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4 Rising Superfoods

All that's old is new again. As ancient foods continue to be rediscovered, a wealth of nutrient-packed power is becoming available in your local natural products store. Keep an eye out for the trending superfoods below. Read more

Celebrate Easter Naturally: Dyeing Eggs with Plants and Spices

“Years ago, my then gardener Jody Main, taught me how to make beautiful Easter Eggs using natural dyes. It was wonderful, I no longer had to buy those crazy little kits with the artificial bright colors; further, I could use what I have in my garden or in my pantry. Read more

9 Tips to be GNO-free

Until labeling legislation gets passed—and we here at NVL believe it will—consider these tips for finding GMO-free foods without getting a PhD in food science. Genetically Modified Organisms can feel like a heavy burden. Many of us just feel too overwhelmed to take on another criteria to consider when grocery shopping. Without a proper label, how can one even know what’s got GMOs and what doesn’t? Read more

Feel groggy in the mornings? Here’s how to wake up refreshed!

When Susie Phillips wakes at 5:30 a.m., before the sun rises, before cars zoom down the street bearing the bleary-eyed to work, before children stomp down the sidewalk on their way to school, it isn’t drudgery.

She slips out of bed, fills a hefty mug with coffee and listens to the birds chirping outside her Dallas home. Read more

Does a Bad Night's Sleep Make You Eat Fatty Food?

Skipping just a single night of sleep leads to a shift in brain activity that seems to spark a desire to consume more fat the following day, a new study suggests. The study offers potential insights into the relationship between lack of sleep and the risk of obesity, researchers said. Read more

How to Convert Your Pantry to Clean Eating

One of the problems I had when I started eating clean was my incredibly, junk-food-filled pantry. There was just nothing I didn’t have in there! From candy bars, to white rice and pasta, I had it! Far from the modeling “diet” I followed in my teens. Read more

8 Baby Steps to Eating Clean

Thinking about trying this whole Eating Clean thing, but not entirely ready to jump in with both feet? Maybe you’ve realized that making a change from your current eating habits might not be a bad idea, but where do you start?! Recognizing that what you’re doing now isn’t working is a great first step! The good news is eating clean isn’t a “diet.” Read more

A Diabetes-Friendly Guide to a Healthy Thanksgiving Plate

Thanksgiving is all about eating...and being with your loved ones, of course! With so many foods and snacks available, how can you make healthy choices that will keep your blood sugar stable? Use this “Thanksgiving Plate” as a visual guide for what foods to choose and how to balance your plate. Read more

Tricks to Make Halloween a Treat for Diabetic Children

Today, candy is the central focus of the spookiest holiday of the year. In fact, the average American consumes 24 pounds of candy in a year, most of which is eaten right after Halloween according to the U.S. Census Bureau. But for diabetic children, it can be difficult to enjoy the festivities when all their fellow goblins are in a frenzy to get their hands on mounds of sweet treats. Read more

9 Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds

If you're in the mood for a chewy snack that doubles as a phenomenal health food, look no further than pumpkin seeds.

With a wide variety of nutrients ranging from magnesium and manganese to copper, protein and zinc, pumpkin seeds are nutritional powerhouses wrapped up in a very small package. Read more

8 Reasons Why You Should Start Eating Pomegranates

Pomegranate or anaar as it is called in India, is a fruit that is not only high in terms of taste, but nutrition too. It has traditionally been used in Ayurvedic medicine as a part of many traditional remedies. In this post, we’ll tell you some reasons why you should include it in your daily diet. Read more

Which Toxic Chemical Is Found In 99 Percent of Breast Cancer Patients?

For years, experts have been warning women about some very toxic ingredients the cosmetic industry uses which put users at risk of cancer and hormonal changes. University of Reading researchers have now found one of those chemicals in 99 percent of the tissue samples for women undergoing mastectomies for first primary breast cancer. Read more

Clean Your Kitchen, Develop Breast Cancer?

More and more there is increased awareness surrounding breast cancer. There are fund raising organizations, walk/runs, ribbons, product placement everywhere you look. There are even programs that encourage monthly self-exams but what about delineating information to the public about what causes breast cancer? Where are those? Read more

Benefits of Eating whats in Season.

Eat local. Eat what’s in season. Eat organic. Confused by multiple messages about what to eat and where to buy it?  We’ve looked into eating seasonal food and have it all figured out. Here’s why you should (really) do it.

Easy on the Wallet

Let’s begin with cost. When produce is in season locally, the relative abundance of the crop usually makes it less expensive. Read more

Craving Healthful Food

Eating healthfully would be approximately 100 percent more fun if you craved good stuff like broccoli instead of junk like Doritos, and now new research hints this could actually happen -- although not overnight. A brain-scan study published in Nature by Tufts University researchers showed that after overweight and obese adults spent six months following a healthy diet, their brains responded less strongly to images of high-calorie foods like fried chicken or French fries. Read more

Back to School Health Tips

Exercise and Sleep 6 "Bests" About Kids' Exercise,

Exercising together can be fun for everyone. Some easy ways for kids to stay active include walking or biking...
Getting Enough ZZZZ's

Nodding off in school may not be the only outcome for otherwise healthy teens who don't get enough Read more

Think Inside The Lunchbox

180! That’s the average number of days kids will need their school lunch packed each year. That’s a lot of exciting school lunches to think about, especially if you’re concerned your kiddo will trade or ditch the meal entirely if he or she is less than thrilled with the selection.
So how do you achieve “kid cool” status in an everyday lunchbox? The research (and lots of life experience!) tells us that kids are more likely to eat what you pack for them when they are engaged with their food.  
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Easy Ways to Eat Seven a Day

A new study in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health found that adults who eat seven servings of fruits and veggies per day reduce their risk of premature death (e.g. from cancer and cardiovascular disease) by 42 percent. Find it challenging to eat your seven-a-day? Try these doable tips. Read more

Kool Kids in the Kitchen

Every child loves learning to cook and eating something “I made myself.” Parents, too, will share the pleasure—and the rewards. Read on for some delicious kid-approved recipes and clever ways to make the experience fun for all ages. Read more

The 5 Major Benefits of Drinking Alkaline Water

Toxins are the number one cause of aging. They are often a result of poor diet, pollution, and stress. Toxins can build up in your body causing cell damage that leads to premature aging. The best way to fight toxins and detoxify your body is with antioxidants. And it’s as easy as drinking antioxidant-rich alkaline water. Read more

Take the Heat: Holistic Remedies for Common Summer Ailments

Ahh, summer. Long, warm days, outdoor activities galore, and—ouch!—bothersome pests, burning sun, and unexpected bumps and bruises (yes, you did have to dive for that volleyball). But don’t sit on the sidelines in fear of mishaps; instead, swing into summer with natural first-aid advice tailored to the season. Read more

Why You Need Iodine—and How to Get Enough

Iodine, a trace element, is one of the most important—and most overlooked—minerals your body needs. In the early 1900s, iodine deficiency was a big problem in the United States, but the issue receded after iodine was added to most table salts and used to make dairy and baking products. Read more

The Alkaline Diet in 5 Easy Steps

One of the greatest way to detox and nourish your body is to follow an alkaline diet. Eating and drinking alkaline ensures the body is able to achieve an optimal average pH of 7.3 easily and without stressing other bodily organs or functions. Unfortunately, the Standard American Diet (SAD) is very acidifying to the body and this constant state of acidity is a sneaky culprit behind fatigue, headaches, chronic illness and premature aging. Read more

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