What to Do With Your Pumpkin

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But pumpkins aren’t just for scary faces.

This winter squash packs a powerhouse of nutritional goodness and healing properties in its flesh and seeds, and it tastes great!

Pumpkin is chock-full of carotenoids, such as beta carotene and alpha carotene. Loaded with fiber, vitamins, and minerals, you’ll get a mouthful of potassium, magnesium, selenium, and lutein in every bite, plus a good dose of vitamins A, C, and E.

And let’s not forget about those seeds!

Eating pumpkin has been linked to a lower incidence of type 2 diabetes, and the natural anti-inflammatory properties of this food aid in fighting asthma and arthritis. Pumpkin also helps maintain fluid balance, regulate blood pressure, modulate the immune system, and prevent cataracts and arteriosclerosis. A digestive aid, pumpkin soothes the stomach and decreases bloating and flatulence.  Continue reading “What to Do With Your Pumpkin”

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3 Steps to Healthy Teeth

Halloween is around the corner, and we all know what that means for parents with kids… bags of candy! Candy is a huge culprit when it comes to tooth decay. But so are soda, potato chips and even raisins!

So although it is obviously best to avoid consuming sugar-laden food, realistically, kids will probably have a few pieces.

Here are some tips to keeping your little ones’ chompers strong and cavity-free.

1. Reduce bacteria in the mouth. Since bacteria is what causes cavities and dental decay in the first place, it makes sense to try to keep it at bay. Bacteria feeds in acidic environments and it thrives on sugar… even natural sugar. So cutting back on these kinds of foods will help the mouth not to be such a prime environment for bacteria to reside. Another way to help with this is to sip on water or swish with water while you are eating, so food has less chance to stick to the teeth.  Continue reading “3 Steps to Healthy Teeth”

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Reduce Breast Cancer Risk By Walking!

If you are a woman over 50 , concerned about your risk for breast cancer… go for a walk. A long one.

A new study from the American Cancer Society suggests that post menopausal woman can reduce the risk of breast cancer by walking regularly. Researchers found that in the absence of other vigorous physical activity, walking an hour a day cut the risk of developing the disease. More specifically, those who walked at a leisurely pace of 2.9 miles per hour for an hour a day reduced their breast cancer risk by 14% and those that picked up the pace to 4.5 miles per hour for 1 hour a day reduced the risk by 25%.  Continue reading “Reduce Breast Cancer Risk By Walking!”

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Sunday Radio Show: How Dentistry Affects Overall Health

Join us on Sunday as host Dana Laake and her special guest Dr. Robert Johnson discuss how dentistry affects overall health.

Dr. Bob Johnson, DMD, is a leading biological dentist in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. He also has a certification as a Naturopath and a degree in Integrative Medicine (IMD-D). Dr. Johnson has taken over 8,000 hours of continuing education and has studied with the world’s most talented dentists and health practitioners. This has allowed him to gain tremendous insight into the intricacies, nuances and interrelationships of how the body and the oral cavity function. Dr. Johnson has formed two dental clinics, collaborated in the original formation of National Integrated Health Associates (NIHA), and formed Natural Horizons Wellness Center in Fairfax, VA.

 

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Hormones: They Could Be Your Hidden Answer to Losing the Last 10-30 lbs.

Did you know that you can have more energy? You can have better sleep. You can even enjoy a healthy body weight without forcing yourself to hit the gym everyday.

When your hormones are functioning optimally, your entire body works more efficiently and theoretically your body weight should be balanced. Hormones affect everyone including men, women, and children, both young and old. Most often we only associate them with women, menopause and raging teens, but this is far from being accurate. Every human being is well equipped with hormonal activity and when it out of sync, our health is at great risk. As a result of a lack of hormonal synchronicity, you may experience symptoms such as fatigue, sleeplessness, low libido, or weight gain. These symptoms are sometimes shrugged off as a process of aging, but it’s much deeper than that. When you discover where your hormonal imbalances are, you can uncover chronic conditions and support a healthier, more energetic self.  Continue reading “Hormones: They Could Be Your Hidden Answer to Losing the Last 10-30 lbs.”

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