12 Benefits of Magnesium

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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There’s a good reason magnesium is often called “The Magic Mineral” – it plays a crucial role in over 300 enzymatic reactions within the body, impacting everything from energy metabolism and stress management to hormone balance, detoxification, sleep, and the creation of proteins. (1) Years ago, I discovered it was the key to easing my restless legs at night, which […]

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What Causes Heartburn?

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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Here’s a fun little question for you – which one of these statements is true? A) A Banyan Tree near Kolkata, India is larger than the average Walmart B) There are more nerve connections in your brain than there are stars in our galaxy C) Heartburn is usually due to too little stomach acid, not too […]

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4 Benefits of Dry Brushing Your Skin & How To Do It

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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The first time I heard about dry brushing, all I could think was “Why are these people brushing their skin? I’m doing good to brush my teeth and change out of my yoga pants.” Never would I have guessed that it would become one of my favorite wellness practices, but it absolutely is. Although it’s most […]

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Easy Chicken Caesar Wrap Recipe (Gluten-Free)

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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“Cook once, eat twice” is one of my favorite strategies for saving time in the kitchen. When I make a batch of a favorite recipe I’ll usually double it, then use the leftovers to make extra meals throughout the week. That’s the beauty of these chicken caesar wraps – they’re mostly made from leftovers, which means […]

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9 Benefits of Forest Bathing & How To Do It

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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Did you know that the discovery of aspirin can be traced back to a compound found in willow bark – salacin – which has been used for thousands of years to relieve pain? (1) Have you heard about the bark of the cinchona tree, which contains the same form of quinine that is used to treat malaria? […]

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21 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas (That They’ll Actually Want)

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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Most of us want the little things for Mother’s Day – a 24-hour period in which someone picks up after us, feeds us, and handles all the household chores while we take a nap. Basically we want to be our kids, right?  Of course, if someone wants to gift us something a little extra special, […]

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5 Benefits of Coconut Oil Pulling & How To Do It

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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Can a 3,000 year old Ayurvedic practice whiten your teeth, reduce bad breath, detox your body and make unicorns appear? I haven’t been able to find studies to support all of those claims (though I’m really holding out for the unicorn one), but there is scientific evidence that coconut oil pulling may: Reduce oral bacteria that […]

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12 Ways To Help Your Child Get A Good Night’s Sleep

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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Parents are experts in sleep deprivation – we’ve guzzled the coffee, wiped the daytime drool off the back of our hands, and accidentally fallen asleep while trying to help our kids drift off to dreamland. You’d think, then, that we’d be also experts in recognizing the signs of sleep deprivation in our children.  When kids are […]

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Pink Noise Vs. White Noise (And How To Choose A Sound Machine)

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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If you’ve ever turned on a white noise machine to drown out the sound of barking dogs, loud neighbors, or other disruptive sounds, you know how helpful they can be for falling (and staying) asleep. And that’s a good thing, because getting deep sleep makes us smarter, happier, more productive, more creative, and even keeps us looking […]

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Creamy Dairy-Free Caesar Dressing Recipe

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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There’s nothing quite like crisp romaine lettuce tossed in creamy Caesar dressing and crunchy gluten-free croutons, but right now my traditional Caesar dressing recipe is off the menu as I continue my healing journey.  Fortunately, this dairy-free Caesar dressing it so delish I don’t even miss my old recipe. It’s creamy, garlicky and tangy, with just the right […]

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Easy Homemade Gluten-Free Tortillas

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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Soft and pliable, these gluten-free tortillas are simple to make and easy to store for quick meals throughout the week. They’re similar in flavor and texture to the wheat flour tortillas I grew up eating in Tex-Mex country, which is to say that they work well in everything from burritos and chicken caesar salad wraps to after-dinner treats […]

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Why I Love Seed’s Daily Synbiotic (Probiotic + Prebiotic)

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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What happens when you combine a brilliant mom, a scientist, and a team of experts in fields like microbiology, immunology and transcriptomics . . . including the guy who literally coined the word “probiotics”? The answer, of course, is Seed’s Daily Synbiotic. It’s no secret that probiotics benefit so much more than just gut health. They […]

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7 Common Probiotic Myths & What I Take

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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Have you ever stood in the aisle of a health food store and considered the eeny-meeny miny moe approach to choosing a probiotic? It’s no secret that they have profound health benefits throughout our bodies, but there are a lot of myths that can make finding a good one – and knowing how and when to take it – […]

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Soft & Chewy Chai Cookies (Gluten-Free, Paleo)

