vitamins and minerals

Is Ice Cream Bad for You?

It happened just like that. You sat on the couch, spoon in hand, to enjoy a few spoonfuls of your favorite ice cream. Suddenly, you were staring down the barrel of an empty carton, with remnants of Rocky Road splattered on your chin. “Not again,” you cried. As you pondered … Read More

Over-the-Counter Anxiety Medication: Does It Work?

If you've been stressed out and searching for over-the-counter anxiety medication, you might consider taking a detour in search of natural solutions. Specifically, check out the alternative and natural remedy section of any pharmacy or health food store and you’re bound to find a pile of options for stress and … Read More

A Healthy, Easy Tomato Sauce Recipe

I never thought that I was a tomato sauce person. That is, until this past summer. My mom’s garden is overflowing with tomatoes of all shapes, sizes, and colors. My mom doesn’t really like fresh tomatoes, and neither do I. So when she ended up with more tomatoes than she … Read More

Vitamin B12 Deficiency Symptoms Can Range Far Beyond Fatigue

Vitamin B12 is best known—and most promoted—as a cure for fatigue, but this vitamin is important for much more than keeping energy levels up. Vitamin B12 deficiency symptoms include everything from depression, fatigue, and memory loss to canker sores and dizziness. Vitamin B12 plays crucial roles in maintaining the health … Read More

Eat Strawberries to Help Lower Your Cholesterol Naturally

When it comes to cholesterol-reducing foods, many people think of garlic, salmon, or fresh vegetables; however, research increasingly shows that strawberries rank among the world’s healthiest snacks because of its ability to lower cholesterol naturally. A study published in the medical journal Metabolism reports that strawberries work to lower LDL … Read More

Why Is Sugar Bad for You?

Osteoporosis poses a disease threat that is greater than that of both hypertension (high blood pressure) and breast cancer, according to the World Health Organization. Yet this insidious and debilitating bone disease rarely gets the attention it deserves. Nonetheless, deterioration of the bones and increased risk of fractures is a … Read More

Preserve Nutrients in the Kitchen

Fresh is best, frozen is next. Fresh, ripe produce in season will usually be highest in nutrients—but you need to eat fruits and vegetables year-round, even in the middle of winter. Information from the U.S. Department of Agriculture indicates that freezing produce immediately after harvesting retains 95 to 100 percent of … Read More

Are Sunflower Seeds Healthy?

In my opinion, a salad is not complete without nuts or seeds sprinkled on top. I love to keep a bag of sunflower seeds in the pantry to for this very purpose; my nightly salads are infinitely more delicious with sunflower seeds, which add a rich flavor and a nice … Read More

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