Top Protein Sources for the Plant-Based Diet

Pantry staples -grains, beans, pasta

“How do you get your protein?” is a question asked of those following plant-based diets (whether vegetarian or vegan) that just won’t go away. It’s often dismissed as unimportant, but it is possible that any sort of poorly planned regimen might be sub-optimal for your health. The myth is that vegan diets can’t and don’t provide adequate protein is tenacious. For more on the subject, see Protein for Plant-Based Diets.  more→


Turmeric: Research-Backed Health Benefits & Uses

Fresh and ground Turmeric

Turmeric is one of the most well researched natural substances that we have access to. Its effects are unparalleled in nearly all domains to do with wellness and healing. This root is rich in polyphenols and antioxidants; its anti-inflammatory uses are unparalleled in the world of medicinal substances. Contributed by Chantelle Zakariasen of Roots and Sprouts. more→


6 Top Health Benefits of Almonds

Almonds in a bowl

Almonds are one of the world’s most nutritious and versatile nuts, perfect for snacking as well as in tasty recipes, renowned for their many health benefits and culinary uses. Here are just a few:

Reduce Blood Sugar Levels: Eating almonds may be a great option for diabetics looking to maintain healthy blood glucose levels. Findings from a 2007 study published in the journal Metabolism found that consuming almonds alongside white bread regulates spikes in blood sugar and significantly lowers the glycemic index of the meal. more→


Five Tips for a Plant-Based Anti-Candida Diet

Sunflower and pumpkin seeds

Contributed by Ricki Heller, author of Living Candida-Free (Da Capo Lifelong, © 2015). The anti-candida diet (ACD) is often considered one of the most challenging diets out there. Designed to kill off excess candida (a natural form of yeast in the body that sometimes grows out of control), the ACD removes any foods that act as nourishment for candida; namely, all sugars and sweeteners except stevia, most fruits, moldy foods such as mushrooms or peanuts, alcohol, gluten, and all processed foods.

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9 Proven Health Benefits of Rooibos Tea

Rooibos Tea in box

Contributed by Aimable Johnson, reprinted by permission. Rooibos tea has gained popularity in America in recent years, as many want to take advantage of its ability to prevent serious illnesses. The tea comes from the shrub Aspalathus Linearis, which is only found on the slopes of Cape of Good Hope in South Africa. While locals have been drinking this tea for hundreds of years, it only began being commercially traded in 1904, according to WebMD. It has a mild and aromatic taste; however, most drink it for its plethora of health benefits. more→


Nutritious Nut Butters

peanut butter with fresh bread

Nut butters are more than just delicious. Studies show that consuming nuts regularly may reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and protect against certain cancers, type 2 diabetes, and other chronic diseases. Despite the fact that nuts and seeds contain a higher fat and calorie content, research indicates that consuming nuts does not lead to weight gain.

Including about an ounce of nuts and seeds in your diet per day can have significant health benefits, especially when the serving of nuts replaces the calories from elsewhere in the meal, such as a piece of bread. Because of their rich flavors, only a small amount of nut butter is needed to add “wow” to wide range of recipes.   more→


23 Research-Backed Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar health benefits

Apple Cider Vinegar  has a plethora of useful and medicinal properties. There have been resources written on all the amazing benefits that Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) has regarding multiple physical ailments as well as cleaning and DIY purposes. Article contributed by Roots and Sprouts, reprinted by permission. more→


Is Coffee Good or Bad for Your Health?

Cup of coffee with fresh coffee beans

Contributed by Kris Gunnars, originally printed on Authority Nutrition, adapted and reprinted with permission. The health effects of coffee are controversial. Depending on who you ask, it’s either a super healthy beverage or incredibly harmful. But despite what you may have heard, there are actually plenty of good things to be said about coffee. For example, it is high in antioxidants and linked to a reduced risk of many diseases. However… it also contains caffeine, a stimulant that can cause problems in some people and disrupt sleep. more→