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Crops in the City

Urban Agriculture Breaks New Ground by April Thompson The average American meal travels 1,500 miles to reach its plate, according to the nonprofit Center for Urban Education About Sustainable Agriculture. Yet enterprising green thumbs across the country are bringing the farm back to plate’s reach, growing hyperlocal food in backyards, on rooftops, through indoor farms and more. City farming reconnects ... Read More »

You Are What You Digest

Elizabeth McMillan, CNS, LDN The old saying, “You are what you eat.” is commonly thrown around to suggest that your dietary choices will reflect your waistline, which is partially true. The old saying should be, “You are what you digest.” Digestion is truly the beginning of every process in the body. Without digesting and absorbing the nutrients from the foods ... Read More »

Toning the Vagus Nerve

Relief for Pain, Anxiety and Inflammation by Marlaina Donato Research is helping doctors connect the dots between seemingly unrelated conditions like irritable bowel syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia, revealing a common denominator: the multitasking vagus nerve, the longest in the autonomic nervous system. The superpower of this double-branched cranial nerve lies in transporting ... Read More »

The Pure Joy of Play

Why Kids Need Unstructured Fun by Ronica O’Hara Not so long ago, kids would be shooed out the door to play and told to return home at meal time. But the rising use of digital devices and kids’ highly scheduled sports and school activities, as well as parental fears about safety, has made that kind of unstructured play rare—with resulting ... Read More »

Help for Home Gardeners

Extension Agents at Your Service by Yvette C. Hammett Many home gardeners readily list flies, wasps and beetles among the “pests” in their gardens. However, many of these are actually pollinators that help boost production of fruits and vegetables; others are beneficial insects that keep the real plant-killers at bay. A quick call to the local cooperative extension service can ... Read More »

Letter From the Publisher

Dear Friends As I write this letter—the day after an outdoor barbeque for Father’s Day—I am anticipating how fun July is for us in the Washington, D.C. area. Schools are closed, the pools are open and families are preparing for summer vacations. July seems to be the official kick-off to the bounty of fresh corn and tomatoes from our Eastern ... Read More »

Summer Eating

The Herbal Connection by Kajsa Nickels Summer is an ideal time to add a healthy dose of fresh, organic herbs to make cool salads, luscious smoothies and other hot-weather eats and treats. Herbs are not only a flavorful addition to any meal, they are also chock full of health benefits, from lowering blood pressure and improving mineral balance to increasing ... Read More »

Welcome to Your Digestive System

by Allan Tomson Each year, more and more people are turning to a holistic approach in healing the body. One area of interest is the history of treating the gut and the implications of having “dysbiosis”, a term used to describe an imbalance in the bacterial environment within the large intestine. Decades ago, the goal was to eat just three ... Read More »

Alice Robb on the Transformative Power of Dreams

by Randy Kambic We know that sleep is good for mental and physical health, but whether dreams can play a role is a fascinating topic. When we journey into that state, science journalist Alice Robb feels we can reap even more benefits and make our waking lives more productive, healthier and happier. Her recent book Why We Dream: The Transformative ... Read More »

The Grace of Abundance

Five Practices to Create a More Abundant Life by Meriflor Toneatto Abundance means plenty—a flowing of love, vitality, wealth, joy, prosperity, success and more. GRACE is an acronym representing five practices that can magnify abundance in all areas of life, including finances. G = Gratitude There is tremendous power in being grateful, because what we focus on expands. Gratitude opens ... Read More »