• Wanna Soak Up the Sun?

    Relaxing in the warmth of a summer day not only feels great, but it’s also an excellent way to raise your vitamin D levels. Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium, which is needed to maintain strong bones. This important nutrient also helps muscles to move, nerves to communicate, and the immune system to fight off infections.

  • 6 Ways to Ease Headache Symptoms

    The first week of June is National Headache Awareness Week, so before you reach for prescription meds, consider a more holistic approach to curbing those nasty headaches.

    For a tension headache:

    >> Apply peppermint oil on your hairline.

    >> Make ginger tea by taking ginger root and adding it to boiling water.

  • All About: Ginger Tea

    WHAT IT IS: Ginger is an underground root-like stem of the ginger (Zingiber officinale) plant. It has a pungent, spicy aroma and is commonly used in cooking, baking, and herbal remedies.

  • 5 Numbers to Know By Heart

    A visit to the doctor can be overwhelming. Between finding the right office, figuring out insurance forms, and that sick kid coughing next to you in the lobby, you might feel more stressed out than you were when you booked your appointment. Then comes the doctor lingo and all the numbers. If you find yourself wondering: “What does this even mean?!”—you’re not alone.

  • Buzzword: “Text Neck”

    Text neck: The act of people hunching over their mobile gadgets, which leads to neck strain, headaches, and pain in the shoulders and even hands and arms. This pain can last a lifetime if habits don’t change. Source: NBC News

    Fixing text neck

  • Indian Greens

    Weekly Recipe: 
    SERVES 4

    8 cups stemmed and chopped Swiss chard, in bite-size pieces

    2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

    ¼ teaspoon cumin seeds

    ¼ teaspoon black or brown mustard seeds

    1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger

    ½ teaspoon turmeric

    ¼ teaspoon curry powder

    1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

    Sea salt

    1 cup canned diced tomatoes, juices reserved

    1 cup canned chickpeas, drained, rinsed, and mixed with a spritz of lemon juice and a pinch of sea salt

    ¼ cup coconut milk

    ¼ teaspoon Grade B maple syrup

    Put the chard in a large bowl, add cold water to cover, and set aside. Heat the olive oil in a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add the cumin seeds and mustard seeds and sauté until they begin to pop. Immediately stir in the ginger. Add the chard, turmeric, curry powder, pepper, a pinch of salt, and 2 tablespoons of the juice from the tomatoes. Sauté for two minutes. Add the chickpeas and tomatoes and sauté for three minutes. Stir in the coconut milk and maple syrup and serve immediately. Source: Reprinted with permission from The Longevity Kitchen by Rebecca Katz with Mat Edelson; Photo Credit: Leo Gong.

  • Team Up with Tea!

    Tea-based cocktails are showing up on drink menus nationwide as mixologists experiment with new ways to tap into the natural flavors found in this delectable, thirst-quenching beverage.

  • Keep Your Peepers!

    According to the World Health Organization, 285 million people worldwide are considered to be visually impaired. 65 percent are 50 years old or older. Here are some ways to prevent and ease the loss of sight:

    >> Eat veggies rich in beta-carotene and vitamin A, such as squash and carrots.

  • Mooo-ve Over, Conventional Milk

    Researchers found some organic milk contains more heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids than regular milk. The secret is in grass-fed, hormone-free cows, which allows the milk’s protein level to increase and helps balance the omega-6 to omega-3 ratio. Too much omega-6 is linked to cancer, heart disease, cardiovascular complications, inflammation, and autoimmune diseases.

  • Urban Herbs

    Have you always wanted your own herb garden, but the confines of city living have hindered your growing space? Follow these steps and with the right tools, some sunshine, and a little TLC, you’ll find the recipe for success in bringing your urban herb garden to life.

    >> Clear a space in a sunny spot.