5 amazing health benefits of burdock, and where to find it

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burdock plant
burdock plant

Burdock is a plant native to Europe and Asia that now grows all over the United States as a weed in places like forests, pastures, and along roadsides. The roots and seeds of burdock have been used in traditional medicine for centuries, and are still widely used today to relieve and improve a variety of health problems and conditions.

I initially learned about burdock a few years ago when researching natural remedies for constipation, but this plant does far more than just relieve constipation!Read More »

6 fun ways to boost the flavor of plain cottage cheese

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Cottage cheese is one of my favorite foods because it’s loaded with nutrients like calcium, casein protein, and essential B vitamins, and makes for a quick and healthy snack to eat on the go. But some of the healthiest brands of plain cottage cheese are sorely lacking in flavor, or have an unusual, unappealing taste.

The brand of cottage cheese I buy (Daisy cottage cheese) only has three ingredients: cultured skim milk, cream, and salt. If I plan on enjoying my cottage cheese, I’ll usually have to add an extra ingredient or two to boost its flavor and make it taste better. Many other cottage cheese brands — especially the flavored cottage cheese brands — are loaded with sugar, corn starch, “natural flavor,” and other toxic ingredients that cause oxidative stress, and that can lead to weakened immunity, inflammation, and cancer.Read More »

3 awesome reasons to eat cottage cheese for bodybuilding and weight loss

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Cottage cheeseDon’t let the “cheese” in cottage cheese deter you from this healthy superfood! If your goal is to lose weight, build muscle, and improve your metabolism, it’s time to stock your refrigerator with cottage cheese.

Cottage cheese offers an array of health benefits: it’s packed with nutrients, convenient to eat, and keeps you feeling full for long periods of time thanks to its high protein content. Even if you’re not trying to lose weight or build muscle, cottage cheese lends to a stronger immune system and improved overall bodily function.Read More »

Why microwaved food is bad for your health

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cartoon microwaveThe microwave was my mom’s favorite go-to kitchen appliance when we were growing up. She microwaved everything from frozen burritos, to canned vegetables, to pepperoni mini pizzas like these that are commonly sold in bulk at places like Sam’s Club and Costco.

Leftovers were stored in plastic storage containers and heated up in the microwave for lunch and dinner. We even used the microwave to heat up frozen candy bars. My brother and I were always getting sick on behalf of poor nutrition and highly processed microwaveable meals. Read More »

How to wash rice for a better, cleaner taste

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clean white riceAfter my workout today I went to my favorite local Korean restaurant for a seafood tofu soup bowl loaded with shrimp, clams, and mussels. This charming Asian eatery serves its tofu bowls with fresh kimchi and rice on the side. When the soup comes, you put a small amount of rice on your spoon, then dip it into the soup.

The food at this restaurant is always incredibly fresh, high in quality, and absolutely delicious! Another reason I continue eating here is the fact this restaurant serves clean rice. What is clean rice, you ask?

Clean rice is rice that has been rinsed thoroughly before cooking. If you eat a lot of rice, you can eventually tell when rice has been cleaned, and when it hasn’t. I won’t tattle and name-drop here, but I’ve eaten at plenty of restaurants that serve dirty rice, and I’m never eating at those places again!Read More »