Healthy Concepts

Healthy Concepts

By now, most of us realize that we live in a toxic world. Much of our food carries pesticides and herbicides, the air we breathe contains high levels of pollutants, and our drinking water may be contaminated with harmful chemicals like lead, fluoride, chlorine or PCBs. As author Rachel Carson…
Most people have been trained to avoid fats to get or to stay healthy; however, our bodies need all kinds of fats for proper functioning. In fact, there are “essential” fats that the body is unable to produce, so we need to obtain them through our diets! The essential fatty…
Back-to-school season is upon us. That means it’s time to build your child’s strong immune system so he or she is able to fight back-to-school germs and stressors! In addition to making a nutritious, balanced diet a priority, emphasizing frequent hand washing, promoting quality sleep and encouraging activities that help…
The gut microbiome consists of trillions of microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi, which are living throughout the body, mostly in the large and small intestines. Thousands of scientific articles show that the microbiome plays an important role in our overall well-being. It has even been referred to as…
Most of us are well-educated about the harmful effects of the sun’s UV radiation on our skin, but did you know that sunlight can also damage our eyes? Ophthalmologists warn that too much exposure to UV light raises our risk for various eye concerns like growths on the conjunctiva (pterygium…
There’s no denying that the cannabis plant has been at the heart of countless debates — political, social and economic — over the years. By now, most of us know that the two variations of the plant, hemp and marijuana, are, in fact, very different. These variations can actually be…
This is my story about discovering and living with allergies. Read on to discover how completing several detoxification programs in later years helped me to reduce and eventually eliminate my hay fever symptoms. This may not be true for everyone, but for those seeking natural allergy remedies, it can be…
St. Francis de Sales once said, “Half an hour’s meditation each day is essential, except when you are busy. Then a full hour is needed.” Meditation has been growing steadily in popularity over the last two decades, but there are still plenty of people who dismiss the simple practice of…
During American Heart Month, it is important to recognize two things: that heart disease is the no. 1 cause of death for both men and women in the United States — taking approximately 1 million lives each year — and that death from heart disease can often be prevented. This…
Your body uses fat to protect itself from toxins. The more toxins you accumulate, the more fat you have. Carrie Louise Daenell, ND, wrote a great article, featured on the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians website, explaining how toxins make you fat. “When you carry toxins — excess stress hormone…
What is aromatherapy? Aromatherapy is the art of using highly concentrated essential oils for holistic health. These oils are extracted from herbs, plants and trees. They provide both healthy and damaged cells in our body with oxygen and nutrients, and even protect our DNA. Many people use aromatherapy to promote…
Whether it’s hosting your entire extended family for Thanksgiving, worrying about overspending, not being organized, having concern about family dynamics, or trying to find the time to shop for gifts, the holidays can be an incredibly stressful time. With so many commitments, it’s easy to get overwhelmed, and you may…
Yet again, summer has flown by and kids are heading back for what we hope is a healthy new school year. Parents can help to make this a reality by following these timely health and nutrition recommendations.  Start the Day off Right Studies show that children who eat nutritious breakfasts…
Many people who do not have psoriasis think, “It’s just a rash, no big deal.” But that couldn’t be further from the truth. Those who suffer with psoriasis live with painful physical as well as emotional symptoms. Consider these facts about psoriasis from the National Psoriasis Foundation: Psoriasis is the…
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