You Should Be Going Nuts Over Coconuts!

While there are many nutrient dense foods that fall under the "superfood" category, there are some that seem even more super than the rest. One of these powerful plant foods is the coconut! This is one of the most versatile superfoods because it can be used and consumed in so many ways. Young green coconuts are harvested and drained for there "coconut water" which turns into "coconut milk" in the mature coconuts. Both of these liquids pack all kinds of nutrients and health benefits on there own. On the inside of the coconut shell in mature nuts is the "flesh" of the coconut. This can be harvest to eat or processed into oils and nut milk. Even the shell of this powerful superfood provides us with some charcoal and coir from the fibrous husk! I'll break down all these aspects of the coconut and benefits that go along with them, which will have you going nuts over these coconuts!

Use The Power of Mother Nature To Fight Off The Cold & Flu!

Winter is coming! That means cold and flu season will be coming right along with it. Yes, that dreaded time of year where runny noses and coughs run rampant throughout work places, schools and supermarkets. When liquid hand sanitizer is used as if it were holy water to expel these evil flu demons. This is also the time of year a lot of antibiotics are prescribed and lots of over-the-counter cold and flu medicines are sold. These antibiotics can devastate your healthy gut bacteria, which can cause all sorts of health problems. The over-the-counter cold medicines are very popular and readily available. While some may think this is a great thing, it has lead to the abuse and misuse of these medicines by both adults and teenagers alike. Luckily these things can all be avoided through the power of mother natures herbal plant medicines!

A Cup of Coffee A Day To Keep The Doctor Away?

Who doesn’t love coffee? Okay, besides that one weirdo friend of yours who doesn’t like the taste (they are probably a psychopath by the way!), most people love coffee! We love it to the point where it is a staple in most homes. Something I know we freak out about in my house when its gone! But, why is this? What sort of powers does this magic bean possess? In reality there are many, but the big one most people would shout out when answering this question is, Caffeine! Or coffees ability to wake us up and get us going! While this is important to most of us, especially in the morning, there are other properties in coffee that may be even more beneficial.

Relieve Your Pain The Natural Way!

We have all seen those infomercials on the latest and greatest prescription drugs, designed to mask the symptoms of all your health problems. Hopefully we have all also listened to the long list of side effects and complications that can occur from taking these prescribed drugs. Of the drugs that are prescribed, pain relieving are one of the most common. Risk factors of these drugs can range from addiction and abuse to a 50% increased chance of having a heart attack with common pain-relievers, including ibuprofen! No worries, mother nature has our back. She provides us with plenty of natural pain relieving options that come without the added risks!

Got Gluten?

Its been well documented that those who have been diagnosed with "Celiac Disease" cannot consume foods that contain gluten in them. This is a serious autoimmune disorder that can occur in genetically predisposed people where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine. It is estimated to affect 1 in 100 people worldwide. Two and one-half million Americans are undiagnosed and are at risk for long-term health complications. So, what exactly is this gluten stuff, where does it come from, and are only those with celiac disease effected by it?

These New Superfood Reds Will Have You Feeling Like Superman!

Do you have trouble focusing throughout the day? Or find yourself feeling drained and you still have 6 hours left to go? Have no fear, the "New Superfood Reds" are here! Not only does this blend of superfoods help with your mental clarity, focus and overall energy, but it also helps detox the body, fight aging, while boosting your metabolism and immune system along the way!

You'll Be Breaking Chains With These Branched-Chains!

If you or anyone that you know is into health and fitness, then there is a good chance that you have heard of “BCAA’s”. While you have probably heard about them there are still a few questions that you may have. What they are? Where they come from? Or why you would even need them? I’ll answer all these questions and more, showing you how you’ll be breaking chains with these branched-chains!

Beat The Heat, Hydrate & Repeat!

Most of us love being outdoors on a nice summer day. From trips to the beach, to hiking in the woods, and everything in between. It's nice to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine, whats not so nice is the heat that comes along with it! Heat that can make us feel tired and worn down, and even make us sweat enough to deplete our bodies of essential mineral electrolytes

Luckily mother nature provides ways to stay cool and beat the heat naturally! I will cover various simple, but effective ways to beat the heat while outdoors. As well as natural ways to rehydrate and replenish your body after a long hot day! So, lets get to it!

Cholesterol: The Good, The Bad, The Healthy?

