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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
the buzz about raw foods?
Which is better: cooked food or
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Palmetto for Prostate Health
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.”
Away Tension With Lemon Balm
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
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.
A Choice For Our Children
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
You Fed Your Good Bugs Today? - Prebiotics
such as yogurt, buttermilk, miso or kefir are the most recognized
foods providing good bacteria for the gut.
Baby Nutrition -
Cooking & Recipes