Eat Well to Fight Inflammation

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Mediterranean diet: eat well to fight inflammationInflammation has been in the news a lot lately. But what exactly is inflammation? Is it always a bad thing? And if so, can you really eat well to fight inflammation, or reverse it?

There are two general type of inflammation, and one is actually helpful. You may have experienced acute inflammation as the body’s natural response to healing a major trauma, such as a sprained joint or broken bone. For example swelling brings more blood to the area for healing or to help immobilize the joint to prevent further damage. Likewise, an infection with associated heat or fever helps to burn out the pathogen.

However, ongoing chronic inflammation is another thing all together. When inflammation is persistent without a clear resolution, it becomes chronic inflammation. And chronic inflammation can wreak havoc on your body, mind, and overall health. In fact as much as 80-90% of all chronic illness is thought to be caused by chronic inflammation (1)(2). The good news is that most chronic inflammation is preventable and even somewhat reversible with lifestyle changes and diet. These tips will help you eat well to fight inflammation.

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Health Benefits of Mangos

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Health Benefits of MangosMango season is in full swing and we’ve been eating a LOT of them lately. Cuz who doesn’t love mangos, right? Mango smoothies, mango sorbet, mango salsa, fresh mangos. Even the traditional Thai dessert of fresh mangos and sticky rice is OH SO YUMMY!

So if you love this delicious super-food as much as I do, you might be wondering about the health benefits of mangos? They are pretty high in sugar. So can they really be that good for you? Below I share some of the health benefits of mangos as well as a few delicious recipes.

First a little history on this lovely tropical fruit. Mangos are related to both pistachios and cashews, (two of my most favorite nuts!) The mango is India’s national fruit and mangos were first cultivated in India and Southeast Asia over 4,000 years ago. Then they made their way to other parts of Asia, Africa, and South America through trade about 300-400 A.D.

Culturally, the mango tree also plays a large part in Hinduism and Buddhism. Buddha is reported to have mediated in mango groves. Mango leaves represent life are are used in wedding ceremonies in India. And the Hindu elephant-god Ganesh is often seen holding a ripe mango. So what are some of the health benefits of mangos?
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Spring Clean Your Home Naturally

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Spring Clean your home naturallySpring is finally here! And this time of year always makes me want to jump into spring cleaning as I get ready for summer, how about you? However, as I’ve written about before, conventional cleaning products can be full of toxins. So how do you spring clean your home naturally? 

While there are safer cleaning products on the market these days, I still prefer to DIY my own cleaning products from scratch. That way I know exactly what is going into them. I know I won’t be breathing in anything toxic, getting any harmful chemicals on my skin, or harming my cats. 

Using essential oils make for great cleaning products. Many essential oils are natural disinfectants, as they have antimicrobial, anti-fungal, or antiviral properties by nature. Yet even though essential oils are natural, they can still be very volatile. So it’s important to know about essential oil safety. And it’s always a good idea to wear gloves, even when you spring clean your home naturally. 

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Overcoming Vitamin and Mineral Deficiency

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Overcoming Vitamin and Mineral DeficiencyIn Part I: Vitamin and Mineral Deficiency: Are You Deficient? I explained how we came to discover that two otherwise healthy vegetarian/vegan, yogi, meditators had some severe nutritional deficiencies. Here in Part II: Overcoming Vitamin and Mineral Deficiency, I go into more specifics on vitamin and mineral deficiencies, causes, symptoms, and how to ensure you’re not deficient.

After extremely low sodium levels landed my husband in the hospital, we both had multiple tests (blood tests and hair analysis) to check for vitamin and mineral deficiencies. The first recommendation to overcoming vitamin and mineral deficiency was for us to add meat back into our diet. We were both low in protein, B-12, iron, and I was also very low in cholesterol.

As people age the body is less able to absorb some nutrients from food. Between 30-50% of people have some issues with nutrient absorption after age 50. The good news is that it’s usually treatable.

I’m sharing this with my readers because we learned some very important information about overcoming vitamin and mineral deficiency that everyone needs to know. After-all, if a holistic health coach can be nutrient deficient, anyone can be!

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Vitamin and Mineral Deficiency: Are You Deficient?

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Vitamin and Mineral Deficiency: Are You Deficient?Part I of a two part article on Vitamin and Mineral Deficiency. Do you eat super-healthy, drink your greens juice, or take daily supplements? If so, you may not actually be absorbing all of the nutrients you need. Vitamin and mineral absorption declines in people over age 50. As I recently found out, you can have vitamin and mineral deficiency even if you eat a healthy diet.

As a holistic health coach I have been eating “healthy” and doing everything “right” for years. So it came as a complete shock to me to find out I have quite a few key nutrient deficiencies. And one mineral is almost non-existent in my body. What?! How can that be? This is part one of two articles. How I found out I was deficient, what might be causing the deficiencies, and what I’m doing about it.

I wanted to share this important information about vitamin and mineral deficiency that everyone needs to know. After-all, if a holistic health coach can be nutrient deficient, anyone can be!

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