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Quick Tips for Short Snoozes

How to Get the Most out of a Nap by Lane Vail Sleep, along with nutrition and exercise, shapes the backbone of overall health, yet 40 percent of Americans get an insufficient amount, according to a recent Gallup survey, and the potential health risks are considerable. “Sleep deprivation affects every organ system and disease state,” says Michael Breus, Ph.D., a ... Read More »

Go for the Glow

Kimberly Snyder’s Detox Diet Creates Radiant Beauty by Judith Fertig Wise food choices, carefully timed consumption and naturally effective detoxification can help us attain red-carpet shape, professes wellness and beauty expert Kimberly Snyder, bestselling author of The Beauty Detox Foods. She aims for optimum health as the basis for achieving that all-desirable outward glow. Snyder says she once struggled with ... Read More »

Fall Harvest Foods Provide a Range of Health Benefits

by Trudy Pieper, ND Fruits and veggies are packed with powerful antioxidants which can lower the risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes-related damage and even slow down the body’s natural aging process caused by free radical damage. Free radicals are unstable molecules that feed off healthy molecules in order to survive. Oxidation, caused by factors such as stress or chemicals, ... Read More »

Apples Get An A+

It’s a Nutritional Superstar by Tania Melkonian Nutrient density—an acknowledged characteristic of apples—is considered the most significant qualification for a superfood. “It’s one of the healthiest foods,” advises Case Adams, from Morro Bay, California, a naturopathic doctor with a Ph.D. in natural health sciences. Apples’ antioxidant power alone could elevate it to status as a superior superfood. Eating apples could ... Read More »

Apple Crunch

Celebrating Pesticide-Free Orchards The nationally acclaimed Rodale Institute will celebrate its fifth annual Organic Apple Festival on September 21 in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, more than 30 years after planting the trees. Organizers note that when growers select just one genetic variety of apple to reproduce and cultivate, they create a monoculture which easily becomes more susceptible to pests and diseases than ... Read More »

Apple Corps

Green Apple Day Aims to Transform Schools The Green Apple Day of Service, to take place on September 27, 2014, nationwide, will give parents, teachers, students, companies and local organizations ways to transform schools into more healthy, safe and productive learning environments via local service projects. Green Apple is a global movement dedicated to enabling schools to provide clean and healthy ... Read More »

Farm Fun “To Go”

by Felicia Brower For many children, the sights and sounds of farm life are new and unfamiliar, but a Centerburg-based organization is helping to change that. Bring the Farm to You was started by Christa Hein as a way to bring hands-on, farm-focused programs to people interested in learning about agriculture. Hein started Bring the Farm to You two years ... Read More »

Dried Plums Prevent Bone Loss

Consuming dried plums, Prunus domestica, appears to reduce bone loss and may increase bone mass. Studying 236 post-menopausal women for one year, Florida State University researchers gave half of the women 100 grams of dried plums per day, while the other group received 100 grams of dried apples. Bone scans done at three, six and 12 months found significantly greater ... Read More »

Gluten-Free on the Go

How to Eat Safely Away from Home by Judith Fertig Although following a diet without gluten has become easier due to increased availability and labeling of gluten-free foods, we still need to know how to make sure which foods strictly qualify. We always have more control in our own kitchen, yet we’re not always eating at home. Natural Awakenings’ experts comment ... Read More »

Counteracting Antibiotic Resistance Through Herbal Medicine

The overuse of antibiotics has contributed to an increase in antibiotic resistance. According to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), half of all antibiotics prescribed are unnecessary. While antibiotics do kill bacteria causing the illness, they can also harm good bacteria (probiotics) that protect the body from infections by bolstering the immune system. There ... Read More »

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