Nutrition & Wellness

DIY Waterproof Sunscreen Stick - Natural and Zero Waste

DIY Waterproof Sunscreen Stick – Natural and Zero Waste

The sun improves immunity, vitamin D levels, sleep, and mood. Excessive sun exposure, however, can cause burns and even sun poisoning. To obtain the sun’s benefits and still protect the skin, sunscreen may not be needed daily, but its judicious application is vital.

Two-thirds of commercial sunscreens do not block UVA rays, which compared to UVB rays induce a higher risk of skin lesions and cancer, and most contain inflammatory chemicals. Rather, learn how to make Dr. Elena Maganto’s effective and safe home-made sunscreen.

A Universal Fasting Protocol: It Is a Lifestyle

A Universal Fasting Protocol: It Is a Lifestyle

From obesity and brain fog to Alzheimer’s disease, fasting helps combat numerous conditions but can be challenging for many. In his book, The 17 Hour Fast, Dr. Frank Merritt, MD, empowers readers with a practical and sustainable approach to fasting that anyone can implement. Merritt champions fasting as a long-term strategy to help all experience robust health.

Nurtured by Nature

Nurtured by Nature

Psychological research is advancing our understanding of how time in nature can improve our mental health and sharpen our cognition

Research indicates that taking time to enjoy nature is largely a panacea. From reducing stress and psychiatric disorders to enhancing empathy and cooperation to boosting working memory to providing a sense of purpose, experiencing green and blue spaces facilitates mental and physical wellbeing. A study in Environment and Behavior demonstrates that even simply looking at images featuring natural settings provides healthful benefits.

How to Perfect Your Work from Home Setup

How to Perfect Your Work from Home Setup

Triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, organizations worldwide are allowing employees to permanently work from home, even if only for a couple times per week. This facilitates well-being by enabling a greater work-life balance for many, though an improperly designed home workstation can create health issues, such as headaches, eye strain, back and neck pain, and even brain fog. The right equipment and physical setup can help to maximize working from home’s benefits.

Free Radicals: What You Need to Know

Free Radicals: What You Need to Know

Your body does so much to keep you safe and healthy behind the scenes! For example, it is constantly fighting a battle against harmful oxidizing particles called free radicals.

Free radicals can come from our food, medications, the air we breath, or the water we drink. Free radicals are sometimes byproducts of chemical processes such as genetic modification or come from the packaging of the products we use. They can even come from natural processes such as when our bodies break down the food we eat.

These microscopic menaces . . .

Blue Light-Blocking Glasses: Do They Actually Work?!

Blue Light-Blocking Glasses: Do They Actually Work?!

The sun emits natural blue light and that type of exposure promotes health and wellness. Modern technology, however, bombards people with excessive artificial blue light from computer screens, smart phones, and other gadgets. This blue light can negatively impact sleep, depressing melatonin production that is necessary for restorative sleep and promoting insomnia. Some evidence exists indicating that wearing blue-light blocking glasses does support a good night’s rest.

Acupuncture: How It Works and Treats Conditions as Diverse as Allergies and Infertility

Acupuncture: How It Works and Treats Conditions as Diverse as Allergies and Infertility

Via various mechanisms such as stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system, improving circulation, and facilitating internal chemical balance, acupuncture can promote healing, explains Carole Paine, MS, L.Ac, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) expert, from digestive issues, autoimmune conditions, and much more.

5 Skills Your Child Needs When Spending Time on Screens

5 Skills Your Child Needs When Spending Time on Screens

Arlene Pellicane, co-author of Screen Kids, urges parents to delay giving children devices. Screen time, whether that is a child playing video games, texting, or posting on social media, can create attitudes of entitlement, stunt the development of social skills, teach bad habits regarding anger and self-control, and erode the ability to concentrate. Parents must ensure, Ms. Pellicane explains, that children develop certain skills, such as expressing gratitude and paying attention, to be happy and healthy in this digital age.

A Universal Fasting Protocol: It Is a Lifestyle

A Universal Fasting Protocol: It Is a Lifestyle

From obesity and brain fog to Alzheimer’s disease, fasting helps combat numerous conditions but can be challenging for many. In his book, The 17 Hour Fast, Dr. Frank Merritt, MD, empowers readers with a practical and sustainable approach to fasting that anyone can implement. Merritt champions fasting as a long-term strategy to help all experience robust health.

