Edible Answers to Insomnia?

A Search for Nutritional Solutions for Sleepless Nights Written and illustrated by Lila Volkas, Nutrition Consultant student This article was originally featured on KQED’s Bay Area Bites blog. It has been re-posted with permission from the editor. Darn. It’s the third night in a row that I’ve woken up at 3am feeling wide-awake. And I’ve done

Practicing Calm in a Day

While we are learning more about nutrition, it is important to balance stress each day as a pathway to health. Chronic stress inhibits a person’s nutritional intake, thus increasing the demand for proper nutrition. The adrenals, kidneys, and nervous system all become tested under difficult circumstances, and chronic stress draws on these systems, which creates

Sleep and Insomnia

By Dr. Kimberly Gilmore Sleep is essential for optimal health and is a natural, periodic state of rest. Sufficient sleep allows the body to properly repair and rejuvenate, facilitating the body to maintain physical and mental health. A recent panel of experts determined that a minimum of seven hours of sleep is recommended for all

Food Love

“There is no love sincerer than the love of food.” ―George Bernard Shaw By Ed Bauman, M.Ed., Ph.D. Let’s admit it, we love to eat. When we eat well, we choose fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole grains, legumes, and organic animal products. This is the Eating for Health way. But when we are stressed,

Catch Your Zs

Turns out that sleep is kind of like our mental digestive system. According to scientists at the University of Rochester, we clean out brain waste products when we sleep by way of this channel that goes to our liver.  So, whether you’ve had a really productive day or got totally stressed out, science says you really

Homemade Sunburn Spray

While we try our hardest to either stay out of the sun or cover up with sunscreen, sometimes a sunburn happens. Rather than suffer through the heat and peel of it, try this easy home remedy. Ingredients: 1/2 cup water 2 Tbs pure aloe vera gel 10 drops Tea Tree Oil 10 drops Peppermint essential

Spa day…at home!

These two recipes will encourage a spa day at home for pennies! A 2 Ingredient Eye Gel AND a Revitalizing Face Mask and Scrub Cucumber Eye Gel Ingredients: cucumber aloe vera Method: 1. Blend the cucumber until liquid. 2. Strain the juice of the cucumber through a sieve and set juice aside. 3. Place the

Homemade Deodorant

It’s simple…and works! Ingredients: 3-4 Tbs Coconut oil 3/4 to 1 cup baking soda 30 drops lavender essential oil 1 tsp arrowroot powder, optional AND, an empty deodorant stick.   Method: 1. Melt the coconut oil in a pan on low heat. Once melted, turn off the flame and mix in the essential oil. 2.

Tips for Choosing a Healthful Sunscreen

1. “Physical” sunscreens are the safest choices because they rely on minerals to deflect the sun’s rays, unlike chemical sunscreens that use ingredients to absorb UV rays and which have been linked to allergies and endocrine disruption. 2. These sunscreens rely on two safe and effective minerals, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. 3. Chose a mineral sunscreen

Spring Cleaning

It’s time to clean out those cupboards, dump the processed foods you may have accumulated throughout the winter, vacuum under the coach, throw upon the windows to let the fresh air in, and scrub the counters and floors clean.  Spring cleaning can be a therapeutic and healthy way to welcome in the spring season and