Health

Living a natural and healthy life is important at any age. We realize that chemicals are harmful to our bodies and to our environment so we do our best to keep it natural. That includes putting healthy foods in our body like fresh fruits and vegetables that are grown locally and checking the labels of our beauty products. Peruse our Health category to learn how to treat your body and your environment more friendly.

Holistic Remedies for Depression and Anxiety

Cup of tea

Depression is one of the most common concerns in mental health today. While depression is the natural reaction to certain situations, like the death of a loved one or other major life changes, it becomes problematic when it’s the reaction to much more minor situations and when the condition dominates most of your conscious awareness. Learn about a holistic approach to depression paired with a number of tips and suggested remedies for managing and preventing depression altogether…

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Who Needs Sleeping Pills? Best Natural Sleep Remedies

Best Natural Sleep Remedies

Can’t seem to catch your zzz’s? Feel like you rarely get a good night’s sleep? You’re not alone. The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) reports that 30% to 40% of adults suffer from occasional insomnia, and 10% to 15% say they have trouble sleeping all the time. It’s all too easy to pop a sleeping pill when you’re having trouble sleeping (more than 9 million Americans do), but do you really know how safe they are or how they’ll interact with other medications you take? Read more to learn how to sleep better at night naturally…

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Essential Oils Guide: What Does Each Oil Do?

Essential Oils Guide

Looking for the best essential oils to naturally balance out your life? Essential oils can be used to heal, soothe, improve, prevent and alleviate symptoms you are experiencing that may be causing you pain, discomfort or dis-ease. Find out more about the various essential oils’ uses so you know which one might help you with your personal concern. Not only will they improve your health, but they also smell great on your body and throughout your home…

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Herbs for Anxiety and Depression: The Natural Path to Calm

Herbs for Anxiety and Depression

Natural herbs can change the brain’s chemical makeup without all the negative side effects. In fact, one of the biggest side effects of natural herbs used to cure anxiety is a positive one – namely that it becomes easier to make positive changes in your lifestyle as well. Below is a brief list of natural herbs people most commonly used to help treat anxiety and depression…

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Canola Oil vs Olive Oil vs Vegetable Oil vs Coconut Oil vs Almond Oil

Olive oil being poured

Wonder if I you can substitute one oil for another in a recipe? Not only can we cook with oils but we can also use them for cosmetic purposes. Find out the number of things you can use oils for and the difference between them all. We’ll even get into the nitty-gritty of types of oils in more detail, including our top picks for each as well as some of the basic terminologies…

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Healthy Eating Plan: Week 1

Healthy eating plan written on notebook

I find that I am the most successful with eating healthy at home when I come up with a meal plan for the week ahead of time. I’ve tried many online recipes and found some things that have become staples in our house. Often, I tweak recipes I grew up with to make them healthier (or at least less processed!). I’ve been playing a lot with gluten-free recipes lately too and have found a few that are pretty tasty. So, to help you succeed in a healthy eating plan, I figured why not put two weeks of my favorite meals I’ve found in one place so you can have a varied meal plan that will help you eat fresh, non processed food, at home, for two full weeks. I’ll do this in 2 parts so it isn’t insanely long…

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Best Blenders For Smoothies: Ninja vs Vitamix vs Cleanblend

Smoothie in blender (caption: Best Blenders For Smoothies)

Kickstart your day the healthy way! By combining a plethora of fruits, vegetables and superfood extras into a quality blender for a few minutes, you’ll have the energy you need to make it through your workday. Caution: by using one of these high-end blenders, you’ll have a well-blended, delicious and nutritious smoothie that will leave you feeling amazingly energetic and ready to take on your day’s activities (even on a Monday). A quality blender can truly change your life; I know it changed mine. Read on to find our picks for the best smoothie blender…

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Whole30: AKA 30 Days Of Torture For A Good Cause

Whole30 Meal Plan Review

I had several friends who had done (and some continue to live by) Whole30. Whole30 is a 30 day detox diet. It’s Paleo, but even more strict than your typical Paleo diet. It is supposed to reset your body to eliminate cravings and help figure out what your trigger foods are that may cause discomfort, bloating and even illness. You give up all non-naturally occurring sugars, all dairy, legumes, grains, alcohol and preservatives in food for 30 days. That first week or so is brutal though…

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Best Spiralizer: Veggetti vs Paderno vs Kitchen Supreme

Spiralizer Reviews: Veggetti vs Paderno vs Kitchen Supreme

We all indulge in spaghetti every once in a while (maybe more than we should?). Pasta is an indulgent and go-to meal but sadly one that is loaded with carbs, gluten and leaves you feeling full and bloated.Imagine, that you could still enjoy your Italian grandmother’s spicy arrabbiata recipe but with the daily quotient of veggies in just one sitting, because you made zucchini, butternut squash, parsnip or sweet potato zoodles? Turning your vegetables into a healthy, lower calorie  alternative “zoodles” (aka zucchini noodles) is a fun, easy way to create innovative stir fries, salads and vegetable noodles as well as julienned vegetables (and fruits) using a kitchen spiralizer…

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