Parsley Almond Pesto

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Food Leave a Comment

Parsley is a great source of folic acid, which is beneficial in preventing heart disease and a necessary nutrient during pregnancy. This spring I have found a garden filled with parsley and have been getting creative with ways to add it to my diet. This recipe is delicious and highly aromatic. It will boost the nutrition and antioxidant content of whatever …

5 Simple Practices to Improve Your Digestion

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Implementing simple practices to improve your digestion can go a long way in overall health. While you may have heard you are what you eat that isn’t the full story. You are what you can digest and absorb, making these practices crucial to your health. 5 Simple Practices to Improve Your Digestion Put a Little Time Into Food Prep. Digestion …

Eating, Drinking and Looking Pretty

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You read correctly. Eating, drinking and looking pretty all go together. What you eat and what you drink can enhance the way your skin appears. It can also impact the way others perceive your beauty. Eating, Drinking and Looking Pretty A recent study found that within 6 weeks of eating approximately 4 servings of vegetables a day participants were measurably more attractive. …

Food Cravings During Pregnancy

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Pregnancy 2 Comments

Food cravings during pregnancy are not only real, they can also provide insight into what nutrients your body may need. Have you ever found yourself searching the cupboards for a chocolate bar because it would go perfect with cheese? Or perhaps you are thinking a pickle would taste good on top of your ice cream. Chances are, if odd food combinations …

Can Diet Reverse Chronic Disease?

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We all know that good nutrition goes a long way. However, did you know the nutrients found in fresh fruits and vegetables can have profound effects in the management of chronic disease? This video highlights what an optimal diet can do in the case of multiple sclerosis, a chronic degenerative disease. Dr. Terry Wahls used food as medicine to treat …

New Guidelines for Pap Smears

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Wellbeing Leave a Comment

New guidelines for pap smears were published on March 14, 2012. What’s changed? The frequency in which the test should be performed has been greatly reduced. Additionally, it is recommended that all women 30+ be screened for HPV (Human Papilloma Virus). New Guidelines for Pap Smears Below is a summary of the new guidelines. Please note that if there are abnormal …

Natural Antibacterial Spray

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This recipe is simple and can help reduce germs in your home. Thyme essential oil has been shown to be effective against several bacteria, including H. influenza and Staph aureus. Plus, using natural ingredients can help you reduce your exposure to harmful chemicals. Supplies: 12 Drops lavender essential oil 1 Tablespoon thyme essential oil 2 Tablespoons liquid castile soap 2 Cups water …

Is Chocolate Good for Your Heart?

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Is Chocolate Good for Your Heart? The short answer is yes. Chocolate contains nutrients which have been shown to lower blood pressure and protect against heart disease. But not all chocolate has these benefits. Is Chocolate Good for Your Heart? When looking at the health benefits, dark chocolate wins over white. Dark chocolate contains compounds known as flavonoids. The flavonoids …

Factors That Affect Female Fertility

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It is estimated that over 10% of women aged 15-44 are unable to become pregnant. Listed below are some of the factors that contribute to infertility, including those which are preventable . 5 Factors That Affect Female Fertility Stress Stress has the ability to not only decrease fertility, but it may also play a role in how a developing child …