Health

Ocean Robbins on Personal and Planetary Health

by April Thompson Food revolutionary Ocean Robbins has dedicated his life to inspiring others to rethink their food choices to transform both personal and planetary health. It’s a path forged in part by his father, John Robbins, who walked away from the family company, Baskin-Robbins, to become an acclaimed health advocate and author. Together, father and son founded the 500,000-plus-member ... Read More »

Colorful Healthy Food that Supports Local Farmers

The Benefits of CSA Membership by Lucas Brownback Considering a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) membership this spring? Hear the mutual benefits directly from a second-generation farmer who was seven years old when his family first began offering CSA membership in 1994. The CSA model works and makes farming viable for the future. The concept is simple:  it’s a relationship of ... Read More »

It All Starts with the Gut

by Elizabeth McMillan Did you know that each drop of colonic fluid contains more than a billion bacteria? In a healthy gut, there are more beneficial bacteria than pathogenic bacteria, and most research says that there is a ratio of 3:1 between nonhuman bacterial cells and human. These bacteria are known collectively as the body’s microbiome. According to Baylor College ... Read More »

Hypnosis Supports Desire for Healthy Foods

By Michelle DeStefano, L.Ac, CCH Many people know the value of choosing healthy foods over junk food, yet many seem to have a hard time sticking with healthier choices. This may not be all your fault. According to a 2017 article published by McGill University, a study conducted by the Scripps Research Institute on rats showed that when the rats ... Read More »

Burnout or Fatigue: A Free Webinar

Some call it “burnout” but adrenal fatigue is a stress syndrome and is found in near epidemic proportions in our modern society. The adrenal glands help in responding to stress by producing hormones such as cortisol and are responsible for handling stress. Yet adrenal fatigue occurs when the adrenal glands are unable to compensate for the daily stressors in life ... Read More »

Illuminate Frederick Mind-Body-Spirit Festival Returns

If you’ve ever wondered about trying reiki, acupuncture, massage, healing crystals, intuitive readings, astrology, essential oils or tarot (and more!), the Illuminate Frederick Mind-Body-Spirit Festival from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 14 is a great place to start. Their practitioners will conduct mini-sessions on a walk-up basis. Vetted intuitive readers, angel communicators, psychic mediums and astrologers will offer their ... Read More »

Into the Woods

Hiking for Health and Happiness by Marlaina Donato Many of us equate fitness with going to the gym, but a good hike in a natural environment can foster unique benefits for both body and psyche. Hiking or walking outdoors not only promotes heart health, helping to balance both blood sugar and blood pressure, it increases hip bone density to help ... Read More »

Matters of the Heart

by Allan Tomson In the article in last month’s Natural Awakenings, D.C. edition, the heart and its function were discussed. Following up this month is an exploration what can possibly go wrong, and what one can do to heal and nutritionally support one’s heart. The heart is a vital but delicate organ. The medical profession refers collectively to several different ... Read More »

Does your Diet have you Inflamed?

by Elizabeth McMillan Inflammation is an immune reaction that is triggered in response to an infection or laceration. For instance, if there is a cut on your finger, the body sends out an alert to the immune system. This draws inflammatory cytokines to the area and the sight becomes red, tender and produces heat. This is an acute inflammation reaction ... Read More »

Nutrition Upgrades

Five Strategies for Better Health by Melinda Hemmelgarn Springtime brings a desire to clean up our diets and refresh our plates. Here are five worthy strategies for upgrading nutrition and greeting the season with a renewed sense of well-being. * Ditch dieting. According to the Boston Medical Center, an estimated 45 million Americans go on a diet each year and ... Read More »