A Few Good Reasons To Drink Wine

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I’m in the mood for a little glass of merlot! Why do you ask?  Because when wine is drank in moderation it is actually good for us! A 5 ounce glass of wine daily can reduce your risk of heart disease by increasing your HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) and lowering your LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol).  Wine also has one of the earth’s most important natural phenols called resveratrol.  Phenols fight infections by bacteria and fungus, which help protect your immune system and fight off invaders. Lastly wine contains catechins which protect our artery walls.  Now that’s a good reason to drink up!

To our long and great health!

Autumn

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Have you heard of this newly discovered Super Fruit?

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Hello, Superfood friends, health nuts and foodies! Have you heard of the newly discovered Super Fruit called the Pichuberry?

Tasting like a cross between a berry and an tangerine, Pichuberry is considered a Peruvian power food. The Pichuberry is native to the rich volcanic soil of the Andes, and is high in antioxidants and Vitamin D. It is also a natural source of energy and carries a low glycemic index of 25.  Other vitamins it contains include Vitamin A, Vitamin B2, Niacin, Vitamin C, Vitamin B1, and Vitamin B12!

Try some Pichuberries out, they are great for an afternoon snack or pick me up. I just picked up my first batch and was pleasantly surprised!

To your Super Health–

Health Coach Autumn (check me out at http://www.pacificnorthwesthealth.com)

Pour Me A Glass of Coconut Water!

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When was the last time you sipped on a glass of refreshing coconut water?

Coconut water was used in the 2nd World War as a blood substitute when blood plasma was low.  Believe it! It’s colony of liquid cells make it a healing liquid with living energy.  Its filled with vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes and is a great immune system enhancer.

Coconut water not only alkalizes your digestive system and aids in digestion but it is also beneficial for diabetic patients! It balances blood sugar levels because it contains an amino acid named arginine, which helps to moderate sugar absorption.

Coconut is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal;  fighting yeast overgrowth!  So drink up if your fighting a cold or bug!  Additionally, it can also lessen eczema and balance hormones.

Know any balding friends?!  Coconut water promotes hair growth!  That’s pretty amazing if you ask me.

So next time your at the market, pick some coconut water up!  Your body will be feeling like paradise in no time!

To your health and happiness,

Health Coach Autumn

My New Superfood: Rainbow Juice!

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Hello from California!

I’m busy enjoying the warm weather in sunny California and juicing up a storm!  I made this concoction a few days ago and dubbed it “Rainbow Juice”– because it’s made from all the colors of the rainbow.

I found that Rainbow Juice was not only more tasty than I could have ever imagined, but that I was also FULL OF ENERGY after I drank it!  My achy knees didn’t even bother me that evening!

Now, do you know how important the color of fruits and vegetables are to your health?

They are vital!!

Yellow and orange fruits and vegetables are good for your digestive system. They contain carotenoids and bioflavonoids which act as antioxidants.  They also help keep your skin looking healthy, heal wounds and make your bones strong.

Red fruits and vegetables are beneficial for your heart and fight cancer because their red color comes from lycopene. Lycopene is a pigment that acts as an antioxidant and protects your body from free radicals and heart disease.

Green fruits and vegetables contain lutein which keep your eyes healthy. Green foods also have potassium, folate, and vitamins C and K.

Purple foods have antioxidants and flavonoids which protect your heart and lengthen your life.  They also improve your memory and assist in preventing cancer risks.

Eating and drinking a wide variety of colored fruits, fruit juices and vegetables will maximize your health–similar to the way a superfood would.  Therefore Rainbow Juice is indeed a superfood!

Happy Juicing!

Autumn

My Health-Driven Science Experiments!

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Hello everyone! 

I’m down in California at the moment having a date with some sunshine!   I absolutely love staying with my brother, Ryan in the SF bay area.  His whole kitchen is stocked top to bottom with healthy nuts, seeds, fruits, veggies, grains, sauces etc.!!  It’s a feast for the eyes and the belly!

Lucky for me, Ryan is also a beer connoisseur; and loves to ferment vegetables, sauerkraut and Kimchi.  Due to his passion for science, technology, and health, he’s got all of the wacky tools I would ever need to make the best food ever!

Tonight my experimentation was in full force– I made an Apple Ginger Sauerkraut, Ginger Ale, and Rainbow Juice!!  (The Sauerkraut and Ginger Ale are shown above–more about the Rainbow juice later!)

I can’t wait to taste the sauerkraut in a few days!  It’s busy fermenting at the moment in the pantry.  The ginger ale and rainbow juice were so delicious–I had to tell myself to stop drinking them!

So if you see me skipping down the street tomorrow–you know why.  I’m full of the best stuff on earth!

To your health and happiness!

Autumn (check me out at www.pacificnorthwesthealth.com)

P.S.  A great resource on fermentation is the book “Wild Fermentation” by Sandor Katz!

Garlic Doesn’t Only Keep the Vampires Away!

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Have you been eating your daily dose of garlic

Garlic has long been praised as being healthy, but few people know what this food can truly do for your body besides boost immunity.  (And that’s a huge benefit right there!)

Did you know garlic can help with respiratory problems, allergies, toothaches and warts?  Did you know it fights athlete’s foot, boosts energy levels, supports digestion and fights diabetes?  Amazing!  What about the fact that it stabilizes blood sugar, blood cholesterol, increases the absorption of iron and zinc and is filled with antioxidants?  Sounds too good to be true, right?  It’s not!

Garlic is the forgotten Super-food!  Roast some garlic and throw it on your salad, in your rice or in a wrap tonight!

To your health!

Autumn (check me out @ www.pacificnorthwesthealth.com)

Quinoa: The “Superseed” for a Super Body!

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Quinoa: The “Superseed” for a Super Body!

Ever get tired of eating the same old foods and want to add something new, delicious and healthy to your diet? Protein packed quinoa (KEEN-wah) is an ancient vegetable seed that was discovered by the Incas thousands of years ago and was highly valued by their civilization. It was used in many of their traditional dishes since it was grain-like, easy to cook and loaded with healthy nutrients.

This amazing “superseed” provides so many wonderful benefits for the body. It acts as a protein powerhouse with nine grams of protein per cup. It is rich in iron, fiber, magnesium, riboflavin, calcium, potassium and antioxidants. It even contains eight essential amino acids! Furthermore, it acts as a prebiotic because it detoxifies the intestinal tract and promotes healthy gut bacteria. Having healthy bacteria in your gut is important for good absorption of nutrients, proper digestion and your immune system.

Quinoa has a low glycemic index; which assists the body in many ways. It promotes weight loss by digesting slowly in the stomach which leaves it feeling fuller longer. This yummy food keeps energy levels constant and cravings curbed since it prevents a spike in blood-glucose levels. Quinoa also protects the body’s precious arteries and blood vessels.

The flavor of quinoa is subtle and slightly nutty. It has the same look, feel and texture as couscous. It can be used as a side dish, a noodle substitute, stuffing or pilaf.  Additionally, it goes great in soups and stews. Quinoa is a perfect substitution food for our ever growing population of people with gluten sensitivities and intolerances since it is gluten free. This powerful and delicious food can be found at a local Co-op market, Costco or online.

*This article was written by me, and published in the January 2013 issue of the Voice.

To your health!

Autumn (check me out at pacificnorthwesthealth.com)