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At one level, your body is an impossibly complex symphony of electrical impulses and chemical chain reactions fueled by sunshine, the air you breathe, and the food you eat. Food has three basic nutrients: protein, carbohydrates and fats. They are often referred to as macronutrients, and they give our bodies calories, glucose, amino acids, and fatty acids needed for our metabolism and daily functions. Your body also needs a diverse array of vitamins, minerals, and other compounds to function properly. And you’re not just feeding yourself, you also support a community of symbiotic bacteria and fungi in your gut that play diverse essential roles. Unfortunately, we live in the age of hyperpalatable processed foods: cheap, addictively tasty, and high in calories, these foods are linked to the most pervasive killers of our day, from heart disease to diabetes. While fruits, vegetables, whole grains, mushrooms, and meats are the basis of a nutritious diet, processed foods made from over-processed grains, refined sugars, and denatured oils nurture disease. These cheap and tasty foods have great shelf life—and deadly consequences. You can get more nutrients from your food depending on how you cook it. Some foods are healthier if cooked more, chopped more, or eaten at certain times of year. It is also important to grow foods in living soils that can offer a full spectrum of essential minerals and nutrients—without the effects of toxic herbicides and pesticides and the still largely unknown consequences of genetic modification.

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Flavonols May Lower Age-Related Memory Loss: Study

New research finds eating more flavonols—a type of antioxidant found in many fruits, vegetables, tea, and wine—could slow the natural decline in memory that comes with age. This study adds ...

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Why Good Digestion Is Important in Ayurveda

Why Good Digestion Is Important in Ayurveda

Your very body begins with digestion, so if you have problems here, they must be resolved

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Go Plant-Forward for the Holidays

Go Plant-Forward for the Holidays

There's nothing like the festive spread of beloved holiday meals to heighten the season's celebratory gatherings. If you're looking to enhance this year's menu, try increasing the amount of plant-based ...

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Losing Hair? Going Bald? Can it Really be Stopped?–Natural and Medical Methods

Losing Hair? Going Bald? Can it Really be Stopped?–Natural and Medical Methods

Can You Really Stop Hair Loss and Reverse Going Bald? What causes hair loss?–Is it the same in women, as it is in men?–Are there really ways to, turn hair ...

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Almonds May Help Control Calories, Study Shows

As rates of overweight and obesity continue to rise throughout the developed world, a new study published in the European Journal of Nutrition has found that a handful of almonds ...

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Berberine–A Powerful Supplement With Many Benefits

Berberine is a yellow alkaloid found in goldenseal root, barberry bark, Oregon grape root, and coptis (goldthread) root. It is an antioxidant that is antibacterial, antiparasitic, antifungal, antiviral, anti-amoebic and has ...

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Cheesy Chicken Chowder (Recipe)

Cheesy Chicken Chowder (Recipe)

This chicken soup is delicious and hearty enough for a main course. Cook up a whole chicken for your Sunday lunch and then use the leftovers for a second meal! ...

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Spiced Apple Cider (Recipe)

Spiced Apple Cider (Recipe)

Traditionally sipped at fall and winter celebrations, mulling spices of home-brewed cider chase away the sharpest evening chill. SERVINGS: 4 PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES COOK TIME: 15 MINUTES Preparation of ...

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Gingerbread Smoothie (Recipe)

Gingerbread Smoothie (Recipe)

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Acai Berries Prevent Cardiac Scar Formation After Heart Attack

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Zinc Cuts COVID Death Risk by 40%

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Blueberry Einkorn Muffins

Blueberry Einkorn Muffins

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A Healthier Pumpkin Pie (Recipe)

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