Vitamin A: The Glow-in-the-Dark Vitamin
The ancient Egyptians had a cure for "night blindness": they fed the patient lots and lots of liver. Perhaps they thought they were appeasing the gods of sight. In 1930, the first fat-soluble vitamin was discovered, vitamin A, which it turns out does indeed appease the gods of sight. Vitamin A is best known for improving eyesight, particularly at night, which is one of two reasons we call it the “glow-in-the-dark vitamin.” But the eyes are not the only part of your body grateful for your generous consumption of vitamin A.
The Health Benefits of Chocolate
Good news: Research says you can have your cake and eat it, too — as long as that cake is chocolate. For centuries, chocolate has been used to treat diseases and maladies such as depression. Civilizations from Mexico to Europe have hailed chocolate as an aphrodisiac. The U.S. government officially recognized its virtues in World War II, making the chocolate candy bar standard issue for the military.
Sage: More Than Poultry Stuffing!
The wise gardener who planted salvia officinalis has an abundance of sage for valuable medicinal use. Prepared as an infusion (1 teaspoon of the herb steeped 15 to 30 minutes in a covered cup of boiled water), sage has a multitude of applications.
Find Community Resources
In an ever-expanding global market, it's easy to forget that most of our needs can be met by using the resources we have access to in our own communities. As gasoline prices rise, which in turn tend to increase the price of every item transported, it's to our advantage as well as the environment to buy locally.
Immune-Boosting Supplements for Winter Health
Holiday cheer isn’t the only thing that abounds this winter: Cold weather ushers in the sniffles, sneezes and coughs of cold and flu season. Check with your health care provider to see if any of these supplements can help your family avoid illness or feel better quickly in the event you do get sick.
10 Ways to Cut Cholesterol Naturally
When most people think of cholesterol, they think of the waxy fat-like substance that is found in many of the foods we eat. Although cholesterol is often feared, the truth is that your body needs cholesterol for a number of different things. For example, it is used in the manufacture and maintenance of strong cell walls, it is critical for hormone and vitamin D production and it even is used to coat the nerve cells in the body.
What’s the buzz about raw foods?
Which is better: cooked food or raw? What is meant by "raw food" and what is meant by "cooked food?" One cannot simply say that raw is uncooked, for there are raw food "cookbooks." Nor is cooking simply the application of heat through boiling, baking or frying, as I soon discovered. Ripening itself is one form of natural cooking; others are described later.
The Mother-Child Weight Connection
As the old saying goes, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. When it comes to predicting whether or not a child will be overweight as an adult, you don’t have to look much farther than his mother. Maternal obesity is the single most important predictor of obesity in children.
Enough Calcium Without Cow’s Milk??
Now that your child is done with breastfeeding or bottles, how can you make sure she’s getting all the nutrients she needs? We know that children need calcium to build strong bones. Cow’s milk is a good source of calcium and a natural choice for many parents. But can your child get the same amount of calcium without cow’s milk? The answer is a resounding yes, as long as you know what to look for.
4 Ways To Lose Weight Naturally and Effectively
You'll be surprised to know that you don't need to stop eating or have to exercise for hours every day to lose weight. Just a few simple lifestyle changes added daily can turn your life around quickly. You will start to lose weight within days and feel better as well.
The Smart Way to Eat Fast Food
If you find that the very survival of you and your kids seems to depend on the occasional consumption of fast food, you don't have to cut it out all together. You just have to make judicious, nutritious choices.
Top 10 Reasons to Go Organic
The average child receives more exposure than an adult to at least eight widely used cancer-causing pesticides in food. The food choices you make now will affect your child’s health in the future.
Take Zinc for Healthy Bodies and Minds
Did you know that zinc deficiency ranks 11th out of the top 20 risk factors for disease? Yes, zinc! According to the World Health Organization, zinc deficiencies are responsible for 16% of lower respiratory infections (such as pneumonia) and 10% of diarrheal illness worldwide.
10 Tips for Staying Within Your Dietary Restrictions
Over time this will all get easier. Your body will begin to repair itself and it will stop craving the unhealthy food eventually. It is a long process, but when you begin to see little steps of progress then you will feel more motivated. It will also take some time for your taste buds to adjust to alternative foods. Give it time.
Try Saw Palmetto for Prostate Health
In their recent article about using saw palmetto to treat prostate disorders, Andrea Gordon, M.D., and Allen Shaughnessy, Pharm.D., state that “saw palmetto appears to have efficacy similar to that of medications like finasteride, but it is better tolerated and less expensive.”
Melt Away Tension With Lemon Balm
Lemon balm, a member of the mint family, has been used for centuries to melt away tension, relax the body and soothe the mind. Often overlooked, it deserves to be considered as a part of any medicinal herb garden.
Community-Supported Agriculture, Farm Markets, and Pick-Your-Own
At a time when small farmers are struggling to survive, this helps local economies and is a more sustainable practice than continually buying food trucked into supermarkets over thousands of miles.
Organic: A Choice For Our Children
As parents, we want to feed our children healthy food. What parent would turn down the chance to give a child delicious, healthy food that is convenient, a good money value and that the child loves...
Have You Fed Your Good Bugs Today? - Prebiotics
Foods such as yogurt, buttermilk, miso or kefir are the most recognized foods providing good bacteria for the gut.
Baby Nutrition - Toddler Nutrition
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