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Heal Your Body With Food!

Want a healthier and longer life free of common diseases and conditions? Your best line of defence, as well as offence, may line up in the kitchen. Making a switch to the right foods can reward you and your family with great health benefits and turn back the clock on aging. HealWithFood.org provides condition-specific nutrition guides as well as general healthy eating tips to help you make that switch.

HEALTH FOOD of the week

Commonly known as acai berry, the fruit of the South American acai palm is widely marketed in the US and UK as a superfood. Sold in the form of juice and freeze-dried powder, this deep purple berry has become famous for its exceptionally strong antioxidant properties, but preliminary research suggests that this trendy superberry may also have other health benefits. To learn more, check out the article Health Benefits of Acai Berries.

SMOOTHIE of the week

Berry Berry Good Superfood Smoothie

All of the key ingredients in this berry smoothie – including blueberries, tart cherry juice and acai berry powder – are famous for their exceptionally strong antioxidant properties. The potential health benefits of this super-smoothie are further boosted by the addition of chia seeds, one of the best plant-based sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Click on the link below to view the complete ingredient list and instructions, as well as the Tweak It! box which allows you to create a new variation of the basic recipe for every day of the week!

KITCHEN GADGET of the week

Food Dehydrator – A Top Tool for Making Healthy Snacks at Home

Fill a few plastic trays with nutrient-dense produce from your garden or a local farmers' market, slide the trays into a food dehydrator, and you'll be rewarded with tons of healthy snacks in a couple of hours. You can also make dried fruit in the oven, but if you plan to make these healthy snacks on a regular basis, you may want to consider getting an automatic food dehydrator. To limit your and your family's exposure to BPA, a controversial chemical that has been linked to a number of health problems, choose a non-plastic dehydrator such as TSM Products' Stainless Steel Dehydrator (pictured above). To learn more about plastic-free food dehydrators, check out this week's special feature:

BOOK of the week

Organic Cook's Bible

In this indispensable guide and cookbook, the organics guru Jeff Cox provides expert advice on more than 150 organic foods in a reader-friendly, alphabetically organized format. Each entry covers the nutritional profile of the food, comparison with the non-organic counterpart, as well as information about seasonality, various types, selection, storage, and preparation. You'll also find loads of delicious, approachable recipes to try your hand at! Check out the reader reviews and price information for this authorative book from a veteran organic gardener on Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk.