4 Ways to Reduce Inflammation with Nutrition When inflammation is ongoing and becomes chronic, it can contribute to many health conditions such as diabetes and digestive pain.
Breaking Down the Bubbly - Sparkling Water The “La Croix Craze” has taken the markets by storm and the choices for sparkling water are abundant, but is all water created equally?
Breaking Down the Bubbly - Sparkling Water sparkling water The “La Croix Craze” has taken the markets by storm and the choices for sparkling water are abundant, but is all water created equally?
Natural Approaches to High Blood Pressure High blood pressure reading Over a hundred million Americans are estimated to either be on a blood pressure medication or have blood pressures above 130/80 mmHg.
The ABCs of Skin Cancer: What to look out for and How to Prevent it protect your skin With summer around the corner, it's important to protect your skin and know your risk factors for skin cancer.
Beans: Myths and Facts Are you on a budget? Are you looking for a simple way to add some more protein to your meals? Beans are a wonderful way to “beef up” your meals without breaking the bank!
3 Ways to Improve Gut Health with Whole Foods

Remember when your mother always told you to “trust your gut”? Turns out she was right! Good health starts in your gut.

9 Tips to Fight Childhood Obesity Children playing Currently, approximately one third of all children and teens in the United States can be classified as either overweight or obese. What can be done to lower this number?
Extending the Life of Fresh Foods longer lasting produce Before you throw away that limp bunch of kale, consider that nearly 40% of all food produced in the U.S goes to waste every year.
Four Ways to Maximize Skin Health Our skin is our largest organ and can contribute to multiple health concerns and woes. With these tips you can maximize your skin health and whole health!
5 Natural Ways to Manage Pain

When looking for ways to reduce your pain, there are more than options than you think.  How can complementary and alternative medicine help manage your pain?  

Top 5 Kitchen Medicines Dr. Sheila Kingsbury discusses some of the common medicinal foods found in your kitchen!
Three Strategies for Packing Healthy School Lunches Back to school tips for healthy lunches!
Foods for Breastfeeding Moms

Sometimes women who have been very careful about their eating habits during pregnancy may forget, during nursing, that their bodies are still the source of nutrition for their child.

5 Simple Changes to Improve IBS Treating IBS symptoms could be as simple as changing the way you eat! Check out these 5 tips to ease your symptoms.
4 Ways to Optimize Your Fertility Naturally Making a baby isn’t always as easy as it seems. Studies examining the rates of infertility in the United States have estimated that 12-18% of couples are unable to conceive after 1 year of trying without the use of any contraceptive method.
Eat Out, Eat Healthy Make good health decisions even when you're eating off a menu. Here are 5 tips to for a healthier you!
Revamp your Leftovers 3 fool-proof ways to transform leftovers into new and exciting meals
Harmony with the Seasons, Harmony in Life Eating seasonally is not only economical, it's tastier!
5 Ways to Incorporate More Vegetables for Breakfast Having trouble fitting in 5-9 serving of your daily vegetable needs? Don't worry - we'll help you sneak them in!
Aloe Vera: Skin and Digestive Soother Aloe isn't just for sunburns! Learn these unexpected benefits of Aloe Vera.
Produce: The good, the bad and the dirty Learn what produce might have pesticides and how to avoid your exposure to these chemicals.
Salad, To-Go? Tips for Your Smoothies!

Busy days and long commutes sometimes make it difficult to sit down and enjoy the recommended five to nine servings per day of fresh fruit and vegetables.

Gut Feeling: The Microbiome and Fiber

The media is bloated (no pun intended) with advice and misinformation about how to optimize your digestive health.

What To Eat Before And After A Workout Optimize your workout with proper nutrition!
Branch Out This Fall with Seasonal Produce Five reasons to buy seasonal produce this fall - #5 might surprise you!
Understanding Stress, Its Triggers and Natural Therapies To Manage It Learn ways to manage stress and recognize triggers before they affect your mind and body.
12 Mistakes that Make Food Cravings Worse Keep these mistakes in mind to curb your cravings and avoid overeating.
The Uses and Benefits of Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy has a wide variety of uses throughout our daily lives and can be used to stimulate, calm, balance, strengthen and support our bodies, minds, and spirits.

