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The American diet is definitely full of one thing-- processed foods. Processing refers to any type of food preparation, including freezing, drying, and cooking. The food industry uses much more technologically advanced processing methods, however, in addition to these basic types of preparation. Legally, processed foods are considered to be anything other than any food product that isn't fresh produce. In general though, what we mean by processed foods are things that come in boxes, cans,...

As you plan your health-conscious Thanksgiving menu, please make plenty of room for our favorite Thanksgiving superfood- the cranberry. Though it might not sound as exotic as acai or mangosteen, the humble cranberry is actually a superfood in its own right. Harvested from leafy evergreen shrubs or vines in northern regions of the world, from Canada to Russia, cranberries are initially white and develop their familiar deep red shade as they ripen. They are also a major crop in some parts of...

In our last blog we discussed the importance of buying organic food even though the recent Stanford study said otherwise.  Let's address  another issue raised in the study....the cost of organic food.  Yes, it is more expensive.  It has to be.  It costs the farmer or rancher more to use protocols more labor intensive and higher priced than bulk chemicals and hormones. So, if it is more expensive, can you afford to eat healthy organic food and still stay within your budget?  Let's examine...

According to the Oxford dictionary Statistics is the study of the collection, organization, analysis, interpretation, and presentation of data.  It deals with all aspects of this, including the planning of data collection in terms of the design of surveys and experiments. So what does statistics have to do with your health?  LOTS

Earlier this week a recent study made headline news on NPR, Dr. Mercola's site, and several other media sites stating that there is little...

I love summertime.  One of my favorite parts of summer is the farmer's markets and local farms that I can go to and pick my own fruits and vegetables.  Not only is it good for my spirit, but just as important, it is healthy for my body. {C}

Back in December, I wrote a blog entry on eating local.  Even though I don't like to repeat myself, I feel this is a great time to remind you of how easy the internet has made it to find your local farmers. http://www.localharvest.org/ is an...

After reviewing the Center For Disease Control survey [PDF] results for 2009 it is shocking to see how few people meet the 5 a day recommendation for fruits and veggies. Only 17 states posted numbers greater than 20% of their adult population consuming two fruits and three vegetables a day. The most shocking part of the report was only seven states recording greater than 11.4% of their youth, grades 9 -12, eating the 2/3 combo.

Why is this such an alarming report? Fruits and...

Last month an article in "USA Today" caught the eye of many conscious consumers and sparking anger on Facebook.  The article brought to light that Kellogg's Kashi products, which are said to be "Natural" actually contain genetically modified soy products.  This article, like many I've read, show that we have to be diligent in product awareness.  We can not simply trust label phraseology.

The article quotes Kashi general manager, David DeSouza, as saying the company has done nothing...

Valentine’s Day may have come and gone, but that doesn't mean your craving for chocolate melted away. It seems we don't really need a seasonal holiday  or any other excuse to unwrap nature’s most-craved antidepressant? According to a study done in 2003 chocolate is the most frequently craved food, with 40% of women and 15% of men claiming chocolate yearnings. So, are chocolate cravings based in science or psychology“ or both?

Chocolate comprises a complex medley of chemicals that...

Here at Natural Horizons Wellness Center we encourage patients and staff alike to eat healthy.  However, it can become challenging when we are in a hurry and need to grab a quick bite to eat.  Trying to maneuver our way through a menu at a restaurant or even worse, when in a hurry, a fast food menu board, can be difficult. 

We’ve taken a few minutes to assemble a comparison of some of our local fast food and family restaurant menu items to raise your awareness of what you are putting...

While deaths in the United States associated with heart disease, breast cancer and stroke have declined in recent years, deaths related to dementia and Alzheimer’s rose 46 percent between 2002 and 2006, according to the release. The study that appears in the February issue of the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise suggests that Physical activity may reduce the risk of dementia-related death. Researchers assessed the health of more than 45,000 men and nearly 15,...

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