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The Ultimate Slimming Smoothie Recipe
and secrets for a slim energetic body!

Brazil Nuts

Who has not had a brazil nut?  If you have not, perhaps you have not known about the amazing health benefits contained in these guys!  In fact, it only takes about two to three a day to get the benefits offered up by this South American nut.  This nut is called a Brazil nut because, you guessed it, it comes mostly from Brazil!  In fact, this tree does not grow outside the Amazon basin which includes parts of Bolivia and Peru, so this nut can come from one of these three countries.     I will show you below how to make a delicious dairy free milk using Brazil nuts.  This is one of the best ways to gain all the nutritional benefits of this nut.  Of course, you can always pop two or three in your mouth as well :)  

So what is the big deal about these nuts?

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Anti Inflammatory ElixirWell, I gotta tell you, there is inflammation going on in your body. This inflammation is usually triggered by our immune system releasing inflammatory chemicals as a response to an irritant. This response is ongoing and causes damage and health problems that can show up in any part of the body.

 Sometimes the inflammation even goes unnoticed by us because the symptoms are below the threshold of pain or we just get used to feeling the way we feel, and we ignore it. But, it is important to realize that long-term inflammation is a common risk factor for a broad range of diseases and health conditions such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes, alzheimer’s and many others. It can even cause weight gain or make it difficult to get the weight off. Thankfully, there is something you can do, starting today, that can help alleviate the inflammatory

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Country Life B-Vitamin ComplexI know.  For years, I thought I did not need to take supplements. I thought, well I eat a super healthy diet rich in greens, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, etc.. I am all set!  Wow was I wrong!  After some very specific blood work, it became crystal clear I was deficient in key nutrients.  A big one for me was Vitamin D.  Oh was I low!  So low I even got lectured by my doc!  ”See? You do need to supplement.  What do you think about a level of 22/dcl now?” He said to me while shaking his finger at me.  Well, that is just too low and as far as I’m concerned a breeding ground for disease…So, I gulped and told him he was right – I have to stop being in denial.

I am sharing this story with you to let you know, no matter how healthy you think you eat, you need to supplement.

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Cilantro Pesto

Cilantro Pesto

I had an entirely different subject I was writing on for this weeks’ post, until I heard the very sad news.  I am sure by now, you’ve heard that we lost a great talent and some say, a genius. Robin Williams.  I did not know Robin, but I know about the disease he suffered from: Depression.  

This disease is, unfortunately, quite common and widespread in our society.  It is still taboo in many circles to bring up and sadly, many just don’t talk about it and suffer in privacy.  I am writing this very heartfelt message in case I can reach at least one person suffering from this illness.

Here’s what I do know about this illness.  As one of my mentors, Dr. Mark Hyman states, “Depression is not a Prozac deficiency”.  I know this sounds quite simplistic, but hear me out.  As a clinical nutritionist I understand that most diseases in the body manifest from an imbalance in our bio-chemistry.  It takes years of an imbalance to build up into an illness.  Just like you don’t get diabetes overnight, you don’t get depression overnight.  Sure, there are instances in life that are traumatic and downright unbearable.  We use many tools to help us through these times in our lives; family and friends, faith, prayer and therapy to name a few.  Why is it that some folks recover while others don’t?  Could it be a difference in their biology?  Could it be that a neurotransmitter imbalance in some can lead them down the path to depression?

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KUSI.com – KUSI News – San Diego CA – News, Weather, PPR
I was recently on a morning show in San Diego talking about everybody’s favorite macronutrient – Fat!  It’s good news, check out the video by clicking on it and read the article below for the details.  

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