Celiac Disease, Gluten Free and You: What you Need to Know

6677360_l“Celiac disease” and “gluten free.” Undeniably, they’re buzzwords. Buzz topics, even.

The sharp increase in diagnoses of celiac disease and the subsequent market boom surrounding gluten-free products have undoubtedly reformed our collective thoughts on bread and our health. From Wheat Belly to FDA labeling guidelines – everyone is taking notice.

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6 Houseplants To Clean Your Air

plant copyWe’re so much less likely to crack our windows when it’s only three degrees outside. And we’re getting to that point right now, in mid-October, so the time is right to think about our homes’ air quality. Aside from forcing yourself to bear the chill momentarily (which we all should try to do at least once a week), what strategies can you use to keep your house fresh and your inhales healthy?

Our favorite: Buy some houseplants.

Here are our six favorite plants for cleaning your air this winter. Get thee to the nursery!

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Seeking Supplemental Support During Cancer Treatment?

19480431_lWhen we talk about supplements, we never indicate that they can treat, cure, prevent or mitigate any diseases. We don’t say: This pill will change your body! We say: This supplement will support your body’s normal processes.*

 

 

So what happens when those normal processes change as the result of treatments? Good news: supplements can still offer you support. *

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The Common Cold and Allergies: What’s the Difference?

allergiesWe’ve all been there. That first runny nose hits and you just can’t tell: Is it a cold? Is it allergies? How do we treat ourselves when we don’t know what the issue is?

To phrase it simply, both sets of symptoms are caused by an immune response, but to different things. While a cold is a response to a virus, an allergic response is facing off with an allergen – an irritant from the environment.

The main difference we’ve noticed: Colds go away, allergies last a while – and are potentially seasonal.

But sometimes you’ll only feel the allergic response for a few days, or roughly the same amount of time as you would if you were experiencing a cold.

That’s why these key symptom differences are important: 

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8 Best Supplements for Travel

 

 

 

5 Skiing Exercises to Get You Ready for the Mountain

By Karin Krisher

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Because this workout has gotten us such excellent ski mountain results in the past, we’ve decided to share it again just in time for your winter prep. Have you started a mountain-ready fitness routine yet?

If you’ve ever been to a mountain in Vermont, you know that ski-bum isn’t the appropriate term for the hardcore athletes you see streaking down the slopes. Skiing’s a serious sport. That’s why it’s incredibly important to prepare your body for its wrath with pre-ski training workouts and our top five skiing exercises.

 

We’ve come up with a great workout to try at least a few times before you make your first cut through powder (or, more often in our case, sheer ice). Next week, we’ll feature a snowboarding workout (skiing’s younger brother)—also a serious athletic endeavor. Be sure to always consult your healthcare practitioner before beginning any exercise program.

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Cold Weather Foot Care – at Home!

 

winter foot care tips As temperatures drop and skin complaints rise, we develop all sorts of tricks to keep our bodies up to summer standards.

While we probably can’t naturally achieve the type of tan we’d like with only seven hours of sunlight, we can keep our skin glowing, moisturized and happy all year round with a few simple solutions.

Before we dive into solving hair and nail brittleness or itchy patches, let’s focus on one part of the body that so often experiences winter neglect: our feet!

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Turning the autumn leaf

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While we often view spring as the time for renewal, autumn can also be beneficial to our psyches. Think of it as a time for reflection, for understanding the past year and how you have grown. Think of it as a time for planning, for considering the year ahead and what you will learn. However you think of this moment, do so with light in your heart. Autumn is fleeting, but when loved, it can help us carry our summer suns through our winter moons.

Photo: Manon Ringuette

 

6 Tips to Avoid Food Poisoning

By Karin Krisher

When the Centers for Disease Control published a report about the causes of food-borne illnesses and revealed that leafy greens are largely to blame, I thought I’d better take a closer look at how to protect myself from germy invaders.

What I found was intriguing: I never knew, for example, how important it is to examine cans before purchasing them; a bulging can might mean the food inside is old or damaged. In light of this new information, and our focus on digestive health this February, here is the official FoodScience list of ways to protect your self from food poisoning.

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