Anti-Inflammatory Diet & Recipes

Let’s Talk About Inflammation! Inflammation is linked to: 1. Weight Gain & Obesity 2. Cardiovascular disease 3. Diabetes 4. Mood & depression 5. Cognitive function (focus, ADD, & ADHD) 6. Brain Health (e.g., Alzheimer’s Disease) 7. Sports recovery (more inflammation = longer recovery) 8. Immune compromise 9. Irritable bowel disease & gut problems 10. Any […]

Antioxidants: Ace Your Health!

Antioxidants are like the superheroes of your body.  They’re tiny molecules that protect your cells from harm caused by toxins and stress like midterms, air pollution, poor sleep, and even too much exercise. How does this happen? Toxins and stress can produce free radicals, unstable molecules that wreak havoc in the body.  But what are these free […]

Phytonutrients & Polyphenols: Let Food Be Thy Medicine

Phytonutrients & Polyphenols: Let Food Be Thy Medicine! Phytonutrients and Polyphenols 1. What are Phytonutrients? Phytonutrients are beneficial chemicals/compounds found in plants (including fruits, legumes, nuts, seeds, herbs, coffee/teas, and veggies). They often have benefits that promote plant health and vitality and can benefit human health and vitality in turn when consumed/used appropriately. Phytonutrients are not […]

Let’s Talk About Antioxidants!

Let’s Talk About Antioxidants! What are Antioxidants? 1. Free Radicals & Antioxidants: 1.1. What are Free Radicals?  Free radicals are molecules that easily loose electrons, making them unstable, and causing them to seek out other molecules’ electrons for stability (damaging other molecules and their tissues in the process). Do you remember the kid at lunchtime […]

Let’s Talk About Smoothies

Let’s Talk About Smoothies! To Smoothie or Not to Smoothie? Glycemic Index, Weight, & Cardiometabolic Markers Myth #1: “All Smoothies are Liquid Sugar” Many commercial smoothies these days are indeed: 1) void of fiber; 2) laden with artificial sugars or sweeteners; 3) closer to milkshakes than smoothies. Read More Micronutrients and Polyphenols Although some smoothies […]

Smoothie Recipes Here!

Smoothie Recipes Here! Smoothie Recipes Sweet Buster Smoother This simple smoothies delivers 100% daily fiber needs, heaping doses of iron, manganese, magnesium, and great healthy fats that will bust cravings and keep you fueled throughout the day. My clients have 1 for breakfast or 1/2-servings as morning, afternoon, or before bedtime snacks. Show More Anti-Inflammatory […]

Let’s Talk About Cucumbers & Cucumber Juice!

Let’s Talk About Cucumbers & Cucumber Juice! Cucumbers are rich in water, polyphenolics (potent anti-inflammatory antioxidants), and cucurbitacins (a class of terpenes with anti-inflammatory and other health benefits) that are known to possess multiple antioxidant, anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic/hyperglycemic, anti-aging (anti-hyaluronidase, anti-elastase), diuretic, metabolism-boosting, amylolytic, antimicrobial, and analgesic effects (Uthpala et al., 2020; Sharma, Sharma, & […]

Let’s Talk About Celery Juice!

Let’s Talk About Celery Juice! Celery and celery extracts are rich in flavonoids, vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants (e.g., polyphenols and phenolic acids), and even essential oils! Further, processing celery to juices or smoothies allows consumption of other antioxidants like chlorophyll and additional fermentation benefits (Zhao et al., 2021; Mezeyová et al., 2018). These beneficial compounds […]

Let’s Talk About Blackberries!

Let’s Talk About Blackberries! Blackberries provide a powerhouse of antioxidants with great plant fiber for a low-GI treat and an excellent source of Manganese to boot! The antioxidants in blackberries are protective against Alzheimer’s Diseases and a variety of additional inflammatory and degenerative processes (inflammation, cardiovascular problems, and a variety of cognitive processes (“brain fog”). […]

Let’s Talk About Acai!

Let’s Talk About Açaí! Açaí is an amazing source of healthy plant fats with plant fiber to boot! Just two (2) packets of unsweetened açaí have 10g of fat. Açaí also provides a great source of sustained endurance (energy) without any sugar crashes. It’s also an amazing source of antioxidants with a stellar glycemic profile (similar to blackberries – […]