Articles Posted in the Health & Wellness Category

Spring Strawberries

Enjoy Spring’s Fresh Flavors: 6 Fruits and Vegetables to Eat This Season

The fresh tastes of spring are as bright as the sunshine that is beginning to linger a little longer each day. Nourish your body with these nutritious flavors of the season. Strawberries Strawberries are a sweet highlight of spring’s fruit debut. They are the first fruit to ripen in the warmer states, and thrive in their peak season of April through June. Strawberries are full of fiber and vitamin C, and can be enjoyed on their own or swirled in a dish of mild yogurt or cream. “The brighter, the better…” is usually a good rule to follow when buying strawberries. Look for the baskets that are full of bright […]

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Macro and Micronutrients: What they are and Why we Need them

Everyone knows that it’s vital we get enough nutrients in our diets to survive and be healthy. We also know that different foods contain different nutrients. Some of us may even know that these nutrients are divided into two categories: micro and macronutrients. But what do these titles really mean, and what are the functions for each group? The Nutrients Defined Let’s start at the beginning. Nutrients, at their most basic definition, are chemicals that any living organism needs to continue their survival. They help give us energy to perform daily functions, as well as fuel to build tissues and grow. These nutrients, however, are broken up into two distinct […]

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4 Tips to Prevent Feeling Bloated

Feeling bloated? Are you curious about what in your diet is causing you not to fit in your favorite pants? Individuals vary, but there are some things that every person can benefit from (and reduce bloating!).

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What Everyone Should Know about Detoxing

Detoxification – what is it, and why do people pursue it? Although we see new ads for detox diets every day, it’s hard to grapple with the cost of what it hopes to accomplish: a cleansing of the body. Simply put, where do healthy lifestyle choices clash with trendy, in vogue advertisements? At its core, detoxification speaks to the process of purifying/cleansing the body of a drug, alcohol, or other toxins or poisons. As argued by many in the world of health-minded infomercials, our bodies are constantly filled with these toxins through poor choice of diet, exposure to bad environments, and other poor lifestyle choices. Through the detoxification process, however, […]

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Becoming a Veg-Head – The Benefits of Veggies

It’s as if every parent knows one cardinal rule: eat your veggies! Spinach, broccoli, carrots – you name it, you should be eating it. But to play the role of the questionable adolescent, I ask why? What’s the point? Can’t we just take supplements, or better yet, just eat the tasty ones? Almost everyone needs to eat more veggies, and there’s no doubt about that. With the spike in obesity rates, exacerbation of poor lifestyle choices, and growing propensity for Americans to have some kind of preventable disease, it’s clear that the quick, easy, and greasy foods are winning a battle they should not – and the prize is the […]

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Spring into Action! Making a Spring Season To-Do List

With spring all but upon us, now’s the time to make your to-do list. A well-thought out list will help guide you through the season, it will clearly outline the most important projects, and it will save time down the road. From indoors to outdoors, and from sustainability to frugality, this to-do list will help you in more ways than one. Outdoors #1: Spring Cleaning for the Yard One of the first things good to get out of the way is spring cleaning for the yard. Remove all the weeds that have begun to invade your yard, fix your broken fences or mailbox, trim those now overbearing branches from shrubs […]

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Simple Principles for Smoother, Healthier Skin

Tired of dry, scaly skin, the feeling of roughness, and ineffective, petroleum based lotions ? Us too. This led us to ask, “How does one get smooth, hydrated skin, but in an all-natural and safe way?” In an attempt to bring together the numerous answers, we’ve synthesized the material and come up with a few of our own tips to help you stay feeling smooth! Prep Work First, we should mention there will always be some “prep work” involved. To “prep” your skin to start feeling and being smooth, first drink plenty of water – the recommended amount of 6-8 glasses should do. Our bodies are around 50-65 percent water, […]

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5 ‘Musts’ for the Green, Healthy Home

There are many things we can do in life to help protect our health and homes. From focus on air and water quality to commitments to the reduction of energy use, we can all help ensure the longevity of our bodies and our planet. Here are the top four ‘must haves’ for every home looking for an eco-safe and healthy environment. 1. Be Your Own Farmer Worried about GMOs, pesticides, waxes, preservatives, or cross contamination? The sure-fire way around these health risks is a simple one: be your own farmer. Don’t worry, this isn’t as hard as it sounds. First, take a small plot of your land and turn it […]

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How to Eat: A Guide for Healthy, Aware Eaters

As an Organic Soul reader recently brought up to me over email, “One thing that I have not seen covered on the internet, or even in books, is this – how to eat food…This is not what to eat or when, but how.” At first, I was taken aback by the seemingly simple notion of how to eat: don’t we all know how to eat? But with further consideration, it struck me that the reader was exactly right. Sure, we all know what eating is; in fact, it seems a straightforward process. Find food, put in mouth, chew, and swallow (oh, and stop when you’re full). While this may be […]

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Brain Power! Five Tips to Help you Stay Focused

Brain food – we’ve all heard the term tossed around. “Eat this to raise IQ.” “Drink that to help mental stability.” “Avoid these to protect brain power.” But how many of these claims are evident in real life? Is the whole notion of brain food just another way of saying eat healthy? Or do some foods actually have specific benefits for the brain? Let’s find out. Tip #1. Know what to Avoid Here’s a no brainer (no pun intended): avoid abusing/using drugs and alcohol. Sure, this won’t increase brain power, but relative to those who do use drugs and alcohol, you’re brain will stand a better chance at development. Both […]