summer

  • Protect Your Pets

    As the dog days of summer steadily approach, we’re ready to gear up for picnics, beaches, and traveling—and so are our pets. When letting our pets tag along to summer events, we must remember to keep their health and safety in mind. Here are some tips to help keep your furry friends happy and healthy this season.

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    Tips and tricks for a healthy summer with your pet
    By Samantha Fischer
  • Ginger Beer

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    SERVES: 4

    ¾ cups brown sugar (packed, you can adjust to taste)

    1 ½ cups fresh ginger (peeled and minced)

    2 quarts filtered, cold water (divided)

    2/3 cup lime juice (freshly squeezed)

    1/4 teaspoon yeast (dried champagne)

    Mix sugar, ginger, and 4 cups water in a saucepan. Bring to boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat, cover, and let stand 1 hour to steep. Strain syrup through strainer and funnel into 2-liter soda bottle. Add lime juice. Fill with cold water to within 2 inches of top. Cap and cool in refrigerator or ice bath until about 65 degrees. Add yeast. Cap bottle and let stand at room temperature for 2 days, checking bottle pressure intermittently by squeezing it or releasing the cap slightly and briefly. When ginger beer has achieved desired carbonation level, refrigerate. Source: yummly.com

  • Cherry Kiwi Kiss

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    1 cup fresh cherries, pitted

    ½ cup frozen strawberries

    1 kiwi, peeled

    ¾ cup coconut water

    ½ cup ice

    Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend from low to high until frosty smooth. Source: 365 Vegan Smoothies: Boost Your Health With a Rainbow of Fruits and Veggies by Kathy Patalsky; image: Kathy Patalsky (Reprinted by arrangement with AVERY, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright © KATHLEEN PATALSKY, 2013.)

  • Watermelon Raspberry Lemonade

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    SERVES: 4

    6 cups watermelon cubes (seeds removed)

    1/4 cup raspberries

    1 cup water

    1/3 cup sugar

    1/2 cup lemon juice

    Place watermelon, raspberries, and water in container of electric blender, cover and blend until smooth. Strain through fine mesh strainer into pitcher. Stir in sugar and lemon juice until sugar dissolves. Refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour. Source: watermelon.org

  • Watermelon Trio // Red Hot Blood Cleanser

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    SERVES: 2

    2 cups watermelon chunks

    1 small or medium beet, washed

    1 apple, seeded and cut into cubes

    1 tablespoon apple juice concentrate

    1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (depending on taste)

    1/4 teaspoon turmeric

    Place all ingredients in a blender, with watermelon on the bottom. Turn blender on slow speed until watermelon has liquified, then increase speed and blend for 1 minute or until liquified. Source: watermelon.org

  • Coolheaded Flower

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    1 cup coconut water

    1 tablespoon fresh chamomile flowers

    ¼ cup grapefruit juice

    1 ½ cups frozen watermelon chunks

    ½ cup frozen peach chunks or 1 fresh peach, pitted and sliced

    Combine the coconut water and chamomile flowers in a blender and blend until the buds smooth out. Add the remaining ingredients and blend from low to high until frosty smooth. Source: 365 Vegan Smoothies: Boost Your Health With a Rainbow of Fruits and Veggies by Kathy Patalsky; image: Kathy Patalsky (Reprinted by arrangement with AVERY, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright © KATHLEEN PATALSKY, 2013.)

  • Team Up With Tea!

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    In the May/June issue of Alternative Medicine, we discuss the growing trend of tea-based cocktails. If you missed it, here’s a quick recap: Bartenders, mixologists, and businesses are teaming up to craft cocktails using tea rather than traditional soda mixers, and these combinations are popping up on drinks menus nationwide to offer healthier and refreshing alternatives.

  • Save Your Skin

    Sizzle. Scorch. Seethe. These are just a few of the many words we use when our skin burns from the sun’s rays. Although most people are trying to get a tan, those UV rays are actually damaging skin cells. That damage can lead to premature aging, a weakened immune system, and, worse, skin cancer.

    Seven tips for the ultimate skin protection
    By Amy Vergin
  • Moving at the Speed of Nature

    Late spring and early summer can be a magical time. School will soon be out for summer and everything about the world around is primed for enjoyment: The grass is green, the sun is warm, the days are long, and there are trails to be hiked and wildlife to be watched.

  • Cooling Chronic Inflammation

    Chronic inflammation can progress unnoticed for years. Sure, there can be symptoms such as fatigue, brain fog, increased wrinkles, or aches and pains, but most people write these off as normal signs of aging.

    Lifestyle adjustments that can help us tame the pain and access the benefits of a healthier body
    By Isaac Eliaz, MD, MS, LAc