Puffy, bloated, swollen. Sound attractive? Sounds like inflammation. On the most basic level, inflammation is the way in which the body reacts to a disturbance, be it infection, irritation or other injury. More specifically, however, the inflammatory response – which in addition to swelling can also include redness, warmth and pain – occurs when blood, […]
Mashed potatoes and steak, mashed potatoes and chicken, mashed potatoes and meat loaf. And we wonder why people pack on the pounds once winter hits. Break out of your vegetable rut with these popular winter wonders:
It’s January, and many of you are looking at two, three, or four more months of winter. (Yes, there you are trudging your sorry, frozen carcass outside to grab another log for the wood stove. Can you hear the violin in the background?) Seriously, there are days so brutal you’d rather eat your running shoes […]
Thanksgiving may be tucked under your belt, but Christmas and New Year’s are still right around the corner. If you’re feeling a bit fatigued, bloated, or otherwise run down, here are some simple holiday health tips to feel better this week: 10. Veggie Cleanse Do a one-day vegetable cleanse at some point this week. Load […]
Are you doing Umame? No, it’s not the latest dance craze (thank God the Macarena has passed us by) and it’s not a jukebox. Umame is the fifth taste sensation, and until recently we Americans didn’t even know we had it. Never fear: Michelin-rated chefs are falling all over themselves to create the ultimate “umame […]
I caught a recent article about the widespread concern over the massive amount of salt found in the Standard American Diet. Because the average American gets 90% of his or her calories from processed foods, and because processed foods are typically very high in salt (sodium), this is a health issue on an epidemic scale. […]
Ultimately, optimal health is more about what you put in your body, not how much. But “how much” does matter to some extent, regardless of what you are eating. A grass-fed steak may be one of the most nutritious foods on earth (bring on that saturated fat), but it shouldn’t cause your grocery cart to […]
If you’ve been following the blog this month, you’ve learned all about the nutritional, healing benefits of herbs like lavender and oregano. This week’s focus is the herb sage, a perfect complement to fall flavors and Thanksgiving recipes. 10. Those darn Mediterranean folks are at it again! Between the olive oil and the fish and […]
These common health offenders are incredibly tempting for even the most disciplined person from time to time. We bring you some sensible alternatives for those moments when you are wavering. 1. French fries This is the ultimate junk food for most of us – and America’s #1 consumed “vegetable”. (Shudder.) French fries satisfy that craving […]
Over the course of the next few weeks we will be highlighting the health benefits of various herbs that offer natural healing properties. Lavender: Benefits
While we typically use vinegar for salad dressings and pickling, this beneficial acid has a multitude of wonderful household uses. Here are just a few. Be sure to add in your own tips in the comments below! 1. Better Tasting Coffee Once a month, brew up a pot of white vinegar. Follow with two cycles […]
With the right masseuse, massage is a healthy and luxurious treat for addressing everything from sore muscles to stress to minor injuries. Here are 10 great tips to get the most from your next (or perhaps very first) massage. Massage is also great for teenagers, particularly if they play sports. There are so many styles […]
This one’s not just for all you low-carbers! Here’s a quick guide to the best and worst fruits according to their sugar content and nutritional value. If you enjoy sweets and find yourself relying (or perhaps suffering) on Splenda and mockalate far too often, enjoy a sensible selection of fruit instead.
There are plenty of excellent stress guides out there. Some will offer spiritual tips, while others will give you practical advice. Still others offer nutrition and fitness ideas to mitigate stress. Stress comes in many forms – relationships, work, health, hormones, momentary dilemmas, and more – and there are just as many ways to tackle […]
Ever wondered how long certain foods – dairy and eggs, for example – really last? What does the “sell by” date really mean? How long should leftovers be…left over? You asked, we’re answering!
When Big Pharma and the health care system get together to “treat” our health issues, it’s like a Dumb and Dumber convention. (It’s a treat, all right.) Allow us to present the ten stupidest drugs, ever. Well, at least the ten stupidest drugs, today.
Here’s the roundup: Mark and the Bees’ favorite workout gear, as tested and approved. Let us know your favorite exercise essentials! Vibram 5 Fingers Less shoe, healthier foot. Very Primal! 😉 Garmin Forerunner 201 GPS Get lost anywhere and find your way home! PumpOne Workouts on the go! Adventure Plus MacGyver would approve of this […]
10. Check out the local real estate. Walking through your neighborhood (or any neighborhood you admire) is a natural workout that is also an effective way to clear your head and reflect on the day. I get a 45-minute walk in while my son is at his music lesson. If you’re tired of walking around […]
Are we broken? All signs point to yes: the obesity “problem”, the diabetes epidemic, Sicko at the box office. Yet we risk developing psychological immunity to the spiraling health care problems we face, if for no other reason than saturation. Let’s put our health care problems in perspective. 10. The pharmaceutical industry’s profit margin is […]
So we’re beating a dead llama here, but it’s just flabbergasting that the newest weight-loss gimmick, alli, has made it so far. Maybe I’m just grumpy today. This pill is a) all but ineffective, b) dangerous, c) embarrassing, d) expensive, and e) a retread of an old drug nobody wanted. As you may well know, […]
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