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Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats

Apple Cinnamon Oats

  I love oatmeal and it’s one of the easiest and most versatile breakfasts to make. Soaking oats overnight, not only cuts down the cooking time but it has other health benefits too. Soaking overnight is an effective method used to help break down the difficult to digest components of grains. Oats contain phytic acid. Phytic acid is an antinutrient found in grains and legumes that prevent mineral absorption which can contribute to poor bone health, tooth decay, and anemia. The enzyme phytase is activated when grains and legumes are soaked. Phytase works to break down the phytic acid and also helps to release beneficial nutrients, making them easier to digest. This breakfast is loaded with antioxidants, omega 3 fatty acids, fiber and protein to…

Immune Boosting Herbs

Immune Boosting Herbs

Immune Boosting Herbs Being an herbalist, I usually make my own little herbal blends and make infusions depending on the outcome I want to achieve. Perhaps a bit of elderberry or ginger is added as an antiviral, a little burdock or plantain if a blood purifier is needed, echinacea to boost the immune system, chamomile to calm and soothe a throat, peppermint or yarrow to sweat out a cold, etc. However not everyone has a mini apothecary in their pantry like I do, but the good news is that many health food stores or even regular grocery stores stock a variety of herbs or even plain herbal teas allowing you the opportunity to create your own mixes to boost your immune system. Additionally, some herbs…


Wellness at Crystal Hills Organics

As a physician, I have come to cherish good health! On a daily basis I have the opportunity to witness health, both good and poor, in its many forms. The human body is an amazing entity with an almost limitless array of states. Anyone who doubts this need only start an internet search on “health”, or more primitively, they can look in my basement at the ridiculous number of medical textbooks and journals I have somehow accumulated over the years. Some factors of the human body and health are obvious. For example, those who exercise regularly have better cardiac reserves, whereas those who lack insulin develop diabetes. Others are more nuanced, such as the impact of topical applications on our metabolic state. Through this blog…

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