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How Chronic Stress Impacts our Bodies

How Chronic Stress Impacts our Bodies

Are you stressed out? In our fast-paced modern world where we’re always connected and on-the-go, chronic stress is becoming more and more common. According to the American Psychological Association, “Chronic stress, which means a constant stress experienced over a prolonged period of time, can contribute to long-term problems for heart and blood vessels. The consistent and ongoing increase in heart rate, and the elevated levels read more...

What are GMOs and how do they impact us?

What are GMOs and how do they impact us?

A genetically modified organism―or GMO―is a plant or animal that came into being as the result of artificial manipulation of DNA or “gene splicing” in a lab rather than naturally from traditional crossbreeding propagation. Genes can be spliced from other plants, animals, insects, humans, bacteria or viruses to transfer desired features from them to the GMO organisms. The first GMO food appeared in U.S. grocery read more...

Natural vs. Organic Foods: What’s the difference?

Natural vs. Organic Foods: What’s the difference?

You’ve seen it on grocery shelves time after time: labeling claiming that a product is “all-natural” and other products claiming to be “organic.” What’s the difference between the two? While it seems like “natural foods” should be just as safe, toxin-free and healthy as organic foods are, that’s not the case. The term natural doesn’t imply that a product is organic. Even so, most consumers read more...

9 Tips to Keep Hydrated this Summer

9 Tips to Keep Hydrated this Summer

In our previous blog post, we discussed the importance of staying hydrated: water is essential to helping your body optimize every cellular process. It helps your brain stay focused, regulates body temperature and even keeps your metabolism on track. Hydrate Healthfully and Happily We’ve established that good hydration is essential to good health, but how can you stay hydrated if drinking endless glasses of water read more...

Why is Hydration a Key to Good Health?

Why is Hydration a Key to Good Health?

Hot enough for ya? It’s August, so we’re guessing that it is. It’s crucial to remember that the hotter it gets, the more important it is to monitor one key liquid asset for good health: hydration. We’re Mostly Water By weight, the human body is about 60% water. That means for a 150-pound person, 90 pounds of your body is made up of water! Water read more...

Bug Bite Remedies

Bug Bite Remedies

Feeling the Itch? 13 Natural Bug Bite Remedies Summertime, and the living’s easy. On warm evenings when it stays light late it’s fun to fire up the grill and enjoy a meal outside. But when you do, remember: humans aren’t the only ones who like a bite outside. For some pesky predators, YOU might be the menu. Even if you cower between citronella candles and read more...

Protect Your Eyes from Damaging UV Rays

Protect Your Eyes from Damaging UV Rays

Why do we wear sunglasses? Contrary to popular belief, sunglasses aren't just another fashion accessory: the lenses you choose for you and your family are critically important to protect your eye health. You probably know that the sun causes sunburn, but did you know the sun’s ultraviolet rays can also damage your eyes? Cumulative UV ray exposure can cause cataracts and/or cancer of the eyelids read more...

It’s Vitamin D Season

It’s Vitamin D Season

On June 21, those of us in the Northern Hemisphere will experience the summer solstice, the longest day of the year – also known as midsummer. In the mid-Atlantic region of the Eastern U.S. time zone, the sun will rise at 5:48 a.m. and set at 8:34 p.m., giving us a delightful 14 hours and 45 minutes of daylight! It’s enlightening to compare this to read more...

How Does an Alkaline Diet Enhance Health?

How Does an Alkaline Diet Enhance Health?

There's been a lot of buzz lately about the alkaline diet, which involves eating and living clean, focusing on real foods – in other words, making a total departure from the Standard American Diet (SAD) that’s high in processed foods, grains, refined sugars, hydrogenated oils and added sodium. An alkaline diet focuses on how your body reacts to certain foods you eat. As you may read more...

Benefits of an Elimination Diet

Benefits of an Elimination Diet

The Spring pollen season is almost over, so hopefully the temporary misery of seasonal allergies will soon come to an end (read our recent blog to learn how to combat them naturally). However, there’s another potential allergen lurking under your nose: food allergies can cause systemic inflammation and increase your risk for a number of serious health disorders. A food allergy is an overreaction by read more...