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Veggie Nation Revolution

by Judith Fertig In 1776, the stirring phrase in the U.S. Declaration of Independence—life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness—became a rallying cry for American colonists seeking these inalienable rights of self-government. In 2015, those seeking a new way of eating for personal wellness, a more vibrant local economy and …

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The Connection Between Foods and Cancer

by Susan Brown Since the 1950s, Americans have spent billions of dollars on cancer research and treatments, yet the epidemic continues. Many doctors, natural health practioners, researchers and oncologists are going outside of the conventional treatment box and successfully using less invasive and less toxic approaches that support the body’s …

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Home-Grown Organic Made Easy

10 Time-Saving Tips for a Healthy Garden by Barbara Pleasant Organic gardening experts share strategies for growing a great garden and having a life, too. The arrival of planting season has a stunning effect on veggie gardeners. We talk to our seedlings as if they were children, and don’t mind …

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Blues-Beaters

The Right Foods Fight Off the Blahs by Lane Vail Advertisements for antidepressants abound, yet a recent analysis in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that the benefits of treating mildly or moderately depressed individuals with these drugs “may be minimal or nonexistent” compared with a placebo. Most …

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It’s All About Metabolism

Getting to the Root Cause of Disease by Linda Sechrist Attempts to tender lay explanations of how to attain and maintain better health have become fragmented and compartmentalized, with complex scientific cause-and-effect explanations of disease regularly reduced to isolated infographics and sound bites in the media. But understanding our body’s …

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Hormone-Happy Foods

The Right Choices Make Our Bodies Hum by Linda Sechrist Our body’s hormones work like an orchestra; when one instrument is out of tune, the entire production struggles to maintain harmony. Each plays a part in influencing the others and determining how well the whole concert works. Fortunately, our body …

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An A for Apples

It’s a Top-Ranked Superstar Fruit by Tania Melkonian Nutrient density—an acknowledged characteristic of apples—is considered the most significant qualification for a superfood. “It’s one of the healthiest foods,” advises Case Adams, from Morro Bay, California, a naturopathic doctor with a Ph.D. in natural health sciences. Apples’ antioxidant power alone could …

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Summertime, and the Sippin’ is Easy

Quick and Cool Vegan Smoothies by Judith Fertig Smoothies offer big nutrition in a small package. Based on a vegan source of lean protein like coconut milk, yogurt, soy, chia seeds or a vegan protein powder made from dried beans or hemp, they can energize us for a full day …

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Fresh Food Trends

Natural Trailblazers in Sustainable Eating by Melinda Hemmelgarn Food experts have listed local, regional and sustainable foods among the top food trends for 2014. Consumers’ heightened environmental awareness and their love for fresh flavors are responsible. There’s even a new term, “hyperlocal”, to describe produce harvested fresh from onsite gardens …

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Chocolate as Health Food

A Rich Diet- and Heart-Booster by Judith Fertig “Research tells us that 14 out of any 10 individuals like chocolate,” quips cartoonist Sandra Boynton. American chocolate lovers buy 58 million-plus pounds around Valentine’s Day, according to Nielsen Research. Ideally, the dark treat would be as healthy as a salad or …

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