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10 highly motivating reasons to drink more water.

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Drinking more water.    It’s one of the simplest, cheapest, and most immediate ways to upgrade your physical appearance and overall health. Yet, millions of people walk around in a state of near-constant dehydration. I see it manifest in my patients as dry, flaky skin; chapped lips and nosebleeds. Whether it’s due to plain old…

What is “clean eating” and should you bother trying it?

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During the holiday season, food is a major part of the celebration. Sometimes it becomes a guilty pleasure and we might wonder how to counter that inherent guilt. We might even start to think about our next diet. When it comes to food and nutrition, there’s always a trendy “buzzword” diet of the moment. In…

Pumpkin season! 3 ways to improve your skin, vision, and sleep with everyone’s favorite squash.

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Q: Why was the jack-o-lantern afraid to cross the road?  A: It had no guts!  All jokes aside, pumpkins aren’t just cheery decorations for Halloween. They are powerhouse squashes that pack so many health benefits. Whether you roast them, mash them, swirl them into a smoothie or a latte, or incorporate them into your skincare…

Stevia: Sweet or not for your health?

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We’ve all heard that sugar has taken to task for a myriad of health problems, but that sweet tooth remains. Stevia, derived from a green plant originally grown in South America, is calorie free sweetener and can be used in a variety of ways. But is it a guilt free option for some sweet satisfaction?…

Prebiotics and probiotics are the dynamic duo that’s good for your gut

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The digestive tract is a lot more complex than a series of plumbing pipes that helps your body digest food and gain energy. It’s also home to your immune system and enough neurons to qualify as your second brain. That gut instinct is real! Your gut also shelters up to 100 trillion living bacteria, and…

Got Milk? Non-dairy alternatives

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The dairy industry has done such a great job that I’m sure you pictured someone with a milky white moustache while reading the title. Milk does a body good, right? While most people tolerate cow’s milk and goat’s milk without problems, some folks have trouble with dairy. They might be lactose intolerant, meaning that they…

Intermittent fasting may help with weight loss, longevity

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Confession: I’ve been skipping breakfast. For many years, I’ve been preaching breakfast as the most important meal of the day, and have recommended three balanced meals with a couple of snacks as the ideal method of healthy eating. But the numbers in my scale continued to creep up slowly over the years. Yes, I could…

Kids in the Kitchen: Common Ground for a Delicious Life 

A few weeks ago, I got to participate in an evening cooking event sponsored by CommonGround North Dakota. The ND women farmers who volunteer for CommonGround are focused on starting a conversation between growers and consumers. They talk about science, research and establishing trust in our food supply. And, once you grow it, how does…

Cocktails… with kale?! 6 unconventional spring drinks (… just in time for St. Patrick’s Day!)

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Happy St. Paddy’s Day! Here in Fargo, the celebration began early with a pub crawl and Parade!!! My son, Grant, and I enjoyed the beautiful sunshine and some green and gold beads, with a little dose of candy! We did not partake in the pub-crawl but lots of people did. It’s no secret that overindulging…

Tomato Overload! Zucchini Insanity!

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*How to keep produce fresh (and use it all up) when you’ve got too much of a good thing.* Last night, when I tried to close the door of my fridge… it wouldn’t seal. That’s when I realized: I might have a problem. A produce problem. My kitchen is bursting with delicious veggies from our…