Nurtured by Nature

Nurtured by Nature

Psychological research is advancing our understanding of how time in nature can improve our mental health and sharpen our cognition

Research indicates that taking time to enjoy nature is largely a panacea. From reducing stress and psychiatric disorders to enhancing empathy and cooperation to boosting working memory to providing a sense of purpose, experiencing green and blue spaces facilitates mental and physical wellbeing. A study in Environment and Behavior demonstrates that even simply looking at images featuring natural settings provides healthful benefits.

How to Perfect Your Work from Home Setup

How to Perfect Your Work from Home Setup

Triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, organizations worldwide are allowing employees to permanently work from home, even if only for a couple times per week. This facilitates well-being by enabling a greater work-life balance for many, though an improperly designed home workstation can create health issues, such as headaches, eye strain, back and neck pain, and even brain fog. The right equipment and physical setup can help to maximize working from home’s benefits.

DIY Waterproof Sunscreen Stick - Natural and Zero Waste

DIY Waterproof Sunscreen Stick – Natural and Zero Waste

The sun improves immunity, vitamin D levels, sleep, and mood. Excessive sun exposure, however, can cause burns and even sun poisoning. To obtain the sun’s benefits and still protect the skin, sunscreen may not be needed daily, but its judicious application is vital.

Two-thirds of commercial sunscreens do not block UVA rays, which compared to UVB rays induce a higher risk of skin lesions and cancer, and most contain inflammatory chemicals. Rather, learn how to make Dr. Elena Maganto’s effective and safe home-made sunscreen.

Free Radicals: What You Need to Know

Free Radicals: What You Need to Know

Your body does so much to keep you safe and healthy behind the scenes! For example, it is constantly fighting a battle against harmful oxidizing particles called free radicals.

Free radicals can come from our food, medications, the air we breath, or the water we drink. Free radicals are sometimes byproducts of chemical processes such as genetic modification or come from the packaging of the products we use. They can even come from natural processes such as when our bodies break down the food we eat.

These microscopic menaces . . .

Blue Light-Blocking Glasses: Do They Actually Work?!

Blue Light-Blocking Glasses: Do They Actually Work?!

The sun emits natural blue light and that type of exposure promotes health and wellness. Modern technology, however, bombards people with excessive artificial blue light from computer screens, smart phones, and other gadgets. This blue light can negatively impact sleep, depressing melatonin production that is necessary for restorative sleep and promoting insomnia. Some evidence exists indicating that wearing blue-light blocking glasses does support a good night’s rest.

Acupuncture: How It Works and Treats Conditions as Diverse as Allergies and Infertility

Acupuncture: How It Works and Treats Conditions as Diverse as Allergies and Infertility

Via various mechanisms such as stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system, improving circulation, and facilitating internal chemical balance, acupuncture can promote healing, explains Carole Paine, MS, L.Ac, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) expert, from digestive issues, autoimmune conditions, and much more.

5 Skills Your Child Needs When Spending Time on Screens

5 Skills Your Child Needs When Spending Time on Screens

Arlene Pellicane, co-author of Screen Kids, urges parents to delay giving children devices. Screen time, whether that is a child playing video games, texting, or posting on social media, can create attitudes of entitlement, stunt the development of social skills, teach bad habits regarding anger and self-control, and erode the ability to concentrate. Parents must ensure, Ms. Pellicane explains, that children develop certain skills, such as expressing gratitude and paying attention, to be happy and healthy in this digital age.

Sunlight and Your Health: The Essential Rays of Life

Sunlight and Your Health: The Essential Rays of Life

There’s something about the warmth of the sun on your skin that is hard to resist. While we need to be conscious of how much sun we get, sunshine plays a uniquely beneficial role in our well-being and overall health.

Sunshine is essential to help regulate the body clock known as circadian rhythms, affecting energy, sleep, body temperature, and much more. . . .

Daily sunshine contributes to our mental and physical wellness . . .

Why Practicing Gratitude Is Good for Your Health

Why Practicing Gratitude Is Good for Your Health

Counting your blessings is a time-honored way to flourish. It’s been part of almost every culture and spiritual practice, going back millennia. And science shows what the ancients knew intuitively—that grateful people are likely to be much happier and healthier than their pessimistic counterparts. For example, expressing gratitude enhances your energy levels and reduces stress. Plus, recognizing and appreciating life’s many blessings are some of the most powerful ways I know of to enhance your immune system . .

