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Low-FODMAP Diet for IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)

Digestive complaints are among the most common health concerns, and IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) is one of the most commonly diagnosed causes. If you’re experiencing distress, and you’ve determined after my previous article on IBS that you want to do something to mitigate your symptoms, the low-FODMAP diet is a

Strategies for Dealing with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)

When the smooth rhythm of the muscles of the digestive tract is disrupted—either moving too quickly or too slowly—we experience digestive distress. For some of us, this distress can be frequent and painful, creating a major disruption in our life and in our lifestyle. Several health conditions are marked by

Confused about Your Symptoms? Keep a Symptom Journal

If you’re confused about or exasperated by persistent symptoms that are affecting your quality of life, keeping a symptom journal is one of the most effective ways you can help yourself and your doctor. Whether you have a known medical condition or are experiencing vague clusters of symptoms that don’t

Why You Need a Multivitamin

Among the millions of U.S. adults who use nutritional supplements, multivitamin and mineral formulas are the most popular. But why do you need a multivitamin? It’s a smart choice for everyone—even active, healthy people who eat a variety of fresh, organic foods. That’s because every biochemical process in the body

Slow-Cooker Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic

Easy, simmered slow-cooker chicken is perfect for a back-porch meal—and this slow-cooker chicken with 40 cloves of garlic is especially delectable. To insure optimal flavor and a tender entree, opt for bone-in thighs instead of white meat which can dry out when cooked for long periods. Make prep easier with

What is Gardening for Dementia?

Welcome to the next installment of our biweekly series on the many different kinds of nature therapy. This week’s topic is gardening for dementia. So what is gardening for dementia? Unlike some of the other topics we’ve covered, this one is a little easier to guess the meaning behind; gardening

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Listening When Your Body Talks

Your body speaks a language—but one that needs a little translation! So be sure you’re listening when your body talks… There is an extraordinary two-way communication going on between your body and mind that affects both your physical and emotional health. Instead of words, our body talks to us in

Supplements for Joint Pain

Joint pain is extremely common; according to one national survey, 1 in 3 American adults reported feeling joint pain in the last 30 days. But despite its ubiquity, joint pain can still feel uniquely debilitating—and it’s hard to know what to do or what supplements for joint pain to take.

What is Therapeutic Horticulture/Horticultural Therapy?

Our series of deep dives on the various kinds of nature therapy continues with our eighth blog. This week, our topic is therapeutic horticulture, also known as horticultural therapy. What is it? In a nutshell, therapeutic horticulture involves the use of garden environments as a therapeutic intervention. This can include

Move Well, Move Often

Move well and move often: it’s smart advice for maintaining a strong, healthy body from head-to-toe, inside and out. With mounting evidence of the ill-effects associated with sitting too much, moving well has become essential for living well. The way your body functions is in direct relation to its structure

What are Care Farms?

In this week’s installment of our series of deep dives on the various kinds of nature therapy, we’ll be taking a closer look at care farms. What are care farms? Simply put, a care farm involves the therapeutic use of farming practices to facilitate healing. Also known as green care

Your Body On Water

Athletic or not, we all need water—and plenty of it. Your body on water is far more resilient than your body without it; hydration affects how our body works in daily activities, how prone it is to injury, and how well it recovers from injury. Water facilitates hundreds of critical

Soothe Digestive Irritation with Slippery Elm

Slippery Elm (aka Ulmus rubra) has a long history of use in American medicine. George Washington and his men found sustenance in Slippery Elm porridge during their 12 days at Valley Forge; apparently it helped soothe “nervous stomach” aka “digestive irritation” and provided nutrition when they ran out of food.

What is Blue Care?

Hopefully you’ve been following (and enjoying!) our bi-weekly series on the many different kinds of nature therapy. This week, our spotlight lands on blue care, a field adjacent to water therapy and aquatic therapy. Blue care is a subset of nature therapy that champions the power of water to heal

Aloe Vera Benefits the Gut

With long, thick, plump and pointed deep green leaves, Aloe vera is one of the most well-recognized medicinal plants in the world and benefits the gut. It has a long history of use in pharmaceuticals, food and cosmetic products. A great deal of research supports the use of topical Aloe

Sweet Potato, A Superhero Superfood

Here’s an interesting fact for you: one medium sweet potato provides 100% of your daily needs for Vitamin A—as well as a healthy dose of vitamin C, several of the B vitamins, plus the minerals potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium and zinc. That’s one powerful potato! But that’s not all…. Sweet

Vitamin A for Eye Health

Vitamin A is part of a family of substances called retinols and is vital to our overall health—most specifically our skin, immune system, and eyes. Most people think of carrots when they hear Vitamin A, but Vitamin A can be acquired from both plant and animal sources of food. The

What is Pet Therapy, aka Animal-Assisted Therapy?

Today’s deep dive on one of the many kinds of nature therapy is a personal favorite of mine: pet therapy, also known as animal-assisted therapy. Those of us who have had the pleasure of caring for a pet—whether it be a dog, cat, bird or rabbit—already know implicitly the joys

Yoga for Your Eyes

The idea that certain eye movement patterns can correct vision abnormalities, such as near- or farsightedness, has been around since the 1920s—and while there’s no scientific evidence to support those claims of correction, exercising the eyes does have other health benefits. The eyes are supported by bands of muscles called