Health

  • A Healthy Hue

    Forget tanning as the path to beautiful skin color: The skin hues that people find most attractive stem from healthy lifestyles, suggests new research from the United Kingdom. When asked to use computer software to adjust the color of Caucasian faces to make them appear as “healthy” as possible, study participants generally increased the pink and yellow hues.

    By Lindsey Galloway
  • Bust Buster's Stress

    Ease an anxious pup’s mind with this calming recipe from Made Out of Love: Recipes to Prepare for (and Sometimes Share With) Your Animal Companion (The Honest Kitchen, 2009) by Lucy Postins, founder of The Honest Kitchen natural pet food company.

    1 cup organic oats or millet
    1 chamomile tea bag
    1 cup hot filtered water

  • Supps for the Ages

    Our nutritional needs change as we pass through different hormonal stages. Although every woman should take a daily multivitamin, along with 1,500 mg of calcium and 750 mg of magnesium for healthy bones, also consider these age-specific hormone-balancing supplements.

    Childbearing years
    Omega-3 fatty acids

    By susan Lark, MD
  • Rest Assured

    Your nightly snooze should be tranquil—not a health nightmare. Yet conventional mattresses can be laden with hazardous chemicals, including brominated fire retardants, linked to liver and thyroid toxicity and reproductive and brain-development problems.

    By Laurel Kallenbach
  • Hungry Eyes

    Most of us expect—and accept—the slow deterioration of our eyesight as an inevitable part of aging. But is it? A wealth of research indicates that protecting our baby blues (or browns or greens) could be as simple as eating the right foods or choosing targeted supplements.

    Get these nutrients now for better vision as you age.
    By Erinn Morgan
  • Cat Scratch Fever Relievers


    >> Cover couch bases, end-table legs, and dust shams with aluminum foil, or slap on strips of double-sided tape. Neither make for fetching decor, but crinkly foil noises and tacky adhesive deter scratch-happy cats.

    Does Kitty stratch at your sofa or claw up the chaise lounge? Safeguard your furniture without resorting to the declaw faux pas.
    By Melaina Juntti
  • Get Your Garden Ready

    With spring just around the corner, it’s not too early to start working in the garden.

    * Add compost and nitrogen to soil to ensure vigorous plant growth. Blood meal, fish meal, alfalfa meal, soybean meal, and cottonseed meal are excellent organic nitrogen sources.

    By Jodi Helmer
  • Restless Legs

    I feel like I have a toothache in my leg. There are bugs crawling around, deep in my muscles. These are just a few complaints of people who have restless legs syndrome (RLS), a neurological disorder typified by the irresistible urge to move your legs.

    Tame twitches naturally with these 5 key nutrients.
    By Nicole Duncan
  • Ask The Doctor: Sinus Infections


    Q. I always suffer from painful sinus infections this time of year. How can I kick them without antibiotics?

    Kick sinus infections without antibiotics.
    Answered by David Williams, DC
  • Brave New Period

    Your time of the month certainly isn’t the time of your life, but tampons and pads are easy, effective, and something you hardly even think about. So what’s the problem? All those period products add up, hurting the planet—and maybe your health.

    Safe, eco feminine care - it's not so scary.
    By O'Rya Hyde-Keller