6 Common Drugs Your Body Needs to Try to Cut Ties With

6 Common Drugs Your Body Needs to Try to Cut Ties With

I’m not against medications, but I am against their overuse – and we are a nation of over-users. . . . Drugs, be they prescription or over-the-counter, unbalance the system by design. They inhibit certain natural physiological processes that have a positive side as well, so that taking them frequently over time is likely to result in unintended adverse consequences. . . . Also, remember that drugs, more often than not, treat symptoms, or just mask them, rather than getting at the root cause . . .

Common Chemicals Found in Supplements: What Are Their Health Effects?

Common Chemicals Found in Supplements: What Are Their Health Effects?

Magnesium stearate, silicon dioxide, and titanium dioxide are three widely used supplement additives that function as binders, fillers, and preservatives. While regulatory health authorities like the FDA approve these substances for commercial use, research studies indicate that serious health consequences could manifest if consumers regularly ingest these chemicals.

Lauren Fang

Heart Rate Variability: What It Is and Why It’s Important

Heart Rate Variability: What It Is and Why It’s Important

[Y]our heart does not beat like an unchanging metronome, i.e., the intervals vary between one heartbeat and the next. Heart Rate Variability (HRV) is the beat-to-beat variation in consecutive heartbeats as shown in electrocardiogram (EKG).

. . . HRV is a quick and reliable view into the state of your physical — and even mental — health. . . . HRV can also indicate deteriorating health.

Ashwagandha Benefits for Joint Pain & More

Ashwagandha Benefits for Joint Pain & More

Healthy joints are so important for pain-free mobility . . . to live a long, independent, and fulfilling life.

There are several fundamental elements to keeping joints healthy and pain-free. One of the most important is moving each and every joint through its complete range of motion daily. Another is making sure you “feed” your joints the necessary vitamins, minerals, and nutrients . . .

[T]here’s also a specific adaptogenic herb that can significantly aid in keeping joints healthy and mobile . . . ashwagandha.

Why Is Gallbladder Health So Important?

Why Is Gallbladder Health So Important?

The gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped organ that is situated under the liver. Its purpose is to store bile— a dark-green-to-yellowish-brown fluid that facilitates the digestion and absorption of fats and fat-soluble vitamins as well as the elimination of certain waste products from the body—that is produced by the liver. From anxiety to constipation to acid reflux, poor bile flow can negatively impact overall health. Cindy Santa Ana, integrative nutritionist at Amen Clinics, provides insights to maintain robust gallbladder function.

Getting Back to Nature

Getting Back to Nature

A recent survey of 2,000 American adults revealed an absolutely incredible fact: over their lifetime, the average US adult will spend the equivalent of 44 years looking at a screen. This shocking statistic comes from looking at the breakdown of how we’re spending our day, with 4.5 hours watching TV, around 5 hours on computers, and over 3 hours on gaming devices.

. . . [W]e need to think about . . . what we’re forgoing with all this digital exposure. One major thing we’re losing is nature exposure.

Seven Surprising Health Benefits of Spring Cleaning

Seven Surprising Health Benefits of Spring Cleaning

Cleaning really can have benefits that go beyond just having a clean home. Spring cleaning can be an act of self-care instead of a chore . . .

Here’s how a little cleanliness and organization can work double time for you.

#1. Cleaning supports a strong immune system.

If you’re someone who suffers from seasonal allergies, it may not only be pollen that is responsible for those sneezing fits. Dust, mildew, mold, pet dander and even bugs can be big immune system triggers . . .

The Benefits of Chiropractic Care from Mental Well-Being to Improved Gut Health

The Benefits of Chiropractic Care from Mental Well-Being to Improved Gut Health

Dr. Katelyn Kraft, D.C., discusses the wide-ranging benefits that chiropractic treatment affords. Dr. Kraft explains the ways that chiropractic adjustments facilitate wellness, enabling the body to heal itself from diverse health conditions including tech neck, digestive ills, anxiety, and more.

5 Benefits of Making Music Your Medicine

5 Benefits of Making Music Your Medicine

As we wade into the still-choppy waters of the new year, we’re realizing that the upheavals we’ve been living through are likely not going away any time very soon. So, for now, it’s about staying the course, continuing to embrace activities that help support our mental and physical wellness – despite the ‘chaos fatigue’ so many of us may be experiencing.

[M]ovement, stress reduction, good rest and a healthy diet are essential, especially so in tough times. But music is one often overlooked health-booster . . .

Are You Getting Too Much (Or Too Little) Iodine?

Are You Getting Too Much (Or Too Little) Iodine?

