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  • 10 Good Reasons to Love Dandelions

    If ever there was a natural herb that was misunderstood and vilified by millions of people, it’s the poor dandelion. Every summer throughout the US, millions of dollars and thousands of man hours are spent eradicating this perennial flowering herb by homeowners on a quest for a flawless “weed-free” lawn.

    Little do these well-meaning folks know that they could be saving their money and spending their time more wisely if they harvested these valuable plants instead to use in soups, salads, teas and side dishes. Since recorded time, dandelions have been widely used for food and medicinal purposes in North America, Europe and Asia. It’s only now, with a growing interest in natural herbal remedies, that dandelion, the scapegoat of all herbs, is beginning to gain some respect.

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  • 8 Guilt-Free Bedtime Snacks

    For most of us it’s pretty hard to fall asleep with a stomach grumbling for food. We know that sleeping on a heavy meal or a big bowl of ice cream is a no-no, but there are certain healthy foods that we can eat before bedtime that are easy on digestion and may even set the mood for a restful night’s sleep.

    The next time you need a snack before turning in, try one of these eight sleep-friendly nutritious foods.

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  • Tired, Headachy and Constipated? It Might Be This

    A general rule of thumb for most adults is to drink eight 8-oz glasses of water every day to keep your body properly hydrated.  That may seem like a lot, but it’s really not when you consider how much you lose every day in the course of normal metabolism.

    For instance, you lose 3 to 4 liters (10 to 15 cups) of water each day through sweat, urine, bowel movements and respiration.  Breathing alone accounts for 1 to 2 liters lost.  Other factors can cause you to need even more water.  Vigorous exercise, living in a hot climate, or a bout of diarrhea will mean your body requires more water for healthy functioning.

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  • What Elite Athletes and Ancient Humans Have in Common

    iStock_000007522839_DoubleAlong with all the other amazing health benefits you derive from daily exercise, you can add comfortable, regular bowel movements to the list. This fact should be of great interest to the millions of Americans who cope with chronic constipation.  In fact, constipation is such a widespread problem, it is estimated that there are 2.5 million doctors’ visits every year by bloated, uncomfortable constipation sufferers looking for relief.  This surprisingly large number doesn’t even come close to reflecting the millions of people who suffer in silence or rely on laxatives to move their bowels.

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  • A Centuries Old Remedy for Your Joint Pain

    If you’re like millions of adults in the US, joint pain, either from injuries or a degenerative illness is a way of life. And for most of these people, reaching for an over-the-counter pain medicine like ibuprofen is a daily habit.  While ibuprofen is effective at blocking inflammatory substances from forming in the body that lead to pain and swelling, it isn’t without its drawbacks.

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  • A Word to the Wise for Your Knees

    Your knees are the most vulnerable joints in your body.  Aside from the wear and tear they endure from supporting your weight and ensuring your mobility, your knees are also prone to injury from their limited range of motion.  While they are vital for all lower body movement, your knees are only meant to bend backward and then come forward in one smooth motion.

    Problems begin when sports, exercise, or even an unnatural twist of your body causes undo stress on one or both knees, usually from side to side compression, hyper-extension or over rotation.  When this occurs, you’re definitely going to feel the pain and frequently less mobility for a while.

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  • A Joint-Friendly Smoothie for Kids of All Ages

    Remember as a kid savoring the cold sweet pleasure of an orange creamsicle on a hot summer day? There was nothing better or more refreshing when you needed a break from swimming, bike riding or softball. Sadly, as adults, most of us leave the joy of this rich creamy treat in past, being careful not to indulge in too many sweets and fats.

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  • Can You Have Too Many Bowel Movements in a Day?

    For years we were told by healthcare professionals that anything other than a daily bowel movement is not “normal” or healthy. This left millions of people wondering if their twice daily or three times weekly bowel movements were a cause for concern ― especially if this was their usual bathroom frequency and their bowel movements were comfortable and otherwise normal.

    All that has changed.

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  • The ABCs of #2

    ConstipationYour bowel movements say a lot about your digestive health, like whether there is enough fiber in your diet, if you may have developed a food intolerance or even whether parasites might be infecting your intestinal tract. TV’s Dr. Oz happens to be a proponent of checking your stools before you flush, for reasons such as these. Read More

  • 10 Facts You Can Learn from Your Poop

    It’s one of those topics we don’t bring up in polite conversations. In fact, most of us barely acknowledge it as a normal function of the human body, let alone discuss it.  We’re talking here about poop, BM’s, doo-doo… or whatever cute or polite name we can give to human feces.  Our embarrassment over bowel movements is really a shame because they happen to be the best indicator of your gastrointestinal health.

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