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Publisher/Editor Debra L. Tucker

Salud Y Bienestar Editor Frank Villares

National Editor S. Alison Chabonais

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his month’s cover makes me think of comfort, warmth and healing. Nothing makes me feel better than a hot cup of tea in the colder months. Perhaps it’s the ceremonial preparation or the childhood memories it brings to life, but either way, tea just makes me happy. Often hoarding up to 20 varieties in my own kitchen pantry, I am currently hooked on milk thistle (a great liver detoxifier) and my “go-to” tea: decaf passion fruit green tea. It tastes like green tea and smells like flowers. Full of antioxidants to help eliminate free radical damage, it’s a great staple for your pantry, too. Be sure to read “Tea Up,” by H.K. Jones, to learn more about the amazing healing properties of tea

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and what it can do to support your wellness plan. This month’s Local Tea Lovers Directory on page 27 offers great local cafes and shops for all your brewing needs and delicious tasting tea varieties. Stop by one today and drink your way to health.

I have included two of my favorite Natural Awakenings soup recipes in this issue that will have you ready for a quick healthy meal anytime of the day. When my children were younger and a little picky about vegetables, I found a sneaky, yet effective way to get them to eat lots of different veggies. I made my chicken broth-based soups and loaded them with all sorts of vegetables such as leeks, turnips, Brussels sprouts and zucchini. I used a hand blender or Vita Mixer and pureed the soup, adding more stock to avoid it becoming too thick. My kids never knew they were eating all those “non-kid-friendly” veggies. There were no arguments, begging or pleading; just the satisfying sound of healthy slurps filling my kitchen as I sat there with a sly grin on my face from ear to ear. Gotcha! I hope you enjoy this and every issue of Natural Awakenings magazine. We work hard each month to bring you quality content for a healthier, happier life.

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Health and happiness. Debra November is National Pomegranate Month

Natural Awakenings is printed on recycled newsprint with soy- based ink.

The pomegranate (punica granatum) is a nutrient-dense, antioxidant-rich fruit that is symbolic of health and fertility. In season from September to January, they are available at most grocery stores. Pomegranates contain high levels of flavonoids and polyphenols, strong antioxidants offering protection against heart disease and cancer. Special com- pounds called punicalagins are the secret to this fruit’s health benefits. Shown to lower blood pressure and cholesterol, the mighty pome- granate is worth a taste.

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