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January 19, 2022
“Use it or lose it” isn’t just a marketing slogan. It’s how our bodies work. It’s a deep law of evolutionary biology. What’s amazing is that a lot of activities we do in everyday life also help us in so many other ways! Let’s rethink “use it or lose it” for our health. Early in adult life, I unexpectedly found myself living in a rural New Hampshire community…
January 19, 2022
It’s been gray and cold outside. I feel washing down hot cocoa smothered in whipped cream, sinking back into my recliner, and waking up in April. But let’s touch on the simple joys, the short naps, the comforts of winter—and bolster our resolve to bolster our mental, physical, and emotional health! Whoa! Forget New Year’s resolutions. About mid-January is we’ve recovered…
January 19, 2022
Is dark chocolate good for you? The news is never quite as good as you wish. However, recent research suggests that eating a little chocolate a few times a week may deliver a cascade of health benefits. Here's the deal. Chocolate Health Benefits Though most of the confirmed benefits are relatively modest, research shows chocolate may: prevent or control obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and…
January 11, 2022
Got a runny or stuffy nose? Scratchy throat? Suspect you may be coming down with that bug that’s going around? Here are 5 tried-and-true home remedies to stave off a winter cold or cough. And does chicken soup really work? Let’s take action! 5 Tried-and-True Home Remedies: Cold symptoms are usually mild, but also very annoying and uncomfortable. As soon as you think you’…
January 3, 2022
Trillions of “good” bacteria live inside our body. There’s an entire ecosystem—or, microbiome—in our gut! And gut health matters; it’s intertwined with our immune system, which is linked with diabetes, weight loss, and allergies. Learn more about gut health and how to take steps to keep those microbes healthy and happy! What Is the Microbiome? What Does It Do? The…
January 3, 2022
If winter means snow where you live, here’s some good news: Just as autumn leaves have their purpose, winter snow has many uses in our daily lives! From watering houseplants to reducing inflammation to making better pancakes (!), see the many uses for snow in the home and garden. Whatever you think of snow, it adds a whole other dimension to our lives! I’ll get a lot of exercise…
December 22, 2021
Motivation flagging? Live too far from a gym? No room in the house for exercise equipment? A lot of people abandon exercise during the winter. If that describes you, I know you have a slew of excuses, because I’ve used most of ‘em myself. Keep up your winter wellness and get moving! Here are tips. A lot of people abandon regular exercise during the winter. But even the best…
December 21, 2021
There's no shortage of magazine articles about avoiding the 10-pound winter weight gain, but why do we really put on pounds in the winter—and is it as much as the media suggests? Let's find out. Why do we put on pounds during the winter, anyway? One theory is it's in our genes. As the days shortened and the weather got cooler, our earliest ancestors' hormone balance changed, creating the…
December 21, 2021
Not only are nuts so very healthy, but also they also help with weight control and so much more. Let's go nuts about one of nature's most perfect foods! Nuts and Weight Control If you love nuts of any kind as much as I do (providing you don’t suffer from allergies to them*), you’ll rejoice at recently published research suggesting that, on average, folks who eat a handful of nuts or…
December 20, 2021
Fire cider is a traditional folk drink made with herbs stewed in apple cider vinegar. It’s a potent tonic that’s been used for generations as a remedy to ward off sickness and boost health. Learn how to make fire cider at home! What Is Fire Cider? Fire cider. The very name sounds like something you might want to try. Or run from. Essentially, this…
December 19, 2021
Big bowls, platters, and charcuterie boards are great alternatives for holiday entertaining, especially if you have to prepare multiple meals. Work smarter, not harder. Plus, guests enjoy the variety of foods and helping themselves! Due to some recent health issues, I needed to minimize exertion but still wanted to bring some variety and great ingredients to the table. For some reason,…
December 19, 2021
Why make homemade deodorant, shaving cream, aftershave, and toner? It's simple, better for your skin than chemicals, and accessible from your pantry in a pinch! See our simple recipes using natural pantry ingredients. Most DIY body care articles seem to aim exclusively at women. But both men and women may have similar concerns about the products they use on their bodies, and like…