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  • Clear the Brain Fog Clear the Brain Fog You can’t concentrate, you feel fuzzy and disorganized, you have trouble coming up with the right words and phrases. That vague inability to think clearly is known as brain fog, and it can keep you feeling disconnected from your work and your life. Brain fog can be caused by health conditions including multiple sclerosis, lupus, depression, ...
  • GMO Label Law Update A recent poll showed that 90 percent of Americans want to know if their food has been genetically engineered. Legislation signed by President Barack Obama in 2016 mandated that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has until July 2018 to establish rules for the labeling of products that include genetically modified organisms (GMO), but many ...
  • Thinning Hair? Thinning Hair Hair loss and thinning hair can affect both men and women as they age. It all comes down to testosterone levels. While up to a quarter of men see their hair starting to thin by the time they’re 30, women have protection from hair loss in their younger years when their estrogen production is at a ...
  • Beyond Carrots Beyond Carrots Want to keep your eyes healthy and your vision sharp as you age? Nutrition plays a key role in preventing eye conditions such as age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, and dry eye syndrome. Research points in particular to foods containing vitamins A, C, D, and E, the mineral zinc, nutrients such as lutein and zeaxanthin, and ...
  • Aromatherapy May Ease Allergies Aromatherapy May Ease Allergies An aromatherapy blend significantly relieved allergy symptoms in a recent study. Patients were instructed to pour a mix of almond, sandalwood, frankincense, and ravensara oils onto a fragrance pad, sit comfortably about 12 inches from the pad, and inhale the fragrance with normal breathing for five minutes twice a day. A control group used only ...
  • Understanding the Basics Understanding the Basics It’s easy to feel confused when you hear the terms: celiac disease, non-celiac wheat sensitivity, wheat allergy. What do they mean? What are the differences between them? A lot, it turns out. But the one thing they do have in common is they are medical issues that can be treated through diet. Whether it’s an eating ...
  • Plant Foods Key to Bone Health Plant Foods Key to Bone Health Eating a diet high in vegetables, fruit, fish, and whole grains could boost bone health and prevent fractures in women. A recent study compared levels of inflammatory elements in the diet to bone mineral density and fractures. Over a six-year period, women who had the least-inflammatory diet lost less bone density compared to those who ...
  • Green & Lean How Green Tea Works When it comes to weight loss, diet and exercise remain the most effective methods. However, some dietary supplements can also lend a hand. Green tea is one of the safest, best researched, and most effective options. How Green Tea Works Both caffeine and catechins (antioxidant polyphenol compounds including epigallocatechin gallate or EGCG) in green tea have ...
  • Run for Your Life Run for Your Life Running is a great way to stay in shape and burn calories. It also can help you to feel great—provided you get off on the right foot. Have you ever wondered why some people run in the rain or jog through the snow? The term “runner’s high” is not an exaggeration: Running can provide a feeling ...
  • Power Up! Ever feel like you’re experiencing life in slow motion, plodding through the day low on energy and high on brain fog? No, you’re not a zombie on Valium—but you’re definitely fatigued. What’s the cause of all that tiredness and what can you do to regain your vitality? Read on. The Causes Fatigue can be a symptom of ...
  • Ask the Herbalist: a Q&A with Maria Noël Groves Q. Who may benefit from everyday liver support? A. When herbalists strengthen the liver, we focus on the essential detoxifying function that it performs. Almost anyone would benefit from liver support.
  • 7 Ways to Combat Holiday Weight Gain Staying in shape over the holidays is not as difficult as it sounds. Although the rich foods and extra leisure time can make slacking off tempting, having a plan will help you maintain your edge. Here’s how: Stay active. If you’re worried about potential weight gain, remember that walking is one of the easiest, safest, ...
  • Herb for Depression Looking to ease mild depression? The herb St. John’s wort appears to reduce the production of cortisol (a stress hormone) and boost the action of neurotransmitters that help lighten mood. The staff at Massachusetts General Hospital advises that the herb is most effective for mild to moderate depression and less so for people with severe depression. It ...
  • Fix Your Slow Metabolism If you’ve been scanning the Internet at night looking for weight-loss strategies, you might be sabotaging your efforts. New research shows that evening exposure to blue light—like the light from computer screens—has negative effects on metabolism. Northwestern University scientists found that exposure to bright blue light increased insulin resistance during morning and evening exposure. But in ...
  • Start a Walking Program Studies have shown that 15 minutes per day of brisk walking can add up to three years of life expectancy. “Sometimes the hardest part of working out is getting started,” says Carolyn Hettrich, MD, of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Here are her tips for starting a walking program: Wear shoes that support the arch ...
  • Water Works We all know water is good for us. In fact, it is us. As adults, we are 60 percent water; we rely on water to deliver nutrients through our bloodstream, flush out our wastes, lubricate our joints, form our saliva, and regulate our body temperature through sweating. Staying hydrated—especially during the summer months—is essential. But, will ...
  • How to Fix Frizzy Summer Hair Anti-Frizz Ideas Be gentle with your towel, and gently squeeze out excess water rather than rubbing hair. Use a wide-toothed comb on wet hair. Start combing hair from the tips rather than from the scalp; gradually move upward toward scalp. Wash hair in warm (never hot) water and rinse with cool water. Wear a bathing cap in ...
