The practice of mindfulness—an essential part of Buddhist meditation—has become increasingly popular in Western society in recent years. Essentially, mindfulness is the ability to stay present in the moment without the intrusion of unwanted thoughts, while being able to construct thoughts that are non-judgmental. Mindfulness and mindfulness exercises have been … Read More
Butternut squash is a delicious and versatile vegetable that can be roasted, toasted, mashed, sautéed, and most notably pureed into soup. It’s typically associated with the fall and winter seasons and its sweet taste makes it a wonderful, filling comfort food. Most importantly, in addition to its great taste and … Read More
Multiple sclerosis (MS) disrupts communication between the brain, nerves, muscles and other parts of the body. It is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the myelin sheath—the protective covering around some nerve cells which speeds transmission of nerve signals. This results in slowing of nerve impulses and … Read More
In examining the question of organic vs. non-organic foods, let’s start with the word “organic.” Technically speaking, organic means that something comes from living (or formerly living) matter. That includes you and me, the birds and the bees, your morning cup of coffee or tea, and anything that grows on … Read More
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Organic foods are widely available in supermarkets as well as specialty health food stores and farmer’s markets. People purchase organic fruits, vegetables, grains, and meats for a variety of reasons—among them the perceived benefits of organic food. Some studies suggest that organic produce and meat contain higher levels of nutrients … Read More
If you have unsightly varicose veins, self-help strategies—such as weight loss, physical activity, not standing up for long periods of time, elevating your legs when sitting down, and wearing compression stockings—can sometimes mitigate their appearance. However, if these approaches don’t help, and you are bothered by the appearance of your … Read More
Freshly baked bread is pretty irresistible. The tantalizing smell, warm center, and crunchy crust can satisfy even the most serious of hunger pangs. Lately, though, the paleo patrol and gluten police have turned bread into a four-letter word. They talk about bread’s bad qualities (carbohydrates, calories, sugar, and salt, for … Read More
Energy drinks might be tempting to keep yourself alert when you get tired, and they might seem harmless. But are they safe? Or is Red Bull bad for you?
Don’t let drinking products like Red Bull, Monster, and 5-Hour Energy become a regular habit. There is growing evidence that these energy … Read More