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The Benefits of Chocolate

There are few things in this world that are as decadent and pleasure inducing as chocolate. For centuries, chocolate has symbolized love, passion and luxury. Ask any chocoholic you know and they will surely tell you that the power of chocolate is so intense that it defies mere words. You know that it tastes good. I take that back, you know that it tastes amazing. You might also know that the right chocolate can even be healthy for you. However, chocolate, especially rich, dark chocolate is even better for you than you may have ever imagined.

The Mayans were aware...

January 18, 2017 by Angela Irish

The Dangers of Pthalates

As an informed consumer, you like to think that you make the best choices for yourself and your family. If you keep an eye on the news, it can feel as though everything is bad to some degree and this makes the challenge of choosing the best products a bit overwhelming. The best advice might be to pick your battles and focus on products and companies that support your values and protect your health. In order to accomplish this, however, you need to be aware of some of the most dangerous chemicals that are found in many of your common...

January 18, 2017 by Angela Irish

Load Up on Lemons

Lemons are the most popular tropical fruit in the entire world. They are aromatic and vibrantly colored, appealing to your senses of sight, taste and smell all at the same time. Despite the fact that the world seems to love lemons, this juicy citrus fruit still carries with it a certain stigma. We describe lemons as sour or bitter, and refer to objects of lesser quality as being “lemons.” We tend to think of lemons as being an accompaniment. You put a wedge in your ice tea, a twist in your cocktail, a squeeze over your fish or grate a...

January 12, 2017 by Angela Irish

Healthy Cooking with Oils

Every year so many of us make a commitment to eat healthier. This is a great goal, and it almost always comes with the task of clearing out your pantry. You go through and take out all of the processed junk, but what do you replace it all with? A great, but often overlooked, foundation for any pantry is having a variety of healthy cooking oils. A trip down the cooking oil aisle of your store can leave you overwhelmed with options. If you want to choose the best oils, but don’t know where to start, then I hope you...

January 11, 2017 by Angela Irish

Crazy Benefits of Goji Berries for Skin

The History of Goji Berries

The goji berry has recently become a well-known superfood that is proven to have an array of amazing health benefits. While the goji berry has only recently gained mainstream popularity, it has been utilized for many generations to improve skin complexion, treat a variety of ailments, and to improve overall health and wellbeing. The goji berry is native to Asia, particularly China, and can be identified by its vibrant, distinct orange-red hue.  Chinese medicine has capitalized on these benefits for many years and regarded the goji berry as a powerful source of antioxidants. In addition...

January 11, 2017 by Angela Irish

The Benefits of Travel

The Many Benefits of Travel

It’s that time of year when many of us start to feel a little restless. In addition to general restlessness, symptoms of “cabin fever” can include a decreased interest in work, an urge to get up and go and a general feeling of discontent with your current surroundings. The best remedy for cabin fever is to get out, explore and travel somewhere new. It seems that your body is actually trying to tell you something when those restless feelings begin to sneak in. Travel has been scientifically proven to be a healthy activity for your...

January 06, 2017 by Angela Irish

Coffee – Your New Favorite Health Food?

If there is one thing that most of can’t begin our day without, it’s coffee. Coffee is the most loved beverage in the world, coming in second only to water in terms of worldwide consumption. We have come to rely on coffee as a magical morning elixir and as a mid-day pick up, however coffee has an amazing amount of health benefits that you might never have expected.

Coffee is packed full of antioxidants and nutrients, so if you have been feeling guilty for favoring your morning coffee over that fruit smoothie, you can now safely put your guilt away....

January 04, 2017 by Angela Irish

Goji Berries Health Benefits

What are goji berries? Goji berries have been believed to have health benefits for many generations in Chinese medicine, but only recently have they gained mainstream attention. The goji berry grows on a bush and is native to Asia, particularly China. Goji berries are also sometimes referred to as a wolfberry and are known for their signature orange-red hue. Over time, goji berries have gained a reputation for possessing anti-aging qualities. Throughout history, goji berries have been traditionally used to help reduce the effects of many ailments, including diabetes, fever, vision impairments, and high blood pressure. However, there are a...

January 03, 2017 by Angela Irish

Winter: A Time for Renewal

There is a quiet, stillness and peace that comes with the winter months. It seems that once the holidays are over that everything slows down. The natural world around you is at rest, quietly preparing for the new spring, and the hustle of the holiday season is replaced by people retreating quietly to their homes for a period of recovery. When you look at nature, you see that many animals will either hibernate, migrate or change their patterns of behavior to focus their energy solely on finding food for survival. There is no question that winter is a time of...

January 02, 2017 by Angela Irish

Clear The Clutter

It’s perhaps a sign of our hectic modern times that most of us would like to be able to simplify our lives, schedules and environments.  Decluttering our personal spaces can go a long way towards achieving that goal.  The popularity of best-selling books such as Marie Kondo’s “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” are a testament to the interest we have in making our living spaces cleaner, simpler and more manageable.

Our hope is that if we can gain control over physical clutter, then that organization and serenity will spread to other areas of our lives as well. The truth...

January 01, 2017 by Angela Irish