Going Green This Winter

Going Green In Winter

Going green should be a year-round practice. That includes during the winter months when we are usually indoors a lot more. Even though it is cold out, you can still be eco-friendly in your house, activities and lifestyle. Save energy by making sure that your doors and windows have a good seal on them. Doors and windows can be letting cold air in and warm air escape. By making sure that both are sealed, you’ll stay warmer and save on your heating bills. Keep using your bike for shorter commutes and errands. Biking can be harder in rain or snow,… read more

Tainted Turmeric

Tainted Turmeric

Spices can add flavor to dishes, and many are also sources of essential nutrients and can contain healthful properties. What has recently been discovered, however, is making consumers worldwide question the safety of their foods once again. The latest scare among the food supply lies within powdered spices. Turmeric, thought to be imported from Bangladesh, has just been recalled as it was found to contain high levels of lead. Lead can build up in the body and can onset a myriad of health issues, especially in developing children. Levels that measured as high as 48 parts per million were found… read more

Are Oats Really Gluten-Free?

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Often,  those who wish, by preference or necessity, to avoid wheat products seek out alternative grains that are feasible as a replacement. Usually, this includes rice, corn, and oats. However, while raw whole oats themselves do not possess wheat proteins (and thus, gluten), they are bound to acquire gluten through cross-contamination during commercial food processing. In addition to patients with Celiac disease, gluten can pose problems for those with diabetes, Hashimoto’s and other forms of hyperthyroidism, and to those with a general intolerance. Oats are not the only naturally wheat-free food to acquire gluten. Rice, corn, cocoa, and even coffee… read more

Homemade All Natural Licorice

Homemade All Natural Licorice

Licorice candy was popular in the early 1900’s and is still loved by many today. Some brands of licorice candies are spiced with anise flavoring, but original licorice contains the actual licorice root from a plant. Glycyrrhizin is a naturally occurring chemical which is found in licorice root that is responsible for its sweet taste, and is actually said to be even sweeter than sugar. Real licorice also has health benefits including use as a tonic for sore throats, inflammation and fatigue, among others. The root was often sold in candy stores for children, and also has some interesting other… read more

Golden Rice – An Unnatural Solution

Golden Rice – An Unnatural Solution

The food supply is a topic that concerns everyone. The fact that many in the world do not have adequate nutrition is a problem that unfortunately has yet to be solved. Normally, rice does not contain many nutrients, but still is a main food group in many homes across the globe since it can be low in cost and easy to prepare. One effort called the Golden Rice Project is seeking to make sure millions of people receive efficient nutrients in a staple food. This rice is enriched with vitamins that aim to prevent issues caused from malnutrition. Blindness and other deficiency… read more

Have These 3 On Hand For Cold And Flu Season

Have These 3 On Hand For Cold And Flu Season

The onset of cold and flu season often calls for trips to the over the counter isle to try and purchase a little relief. Having these 3 homemade items ready to go can eliminate a few supplies from the shopping list. Hand Scrub Frequently washing hands is necessary to ward off germs, but it can also leave skin dry and irritated. Hand scrubs can be made at home with only a few ingredients from the pantry and a sterilized glass storage container. This lemon sugar hand scrub provides a natural exfoliating wash using sugar, olive oil and lemon juice. It… read more

Autumn Apple Recipes

Autumn Apple Recipes

Seasonal apples are colorful, crisp and delicious. Apples are a good multiuse item to keep in the pantry. They can be used in a range of foods from soups, salads, main courses, desserts and even cocktails. Many chefs and cooks take advantage of this and use them to make versatile and flavorful dishes. Here are a few apple recipe compilations that are a step beyond basic apple pie. Plus, they are nutritious and have the perfect notes of fall to kick off the season. Butternut squash and apple soup from the Barefoot Contessa is a perfect fall soup recipe. It can… read more

Sleep Easy

Sleep Easy

The frigid, winter months often leave us longing for comfort in the forms of food, clothing, and sleep. While the shortened days may induce a desire to hibernate in our warm alcoves, the aches and mood changes brought on by the cold can keep us from getting a good night’s rest. In these times, it can help to be your own sandman, by finding and treating the root causes of insomnia to ensure sleep comes naturally. Often times, insomnia is caused by stress, anxiety, poor diet and exercise, among other things. Still, if a lack of sleep becomes a major problem it may be a… read more

People Have Had It With GMOs

People Have Had It With GMOs

Cities across the globe have been participating in protests against the colossal agricultural company, Monsanto. There have numerous recent marches and awareness campaigns to address the increasing concerns over the use of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs and other agro-chemicals. The company has been scrutinized for holding back food safety research on GMOs that provides information which shows that they are harmful to the environment and human health. Researchers who have examined how they impact the body’s system, including animal research, have concluded that there are in fact staggering results from using the altered additives. Jeffrey Smith, an author and activist, points… read more

Effects of Prenatal Air Pollution Exposure

Prenatal Air Pollution Exposure

Health related research studies that recognize links between psychological dynamics and environmental factors provide a firsthand look into the significance of the relationship between the two. A study looking into psychological distress and air pollution exposure during maternal periods found that these can later have a negative effect on child behavior. Researchers from the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health at the Mailman School of Public Health conducted the study, which was recently published in the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. It is a pioneering effort in that it attributes a relationship among mental states during pregnancy and… read more