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Pineapple Almond Shake - Dr. Weil's Healthy Kitchen 1/4 cup blanched almonds 1 cup roughly chopped fresh pineapple 1/2 cup ice, crushed or cubes 1/2 teaspoon pure maple syrup 1/4 cup rice milk or soy milk 1/2 cup pineapple juice

2 teaspoons expeller-pressed canola oil 1 medium onion, chopped 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh ginger root 3 cups carrots, chopped 1...

  • Liz Manners Keogh

    2 teaspoons expeller-pressed canola oil 1 medium onion, chopped 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh ginger root 3 cups carrots, chopped 1 medium potato, peeled and chopped 8 cups vegetable stock Salt to taste Dash of dry sherry Dash of nutmeg

Vegetarian Chili - Dr. Weil's Healthy Kitchen

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    7 1/2 cups cooked beans, like pintos, anasazi, adzuki or kidney (roughly four 15-ounce cans or 1 pound dried beans, cooked) 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 large onions, diced 1 dried or canned chipotle pepper 1 tablespoon mild red New Mexican chile powder, or to taste 1 tablespoon dried whole oregano 1 tablespoon ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon allspice 1 large can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes, undrained 5 cloves garlic, mashed Salt and pepper, to taste Garnishes: Chopped raw onion Chopped tomato Shredded lettuce Tortillas

Dr. Andrew Weil's 5 Holistic Health Secrets The alternative health icon Dr. Andrew Weil shares his 5 holistic secrets for boosting energy, strengthening immunity, warding off cancer, fighting heart disease and beating depression. He also shares his #1 cancer-fighting super meal.

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    1. Secret for Your Brain: Protect Its Memory Bank The thought of losing one’s memory is frightening. Dr. Weil recommends Huperzine A, otherwise known as Chinese club moss, a natural remedy that may help keep memory sharp and ward off Alzheimer’s. He also recommends Phosphatidyl serine (PS), a naturally occurring lipid that’s considered a brain cell nutrient. It may have positive effects on memory and concentration to help slow age-related cognitive decline. In addition, PS may reduce stress by limiting cortisol spikes. Huperzine A - 300mcg daily Phosphatidyl serine - 200mg daily Both of these natural remedies are available at health stores and pharmacies.

Anti-Inflammatory Diet Makeover: Grocery Shopping Tips - Dr. Weil's Daily Tip

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    We conclude our mini-series on the Anti-Inflammatory Diet with some simple steps to help you make your grocery cart a vehicle for healthy living. Use these suggestions the next time you shop for groceries: Produce Section: Choose fresh, whole organic produce whenever possible. Vegetables and fruits from all parts of the color spectrum should make up most of your grocery items. Jarred/Packaged Foods: Choose no- or low-sodium jarred and packaged foods. Grains, Breads, Cereals and Legumes: Choose products made of whole, intact grains, not white or whole wheat-flour products. Stock up on healthy, inexpensive staples like dried beans and lentils. Dairy, Refrigerator Case and Frozen Foods: Avoid anything with carrageenan (which may be irritating to the digestive tract), choose organic, hormone-free dairy products without a lot of added sugar, and choose frozen foods that are organic. Avoid frozen meals that are high in sodium, and instead opt for healthier protein sources such as frozen edamame, omega-3 enriched eggs and fresh tofu. Meat/Seafood/Fish: Choose fresh or frozen to widen your selection, and focus on seafood. When buying salmon, always opt for wild-caught Alaskan varieties. Healthy Fats: Choose unsalted or low-salt varieties of nuts and seeds that are raw or dry roasted (store seeds in the freezer for freshness) and always choose a high quality extra virgin olive oil or organic, cold-expeller-pressed canola oil for cooking and baking.

Supplements for Stress Relief - Dr. Weil's Weekend Tip

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    If you want to reduce unhealthy stress, start by identifying the problems and situations that create stress - then learn to manage them by practicing general techniques of stress protection, such as breathing exercises. As for supplements, consider the following: B-complex. B vitamins can help balance mood, calm the nervous system, and increase the efficacy of some prescription anti-depressants. Omega-3 (fish oil) supplement from molecularly distilled fish oil. A deficiency in omega-3 fatty acids has been associated with increased anxiety and depression. Valerian (Valeriana officinalis). An extract from the root of this flowering perennial contains essential oils that have been shown to help some people more effectively deal with stress. Calcium and magnesium. Both are involved in many key physiologic processes and may help support healthy sleep, as well as muscle relaxation. St. John's wort (Hypericum perforatum). Extracts of this flowering herb, indigenous to Europe, may help boost mood and maintain a healthy emotional outlook.

