Curb your carb cravings with these healthy keto bread recipes

Going on a keto diet can be difficult, especially if you love eating high-carb foods. But by making some healthy swaps, you can occasionally enjoy keto-friendly treats like keto bread. Continue reading

Edibles in plain sight: 15 Common wild plants that are safe to eat

When you’re in the wild, the usual food sources may no longer be available. You’ll need to find your own food through hunting or foraging. These skills rely greatly on your knowledge of which foods you can eat. (h/t to AskAPrepper.com) Continue reading

Healing foods and your emotional state: 5 Natural ways to heal health complaints, regardless of what they are

The quest for effective remedies to different health conditions is a never-ending one, but it isn’t wise to rely on pharmaceutical medication. After all, drugs are often linked to adverse side effects. Continue reading

Mothers who smile a lot at their babies and maintain eye contact “sync up” with them, improving brain development

The ability of babies to learn may be influenced by how their mothers interact with them. Researchers from Dartmouth College and the University of Cambridge in the U.K. found that babies learn when their mothers smile and maintain eye contact with them a lot Continue reading

The Tragic Leading Cause of Death for Ohio Preteens

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  • In Ohio, suicide is the leading cause of death for children aged 10 to 14, according to a report from the Ohio Department of Health
  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15- to 34-year-olds in Ohio
  • In Ohio, from 2007 to 2018 the number of suicides among youth ages 10 to 24 increased by 56%, while the suicide rate increased by 64%
  • Some have suggested that Congress should create a “psychologist general,” an office that would be dedicated to Americans’ mental health, similar to that of the surgeon general for physical health needs
  • If you notice someone showing signs of contemplating suicide, it’s recommended that you ask them directly if they’re having suicidal thoughts; doing so won’t increase the risk of suicide but may help to open up a conversation that can help

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How to Prevent and Treat Seasonal Affective Disorder

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  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a form of depression that occurs seasonally, typically ramping up in the fall and winter months and disappearing come spring
  • Helpful treatments include optimizing your vitamin D and omega-3 levels, light therapy (including blue light exposure in the morning, but not later in the day), optimizing your sleep, the Emotional Freedom Techniques and exercise
  • Your health and mood are intricately tied to exposure to sunlight. For example, your serotonin levels (the hormone typically associated with elevating your mood) rise when you’re exposed to bright light. Your melatonin level also rises and falls (inversely) with light and darkness
  • Vitamin D deficiency is very common, and should be a top consideration when you’re looking for a solution to flagging mood and energy — especially if it occurs during fall and winter months
  • While light therapy can take up to four weeks before you notice improvement, it was shown to be more effective than antidepressants for moderate to severe depression in a 2015 study

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Why the Milk Monopoly Is Faltering

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  • Dean Foods, the largest dairy processor in the U.S., filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in November 2019. Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) — the largest dairy co-op in the U.S. — may end up buying Dean Foods, forming an even larger dairy monopoly
  • The merger would pose a serious conflict of interest for dairy farmers, as DFA is supposed to advocate for farmers but would end up being a processor. As such, they’d have an interest in keeping milk prices low, at the detriment of the dairy farmers they represent
  • Milk is a perfect example of how your choices are being restricted for no other reason than to benefit big business. Raw milk is banned in many states on the basis of claims that it may make you sick. In sharp contrast to the U.S., many European countries sell raw milk in vending machines
  • In recent years, an increasing number of Americans have embraced organics and everything that goes with it, including minimal processing, higher nutrient density, fewer chemical contaminants, animal welfare, food safety and environmental regeneration
  • The dairy monopoly doesn’t seem to understand modern consumers, as it ignores all of the concerns that have brought organics from a small specialty niche into mainstream prominence. The failure to give consumers what they want is killing the dairy industry

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An Avocado a Day Boosts Your Brain

Move over apples! Research shows an avocado a day significantly boosts lutein concentrations in your brain, with corresponding improvements in cognitive function. Lutein has beneficial antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, and avocados are an excellent source  Continue reading

Do Barometric Pressure Changes Trigger Pain?

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  • As pressure in the atmosphere rises and falls, the pressure exerted against your body changes as well. Seniors and those under chronic stress may experience an increased pain response
  • Migraine headaches and joint pain are two of the more common conditions affected by barometric pressure
  • Masking the pain with drugs may increase your risk of side effects; I recommend working with your health care provider to identify the source and relieve it
  • Underlying causes of pain may include magnesium deficiency, poor posture and lack of exercise. Helpful strategies include reducing sugar, protecting gut health and supporting melatonin production

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Medicinal Mushrooms Cut Herpes Suffering Time in Half

The herpes virus afflicts millions of people worldwide, causing painful blister-like sores that are often embarrassing. There is no known cure, and medications have a long list of potential side effects and a “take it forever” prescription. Did you know that there is a clinically proven, natural way to provide relief that is growing right under your feet? Continue reading

Psyllium Seeds Fight GERD

If you’re struggling with heartburn, constipation or other uncomfortable symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), adding fiber to your diet, in the form of psyllium seed, may help Continue reading

The Endocannabinoid System and Human Health

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  • Cannabinoid receptors in the human body were discovered in the 1990s, which in turn led to the realization that we make compounds in our body — endogenous cannabinoids — that influence these receptors
  • Endocannabinoid deficiency has been identified in people who have migraines, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory and neurological conditions and a variety of treatment-resistant conditions
  • While CBD has gained the most attention, CBD alone cannot fully support your body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). You need the other phytocannabinoids and terpenes as well
  • Hemp has been outlawed in the U.S. since 1938. The latest Farm Bill, signed into law at the end of 2018, makes it legal again; hemp oil with full-spectrum phytocannabinoids may benefit a wide range of health problems
  • There’s an intimate relationship between your ECS and your omega-3 status. Omega-3 fats make your cannabinoid receptors more active, and are used as backbone structures to produce cannabinoids in your body

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