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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If you haven’t already made up a batch of this five-minute masala chai mix, now is the time to infuse its warm flavors into everything in your kitchen. Okay, maybe not everything, but definitely your tea and these chai cookies.  Spiced with ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, allspice, cloves, nutmeg and a smidge of black pepper, they’re soft, […]

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5 Minute Homemade Chai Mix Recipe

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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Warming, slightly spicy, and ready in under five minutes, this homemade chai mix can be made with just a handful of ingredients you probably already have right now. Brew it into a creamy cup of comforting tea in cooler weather, sprinkle it into vanilla ice cream as it churns on your kitchen counter in the summer, or […]

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Easy Cajun Seasoning Recipe & 14 Ways To Use It

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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I tasted my very first beignets, shrimp creole and dirty rice in Louisiana’s French Quarter, but they were far from my last. Through college, I worked as a server in a Cajun restaurant, where I gulped down gumbo between shifts and learned all I could from the cooks.  It was there that I learned to shuck oysters, make roux-based […]

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5 Benefits of Probiotics & What I Take

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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You are a wonder.Surprising. Amazing. Super. And by super, I mean superorganism. Scientists estimate that only about 50% of the cells in your body are human – the rest are microbial, and their genes influence your well-being just like yours do.  In fact, the microbes within you contain so much rich, synergistically interactive genetic material that they’re often called […]

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Benefits of Whole Body Vibration Therapy

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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Can good vibrations really support lymphatic drainage, muscle toning, hormone production, bone mineral density and more? When I was introduced to the research behind whole body vibration therapy by a friend (who is also a doctor), I became so fascinated that I ended up getting a vibration plate to use at home.  We’ll dive into […]

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Benefits of Collagen for Skin, Sleep, Mood & More

Pierre Van Zylbeauty, health

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Most of us think of skincare as something we slather on instead of eat or drink, but in some parts of Asia one nutrient has been revered for its ability to support youthful-looking skin. For centuries, collagen-rich foods and drinks have been thought to help skin maintain elasticity while boosting hydration, and modern research seems to support […]

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7 Tips for Getting The Most Out of Your Sauna Sessions

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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Mayans had the Temazcal – which roughly translates as sweat lodge – while the Japanese have the mushi-buro, Russians have the Banya, and Finns have the sauna. Heat has long been used therapeutically in many cultures, and for good reason.  Since posting about the science-backed health benefits of sauna bathing and a review of the sauna I chose, I’ve received […]

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Gluten-Free Pie Crust Recipe

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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Although my paleo almond flour pie crust has been my go-to for years, that was pretty much because I was busy keeping tiny humans alive and couldn’t figure out how to create a rollable dough that was buttery, flaky and SIMPLE.  As in, one that wouldn’t require me to special order 87ish types of flour that my […]

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4 Benefits of Sulforaphane + Best Ways To Consume It

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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Usually when I hear about the discovery of a potent phytochemical, I expect it to come from a rare Amazonian berry or Siberian root . . . not something that’s in my refrigerator crisper drawer right now (and probably yours). Yet one of the most exciting recent discoveries – sulforaphane – is probably in your kitchen right […]

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DIY Activated Charcoal Soap Recipe

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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Activated charcoal is well-known for its ability to draw out impurities and support detox, which is why I incorporate it into face masks and lots of other ways, too. I’ve got to admit, though, that when I first picked up a bar of Toups & Co. Activated Charcoal Soap I wondered how much benefit activated charcoal could really […]

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How To Make Oat Milk In 5 Minutes (That’s Not Slimy)

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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Want a creamy, non-dairy milk option that is incredibly easy to make, will save you money, and doesn’t require any fancy equipment? Good, because I’m about to show you how to make oat milk with just two ingredients, a blender, and a thin kitchen towel or some cheesecloth.  With all the non-dairy milk options available […]

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Dairy-Free Alfredo Sauce Recipe + 4 Ways To Use It

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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If an alien shapeshifter tried to impersonate my husband, you know how I would know? Fettuccine alfredo. Other people like alfredo, but my husband loves it. So if the shapeshifter sat down with my family and didn’t immediately dive for the bowl creamy goodness, I’d 1000% know something was up.  Making alfredo has been tricky recently, because I’m temporarily […]

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Homemade Marinara Sauce Recipe

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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Bursting with zesty tomato goodness, this homemade marinara sauce is delicious over Italian-style baked meatballs with gluten-free pasta, as a dipping sauce for garlic bread, and more. We’ll talk about more ways to use it in a moment, but first let’s talk tomatoes.  If you’ve ever experienced the summer-in-a-jar, bright flavor of San Marzano tomatoes, you may […]

