Heliotherapy: Benefits of the Sun Far and Beyond Vitamin D

by Carla Hernandez, Nutritional Therapy Practitioner August 21, 2014

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By Carla Hernandez, NTP

Most are well aware that sunlight exposure is a means to increasing vitamin D levels, yet at the same time we are told to avoid sun exposure especially at midday as it has been implicated in skin cancer, skin damage and premature aging.

The truth is that sensible, non-burning sun exposure preferably at midday with no sunscreen applied is critical to health and not just because it can dramatically boost Vitamin D levels into optimal range.   There are many other benefits the sun provides our skin and body that are not commonly known by most people.  These natural treatments using the sun are traditionally known as heliotherapy.

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The Top 10 Lunch Box Snacks I Buy at the Store

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist August 16, 2014

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It’s true.

Not all of the lunch box snacks I pack come from the work of my own hands in the kitchen.


Does this surprise you?

It shouldn’t.

The Modern Mother is in one of the most unique and challenging positions – ever.

Not only must she cook, clean, and take care of the family as generations of women did before her, but now she must also frequently head up the household on her own and even if she is fortunate enough to have a partner who helps, usually works outside the home to meet the family’s financial needs or because she finds her work fulfilling.

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Could This Be the Simplest Way to Help Balance Hormones?

by Dr. Mark B. Frank D.C. August 15, 2014

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By Dr. Mark Frank D.C.

Feeling great can be described as the experience of ultimate clarity, peacefulness and relaxation, but within the context of being optimally energized.  Sounds contradictory, but when you have experienced it yourself, you know exactly what I mean.

There are three main tools to help achieve this enjoyable state of being:  breathing exercises, quiet self reflection, and exercise.

Exercise is probably the most accessible tool for most people.

People exercise for different reasons, competition, body composition, and life extension. Those are all great reasons but deal with the future and cause people to lose interest and stop if they don’t achieve those goals.

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Visit Local Food Paradise All Expenses Paid!

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist August 14, 2014

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One of the most important fundraisers for the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund each year takes place at Ground Zero of the sustainable farm movement in the United States:

Polyface Farm in the Shenandoah Valley of beautiful western Virginia, home to best selling author/farmer Joel Salatin who is featured in the award winning documentary Food Inc. and in food writer/guru Michael’s Pollan’s book Omnivore’s Dilemma.

This year, the fundraiser is officially known as Food Freedom Fest and it will take place September 5-6, 2014.

I am hosting a $1600 giveaway to this amazing event along with my friend, Jenny McGruther of Nourished Kitchen and we need your support to put this fundraiser over the top (we are within striking distance of our goal!)

Here’s what you’ll get if you win this amazing $1600 giveaway

  • Deluxe tour of Joel Salatin’s Polyface Farm, one of America’s most innovative sustainable agriculture projects
  • TWO tickets to the 2-day, 3-event, 5-meal Food Freedom Fest
  • TWO nights lodging at the historic Stonewall Jackson Hotel in Staunton, Virginia
  • Travel Voucher for up to $500
  • Private meal for TWO with Jenny, of Nourished Kitchen, and Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist, on Thursday night (September 4) before the event kicks off
  • All meals will feature nutrient-dense foods and grain-free and dairy-free options are available.
  • an engaging conference featuring distinguished and successful activists for food freedom;
  • an evening street fair featuring local vendors and live entertainment

Experience Foodie Paradise - for Free!

Won’t you please join me in supporting this worthy cause?  This raffle ends at midnight EDT on Friday, August 15, 2014, so don’t delay!


To get you even more excited about this $1600 Food Freedom Fest giveaway, I would like to share a few photos with you from my idyllic day in paradise at Polyface Farm last year.

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Seaweed Wrap: Minerals In, Heavy Metals Out

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist August 8, 2014

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Many luxury spas and cruise ships offer a seaweed wrap to clients as part of their relaxation and detoxification package. These services are usually very expensive and a bit inconvenient, requiring time off work or while on vacation.

What if you could make your own seaweed wrap at home … anytime you wanted for pennies per treatment and all the convenience of using your own shower afterward?

Dr. Lawrence Wilson MD recommends seaweed wraps, also called kelp wraps, for his patients as they help individuals absorb more minerals particularly if there is a digestive problem involved that is preventing proper nutrient absorption.

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