What are the Benefits of Black Tea and Green Tea?

Black tea and green teaBlack and green teas have distinct flavor differences. However, they both come from the same plant:  Camellia sinensis.

More people are recognizing the medicinal value of tea.  Numerous documented studies have clearly shown the health benefits of this wonderful drink.

Unlike conventional, mass produced tea, organically grown, fair trade teas are a superior choice for your body, mind and the environment.

Green Tea

Green tea is known for its [Read more…]

Benefits of Drinking Fresh Juice

fresh juicesFresh vegetable and fruit juices are packed with nutrients. They are considered an excellent part of a healthy lifestyle. Juice fasting is an increasingly popular way to boost health. Try juicing for the health of it!

There are two easy ways to get fresh juice. You can buy a quality juicer and juice at home. Or you can visit a store that makes them fresh every day, such as The Red Radish Natural Foods in Neenah, WI.

How to Make Juice at Home

If you buy a home juicer, do your research to find the right fit. We recommend using a centrifugal juicer. This type of juicer rips [Read more…]

Why Chia Seeds are a Vegetarian Super Food

Chia seedsChia seeds have piqued the interest of health food lovers everywhere. What are chia seeds, why should we eat them, and how do you prepare them? Find out, courtesy of The Red Radish Natural Foods.

Where do chia seeds come from?

The chia seed comes from a desert plant, Salvia hispnica. It’s believed to come from Central America where the seed was an important part of the ancient Aztec diet. Native Americans in the southwestern part of the United States used seeds from a related plant, Salvia columbarae, [Read more…]

What Is Fermented Soy? On Tempeh, Natto, Miso, Tamari and Pickled Tofu

fermented soy product tempehSoy is a vegetarian plant food that has become a dietary staple in cultures world-wide. It has numerous health benefits, and evidence suggests that the fermentation process is an excellent method to enhance its food value. Fermentation is a process of soaking the food in water and slow-cooking. During this process, beneficial bacteria begins to digest the complex carbohydrates in soybeans. This makes fermented soy easy to digest, and the body better able to assimilate its protein and numerous minerals.

Fermented soy products

Tempeh is a whole soybean product that is high in protein [Read more…]

How Can Vegetarians Get Enough Omega-3 Fatty Acids?

omega 3 flax seedMany benefits of omega 3’s have become widely accepted and supported by scientific research. Studies show that omega-3 fatty acids can lower blood pressure and lower triglycerides. Omega 3’s can help people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis and reduce inflammation throughout the body. Reduced inflammation is believed to lower the risks of heart disease, cancer, and cognitive disorders. People who do not get enough omega-fatty acids can have poor circulation, fatigue, depression, and cognitive disorders.

These essential fatty acids (ALA, DHA, EPA) are called “essential” because they are necessary for the body to function normally. Therefore, it’s important our diets contain enough sources of omega-fatty acids. Two important omega 3’s, EPA and DHA, are primarily found in fatty fish such [Read more…]

What are Homeopathics?

homeopathyHomeopathy is an alternative system of medicine developed by German village doctor Samuel Hahemann in the late 1700’s. Hahemann objected to many of the accepted healing modalities of his day, such as bloodletting, considering them dangerous and life-threatening. His search for effective and benign cures led him to begin a formal homeopathy practice in 1792.

The word “homeopathy” comes from the Greek words “homeo” (meaning like) and “pathos,” (meaning suffering). It is based on the principal that “like cures like.” Homeopathy [Read more…]

Ghee is Ideal for Cooking and Wellness

gheeFor more than 5,000 years, South Asian countries have used ghee, a type of clarified butter, in cooking as well as for medicinal purposes. But in recent years, ghee has become increasingly popular worldwide for its unique cooking and healing properties.

Ghee is made by heating butter until the water evaporates and it separates. Some of the milk solids are sauteed with the fat to make aromatic ghee. Ghee is used in a variety of ways in cooking. It’s an excellent oil for cooking because it tolerates high heat and does not produce free radicals. Its high burning [Read more…]

Benefits of Natural Wheatgrass Juice

wheatgrass shotWheatgrass is a popular dietary supplement that packs a lot of vitamins and minerals in a small shot. Wheatgrass can be taken as a single “shot” on its own, mixed with water or juice, or blended into a smoothie. A type of young grass in the wheat family, wheatgrass has an incredibly concentrated amount of nutrients in a small amount of the fresh blades. Recognized as a powerful detoxifier and cleanser for the blood, wheatgrass is thought to support the immune system and organ functioning.

By alkalizing the blood and [Read more…]

Reusable vs. Disposable Grocery Bags

grocery bag for the red radishWhen you shop at the grocery store, is it better to bring your own reusable bags, or to get disposable paper or plastic bags at the checkout? Are reusable bags worth the bother?

Disposable plastic bags very harmful for the environment. Crude oil is the non-renewable material used to make plastic. Crude oil is a problem both at the production and elimination level: it creates a tremendous amount of pollution in manufacturing the bags, and will take centuries to biodegrade. Whether or not you reuse or “recycle” plastic bags, they are a plastic that’s not going anywhere. They blow around landfills. [Read more…]

What are the Best Powdered Protein Shakes?

protein shakesUsing protein powders to make shakes is popular for people on the move and those who need convenient nutrition. Whether you’re adding some extra punch to a breakfast smoothie or getting in your protein and nutrients right after a tough workout, making a protein shake is a great way to get in a pick-me-up and nutritional boost. Some protein powders can also be used as a meal replacement for weight loss, under a doctor’s supervision.

The protein can come from a variety of sources, each with its own benefits. The [Read more…]

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