Karen Calomino, MS, FDN
June 2014 Newsletter

Boost Your Body's Resistance to the Sun and Avoid Toxic Sunscreens

The sun is the fuel of life. Just like oxygen and water, it is needed to maintain living things on Earth. We are drawn to its warmth as well as its many healing and beneficial properties. For example, it is known to directly or indirectly:

  •  lower blood pressure by releasing nitric oxide into the blood vessels when it touches the skin.
  • treat skin disorders such as psoriasis, acne, and eczema.
  • enhance mood and energy through the release of neurotransmitters.
  • treat depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
  • improve sleep by regulating melatonin.
  • protect against many cancers, including melanoma (yep, that's right).

Learn why some sunscreens should be avoided and how we can boost our resistance to the sun through safe tanning practices and antioxidants.

7 Food Tips to Keep You Cool by Margie King

Astaxanthin is one of the most potent antioxidants around with an antioxidant power 6,000 times greater than vitamin C. Dr. Mercola explains why it is such a super-nutrient.

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Berries. Blueberries, raspberries, acai (ah-sah-ee) berries, blackberries, and strawberries.
Colorful, beautiful, delicious, nutritious and f
ull of powerful antioxidants with numerous health benefits. Pure natural goodness!

Eat them like candy, in a smoothie, or make an acai berry bowlIt's a thick frozen treat originally from Brazil. Frozen acai pulp (I find it in the frozen section of Whole Foods) is blended with various fruits and coconut milk, almond milk, or juice and topped with toppings such as granola, nuts, fruit, coconut. A perfect substitute for ice-cream or sorbet on a hot summer day!

7 Grilling Tips for a Healthier Summer BBQ
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Quote of the month

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”
                 ~ John Lubbock


acai bowl  

serves 2 generously

Frozen fruit will give you a better texture and make it more like soft serve ice cream.

2 packets frozen acai puree (break it into pieces first to make it easier on your blender)

1 frozen or fresh ripe banana (cut into pieces) or a heaping cup of frozen mango chunks 

1 large handful frozen or fresh blueberries, strawberries, mango or peaches

½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice or apple juice or almond milk*

Topping suggestions: granola, sliced bananas, fresh berries, coconut, chopped nuts, cacao nibs

Add acai, fruit and juice to a blender and puree until smooth, but thick.  A Vitamix does this very easily, but if you have a standard blender you’ll just have to scrape down the sides every so often.  Divide between two individual bowls and add toppings of choice.  Serve immediately.

*fruit juice will make the acai bowl a little sweeter than almond milk but the almond milk makes it taste a little creamier.

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Karen is a Holistic Health Consultant and FDN Practitioner. She resides in Kansas but consults mainly over the phone.
 She focuses on rebuilding health by looking for and removing hidden stressors in your hormone, immune, digestive, and detoxification systems. Visit her wesite to schedule a free 15-minute consultation and hear more about her Wellness Program. 

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