In the heart of winter, nothing seems to take the chill off like a steaming bowl or mug of soup. Cooking a soup meal can be a lovingly drawn out affair, or as simple as opening a can. Many people have found a happy medium by buying ready-made beef, chicken or vegetable broth, and adding their own fresh root and green vegetables in a slow simmer.
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Dr. Laurie Steelsmith
Laurie Steelsmith, ND, LAc, is a naturopathic physician and licensed acupuncturist who specializes in women’s health. She is the co-author of Great Sex, Naturally: Every Woman’s Guide to Enhancing Her Sexuality Through the Secrets of Natural Medicine and co-author of Natural Choices for Women’s Health: How the Secrets of Natural and Chinese Medicine Can Create a Lifetime of Wellness.
One of the best ways people can improve their diets is to eliminate foods that generate unpleasant reactions in their bodies. The media’s increased coverage of gluten sensitivity and intolerance (symptoms include bloating, abdominal discomfort and even joint pain) has prompted many individuals to go gluten free, even though they’re not medically allergic to the substance.
Many of us consider ourselves workaholics, as we try to balance family, friends and livelihoods. Our bodies, diligently operating on our behalf to sustain health, are workaholics, too. And there’s no harder working body part than the heart.
An onslaught of cold weather and snow isn’t the only challenge winter brings. Dry skin is the other. And for many people, dealing with rough, flaky patches on the body is a time-consuming and not always successful process.
Fortunately, several natural solutions have been shown to improve dry skin.
It’s no surprise that people feel better when wandering through a garden. Fragrant flowers and herbs can lift our spirits. Sometimes these scents can even magically transport us to a place that offers a brief respite from our workday world.
Using essential oils can give us the same uplift.
We’ve all enjoyed memorable meals. But for some people who have difficulties digesting food, the memory of what they’ve eaten lingers longer than it should. Even worse, when digestion is weak, which often happens when a person is under stress, the body can’t extract and absorb the valuable nutrients in food.
Here are three supplements which, when taken with meals, may help support healthy digestion.
Thanksgiving is a time to express gratitude for our families, friends and the ability to share what is meaningful. One of the most important gifts to share is health, and there’s no better place to do that than at the dinner table.
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