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Late Summer Harvest Salad

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The leaves are becoming crisp, the sun is bright, days are warm and our gardens ripe. This recipe is my go-to potluck dish to pass. It stand up to long periods of time in the hot sun and is a real crowd pleaser. I have even served this salad to my family as a the main course for dinner with a side of quinoa. Any leftovers are perfect for lunch the next day. If possible do your best to find organic options especially on known GMO crop foods such as corn.

The Many Benefits of Green Juices

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The results of many experimental studies show that green foods have marked beneficial effects on cholesterol, blood pressure, immune response and cancer prevention. These effects are attributed in part to their high concentrations of chlorophyll. Chlorophyll, the phytochemical that gives leaves, plants and algae their green hues, is the plant equivalent of the oxygen-carrying red pigment hemoglobin in red blood cells. Dietary chlorophyll inhibits disease bacteria and exerts therapeutic effects on bad breath and internal odors.
 
Green juices such as barley grass, spinach, spirulina and cracked cell chlorella for example can be a great addition to any healthy diet. The benefits of these foods is too numerous to mention here. If you have been looking for the optimum alkaline source for nutrition these juices are for you. Below is a quick overview of some of their therapeutic benefits. 
 

We Become What We Eat

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I have been saying “we become what we eat” most of my life. Now a new discovery by researchers from the University of Virginia, are proving it scientifically. The team of researcher’s work may call for a reassessment of basic assumptions in neuroimmunology, which is the study of the nervous and immune systems. The ground breaking new discovery shows a direct link between the immune system and brain health. To say it another way, they have finally connected the dots. 

For some time it has been known that there was a link between the gut and brain health. This latest discovery shows at last, the exact connection. It has always been thought that the lymphatic vessels which carry blood and immune cells throughout your body, stopped before reaching the brain. This new research has found these vessels in the brain, showing the connection between your brain, immune system and gut microbes are closely linked. 

Next Best Thing To Being There

Next Best Thing To Being There

Over the years I have had many clients and customers tell me that they wish they could come and live with me so I could cook for them. If it were possible, they all would be welcome. I love nothing more than to prepare healthy meals that taste delicious and are good for the people I care about. In an effort to help as many people as possible kick the “acid” habit, my partners and I have developed three pH friendly apps. I like to think these apps are like having me at your side, helping you to make healthy decisions everyday — your own personal pH trainer in the palm of your hand. 

ATP and pH

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Remember when your mother would tell you to eat your vegetables? Now as an adult you know you should, but why? Below are some chemical reactions that take place within our body. I hope they illustrate why taking in clean air and maintaining a well oxygenated body system is so important. It also gives a new perspective to the potential of Hydrogen (pH), and why maintaining a healthy pH level is so important. First the science, then what the science means to you on a more personal level. 

Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP), is present in all organic material, and is considered the universal unit of energy in all living cells. ATP is produced and/or broken down into metabolic processes in all living systems making it very important to life. Photosynthesis in plants, muscle contraction in humans, respiration in fungi and fermentation in yeast are all driven by ATP. In short, ATP is the activated carrier which gives organisms energy. The other metabolic processes which relate to our health is Pyruvic Acid. 

MRI Detects pH Changes in the Brain

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New research has found a way to see the pH of living brains using a functional MRI (fMRI) method. Researchers now know what an acid brain looks like and are making a link to low pH and brain disorders such as depression, anxiety and more. The above picture is from the University of Iowa Health Care, showing how an MRI can Detect pH Changes, images are shared by Vincent Magnotta, University of Iowa.

Green Marinade/Dressing

Green Marinade/Dressing

I came up with this marinade for a family member who can not do soy, vinegar or anything fermented due to high blood histamine levels. It is an excellent way to prepare chicken tenders or thinly sliced turkey cutlets for grilling. If you can do soy it will also work with organic tofu, or anything your imagination can come up with. It may also be used as a spicy salad dressing. It is the most beautiful vivid green, which makes it fun to pair with cucumbers, tomatoes, beets or red bell peppers grilled or raw. 

Grain-Free Blueberry Muffin Top Recipe

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As you may already know, I have been gluten-free for about 25 years. For me, a small change in habit turned out to be life changing. When I first started, very few people were eliminating wheat gluten from their diets and it took a real leap of faith to take the plunge. Recently I’ve been experimenting with not only being gluten-free, but seeing if I can go totally grain-free. Once again a real leap of faith. My efforts have not been 100% perfect, but it is becoming easier as I go along. When I am out I do my best to be grain-free, but always remain gluten-free no matter what. 

With Every Breath I Take

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May 21 to June 20 - Zodiac Sign: Gemini - Element: Air - Color: Red-Orange

If our first priority is personal health, then what should we put at the top of the list? Look at it this way, the average person can only survive three minutes without air, three days without water and three weeks without food. The way I see it, that makes air quality a priority for good health — even for life itself. These facts make the air we breath very important to our overall health. In conjunction with safe cleaning supplies, making the indoor air safe and clean with a good air purifier is a must. Why use an Air Purifier? Every day the average adult breathes in up to 900 cubic feet of air. That amount of air makes the residual residue from air borne pollutants enough to do harm. The damage is invisible, slow and insidious, but real none the less.

Ground Yourself and Release Tension

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April 20 to May 20 - Zodiac Sign: Taurus - Element: Earth - Color: Red

When I first started meditation, my goal was to have an out of body experience. I was searching for some ethereal answer from outside of myself. Straining mentally to reach out into the outer reaches of the cosmos and by doing so, achieve a greater understanding of some unknown and mysterious Universal Law. I smile when I think of those days. I now know that all the answers I need have been hardwired within my DNA. It wasn't until I started grounding myself that the answers I so desperately wanted started to emerge. What a beautiful and elegant creation we are, sublimely bathed in the experience of being human. I have learned to consider sacred the organic vessel which houses the soul. Meditation helps me remember who I am.