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Beat the Bugs: 10 remedies that really work. We’re always looking for ways to support immunity—especially now. Bolster your body’s natural response, with herbs, supplements, foods and lifestyle practices that really work. Read more…

 

 

 

 

Bag More Z’s. Tossing and turning all night? You’re not alone. Roughly half of all adults struggle with occasional (or regular) insomnia. And that’s a problem: studies link lack of sleep with increased risk of heart disease, depression, Alzheimer’s and other diseases. Reduce your risk, and get ready to crash, with these eleven supplements that guarantee you’ll snooze. Read more…

 

 

Adaptogens: a beginner’s guide. In the trendy world of healing herbs, you’ll find maca, ashwagandha, chaga and other adaptogens packed by the handful into smoothies, energy bars, even coffee drinks. But with these powerful plants, more isn’t better; it’s best to use them carefully, not randomly, choosing those matched for your specific needs. Here’s how. Read more…

 

 

 

What’s Your Meditation Type? You know meditation is good for you. Studies show that it can relieve stress, improve concentration, increase energy, and encourage a sense of well-being. But if you’ve never had success sitting still or quieting your mind, you may need to vary your approach. Check out this guide to seven different styles—one for every personality or need. Read more…

 

 

 

Infection Protection: 7 anti-viral foods. What you eat can dramatically enhance (or deplete) your body’s own natural defenses. Take a stand against viruses and other nasty pathogens: fill your plate with these seven foods shown to improve immune response and fight sickness. Read more…

 

 

 

 

Improve Your Mood: 9 supplements that really work. More than a third of us struggle with depression, anxiety or stress—and sometimes, all three. If you’re one of them, you don’t have to suffer. Natural herbs, vitamins and supplements can calm anxiety, soothe stress and ease depression—without the side effects of drugs. Read more…

 

 

 

Fermenting 101: easy, DIY probiotics. Fermented foods are full of beneficial bacteria that improve digestion, enhance immunity and benefit mood, weight loss and heart health. Homemade fermented foods are cheaper, cleaner and more potent than store-bought versions. And it’s not as scary as it sounds: with a few simple rules, you can easily whip up your own yogurt, kimchi and other probiotic-rich eats. Read more…

 

 

9 Confusing Foods: the facts about gluten, coffee and more. Is it okay to eat canned tuna or drink coffee? Should we all run screaming from gluten? There’s lots of confusion in the food world these days—and lots of conflicting answers and opinions. If your food choices have in you a pickle, you need straightforward facts and advice. Here, nine confusing foods, and the bottom line on each. Read more…

 

 

Feel Better, Now: 8 proven strategies to boost your mood. It’s normal to experience occasional jitters or a periodic case of the blues. But if you struggle daily with sadness, anxiety or mood swings, you don’t have to feel bad. Natural whole-body solutions, from deep breathing to work strategies, help boost mood and bolster mental health. Here’s what to do. Read more…

 

 

Medicinal Mushrooms: which ones you need. It’s science, not magic, behind these mushrooms; dozens of studies show they can improve immune function, reduce inflammation, protect against cancer and more. While medicinal mushrooms share similar compounds, each variety has its own subtle differences and unique benefits. Here’s a starter guide to six popular—and best-researched—options. Read more…

 

 

Instant Calm: 5 supplements to soothe stress. As a nation, we’re universally stressed. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States. And it’s not just inconvenient: stress is major contributing factor to the six leading causes of death, including cancer and heart disease. Don’t suffer (or stress about it): tame tension, soothe stress and ease anxiety with these research-based natural solutions. Read more…

 

 

The Art of Healthy Eating. Is fat bad? Are grains our nemesis? Is salt a killer? Every time we think there’s a definitive, one-size-fits-all answer, the prevailing wisdom shifts. Experts offer this advice:  use common sense, and strive for balance. These simple guidelines will set you up for a lifetime of healthy eating. Read more… 

 

 

 

7 Immune-Boosting Foods to Get You Through Cold & Flu Season. Take a stand against influenza and other nasty pathogens by adding these seven antiviral foods to your plate this cold and flu season to improve immune response and fight sickness—shiitake mushrooms, ginger, garlic and more, all scientifically researched and validated. Read more…

 

 

 

Eating for Energy. Tired of being tired? The answer may be on your plate. Try these seven foods to enhance muscle energy, clear brain fog, and put more pep in your step. Read more…

 

 

 

 

 

Holiday Rx. Hangovers, headaches, and holiday stress: no one’s completely immune to the season’s biggest bummers. Get prepared this year with well-researched herbs and supplements to solve any holiday health problem. Read more…

 

 

 

 

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Weekend Detox. Living in the modern world, our bodies can get pretty grubby inside. A weekend detox provides a physical and psychological jump-start to long-term cleansing. Here’s a simple day-by-day plan to guide you through. Read more…

 

 

 

 

Six Simple Foods to Support Your Body. You can nibble on goji berries, whip up acai smoothies and stock your shelves with the latest antioxidant. But for what really works, focus on a handful of simple, inexpensive foods rich in protective compounds. Read more…

 

 

 

 

The Anti-Aging Diet: Ten foods to help you look and feel younger. You can’t avoid getting older, but the foods you eat play a crucial role in keeping your body healthy and your brain functioning well into your senior years. Researchers and anti-aging experts agree these key nutrients will help you stay strong, vibrant and fabulous through the years. Read more…

 

 

 

12 Ways to Protect Your Brain. It’s typical in aging to lose some sharpness. But Alzheimer’s isn’t inevitable; in many cases, you can prevent it—especially if you start early enough. Try these 12 food and lifestyle tips to save your brain (and think smarter, right now). Read more…

 

 

 

 

Blues Busters: 17 ways to fight depression. It’s so widespread that doctors and researchers have dubbed depression “The common cold of mental illness.” But the right balance of nutrients, combined with lifestyle changes can effectively treat depression—often better than drugs. Read more…

 

 

 

Heart Healthy Eating: What you need to know. Twenty years ago, doctors advised patients to use margarine, eat pasta and avoid chocolate; now, we know margarine can kill you faster than butter, pasta increases the risk of heart disease and chocolate is really good for you. So what’s the truth about heart healthy eating? Read more…

 

 

 

Sweet! The latest news on sugar alternatives. Confused by all the “natural” sweeteners on your grocer’s shelves? In general, honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar and other sweeteners are less refined and rich in naturally occurring minerals. On a culinary level, they’re rich and deep in flavor and color. Here’s the scoop. Read more…

 

 

 

Oil Change: Choosing the best for your cooking needs. From salad dressings to sauces and stir-fries, oils are an essential part of any chef’s kitchen. But the issue of heating them has become something of a smoking gun. Which oils are safe for cooking? Which should never be heated? Here’s a list of the best and safest oils for every use. Read more…

 

 

 

The No-Pain Diet: Foods to fight fibromyalgia. Remember the last time you had the flu? If you have fibromyalgia, that’s how you feel almost every day–but it doesn’t go away. While there’s no cure, dietary changes can make life easier, even pain-free. Read more…

 

 

 

 

High on Acid? Balance your body’s pH. Chronically acidic blood causes a variety of troubling conditions and illnesses, including fatigue, foggy thinking, weight gain and heartburn. Certain foods can get you back in balance, fast. Read more…

 

 

 

 

Winter Slimming: Seven foods to lighten up. Every winter, a number of animals—bears, prairie dogs, some humans—go into hibernation. They burrow into dens, trees, holes or bulky sweaters, and move as little as possible. As temperatures warm, some of these species emerge to joyfully celebrate spring. Other species—certain humans—remain in bulky sweaters for as long as possible. Read more…