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  • Treating ADHD Without Drugs

    January 3, 2014 - The CDC estimates that 5.4 million children in America have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), while over half of these kids are taking stimulants to manage the condition, including Ritalin and Adderall. And the majority of these kids are boys. Although there&rsquo...
  • What is GMO? Learn more about GMO Foods.

    September 9, 2013 - In the last year, a fair amount of attention has been placed on genetically modified organisms (GMO) in regards to food, at least significantly more than in previous years. It turns out that scientists and agriculture giants have been quietly tinkering with our food sources in order to increase prof...
  • Flu Shot Side Effects - What May Happen if You Get a Flu Shot!

    February 25, 2013 - Flu shot season means pharmacies, doctors and government agencies across the globe are pushing that year’s vaccination. Yet according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that vaccination contains aluminum, formaldehyde, dead human tissue, MSG, and mercury. No, we aren’t m...
  • Radiation Disease: Symptoms and Effects of Radiation

    February 19, 2013 - Radiation disease is the result of excessive exposure to radiation. According to the Centers for Disease Control, acute radiation syndrome (ARS) causes nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea within a few minutes or days of the exposure. The sickness comes in waves for a few weeks or even months. Most with a...
  • Why You Get Sick After the Rain?

    February 18, 2013 - People often attribute health woes to the weather, and especially when it comes to rain. The most common complaints? Getting rained on gave me a cold: Although it may feel this way, it simply isn’t true. Most of the heat of your body is emitted through your head, and when rained on, your head...
  • Are There Carbs in Quinoa?

    February 7, 2013 - Between the decades-long low-carb craze and the newest push towards going gluten free, quinoa is often touted as the best alternative to traditional grains, as it’s technically a seed (therefore totally gluten free) yet can be used in the same way you would tiny pasta or rice. Traditionally g...
  • The Dangers of GMO Salmon - What to Look Out For!

    February 6, 2013 - What was once the central theme on sci-fi television shows and movies is now slowly but surely making its way to your dinner table, coming first in the form of GMO salmon. In January 2013, the FDA released a statement indicating that it had found genetically modified salmon to have “no signifi...
  • Is Freezing Avocados Okay? Here is a Quick Tip!

    February 5, 2013 - Avocados are a fantastic source of healthy fats, protein, vitamins, and alkaline minerals. Yet they can also be incredibly expensive depending on the time of year. For this reason, when there is a good deal, many people still opt to only get what they can consume in a few days, as avocados can quick...
  • List of Top GMO Foods - What to Avoid!

    February 4, 2013 - When you walk around your grocery store, it can be easy to just pick and choose, thinking that what you’re tossing into your cart was grown all-natural at a farm somewhere. However, many of those foods have been altered with science, some to tolerate more chemicals, some to withstand natural p...
  • Top Five Coconut Water Benefits - Delicious and Nutritious

    February 3, 2013 - Coconut water, coming from the liquid in the center of the coconut fruit, is incredibly refreshing, a little sweet, and a fantastic alkaline beverage of choice when you don’t want just water, or need something with a bit more alkalizing potassium and carbohydrates after a heavy workout. While...
  • Basic and Unique Ways to Eat an Avocado

    January 29, 2013 - For those who think of guacamole instantly when they see an avocado, figuring out how to incorporate this healthy alkalizing fruit into their daily diet can seem a bit off putting. After all, despite being incredibly tasty, who really wants to eat guacamole every single day? Avocados are a staple al...
  • What is Quinoa? Find out more about this Healthy Food!

    January 28, 2013 - Due to the new trend towards grain-reduced or grain-free diets, either due to celiac disease or simply preference, a little-known seed has been gaining popularity in leaps and bounds: Quinoa. Pronounced “keen-wah,” this seed is similar in size and texture to rice and barley. Ground, it c...
  • What are the Nutritional Facts and Calories in Broccoli? Find Out!

