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Love Flavored Olive Oil? Cold Pressed Is Still Best

As a lover of olive oil, it does my heart good to see so many people embracing it as a flavorful and healthy way to eat. There’s nothing better, in my book, for both the taste buds and…well… every other part of your body! One look at store shelves will tell you just how big […]

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You Can’t Beat the Health Benefits of Beets

There are quite a few vegetables that fall into the “love ’em or hate ’em” category, and beets are probably right at the top of this list. Some people enjoy their “earthy” taste, while others simply aren’t fans. But for how polarizing of a vegetable it is, one thing’s for sure: the benefits of beets […]

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The Secret to Healthy Pasta Dinners

Traditional (white flour) pasta has garnered a pretty bad reputation over the last several years… As a high-carb food, it can spike blood sugar and insulin levels, so eating too much of it too often can set your body up for inflammation-related diseases and make you gain weight. Yet for centuries, pasta has been part […]

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Iced Mint & Honey Green Tea

Have sizzling summer days got you overheated and thirsty? Cool down and quench your thirst with some iced green tea! Not only refreshing, green tea is loaded with inflammation-fighting antioxidants, which help promote healthy aging in just about every way you can imagine. Specific to the heart, green tea contains theobromine, which relaxes the blood […]

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Forest Bathing: Enjoying Nature’s Health Benefits

Some people can’t see the forest for the trees. But others…well, they see, smell, hear, touch, taste, and savor every bit of beauty, serenity, and nature that the forest has to offer. These people take part in a Japanese ritual called shinrin-yoku, which translates to “forest bathing.” The concept of forest bathing (aka forest therapy) […]

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8 Tips for a Healthy BBQ

Backyard barbecues are the perfect combination of summer fun, tasty food, and good times with loved ones. As an avid cook, I enjoy my barbecue outings as much as the next person. However, I have few words of caution – from a health perspective – along with some healthy BBQ tips to help you feel […]

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Natural Salt vs Table Salt

Even though I’m a cardiologist, you won’t hear me telling anyone to totally avoid salt. Despite what half the doctors in this country will lead you to believe, salt – as the main source of sodium in our diets – is essential to life. All unprocessed salt has a similar chemical makeup—it consists mainly of […]

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Go Crazy for Cauliflower Rice

Although devoid of color, cauliflower makes up for its lack of personality with powerful nutrition – it’s really one of the healthiest vegetables you can eat. In fact, it’s been one of my top healing foods for decades, and for good reason. In addition to being an excellent source of fiber, cauliflower boasts a number […]

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Why Walk Barefoot this Summer?

I go barefoot whenever I can. Why? I love the way it feels, and I know it’s better for my body because that’s how I was made to walk (not in shoes). But most importantly, because I want my dose of vitamins G and D. And now, during the warm summer months, it’s a perfect […]

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Spring Has Sprung Recipes – Featuring Basil & Rosemary

It’s been a long winter and, even though it doesn’t feel like it in some parts of the country, spring is officially here….Inspired by the new greenery shooting up everywhere, I’ve been dressing my meals with fresh, herbaceous flavors. Sweet, aromatic basil and bold rosemary olive oils have taken center stage in my kitchen, and […]

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