Letting Yourself Love Leaf Lettuce

Lettuce (Lactuca sativa) is an annual plant of the Asteraceae family. The Asteraceae family contains the herbs arnica, burdock, boneset, calendula, chamomile, chicory, cronewort (mugwort), coltsfoot, dandelion, echinacea, elecampane, feverfew, gravel root, grindelia, liferoot, milk thistle, tansy, yarrow, valerian, wormwood, and wild lettuce. It also contains the foods sunflower seeds, lettuces, true artichokes, sun chokes (also known as […]

Mollifying Concerns About Molybdenum

Molybdenum is a trace mineral required by almost all living organisms. It works as a cofactor for enzymes that carry out important chemical reactions involving carbon, nitrogen, and sulfur. It is involved in many important biological processes, possibly including development of the nervous system, waste processing in the kidneys, and energy production in cells. Molybdenum assists in […]

Putting Potatoes on the Menu

Potatoes are from the Solanaceae or nightshade plant family, whose other members include peppers, tomatoes, goji berries, tomatillos, eggplants, petunias, and tobacco. Potatoes are the swollen portions of the underground stems, called tubers, which store food for the leafy portion of the plant. Potatoes are the world’s fourth-largest food crop, following rice, wheat, and corn. Potatoes originated in what […]

Investigating Iodine

Iodine is a trace mineral that your body uses to synthesize the thyroid hormones, thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). T4 contains 4 iodine atoms. When the amount of thyroid hormone in your blood drops, your pituitary gland secretes a hormone called thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH). As its name suggests, TSH then stimulates your thyroid gland, located in the […]


Picking Peppers

Sweet bell peppers are a beautiful, glossy fruit that come in a wide variety of colors ranging from green, yellow, orange, red, purple and brown to black. They are known scientifically as Capsicum annuum. This species includes not only bell peppers, but also to wax peppers, cayenne peppers, chili peppers, and jalapeño peppers. They are members of […]

Eating for Happiness

Happiness centers around several important neurotransmitters: serotonin, dopamaine, endorphins, phenylethylamine, and anandamide. Serotonin is popularly known as the “feel-good hormone,” or your body’s own natural tranquilizer, hence the happiness factor. This is the neurotransmitter that antidepressants target in order to boost overall happiness levels. Up to 90 percent of your body’s total serotonin is located in your gut, […]