the blood that runs through you, your body relies on minerals for optimal health. Minerals are broken into two categories: macrominerals and trace minerals. Since the body cannot make minerals, we must get them from…

Health Benefits of Filtered Water Most people know very little about the quality of the water they use. Even those of us who recognize the potential health risks in tap water often choose cost-effectiveness and convenience over superior quality. Searching for information about your local water quality and how to improve it can make you…

Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica) A European culinary favorite, Stinging Nettle’s spinach-like greens are remarkably nutritious. One cup of Nettle is abundant in calcium, iron and zinc, and contains ample amounts of magnesium, copper, selenium and potassium plus vitamins A and C. A well-established remedy in Western herbal medicine, Stinging Nettle provides relief for a wide…

Chia Seeds: Tiny Powerhouse Chia seeds were prized by ancient cultures as a source of sustainable energy. In fact, “chia” is the ancient Mayan word for strength. A tiny nutrition powerhouse, Chia is rich in dietary fiber and contains significant amounts of minerals and vitamins. One ounce of them provides calcium, manganese, magnesium and phosphorus…

H2O: Elixir of Health and Vitality Water. We can’t live without it. Literally. It comprises about 70% of adult body weight and even more for infants and children. Essential to every cell in the body, water helps to . . . maintain normal temperature through sweating and respiration regulate thirst and appetite transport nutrients in…

Spirulina Spirulina, a blue-green algea, is rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, carotenoids, and antioxidants, including B complex, beta-carotene, vitamin E, manganese, zinc, copper, iron, selenium, and gamma linolenic acid (an essential fatty acid). As with any supplement, spirulina needs to be purchased from a trusted company that does quality testing to make sure it is…

Smoothies Prepared the right way, smoothies can be considered a superfood because they make it easy to pack vitamins, fiber, protein and macro and micro nutrients into a single meal. When smoothies are made with raw fruits and vegetables that are low on sugar and high in nutrition, they are especially healthy. Raw foods are…

Eating Healthy on the Go Fall brings with it cooler temperatures and fast paced schedules. Often we find ourselves trying to keep our family healthy on the go. To support your immune system and energy levels, it is important to eat high quality food and to not skip your supplements, no matter how time crunched…

Calendula (Calendula officinalis) The vibrant yellow flowers of Calendula officinalis have been described by seventeenth century doctor Nicholas Culpepper as “a comforter of the heart and spirits”. This sun-loving member of the Asteraceae, or daisy, family is commonly called the pot marigold. Believed to be native to Egypt, it now has world-wide distribution and its…

Super Food Garlic Known widely as the “stinking rose,” garlic is a member of the lily family that has worldwide cultivation and is a key ingredient in global cuisine including Chinese, French, Thai, Cajun, and Italian cooking. The use of garlic as food and medicine has been documented for thousands of years. Its medicinal effectiveness…