The Center for Food Safety estimates that approximately 60% of milk sold in the U.S. is already rbGH free. However, to make sure you minimize excess IGF-1 exposure, choose organic milk or milk that is marked as rbGH-free or “no artificial growth hormone added.” By law, milk that fits into these categories cannot come from cows who have received rbGH. As a bonus, organic milk also has a slightly higher protein content than conventional milk.
Fresh or frozen work but definitely choose organic to get the most pain-fighting antioxidant power per bite. Cherries contain anthocyanins, which work just like aspirin or ibuprofen to turn off the body’s pain signals. Skip the juice and enjoy 20 or so cherries – remember they are a carbohydrate so they will give you quick energy and are best paired with colorful vegetables, healthy anti-inflammatory fats (like nuts and seeds), and proteins (also found in nuts and seeds). You can blend your frozen cherries with a tablespoon or two of cashew butter for a delicious icy, creamy, pain-reducing treat.

If you are trying to adopt a healthier lifestyle, consider adding healthy recipes like this to your dinner routine. Studies show that consuming a vegan diet is associated with lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Choosing foods that are high in fiber and low in sodium, such as this vegan gumbo, is also linked to healthier blood pressure levels. Try this vegan recipe and explore the health benefits that result from a plant-based diet approach. Get the recipe here.

If you are trying to adopt a healthier lifestyle, consider adding healthy recipes like this to your dinner routine. Studies show that consuming a vegan diet is associated with lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Choosing foods that are high in fiber and low in sodium, such as this vegan gumbo, is also linked to healthier blood pressure levels. Try this vegan recipe and explore the health benefits that result from a plant-based diet approach. Get the recipe here.

Everyone knows water is good for you (and free of calories), but boosting it with some electrolytes can keep you better hydrated. Add a pinch of sea salt and half a lemon to an 8-ounce glass of water. The minerals from the salt will help your body hold onto the water for longer, and the lemon will add a tasty zest. Drink three of these a day to stay energized all day long.