[I]odine is labeled an “essential nutrient” because the body doesn’t produce it on its own, which means that we have to get it through food, drink, or supplementation. Iodine is a trace mineral that’s found naturally on earth and in certain foods but the tough thing about iodine is that it’s not found in all that many common foods; for example, iodine is found mostly in sea vegetables like seaweed, dulse, and kelp. But how often do you eat kelp? Probably not often . . .

Get Your Fill of B Vitamins with These Foods

Get Your Fill of B Vitamins with These Foods

If you’re looking to optimize your health and feel energized in daily life (aren’t we all?), it’s important to make sure you’re getting enough vitamin B-rich foods. There are eight different B vitamins, and they’re found most abundantly in animal products like meat, eggs, and dairy, but you can also find them in nuts, legumes, and certain vegetables.

Why we need to eat foods high in vitamin B

“One of the main roles of B vitamins is energy metabolism,” says Kris Romeo . . .

The Latest Research on Zinc

The Latest Research on Zinc

Although its importance for humans was not determined until the early 1960s, zinc has quickly become a well-known essential mineral.

Zinc 101

First, let us take a quick look at the basics. Zinc binds to more than 300 enzymes and 2000 transcriptional factors, meaning it is involved in a lot of different body processes, biochemical pathways, and cellular functions . . .

How to Supercharge Your Health with PEMF Therapy

How to Supercharge Your Health with PEMF Therapy

[I]magine that each of your cells contains a tiny battery.

[W]hat if there was a way to essentially “recharge” your little cellular batteries? A way to restore and amplify the natural energy in each of your cells so they can perform at 100%?

Thanks to modern technology’s ability to tap into the power of pulsed electromagnetic fields that mimic those found in nature – we’re now able to re-energize and enhance our own cells’ natural power source.

The Top 20 Benefits of Jojoba Oil

The Top 20 Benefits of Jojoba Oil

The many health benefits of jojoba oil have made it one of the most versatile natural remedies for skin, hair, and nail health. Thanks to its gentle action, jojoba oil will be a great fit even for those with sensitive skin prone to allergies, irritation, and dryness.

That’s why many people are adding this natural wonder to their daily skincare routines, but what exactly can you expect from it?

Let’s take a closer look . . .

Biofilms and How They Affect Your Health

Biofilms and How They Affect Your Health

You’re pretty savvy about your body and your health. You know about the bacteria and fungi (good and bad) that live in and on our bodies. However, do you know about biofilms? They can occur nearly anywhere, yet most people don’t even know they exist!

Biofilms are groups of microorganisms such as bacteria, fungus, and parasites that are protected by a layer of slime. Once they form, they can be difficult to remove. Those that colonize your gut . . .

Copper to Zinc: Achieving the Right Balance

Copper to Zinc: Achieving the Right Balance

The common saying, “too much of a good thing,” does have a place in nutrition. [T]he body prefers a happy medium, and too little and too much of many essential vitamins and minerals can lead to imbalances and health problems. Many nutrients also work as antagonists with one another, which can mean that when one is too high, it causes the other to become too low, which could increase your susceptibility to certain acute or chronic conditions.

No pair better exemplifies this than zinc and copper.

10 Ways to Cultivate Your Internal “Terrain”

10 Ways to Cultivate Your Internal “Terrain”

[There is a] debate between proponents of the germ theory—which posits disease is merely a function of the ubiquity and virulence of pathogenic microbes—vs. those who focus on persons’ vulnerabilities, i.e. the “soil” or “terrain” which confers resistance to disease.

This debate is coming into special focus during the current pandemic because risk factors and “comorbidities” are clearly determinants of susceptibility. Monumental efforts to develop “silver bullets” to vanquish the coronavirus . . .

How to Strengthen Your Vagus Nerve

How to Strengthen Your Vagus Nerve

So, what is the vagus nerve? The vagus nerve is the longest nerve in your body, traveling from the base of your brain down your body and into your abdomen. On its way there, it attaches to almost every major organ, including the heart.

There’s still a lot we don’t know about the vagus nerve, but what we do know is that it has a major influence on our parasympathetic nervous system (PNS), which is also known as our “rest and digest” response. The PNS works to bring our body . . .

The Importance of the Omega-6/Omega-3 Ratio to Human Health

The Importance of the Omega-6/Omega-3 Ratio to Human Health

Human beings evolved to consume a diet comprising approximately a 1:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 essential fatty acids. In Western diets, however, that ratio can be 15-to-1 or even greater.

