Vitamins and Minerals: Are You Getting What You Need?

Vitamins and Minerals: Are You Getting What You Need?

Health
Vitamins and minerals are essential to support normal physiologic function. There are three characteristics of vitamins: they’re essential for physiologic function, are natural components of food, and when absent from our diet can cause a deficiency. They are either water-soluble or fat soluble, and they serve a variety of roles in our bodies. Their most important role is as coenzymes. Minerals are also essential and include a wide set of micronutrients. Micro minerals are required in just 15mg a day, while macro minerals should be in 100mg a day. In years gone by, medical professionals realized that many diseases were related directly to food intake. The diseases were found even when patients were consuming an adequate level of protein and calories. What they realized was these diseases were absent in…
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The Connection Between Exercise And Brain Power

The Connection Between Exercise And Brain Power

Health
You shouldn’t begin engaging in regular physical activity only after you’ve already noticed a potential health threat. If you start exercising now, you’ll greatly reduce the risk of diabetes, stroke, and heart disease, amount other health problems. Other benefits of exercise include weight loss and lower blood pressure. However, regular physical activity won’t only keep your body healthy, but your brain as well. After all, your brain is no different than the muscles in your body. If you don’t stimulate and preserve it, you’ll be faced with certain problems. Although you’ll experience mental health benefits from almost any type of workout, aerobic exercise is especially known for improving your brain health. Here are some of the main health benefits of exercise for mental health. Exercise Improves Brain Growth As you…
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Top Nutrient Dense Foods You Should Know – Especially if You Are Over 50

Top Nutrient Dense Foods You Should Know – Especially if You Are Over 50

Over 50
It's not like 50 is a magical age when everything changes, but as we age it becomes more tricky to keep our lowering need for calories in line with our increasing need for vitamins. To maintain good health as we grow into our 50's, finding nutrient dense food becomes more ... ahem... important. Our requirements for vitamins are a cause for concern for many of us, and for good reason. Vitamins are not like calories, you can't tell if you are getting enough, too many, or too few before it becomes a problem. Vitamins are also unlike calories in that there are calories in all the food we eat, but a lot of the foods we eat are so poor in vitamins, they may as well not claim to have…
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The ideal emergency preparedness food: Sprouts

The ideal emergency preparedness food: Sprouts

Emergency Preparedness, Food Storage, Healthy Eating, Self Sufficiency
Sprouts are THE ideal emergency preparedness food! Given the rapidity with which critical global events are unfolding, preparedness just makes good sense. The question isn't whether or not to be prepared - it is what to be prepared for? Earthquakes, nuclear accidents, tsunamis, power outages and gasoline shortages have been on this week's menu. Each, of course, has its own specific type of preparedness protocols. But, no matter what kind of unexpected event looms large, there is always a need for food. Food shortages could result from any of the aforementioned potential scenarios, as well as from any number of scenarios that I haven't mentioned. There are any number of ways to approach food shortage preparedness, but my preferred method is sprouts! Sprouts are, in my mind, the number one,…
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Cooking with Fire Cider

Cooking with Fire Cider

Healthy Eating, Using Herbs
To make this perfectly clear, I am NOT a food blogger. I enjoy and make good use of all the many food blogs and recipes sites out there, make NO mistake, but I never intended to blog about the food I make... until today. Interested in finding out how to cook lamb shanks, I hit the internet. Tough meat, lamb shanks, I mean, this animal walked on that leg all day every single day of its life on our farm; every single day of its life. So that meant long cooking time. Many recipes I looked at called for a balsamic vinegar (which I didn't have) or a number of other ingredients not on the list of what I was trying to clear out of my fridge. But vinegar kept…
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Veggie & Fruit Superfoods to Enjoy in the Fall

Veggie & Fruit Superfoods to Enjoy in the Fall

Healthy Eating
Everyone loves festive foods. Fall time foods are some of the most exciting foods that people look forward to every year because of the special occasions that they represent. With so many great things for everyone to try, it might become difficult to make a choice about what you will make, or this might your first time making a dish for a family meal. If that’s the case, you’ll be excited to know that this article has been put together so you can get a few ideas about what you can share with your loved ones. Brussels Sprouts [caption id="attachment_3530" align="alignright" width="284"] brussels sprouts grow in a unique way![/caption] These tiny cabbages are a wonderfully versatile and delicious food that can be incorporated into wide variety of dishes. Brussels sprouts…
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5 Ways to Use Apples and Pears

5 Ways to Use Apples and Pears

Healthy Eating
Two of the most popular superfood fruits to enjoy in the fall are apples and pears. They are both loaded with vitamins and nutrients, have a sweet flavor for healthier desserts, and even go great in more savory dishes. Here are some different ways I use apples and pears during the fall. Problem... I don't like pears. Not even a little bit. I don't care how good they are for me. I don't care that we had a bumper crop this year. They feel like sandpaper in my mouth. Eww. I even canned some using Laurie's Almond Pear recipe. It was delicious, but too pear-ey to eat often. Apples, on the other hand, I like well enough. They never sound good, you know? "Oh, I'm dying or a good crunchy…
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Healthy Food Swaps Using Fall Superfoods

Healthy Food Swaps Using Fall Superfoods

Healthy Eating
If you want to eat a little healthier in the fall, it doesn't require completely changing your diet. So often, you can just make a few substitutions with the foods you already enjoy, and will have lower-fat foods that are tasty and nutritious. Here are some healthy food swaps that use fall superfoods. Use Pumpkin in Cake Mixes One of the easiest healthy food swaps you can do with your fall superfoods is to use pumpkin puree with cake mixes. This turns your cake or cupcakes into just 2 ingredients, including the cake mix of your choice and pumpkin puree. The pumpkin replaces all other ingredients you would have mixed in with the cake mix, like oil and eggs. This is often done with a spiced cake mix that goes…
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Healthy Fall Snacks to Make Ahead

Healthy Fall Snacks to Make Ahead

Healthy Eating
Eating healthy is often on everyone's mind, but convenience often wins out. If you want to use super-foods for healthier snacks, making them ahead of time can really encourage you to use them more often. The following snacks are easy to make and allow you to grab-and-go whenever you need to. Cinnamon Apple Chips If you are looking for chips to enjoy in the fall, but don’t want to fry up potatoes, why not use apples? Apples are a wonderful superfood fruit to enjoy in the fall, are inexpensive, and filled with nutrients and antioxidants. Plus, they are low in fat and calories. You can make cinnamon apple chips by slicing apples thinly, coating with a mixture of cinnamon and sugar, and baking them until crisp. You can also just…
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Vegetable Gardening Made Easy

Vegetable Gardening Made Easy

Gardening Methods, Growing Food, Healthy Eating, Organic Gardening
Growing your own vegetables is both fun and rewarding. Lets break it down together and get the most food, enjoyment, and nutrition from our gardens! 1. feed the soil 2. efficient use of space 3. keep food moving 4. continuous harvest 5. good record keeping 6. resources feed the soil All you really need to get started is some decent soil and a few plants. But to be a really successful vegetable gardener, and to do it organically, you'll need to understand what it takes to keep your plants healthy and vigorous. Here are the basics. 'Feed the soil' is like a mantra for organic gardeners, and with good reason. In conventional chemical agriculture, crop plants are indeed "fed" directly using synthetic fertilizers. [caption id="attachment_2197" align="alignright" width="211"] observe your garden…
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