Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup

  Nothing is more appetizing than a creamy soup on a crisp, fall day. This butternut squash soup is easy and just begging to be prepared on a lazy weekend with a fireplace crackling and pumpkins on the porch. Not only does this recipe require minimal ingredients, it is loaded with health benefits as well. Butternut squash, once known as the “apple of God”, is jam-packed with fiber, potassium, and magnesium. Both the butternut squash and carrots contain beta-carotene, a compound that has antioxidant activity and can help protect cells…

New Study Shows Benefit for Diabetics

New Study Shows Benefit for Diabetics

  November is widely known as American Diabetes Month – a month that ironically emerges amidst the piles of leftover Halloween candy and remnants of apple cider doughnuts. This time serves as a gentle reminder of the millions of people affected by diabetes every day, and the number is growing. In fact, according to the CDC’s 2014 Diabetes Report Card, about 1.7 million new cases of diabetes are diagnosed each year. Therefore, when a large, well-conducted trial shows a promising benefit with a new diabetes drug, the medical community takes…

Beta Blockers and Weight Gain

Beta Blockers and Weight Gain

  Many clinicians will agree that high blood pressure, or hypertension, is a “silent killer” that is both common and dangerous. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention note that about 1 in every 3 adults are affected by high blood pressure, and about 7 in 10 adults use medications to treat it. The importance of using medication along with a healthy lifestyle to control blood pressure is paramount; however, no medication is completely benign and devoid of side effects. Weight gain is often associated with a popular class of…

5 Essential Items for Your Baby’s Medicine Cabinet

5 Essential Items for Your Baby’s Medicine Cabinet

  The sun was just about to set on a chilly November evening. A gust of wind rustled the amber-colored leaves on our big oaks in the backyard, and all seemed to be contentedly serene in the outside world. The inside world was a different story. Troubled by what I deduced to be gas, my newborn son was having a miserable night. His incessant crying had me frazzled to the core. As a new mom, I was suffering from symptoms of exhaustion and bewilderment, but the pain of seeing my…