AuthorLaurel Avery

Laurel Avery, DiHom, became interested in natural health and the positive effects of healthy eating after moving to Europe from her native New York. After visiting a series of conventional doctors for a minor but nagging medical complaint, all of whom had no success or interest in finding the cause of the problem, she turned to alternative medicine. It was after a major change in eating habits from consuming the typical American diet to one involving whole, nutritious foods, as are commonly eaten in Europe, along with homeopathy and herbal remedies, that the problem was cured. She now devotes her time to helping others learn how to achieve vibrant health through their diet. Laurel's resume, twitter: @laurelavery_, linkedin: laurel-avery-67a9736, (+31) 634 707 745

How a Low Glycemic Diet Benefits Health

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The low glycemic diet is gaining an increasing number of adherents these days, and with good reason. The typical Western diet is chock full of simple carbohydrates and added sugars that cause frequent spikes in blood sugar, which eventually leads to a condition called insulin resistance or metabolic syndrome. This is a state in which the body’s cells no longer respond well to insulin, which...

Surprising Sources of Hidden Sugars

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Not that long ago, saturated fat was thought of as being the biggest threat to our health, and food manufacturers fell over themselves in the rush to get low-fat products on the market. But despite the fact that people cut saturated fat almost completely out of their diets, rates of obesity, heart disease and diabetes have continued to rise; so surely if fat was the problem, we would be healthier...

Yellow Dock Root Benefits

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The benefits of yellow dock root (Rumex crispus) have been understood for centuries. A perennial plant that is native to Europe and Western Asia, which later spread to North America and is now considered a common weed, yellow dock is best known for its use as a general detoxifier and in treating digestive problems. How Yellow Dock Root Aids Digestion, Reduces Oxidative Damage, and More One of the...

More Than a Seasoning: The Many Uses of Sage

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You may have used sage from your garden to season your dinner, but this popular herb can do much more than taste delicious. It has been used for millennia as an ingredient in religious ceremonies and as a medicine. Today it is a popular herbal remedy, used to treat ailments ranging from menstrual cramps to cold sores. The Benefits of Sage Sage has many benefits when used on its own. It is often...

Four of the Most Fattening Foods

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You may have seen television shows exploring some of the most calorie-dense foods available. People will chow down on some of the most “extreme” food out there – gigantic sundaes, a two foot rack of ribs, or a hamburger as big as your head. There is no doubt that eating this way is very fattening. For most people, though, these enormous meals are not the reason for their excess weight...

Taking Advantage of Rhodiola's Benefits

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Stress, depression and fatigue seem to be a natural part of the world today. It may be tempting to power through them with another cup of coffee, but there are other ways to cope. Nature has provided a plant that can fight these common problems and a host of other issues as well. Rhodiola is an herb that has been used in traditional Russian and European medicine for centuries. When used properly...

Is Tuberculosis Contagious?

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Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease that primarily affects the lungs, and the number of cases of TB is on the rise. Many people think of TB as a rare disease that only affects people in undeveloped countries, but that is not the case any more. Since the 1980s, the number of cases of TB has risen dramatically due to the spread of HIV, which is the virus that causes AIDS. What’s the...

The Many Benefits of Loquat Leaf

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If you have spent any time in China or Japan, you may have come across the Loquat tree. This medium sized tree grows to between ten and fifteen feet high and bears rich foliage. The leaves on this tree are evergreen and glossy, growing up to 12 inches long. When chewed or infused into a tea, these leaves have several benefits for your health. Read on for more information on what loquat leaf can...

The Top Benefits of Drinking Dandelion Tea

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To many people, a lawn covered with dandelions looks like a bed of weeds. With a different perspective, though, you will see that it is actually a medicinal gold mine. Dandelions are versatile plants whose roots and leaves have many health benefits. While its greens can be eaten raw in salads or cooked, many prefer to use this plant to make tea. Although its slightly bitter taste can be a turn...

The Benefits of Hyssop

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When looking to the garden for remedies, the hyssop plant is a good place to turn. Hyssop is a bushy herb that grows one to two feet high. The plant produces blue, white, and red flowers, which have many medicinal uses. Historically, hyssop has been associated with cleansing and purification. Today it can be used to treat many symptoms of the common cold. Hyssop Benefits One of hyssop’s most...

Laurel Avery

Laurel Avery

Laurel Avery, DiHom, became interested in natural health and the positive effects of healthy eating after moving to Europe from her native New York. After visiting a series of conventional doctors for a minor but nagging medical complaint, all of whom had no success or interest in finding the cause of the problem, she turned to alternative medicine.

It was after a major change in eating habits from consuming the typical American diet to one involving whole, nutritious foods, as are commonly eaten in Europe, along with homeopathy and herbal remedies, that the problem was cured. She now devotes her time to helping others learn how to achieve vibrant health through their diet.

Laurel's resume, twitter: @laurelavery_, linkedin: laurel-avery-67a9736, (+31) 634 707 745