Fresh Food Guide

What's Fresh Near You

Find out what's in season in your area right now, then locate a farmers' market near you.

By purchasing local foods in-season, you eliminate the environmental damage caused by shipping foods thousands of miles, your food dollar goes directly to the farmer, and your family will be able to enjoy the health benefits of eating fresh, unprocessed fruits and vegetables. Buying seasonal produce also provides an exciting opportunity to try new foods and to experiment with seasonal recipes. And it simply tastes better!

 
 
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Understanding Reflexology

Understanding Reflexology. Reflexology promotes healing by stimulating the nerves in the body and encouraging the flow of blood. In the process, reflexology not only quells the sensation of pain, but relieves the source of the pain as well. @Greta Clinton-Selin Evenson Spa at Heidel House Resort.

Vegetarianism in America

Vegetarian diet is preferred by most Americans due to health benefits. 

What Laughter Can Do For You

Check out the numerous benefits of laughter. 

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Benefits Of Coconut Oil

Check out this great infographic from Natural News which gives a quick summary of what coconut oil can do for you. 

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Alkaline & Acidic Foods Chart: The pH Spectrum

Check out this informative chart on the pH spectrum, which summarizes what foods are acidic or alkaline forming.

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Health Benefits of Pumpkin

Pumpkins contain a large number of health benefits that would make it wise for us to incorporate them into our diet.

Good source of vitamins: 

Vitamin A aside, pumpkins contain high amounts of other essential vitamins and minerals, such as vitamins C and E, magnesium, potassium and iron.

Rich in antioxidants: 

Pumpkins are packed with a number of immune-boosting antioxidants, including alpha-carotene and beta-carotene, which give this fall vegetable its orange hue. These antioxidants play a number of key roles in keeping our bodies healthy. They protect our eyes, enhance our immune system and aid in cancer prevention. Alpha- and beta-carotene are also carotenoids, or precursors to vitamin A, which the body uses to maintain healthy vision and skin.

High in fiber: 

Pumpkins are high in fiber; one cup of pumpkin meat contains 3 grams of dietary fiber, which the body uses to control blood sugar, lower bad cholesterol and aid in weight loss.

Low in calories (and fat): 

If your family celebrates the holidays with a sampling of pies, bypass the pecan and apple and head straight for the pumpkin pie. While all that added sugar and butter aren't doing your waist line any favors, pumpkin is naturally low in fat and calories (one cup contains only 49 calories), making pumpkin a healthy snack (and probably a healthier pie option, too). If plain pumpkin isn't sweet enough, skip the sugar and try adding cinnamon to enhance pumpkin's flavor. 

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Health Benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric is a spice that grows on shrubs in tropical parts of Asia and in India. The roots of the plants are ground up to make the spice. Long known for its anti-inflammatory properties, recent research has revealed that turmeric is a natural wonder, proving beneficial in the treatment of many different health conditions from cancer to Alzheimer's disease.

Here are 15 reasons to add turmeric to your diet:

  1. It is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, useful in disinfecting cuts and burns.
  2. When combined with cauliflower, it has shown to prevent prostate cancer and stop the growth of existing prostate cancer.
  3. Prevented breast cancer from spreading to the lungs in mice.
  4. Reduces the risk of childhood leukemia.
  5. Naturally detoxifies the liver.
  6. May prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease by removing amyloyd plaque buildup in the brain.
  7. May prevent metastases from occurring in many different forms of cancer.
  8. It is a potent natural anti-inflammatory that works as well as many anti-inflammatory drugs but without the side effects.
  9. Has shown promise in slowing the progression of multiple sclerosis in mice.
  10. Is a natural painkiller and cox-2 inhibitor.
  11. May aid in fat metabolism and help in weight management.
  12. Has long been used in Chinese medicine as a treatment for depression.
  13. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it is a natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
  14. Speeds up wound healing and assists in remodeling of damaged skin.
  15. May help in the treatment of psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.
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