Health + Wellness

Is Artificial Turf Safe for Your Children?

Is Artificial Turf Safe for Your Children?

Artificial turf is commonplace on athletic fields all over the U.S. There are benefits to turf: it uses less water, requires less maintenance and has much higher durability than grass fields. But many have become concerned about the impact artificial turf can have on children’s health, as well as the burden on taxpayers with synthetic turf costing around $800,000. Many turf fields are covered […]

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    Cocoa Isn’t Just Delicious, It’s a Healthy Superfood

    Cocoa Isn’t Just Delicious, It’s a Healthy Superfood

    There’s nothing better on a cold winter evening that a steaming cup of hot cocoa. It’s one of those things that could actually make you look forward to winter. It tastes wonderful, warms your belly and enhances your sense of well-being, of course. But cocoa also has some health and nutritional benefits you might not […]

    Part II: How Regenerative Organic Agriculture Can Save the Planet

    Part II: How Regenerative Organic Agriculture Can Save the Planet

    [Editor’s note: This article is part two of a two-part series. Read part one.] We now know that 20-30 percent of manmade greenhouse gases in the atmosphere comes from industrial agriculture. Petrochemicals are for cars, not for the soil. By dumping ag chemicals onto our soils, we disrupt nature’s delicate balance of water, soil and air. Carbon sequestration […]

    9 Reasons to Optimize Your Vitamin D Levels For a Longer and Healthier Life

    9 Reasons to Optimize Your Vitamin D Levels For a Longer and Healthier Life

    By Kris Gunnars Vitamin D is more than just a vitamin. It functions as a steroid hormone in the body. If you get little sun throughout the year, stay inside a lot or use sunscreen, then Vitamin D supplementation is something to consider. A deficiency is extremely common in western countries and may have disastrous […]

    Preventing Diabetes: Yet Another Reason to Go Vegetarian

    Preventing Diabetes: Yet Another Reason to Go Vegetarian

    Type 2 diabetes—the type that’s often connected to unhealthy diet and lifestyle—has become an epidemic in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that more than 29 million Americans have it, up from an estimate of 26 million in 2010. The CDC says that 86 million adults—more than one in three—have […]

    Why Microgreens Should Be Part of Your Daily Superfood Diet

    Why Microgreens Should Be Part of Your Daily Superfood Diet

    You may have dismissed the increasing prevalence of microgreens as some kind of trendy fad found mostly at fancy restaurants and upscale groceries that charge a lot for them. Don’t do that! They’re way more than a dainty little plate decoration or embellishment to make a salad cost more. There’s a real reason to add them […]

    Is Sugar More Addictive Than Cocaine?

    Is Sugar More Addictive Than Cocaine?

    The new dietary guidelines are out and one of the recommendations by the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee is to limit added sugars to only 10 percent of ones daily calorie intake. Studies show that sugar is more addictive than cocaine. Photo credit: Shutterstock According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Americans consume on average 156 pounds […]

    How to Create Your Indoor Edible Garden

    How to Create Your Indoor Edible Garden

    It’s the deep heart of winter. Those cheerful strings of lights and garlands of pine have come down. Perhaps you’re flipping wistfully through the early-arriving seed catalogs, dreaming of warmer weather and sweet-smelling, fresh-tasting herbs and vegetables. Your windowsill herb garden can put a taste of summer in your salad bowl. Photo credit: Shutterstock There’s […]