They say you need to eat a rainbow in order to get your daily dose of fruits and vegetables. Eating all those ½ and 1 cup servings can seem hard to fit into your meal planning. There is an easy solution to this colorful problem. It comes in the form of the smoothie. Smoothies, especially ‘green’ smoothies are an excellent way to maximize your fruit and vegetable intake, get energized and fit. Here are some tasty recipes to get you started. Pack a Protein Punch Smoothies are a great ... Continue Reading
Three smoothie recipes to get you to your daily recommended servings of fruits and vegetables.
Learn what hormone disruptors to avoid and how to keep your family more healthy.
Worried about plastic and chemicals leaching into your skin and body? You're not alone. There is a lot of controversy surrounding hormone disruptors - those chemicals found in skin products, soaps, make-up, water bottles, and cans lined with BPA. They are suspected to affect or harm our health in several ways, especially when used daily. Recently Dateline NBC did an investigation into hormone disruptors. As with most stories, there are 2 opinions and 2 valid arguments to whether we can still ... Continue Reading
Learn the common types of headaches and how to treat them.
Your head is pounding, but you're not sure what it is or how to treat it. It could be a tension headache, a migraine, or even allergies. Find out the symptoms of each type of headache and the best way to deal with them ... now and forever. Tension Headache Probably the most common headache and easily the most curable. The pain feels like an ache or pressure that can become intense as it radiates around the temples or at the back of the head and neck. The cause of this pain is often ... Continue Reading
Add a bit of spice to your next dish – for taste and health benefits too!
It seems everywhere we turn, there's another article touting the health benefits of spices. They've been around for thousands of years but the recent popularity of more "natural" health remedies and whole foods has made the health benefits of spices a subject on shows like Dr. Oz and in health magazines and internet articles. Not only are spices loaded with health benefits, they are tasty and can add a gourmet flare to any meal. While they aren't known to cure illnesses, science and ... Continue Reading
Meditation can lead to health benefits, an increased sense of well-being, and even better sleep.
This week, Deepak Chopra and Oprah launched their 21 Day Meditation Challenge which was largely marketed through Facebook. The aim of the three week campaign is to allow subscribers (at no charge) to embark on a "journey to perfect health." Sure, that sounds great in theory, but is there any truth to it? Can this ancient practice actually improve your life? Let's take a look at all of the evidence so that you can draw your own conclusions. Improved Mental Health Amazingly, there ... Continue Reading
Enjoy the health and skin benefits of regular visits to the steam room.
A steam room may be a place you go to relax and stretch your muscles after an intense workout. Or it may just be a nice escape from a hectic day. But, there is more to the steam room than meets the eye. In fact, in many countries around the world, a steam room is used for medicinal purposes. Many holistic doctors still tout the benefits of incorporating a steam room into your regime for health. What can you expect in a steam room? If you've never been in a steam room it can sound a little ... Continue Reading
Staying healthy while traveling can be as easy as drinking lots of water, planning a routine, and getting your rest.
Whether you are flying home to visit family, getting in a weekend getaway, or driving to a conference for work - travel alters your daily schedule. It can be hard to keep healthy and stick to your routine while on the road but the following tips and advice can help keep sickness at bay. H2O It Remembering to drink water during any day is important. It is imperative to remember to do it while traveling to help you to stay awake, hydrated and well. It means less fatigue and jet lag ... Continue Reading
More than half of all food borne illnesses are caused by plant foods. Learn how to properly prepare your fruits and vegetables.
We've all heard about the risks of handling raw meat - disinfect, wash everything, be careful or you'll get Salmonella or E-Coli. We're careful to cook meat thoroughly, and even restaurants have a warning on menus that state eating raw or under cooked eggs or meat can get you sick. After hearing all these dire warnings, it's amazing any of us even eat meat. Vegetables would be the healthier choice right? Wrong! Meat is not the cause of the majority of food borne illness - vegetables are. One ... Continue Reading
Beat the cold weather and gray skies with these five tips for fighting the winter blahs.
The end of winter seems to be the bleakest month of the year. The holidays are over and the cold sets in deeper. Here are five ways to beat those winter blahs. Pretty Pedicure Who says pedicures are only for the summer? Even if you're not wearing sandals, treat yourself to a pedicure. It is such a cheerful sight when you take off those warm socks to see brightly painted toenails. While we tend to go darker shades of nail polish in the winter, choose a bright summer color for a quick ... Continue Reading
Learn the symptoms and statistics regarding heart health for women.
In the United States, heart attacks are the leading cause of death in both men and women, but there are surprising gender-specific differences not only in symptoms, but in death rates. Women are more likely to die from a heart attack. More than twice the number of women die from heart related medical issues than from all forms of cancer combined. A woman is more than ten times as likely to die from a heart attack than she is from breast cancer - and an astonishing 40% of women do not ... Continue Reading