Food

Whole foods are wonderful, they are nourishing and vital for a healthy life. Learn about the history, growing practices and the nutritional value of delicious foods.

magnesium

Magnesium

By Amanda Filipowicz, CNP, BES
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In Food , Health , Nutrition
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Published November 22, 2018
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Updated August 6, 2019
Magnesium is defined as a macro-mineral. What is that means? It means that you have to provide to your body hundreds of milligrams of this nutrient every day.  Inside your body, you can find magnesium especially in bones (60-65%) and muscles (25%). This macro-mineral cannot be made in your body and therefore you have to […]

Coconut Oil

By Amanda Filipowicz, CNP, BES
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Published November 13, 2018
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Updated April 16, 2019

Coconuts have been used by people of the tropics for hundreds of years, initially being prized for its water content, and later in history for its flesh and ability to produce oil. Coconut oil has been part of the diet of communities in the Philipines, Indonesia, Brazil, Thailand, Polynesia, India and the Carribean for many […]

Matcha

By Amanda Filipowicz, CNP, BES
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Published November 10, 2018
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Updated August 6, 2019

Tea has been consumed over centuries for its warmth, taste, its health benefits and, over time, it has developed culture and spiritual traditions. Today tea is the second most consumed beverage globally, right after water, and matcha, powdered tencha green tea is ever increasing in popularity. Matcha has numerous health benefits, it primarily works as […]

Black Raspberries

Black Raspberries

By Amanda Filipowicz, CNP, BES
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In Superfoods
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Published July 24, 2018
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Updated June 10, 2019
Black Raspberries Black Raspberry (Rubus occidentalis) also known as “black cap”, is native to North America (eds. Funt, R.C., et al., 2013). Red raspberry, black raspberry and blackberry all belong to the same family “Rosaceae” aka the rose family, this group or genes is called brambles in Eastern North America and cane berries in Western North […]

Reishi Mushroom

By Amanda Filipowicz, CNP, BES
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Published July 13, 2018
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Updated August 6, 2019

Although plenty of mushrooms are edible, only a small percentage are worth eating. Reishi is one such mushroom, not only is very healing it is also a functional food – as it has amazing potential for our health and vitality. It has been sought out for over 4000 years by mountain sages, priests, monks, emperors and […]

Cabbage

By Amanda Filipowicz, CNP, BES
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Published March 5, 2018
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Updated May 21, 2019

Cabbage is a flowering, four-petaled vegetable, part of the cruciferous and Brassica family of plants. Most cruciferous vegetables are in the cabbage family, varieties taking the appearance of a head, whereas other only have areal leaves such as Kale – which is a type of cabbage. (Loguidice, C.T., Markman, M., Lammersfeld, C., 2013) (Higdon, J., […]

Spirulina

Spirulina

By Amanda Filipowicz, CNP, BES
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In Superfoods
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Published February 12, 2018
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Updated June 3, 2019
The United Nations named Spirulina the “food of the future’ in 1974, though I feel it has gone a long way in terms of global recognition as a functional food it still has not reached its full potential. If you are new to this superfood or perhaps you have been using it for quite some […]

Green Tea – Zen Superfood

By Amanda Filipowicz, CNP, BES
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Published September 27, 2017
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Updated April 19, 2019

There are few things as wonderful and natural as tea. It is amazing that the tea plant produces all varieties of tea, it is the cultivation method and the preparing of the tea leaves that provides each tea with its unique, distinct flavour. Camellia sinesis –The tea plant Though it will never be truly known […]

Lion's Mane - Brain Superfood

Lion’s Mane – Brain Superfood

By Amanda Filipowicz, CNP, BES
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In Superfoods
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Published August 7, 2017
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Updated June 3, 2019
Yamabushitake, also known as  Lion’s Mane, is a white, hairy, edible and medicinal mushroom or fungus. Scientifically known as Hericium erinaceus it is native to Eastern Asia, where it has a long culinary and medicinal history in both China and Japan. In the wild, they grow on logs and the stumps of dead hardwood trees such as […]
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