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Feathered Friends, Image: passakorn/AdobeStock.comFeathered Friends  
The Pros and Cons of Keeping Birds as Pets  

Kata May is a 30-inch-tall, blue-and-gold macaw. “It’s nice to come home and have a conversation with a snuggly bird,” says Joshua Luther, who took over care of the avian when he was 13 years old and she was 11. Now 17 years later, Kata May holds a...

Nature to the Rescue, Image: image courtesy of MeraikoNature to the Rescue  
Kids Come Alive Outdoors  

As Angela Hanscom of Barrington, New Hampshire, watched her preschool daughters at play, she realized that a surprising number of their friends had problems with balance, coordination and muscle weakness, conditions she was attuned to as a pediatric occupational therapist. Teachers told her that compared to past years, young children were falling out of chairs and bumping into each other and walls more often—all evidence of...

The Benefits of Planting Trees, Image: thanamatAdobestock.comThe Benefits of Planting Trees  
More Foliage Means Lower Temperatures  

Planting more trees can slow down climate change. Science magazine reports, “The restoration of trees remains among the most effective strategies for climate change mitigation.” The Arbor Day celebrations this month make it an apt time for taking actions that benefit...

Eco-Athletes, Image: djileAdobeStock.comEco-Athletes  
Working Out with the Planet in Mind  

From human-powered gyms that generate electricity to Earth-friendly activewear, professional and recreational athletes alike are increasingly working out with the planet in mind. Taking a recycled yoga mat to class, nixing the plastic water bottle and going “plogging”—picking up litter while out for a run—are just a few examples of eco-fitness in...

Create a Nurturing Nest , Image: kelly sikkema/Unsplash.comCreate a Nurturing Nest   
  

More than being a roof over our heads, home is where we live, love and heal. This past year, we all have been reminded of the importance of having a refuge; a place that shelters not only our physical beings, but our...

Breathe Easy, Image: laura negrato/AdobeStock.comBreathe Easy  
Natural Remedies for Allergy Woes  

As the one in five Americans suffering from allergic rhinitis can miserably testify, the fragrant breezes of spring aren’t much fun when they bring on sneezing, coughing, watery eyes and a runny nose. The fifth-most common chronic disease in the country, allergic rhinitis—also known as...

Detox Delights, Image: photo by kaitlyn nobleDetox Delights  
Recipes Rich in Fiber and Nutrients  

These recipes go beyond just being tasty, good-for-you meals. They are loaded nutrient and fiber-rich vegetables with antioxidants and that are metabolism-boosting, anti-inflammatory...

Spring Cleaning the Body, Image: knappe/GettyImagesSpring Cleaning the Body  
Simple Ways to Detox Naturally  

As we shake off the sluggishness of winter, many of us feel an urge to “spring clean” our bodies with a detox or cleanse. Yet health experts say such programs should help jumpstart new healthy habits and not necessarily be seen as a short-term...

Healthy Home, Image: tatiana/Pexels.comHealthy Home  
How to Detoxify a Living Space  

As the world moves into its second year of a viral pandemic, many of us are still spending most of our time at home—working, exercising, hanging out with family and as with any other year, cooking and cleaning. There’s no better time to take stock of these surroundings and purge them of...

Down to Earth, Image: pixdeluxe/GettyImages.comDown to Earth  
The Promise of Regenerative Organic Farming  

With its dependence on chemical pesticides and fertilizers, heavy tilling techniques, concentrated animal feeding practices and mono-crops—all designed to maximize yields—conventional farming has come at a great cost. Conventional intensive farming practices have significant negative consequences for the land and surrounding...

Getting Pregnant, Image: sergmakssmol/Adobestock.comGetting Pregnant  
Lifestyle Strategies to Boost Fertility  

More than 7 million American women face one of life’s deepest heartbreaks: They want a newborn in their arms, but their bodies are not cooperating. Happily, the growing use of natural approaches like healthier diets, supplements and acupuncture is changing that outcome for...

Hemp-Derived Cannabidiol, Image: kostrez/AdobeStock.comHemp-Derived Cannabidiol  
A Primer on the Latest Research  

Ever since the Farm Bill of 2018 legalized the commercial production of hemp, U.S. sales of cannabidiol (CBD) have exploded onto the scene with hundreds, perhaps thousands, of vendors popping up around the country. CBD, a cannabinoid, is abundant in the hemp flower. By law, hemp is...

On a Roll, Image: justlife/AdobeStock.comOn a Roll  
Foam Rollers Ease Pain and Workout Recovery  

Foam rolling—rolling parts of the body on top of a lightweight foam cylinder—targets trigger points or painful knots in muscles and is a valuable tool for reducing chronic pain and enhancing workout recovery. From sciatica to pelvic floor dysfunction, there is...

Indoor Edible Gardening, Image: shintartanya/AdobeStock.comIndoor Edible Gardening  
Grow Veggies, Sprouts and Microgreens Year-Round  

There’s no need to wait until the last frost date to sow a kitchen garden. Impatient gardeners or those without outdoor space can grow almost anything indoors with a little light and creativity. You can start many edible plants from seed on a sunny windowsill, even in...

The Healing Potential of Psychedelic Medicines, Image: cendeced/AdobeStock.comThe Healing Potential of Psychedelic Medicines  
Promising Studies on Stress Disorder, Depression and Addiction   

For more than 30 years, intersections of the human and natural world—our plates, farms and gardens—have been of interest to author Michael Pollan, who recently added the mind as another significant association in his latest book, How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression and Transcendence...

Canine Obesith, Image: willie cole/AdobeStock.comCanine Obesity  
When Doggies Need Diets  

A year ago, Leroy became exhausted lifting his furry head. Today, he has energy to run, chase and play, thanks to his owner helping the 11-year-old Shiba Inu lose 14 pounds. Leroy was adopted last May by Peter Nguyen, a facilities coordinator in Bellevue, Washington. Back then, Leroy...

HEALING FROM GRIEF, Image: kissedbythegods/Pexels.comHEALING FROM GRIEF  
Four Ways to Find Peace  

When I was 13, my mom was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. At 15, I was at her graveside, navigating my first experience with the other side of love: loss. Ten years later, my beloved and only brother died tragically as a result of PTSD and untreated...

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