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I am a certified health coach working to help individuals make health food and life style choices, a passion I have had for over 20 years.
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Experts Agree Too Much Stress and Too Little Water Are Hidden Causes of Most Disease

Grants Pass, OR (PRWEB) August 14, 2013 -- Water and Health Researcher Sharon Kleyne Interviews Alternative Medicine Practitioner Effie Chow, PhD.
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We hear this advice repeatedly: drink more water. Yet I have a number of elderly friends who have been hospitalized due to being dehydrated. They're not sick. They forget to drink water.

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Six ways turmeric heals your overburdened body

Six ways turmeric heals your overburdened body | Holistic Nutrition Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
Six ways turmeric heals your overburdened body

Via Skip Stein, Natalie Palmer
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I like to stir some turmeric into my hot cereal after it's cooked along with some curry and cinnamon. It's easy on my candida prone stomach somehow.

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Michael Wiener's curator insight, August 14, 2013 7:14 PM

This is one of nature's natural medicine. We don't use turmeric solely for medicine, but for cooking as well. The aromatic flavor of this wonder spice makes dishes delicious.

Natalie Palmer's comment, August 15, 2013 8:49 AM
Sometimes we add it to our herbal tea mixes.
Marty Roddy's curator insight, August 16, 2013 9:20 PM

Where was turmeric when I played football.

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An Apple a Day (FULL VIDEO)

Our current food system is literally breaking our hearts--and it's also breaking the bank. Investing in healthy food instead of subsidizing processed junk fo...
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It's interesting what a big impact a small change like eating more fruit could make towards health. These are some of the facts that I am learning in my health coaching class at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

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How Mindfulness Can Help Patients Undergoing Cancer Treatment

How Mindfulness Can Help Patients Undergoing Cancer Treatment | Holistic Nutrition Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
The word "cancer" alone can trigger a stress response, and for those undergoing cancer treatment, the experience can easily be the most stressful they ever endure.
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Mindfulness and relaxation techniques reduce stress and fear, which are heightened once you find out you have cancer and undergo your treatment plan.  

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Reduce Inflammation Naturally

Reduce Inflammation Naturally | Holistic Nutrition Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
Certain herbs, supplements, and alternative therapies may help cool inflammation and boost your defense against major diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
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There are a goodly number of links in this post, including to a list of foods that reduce inflammation or perhaps don't cause it at all.

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Austin Grady's curator insight, August 6, 2013 3:55 PM

Controlling inflammation always has a positive effect on slowing the aging process.

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47 Smoothies for Summer

47 Smoothies for Summer | Holistic Nutrition Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
Today marks the official start of summer, and what's better to enjoy over these hot, humid months than a refreshing and restoring smoothie or juice?
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OK I am late in getting this out since it was posted in June, but it's not to late to try some of these out.

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What's Wrong With Our Food System: Birke Baehr at TEDxNextGenerationAsheville

Birke Baehr -"what's Wrong With Our Food System? And How Can We Make A Difference?" www.tedxnextgenerationasheville.com/ Video by: Twin Path Productions www....
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This incredible boy shares what he learned about the industrial factory food production prevalent in the US today. This was 3 years ago and he is still battling Big Food including its advertising of unhealthy salty and/or sweet processed food using bright colors and appealing to kids. He recommends that we buy organic food. Love his quote, "We can pay the farmer (for organic food) or pay the hospital."

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Oral Thrush And Candida | The Candida Diet

Oral Thrush And Candida | The Candida Diet | Holistic Nutrition Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
Oral thrush is one of the symptoms of a Candida overgrowth. Treating the underlying Candida is the best way to get relief, but oil pulling can also help.
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Oral thrush is a form of candida which gives the tongue has a white coating. This can spread to your gums or esophagus if not treated. I suffer from Candida, but haven't had it in this form. 

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Fatty Liver | Holistic Nutrition Lab

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Do you have a healthy liver? Some foods to help include: celery, cilantro, onions, garlic, turmeric, ginger, red peppers, grapefruit and apples.