4 Ways to Stay Healthy While Flying A bag of peanuts doesn't cut it on a 6 hour flight. Here are tips to arrive nourished and energized!
Ashwagandha for Stress Relief-Men's Health Month Withania somnifera, or Ashwagandha, has long being used in Ayurvedic medicine as a general rejuvenating tonic.
Reducetarianism: Meat and the Environment For some, going completely vegetarian may seem like a daunting task. Learn about the positive impacts simply reducing your meat intake can have!
Cool Summer Treats

Summer brings those warm afternoons when frozen treats and sugar laden drinks are sometimes hard to resist.

Are Eggs The New Health Food -- Again?

I still remember Egg Council commercials from the 1990’s.

Creative Ways To Limit Your Child's Screen Time

Too much screen time can affect your child's sleep, behavior, and grades. 

Is there a way to reduce the risk of breast cancer?

While genetics definitely play a role in the development of breast cancer, they are actually not the leading contributors. 

The Healthy Taco Planner

7 tips for your curb your taco cravings!

Powerful Plants: Consider Thyme to Soothe Your Cough

What do you do when you’ve already come down with a cold and you’re trying to calm that irritating cough? Think about herbs!  

Hydrotherapy: The Wonder Medicine Hidden in Plain Sight

Hydrotherapy is just about the simplest cure imaginable.

Homeopathic Remedies to the Rescue this Summer!

Natural remedies for every day ailments. 

Tips for Healthy Eating at Parties

Leave a party proud of your food decisions!

Powerful Plants: Bitters for Your Bowels

Bitters help trigger the digestive process -- add these to your diet for a happier belly!

Hydrating Your Way To Health

Water vital for life and often can be the sole limiting factor for optimal health. Here are some tips on how to get in that extra gulp. 

Creating Workday Wellness

Work environments can also impede our ability to make healthy choices. It's up to each of us to be an advocate for our own health and find ways to enhance our wellness throughout the workday.

Mindful Love

Whether you’re single and looking, or hoping to strengthen a current relationship, you might be pondering how to make that magic happen.

Make Your Own Milk

Whether you're trying a new vegan diet or just want to mix up your milk game -- here are some simple recipes for making your own milk! 

Powerful Plants: 8 Herbs to Beat the Blues and Boost Your Mood

Ancient Chinese and Egyptian written recordings describe medicinal uses for plants as early as 3,000 B.C.E. Today more and more people are looking to herbs to reach an optimal state of health and wellness. 

Mindful Driving

Once you learn the facts, you might find out you are a more distracted driver than you think. 

Sleepless in San Diego

Insomnia can affect people of any age and location. 

Reducing Kitchen Waste 101

Simple ways to help Mother Earth in your own kitchen! 

How To Pack a Planet-Friendly Lunch

Packing lunches for our children is both healthful and economically sound.  Unfortunately, some methods we use to keep food fresh and transportable are harmful to our environment.

Foods to Boost Moods

9 nutrition options to help naturally boost your mental health state. 

"13 Reasons Why" and How to Talk to Your Child About Suicide

Dr. Thomas Farmer explains the importance of parental involvement in addressing the popular show, "13 Reasons Why" 

Top 10 Tips to Nourish the Whole You!

Bastyr faculty shares 10 tips to nourish the whole you! 

The ABC's of IBS

There are ways to help treat IBS using safe, natural products, and life-style intervention. 

Women's Heart Health

There are many ways to monitor and change your individual risk of heart disease.

10 Benefits of Eating Local Food

Purchasing food grown closer to your home will provide great health, economic and environmental benefits.

Boost your Immunity Naturally

When the weather changes, viruses always seem to sneak into our homes, offices, and schools. Here are some tips to avoid sickness this time of year and boost your immunity!  

