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  • The Health Benefits of Raw Fruits for Your Bones, Blood Pressure, and Breathing

    – by Mariana Ashley

    fruit and the raw food diet

    Most are aware that fruits are good for you; after all, they are a healthier alternative to fatty, greasy foods.

    But aside from keeping your waistline trim, did you know that certain raw fruits can actually help you sustain a long healthy life by preventing certain illnesses and diseases such as cancer and the common cold? To learn the health benefits of particular raw fruits, continue reading below. Read more »

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    Don’t Turn Down Those Turnip Greens!

    – by Maureen Lauder

    This just in:  Turnip greens might be the king of greens.  It would take a lot to end my love affair with kale, but I just got a load of the nutritional info on turnip greens and hoo boy!

    Here’s why they look so good: Read more »

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    Hail to the Kale!

    – by Shari Hearn

    dinosaur kale - green smoothies and vegan options

    Okay, perhaps “Hail to the Kale” is an insipid title for an article.  Let’s face it; kale is a hard word to rhyme.  But, it’s better than the title I first came up with:  “If kale had a degree, it’d be from Yale.”

    I guess what my feeble attempts at a clever title are trying to achieve is to convey kale’s amazing qualities.  And, yes, a vegetable can be amazing.  Particularly when it’s loaded with substances that can help protect one from cancer, cataracts, emphysema, and rheumatoid arthritis.

    Kale is not particularly a staple in most American households, but, after reading this article, I hope kale becomes a staple in your house.  Some may consider kale bitter, and, admittedly, some varieties of kale are on the bitter side.   The secret to eating kale, then, is to Read more »

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    Sharon Rashbaum: Becoming a WHAT?!?

    – by Sharon Rashbaum

    prescriptions or produce?Well it’s the night before I start my detox and I am still wondering how I got here.  Let me tell you a little about the journey that has brought me to this detox.

    Several years ago I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA).  I was miserable, couldn’t walk, couldn’t sit, couldn’t sleep and was on a TON of medication.  The medication had wonderful side effects like constipation, irritability, weight gain, insomnia…the meds made me more miserable than the RA.  So I decided enough was enough.

    I was going to do something about it, something the doctors never would have told me. I changed my diet.  Sounds easy right?  Not exactly. Read more »

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    Let’s Give Thanks for Cinnamon!

    Yesterday was Thanksgiving here in the USA!  Many people joined their families around dinner tables to indulge in some food and the pure enjoyment of being with loved ones. As I reflected on what I was thankful for, I got a whiff of sweet cinnamon, and I knew I had to add it to my list of thanks!

    cinnamonSo, cinnamon is the magic ingredient in the smoothie I wrote about the other day, but what is cinnamon, and is it beneficial to us?

    Cinnamon is a small tree that is commonly found in South Asia and the Middle East region. The cinnamon that we typically find in our supermarkets is the bark of this tree, which is either sold as the dried tubular form known as a quill or stick, or ground into a powder.

    Although it is available throughout the year, the fragrant, sweet and warm taste of cinnamon is a perfect spice to use during the winter months. Cinnamon has a long history both as a spice and as a medicine.

    Cinnamon has extremely high anti-oxidant activity, and the oil of cinnamon has strong anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Cinnamon is also a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium.

    Studies have shown that cinnamon:

    • may have a regulatory effect on blood sugar levels and is therefore beneficial for people with Type 2 Diabetes.
    • can lower cholesterol.
    • has a role in aiding digestion.
    • can help to treat diarrhea.
    • can help to cure the common cold.
    • combined with honey can reduce arthritis pain.
    • can help to boost memory and cognitive function.
    • is useful for treating toothaches.
    • can Eliminate bad breath.
    • can cure headaches and migraine pain.
    • can reduce the proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells
    • has an anti-clotting effect on the blood
    • is a natural preservative as when added to food it inhibits bacterial growth

    So, let’s give thanks for the many benefits of cinnamon! In fact, during the GSQ 24-Day Countdown Christmas, a few recipes featuring cinnamon will be shared with participants! I hope you’ll join us!

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