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Wild seaweed has been a dietary staple mostly in Asian cultures, where it’s foraged for centuries.  And now, the next kale could be kelp grown right here in the United States. The hot new contender for the title of superfood has piqued the interest of American entrepreneurs, who are investing in kelp farming that grow seaweed to be available in both fresh and frozen forms. People just can’t seem to kelp themselves when it comes to resisting this tendriled snack temptation, but

The key takeaway from my book, Wild Mediterranean: The Age-Old, Science-new Plan for a Healthy Gut, with Food You Can Trust: the Mediterranean diet is best for digestive health and the beneficial bacteria that exist in our microbiome. The Mediterranean diet has long been known for its benefits that are linked to lower risk of many diseases, living longer and healthier, and the included perk of tasting really good. Gut bacteria thrive on the ancestral Mediterranean food template because it's filled with plant fiber as a

I have a friend who’s one of those power woman types who naturally glow, even after a 10-hour workday. She was visiting San Diego when I found myself admiring a black paste-like substance in a tin jar. "What is this?" I was almost afraid to ask. "It's shilajit [shi-la-ji]

Gaining health through food will be a top priority for consumers in 2018. This will push for a new style of eating that delves into the entire food system, from raising animals ethically, to sustainability in our food supply. Plant-based continues to grow. In addition to its rise in 2017, plant-based foods are one to watch in 2018 as well, including proteins from plants that will be added to yogurts and milk.  "It's about time" were my thoughts while stumbling across Peter

I've been talking about the importance of exercise and gut health for quite a while now. When I first read a study back in 2010 on “Shinrin-yoku” (or forest-bathing), many questions I had about why I felt so good after a hike in nature or even a swim in the sea became clearer: I was breathing in organic compounds called phytoncides.  These essential oils released from plants in nature have been shown to increase the efficacy of our gut by helping fight

Call me brilliant — I’ve found a way to drink a couple of glasses of wine and still feel great the following day. A handful of years ago, I tasted my first sip of a dry-farmed wine from the Mediterranean without even knowing anything about its growing methods. Not only was the taste a palate-pleaser, but the day to follow was even better: no hangover or bloated feeling — my tummy actually felt great — and I slept peacefully through the night.