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Easy Italian Oven Baked Meatballs

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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These oven baked meatballs are as easy to make as they are juicy and flavorful. You know I love skipping unnecessary steps in recipes, and this recipe is no exception. Instead of hovering over a hot pan of oil and cooking a few meatballs at a time, I just mix everything together, form the mixture into […]

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The 3 Best Reusable Storage Bags for Your Kitchen

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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It’s been a long time since I ditched my plastic storage containers for leak-proof glass ones and started making my own beeswax food wrap, but until this year I’d never found a flexible, non-toxic, and reusable replacement for single-use Ziploc bags.  So . . . I’ve been using the same handful of plastic baggies lined with parchment paper […]

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Easy Baked Cinnamon Apple Chips Recipe

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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I love crisp apples for making this sweet and tangy chicken salad adn easy apples sandwiches, but man . . . mushy apples . . . just blech. When I was in elementary school, I actually thought I hated apples because my dad bought Red Delicious, which tend to be beautiful but mealy on the inside. Turns out I […]

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How To Store Veggies & Fruits To Keep Them Fresh Longer

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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I’m all about eating healthy on a budget right now, which is why I’m loving the inexpensive box of organic fruits and veggies that’s delivered to my door every week from Misfits Market. They sell imperfect, occasionally odd-looking fruits and veggies that won’t get sold in stores for about 40% off retail, which has helped my family […]

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What Is Moon Milk? + 4 Moon Milk Recipes

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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If you’ve never replied “I. AM. ALCHEMIST.” to a text question about the grocery ingredients you requested, get ready. These relaxing moon milk recipes are full of familiar, comforting flavors blended together with a few out-of-the-ordinary twists. You might have noticed from my library that I’m very much a research nerd, with titles like Adaptogens In Medical Herbalism and The […]

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Easy Fermented Carrot Sticks Recipe

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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Tangy and crunchy, these easy fermented carrots make a delicious snack or side dish for meals. I love them plain, but my kids prefer them dipped in creamy homemade ranch dressing, bleu cheese dressing or onion dip.  Like sauerkraut, pickles, or kimchi, fermented carrots are rich in gut-healthy probiotics thanks to the process of lacto-fermentation. In a […]

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Strawberry Whip Recipe

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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This strawberry whip is similar to Dole whip, but with plump berry goodness and a superfruit infusion of baobab fruit powder. If you’ve never tasted it before, baobab has a tropical tartness that balances the sweetness of the strawberries, and it’s also rich in vitamin C (7-10 times more than oranges) and prebiotic fiber (which nourishes […]

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6 Benefits of Baobab Fruit Powder & How To Use It

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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I’ve never had the pleasure of sitting in the shade of a thousand-year old baobab tree, but my kids and I absolutely love to make creamy frozen yogurt with it’s highly nutritious fruit pulp. Pronounced “BEY–oh-bab,” this majestic tree is actually a collection of nine species that grow throughout Africa, Madagascar and Australia. Popularly known […]

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Best Affordable Blue Light Blocking Glasses for Kids

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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Kids are spending more time on screens than usual these days – mine included. With so many social activities on hold right now,  I’ve given my little ones more screen time for video chats with friends, an online book club, and educational games. Now as the school year begins, a lot of families are trying to […]

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How to Clean Your Washing Machine (Front Loader or Top Loader)

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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I used to think that washing machines were self-cleaning: Just toss in your dirty clothes, a scoop or two of laundry detergent, and the machine cleans the clothes AND itself, right?  Unfortunately, no.  Just like bathtubs, washing machines can develop buildup from soap scum and hard-water deposits. The dirt and funk in our clothes has to […]

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Easy Strawberry Crisp Recipe (Gluten-Free)

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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When summer fields are bursting with juicy strawberries and the prices are irresistible, I try to keep them stocked in our fridge as often as possible. Normally we just eat them fresh, but when I’m feeling the need to bring a little extra joy to our lunch or dinner table, I’ll make this quick and easy strawberry […]

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21 Tips for Eating Healthy On A Budget

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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When my husband and I were newlyweds, date nights at home often involved $5 pizza and a sausage-shaped tube of enriched wheat flour, sugar, and partially hydrogenated soybean oil — aka store-bought chocolate chip cookie dough. Back then, I thought the cost of junk food was nothing more than pennies, which I was more than […]

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