Food as Medicine

  The Food We Eat is Foundational to Health Healthy eating is not about strict limitations. It is about eating a wide variety of real food, feeling good and having a lot of energy. Unfortunately, the Standard American Diet (SAD) is nutrient-depleted, acid-forming, and laden with sugar and additives. In a land of plenty, we […]

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Addicted to Dryer Sheets? 12 Toxic Chemicals In Dryer Sheets & Fabric Softeners That Will Make You Break the Habit

Addicted to Dryer Sheets? Branch Basics 12 Reasons to Ditch Your Dryer Sheets and Fabric Softeners

Did you know this article is part of a series on Detoxing Your Laundry? If you’d like to read along, please check out the other articles from the series: Do You Know What’s In Your Detergent? Why Use Branch Basics for Laundry? The Importance of a Nontoxic Detergent Nontoxic Laundry Instructions Stainmaster Guide: Treat Stains […]

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Healing Chicken Bone Broth Recipe

Branch Basics Chicken Soup with Bone Broth Recipe

Chicken bone broth has been considered throughout history as a base for traditional healing soups in cultures around the world. The bones and meat from healthy, organic, pasture-raised chickens release an abundant array of powerful micro nutrients, amino acids, antioxidants, and minerals into the water when simmered for hours at a low temperature. The resultant […]

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Do You Have Enough HCL (Stomach Acid)?

Branch Basics | HCL for Stomach Acid

Healthy people with strong digestive function do not need more HCL (stomach acid). Unfortunately, in today’s world of high stress, fast and processed foods, antibiotic use, prescription, and over the counter drug side effects, many people have a deficient supply of HCL. Strong, healthy digestive function plays a foundational role in determining a person’s state of wellbeing and health.

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2 Things Parents Can Do to Dramatically Improve School Air Quality (& Your Child’s Health)

Branch Basics 2 Things Parents Can Do To Improve School Air Quality

Is the air quality in your child’s school making students sick? Marilee Nelson’s son, Douglas, was dramatically affected by pesticide exposures at school. In December 1989, at age ten, he was exposed to high levels of pesticides, which devastated him mentally and physically. Doctors offered no hope of recovery from the extreme chemical injury and […]

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Ways to Naturally Increase Stomach Acid (HCL) Production

Having enough HCL (hydrochloric acid or stomach acid) is critical for good digestion and immune health. Without adequate HCL food is incompletely digested and failure of assimilation occurs so that we become vitamin and especially mineral deficient. When a person starts to eat the stomach is stimulated to start producing HCL. The HCL activates the chief cells in the middle portion of the stomach to start …

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Sunning: How to Take Advantage of the Summer Sun by Outgassing (or Offgassing)

Sunning to Offgas | Branch Basics

What is Offgassing or Outgassing? Offgassing or outgassing are interchangeable terms that relate to indoor air quality. Offgassing refers to the release of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) from a material or solution that has been trapped or absorbed. For example, when a room is freshly painted, the chemicals from the curing paint slowly offgas into […]

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