Many of us know that the worlds leading cause of mortality in developed and developing countries is cardiovascular disease (CVD). But do we know why? For many years scientists and doctors have pointed to the fact that Dyslipidemia, high low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C or "Bad" Cholesterol), triglyceride concentrations, and low high density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C or "Good" Cholesterol) concentrations are associated with elevated CVD risk. This is what lead many doctors to attack dietary cholesterol, citing it as the source of high LDL levels, which could lead to CVD. In doesn't stop there, saturated fats have also been under fire for causing high LDL levels.

But is this actually the case? Can eating foods high in dietary cholesterol and saturated fats really lead to cardiovascular disease? I will answer all these questions and more, based on my research and the latest studies available, to find out all there is to know about cholesterol. The good, the bad, and the healthy!

Take A Walk On The Wild Side: A Guide To Foraging Wild Edibles

It's that time of year, where a lot of us are outside enjoying the beautiful weather. No matter if its a barbecue, sporting event or graduation party. The one thing in common is that we are all enjoying some fresh air and sunshine. Among that fresh air and sunshine is a whole world of wildlife and wild plants. This diverse eco system is filled with edible plants and fruits that mother nature provides. From common food sources such as berries and apples to some not so common nutrient packed plants like purslane, which is widely considered a weed that is just picked and thrown out of a garden. I will break down some of the most common, easy to find and nutrient packed wild edibles out there.

Feel Like A Superhero With These Superfoods!

I'm sure by now, you have all heard about superfoods. But what exactly is a superfood? And what makes them so super to begin with? Are they plants that were exposed to mass radiation, giving them super abilities to fight crime? Or are they aliens from another planet, possessing otherworldly powers? I will break down some of my favorite superfoods in detail to try and answer these very questions.

Probiotics: Bacteria That Effect The Way We Think & Feel

We all have days where we are a little moody and don't quite feel like ourselves. Sometimes it's is because of certain events that can be traced back to the source. Other times however, we are left in the dark, wondering why we feel the way to do. This results in many people getting prescribed pharmaceutical drugs to fix something that might be able to be fixed through your gut. Thats right your gut. Studies have shown gut microbiota that interact with brain regions associated with mood and behavior. Lack of these beneficial bacteria have also been linked behavioral disorders like anxiety. As well as neurodegeneration in the brain in the form of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.

The Natural Path To The Fountain of Youth?

With the everyday advancements in modern science and medicine, such as stem cell technology, genetics and aging research, is seems as though humanity is on the path to eternal life. This path however, sounds like something out of a sci-fi novel. Is there another way to slow aging, heal the body and stay youthful without feeling like a lab rat or guinea pig? Luckily mother nature provides us with amazing superfoods and herbs, which combined with other practices and techniques, can lead to slower aging, faster recovery and a more youthful looking body. All without becoming the Frankenstein Monster!

The Power of The Breath

“If you know the way broadly you will see it in everything.” - Miyamoto Musashi. Sometimes the key to alleviating stress, reducing anxiety and even advancing our physical performance lies in the simplest things. The keys lay there in wait once you master these simple things to there fullest. Much like the quote starting out this post expresses. Once you have mastered that simple thing, the path to mastery of all things will be seen. There is nothing simpler and no better place to start this journey of self-mastery, than with the breath.

Stevia: The Sweeter, The Better?

It's long been known that desserts, candies and other sweet treats are not good for us because of all the sugar, which can lead to all kinds of health problems, including heart disease. In a pervious blog post called "Fight Fat, With Fat!" I mentioned how in the 1970's, the sugar industry paid off Harvard Scientists to downplay sugars role in heart disease, the number one killer in America, and shift the blame to saturated fat. 

Is whats in Your Whey, getting in Your Way to those gains?

Got milk? More importantly, what does your milk have in it? With increasing demand for dairy, many farmers have resorted to Factory Farming. This is a process in which farm animals are kept in factory type environments. Standing in their own waste, confined to small areas. This waste, when left untreated leaks into ground and surface water. In some cases polluting the water supply. These animals don't live anything like they were intended to.

Meatless Mania

While non-meat eating diets seem to be on the rise, a 500% rise in the vegan diet since 2014 to be exact, more and more companies are coming out with plant based "Meat Like" products. This is something that could be heaven sent for those plant based dieters that are getting bored with their same old meals, while remembering what it was like to eat Chinese take-out, burgers, brats or even a spaghetti dinner! In this post, I will take you through a few of my favorite plant based takes on take-out classics, while breaking down the nutritional info along the way.