Health Articles

What Are the Best Ways to Balance Blood Sugar?

Focus on healthy fats, such as nuts and nut butters, fatty fish, and olive oil when preparing snacks and meals

Many health experts now believe a highly refined, processed food diet can cause blood sugar fluctuations. Everyone knows regulating blood sugar is important for people with or at risk for diabetes, but it may also increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, hypertension, and cancer. Read more

Get Ready for Swimsuite Season-Safely

Nourishing an exercising body is an essential component to getting and staying fit

Spring has sprung, turning thoughts to the summer fun ahead. Too often, people kickoff overly ambitious self-improvement programs that lead to discouragement, injury, or ill health. If the idea of skimpier clothes fills you with resolve to eat better and exercise in the coming months, keep in mind that small, smart changes over time lead to better results than crash diets and other fads. Read more

Choose The Right Carbs to Fuel Metabolism and Mind

Eating complex carbs may help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease
Carbohydrates are essential for fueling the body and mind with energy—but it is true that some are healthier for you than others. Processed carbs high in sugar and low in fiber can worsen glucose levels and are often to blame forweight gain and other unwanted health problems.
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Inflamation Information to Live By

You see a new product on the shelf that claims to decrease inflammation. Sounds good, right? It's not quite that simple. The body responds to many diseases and injuries with inflammation, but even though some conditions are worsened by it, suppressing inflammation all the time isn't always the best path to healing, and anti-inflammatories have some unwanted side effects for some people. Here's a quick look at inflammation pros and cons, plus a few natural anti-inflammatories that may allow some people to use less medicine. Read more

Starting Your Gluten-Free Diet

What does following a gluten-free diet mean? That you're embarking on an easy diet with a wide range of health-promoting effects. Instead of dwelling on what you're giving up, consider that you're going to enjoy a whole new world of delicious food options to meet your special dietary needs. You'll be eating seasonally, choosing more fresh fruits and vegetables, focusing on meats, seafood, poultry, legumes, lentils, corn, and rice, and discovering fascinating ancient grains such as quinoa, amaranth, and millet. Read more

Memorable Mother's Day Giftbags

Make your mother or wife feel pampered and loved
Pamper Mom with an original gift

What do moms really want for Mother's Day? When asked what she likes, mom Hélène Tricker of Albany, Oregon, says, "Any show of love is nice. When my daughter was small, I loved getting her adorable drawings. Now that she's a busy adult, I always look forward to getting some quality time with her."
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Ginger: Part of a Diabetes-Management Strategy

People taking ginger had an average 10.5% decrease in fasting blood glucose levels. On the surface, the numbers on type 2 diabetes may appear discouraging: 350 million people worldwide are affected. The good news is that when properly managed with a balanced diet, regular physical activity, and maintaining a healthy weight, the condition doesn't have to cause health problems. Read more

ANDI Guide

Wondering how to choose the healthiest foods? We can help. Simply look for the foods that have high ANDI scores, and you’re set! ANDI stands for "Aggregate Nutrient Density Index," a scoring system that rates foods on a scale from 1 to 1000 based on nutrient content. ANDI scores are calculated by evaluating an extensive range of micronutrients, including vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and antioxidant capacities. Read more

A Teen’s Healthy Eating Tips

Busy social lives, extracurricular activities, and pressures to succeed in school might not leave many teens with extra time to think about nutrition. And while it may seem easy at this age to pull an all-nighter by guzzling energy drinks, no body can keep up that pace forever. Optimizing nutrition can help maintain stamina for the long haul—by supporting instead of compromising well-being. A quality diet during these years can also help predict a lifetime of good health. Read more

Cool 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. Measuring, mixing, and getting started Small chefs will enjoy more success if they learn the basics before beginning: Read more

Don't Let Hay Fever Spoil Your Child's Spring Fever

Birds chirping, trees and flowers blooming, longer days—everyone gets antsy at the splendorous signs of spring. But for the child with seasonal allergies, spring also means a runny nose, itchy eyes, and a scratchy throat, which can make it difficult to breath, concentrate, or even sleep. Read more

Understanding Organics: Fruits & Vegetables

Organic fruits and vegetables are grown without relying on chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Organic growing practices protect the ecosystem, the health of those who work the land, and the long-term well-being of customers who eat the crops. Specifically, organic crops are grown in the following ways: Read more