  • Q&A On Celiac Concerns Navigating through a sea of information can be tricky. This is especially true when it comes to celiac disease, where there seems to be a constant flow of new studies and research. To help you with the latest developments, we’ve answered some common and not-so-common queries. Q: I was recently diagnosed with celiac disease. Do I ...
  • Gluten-Free Skin Care: What You Don’t Know Could Hurt You The good news first: Science seems to indicate that gluten cannot be absorbed through the skin, which means that, in theory, many personal care products are safe to use, even if they contain sources of gluten. The bad news is that gluten can be accidentally swallowed through the use of lipsticks, lotions, and other products applied ...
  • New sunscreen permits D production New sunscreen permits D productionSunscreen is important for limiting our exposure to ultraviolet radiation that can harm the skin both in the short term (sunburn) and long term (skin aging, skin cancer). But sunscreens with significant sun protection factor (SPF) also greatly limit the skin’s ability to produce vitamin D. Boston University Medical Center researchers have developed a sunscreen ...
  • Create a Gluten-Free Kitchen Avoiding gluten isn’t just about monitoring what you eat. It’s also about making sure there are safe areas where you store, prepare, and eat food. You don’t need to renovate your kitchen to ensure it’s free of gluten. Here are some helpful steps to make the area a safe zone for all—whether some or all of ...
  • The Coconut Cure From a metabolic perspective, coconut can do no wrong. It feeds the thyroid and is the only source of saturated fat that does not require bile to break it down for your body to use it. Coconut oil actually bypasses the gallbladder. This is great news for anyone with a gallbladder condition or fatty liver. It ...
  • Meet Your Microbiome Meet Your MicrobiomeNext time you put a fork of food in your mouth, consider its effects on the trillions of beneficial bacteria that call your body home. These bacteria outnumber your human cells 10 to 1, and they have favorite foods too! If you feed them what they love, they’ll repay you in good health. They don’t only ...
  • Moo-ve Over, Milk! Moo-ve Over, Milk!Alternatives Abound Does someone in your family have dairy allergies or sensitivities? Are you trying to reduce or eliminate dairy products from your diet? Or are you just in the mood to try something new? If you’re seeking a nonmilk product for drinking, pouring over cereal, or to use as a nondairy substitute for cooking and ...
  • Drink Your Greens We all know fruit and vegetables are good for us. They help lower our risk for obesity, heart disease, and Type 2 diabetes. Yet, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only about one in every 10 Americans eats enough of them. If you’re interested in optimal health, that’s a lot of ...
  • Digestive Enzymes Enzymes are proteins that act as catalysts that speed the completion of natural chemical processes in the body. Our bodies produce enzymes, and we also obtain them from raw foods. After age 40, our ability to produce enzymes decreases by 20 to 30 percent. The presence of enzymes in the saliva of young adults is as ...
  • Reduce Anxiety in Depression Rubbing lavender cream onto the legs before bedtime significantly reduced anxiety, stress, and depression in pregnant women, according to a 2015 study. The women applied the cream for 10 to 20 minutes each night for eight weeks. Some of the women also included a warm foot bath in their nightly routine. The women were 25 ...
  • Natural Remedies for Joint Pain Relief Creak, pop! One in five American adults experiences painful joints (mostly due to osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis), and when sore joints from sports injuries, overuse, and strain associated with being overweight get added in, that’s a whole lot of achiness nationwide. Joints are complicated structures that “rely on bone, muscle, and ligaments all working together to ...
  • Go Nuts for Health! The more you hear about the dangers of a diet high in saturated fats (think red meat and full-fat dairy foods), the more you may think about changing your eating plan. But products labeled “fat-free” often replace the fats with sweeteners, so they’re no help. Perhaps you’ve been scared away from nuts because you’ve heard they ...
  • Bone Up: Keep Your Bones Healthy and Strong They hold us up, they help us move around, they keep our organs safe, and they store important minerals. Bones: The human adult has 206 of them, from the penny-sized ossicles of the inner ear, without which we could not hear, to the femur, also known as the thighbone, the longest and strongest. They’re the ...
  • Avoiding Plastics In the classic film The Graduate, Mr. McGuire (Walter Brooke) gives young Benjamin Braddock (a 30-year-old Dustin Hoffman) one word of advice: “Plastics.” There’s a “great future” in the stuff, he says. McGuire was right. There was a great future in plastics—for plastics manufacturers, not for the rest of us. Plastics now pervade our lives in ...
  • What Are Prebiotics Probiotics may be a media darling because of the role they play as active, live microorganisms that confer many health benefits, but they couldn’t do what they do without the help of their silent partners—otherwise known as prebiotics. These nondigestible carbohydrates pass through the human gastrointestinal tract, acting as a food source for probiotics once they ...
  • 10 Supplements for a Healthy Heart This is what I say when people ask me, “Do I need nutritional supplements?”: “No. Nor do you need indoor plumbing and electricity.But why in the world would you choose to live without them?” Nowhere is that more true than when we’re talking about the heart. Here are my top choices for a “healthy heart” supplement program. ...
  • Adaptogens for Stress Relief Stress takes such a toll on our lives that anything we can do to relieve it is worth considering. In the world of medicinal plants, adaptogens are stress-relieving superstars. These nontoxic tonic herbs have a general (nonspecific) normalizing effect on the body. While at least 20 medicinal plants are considered adaptogens, six of the most important ...