Natural Health and Wellness

Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar--Your Brain's Silent Killer [Book Review]

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 by Cassandra B.

Grain BrainThere is a lot of research talking about how carbohydrates—wheat, flour, sugar—are bad for you. Bad for your waistline, bad for your energy levels, bad for your heart health… the list goes on and on. What many people don’t talk about, however, is the relation between carbohydrates and your brain. Grain Brain, by David Perlmutter, MD, discusses that very correlation with detailed evidence and descriptions supporting the hypothesis that carbs are destroying your brain.

Dr. Perlmutter gets to the...

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My 30-Day Gluten Free Experiment Helped Me Find A New Favorite: Gluten Free Pasta!

Thursday, October 24, 2013 by Cassandra B.

I’ve grown up having headaches for most of my life. Recently, it was suggested that I may have a gluten intolerance, which may lead to headaches. Willing to try pretty much anything to get rid of them, I decided to give up gluten for a month, starting on October 1st, to see if there was any merit to this claim. By “give up gluten,” I don’t mean that anything that might have a smidge of gluten was off-limits—I may have intolerance, not an allergy. I’m basically just staying away from breads,...

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Help! Which Product Should I Use On My Dry Skin? An SHP-Insider Tests New Products to Find the Answer

Monday, April 1, 2013 by Cassandra B.

North Dakota winters are among the coldest and driest winters in the US. Unfortunately, I have extremely dry skin, which makes finding good quality products made with beneficial ingredients a challenge. Fortunately, I work at an awesome company that carries a wide variety of skincare products made with only the best ingredients. I thought I’d give my skin some pampering this winter and try a few out.

Organic Manuka Natural Lipcare
This lip balm is made with manuka honey, shea and cocoa butter,...

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Is Berberine a Fix for Common Travel Ailment?

Sunday, February 17, 2013 by Cassandra B.

While the holiday travel season is finally over, spring break travel is just around the corner.  Warm beaches, sunny weather…and traveler’s intestinal issues. Enter berberine.

Berberine is an alkaloid nutrient that comes from the roots of many herbal plants such as goldenseal, Oregon grape and barberry. Used in traditional Chinese practices, berberine was also used as a yellow dye.

While there are several studies demonstrating the use of berberine for various antimicrobial activities against many...

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DIY Natural Sugar Scrub

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 by Cassandra B.

DIY Sugar Scrub recipes

How to Use a Sugar Scrub

A sugar scrub is used to help smooth out rough skin. Essentially, the sugar granules act as the scrubbing or exfoliating mechanism. To use it, simply massage the sugar scrub in small circular movements over rough patches of skin, such as on your elbows, knees or feet. Using a sugar scrub on your face is generally not recommended. 

It's easiest to use your sugar scrub in the shower, so you can easily rinse it off when you are done. 

Should I Make or Buy a Sugar Scrub?


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Macadamia Nut Oil's Cooking Benefits

Tuesday, January 24, 2012 by Cassandra B.

Looking for a seed or nut oil that can withstand high temperatures? Try Macadamia nut oil.

Macadamia Nut Oil's Cooking BenefitsMacadamia nut oil features oleic acid and contains 80% monounsaturated fats, no trans fat, and about 3% polyunsaturated fat. Due to its buttery, nutty flavor, it often is used to replace olive oil in baking or in salad dressings. The high smoke point of 400-450 degrees Fahrenheit makes it the perfect oil for high heat cooking---its fatty acid composition stays intact when frying and baking at...

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Using Agar Agar as a Cooking Substitute

Tuesday, January 10, 2012 by Cassandra B.
Agar Agar flakesIf you are looking for a vegetarian gelatin, try agar agar (also referred to as "kanten"), which is a gelatin alternative made from sea vegetables. Agar agar usually comes in powder or flake form, although it can also be found in thread or bar form. Agar agar has no taste or color and can also be used for dieting or digestive support due to its 80% fiber content. Unlike animal gelatin, agar agar sets firmly at room temperature, making it a more versatile gelatin. Use agar agar as a vegetarian...Read More »

World Heart Day This Thursday, September 29th

Monday, September 26, 2011 by Cassandra B.

heartCardiovascular diseases kill 17.3 million people per year.  Eighty percent of premature heart attacks and strokes are preventable, and the keys are simple: healthy diet, regular physical activity and no tobacco products.

Healthy Diet:
Eat a wide variety of vegetables and fruit, restrict your sodium, sugar and fats, and stick to whole grains, lean meats, fish and legumes. Try slowly incorporating healthy foods into your diet—substitute lean meat for red meat, add fish or legumes to your salad, or...

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September is National Skin Care Awareness Month

Wednesday, September 7, 2011 by Cassandra B.

In honor of National Skin Care Awareness Month, here are of my favorite skin care tips:Organic Jojoba Oil

  • Water, Water, Water. There is nothing better for your skin (or your body) than water. I have dry skin, so every morning I like to add a little Lily of the Desert Whole Leaf Aloe Vera Juice to my morning glass of water for cleansing from the inside out.
  • Love Your Lips. I LOVE Burt’s Bees products. My favorites are their Lip Balms. They have many different scents and feel so fresh.
  • Sooth Your Skin. I heard a few...
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