    January 27, 2013 - Your mom told you to eat your broccoli, you know it’s good for you, and you even may know about some of the many health benefits of this cabbage-related veggie (detoxification, anti-inflammatory benefits, and the incredible amounts of fiber, to name a few). Broccoli is also considered an alkal...
  • The Many Benefits of Using Coconut Oil in Your Hair

    January 26, 2013 - It seems that every day, more and more people are opting for natural, whole foods and environmentally friendly products; and that’s certainly a good thing. The newest trend, however, is bringing this push for wholesomeness to the beauty industry, and coconut oil, a product that is making leaps...
  • What are the Calories in an Avocado? Find Out!

    January 25, 2013 - Upon first glance, the calories in avocado can be a bit daunting, especially if you’re on a journey to losing weight; however, it’s actually considered one of the most nutrient dense alkaline foods items in the produce section of your store. What exactly does this mean? To put it simply,...
  • Recipes Using Quinoa Flour - Tasty Quinoa Treats!

    January 24, 2013 - Although often used in a similar way as grains, quinoa is actually a seed that grows in the Andes Mountains. So why are people turning towards this product in lieu of rice, pasta, or even flour? Because it’s incredibly high in protein, fiber, folate, magnesium, iron, zinc, and other B vitamins...
  • Treating Insomnia Without Prescription Drugs

    January 23, 2013 - Oftentimes, when someone has difficulty sleeping and mentions it to his or her doctor, the automatic reaction is to pull out the prescription pad and write out something to knock you out every night. But that isn’t the only way to treat insomnia, and it’s not even the most effective. St...
  • Coconut Oil Recipes - Tasty and Nutritious!

    January 17, 2013 - Coconut oil is the newest craze in the health food world, and for good reason. Consuming coconut oil can do everything from increase your resistance to viruses and bacteria to prevent infections due to fungus, yeast, and candida. This, coupled with its ability to balance hormones, increase weight lo...
  • Find Out if Delicious Watermelon is Alkaline?

    January 15, 2013 - When following the alkaline diet, which most nutritionists recommend that your diet is made up of at least 70% alkalizing foods, making sure that you have the right mix of nutrient dense fruits and vegetables is important. Eating alkalizing foods helps to maintain a balanced pH level in the body, wh...
  • How to Ripen Avocados Quickly - Easy and Effective!

    January 14, 2013 - So you’re craving a creamy, nutrient-dense avocado for your latest alkalizing meal recipe, and head to the store to grab one. Yet you’re bombarded with a bin full of light green, hard-as-a-rock fruits that are nowhere near ripe, and certainly not edible. If you are following an alkaline ...
  • Is Green Tea Alkaline or Acidic? Find Out Now!

    January 13, 2013 - When trying to determine whether or not certain foods or drinks fit into an alkaline diet, it can be helpful to understand the premise behind the movement first. Back in the day, our ancestors ate what they could kill or gather from the land, and thus relied on a very heavy plant based diet with som...
  • Quinoa Salad Recipes - Delicious and Healthy!

    January 12, 2013 - Nutrient rich and alkalizing quinoa is becoming increasingly popular, especially as more and more people move towards a gluten-free, gluten-reduced, or alkaline foods diet. One of the most versatile ways of preparing this seed is using it as a base for a salad. Here are two of our favorite recipes p...
  • Top Three Sesame Oil Benefits

    January 11, 2013 - Sesame oil is popular in Asian, Indian and Middle Eastern cuisine, and while being incredibly flavorful, it is also rich in a variety of nutrients that can benefit the body in several ways. There are 2 main types of sesame seed oil: toasted ( referred to as dark or Asian) and light ( referring to t...
  • The Many Benefits of Flax Seed Oil

    January 10, 2013 - In the past, flax seed and flax seed oil was available only in specialty health food stores; however, as more and more information comes out as to the benefits of this plant and the oil made from it, the more easily accessible it becomes. And for good reason: regularly consuming flax seed oil can he...
  • Top 10 Foods Loaded in Potassium

    January 9, 2013 - Potassium is one of those nutrients often overlooked; however, the average American gets significantly less potassium in their diet than they should. While experts recommend at least 4,700 milligrams a day, most men only get 3,200 and most women only consume 2,400. Due to a combination of a lack of ...
  • What are the Benefits of Borage Oil?

