Here’s What Your Nails Can Tell You About Your Health

You probably don't give much thought to your fingernails on a daily basis. In fact, the only time your fingernails come to mind is probably when you're painting them, cutting them or when you break a nail - ouch! But believe or not, this commonly overlooked part of the body can tell you a thing or two about your health. Here's how: Vertical ridges Vertical lines running up and down your nail can be a common sign of aging, so they usually aren't cause for concern. However, in some … [Read more...]

Garlic: Worth the Bad Breath

Garlic comes from Central Asia and northeastern Iran. However, it is used in cuisines all over the world. This spice is a relative to onion, leek, chives, and shallots. The flavor of garlic and it's health benefits have made many people fans. The most popular benefit of garlic is its ability to fight infection. Garlic contains antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antiviral properties. Garlic in raw form, can be rubbed on skin conditions that are fungi, virus, or bacterial related. Garlic can … [Read more...]

More Than 100,000 Americans Urge EPA To Restrict Unnecessary Use of Monsanto’s Weedkiller on Oats

A coalition of companies and public interest groups, led by Environmental Working Group (EWG) and Megafood, gathered 104,952 signatures on online petitions to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), urging the agency to lower the tolerance limit of glyphosate in oats and prohibit its pre-harvest use.   The EPA's legal limit for glyphosate residues on oats is 30 parts per million, or ppm. The petition, first filed last September, asks the agency to set a more protective standard of 0.1 … [Read more...]

Kitchen Hacks to Cut Down on Food Waste in the Tastiest Way Possible

With growing awareness of how food waste affects the environment, many conscious eaters are looking for ways to reduce their impact. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the global greenhouse gas emissions from food waste are larger than those of all countries except for China and the U.S. Part of curbing those emissions may take many revolutionary changes in the food system, but individuals can also reduce their own "foodprint" by using every part of their grocery store … [Read more...]

Beware the Impossible Burger

Impossible Foods is billing its Impossible Burger as a healthier, more sustainable option than beef, but when tested by consumer advocacy group Moms Across America (MAA), concerning levels of the herbicide glyphosate were found in the food. It's not at all surprising, considering the Impossible patty is made mostly of genetically engineered (GE) soy protein. You can find Impossible products in more than 5,000 restaurants in the U.S., Hong Kong, Macau and Singapore, in locations ranging from … [Read more...]

Healthy Tips for Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a time to honor America's fallen heroes with family and friends. Whether you're headed to a parade, a picnic, or a barbecue, it's important to keep your healthy habits on track. Remember, a healthy body is a happy body! Eat Well. It's a holiday weekend, which means you may overeat without realizing it. That's why you should make your food choices as healthy as possible and eat clean. By adding extra fruits and veggies to your plate, you can fill up on healthy foods. This way, … [Read more...]

You Deserve to Know What’s on the 2019 Dirty Dozen List

The latest updates to the Environmental Working Group's Dirty Dozen list revealed new changes in the amount of pesticide residue on supermarket fruits and vegetables. The most surprising news from the USDA tests reveals that the popular health food kale is among the most contaminated fruits and vegetables. More than 92 percent of kale samples had two or more pesticide residues detected, and a single sample could contain up to 18 different residues. The most frequently detected pesticide, found … [Read more...]

How to Successfully Start Seeds Indoors

Spring is here! Are you ready to grow some fresh, organic herbs, veggies, and flowers? Here are some tips for successful seed starting.   Materials for Starting Seeds: Containers - Either purchased pots or flats or containers you've saved, like egg cartons and yogurt cups. Used pots should be thoroughly cleaned using a scrubbing brush or pad. Potting Mix - Seeds do best in a soilless mix where there are fewer inherent problems than with garden soil Seeds - Your choice. … [Read more...]

The Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

The Difference between Dark, Milk, and White Chocolate: Dark chocolate contains 50-90% cocoa solids, cocoa butter, and sugar, whereas milk chocolate contains anywhere from 10-50% cocoa solids, cocoa butter, milk in some form, and sugar. Though dark chocolate should not contain milk, there may be traces of milk from cross-contamination during processing, as the same machinery is often used to produce milk and dark chocolate. Lower quality chocolates may also add butter fat, vegetable oils, … [Read more...]

Are You Hooked on These Highly Addictive Foods?

  Can't resist a slice - or two or three - of pizza?  You may well be addicted. Researchers from the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan and the New York Obesity Research Center at the Mount Sinai - St. Luke's Hospital in New York observed that addictive foods share common traits with highly addictive drugs. Like other drug problems, they say, "food addiction" is characterized by: Loss of control over consumption; Continued use despite negative … [Read more...]