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 By Yaakov Levine    Health    January 16, 2020 

Nutritionally Speaking: Read all about it: 'Herbal medicine' releases third edition

Whenever possible I am excited to share with you my favorite resources that empower us to help ourselves as we work towards better health. These days, DIY (Do It Yourself) is trending, and learning...

 

Nutritionally speaking: Sea-salty new year

Staying hydrated while maintaining a healthy sodium and trace mineral balance is key to any dietary program. But what is salt? Sodium chloride (salt) is present in ocean water, and makes up 75% of...

 

Nutritionally Speaking: Resolve to rest and exercise

Now that we are into the start of the new year 2020, and our next decade, I'm going to guess that many of you are not acting on any New Year's resolutions. I know you tried last year; maybe set your...

 

How sugary drinks unlock obesity genes - Nutritionally Speaking

As we approach the end of this calendar year and decade, we will have many opportunities to resolve to do better, and sometimes there are "baby steps" we can take that may be easier than we think....

 

Nutritionally Speaking - It's Chanukah time

This year from sundown, Sunday Dec. 22 through Monday Dec. 30, Jews worldwide commemorate Chanukah, a Jewish holiday which celebrates the victory of the Maccabees over the larger Syrian army. It also...

 

Nutritionally Speaking - Try a Mediterranean- style diet this winter

Here we are in December; the days are getting shorter, and there's a palpable chill in the air. Close your eyes and imagine yourself sitting at a balmy seaside café, taking in the smells and sounds...

 

Nutritionally Speaking - Broth: A bounty of benefits

Regular readers know that I. Love. Broth. I especially enjoy broth this time of year ... yes our free range Thanksgiving turkey was great ... but wow, the turkey bone broth we are enjoying is divine!...

 

Earth-friendly tips to keep your animals - and you ­­- ­healthy

Let's face it, having pets in our household brings us joy and enhances our health and well-being, and there are plenty of potential furry family members out there waiting to find their forever homes....

 

Nutritionally Speaking - Healthy tailgating a winning choice

The leaves are falling, swirling in the wind; the morning air has a chill, thoughts of eggnog and cranberries creep into our thoughts... and we are in fall sports season. Tailgate parties or home...

 

Nutritionally Speaking: Vitamin D important supplement in the PNW

When we spend time outdoors with skin exposed to the sun, our bodies can produce vitamin D, which we need to have strong bones, avoid colds and flu, and prevent cancer and autoimmune diseases. In the...

 
 By Yaakov Levine    News    October 31, 2019

Time For Cranberries

I am stoked! This is my favorite time of the year – well, at least until spring. The leaves are turning to their kaleidoscope of fall colors, the air is crisp, apples are everywhere, the air smells...

 

Dogs (and cats) support optimal health

A few months ago, and a couple of years after our last dog, Poppy died, my wife Donna went to the animal shelter and brought home our new family member: cat-friendly, 8-year-old Emma. We have two...

 

A refreshing and flavorful herb

We just returned from a few days away “glamping.” We enjoyed hikes along the Deschutes, sitting by the fire, and meeting other campers and their pets. We usually eat mostly the same foods as at...

 

Salmon is tasty foundation for healthy diet

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” This Chinese proverb rings true to many, but I suggest this newer adage as equally vital:...

 

Protein and Omega-3 Fats for Improved Cognitive Function

Concerned parents often ask for tips and alternatives to medications for those students that struggle to pay attention in the classroom. Many bright students struggle with concentrating on their...

 

Let's focus on prevention during breast cancer awareness

Each year in October we recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Most of the fundraisers and events are focused on the forever search for cures to this disease which affects so many. As a nutritional...

 

September yields apple harvest

This year, as September marks the celebration of Organic Harvest Month, instead of offering “apple cookies” at Natural Grocers as is our tradition, I will be celebrating my first month as a...

 

'Fearless' broths and soups

September marks five years since the Eugene Natural Grocers store openedWow, has it been an amazing few years? One category that has exploded in popularity in our store (and everywhere) is collagen....

 

Nutritionally Speaking:

During the month of August, our attention turns toward family time and those final summer outings – but getting ready for school is also a familiar August ritual. Purchasing the long list of...

 

Nutritionally Speaking:

I love shopping for food, and enjoy taking my time to find my favorites, and even though I always shop with a list, I find new “favorites” on most shopping adventures. Whenever I shop, I see...

 
 By Yaakov Levine    Health    August 8, 2019

Nutritionally Speaking:

By Yaakov Levine Nutritional Therapy Practitioner We just returned from a road trip, and have some more fun planned for this summer as well. When we travel, our family hits the road ready to rumble. W...

 
 By Yaakov Levine    Health    August 1, 2019

Nutritionally Speaking: Do we need cholesterol?

I am asked daily about alternatives to prescription medications for lowering cholesterol levels. I have found this question to be a great lead-in for some education about the benefits (yes, benefits)...

 
 By Yaakov Levine    Health    July 25, 2019

Nutritionally Speaking: Protect your vision (and more) with lutein

I first wrote about lutein in a column back in 2008, I had just returned from visiting with my mom in Florida. It was a hard visit. As a relatively healthy 88-year-old, she was devastated; a couple...

 
 By Yaakov Levine    Health    July 18, 2019

Nutritionally Speaking: Red currant scones, anyone?

Red currants: Coming to us in a small package - while offering a burst of sweet-tart flavor - these red berries have a long and flavorful history. Enjoyed in the Lorraine province of France since the...

 
 By Yaakov Levine    Health    July 11, 2019

Nutritionally Speaking: Read the comics first!

We recently celebrated Independence Day, and honored and celebrated a young local resident, who was taken from us in a tragic manner. We all experience stress, sadness and grief in our own way ... a...

 

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