How much copper do we need? Can we get it from food?

By | March 16th, 2018|detoxification, disease prevention, Food, vitamins and minerals|

Earlier in the week, I wrote about the importance of copper for our health. It is involved in so many areas of our metabolism and health. We also covered copper deficiency and what symptoms are associated with it. Today we’ll look at how much copper we need and good copper food sources. […]

The importance of copper | Signs of copper deficiency

By | March 13th, 2018|detoxification, disease prevention, Immune system, vitamins and minerals|

Copper is essential for the functioning of our bodies. It is required for over 30 different chemical reactions including our antioxidant defense system. Copper deficiency is now seen to be more common than previously thought.  […]

Pomegranate and apple cider vinaigrette dressing | Foodie Friday

By | March 9th, 2018|Basics, disease prevention, Food, Foodie Friday, Recipes, vitamins and minerals|

Here’s a quick, easy pomegranate salad dressing recipe made using pomegranate juice for all those health benefits we’ve been discussing lately. […]

What is in pomegranate juice that has health benefits? Does it vary depending on how we prepare it?

By | March 6th, 2018|disease prevention, Food, In treatment, Just diagnosed, Just finished treatment, prostate cancer, vitamins and minerals|

What exactly is in pomegranate juice that makes it good for our health? Should we be making our own at home? Or is it OK to drink commercially made pomegranate juice? The pomegranate juice polyphenols are the key to its health benefits. Let’s find out more about them. […]

Enjoy pomegranates six different ways | Beyond fresh pomegranate and juice.

By | March 2nd, 2018|Cancer prevention, disease prevention, Food, Foodie Friday, Fundamentals on Fridays, New Food Friday, vitamins and minerals|

Our fresh pomegranate season is short. It’s normally November through February. Pomegranates are one of the few fruits that we can’t get year round. Find out six different ways you can use pomegranates so you can reap their health benefits year round.  […]

Pomegranate health benefits and nutritional facts | Why we should be eating more pomegranates

By | February 23rd, 2018|Breast cancer, Cancer prevention, disease prevention, Food, Fundamentals on Fridays, vitamins and minerals|

Pomegranates are such beautiful fruits. That wonderful ruby color of their seeds/arils. I love using them in both savory and sweet dishes for that rich color and jewel-like appearance. But they are so much more than pleasant to look at. They are packed with nutrients and micronutrients, providing a wide range of health benefits. […]

Drinking mineral water for the minerals | Can mineral water really be an important calcium source?

By | February 16th, 2018|Fast Friday, Food, Fundamentals on Fridays, vitamins and minerals|

Last week we looked at some good non-dairy food sources of calcium. But there was one I held back for this week. And it’s a favorite of mine. Today we will look at mineral water as a calcium source in the diet. […]

Do you get enough calcium in your diet? Calcium food sources

By | February 9th, 2018|Food, Fundamentals on Fridays, vitamins and minerals|

Getting enough calcium in your diet is often a concern, especially for post-menopausal women. This is particularly true if they are not eating dairy. So where should we be getting our calcium from if not dairy or in addition to dairy?  […]

T.A.S.T.E. Workshop March 11th | Join us for the Digestion Dance

By | January 30th, 2018|disease prevention, Empowerment, Lifestyle Medicine, Movement, Play, Sleep, Stress reduction, vitamins and minerals|

We seem to be bombarded with opinions about WHAT we should be eating, from low fat to ketogenic, from vegan to paleo, and all the other variations on offer. But little attention is paid to HOW we eat.  I’m running a one-day TASTE workshop in March to explore the “how” of eating. I’d love you to join me. Here’s what we’ll be covering. […]

The effect of Vitamin D levels on survival after colorectal (bowel) cancer

By | January 23rd, 2018|colon cancer, disease prevention, In remission, Just diagnosed, Just finished treatment, nutrigenetics, nutrigenomics, Research, vitamins and minerals|

Vitamin D deficiency is implicated in several common diseases, including cancer. Most cancer-related vitamin D studies focus on it’s potential in cancer prevention, but today we’ll look at the effect of vitamin D levels on recurrence of cancer – specifically colorectal cancer.  […]

Power vegetable drink | Elevate V8 juice to V10-S2-F1 power drink to get your daily veggies

By | January 12th, 2018|Basics, Cancer prevention, disease prevention, Food, Foodie Friday, Immune system, In remission, In treatment, Just diagnosed, Just finished treatment, Lifestyle Medicine, Recipes, Snacks, vitamins and minerals|

I think we all know that eating vegetables is good for us. All that fiber, vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients. But sometimes it’s difficult to eat as many as we want in a day.  How about taking V8 juice and making it better?  Today I’ll show you how to make a personalized power vegetable drink. […]

Move over avocado toast – Yogurt toast is here.

By | December 22nd, 2017|Basics, Breakfast, Dinner, Food, Foodie Friday, Lunch, Recipes, Snacks, vitamins and minerals|

Avocado toast has been very popular lately but the enthusiasm seems to be dwindling.  Maybe it is time for yogurt toast to take over.   […]

Using yogurt as a vehicle for other healthy foods | Foodie Friday

By | December 15th, 2017|Basics, Breakfast, Cancer prevention, Desserts, Dinner, disease prevention, Food, Foodie Friday, Lifestyle Medicine, Lunch, Recipes, Snacks, Soups, vitamins and minerals|

We often have great intentions about incorporating certain foods into our daily lives, but then can’t quite figure out how to do it. Enter the wonder vehicle – yogurt!  I know, it may sound a little odd, but I use yoghurt as a vehicle for other nutrients on a daily basis. Read on to find out more. […]

Therapeutic properties of Rosemary | Worth growing in your garden

By | November 28th, 2017|Food, Research, vitamins and minerals|

I encourage my clients to add fresh or dried herbs and spices to their meals every day. And not just once a day, but at every meal if they can. This may seem excessive, but herbs and spices have many great health benefits so it is worth doing. And if you think about it at every meal, you’ll easily get into the habit. Today we’ll look at therapeutic rosemary, a herb with many healing effects.  […]

Sardines : Small in size, mighty in nutrition!

By | October 31st, 2017|nutrigenetics, nutrigenomics, vitamins and minerals|

Sardines are small white fish, but they pack a mighty amount of nutrients. They are the equivalent of liver in the fish world in terms of nutritiousness!! You’ll understand the comparison if you’ve read my previous liver posts!  […]

Chicken liver pate recipe | Great source of vitamin A and B vitamins

By | October 20th, 2017|disease prevention, Food, Foodie Friday, Immune system, Lunch, nutrigenetics, nutrigenomics, Recipes, Snacks, vitamins and minerals|

I’ve written a couple of times these past few weeks on the great nutritional value of liver as a food. It is an excellent source of vitamin A and methylation nutrients.  Today I share a chicken liver pate recipe with you. […]

Liver : A key food source of Vitamin A for immune support

By | October 17th, 2017|Food, Immune system, vitamins and minerals|

Liver is an excellent source of many nutrients. A couple of weeks ago I discussed how it is an excellent food source of methylation nutrients, especially B vitamins. Today I want to explore what liver is often better known for, and that is its Vitamin A content.  […]

Liver : A key food source of methylation nutrients

By | October 3rd, 2017|detoxification, disease prevention, Food, Immune system, nutrigenetics, nutrigenomics, vitamins and minerals|

It’s seldom that I write about meat. All those lovely vegetables that have great vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients in them. Then there’s fish for anti-inflammatory omega 3 fats. But today I’m focusing on a meaty nutrient powerhouse – liver.   […]

Sun-dried tomato and walnut pate | Melatonin-rich foods

By | September 22nd, 2017|Dinner, Lunch, Recipes, Sleep, Snacks, vitamins and minerals|

Having trouble sleeping at night? Why not try eating some melatonin-rich foods and see if that helps. […]

