Swiss Chard and Sweet Potato Salad

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Looking for a delicious, fun way to get more greens into your diet? The Swiss Chard and Sweet Potato Salad from the Healing Foods book is just the ticket. It’s so beautiful too, you’ll be eating the rainbow!

This yummy nutrient-packed warm Swiss Chard and Sweet Potato Salad has ingredients that are full of fiber and help fight inflammation, help maintain hydration, promote eye health, as well as aiding in healthy digestion.

If you’ve seen Swiss Chard but never really known what to do with it, this recipe is a great way to try it out. Swiss Chard is related to beet greens, and is high in vitamin K. Chard contains a powerhouse of other nutritional benefits too, including many forms of the antioxidants polyphenol, betalain and carotenoid. These antioxidants are powerful at fighting damage from free radicals, as well as inflammation, and diseases. Plus the nutrients in chard help support the liver and improve circulation.

And if you’re avoiding nightshades, it’s good to know that sweet potatoes are not a true potato and not part of the nightshade family. They are actually a superfood! One sweet potato contains more than a day’s supply of beta-carotene as well as almost all your daily vitamin C requirements. They are high in potassium and antioxidants. Besides the antioxidant benefits mentioned above, these phytonutrients also improve skin health and help support your immune system against infections. And because they are a complex carbohydrate they help you maintain healthy blood sugar levels throughout the day.
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Leaky Gut: What is it? Do You Have It? How To Cure It?

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What You Need to Know About Leaky Gut or Intestinal Permeability

Leaky Gut Syndrome has been all over the news lately. Maybe you’ve been diagnosed with it, or know someone who has? Or maybe you’ve never even heard of Leaky Gut. But after reading this article, you will know what it is, and if you have any of the classic symptoms of Leaky Gut.

Leaky Gut has been linked to a wide range of autoimmune diseases, from asthma, celiac, IBS, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and chrons, to diabetes, heart disease, MS, fibromyalgia, migraines, and other headaches, even anxiety, depression, dementia, and Alzheimer’s. While Leaky Gut Syndrome isn’t a disease itself, it can lead to other diseases that no one wants to get!

Just about anyone diagnosed with an autoimmune disease also has increased intestinal permeability or Leaky Gut. It might be a chicken-and-egg thing, did the autoimmune cause the Leaky Gut or vice-versa? However, more and more research is pointing the finger at Leaky Gut as the precursor of most autoimmune diseases, not the other way around.(1)

Twenty years ago I was diagnosed with Celiac, long before many people had even heard of it. And there’s no doubt in my mind that Leaky Gut (caused by taking a mega-dose of antibiotics following a food-poisoning bout in Thailand) was the trigger for my Celiac. I’ve been dealing with Leaky Gut on and off for the past twenty years and have learned a lot about it, as well as many ways to treat it.

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GF Buckwheat Pancakes with Berry Sauce

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GF Buckwheat pancakes with berry sauce

Do you love berry season? If so, you will love these gluten-free Buckwheat Pancakes with Berry Sauce. Not only do they taste delicious, but they are packed full of nutrients too. Berries are soooo good, and good for you, I can never get enough berries.

In fact, berries have more antioxidants than just about any other food out there. And Buckwheat (not really a wheat!) is also high in antioxidants like quercetin and rutin. So as you may know, antioxidants are super important to a healthy lifestyle. They help us fight those pesky free-radicals that we get from sun damage, overexposure to radiation, (including from our cell phones!), and coming in contact with other environmental toxins in our food, water, and air.

So these gluten-free buckwheat pancakes with berry sauce are the perfect way to start your healthy day!

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Aging Well Part 4: Get Centered and Grounded

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Get Centered and Grounded, photo credit Brian Mann, Unsplash

Yay, the moment you’ve been waiting for! In the final installment of my Aging Well Series let’s Get Centered and Grounded to help us age well. In this post, you’ll learn how to get centered and grounded, and why it’s important. We’ll take a look at my last three tips, the benefits of grounding your body (like walking barefoot), of having a centering practice (like meditation), and of keeping a daily gratitude practice (gratitude check!)

And if you missed Aging Well Parts 1, 2, and 3, be sure to check them out. I covered the importance of good quality sleep, hydration and moving your body every day in Part 1: Love Your Body; how and why to read labels for healthier eating and aging well in Part 2: Detox Your Pantry & Fridge, and what to look for as you detox your health, beauty, and home in Part 3: Detox Your Health, Beauty & Home to age well.

While all four areas in my aging well series are important, if you’re going to pick one place to start, it’s perhaps most important to get centered and grounded. After all, you can eat well and use toxin-free products, but if your monkey-mind is taking over your life, or your life is stressing you out, you won’t be healthy, nor able to age well.
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