    January 7, 2013 - If there’s one thing to be said about recent trends in health and wellness, a new collection of oils outside of the normal vegetable, canola, and olive varieties is impressive. From fish oil to coconut oil, flax seed to sunflower, as people move more towards an understanding of healthy fats ne...
  • The Many Avocado Health Benefits

    January 6, 2013 - A staple in Mexican and Southwestern cuisine, and finally being recognized for its incredible health benefits despite its rather high (for a fruit) calorie count, the avocado is not only delicious and versatile, but also beneficial to your health and is considered an alkaline food. Rich in healthy m...
  • The Many Uses of Coconut Oil for Health and Beauty

    January 5, 2013 - Extracted from the meat of mature coconuts, coconut oil is available in health food stores as well as in the natural, baking, or pharmacy section of a variety of larger mainstream retailers. The benefits, and uses of, this all-natural product are so extensive; it’s any wonder it’s not fo...
  • New Diet Trend: The Alkaline Diet - Find Out Why This is So Popular!

    December 31, 2012 - Around every corner, there’s a new diet that consists of eating limited amounts of less than 10 different foods to lose weight quickly, only to put it back on once you begin eating a wide selection again. The Alkaline diet is anything but, and has received the backing of some of the most envia...
  • Top Alkaline Foods - Find out which foods are the most Alkaline!

    December 29, 2012 - The internet is rife with endless lists regarding the acidity or the alkalinity of various foods; however, when you’re just starting out with this diet, having an understanding of the foods that are safe to eat no matter what can be incredibly helpful. It’s also a good starting point for...
  • Spinach - The Alkaline Food Powerhouse!

    December 28, 2012 - There are a lot of fantastic foods on the approved alkaline foods list, from leafy greens to healthy fats and numerous fruits. However, when it comes to the most alkaline foods, spinach consistently tops the list. A fantastic addition to any diet, spinach is not only alkaline during digestion, but ...
  • Warning Signs of Low Testosterone

    December 22, 2012 - Hormonal changes in men often don’t receive as much attention as comparable changes in women, simply because a man’s testosterone often doesn’t “drop” as drastically as a woman’s estrogen levels do. However, men still experience a natural decline in levels as they...
  • Treating Psoriasis at Home

    December 21, 2012 - As winter and thus low humidity and heater-season approaches, those with psoriasis often experience more flare-ups due to the dry air and cold weather. Although treatment should always be overseen by your doctor, there are items that you likely already have on hand and things you can do at home that...
  • Health Benefits of Jackfruit - Delicious and Nutritious

    December 17, 2012 - One of the lesser-known tropical fruits, jackfruit is sweet, bright yellow, and one of the largest tree fruits in the world, coming in at 50 centimeters in diameter and up to 36 kilograms in weight. You can enjoy it raw or cooked and, unlike many fruits, it can be eaten as a vegetable when not ripe....
  • 4 Key Health Benefits of Carrots - Rich in Vitamins and Nutrients

    December 15, 2012 - Cheap and cheerful, carrots are one of the easiest vegetables to grow and also very well-loved given their flavor and texture. They’re most famous for being rich in vitamin A but are also a source of folate, vitamin C, B6, and K, as well as potassium, thiamine, fiber, and biotin; combined, the...
  • Benefits of Nutritional Yeast- A Complete Protein Superfood!

    December 14, 2012 - Nutritional yeast is deactivated yeast rich in protein and B-vitamins. Made from cane and beet molasses, it is typically taken as a supplement or added to a variety of recipes to increase the finished dish’s nutritional benefits. Although most popular as a protein source among those who consu...
  • 7 Incredible Benefits of Cayenne Pepper

    December 10, 2012 - A staple in most spice cabinets, cayenne pepper has been used to treat everything from heartburn to paralysis for centuries. As science further researches the benefits of this common household-spice, some claims as to its benefits have been disproven; however, several have been discovered or support...
  • 3 Simple Tips for Falling Asleep Fast

