About Steph Leach

As a Certified Health Coach and Certified Juice Therapist, Stephanie Leach supports individuals ready to harness the power of plants to achieve a healthy weight and avoid or reverse chronic conditions by helping them transition to a customized whole food, plant-based diet and lifestyle that works for them.

Heart Healthy Grape Juice May Reduce the Risk of Deadly Blood Clots

Heart healthy grape juice reduces platelet aggregation - when platelets clump together resulting in a potentially deadly blood clot that can cause heart attack - according to a study published in The Journal for Nutrition.   Platelet aggregation is good when you cut your finger. The disc-shaped platelets in your blood detect the injury and [...]

Are Eggs and Cholesterol Really That Bad?

“Are eggs really that bad for us?” “Is dietary cholesterol really that important?” These questions still circulate. When the 2015-2020 dietary guidelines for Americans was published, it had some conflicting recommendations. It recommended that we eat as little dietary cholesterol as possible, but also stated that cholesterol was no longer a nutrient of concern. This [...]

Heart Healthy Sparkling Pomegranate Citrus Sipper Juice Recipe

Pomegranate juice is well known for its heart health benefits, lowering blood pressure and supporting heart health in other ways. A meta-analysis of eight randomized placebo-controlled trials on pomegranate juice found that it significantly lowered systolic blood pressure regardless of how long or how much pomegranate juice was consumed. Diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number) [...]

Ditch Dairy to Reduce Risk of Cancer and Heart Disease

The new Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2020-2025 was quietly published December 29, 2020. And the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) has demanded that the USDA retract and redraft the guidelines.   Disappointingly, (but not surprisingly,) the new guidelines still call for dairy - a whopping 3 cups of it a day. They make this [...]

Tea, Fruit and Chocolate Associated with Lower Blood Pressure

Flavan-3-ols, a subclass of flavonoids found abundantly in tea, apples, chocolate, berries and grapes, may help lower blood pressure naturally. There have been many small interventional studies over the years that have demonstrated the heart health benefits of flavan-3-ols. Now there is published research from a large population study that also supports these conclusions. [...]

How to Boost Your Metabolism 18 Percent and Lower Cholesterol Naturally

Looking to boost your metabolism so you can lose weight more easily and lower your cholesterol naturally? You absolutely can. New research shows that you may be able to significantly boost your metabolism, by as much as 18.7%, and lower total and LDL cholesterol by 19.3 mg/dL and 15.5 mg/dL, respectively, in just 16 weeks. [...]

Is Beyond Meat Heart Healthy? The SWAP-MEAT Study

There are a growing number of meat substitutes available today in grocery stores and on restaurant menus. These include Beyond Meat®, Impossible Foods™, and other store brand versions of plant-based ground beef, hamburgers and sausage. But are they heart healthy? After all, these meat substitutes are highly processed (plant-based, but NOT whole food as they [...]

Eat Berries Every Day – Here’s Why

Berries are superfoods. The rich and vibrant red and blue colors of blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and other berries are due to an abundance of flavonoids with serious health benefits. According to Dr. Joel Fuhrman, a serving of berries should be eaten every day. It’s the second B in the acronym G-BOMBS of the Nutritarian [...]