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Acne

Acne is a problem everyone faces at some point in their lives. It occurs most often during the teenage years though, because there are major hormonal changes happening within the body during puberty. This common fact, though, is a key insight to the causes of adult and ongoing chronic acne problems. Many people mistakenly believe that things such as chocolate will cause acne. Yes, some people will break out more when they’ve eaten too much chocolate, but for most this…

Airborne & Environmental Allergies & Sensitivities

By: Kristine May, BSHS, NTP Nutritional Therapist – West Clinic Airborne allergies are inflammatory responses to foreign materials that make their way into the body. Most commonly referred to as hay fever, symptoms can range from runny or clogged nose, itchy, watery or puffy eyes, rashes, sneezing or coughing, itchiness in nose or throat, and sometimes dark circles under the eyes (caused by increases in blood flow to the sinuses). These symptoms can be in response to grasses, hay, pollens,…

Food Allergies, Sensitivities and Intolerances

By: Kristine May, BSHS, NTP Allergies, sensitivities and intolerances are overreactions of the immune system. The immune system is a very complex system that is interconnected with many other organ systems and their functioning.  An allergy is different from a sensitivity or an intolerance.  You can be predisposed to allergies through your genetic programming, but most times people develop food sensitivities or intolerances over time.  It begins long before the manifestation of allergic symptoms and takes a severely disturbed intestinal…

Sweet and Spicy Walnut Fruit Salad

This delicious, Sweet and Spicy Walnut Fruit Salad is the perfect addition to any picnic, BBQ, potluck or just as a snack to keep around the house. Instead of dessert, this fruit salad’s sweet, tangy taste will keep you from reaching for sugar loaded cookies and candies. Enjoy! Ingredients: 1 package strawberries, halved 1 package raspberries 1 mango, sliced 3 kiwis, peeled and sliced 2 apples (any color/brand), wedges 1 nectarine, chopped 1 Tbsp. honey 1 Tbsp. hot water 3⁄4…

What’s For Breakfast?

A healthy, low glycemic breakfast is the best way to start your day so you can lose weight, improve mental focus, and conquer fatigue. Eating foods at breakfast that have a low glycemic index may help prevent a spike in blood sugar throughout the morning and after the next meal of the day. These breakfast foods can also increase feelings of satiety and fullness and may make people less likely to overeat throughout the day. The glycemic index ranks foods…

Chicken Whole-Wheat Rotini with Asparagus and Snap Peas

Try this delicious meal for dinner this week! Ingredients: 1 package (13 1⁄4 ounce) 100% whole-wheat rotini 1lb chicken 8 oz. asparagus, cut into pieces 8 oz. stringless snap peas
1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil 1 small onion, chopped
1 lemon 1⁄2 cup freshly grated reduced-fat Pecorino Romano cheese 1⁄2 cup packed fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced 2 Tbsp. chives Directions: Heat large covered saucepan of salted water on high to boiling. Add pasta and cook as label directs, adding asparagus and…

The Common Cold

What are your summer plans? People often associate the common cold with winter weather, however, colds can happen anytime of the year. With kids out of school and so many people traveling for summer, you may end up on a plane with someone sick and consequently catch the cold as well. The cold is a very common condition that chews up a lot of money, time and expenses in doctor visits and over the counter medicines. The common cold is…

Kristine’s Frittata

Try Kristine’s favorite frittata for a protein packed breakfast. It’s delicious with a Mediterranean flair and you can add as many additional vegetables as you would like. Some extra veggies we’ve tried, and loved, were zucchini, tomatoes and artichoke hearts. Enjoy! Ingredients: 1 1⁄2 -2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil 1 clove garlic, minced 1⁄2 onion, chopped 2 cups fresh spinach, chopped 1/3 cup sundried tomatoes, chopped 4 organic eggs + 4 egg whites, beaten 2 oz. fat-free mozzarella cheese 2…

The SCIENCE of NUTRITION

Nutrients are the chemical substances contained in food that are necessary to sustain life.  They provide energy, contribute to the structure and make-up of our bodies, and regulate and assist in the functioning of all body processes.  Essential nutrients are necessary to support life and must be supplied by the diet. A nutrient-dense diet of whole foods and supplements provides the ultimate foundation leading to optimal health and wellness. As you take small steps in improving your diet, you will…

Antioxidant Boost Yogurt

This antioxidant rich yogurt is a great way to start your day! It’s rich with ingredients to boost your immune system, fight disease and excite your taste buds. I like to add blueberries, raspberries and apples (my favorite fruit!), but feel free to throw in more fruit as desired. It also contains essential fatty acids that help with an array of health concerns and boosts brain function! Enjoy! Ingredients: 1 cup fat-free quark, kefir, or Greek yogurt 1⁄2 cup almond…

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