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With the 1980's came big hair, spandex, and of course - the low-fat diet craze! Back then, the prevailing wisdom was that if you eat fat, you will get fat. This couldn't be further from the truth, so let's explore why this is the case. 

At first glance, the argument that if you eat too much fat, you'll gain too much fat seems logical. After all, a gram of fat has over double the calories of a gram of protein or carbohydrates. So it seems to make sense that eating too much fat will make you fat!  When you look deeper though, you find that our bodies require fat. And not just specific parts of our bodies, either. Every part of your body - every cell and nerve - contains fat at some level and in some form.  Think of your hair, nails and skin - how dried out would you look if you didn't nourish these with the fats that they need to function? How would your face look if it didn't have a layer of fat beneath your skin to soften your lines and facial features?  Your brain needs fat. In fact, y...

Fall is approaching and that means cold and flu season is too.  Why is it that some people seldom get sick while others are often ill?  The answer lies in your immune system.  The immune system is your body's defense against infections, and when it’s working well, it can help you avoid illness.  Priming your immune system cannot only prevent illness, but shorten the infection time. Here are my top 11 immune boosting tips, from food to supplements and daily self care, which keep me super healthy all season, and are sure to do the same for you!

1. Eat a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables: Different fruits and vegetables contain a variety of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. Eating the rainbow (purple, yellow, green, orange, white, red) provides your immune system with powerful antioxidant support. Antioxidants help your body repair cells damaged by free radicals (free radicals are unstable atoms that can damage cells, causing aging and illness).

2. Add medicinal food...

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