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Easy Veggies to Grow
As we look forward to Spring, a healthy and wonderful way to enjoy the outdoors and to get a little dirt under the fingernails is to start a garden. Here's some encouragement and some helpful hints for new or experienced gardeners.
The Naturopathic Way: The Underlying Causes of Disease
This article is designed to map out the basic principles of what we feel are the most common underlying causes of chronic illness. These principles are an amalgam of our combined schooling, training, research, study, and years of working with patients.
About Probiotics
Probiotic supplements promote proper digestion and are vital to supporting the body’s immune system; after all, the digestive system is where our body rids itself of toxins and pathogenic microbes. 70% of our immune cells live here!
Naturopathic Myth Busters: Is Milk Healthy?
This food is a polarizing topic and many people have strong opinions for or against it. Here's our take on this popular food.
Asheville-area health experts offer tips on dietary cleanses
WNC health experts offer advice on dietary cleanup
Confused about Cooking Oils? Part I: Olive and Canola Rumors
"What type of oil should I use?" is a question we've been hearing a lot lately. There are so many different types of oil to choose from, and rumors and opinions abound about which oil is best, which is toxic, or which is most nutritious. Then there's the question of saturated fats vs. trans fats vs. polyunsaturated fats vs. essential omega fats, that unless you majored in biochemistry in college it's easy to get confused!
Confused about Cooking Oils? Part II: Reading Labels
What makes that $4.00 economy-sized bottle of oil from the warehouse club different from the $23.00 boutique bottle at the health food store?
Breast-feeding may help protect children from developing type 2 diabetes
Dr. Kristina Lewis wrote this article as a guest columnist to the Asheville Citizen-Times. It discusses that one of the best ways to prevent type 2 diabetes in children is to prevent childhood obesity, and recently published research suggests breast-feeding infants could help reduce the risks of both.
More Good News for Chocolate Lovers
Getting your CRP levels down is one of the best things you can do for your heart health. This study showed people eating one serving of dark chocolate a few times a week had significantly lower CRP levels than those who didn’t. The drop in CRP was enough to decrease the risk of heart disease by one-fourth in men, and one-third in women.
10 Naturopathic Tips for Healthy Eating During the Holidays
Even the healthiest fitness instructor or naturopathic doctor is tempted by sweets and junk food during the holidays. Here are some tips for enjoying holiday goodies while keeping holistic health care in mind.
Sunlight: Friend or Foe? The Vitamin D and Sunscreen Debate
Vitamin D is getting a lot of attention from the media lately, and is the new "hot" topic in medical circles. Many people are having their vitamin D levels tested and finding out they are low in this essential nutrient. But what exactly is Vitamin D and why should you care about your Vitamin D levels? How does sunscreen use contribute to being low in this important vitamin, and what can we do about it?
Vital Choice-Organic, Wild, Natural, Sustainable, Pure Seafood, Berries, and Chocolate
 
Natural Weed and Pest Solutions for your Organic Vegetable Garden
Planting season is finally here! The time of year to get out in nature, get our hands in the soil and be part of the wonder of growing. Growing your own Organic Vegetables and Herbs has become more popular as we become more aware of the dangers in pesticide and chemical use. Learn more about some tried and true organic and natural ways to fight weeds and garden pests.
How to Take Turmeric
Introducing the Lewis Family herbal turmeric cream- the ideal solution for how to take turmeric! Traditional herbal medicine and modern scientific research both show a vast array of turmeric medicinal properties. It's nature's best anti-inflammatory!
Naturopathic Myth Busters: Fiber
Fiber: A Bran New Study has Back-end Results that are Hard to Digest. A new study from UNC Medical School questions long-standing beliefs about fiber in our diets.
Gluten
The inability to digest gluten causes inflammation and damage to the mucosal linings of the intestines and other mucous membranes in the body. This is the starting point of problems for an individual with an adverse reaction to gluten.
Gardening with Children
Learn about tips and tricks for gardening with children (and inner children, no matter how young or old)!
Coenzyme Q10 Benefits
Key coenzyme Q10 benefits include assisting energy production, antioxidant support, cardiovascular health and minimizing the side effects of statins. To achieve these benefits, it is essential for coenzyme Q10 supplements to be super high-quality... like our Lewis Family CoQ10 supplement!
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