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Herbs to Avoid When Pregnant

September 10, 2019
Because herbs come from nature, many people believe they’re safe to take at any time. But that’s simply not true. There are certain herbs you should avoid when pregnant or trying to

Fermented Foods

September 3, 2019
If you’re looking to introduce more foods into your diet that promote gut health, fermented foods are an excellent way to go. Nutrient-potent and ranging in flavor from tangy to bitterly-sweet,

National Lemonade Day & The Health Benefits of Lemons

August 20, 2019
As you may know by now, there’s a holiday for almost everything these days—and today is no exception: Happy National Lemonade Day! While lemonade itself can be a sugar bomb, I’ll

Low-FODMAP Diet for IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)

August 13, 2019
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

Strategies for Dealing with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)

August 12, 2019
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

Confused about Your Symptoms? Keep a Symptom Journal

August 6, 2019
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

Why You Need a Multivitamin

August 6, 2019
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

Slow-Cooker Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic

July 30, 2019
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

What is Gardening for Dementia?

July 23, 2019
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

Protected: GreenRx: Plant With a Doc

July 17, 2019
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Listening When Your Body Talks

July 16, 2019
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

What is Therapeutic Horticulture/Horticultural Therapy?

July 2, 2019
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

Move Well, Move Often

June 25, 2019
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,

What are Care Farms?

June 18, 2019
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

Your Body On Water

June 18, 2019
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

Soothe Digestive Irritation with Slippery Elm

June 11, 2019
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

What is Blue Care?

June 4, 2019
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

Aloe Vera Benefits the Gut

June 4, 2019
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

Sweet Potato, A Superhero Superfood

May 28, 2019
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

Vitamin A for Eye Health

May 21, 2019
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

What is Pet Therapy, aka Animal-Assisted Therapy?

May 21, 2019
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

Yoga for Your Eyes

May 14, 2019
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

Digital Devices & the Health of Your Eyes

May 14, 2019
We’re in a new age of convenience and connectivity—and with it comes new health concerns. Our eyes are in front of digital screens more than ever for both work and play, from smart devices

Billberry vs. Blueberry

May 7, 2019
So what’s the difference between a billberry and a blueberry? They’re both blue. They’re both tasty. And they’re both good for you. But compared to their more well-known
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