. . . Dietary mismatches can cause health concerns. This is particularly true with our fatty acid ratios. The high omega-6 to omega-3 ratio in Western diets has been shown to promote the pathogenesis of many diseases, including cardiovascular disease, cancer . . .

Healthy Ways to Work from Home During COVID-19

Healthy Ways to Work from Home During COVID-19

Numerous people throughout the world are now working from home rather than going into the office. This new dynamic presents various complications and potential health threats such as too much blue light from computer and phone screens, which breeds inflammation. Listen to Dr. Taz’s 7 tips to stay healthy and productive while working from home.

5 Steps to Boost Your Immune Resilience This Winter Season

5 Steps to Boost Your Immune Resilience This Winter Season

A huge part of our immune resilience comes down to the inputs we give our immune system – the food we eat and the lifestyle choices we make. These choices can either help build a strong and balanced . . .

How Can You Safely Return Home for the Holidays?

How Can You Safely Return Home for the Holidays?

Thanksgiving usually kicks off a holiday season full of travel for college
students, young adults, families and others visiting loved ones. With folks
traveling from different cities, states and regions and then merging into a shared home environment with others, there is certainly room for concern that COVID-19 could spread quickly and widely this winter.

Super Simple Brain Tips to Work (and Do School) from Home without Going Crazy

Super Simple Brain Tips to Work (and Do School) from Home without Going Crazy

Talk about stress. If you’re working from home, supervising distance learning for your children, and dealing with the anxiety of the pandemic, it can be overwhelming. At Amen Clinics, there’s been a big increase in people asking for help to cope with it all. The neuropsychiatrists at Amen Clinics have come up with the following 10 brain tips to keep you (and your kids) from getting frazzled, frustrated, or fed up.

Eliminate Your Pain Drugs with Proven Natural Pain Reliever

Eliminate Your Pain Drugs with Proven Natural Pain Reliever

“Doc, my knee pain and elbow pain have been a problem for years. I know this ibuprofen can’t be good for me, but I have to take it every day, or the pain is just too much!”

Paul, a 62-year-old electrician, had come to my office regarding his arthritis pain. . . . I decided to recommend a very inexpensive but immensely powerful treatment-methylsulfonylmethane, more commonly known as MSM. . . .

MSM is a natural anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving agent . . .

Kid Influencers Are Promoting Junk Food Brands on YouTube—Garnering More Than a Billion Views

Kid Influencers Are Promoting Junk Food Brands on YouTube—Garnering More Than a Billion Views

Little-known but common form of product placement boosts children’s exposure to unhealthy food, warrants stronger regulations.

Kids with wildly popular YouTube channels are frequently promoting unhealthy food and drinks in their videos, warn researchers at NYU School of Global Public Health and NYU Grossman School of Medicine in a new study published in the journal Pediatrics.

Food and beverage companies spend $1.8 billion dollars . . .

Do Blue Light Glasses Work? Potential Benefits for Sleep & Eye Health

Do Blue Light Glasses Work? Potential Benefits for Sleep & Eye Health

Many experts tell us that when it comes to managing our health, including our body weights and moods, we should be careful not to underestimate the power of sleep. One reason why so many adults and children today are thought to be living in a sleep deprived state is because of high exposure to electronic devices that emit blue light. Because blue light is capable of disrupting our circadian rhythms, or “internal clocks,” blue light glasses are now recommended . . .

How Underlying Conditions Affect Your Immune System

How Underlying Conditions Affect Your Immune System

While you may be familiar with—or even have—one of the conditions that make someone at higher risk of developing a severe case COVID-19 such as diabetes, asthma, and heart disease, you may be wondering, “why does someone with diabetes have an increased risk of severe respiratory illness like coronavirus?
Chronic health conditions like those listed above impact 6 out of 10 American adults. That means the majority of us walking around . . .

Not Your Grandpa’s Weed: The Ways CBD Supports Your Health

Not Your Grandpa’s Weed: The Ways CBD Supports Your Health

‘[C]annabis’ is . . . gaining respect within the medical establishment as a powerful medicine. . .

CBD is one of over 100 compounds, known as cannabinoids, found in the cannabis or marijuana plant. . . . CBD use doesn’t change one’s state of mind. What CBD does appear to do, however, is produce significant chemical changes in the body and confer a number of medical benefits. It is believed it does this by indirectly stimulating the endocannabinoid system . . .


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