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America’s Food Crisis: The Omnivore’s Dilemma

America’s Food Crisis: The Omnivore’s Dilemma | Holistic Nutrition Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
The Omnivore’s Dilemma was called the most important food politics books of all time. Michael Pollan explores the current state of the American food industry.
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Interesting read, Michael Pollan's 2006 book in review. I especially enjoyed the video, the commentary by several people and Michael's perspective on America's broken food production system.

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Foods for Boosting Your Immune System

Foods for Boosting Your Immune System | Holistic Nutrition Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
What foods should you eat to supercharge your immune system? Get the scoop on which foods to choose to stave off sickness.
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It's so much easier to eat these fresh foods in the summer.

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Maca

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Get the lowdown on the healing benefits of maca. Find out about research, side effects and tips on using this herb for low sexual function, menopause and other conditions.
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Rodgers and I are taking this with our cereal in the morning. I wish I had known about it when we were at childbearing age. 

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Dr. Weil's Anti-Inflammatory Food Pyramid

Dr. Weil's Anti-Inflammatory Food Pyramid | Holistic Nutrition Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
Dr. Weil's Anti-Inflammatory Food Pyramid is a practical, interactive tool with information on how to reduce the risk of age-related diseases and improve overall health.
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Sure is a different pyramid from the USDA, which seems to promote inflammatory foods with too many starchy carbs and not enough veggies and fruits.

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Heart Meds vs. Plant-based Diets: Which Comes Out on Top? - One Green Planet

Heart Meds vs. Plant-based Diets: Which Comes Out on Top? - One Green Planet | Holistic Nutrition Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
Heart Meds vs. Plant-based Diets: Which Comes Out on Top?
One Green Planet
Lifestyle interventions that include plant based diets and exercise will not only reduce risks for heart disease but also just about any chronic disease out there.
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I have read so much about the side effects of statins, and have several friends who experience these. When my heart goes weak or my cholesterol too high, I will first look into modifying my diet and lifestyle before taking statins. The worst side effect, not mentioned in this article, is muscle soreness. One of my friends had trouble walking after a while on statins. Sometimes the side effects outweigh the benefit of taking meds.

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Candida Diet 101: Foods To Eat & Foods To Avoid

Candida Diet 101: Foods To Eat & Foods To Avoid | Holistic Nutrition Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
What the heck is candida, anyway? It's a nasty little fungus that, if overgrown, can set up camp in your body and wreak havoc on your body, causing irritability, exhaustion, and digestion
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I suffer from candida and this is one hell of a diet to follow, but it seems to work. When I go off it, I suffer from indigestion and foggy brain. Enough foggy brain syndrome as you age without a second contributor.

 

Digestion will be one of my focuses when I become a certified health coach. If you have taken a lot of antibiotics or birth control pills for many years, it is likely you might have it too. Most autistic children have candida, and following this diet helps them out a lot. Google Donna Gates & the body econlogy diet to learn more.

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Honey Remedies

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Get the lowdown on the use of honey as a remedy for health concerns like cough and sinusitis. Find out tips on how to use them and more.
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I have always loved honey, but wasn't aware of its many benefits other than I love a peanut butter and honey sandwich. It's instant good energy.

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Meditation for Beginners | The Mindfulness Meditation Institute

Meditation for Beginners | The Mindfulness Meditation Institute | Holistic Nutrition Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
Meditation for beginners is often quite confusing. This article takes the mystery out of meditation for beginners through clear and simple guidelines.
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This is a good article for those beginning to meditate, although I would start with just 5 minutes.

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6 Signs You're Pushing Yourself Too Hard

6 Signs You're Pushing Yourself Too Hard | Holistic Nutrition Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
By Corrie Pikul You can brush off your friend's comments about how she never sees you anymore and your parents' concerns that you're working too hard.
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This is one area I need to improve in, stress.

