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Understanding Deep Vein Thrombosis: Risk Factors, Signs, and Management

Recently I heard that a family member in her early 50s was being seen by a doctor for DVT and that she was hoping that there was a more natural way of dealing with it than the medications her doctor was prescribing. When I had digested this scrap of family ''information,'' I thought about my own lax position (denial, really) and how it would make sense for me to make some changes in my life while I still have some shreds of health and potential fitness. And, of course, I have inherited my mother's compulsive pop reading habit (in my case, the Internet mostly). So, I decided to research and write an article that would incorporate some preventative and alternative health principles into my life that might make DVT somewhat less likely to catch up with me than is likely the case now. I would also like to see our family member above and others benefit from these principles if they decide that they want to. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a critical health concern that af

Yummy Chocolate-Avocado-Chia-Banana Pudding Parfait (Vegan, Whole Food, Plant-Based)

Chocolate-Avocado-Chia-Banana Pudding Parfait Spent some time in the garden prepping the soil for planting and needed a bit of a treat for the hard dirty work (ha) so decided to try this lovely chocolate chia pudding recipe.  Then, to amp it up a little for people who love banana cream-chocolate parfait or pie, I decided to add a few layers of really ripe banana.  Hope you like it as much as I do! Makes about 4 Parfaits INGREDIENTS: 4 T. Chia Seeds 1 C. Almond Milk (or other non-dairy milk of choice) Flesh of 2 Ripe Avocados 4 T. Organic Cocoa Powder (or Raw Cacao Powder) 4-6 T. Maple Syrup 1/8 tsp. Cinnamon 1 Ripe Organic Banana METHOD: Assemble ingredients and measure out in advance (or, if less OCD than I, skip this step) Stir chia seeds and almond milk together in the canister of your blender. Let sit 20 minutes. Add other ingredients (except the Banana) and blend until silky smooth Layer Banana and chocolate-chia pudding and garnish with fruit, nuts, or