The ingredient in your Thanksgiving dressing/stuffing with amazing health benefits!

Clue: Its Latin name salveo means “to heal”, and the wise men of biblical times were known as sages. Did you guess sage? This beneficial herb has been used for centuries to help preserve meat. It has been used as a digestive remedy, an aid to blood sugar control, a cough expectorant, an infection fighter, and to help reduce sweating and hot flashes (due to its cooling action). It has been reported to help improve memory, probably due to its ability to improve blood circulation.

Maybe you should drink a cup of sage tea after the Thanksgiving meal to aid digestion and to help protect against food-borne bacteria. Have a cup with your pumpkin pie to help balance blood sugar. If you’re feeling a little congested, inhale the steam of some warm sage tea, and use it as a gargle for sore throats. Among its many nutrients are vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C, and E, and the minerals calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, silicon, sodium, sulfur, and zinc.

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Cautions: Sage is contraindicated in cases of epilepsy, and it may also dry up milk in nursing mothers.

Buy fresh sage, grow your own, or buy dried organic in the spice section. Some health food stores carry sage tea. So, be sure to add some to your dressing/stuffing, and then don’t put it away until next Thanksgiving. Add it to rice, ground turkey, etc. Have a cup of tea to help clear your mind and/or calm your stomach.

Have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!
Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritionist
1 Corinthians 10:31–“Whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for God’s glory!”

This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat disease. It does not take the place of any medication or medical care that you may need.

‘Tis the season to eat pumpkin!

This fall beauty is loaded with eye-protecting nutrients!  It gets its orange color from beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant, which is converted to vitamin A by the liver.  Just one cup of pumpkin can have up to 200% of your daily vitamin A requirement.  It’s also loaded with zeaxanthin, an antioxidant that helps to filter UV light, adding protection against macular degeneration, and contains lutein, which benefits the macula lutea of the eyes.

Pumpkin is a storehouse of other health protecting nutrients, including  vitamins C, E, K, and B-complex, and the minerals zinc, potassium, phosphorous, magnesium, manganese, calcium, iron, copper, selenium, and sodium. Bonus: it’s loaded with fiber!

Pumpkin seeds are high in the amino acid tryptophan, the same substance in turkey which triggers sleepiness.  Tryptophan is a precursor to serotonin, the “feel-good” hormone.  Pumpkin seeds may also promote healthy cholesterol levels, are good for the prostate, and help rid the body of parasites.

If you’re not fond of pumpkin, eat other carotenoid-rich foods like carrots, sweet potatoes, and spaghetti squash. Try mixing 1/2 cup of unsweetened pumpkin with 1/2 cup of unsweetened organic applesauce.  Stir a little pumpkin into your plain yogurt with a little pure maple syrup or raw honey.  Try my healthy pumpkin pie recipe.  Eat a handful of raw, unsalted pumpkin seeds, or stir them into your oatmeal or salad.

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Keep learning to be healthy!

Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritionist

1 Corinthians 10:31–“Whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for God’s glory!”