In Season For Spring | Dandelion

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Spring has arrived. The season of new life in the plant and animal kingdom. In the human kingdom, spring symbolizes growth, renewal and possibly a new handbag. And with pie season officially over, it’s the perfect time to detox. Now, without getting all master-cleansy or juice-fasty on you, here’s a simple way you can benefit from a wonderful seasonal detoxifier — dandelion.

The word dandelion comes from the French for “lion’s tooth”, a reference to its coarsely shaped leaves. In modern day French, the plant is called “pissenlit” which means “urinate in bed” because of it’s diuretic properties. But more on that later…

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Garlic | Vampire Weekend in Old Blighty

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The infamous Garlic and Shots restaurant in Soho, London offers more garlic-laden dishes than you could shake at a coven of vampires. During my time as a resident of London, the restaurant was dismissed as tourist trap by us locals. But with the benefit of hindsight, I’ve got to concede that G and S is onto something.

Because it turns out garlic is exceedingly good for your health.

Packed full of phytochemicals and nutrients, garlic boasts an amazing array of health-giving functions. Its anti-clotting properties can help prevent heart disease and stroke. Ajoene, an antioxidant found in garlic, can stop skin cancer cells from spreading. It can assist in avoiding colon cancer, prostate cancer and stomach cancer. Allicin in garlic has been proven to lower blood pressure and cholesterol.

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Chia Seeds | Delicious Aztec Superfood

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Chia seed is an ancient superfood that’s currently experiencing a glorious renaissance. It’s a member of the sage family (Salvia Hispanica), and its little black and white seeds were once a staple of the Incan, Mayan and Aztec cultures, along with the Native Americans of the southwest.

“Chia” is actually the Mayan word for strength. The seeds were used by these ancient cultures as mega-energy food, especially for their running messengers, who would carry a small pouch of it with them. Chia has been called “Indian Running Food” and gives an incredibly sustaining surge of energy. I’ve definitely noticed for myself the “running energy” that chia seems to impart. If I eat chia and then run later that day, my endurance and ability to run further is greatly enhanced…pretty impressive stuff!

The chia available at Raw Reform is imported from Mexico and certified organic. In Mexico, they say that one tablespoon of chia seeds can sustain a person for 24 hours. Chia also happens to TASTE great, looks cute (like tiny dinosaur eggs) and is ready to eat really quickly. It also has an off-the-scale nutritional profile.

Why would you want to eat chia?

Chia seeds are said to have two times the protein of any other seed or grain; five times the calcium of milk — plus boron, which is a trace mineral that helps transfer calcium into your bones; twice the potassium of bananas; three times the reported antioxidant strength of blueberries; three times more iron than spinach and copious amounts of omega 3 and omega 6, which are essential fatty acids.

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Coconut Milk | Creamy Goodness

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Creamy and sweet, rich and fatty. A food item described by these four adjectives surely can’t be good for you. Or can it? In the case coconut milk, that’s an affirmative. Whereas most foods high in saturated fats are bad for your waistline and your heart, when it comes to coconut milk the (albeit not super slim) but definitely heart-healthy South Pacific islanders are living testaments to its good all round health properties.

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Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

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I’ve been blessed with the ability to sleep. I can doze off just about anywhere, anytime. When I turn off the light at night, I’m usually asleep within a minute. Bored? I can close my eyes and catnap until the fun begins again. As a tiny tot, it was not uncommon for my parents to find me passed out on the couch or under the kitchen table, having found myself tired or simply unstimulated. (My dog does this, too.) This is very handy on airplanes, especially considering the fact that I’m a neurotic flyer. With the exception of waking up for lavatory breaks, I can sleep the entire 14-hour journey from L.A. to Australia, which sure makes the time pass quickly.

My problem is, I don’t always make the time. It seems there’s always work to be done or episodes of “American Justice” piling up on the DVR. And while some people seem to get by just fine with only a few hours a night, I tend to become non-functional and even zombie-like after a few consecutive days of less-than-seven-hours.

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Jade Yoga | Harmony With No PVC

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There’s nothing like quite like yoga to help you feel connected to Mother Earth… but many yogis may be horrified to discover that between downward dog and terra firma is a nasty sliver of polyvinyl chloride or PVC.

On the whole, yogis are enlightened when it comes to the environment. Take a look around any class and you’ll see a fair smattering of reusable water bottles, organic vegan health bars and bike helmets. All the more ironic that the majority of yoga mats are made from toxic plastic — destined to inhabit the earth long after you and your practice have moved on to a higher spiritual plane.

Now we can all breathe a collective sigh of relief as manufacturers are coming out with earth-friendly alternatives. There are a number of options out there. My new favorite is the Harmony mat from Jade Yoga which is made from natural rubber, a renewable resource.

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Iron | It’s Good For You

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Iron. It’s the sixth most abundant element in the universe and one of the most common on earth. And it’s what Superman’s made of it. (Or was that steel?) For us mere mortals, iron is essential for good health. It transports oxygen to our cells as well as regulating cell growth and differentiation. Too little iron and you’re tired, have low immunity and poor work performance. Too much, however, can result in toxicity and even death. So, how do you make sure you are getting just the right amount? And where from? Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

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Coconut Milk Does A Body Good

coconut milk 02 Coconut Milk Does A Body Good

Creamy and sweet, rich and fatty. A food item described by these four adjectives surely can’t be good for you. Or can it? In the case coconut milk, that’s an affirmative. Whereas most foods high in saturated fats are bad for your waistline and your heart, when it comes to coconut milk the (albeit not super slim) but definitely heart-healthy South Pacific islanders are living testaments to its good all round health properties.

While coconut milk, which is derived from the flesh of the coconut, is high in saturated fat, it’s a “good saturated fat”, one which can be easily metabolized by the body. It doesn’t transform into “bad cholesterol” that can clog up the arteries. That’s because the principle ingredient in coconut milk is the lauric acid — the same stuff found in breast milk — which promotes brain development and healthy bones. What’s more, “it’s anti-carcinogenic, anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral”, and can strengthen your immune system and protect you from illnesses like hepatitis C, herpes and HIV.

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Vegetables | Thank You For Microwaving

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Juicers, wheat grass extractors, steamers… these appliances are synonymous with health and well-being. On the other end of the spectrum is the anti-Christ of healthy kitchen appliances — the microwave oven. Banished from the homes of the homeopathic and nixed by naturopaths, the microwave was once just the domain of guilty mothers, lazy fathers and brazen teenagers who stick their nose up at supposed carcinogens in favor of a speedy Pop-Tart Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

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Oscar Grimm | Successful Alternative Cancer Treatments

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Whenever pharmaceuticals are advertised on television, the verbal disclaimer they’re forced to provide always seems far longer than the shiny, happy portion of the commercial (the sales pitch). And at the end, you inevitably get a list of potential side effects, many of which are contradictory: this drug may cause grogginess or insomnia; you may vomit, you may be unable to vomit; don’t operate heavy machinery, don’t avoid heavy machinery.

And in most cases, the side effects seem so incredibly heinous that I’m left wondering why anyone would consider taking this drug. You may get a ten-minute reprieve from the pains of rheumatoid arthritis, but you’ll spend the next two weeks unable to eat, sleep or leave the bathroom. There’s simply got to be a better way.

Maybe that’s what Oscar Grimm thought at the start of his journey with cancer.

(At this point, I should probably provide a disclaimer of my own: the purpose of this article is to inform you of one man’s experience. Your actions after reading it are entirely your responsibility. But it’s an inspiring story, so keep reading.)

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Are Cell Phones the New Cigarettes?

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Quitting smoking two years ago was one of the greatest things I’ve done in my life. The transformation of my health was amazing, and up until now I’ve been looking forward to a cancer-free future. But according to a recent study by Dr. Vini Khurana, I face a much graver threat than cigarettes or even asbestos.

My cell phone.

Dr. Khurana has recently concluded that using a cell phone over a ten year period of time can double a person’s risk of a malignant brain tumor, which is almost always fatal. This is a pretty serious diagnosis when you consider that there are three billion cell phone users worldwide.

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Sarma Melngailis | Love and Food

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I’ve not posted in months. For anyone who gives a crap, SORRY! If I could do what I want to do, I’d have more time to do exactly this, because it’s fun, among other reasons. I have pages and pages of blog postage that I spit out over the last few months and then just never seemed to find time to pull together and now it feels very outdated. Not to mention, I just get embarrassed and feel like… really? does anyone really give a shit about what I ate for breakfast? Really? But maybe I’ll tidy it up, pull it together and throw it out there, why not. Someone encourage me please and I’ll do it. Here’s something I wrote on Valentine’s day:

Valentine’s Day!! It can be kind of like New Year’s Eve… too much expectation which leads only to disappointment. Here’s what I’ve learned: don’t expect anything. Then you’ll never be disappointed. Rely on yourself. Love yourself. And everyone else, but really, if you don’t treat yourself well, why should anyone else? Anyone who knows me and is reading this will be shouting things about pots and kettles calling each other black, whatever that saying is… because I’m told constantly I need to take better care of myself – but who takes their own advice anyway? Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

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