Author: Helen Berne Jacobs

Turmeric: Helpful or Hyped?

Is turmeric the golden spice that helps so many health conditions? In this blog, we summarize the research done on turmeric’s healing properties and contraindications. What is the evidence that curcumin boosts cardiovascular health, helps diabetes, arthritis anxiety, depression, and improves brain health? Keep reading to see if turmeric’s most active phytochemical, curcumin, could help you or if you need to avoid it!

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15 Ways to Increase Your Fat Burn

We could not live without lifesaving body fat! Too much fat poses definite health hazards. One type of body fat helps you maintain or gain weight. Two other types enable you to rev up your fat burn and lose weight! We need all three! The key is having just the right amount, the right distribution, and the right composition, in just the right places!

What Shapes Fat?

Genetic, lifestyle, metabolic, and environmental factors all contribute to fat composition and disposition. In this article we explore natural but scientifically validated ways to improve our fat burn capacity. To understand the principles regarding fat metabolism we need to review the types of body fat.

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Seven Ways Your Breakfast Could Strengthen Your Bones

Approximately 10 million Americans have osteoporosis. OP, as it is sometimes called, affects one in three women. Osteoporosis means that the bones have become porous. Putting it another way, the bones develop holes in them. Bone tissue is constantly subjected to processes that build up bone and processes that destroy it. When the processes that break down bone happen faster than the building-up processes occur, osteoporosis results. Most Americans know that calcium and vitamin D are essential for strong bones, but there is more. Could your breakfast contribute to your bone health?

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Is Sugar Consumption a Culprit for Heart Disease?

All plant-based and vegetarian diets are heart-friendly, right? Vegetarian diets combined with exercise and stress management help to reduce the risk of coronary artery disease. A higher intake of a more healthful plant-based diet — one rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, etc. – has been linked to a substantially lower risk of heart disease.

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Sugar and the Brain: What is the Real Truth?

The average American consumes 19.5 teaspoons (82 grams) every day. That translates into about 66 pounds of added sugar consumed each year, per person. Many refined sugars are “hidden” in processed foods. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends no more than 6 teaspoons (25 grams) of added sugar per day for healthy women and 9 teaspoons (38 grams) for men. The AHA limits for children vary depending on their age and caloric needs, but range between 3-6 teaspoons (12 – 25 grams) per day.

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Avocado Hummus


1 15oz. can chickpeas (garbanzos), drained.  Save the liquid.

1 clove garlic, crushed

1 ripe avocado, cut out in large chunks

3 tablespoons cold-pressed olive oil

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Romantic Love That Lasts a Lifetime

(Adapted from a portion of a series by George Uba, entitled “When Love Comes Home.”)

Nearly every married couple seeks a fulfilling relationship that includes unity, true intimacy, joy, optimism, and that inexplicable admiration experienced by all those who are in love. All of these aspects (and more) constitute the vibrant, romantic love that is so crucial to the marriage relationship.

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