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Spirulina & Seasonal Allergies

Spirulina & Seasonal Allergies
If you’ve felt like your seasonal allergies are getting worse each year, or you’ve started reacting to pollen when you didn’t use to, you’re not imagining things and are not alone. 10-30% of people globally, including up to 50 million Americans experience seasonal allergies each year. Seasonal allergies involving tree, grass and weed pollen lead to itchy eyes, runny nose, congestion, sneezing, scratchy throat and, in the worst cases, asthma att...

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Getting the Most from Iron

Getting the Most from Iron
Many healthcare providers recommend taking an iron supplement if you’re low on this essential mineral. But unless you are diagnosed with anemia – the most severe stage of iron deficiency – you may not get much direction, or even a recommended dose from your doctor. Often people are not even sure if they should supplement, unless they are anemic, because they have heard that too much iron is dangerous. The results of living with a deficiency can...

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Celebrate Mothers

Celebrate Mothers
It’s May, which means Mother’s Day is right around the corner. It’s been a long, strange year, and in many families, the person holding it all together has been Mom — whether she’s got little ones at home all day, every day or college kids who’ve flown back to the nest to attend school from their childhood bedrooms. Maybe a bouquet of roses or carnations isn’t gonna cut it this year. So, how can you honor the moms in your life? You can still buy t...

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DIY Manuka Honey Face Mask Series - Part II

DIY Manuka Honey Face Mask Series - Part II
Our second manuka face mask is enhanced by the powerful antioxidant-rich & skin brightening properties of turmeric and by the acne- and dark-spot-fighting power of cinnamon. This mask is also perfect for rejuvenating dull-looking skin for a brighter complexion. For more information on how manuka honey benefits the skin, see our first post in the series. DIY FACE MASK # 2: MĀNUKA HONEY MASK (For Acne-Prone Skin, Dull Skin And/Or Dar...

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Back-to-School Done Right with These 4 Children’s Products

Back-to-School Done Right with These 4 Children’s Products
It’s back-to-school season—that time summer-loving children dread and worn-out parents look forward to. (Are we right?) You’ve probably already shopped for pencils, composition books, backpacks, lunch boxes, and new sneakers, but how about back-to-school supplements? Just like adults, kids need to be in tip-top shape to do their best work and be their best selves. Now’s the time to stock up on a few medicine cabinet staples to keep your kiddo ...

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Strawberry Summer Salad Dressing

Strawberry Summer Salad Dressing
This pretty pink summer dressing is nice over mixed greens, microgreens, or sprouts. You may like to top with crumbled goat cheese and something crunchy, like nuts, seeds, or even radish. This dressing is a rich source of nutrients like omega-3, B12, and vitamin C. Ingredients 1 cup strawberries, fresh or thawed1/2 cup Udo’s Oil1/2 cup rice vinegar3 tbsp nutritional yeast2 tbsp organic tamari soy sauce1 clove garlic, smashed and peeled1/4 tsp cay...

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DIY Manuka Honey Face Mask Series

DIY Manuka Honey Face Mask Series
No matter what our age or our skin type, sometimes our skin can use a little help. Things like stress, too much sun and lack of sleep can make our skin look less than red carpet ready. What better way than a DIY face mask to beautify your way to glowing skin? There's no need to resort to products filled with artificial preservatives and unpronounceable ingredients. Mānuka honey, a rising natural beauty superstar and “super” honey with enhanced hea...

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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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