Want to Unwind? Try This - Dr. Weil's Weekend Tip

Holiday Appetizers Part 1: Healthy Choices - Dr. Weil's Daily Tip

Want to help boost your mood? Add some turmeric to your cooking. Turmeric is the spice that makes curry orange and American mustard bright yellow, and is a potent natural anti-inflammatory agent. Its active constituent, curcumin, has shown promise as an antidepressant in animal models (it appears that curcumin actually enhances nerve growth in areas of the brain associated with emotional equilibrium

studies have suggested turmeric has broad anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects

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    If you would like to try it, here's a recipe. Feel free to experiment with the ingredients and flavorings until you find a combination that suits your taste: Bring four cups of water to a boil. Add one teaspoon of ground turmeric and reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes. Strain the tea through a fine sieve into a cup, add honey and/or lemon to taste.

5 Reasons to Drink Green Tea~ Dr. Andrew Weil green tea is a potent source of catechins - healthy antioxidants that can inhibit cancer cell activity and help boost immunity. It can also: Lower cholesterol levels and rates of heart disease Help protect against bacterial infections Promote joint health and stronger bones Reduce inflammation Enhance the effects of antibiotics, even against drug-resistant bacteria and "superbugs"

Unknowingly Eating Insects? If you are consuming pink or red foods containing the coloring agents carmine and cochineal, you are eating insects! Specifically crushed female beetles found in Peru, Bolivia, Chile, South Africa, and the Canary Islands.

Dr. Andrew Weil's 5 Holistic Health Secrets

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    2. Secret for Your Heart: Keep Arteries Healthy To keep your arteries healthy, Dr. Weil recommends red yeast rice extract, a source of naturally occurring statins, the prescription drugs used to lower LDL levels and control cholesterol. Dr. Weil argues that red yeast rice extract delivers a mix of these statin-like compounds rather than a single type of molecule, so it’s less likely to cause side effects, such as liver dysfunction that can occur with pharmaceutical versions. However, not everyone in the medical community agrees with him on this. If you have blood sugar problems, this is not the right supplement for you.

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    . Secret for Your Digestive Tract: Keep It Clean Fiber plays an important role in maintaining a healthy digestive tract. In fact, countries such as New Zealand that have a low-fiber diet have higher incidences of colon cancer. Dr. Weil recommends eating 40 grams of fiber each day, almost twice the normal recommended amount. Use this as a rule of thumb to obtain 40 grams of fiber: 4 fruits (such as bananas, strawberries, blueberries, apples, peaches) 3 veggies (such as kale, sweet potatoes, green beans, peas, asparagus, corn, broccoli) 3 whole grains or beans (such as oatmeal, all-bran cereal, shredded wheat, lima beans, black beans) If you are unable to eat this much fiber, take a supplement such as psyllium husk fiber, available at pharmacies and natural food stores. Be sure to drink it with plenty of water to avoid constipation. Click here for a printable version of Andrew Weil’s Fiber Shopping List.

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    . Secret for Your Immunity: Take an Antioxidant Cocktail By strengthening your immunity, you’ll ward off common colds and reduce your risk of cancer. Dr. Weil gets his antioxidants from a multivitamin and you can too. Just be sure you are getting the right doses of each vitamin family. Go for a cocktail comprised of a multivitamin and COQ 10. Mixed Carotenoids - 15mg: Avoid pre-formed vitamin A, often called retinol, which can be toxic. Instead, you want to take mixed carotenoids, which are the pigments found in orange and yellow vegetables. Look for a combination of beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, lycopene, astaxanthin, lutein and zeaxanthin. Vitamin C - 200mg: Too much vitamin C can be pro-oxidant rather than antioxidant, so stick to 100% of your daily value, or 60mg. This important vitamin builds strong connective tissue, maintains arteries, and is great for overall healing. Avoid sweet chewable tablets of vitamin C, which are bad for your teeth. Vitamin E - 400 IU: This powerful antioxidant protects many parts of the body, including cell membranes and arteries, from free radical damage. However, it does have blood-thinning properties; beware of taking too much if you are taking any blood-thinning medications or supplements. Selenium - 200mcg: This important trace mineral has strong cancer-fighting properties. COQ10 - 120mg: Coenzyme Q10 (COQ10) maintains heart health and protects muscles. Be sure and take your multi and your COQ10 pill with an ample meal, such as lunch or dinner, to aid absorption.

The pineapple is a favorite, tropical fruit with a sweet and tangy taste. When fresh, it is an excellent source of manganese and vitamin C, as well as a good source of bromelain - a natural anti-inflammatory that is helpful for addressing the symptoms of sinusitis, gout, arthritis, swelling and even bruising.

Pineapple for Bruises? - Dr. Weil's Daily Tip

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Looking for an exotic (and healthy) dinner idea? Try this amazing and flavorful salmon and Chinese broccoli dish for your next dinner party.