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Ending Food Ignorance: Education Is Too Important to Leave to Big Food

Ending Food Ignorance: Education Is Too Important to Leave to Big Food | Holistic Nutrition Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
Let's envision the financial windfall taxpayers should reap when we begin to make a serious dent in rates of childhood overweight and obesity.
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Here is the adult version of Birke Baehr's message from Michael Jacobson of the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI).

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A Month's Worth of Green Smoothies - Only One Day of Prep!

A Month's Worth of Green Smoothies - Only One Day of Prep! | Holistic Nutrition Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
I started drinking green smoothies during my first Whole Living Challenge attempt, and ever since then they've been a staple in my a.m. intake.  What thrills me even more than the fact that I start...
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This green smoothie looks better than most. I plan to try it out when I get home. The best thing no added green powders, which I am not a fan of. Just give me the fruit and veggies. Happy weekend!

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What Is Inflammation? What Causes Inflammation?

What Is Inflammation? What Causes Inflammation? | Holistic Nutrition Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
Inflammation is the body's attempt at self-protection; the aim being to remove harmful stimuli, including damaged cells, irritants, or pathogens - and begin the healing process.Whe
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This might be a bit long, but it's a pretty thorough discussion about inflammation and also what distinguishes it from infection, which it often is confused with. 

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No Boxes's curator insight, May 17, 1:22 PM

t's safe to say that ALL disease, (not to mention aging), starts with inflammation. There's a reason that taking an aspirin a day keeps the doctor away!

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Anti-Inflammatory Diet - Dr. Weil

Anti-Inflammatory Diet - Dr. Weil | Holistic Nutrition Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
As your trusted health advisor, Dr. Weil offers you the basics of an anti-inflammatory diet, commonly known as the Wellness Diet. Find other diet tips and articles today.
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Many people also lose considerable weight on an anti-inflammatory diet since inflammation often holds weight. I sure enjoyed eating at "True Foods" Dr Weil's restaurant featuring mostly inti-inflammatory foods and drinks. There are 8 in the US and one of them is in Denver around the Cherry Creek neighborhood. 

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Chemicals in Carpets, Cosmetics Tied to Thyroid Problems – WebMD

Chemicals in Carpets, Cosmetics Tied to Thyroid Problems – WebMD | Holistic Nutrition Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
PFCs linger in the body for long periods, study author says
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I didn't realize there could be a link to hypothyroidism and PFCs like in new carpet or a new car. It's been so long since I've owned a new car. LOL

 

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Robin Thomas's comment, July 21, 2013 10:55 AM
I've known this for years... no carpet in my house.
Robin Thomas's curator insight, July 21, 2013 11:07 AM

This has been seen for quite a while- household indoor air pollution is the cause of many health problems #thehealthyhome #healthyedge

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Health Benefits of Lemon Water - Health Extremist

Health Benefits of Lemon Water - Health Extremist | Holistic Nutrition Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
Benefits of lemon water, improve your health with the benefits of lemon water, lemon water prevents cancer, benefits of lemon, improved digestion with lemon
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The author suggests we replace morning coffee with warm lemon water. I think that it's OK to have lemon water anytime for those who prefer their morning coffee. Coffee is acidic, which can be hard on digestion versus lemon water which is alkaline. I like to drink lemon water during the day just at room temperature.

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Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar | Holistic Nutrition Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
What is apple cider vinegar? Learn about 7 health benefits of using it, side effects and tips on using it as a home remedy.
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I have long heard about the benefits of unfiltered apple cider vinegar. I recall the Alsatian Brothers at my brother's school in Japan took apple cider vinegar every day. The youngest one died in his mid-late 80s, and a couple made it into their 90s. This was back in the 1960s. I like it to help with indigestion. I recommend this author, Cathy Wong, who seems to be thorough in her research. 

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Jon Anthony Hamilton's comment, August 16, 2013 2:10 PM
Apple Cider Vinegar and Aloe Vera are the Earth's best medicine
Ellen Naylor's comment, August 24, 2013 12:13 AM
I agree. I like them both too.