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  • Loving Our Kidneys, Image: Danijela/AdobeStock.comLoving Our Kidneys  
    Edible Allies, Integrative Treatments and Lifestyle Tips  

    Our kidneys are prodigious multitaskers. Through the production of urine, they filter toxins, excrete waste and balance bodily fluids. They also produce...

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  • Nourish the Heart, Image: udra11/Shutterstock.comNourish the Heart  
    Foods that Promote Cardiac Healing   

    The right food choices don’t just prevent heart disease and help shrink artery plaque, they also nourish and heal the heart. For a healthy ticker, enjoy these five food groups every day...

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  • Cooling the Fire Within, Image:  losangelai/Shutterstock.comCooling the Fire Within  
    Healthy Eating Tips to Ease Chronic Inflammation   

    Putting more thought into what we eat and why may be among the most important factors in determining how long we live. Researchers in Norway recently compared the long-term effects of a typical Western diet to an optimal one, and their findings can...

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  • Put a Healthier Twist on Favorite Recipes, Image:  losangelai/AdobeStock.comMerry Brunching
    Put a Healthier Twist on Favorite Recipes
    When hosting a holiday brunch, it may be tempting to serve breakfast and lunch classics like quiche, eggs Benedict and huevos rancheros, but many of these dishes can be full of hidden calories, unhealthy fats and too much sodium. With a few easy...

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  • The Gut-Brain Connection, Image: Photo Sukjai/AdobeStock.comThe Gut-Brain Connection  
    How Food Affects Our Mood  

    We’ve all heard the phrase, “You are what you eat,” but the connection is more than just physical because food impacts our mood, too. During the last decade, there have been an increasing number of studies exploring what’s called the...

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  • Fall Beets, Image: everst/AdobeStock.comFall Beets  
    Versatile Leaf-to-Root Eats  

    Versatile, nutritious, colorful and flavorful, beets are quite the package deal. This easy-to-grow, multi-season vegetable is packed with nutrition and plays well with other ingredients. Beets can be...

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  • Food Dehydration Made Easy, Image:  yuriygolub/AdobeStock.comFood Dehydration Made Easy  
    Best Ways to Preserve the Harvest   

    Drying food is the oldest known method of food preservation. Middle and Far Eastern cultures have used the sun and wind to dry foods since 12,000 B.C., according to the National Center for Home Food Preservation (NCHFP). Today, the easy availability of...

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  • Sustainable Shellfish, Image:  jabiru/AdobeStock.co,Sustainable Shellfish  
    Superfood of the Sea  

    The perfect food may not be underfoot, but rather, underwater. It’s delicious, fast-growing, nutritionally dense, sustainably produced, locally available from coast to coast and comes in nature’s own sturdy...

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  • Cool Treats for Hot Days, Image: galitskaya/AdobeStock.comCool Treats for Hot Days  
    DIY Recipes Even Kids Can Make  

    Many of us have fond childhood memories of cool confections from the neighborhood ice cream truck on sultry summer days. By creating homemade, hot-weather treats with our kids, we get to...

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  • Flower Power, Image: photo courtesy of Marie ViljoenFlower Power  
    Edible Blooms Add Flavor and Color to Summer Fare   

    Fruits, leaves, stems and roots are commonly eaten as part of a plant-based, farm-to-table diet, but until recently, the only flowers on the table were in a vase. Today’s health-conscious foodies are finding edible flowers to be...

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  • Planet-Friendly Pours, Image: tатьяна kреминская/AdobeStock.comPlanet-Friendly Pours  
    The Rise of Sustainable Wine and Spirits  

    Iconic food and beverage magazines such as Bon Appetit and Food & Wine affirm that sustainable and socially responsible wines and spirits are becoming a major force in the market, yet consumers wanting to pour an Earth-conscious tipple need a sobering amount of research to sort through what’s truly...

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  • Intermittent Fasting Basics, Image: tатьяна kреминская/AdobeStock.comIntermittent Fasting Basics  
    How to Improve Health by Eating Less Often   

    Fasting has been part of religious and cultural practices since ancient times, but now it is entering into everyday American eating habits. Intermittent fasting (IF), which involves restraining from eating for periods ranging from hours to days, was the most popular dietary strategy among Americans in 2020, outpacing low-fat...

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