6 Ways to Stay Healthy All Winter

Winter is the height of cold and flu season, but with the right combination of healthy habits and smart strategies, you can strengthen your immune system and keep thriving all winter long. The 6 tips below will help you head into winter prepared to defend against illness and feel your best. 1. Dial down inflammation: It's critical to reduce inflammation in your body to prevent illness. Fighting chronic inflammation suppresses your immune system, making it tough to defend against germs. … [Read more...]

7 Foods to Eliminate in 2018

  Most food nowadays is far from pure. Between pesticides, fungicides, food additives, chemicals from packaging, and more - the average American diet is loaded with harmful substances. In fact, according to a study by the Environmental Working Group, there are 287 toxins already present in the average newborn's blood. Cut these 7 foods from your diet in 2018 to limit your exposure to toxins. 1. Canned Tomatoes: The majority of canned tomatoes on the market today contain bisphenol-A … [Read more...]

A New Year, A New You!

With the New Year almost here, it's time to take a look back at 2017. Did you hit your health goals? Are you getting close? It's never too late to modify our eating, exercise and sleep patterns. Here are a few tips to keep you on track in 2018! 1. Decorate your plate: Aim for seven colors each day. Prioritize dark leafy green salads and colorful veggies. Try to find a way to get some deep purple beets in your next holiday potluck lineup. Seasonal pureed pumpkin, yams and sweet potatoes make … [Read more...]

Improve Your Indoor Air Quality this Winter

Did you know that elevated levels of CO2 can be detrimental to human health and cognition? When your guests arrive for the holidays, more people are sharing the same amount of air in the closed environment of your home. Your gas oven, fireplace and range burners also use up Oxygen for fuel. During the cooler season, we are prone to spending more time indoors. Here are a few ways to improve your mental stamina this winter and breathe healthy!   1. Open at least two windows for … [Read more...]

6 Ways to Fight Holiday Stress

Reach out. Seek out community, religious or other social events. They can offer support, fun times, and companionship. Volunteering your time to help others also is a good way to lift your spirits, broaden your friendships, and help you be your best self. Be realistic. Family life is always changing. If your adult children can't come to your house, find new ways to celebrate together, such as sharing pictures, emails or videos. Set aside differences. Try to accept family members and … [Read more...]

6 Tips for a Healthier Thanksgiving

The holidays are loaded with sweet and savory comfort foods. The good news is, you can still enjoy Thanksgiving without overindulging. Put these six tips into practice and have a fantastic holiday!   1. Make sure your plate is colorful and full of veggies. Keep it heavy on the vegetables when you fill up your plate from the buffet. If you can, try to choose from an array of fresh, grilled, or roasted vegetables like beets, carrots, Brussels sprouts, or cauliflower. Turkey can also be a … [Read more...]

Can Adults Develop Food Allergies?

Food allergies are the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S., and the number of people who suffer from them is on the rise. Today, nearly 1 in every 13 children has a food allergy and more adults are experiencing new food allergies every year. Scientists have found that allergies may run in families, meaning there may be a genetic factor, as well as environmental factors in the development of food allergies. However, at this point, there is no complete answer as to why some … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Avoid an Unhealthy Halloween

It doesn't have to be scary to watch your health this Halloween! Here are five easy things to keep in mind for you and your family to keep up the good health this Halloween season. 1. Eat before you (trick or) treat Before heading out for trick or treating, eat dinner and talk to your kids about their trick or treating strategy. Kids won't be as tempted to snack when they are full and know that they shouldn't indulge between houses. Do not drive kids from house to house, let them get some … [Read more...]

Halloween Candy Horrors

A trip to any grocery store will tell you that Halloween is just around the corner. Racks of halloween candy are at the ready so you can stock up for trick-or-treaters. Unfortunately, in addition to being loaded with sugar, many popular candy brands have some scary ingredients. #1. Lice Treatment Chemicals in Fake Flavors Colorful spices used to be the basis of food coloring, but today candy manufacturers usually turn to fake food dyes, some of which contain coal tar chemicals. These … [Read more...]

10 More Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar

  Do you have Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) sitting on a shelf at home? This powerful ingredient is packed full of potential! We recommend using a naturally fermented, unfiltered variety, such as Bragg's. 1. Cleaning  ACV combined with 2 parts water makes an effective natural disinfectant solution. You could add a few drops of lemon or lavender essential oil and have a great antibacterial spray for countertops, bathroom, kitchen and carpet deodorizer. 2. Hair rinse Instead of spending … [Read more...]