Lymphatic System

Your Lymphatic System: Fountain of Youth?



What if your dull skin, and thinning hair, PMS, aching knees, mood swings, forgetfulness, food sensitivities, or those hard-to-lose last 10 pounds are the result of one simple issue? What if it is all caused by a sluggish lymphatic system? In Ayurvedic medicine, a medical system that is at least 5,000 years old, the lymphatic system is generally the first system treated, no matter the symptom. This may seem strange to those of us in the west where the lymph system is rarely even mentioned. Continue reading “Your Lymphatic System: Fountain of Youth?”

Is your breakfast helping or hurting you? Recipe for My Superfood Smoothie #superfood #smoothie #breakfast #intermittent fasting #health #reclaimingvitality

Is Your Breakfast Helping Or Hurting You? (Plus My Superfood-Filled Breakfast Smoothie Recipe)

I always believed that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Now I know that this is only true in certain instances. The popular belief that I subscribed to was that eating breakfast gets your metabolism started for the day. In his article “Does Skipping Breakfast Help With Weight Loss”, Chris Kresser, a functional medicine practitioner, addresses the issue of eating or skipping breakfast as related to weight loss, blood sugar, insulin resistance, and also examines the ancestral angle of breakfast. It is extremely enlightening. I highly recommend reading it! I will address more about breakfast timing at the end of the post. Continue reading “Is Your Breakfast Helping Or Hurting You? (Plus My Superfood-Filled Breakfast Smoothie Recipe)”

Tiger Nut "corn" bread

Tiger Nut “Corn” bread: A Delicious Way to get your Resistant Starch (Gluten-free, Grain-free, Corn-free)



Although there is no corn or gluten in this cornbread-like tiger nut bread, you won’t notice. It is so tasty, plus it is loaded with resistant starch from the tiger nut flour and buckwheat! If you haven’t yet heard of the importance of resistant starch, go here. If you have, then you are probably hoping to find some easy ways to incorporate resistant starch into your diet to feed your microbiome. Well here you go, my friend. First though, indulge me while I breakdown the other benefits of tiger nuts for you.  Continue reading “Tiger Nut “Corn” bread: A Delicious Way to get your Resistant Starch (Gluten-free, Grain-free, Corn-free)”

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Resistant Starch: What is it, Why You Need it, and How to Get it



Resistant starch (RS) is yet another area where the Standard American Diet (SAD) is lacking. Americans average just 3-9 grams of resistant starch a day. Whole foods, plant based diets in developing countries get around 30-40 grams per day. Some experts believe our paleo ancestors consumed about 135 grams per day by eating tubers, roots, medicinal tree barks, and other wild plant foods.  Continue reading “Resistant Starch: What is it, Why You Need it, and How to Get it”

Three Easy Ways to Add Fermented Foods to Your Daily Diet #fermentedfoods #kraut #sauerkraut #traditionalfoods #preobiotics #guthealth #microbiome #reclaimingvitality

Three Easy Ways to Add Fermented Foods to Your Daily Diet and a Basic Kraut Recipe

You have probably heard that fermented foods like kraut (sauerkraut) are full of probiotics and that probiotics feed the good bacteria in your gut or microbiome. Now the question is how to get them into your daily routine so that they become a habit. You are much more likely to eat fermented foods if they are on hand all the time, of course. One easy way to assure that this is so is to make your own. Most fermented foods are truly simple to make and do not require a lot of time. I usually do it while I am in the kitchen making dinner anyway. See the bottom of the post for a basic recipe for Kraut that you can change up however you like.  Continue reading “Three Easy Ways to Add Fermented Foods to Your Daily Diet and a Basic Kraut Recipe”

10 Ways to Sneak Nutrients into Your Diet without Taking a Pill

10 Ways to Sneak Nutrients into your Diet Without Taking a Pill



These days, with things to contend with such as soil depletion, food traveling great distances before it reaches your table, and processed foods that are stripped of nutrients, it can be hard to get the nutrients that your body needs in your daily diet. Although there are many ways to sneak in extra nutrients, I find that a small list is better for comprehension, so here are 10 ways to sneak in nutrients. Most of them you will barely notice! And, hey, if you only pick 2 or 3, you are better off than you were before. Continue reading “10 Ways to Sneak Nutrients into your Diet Without Taking a Pill”

Sprouts: These Tasty Gems Contain Nutrients that Detoxify, Fight Cancer, and Balance Hormones #sprouts #traditionalfoods #reclaimingvitality

Sprouts: These Tasty Gems Contain Nutrients that Detoxify, Fight Cancer, and Balance Hormones

Sprouts are one of my favorite ways to get extra nutrients into my diet! They are tasty, simple to make, and jam packed with nutrients, many of which are cancer fighting. I add them to salads, sandwiches, wraps, and even soups (such as Mung bean sprouts for Pho). Even if you have no space for a garden, you certainly have space for a jar to sprout these! Continue reading “Sprouts: These Tasty Gems Contain Nutrients that Detoxify, Fight Cancer, and Balance Hormones”