Kefir and Kombucha: Natural Healing with Fermented Foods

Kefir Drink

Do you suffer from digestive disorders, cramps, allergies, bloating, diarrhea, inflammation, skin irritations, and headaches? Have you ever heard of kefir or kombucha? Are you wondering how fermented foods can be important for digestion? Fermented foods can be just as effective as taking probiotic supplements and digestive enzymes, and can be cheaper and healthier. Learn more. Continue reading

Halloween Treats and Snacks – Healthier Alternatives

Healthier Halloween Snacks
Halloween is just around the corner and often this is the time when most children and adults throw caution to the wind when it comes to healthy, nutritious treats. In celebration of the holiday, I have provided recipes of healthier Halloween snacks I’ve made at home:  String Cheese Ghost,  Apple Teeth, and Spider Deviled Eggs. These recipes were told to me by my friends and family members and can be enjoyed by all. Organic products are featured whenever possible.  Enjoy! Continue reading

Which Diet is Best? Atkins, South Beach, or Mediterranean Diet

lose weightA few tried-and-true diets in the market today include: the Atkins Diet, the South Beach Diet, and the Mediterranean Diet. All of these weight-loss diets have had great popularity throughout the years and have contributed to tremendous weight loss among its followers. In this case, the question stands, which diet is simply the best weight loss plan today? Continue reading

14 Natural Treatments for Indigestion, Nausea, and Stomach Ache

Stomach AcheFeeling sick to your stomach? Indigestion, gas, stomachache, bloating, nausea, diarrhea? Having an upset stomach (dyspepsia) or belly ache is not unusual. Most everyone has experienced this at some time in their lives, regardless of age or lifestyle. Generally it is caused from eating too much unhealthy food, too quickly. Most often the cause of stomach upset can be a problem specific to one of the many organs in your abdomen. What are the causes of dyspepsia and how can this be treated naturally?

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Stress Less! – Alternative and Natural Approaches

Stress BrokenOne of the unhealthiest things we can do is over-stress. There is almost no part of our bodies that goes unaffected when we don’t get necessary rest and recuperation. In today’s busy world, stress isn’t reserved for workaholics alone. Are you experiencing stress? What are some of the symptoms of stress? What can you do to alleviate stress naturally and effectively? Continue reading

Sunburn – Natural Prevention and Treatment

Summer Sunbathing Woman
This is the time to enjoy fun in the sun
– boating, hiking, picnicking, sailing, tennis, baseball, soccer, swimming, etc.! But how do we protect our skin and should we be concerned? What do research studies tell us about sunburn and skin cancer? Are there natural products that are effective? Continue reading

Hearing Loss – Say what? Not Just for Old Folks!

When most of us think about hearing loss, we think of dear old grandma Bessie and the many communication mixups, like the time she responded to, “Can you please hand me the clean sheets?” by saying, “Cream cheese? What do you want that for?”Grandmother Granddaughter

Family members sometimes chuckle and tolerate odd behaviors and conversations made by those who are communication challenged by hearing loss. However, hearing loss is not a laughing matter. Infants, children, adults, seniors – people of all ages are experiencing hearing loss and immediate action is needed to prevent permanent damage. What does research tell us? How can family and friends help? Continue reading

Nutritional Health and Well-Being of Infants and Babies

The Nutritional Responsibility of Parents

The first five years of life is a crucial period in the development of infants. Infancy is a time of rapid growth. Babies grow and develop at an extraordinary rate. To help them in this process, proper nutrition is the key responsibility of the parents. Feeding BabyParents play an important role in the mental, emotional, and physical development of infant/baby. They are responsible for helping them grow up to be stable, well-adjusted human beings. Nutritional health and well-being of infants and babies is of primary concern. What do the latest research findings tell us about the use of formula VS breast milk?  How does one make homemade baby food? Which 6 nutrients are critical to early development in infants? Continue reading

Acidic or Alkaline – What Is pH Maintenance and Why Should It Matter?

 What is Potential Hydrogen or pH?

There is a lot of information regarding bodily health in terms of how acidic or how alkaline our bodies are. Firstly, pH stands for ‘potential hydrogen’ and it gets its name from the way solutions on the pH scale are tested. Eating appleThe pH scale tests show a degree of concentration of hydrogen ions in a substance or solution and this degree results in a rating between 0-14 with 0 being the most acidic substances (battery acid, sulphuric acid) and 14 being the most alkaline substances (calcium, bleach). One thing to note is that the scale is logarithmic; meaning each distance between numbers is to the power of 10. So why is it important to understand the pH scale and how acidic or alkaline our bodies are? What does this mean to achieving optimum health and wellness? Continue reading

The Essentials of Essential Oils

Lavender Essential OilIf you’ve chosen to live a more holistically healthy life, chances are high that you’ve encountered essential oils in some way. Today, they are available in many stores and mass marketed through many companies. Perhaps you’ve wondered about the sudden popularity of essential oils. Is this a passing craze or has an ancient holistic healing wonder been introduced to modern individuals in a new and effective way? Can essential oils help others live a more happy, healthy, productive life or is this just wishful thinking? Continue reading