Americans pride themselves on being ahead of the rest of the world when it comes to scientific and medical advances, but although the US market for botanicals and herbal medicines is rapidly growing, we’re a couple of centuries behind Europe and many centuries behind Asia.
Talk to a pediatrician about how supplements can complement your child’s healthy diet. Studies show that kids tend to consume too few essential fats (such as ALA, EPA, and DHA), which affect brain and eye development. Probiotic supplements support a healthy balance of bacteria in the gut, important for immune health. Experts recommend that everyone ages 1 to 18 take in between 600 and 1,000 IU of vitamin D daily.
There has always been a love-hate relationship with exercise: We know it’s good for us but have trouble sticking to it. To make your relationship with working out a long-lasting one, it is important to develop a routine that can turn into an everyday habit. Make your visit to the gym or yoga studio as easy as possible by packing your gym bag with everything you’ll need.
Family farms can go a long way toward addressing the global problems of food scarcity and natural resource depletion. Ironically, such small, locally owned agriculture businesses are endangered species themselves.
The list of health benefits associated with omega-3 fatty acids goes on and on, so it’s no wonder the market for omega-3 supplements has boomed in recent years. But what about the health of the planet? How can consumers be sure they’re purchasing omega-3 supplements that do no harm?
Inflammation is our body’s way of sending help to heal wounds, prevent infection, and fend off germs. Without all that heat, redness, and swelling surrounding the area needing immediate attention, we wouldn’t heal. But when inflammation lingers long after the emergency has passed—or when it has nothing to do with one—it causes long-term negative effects on our overall health.
Comprising about a quarter of the earth's biomass, fungi survives in hostile environments, where it encounters disease-causing pathogens much more frequently than plants.
A healthy diet is the cornerstone of vitality: think lean proteins, whole grains, lots of fruits and vegetables. Incorporate foods that supercharge immunity, fight heart disease and prostate cancer, balance hormones, build muscle mass, and support overall health.