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  • Gluten-Free Skin Care: What You Don’t Know Could Hurt You Gluten-Free-Skin-CareThe 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 Gluten-Free-KitchenAvoiding 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 The-Coconut-CureFrom 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 1115_TFL-CvrWe 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 0915-TFL-Cover_lrgEnzymes 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 0815-TFL-Cover_lrgRubbing 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 0715-TFL-Cover_lrgCreak, 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! 0615-TFL-Cover_lrgThe 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 0515-TFL-Cover_lrgThey 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 0415-TFL-Cover_lrgIn 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 0315-TFL-Cover_lrgProbiotics 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 0215-TFL-Cover_lrgThis 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 0115-TFL-Cover_lrgStress 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 ...