Protein powder ideas for lunch & dinner | Beyond smoothies 2

By | September 15th, 2017|Dinner, Food, Foodie Friday, In remission, In treatment, Just diagnosed, Just finished treatment, Lunch, Recipes, Snacks, vitamins and minerals|

Here are some protein powder ideas for lunch and dinner, following on from last week ‘s suggestions for breakfast. It doesn’t just have to be a shake or smoothie. […]

Immune booster | Curried lentils recipe | Foodie Friday

By | September 1st, 2017|Dinner, disease prevention, Food, Foodie Friday, Immune system, In remission, In treatment, Just diagnosed, Just finished treatment, Lunch, Recipes, vitamins and minerals|

Several of my clients are dealing with viruses right now.  Today’s recipe is, therefore, one to boost the immune system.  Apart from that, it’s delicious,  so anyone can enjoy it! […]

Should I take a multi-vitamin? Try using the Cronometer app to help you decide

By | August 22nd, 2017|App review, vitamins and minerals, website review|

One of the main factors involved in the decision to take a daily multivitamin and mineral is what are my specific needs?  I like to use Cronometer to get an idea of what vitamins and minerals are obtained as part of the diet. Once we know how much we are getting, we can then look at what our needs are.  So let’s explore Cronometer today. […]

Cow versus goat versus sheep milk | How do the diary milks compare?

By | August 15th, 2017|Food, vitamins and minerals|

While cows milk is the highest seller in the US and UK, in other parts of the world, goat milk is the preferred choice.  We can now get sheep’s milk and sheep milk products. How do they differ from each other?  […]

You say potato, I say sweet potato! Is the nutritional content more important than the individual eating it?

By | August 8th, 2017|Biomarkers, detoxification, disease prevention, Food, nutrigenetics, nutrigenomics, vitamins and minerals|

Today we are going to look at the differences between the nutritional content of regular potatoes compared to sweet potatoes. And then take a look at the individual eating it. The importance of the person is all too often neglected. Personalized nutrition looks at the individual, the food, and more.   […]

Creamy avocado spinach dip | Foodie Friday recipe

By | July 28th, 2017|Basics, Food, Foodie Friday, Recipes, Snacks, vitamins and minerals|

Fancy adding a few extra nutrients to your guacamole recipe? Try this creamy avocado spinach dip. […]

Kale or spinach: Which should I eat? Both! Move over superfoods, variety is king.

By | July 21st, 2017|Food, Foodie Friday, vitamins and minerals|

What is better, kale or spinach? It’s a common question. People are trying to eat their greens and want the best for their buck. So which is it? […]

Dminder app to monitor your Vitamin D levels

By | July 4th, 2017|App review, Breast cancer, Cancer prevention, Play, vitamins and minerals|

The Dminder app is a way to keep track of whether you are getting too little or too much sunshine to maintain optimal vitamin D levels. Let’s take a look. […]

What should my plate look like? ANH Healthful eating guidelines

By | April 4th, 2017|Food, Lifestyle Medicine, vitamins and minerals|

I’m sure you are familiar with graphics of “food plates” or the food pyramids, designed to help us figure out what we should eat each day. Some are more helpful than others!  One of the ones I like is the Food4Health guidelines from the Alliance for Natural Health. So take a look and see what you think.  […]

The natto challenge

By | March 17th, 2017|Food, Foodie Friday, Uncategorized, vitamins and minerals|

If you’ve read Ruth’s recent posts about K2, you’ll know that it has the almost miraculous ability to move calcium out of blood vessels (where it is not welcome) and into bones (where it is definitely welcome). You might also [...]

Importance of Vitamin K2 for prostate health (and varicose veins)

By | March 14th, 2017|prostate cancer, vitamins and minerals|

In the last two blog posts, we’ve seen how important vitamin K2 is for osteoporosis and atherosclerosis, in that K2 moves calcium from the blood vessels to the bones. Today we’ll explore K2’s connection to prostate health and varicose veins. Seems an odd combination – but read on!   […]

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