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Discover the importance of oral health and how it contributes to overall well-being. Learn the science of maintaining healthy teeth and gums.

Oral Health: An Important Element To Cardiovascular Wellness

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Heart disease looks different across the genders and knowing the differences may save your life, read along to find out the facts.

Lifesaving Facts About Heart Disease Every Woman Should Know

Which is a bigger threat to women: breast cancer or heart disease? If you answered, “heart disease,” congratulations! You are better informed than most U.S. women, according to a recent study by the American Heart

Avoiding the difficulties of type 2 diabetes may seem like a minefield at first. Follow along our revolutionary BaleDoneen Method to unlock the secrets

Seven Simple Ways to Avoid Type 2 Diabetes

Nearly 100 million Americans — 38 percent of U.S. adults — have a disorder that magnifies their risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and dementia. Although this disorder, prediabetes, can be easily detected

Its Never too late to start the heart healthy journey using the BaleDoneen method! Follow along for this miraculous turnaround story

A Complete Turnaround: Dr. Wade Marler’s Story

I am humbled and so inspired to have been asked to write this new addition to the BaleDoneen newsletter. This is going to be a space through which we can all learn the incredible journey

Heart Health has a much larger effect on diabetes then previously thought. Follow along for the insights of our team.

Can Healthy Blood Vessels Help Prevent Diabetes?

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A new study of nearly 2 million older adults has linked influenza vaccination to a 40 percent drop in risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease

Is the Flu Shot Also a Vaccine Against Alzheimer’s Disease?

If you haven’t gotten your annual flu shot yet, here’s powerful motivation to do so: A new study of nearly 2 million older adults has linked influenza vaccination to a 40 percent drop in risk

Lifestyle, Nutrition, & Recipes

Homemade pesto is full of heart healthy fats.

Garden Fresh Pesto

Making homemade pesto from fresh basil in the garden is one of our favorite activities in the summer months. This recipe can be modified with various greens such as kale, radish tops, carrot tops or

Gardening is good for your health.

The Benefits of Gardening: Cultivating Health and Beauty

In our fast-paced world where stress and lifestyle related diseases seem to lurk around every corner, the humble act of working in one’s garden can offer a sanctuary of health and well-being. Along with the

Pink Beet Hummas

Pink Beet Hummus

This hummus is loaded with healthy fats, high-protein and cholesterol-lowering fiber — and is easy to make! Pair it with cut veggies or gluten-free crackers for a satiating snack on the go. Directions: In a

Discover a delicious and nutritious green smoothie recipe that will satisfy your taste buds and boost your health. Try it today!

Monika’s favorite Green Smoothie

In a blender cup, add: 1 large handful of spinach, kale or mixed smoothie greens ½ banana, frozen ½ cup frozen mango chunks 1 tablespoon almond butter ¼ cup collagen powder (20 grams protein!) ½

Protein Plate

Protein: How much do you really need?

By Monika Jacobson, RDNDirector of Lifestyle Health One of the most frequent questions I hear from patients is, “How much protein do I need?” Many people have heard conflicting and confusing recommendations related to protein

Natural Aphrodisiacs With Balsamic Chicken And Figs

Natural Aphrodisiacs: Balsamic Chicken with Figs

In the spirit of February and Valentine’s Day we are focusing on aphrodisiac foods! Do they really work to increase libido and help “set the mood?” When looking at the nutritional content of proclaimed aphrodisiacs,