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9 Chia Seed Benefits (and 1 Misconception)

For some reason, I almost never have all of the ingredients for whatever I’m cooking, so I’ve become a master of substitutions. One of my favorite tricks is to use chia seeds when I’ve run out of eggs. It takes just 1 tablespoon of chia to 3 tablespoons of water … Read More

Apple Cider Vinegar: Miracle Remedy or Scam?

Some in the media have touted apple cider vinegar as a miracle cure-all. Wishful thinking, sadly. Miracle cure-alls are few and far between. Having said that, there is some research that supports apple cider vinegar's use in certain conditions. So let’s delve into the science—limited though it may be—of this … Read More

Potassium Deficiency? 10 Signs You’re Not Getting Enough

Potassium deficiency is the result of hypokalemia—the medical term for blood serum potassium levels that are below normal. Normal blood potassium levels are typically between 3.6 and 5.2 millimoles per liter (mmol/L). A potassium level that is very low (less than 2.5 mmol/L) can be life-threatening and requires immediate medical … Read More

Can These 3 Diet Plans Really Boost Heart and Brain Health?

You’ve no doubt heard about diets that claim to quickly and easily boost your heart health, melt off extra pounds, and even improve your memory. Most fad diet plans have some nuggets of good advice, but many of these diets go to extremes, and some may have potentially dangerous side … Read More

SIBO Treatment with Herbs Is as Effective as Antibiotics

SIBO treatment (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) is often needed for many people with chronic gas, bloating, and abdominal pain. (Find a full discussion of SIBO symptoms by clicking here.) An increasingly recognized problem, SIBO occurs when bacteria that normally occupy the colon migrate to the small intestine, feast on carbohydrates, … Read More

Is Peanut Butter Healthy?

Many of us can recall the excitement of opening our lunch box at school and discovering that Mom packed our favorite sandwich—peanut butter and jelly. That classic combination of creamy, sweet, and sometimes crunchy flavor is an American childhood favorite. And even if you’re no longer eating PB&J sandwiches for … Read More

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