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The first magazine was launched in 1994 in Naples, Florida. As one of the largest natural living magazines in the United States, Natural Awakenings has become an indispensable personal resource for people seeking a healthy, natural lifestyle. Our rapidly growing family of more than 90 independently owned magazines bring positive solutions to life’s challenges to more than 3.8 million readers each month.
by April Thompson
No matter where we live, eating seasonally in winter doesn’t have to be boring or limiting; a culinary adventure awaits the home chef that’s willing to leave avocados and asparagus to their rightful seasons and embrace the winter rainbow of bitter greens, sweet potatoes, sunny citrus and fuchsia beets, among other timely delicacies. (read more…)
by Julie Peterson
When people think about heart health, what generally comes to mind is the fist-sized muscle that pumps and oxygenates the body’s lifeblood. However, the heart of the matter is not the pump itself, but the vascular system—the network of veins, arteries and capillaries that distributes blood to every cell in the body, delivering nutrients and eliminating waste.
Each human adult harbors an astonishing 60,000 miles of blood vessels—enough to wrap (read more…)
by Marlaina Donato
Someday, medical science will allow us to infuse damaged or aging organs with new cells, or to manufacture made-to-order organs on a 3-D printer. These emerging techniques to revitalize worn-out body parts are on the drawing board in the field of regenerative medicine. However, for the injured college athlete or the grandmother with compromised joint function, healing and pain relief can already be found in the form of prolotherapy and other non-invasive approaches that stimulate the body to heal itself. (read more…)
By laundering clothes using simple ingredients and wise eco-practices, consumers can both save money and lower their carbon footprint.
Natural cleaning ingredients cited by The Eco Guide include white vinegar, baking soda, lemons, borax and castile soap, all of which “can be bought in bulk with minimal packaging and have known cleaning properties (read more…)
by Ronica A. O’Hara
We don’t often think of children as having cardiovascular problems, but evidence is mounting that many youngsters today—because of scant exercise, poor eating habits and excessive screen time—are on track to experiencing serious heart and circulatory problems later in life. (read more…)
by Marlaina Donato
It is well-known that exercise combats cardiovascular disease by balancing blood pressure and managing blood sugar, but aerobic exercise, not resistance training, takes the prize for keeping the body’s thousands of miles of blood vessels more supple. A 2017 study published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise shows (read more…)
by Kajsa Nickels
Psychotherapist Linda Carroll was drawn into the dynamics of couples’ counseling three decades ago when she saw how in her own marriage, petty disagreements could turn into full-blown arguments with the potential for deep wounds. She and her husband Tim worked on their issues by attending workshops across the country, including Imago therapy and PAIRS (Practical Application of Intimate Relationship Skills), (read more…)
by Yvette C. Hammett
Universities, sports arenas, restaurants and other businesses are taking up the call to “disrupt disposables” as part of a global effort to dramatically cut down on single-use plastics. The environmental problems caused by those ubiquitous throwaways have become a mainstay of news reporting, and studies on how best to reduce them through public policy abound. A recent Canadian research paper in the Marine Pollution Bulletin explores (read more…)
It’s hard to make sense of some of the troubling things we see on TV and read about in the news. Our kids ask us, “Why are these things happening?” It’s an important question and it all comes down to two competing feelings: fear versus love.
When we see disturbing images such as school shootings or political opponents attacking one another, it (read more…)
The Mayo Clinic’s website describes stem cell therapy as being “the next chapter in organ transplantation”, a step forward from using donor organs, which are limited in supply. What we used to think of as medicine of the future has not only arrived, but it is available at Wellness By Design, a holistic, alternative medical clinic in Greenville, South Carolina. (read more…)