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Cleanse Diets 101: Is a “Detox” a Good Idea?

Cleanse Diets 101: Is a “Detox” a Good Idea?

Your gastrointestinal (GI) tract is extremely complex, and scientists believe it to be a vital component of the immune system. The surface lining of the GI tract includes numerous bacteria, immune cells, and nerve cells that largely function to protect us against toxins and foreign invaders. This fascinating gut-immune link

Coconut Water: Can Drinking Too Much Be Dangerous?

Coconut Water: Can Drinking Too Much Be Dangerous?

Editor’s note: When used safely, coconut water benefits can include lowering blood pressure and boosting hydration. Below, we discuss coconut water disadvantages; to learn more about the benefits of drinking coconut water daily, click here.

One of the best-known coconut water benefits, an uncommonly high amount of potassium, is also the

In Support of the Local Food Movement

You’ve probably noticed an increasing variety of “locally grown” foods in the marketplace these days. But why are local foods trending, and what benefits accompany their purchase? EN takes a look at some shortfalls of our increasingly globalized food system, and compares it with the numerous benefits of local foods.

Enrich Your Healthy Plate With Tropical Fruits

In addition to the bananas, apples, grapes, oranges and peaches that often fill the collective American fruit bowl, there is a rich variety of tropical fruits available—some year round, and at affordable prices.
Only 15% of American adults eat the recommended amount of fruit, which ranges from 1.5 to 2.5 cups

Q&A: Sciatica; Hydration; Cheese

Q. My husband’s leg pain has been attributed to sciatica. What exactly is this, and how is it treated?
A. The sciatic nerve is a collection of nerve fibers at the base of the spine that come together and form the sciatic nerve, which runs below the piriformis muscle in the

Most Filling Foods: How to Satisfy Those Hunger Pangs

Most Filling Foods: How to Satisfy Those Hunger Pangs

Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight goal can be a constant struggle, particularly if you’re hungry all the time. You may feel constant cravings for sweets between meals or for your favorite junk foods in the afternoon and late at night. First step in controlling those cravings: Choose the most

Cocoa Can Provide a Nutritious Boost

If you’re a chocolate lover, you can thank cocoa powder for that distinctive taste. Cocoa powder originates from cocoa (or cacao) beans. After cocoa beans are dried and roasted, they are separated into cocoa solids and cocoa butter, and the cocoa solids are ground into cocoa powder. Cocoa powder by

Pros and Cons of a Plant-Based Diet

Does the phrase “plant-based diet” bring to mind never-ending salads, bland vegetables, and tasteless tofu? If so, it’s time to update your thinking. A plant-based diet focuses on including more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds in your diet, but it doesn’t necessarily exclude meat and other animal-sourced

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