Nothing beats having fresh, organically grown herbs right in your backyard. I'm blessed with having the space for a large garden, and I love to include freshly harvested herbs in my cooking. While making some herb flavored finishing salts to give away as gifts, I found myself with a bit of leftover fresh parsley. I decided to use it to whip up an herb butter with roasted garlic. It's so easy that I'm embarrassed to even call it a recipe!
Click to learn more about the fantastic health benefits of garlic, parsley, and grass fed butter, along with how to make your very own herb butter. It's super simple!
I found a very nice infographic on vegetables that are best eaten raw, best eaten cooked, and the in between. While many foods are indeed best eaten raw, the raw foods diet is not generally the best way to approach wellness. The best way to approach a healthy diet is to ditch the extreme and go for informed. Check out the infographic for more details. Also, because I loved the article that the graphic came with, here's your link: Demystifying Raw Food Diets
Here's what you've got to know about getting enough fluids into you: Drink when you're thirsty.
While it's true that water is one of the best things that you can be drinking, other healthy beverages like herbal teas & infusions, smoothies, kombucha, kefir and juices are also healthy and hydrating to the body. It doesn't just have to be water, and it doesn't necessarily have to be eight glasses a day. It also doesn't necessarily have to be half of your weight number in ounces (i.e. a 150lb person should drink 75oz of water per day). There's little to no evidence based research to support these claims.
So don't obsess too much over how much water you're drinking. Avoid sugary drinks, too much caffeine, and drinks that contain additives for which we have no idea what the long term effects on the body are. Get to know your body, and drink when you're thirsty.
10 Myths & Facts About Water
Asparagus coming into season is a joy for many. Not only is asparagus delicious, but it's a good source of fiber, folate, vitamins A & K, cancer fighting glutathione, and antioxidants. That's just a partial list of its benefits! Asparagus does have a very small downside. It can make your urine smell a bit strange! You can thank the naturally occurring asparagusic acid (unique to asparagus) and the human body's conversion of it into various sulfur containing compounds. See the links below for more on the phenomenon of "asparagus pee" and for general knowledge on this fabulous vegetable, including its extensive nutritional information. Bottom line is that the affect is both temporary and harmless, so eat your asparagus!
Smithsonian Magazine: Why Asparagus Makes Your Urine Smell
Asparagus - Wikipedia
I'm Jennifer Capestany, a clinical herbalist and freelance writer with a practice in North Texas. Helping people deal as naturally as possible with rheumatoid arthritis, chronic illness and other chronic conditions is my calling.