Is it spring yet? The sun’s return to full strength in the Northern Hemisphere never can come soon enough for me. This winter seemingly had the most extreme swings in temperature, in my recent memory. Fortunately, the sauna at my gym was available to escape the chill, and I was able to get away to Florida for few days during one of the snowfalls.
I’m sure the cold weather signals my brain to eat more carbohydrates and fats—to add a layer of insulation so I can make it through the winter. Many cultures incorporate spring cleansing into their lifestyles. There are many programs offered by experienced practitioners in our area that can help us reset our body’s metabolism and maintain good health after a long winter.
A relatively new area of concern when it comes to our overally health and the food we eat is our micro biome. Recent research has shown that 70 percent of the immune system resides in the lining of the gut. That’s just one critical issue writer Melinda Hemmelgarn addresses in this month’s edition in an article on Nutrition Upgrades: Five Strategies for Better Health. Her advice—ditch the diet, eat for yourself and the planet and learn about the care and feeding of that all-important micro biome.
This month, we also can help you discover how food scraps no longer play a supporting role in some kitchens these days. Writer April Thompson shows how creative cooks are using peels, rinds, stems and more in Delicious Discards: Making Meals From Mainly Scraps—complete with tasty recipes.
With spring right around the corner, seasonal allergies may not be far behind. This March edition will help you to face the dreaded sneezes, sniffles and watery eyes that affect so many of us in the greater Washington, D.C. region. We love the blooming trees and flowers (especially those cherry blossoms) but so many of us pay a price for that beauty. Fortunately, there are many natural alternatives to medications that make you feel foggy all day. Check out the HealthBriefs and our feature All the Right Moves to learn how exercise can significantly reduce allergy symptoms.
Although it is not a federal holiday where you get to take the day playing in the water, but it is worth noting that March 22 is World Water Day—a time to take stock of water scarcity, the top long-term global risk for the next decade. Writer Jim Motavalli looks at how we can reduce our water footprint in Saving a Drop to Drink: Our Role in the Coming Water Crisis. Did you know it takes more than 3,000 gallons to produce a smartphone and 55 gallons for a single egg? There’s plenty of food for thought here that goes far beyond watering our lawns and low-flush toilets.
This is a just start to the great things we bring to you this merry month of March. Articles to enrich your life and help you find your own path to health, as well as stories to make you think about the ways that you can contribute to the good that is all around us. As always, we hope that we make a difference in your life!