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Air Quality and Respiratory Health Tips for Summertime

Air Quality and Respiratory Health Tips for Summertime
The western states and provinces of North America have seen a large increase in forest fires over the past several years. The Pacific Northwest, California coast, and BC Interior have seen a five-fold increase in forest fires, lasting five times as long and burning through six times as much land area since the 1980s. These fires cause tens of billions of dollars in combined damage and can affect people for hundreds to thousands of miles downwind. ...

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Managing Histamines: A Follow-Up

Managing Histamines: A Follow-Up
Worsening allergies? Blame climate change! Then, choose your probiotic. In my last blog on histamines, I introduced four types of histamine, their functions, and nutrients to manage Histamine Intolerance (HIT). I mentioned herbs to stabilize mast cells and how to be careful with probiotics, saying that studies, underway at the time, might offer more insight in the future. As artist Paik Nam June is credited with saying, “the future is now”. ...

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Popsicles Two Ways

Popsicles Two Ways
What better treat on a hot summer day than an ice-cold popsicle! Here I have two different flavors. The first is a fresh and tangy Creamy Berry & Lemon combo. The second is “PBBJ,” a play on everyone’s favorite PB&J, with an extra “B” for a twist! Dr. Tara’s passion is to inspire and empower others to experience the joy and richness of life. She embraces a holistic definition of health & wellness with a focus on lifestyle f...

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Craveable Chive ‘n’ Cheese Dressing

Craveable Chive ‘n’ Cheese Dressing
Craveable Chive ‘n’ Cheese Dressing Ingredients 1 egg2 tablespoons lemon juice1 teaspoon garlic powder1/2 teaspoon sea salt1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce1/2 teaspoon black pepper¾ cup Udo’s Oil1/2 cup sour cream3/4 cup crumbled bleu cheese1/4 cup finely chopped fresh chives Instructions Using an immersion blender (or blender, electric beater or a whisk if you’re a pro), aerate the egg rapidly and continuously while quickly adding lemon juice, ...

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Baoballz

Baoballz
As much as it drives me crazy, kids seem to get a kick out of things that are spelled wrong. Is it rebellion? Freedom from parental oversight? Not sure. What I do know is that all my son’s beloved graphic novels have at least one ‘z’ where an ‘s’ should be. So, in that spirit, here is a recipe for Baoballz, with ‘z’. They use my son’s favorite form of social currency, Baobites (I swear, he uses them to trade favors from his school friends). I h...

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Pregnancy & Iron's Importance in Every Stage

Pregnancy & Iron's Importance in Every Stage
You need one gram of iron to grow a baby. That’s the iron equivalent of 177 steaks! <1> When it comes to pre-pregnancy planning, our primary focus is usually making sure we’re getting enough folic acid to prevent complications… but it looks like we need to add iron to the list. Iron plays a very important role in pregnancy. A low-grade or undetected deficiency can interfere with a healthy pregnancy and may even affect future pregnancies....

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Rosemary Skewers with Sweet & Citrusy Italian Dressing

Rosemary Skewers with Sweet & Citrusy Italian Dressing
Celebrate summer barbecues with veggies, infused with rosemary and drizzled with a citrusy Italian dressing. This simple sauce puts a healthy twist on classic Italian flavors with sweet orange in place of vinegar and Udo’s Oil in place of a commercial variety grain oil. The result is mellower than the typical store-bought variety and significantly healthier. We enjoyed it paired with grilled summer veggies and rosemary. With such simple everyd...

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How to Use Udo’s Oil

How to Use Udo’s Oil
Do you get enough healthy fat? Many people don’t consume enough, especially essential omegas. Omega-3, -6 and -9 oils are safe to use in meals for the whole family, not just smoothies! Udo’s Oil is a great way to balance a meal, make a snack more satisfying, or finish off a dish of any kind. How Much Udo’s Oil? Using 2 – 3 tablespoons daily seems to work well for most adults and children 10 years and older. Even babies can take Udo’s Oil on...

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Sunburn ‘Sicles: Red Beet Ice Pops

Sunburn ‘Sicles: Red Beet Ice Pops
For the kids and the kids at heart, try this electrolyte replenishing, oxygenating ice pop post-play. I’m fairly certain it’s well known that when we engage in physical activity, we lose important electrolyte minerals through sweat and exertion. To restore that fluid balance and help our muscles recover from exercise, beverages that contain these electrolytes are extremely important. Where do we get these electrolytes if not from Gatorade? Of co...

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Amazing Reasons to Use Manuka Honey

Amazing Reasons to Use Manuka Honey
Honey is a thing of wonder. According to some estimates, honey has been used as a food and medicine throughout 8,000 years of human history and culture, from the ancient Egyptians and Greeks to practices of the Ayurvedic and TCM systems. As one of the longest standing ingredients in the arsenal of holistic human health, honey has a lot more to offer than a simple refined sugar substitute (though it’s perfect for that too!). Honey has been used ...

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Trail Mix That's School-Safe & Nut-Free

Trail Mix That's School-Safe & Nut-Free
This trail mix has kid-pleasing ingredients that are safe for school, daycare, and activities that do not allow peanuts or tree nuts. It is a well-balanced snack, offering a healthy dose of protein and complex carbs—the kind that supply significant energy and fiber—plus some filling fats. With flavors and textures kids will love (including their new favorite, Baobites) it is sure to be a hit. It is also made with moms in mind: rich in electr...

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Seriously Up Your Vitamin Intake with Epresat

Seriously Up Your Vitamin Intake with Epresat
Tablets and chewable vitamins often exit the body undigested, providing little benefit. Instead, soak up vitamins with our natural & traditional Epresat liquid multivitamin formula, perfect for adding to juice or smoothies. Chock full of vitamins A, B, C, D, and E This natural remedy helps support your immune system* and helps your body absorb and use the calcium, making you stronger and healthier. With blessed thistle herb, kola seed, kelp, an...

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