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5 Healthy Morning Rituals Inspired by Hildegard

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  Morning rituals often determine how we feel for the rest of the day.  We have assembled these 5 rituals inspired by Hildegard of Bingen to help get the day off to a successful start.  Common sense and experience tells us, our morning behavior affects productivity, energy levels, and satisfaction throughout the day.  The beginning…

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Intermittent Fasting Results and Health Benefits

Rather than prescribing a specific form of fasting, the term “intermittent fasting” (also, called interval fasting or periodic fasting) describes a rhythm of eating. In comparison to a strict fasting regimen, an intermittent fasting schedule provides for good meals confined to specific times, and only at certain intervals. The process of intermittent fasting calls for…

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Sugar and Health. What to Know About Sugar

Is sugar bad for you

Today, our dependence on sugar leads to obvious outcomes, like obesity. But sugar also contributes to deeper health problems.  In the western world, refined sugar finds its way into almost every meal. Whether added to our coffee or tea, included in our breads, cookies, and cakes, or simply consumed directly, in the form of snacks,…

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Quince, A Healthy and Almost Forgotten Fruit

Quince Fruit

Germany loves to celebrate its plants, trees, and fruits.  So, except for the fact that quince fruits are relatively unknown in America, it should come as no big surprise that the quince fruit was celebrated in Germany as the official fruit of 2017. Its pink and white flowers possess a scent reminiscent of citrus and…

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Buckwheat Benefits Nutrition

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  Buckwheat used to be known as a peasant’s meal. It met the basic requirement of filling the stomach, while being easy to grow and full of valuable nutrients. Buckwheat arrived in Europe as a cereal plant by way of introduction from the Mongolians in the 14th century. Today, it shows-up around the world as…

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Bitter Herbs for Appetite Control and Digestion

Digestive bitters and bitter herbs have played an active role in helping to balance appetite since antiquity. But, what does the balance of appetite really mean? And, if bitter herbs also serve to stimulate appetite, why have monks and nuns relied on bitters to support their fasting regimen? The internet is full of lists showing…

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Cubeb Pepper, a medicinal plant used for thousands of years

Cubeb Berries Health Benefits

Pepper is a familiar herb to most people.  After all, most of us use this spice daily in the kitchen.  However, a variety of pepper, cubeb pepper (Piper cubeba) remains largely unknown in the US and western Europe.  Black pepper appears much more commonly in our diet. Arab doctors first recognized the healing effects of…

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Food as Medicine: Heal with Food

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The principal of food as the foundation of healing is not unique, and the idea of food as medicine is ancient. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, said “let food be thy medicine, and medicine be they food.”

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