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Fantastic Fall Soup Recipes

Imagine this: It’s a crisp autumn afternoon. A breeze is blowing crunchy leaves off the trees. There’s a fire in the fireplace. You’re wearing your comfiest sweater. Maybe a pumpkin candle burns in the background. It’s perfect, right?

Not quite.

The only thing this idyllic scene needs to achieve fall perfection is a pot of soup simmering on the stove.

Soup is the ultimate one-pot meal, but that’s not all it has going for it. There’s a reason you crave soup when you’re coming down with a cold or flu. Bone broth and other common soup ingredients like garlic and fresh herbs boast immune-supporting compounds, and the hot liquid itself can help relieve congestion. Soup is also great for folks who like to prepare meals in bulk to freeze and enjoy later. And, it’s a great way to use up the random meat and veggies in the fridge to prevent food waste. 

Here are a dozen of our favorite soup recipes that will get you pumped to say, “Soup’s on!”

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10 Animal Moves for Kids

Animal moves are great way to “trick” your child into exercising, building strength, improving mobility, and getting a great workout. The key is that rather than force exercise kids can have fun walking like a duck or instead of doing box jumps they can do frog jumps.

However, we are not quadrupeds or amphibians or water fowl—we are humans with completely different anatomies than the animals we mimic. Therefore our animal moves aren’t exactly the same as the animals who actually perform them. They might look even different if you’re an adult practicing animal movements for mobility and strength. For kids though, here are my ten favorite animal moves.

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New and Noteworthy: What I Read This Week—Edition 240

Research of the Week
Oldest human footprints in North America confirmed to be 23,000 years old.

If you have diabetes and low muscle mass, your risk of early death is 2 times greater than it should be.

Keto is better for migraines than a low-calorie “regular” diet.

More sleep variability, thicker carotid arteries.

South African prey animals fear humans more than lions.

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New and Noteworthy: What I Read This Week—Edition 239

Research of the Week
Mechanistic link between low zinc and diabetes.

No link between red or processed meat and pancreatic cancer.

Of the carbs, fruit and non-starchy vegetables are linked to the least weight gain; starch and sugar the most..

Exercise for depression works.

How LEDs affect nutrient levels in kale..

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10 Spices You Should Be Using

We typically think of spices as flavors. They make things taste spicy or zesty, add complexity, combine with other spices to form popular and traditional flavor profiles like “chili powder” or “garam masala,” and simply just make food taste really good. This is true, but they’re also much more. Similar to herbs, spices tend to be anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial out of self-preservation—when they’re growing on a plant, they don’t want fungus and bacteria and bugs to eat them and so they employ various compounds that deter and inhibit predators. We can leverage those compounds to enhance the health effects of food, make the cooking process safer, reduce the formation of carcinogens, and actually prevent spoilage.

Oh, and properly used spices make food taste great.

I’d say that using spices is the quintessential human activity. It’s a perfect example of taking something that’s “bad” on paper—antimicrobial compounds, anti nutrients that are meant to kill bugs and fungus—and using it for our own benefit.  Let’s get down to the spices:

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New and Noteworthy: What I Read This Week—Edition 238

Research of the Week
Both short and longer naps help restore blood pressure function in shift workers.

For optimal seminal health, including fertility, testosterone, and sperm volume, aim to have high HDL and low triglycerides.

Tea appears especially helpful for circadian health.

A little passive stretching is good for older men.

High-load strength training tends to be more effective than blood flow restricted strength training, but the latter can be comparable if applied properly.

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