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  • Benefits of Potassium

    by Paula Gallagher | April 18, 2018

    avocadoPotassium is considered one of 5 major minerals along with calcium, magnesium, phosphorous and sodium. One of the benefits of potassium is to maintain fluid and electrolyte balance in the body. It’s also the third most abundant mineral in the body and a required mineral for the function of several organs, including the heart, kidneys, brain and muscular tissues. Potassium also plays an important role in keeping the body hydrated and works with sodium to support cellular function with your body’s sodium-potassium pump.

    Symptoms of low potassium (hypokalemia) include severe headaches, dehydration, heart palpitations and swelling of glands and tissues. Read more

  • How to Promote Liver Health and Detoxification

    by Margo Gladding | April 16, 2018

    liver-healthIn my last blog, I wrote about the importance of optimizing digestive health for supporting detoxification. This blog is going to cover the liver’s role in detoxification and how to best support this complex organ. Your health and vitality is largely determined by how well you can detoxify the many toxic substances that you are exposed to on an ongoing basis. Not only does the liver process, neutralize, and excrete chemicals from our environment (food, water, products, etc.), it must also handle toxic by-products that the body makes every day. Effective liver detoxification is essential for optimal health. Read more

  • New York City Schools Could Become First to Ban Processed Meat

    by Neal Barnard, MD, FACC | April 11, 2018

    sausage-egg-cheeseExciting news from New York: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams and Council Member Fernando Cabrera have just introduced a resolution to the New York City Council that would remove processed meat from the city's school lunches.

    The landmark resolution cites a 2015 report from the World Health Organization that declared processed meat, such as hot dogs, pepperoni, bacon, sausage and deli meat, carcinogenic to humans. Studies show that just one hot dog or two strips of bacon per day can increase the risk of colorectal cancer by 18%. Read more

  • Magnesium: The Benefits of This Marvelous Mineral

    by Paula Gallagher | April 9, 2018

    nutsOur A to Zinc Series continues with magnesium. Magnesium is most commonly associated with calcium, to help support strong bones and teeth. But magnesium is important for a lot more reasons. It is responsible for over 300 biochemical reactions in the body and impacts blood pressure, metabolism, immune function and many other aspects of health. Unfortunately, it is estimated that as many as 80% of Americans are deficient in magnesium.

    How do you know if you are deficient? Read more

  • Calcium for Bones - And So Much More

    by Paula Gallagher | April 3, 2018

    greens2Calcium is next in our series A to Zinc and is probably the most commonly taken mineral. Calcium is also the most abundant mineral in the body and although most people associate it with supporting strong bones and teeth, calcium for bones is hugely important – but it's also needed for so much more.

    Calcium is also required for muscle contraction, blood vessel contraction/expansion, secretion of hormones and enzymes, and sending messages through the nervous system. Read more

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