    December 7, 2012 - Everyone has trouble falling asleep at one point or another; however, chronic issues can take a toll on your overall health, and after days or weeks of spending hours tossing and turning each night, going to bed can actually induce a sense of anxiety, only worsening the issue. So how can you fall a...
  • Benefits of the Paleo Diet

    December 5, 2012 - The Paleo diet is one of the latest in the health food world, and is defined by consuming only the foods that were available to our ancestors, with the belief that these are the only items that the human body can actually properly utilize and digest. This includes fish, meat, roots, vegetables, frui...
  • Benefits of Core Training Exercises

    December 4, 2012 - Nearly everybody wants a flat, toned stomach; however, there are several benefits to achieving that look outside of the actual look of it. Core training exercises can do everything from aid in preventing injury to improving respiratory function, making it easier to achieve other fitness goals and to...
  • Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet

    December 3, 2012 - The Mediterranean diet is considered by many to be one of the most nutritious, and consists of a variety of vegetables and fruits at every meal, as well as legumes, nuts, seeds, whole grains, and copious amounts of heart-healthy olive oil. For protein, fish, poultry, and eggs make up the bulk, with ...
  • Top 4 Natural Sleeping Supplements That Work

    December 2, 2012 - In a world where the pharmacy section is overrun with “non-habit-forming” sleep aids and television ads tout a faster, easier way to fall asleep at night (with a prescription, of course) it can be easy to forget that there are numerous sleeping supplements on the market that are natural ...
  • Top Beverages To Lower Your Risk of Heart Attack

    November 29, 2012 - You’re constantly advised not to drink your calories, and to consume water as much as possible. And while water should always be your drink of choice (hydration plus zero calories equals a strong yes!), there are other drinks that can also be beneficial, especially when it comes to preventing ...
  • Exercise Better Than Games and Puzzles Against Alzheimer's?

    November 28, 2012 - You’re probably inundated with the benefits of daily exercises at every turn; how it strengthens your body, helps you reach or maintain a healthy weight, tones your muscles, improves your mood, etc. Yet new research indicates that regular exercise can potentially prevent Alzheimer’s, or ...
  • Healthy Foods That Commonly Get a Bad Rap

    November 26, 2012 - It seems that every few years, certain foods are either “in” or “out,” and it can be difficult for even the most educated individual to keep up with what’s actually healthy. So here’s our primer for you: foods that may get a bad rap, but are actually good for you ...
  • Pumpkin: Top 3 Benefits of this Hidden Super Food

    November 24, 2012 - Pumpkins are synonymous with fall and notorious for their use as front porch decorations and in various fall-inspired deserts. However, on its own, pumpkin is one of the most nutritious foods available. Dripping in various vitamins and antioxidants, as well as protein and fiber, eating pumpkin can d...
  • Exactly How Much Sleep Do You Really Need?

    November 22, 2012 - People focus on a lot of different “needs” each day, from food to work to social interactions. And sleep is one need that is pushed out of the way to accommodate others, despite the fact that doing so can have a pretty dramatic impact on your overall health. So how much sleep do you act...
  • 7 Budget Friendly Organic Foods

    November 21, 2012 - The words cheap and organic often don’t go hand in hand, and as more people face the fact that their paycheck is not going as far as it did a decade ago, the onslaught of media telling them they must eat organic, and thus raise their already high grocery budget, can be frustrating. However, t...
  • New Lice Treatment - Single 10-minute Treatment Kills Lice Fast

    November 20, 2012 - Despite technology and medicine advancing in leaps and bounds in the last 50 years, one thing hasn’t changed: lice in schools. Every year, parents live in of these bugs, both due to discomfort for their child and the sheer effort and time it takes to get rid of them. Difficult to kill off and ...
  • 6 Top Fitness Trends For 2013

    November 19, 2012 - It’s about the time of year for New Year’s resolutions to take center stage, and the most popular every year is improving fitness. However, going into 2013, you’ll be surprised by the lack of equipment-heavy workout routines and the need for fancy gear. Next year, it’s going...