Health & Fitness

What to Eat to Help You Sleep

by David Grotto, RD. Lack of sleep can be influenced by many factors, from medical illness to side effects of drugs to simply having a lot on your mind. Prescription and over-the- counter sleep aids unfortunately don’t address the root cause of sleep problems. They are a temporary fix until the driving force behind the problem can be addressed. In the meantime, there are diet and lifestyle changes you can make that will have a serious effect on how well you sleep.

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Fear Is a Liar.
Here’s How to Make It Honest.

by guest blogger Jaimal Yogis. There are countless blanket statements that fear makes us believe. If you’re honest with yourself and do some introspection, you can figure out what yours are and how to reverse them. Here’s how…

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Yoga to Clear Away Old Stale Energy

by guest blogger Holly Walck. Yoga teaches us that we have the freedom to choose the thoughts we think and, therefore, our responses to the “highs and lows” of life. It is winter, and spring is still weeks away. Now, I could bemoan this fact or accept it as truth and empower myself by practicing yoga poses designed to offer all of the gifts of a sunny spring day. What follows is a sequence that will stretch and strengthen a cold, winter body and uplift a dull mind.

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BPA’s New Status: Reproductive Toxin

By guest blogger Alex Formuzis. Study after study by scientists from around the globe has connected BPA with more than a dozen serious health problems, including reproductive system abnormalities, cancer, behavioral disorders, and diabetes. The list of states and localities across the U.S. that have 86ed baby bottles and sippy cups containing the substance has grown. Now California, the most populous state in the country, is poised to declare BPA toxic to the human reproductive system.

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Psych Meds and Kids:
Using Commonsense Caution

by guest blogger Deirdre Imus. According to recent research, 20 of the 21 drugs that could cause people to tend toward violence, the ones most likely to cause people to engage in “serious adverse events,” are the very drugs designed to cheer people up person up, stabilize their mood, and subdue them when they are agitated. With 12 million young people on these kinds of drugs, perhaps it’s time to weigh the benefits versus the risks of prescribing them.

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5 Food Myths Debunked

by guest blogger, Nathanael Johnson. I grew up in a nature-worshipping, somewhat hippie family, and with my book, All Natural, I attempted to fact-check our idea that instead of protecting ourselves against nature with technology, people are healthier when they embrace nature. In nearly every case, I found that the answers I got when I asked, “Is nature healthier?” always depended on the way I asked the question. With the caveat that it’s possible to produce different sorts of answers, as well, here are 5 food myths debunked.

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Dissecting Our Health

by guest blogger Coach Mark Smallwood. The end of 2012 saw some quiet and some not-so-quiet snubs aimed at organic foods. The Stanford study, the American Academy of Pediatrics statement, Dr. Oz… All these messages claimed to be focused on “health” and whether or not certain foods help or hinder our progress toward this mystical perfection for which we are all supposed to strive. It’s time for the organic community to put the skeptics to rest once and for all!

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The Top 3 Brain Foods of the Year

By guest blogger Drew Ramsey, MD. Odds are you’re missing some crucial ingredients for feeling your best. Most of us are. For the first time in the history of the world we are both overfed and undernourished. The data keeps pouring in that an organic plant-based diet with carefully selected meat and seafood is the best way to feed your brain. Yes, you can eat to build a better (and happier) brain. Here’s how.

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