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The American coffee market gives us the title of  "Largest Consumer" of coffee in the world. On average, we consume 450 million cups of coffee per day, which adds up to over 150 billion cups consumed in one year! In order to satisfy this need for caffeine, the USA imports a third of the world’s coffee.

The most expensive coffee beans in the world come from Indonesia but the bulk of coffee beans come from Brazil.  Brazil provides approximately 30 - 40...

Managing your weight is not an easy task.  It takes knowledge, discipline, dedication and most of all it takes determination.  There is a plethora of information on dieting in our society.  Sifting through it, figuring out what works and what doesn't can be overwhelming.  Trying to do this and manage your weight alone has produced poor results in many people.

At Natural Horizons we titled our weight management program Healthy Horizons.  We did this to emphasize the connection...

Here at Natural Horizons we believe that a key element of your health is a highly functioning immune system.  It is your first defense against disease, including cancer, toxins, including environmental toxins, viral and bacterial infections, inflammation, and even the aging process.

One of the areas of the immune system that is sometimes overlooked is the "gut" or intestines.  In fact approximately 80% of your immune system lies within your intestinal tract which houses trillions of...

Researchers at Washington State University wanted to find out if organic fruits and vegetables actually had a higher nutritional value than their non-organic counter parts. They decided to test strawberries from 26 individual operations in California. Some strawberries were grown organically while some were not. Here are their findings. The organic strawberries had significantly higher antioxidant activity and concentrations of ascorbic acid and phenolic compounds. The organic strawberries had...
Choices - Part II

Yesterday I explored options of fairly common foods we choose between on a regular basis for our nutritional intake. Today I wanted to add a few more items to consider when making your shopping list. Most all of these items will be familiar to you except perhaps Quinoa. Quinoa is a grain-like product. I say grain-like because it is a seed but not from the grass family like wheat, barley or rye. It is more cereal like in its preparation and nutritionally well rounded.

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While perusing my lastest online edition of "Runner's World" magazine I came across an article entitled "Food Fight" written by Matthew G. Kadey, M.Sc., R.D., that gave a quick synopsis of a few common food options we have on a regular basis. I've included them below as I thought they were insightful. Every time we make a healthy small decision it leads us closer to our larger goal of wellness. STRAWBERRIES *VS* BLUEBERRIES Both are health all-stars, but a study in the Journal of...

Health experts have known for a while that people who are overweight have an increased risk for gastroesophageal reflux disease, more commonly called heartburn. A new study indicates that even those at a normal weight may suffer from frequent on sets of heartburn if they gain even a few extra pounds.

Researchers studied women who were enrolled in an ongoing Nurse Health Study and found that those women who gained moderate amounts of weight increased their occurrence of heartburn by a...

In May the results of the first ever Virginia Childhood Obesity survey were revealed at the "Weight Of The State" conference held in Richmond. It showed that many children are not eating healthy at home or at school. According to the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth, 1 in 5 young people between the ages of 10 and 17 in the state of VA is obese or overweight.

Northern VA fared slightly better than southern VA with only 20% of their youth being overweight compared to 28%in...

Yesterday I talked about the amazing results of the survey done by the CDC regarding the intake of fruits and vegetables by people around the United States. Yes, as a general population we fell wayyyyy short. I also gave you some suggestions on how to consume more of each by juicing. Today, let's look at what actually constitutes those famous words, "a serving". The way the survey described a serving sounds like a good rule of thumb. Here are several examples. Each listening makes one...

After reviewing the Center For Disease Control survey 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 vegetables contain...

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