Heart Healthy Hibiscus Soothes a Bitter Heart

Hibiscus tea, a delightfully refreshing beverage with a tart, berry-like flavor, has demonstrated benefits for individuals with hypertension.

Perfecting the Art of Soup A Variety of Soups Student Lora Silver discusses the important health benefits of soup, and provides a yummy immunity boosting recipe at the end! Reviewed by Dr. Diane Helsel, PhD, RDN.
Heart Health Awareness Month-Tips to Keeping Your Heart in Shape woman on mountain making a heart with hands What’s motivating you to be healthy? Is it a spouse, grandchildren, a recent health scare, or a full bucket list to accomplish? Thinking about what motivates you will get you to start living a healthy lifestyle.
A Surprising Cold Remedy for the Post Holiday Months feet under blanket with mug

A natural way to fight sickness this winter.

How Contrast Therapy can Decrease Inflammation man with lower back pain

Dr. Yang explains how the alternating application of hot and cold can reduce inflammation and promote recovery.

How to Cope with Election-Related Anxiety feet with arrows pointing to political party icon options

Dr. Shen-Miller offers his expertise on natural methods for coping with election related anxiety.

What It Really Means to Eat the Rainbow holding apple and bag of produce

Learn how to get your fill of phytochemicals from various colorful fruits and veggies.

4 Tips for a Naturally Healthier Kitchen man with bag of produce

Buying organic is just one way you can make thoughtful food decisions that support and nourish your body and health.

The Best of the Grill: Fruits and Veggies Fruits and veggies are tremendous grilled, and worth making room for, in the name of both flavor and health.
Eczema: Causes and Natural Treatments Eczema on elbow

Individualized care can help find the right treatment for atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema.

Tips to Save Money by Not Wasting Food If you're like most Americans, you're throwing away as much as $500 a year in wasted food. Here are three ways to help you give up that wasteful habit.
Thirsty? Why It's Important to Stay Hydrated Mood and fatigue are easy signs of possible dehydration, but being aware of your fluid intake before you even get to that point can help you avoid other side effects of dehydration.
Simple Tips to Improve Oral and Overall Health woman with white teeth eating salad

Keeping your dental hygiene in check is not just about having a nice smile. Your oral health can actually have lasting effects on your overall health.

Pros and Cons of Farmed vs. Wild-Caught Fish barrel of fish

Salmon and shrimp and snapper oh my! These are just a few of the countless creatures and crustaceans produced by the $78 billion aquaculture industry each year.

Embrace Your Tears: The Benefits of a Good Cry woman crying

Crying isn't just about "letting it all out. Tears have a much wider scope, similar to how we love.

Tips to Embrace Eating with the Seasons woman holding spinach

Eating seasonally is great for the environment and the community and your taste buds will be glad you did.

Backyard BBQ: Beloved Bedevilment to Environment grilling outside

Here are some tips on how to embrace the “barbie” while minimizing detrimental effects on our environment and health.

Steps to Add Meditation to Your Daily Routine women meditating

It just takes two minutes out of your busy day to get started on a meditation routine that is sure to help you de-stress and improve your sleep.

Is Moringa "Superplant" Worth Adding to Your Diet? The leaves of this tropical plant are high in protein, antioxidants and minerals, but other superfoods may be a better option until it can be more locally sourced.
Tents, Trees and Healthy Meals tent in the woods Take your enjoyment of the outdoors while camping to the next level by making delicious, sustainable food that's both good for you and the planet.
Resources to Take a Vacation in Your Backyard Woman hiking in meadow toward mountains.

Don't let the pressure of planning a big vacation prevent you from taking a break. Here are four resources to help you take a "vacation" that won't break the bank or your stress level.

5 Whole Foods to Fuel Your Brain Spinach in a bowl

Talk about food for thought! These delicious foods can help fuel your body and your mind.

How and Why to Bring the Farm to Your Table

The farm-to-table trend is more than a buzzword. Here are the numbers to support the benefits of buying from your local farmers market or CSA.

Detoxify Your Cleaning Routine

The chemicals found in many conventional cleaners can range from mildly irritating to carcinogenic or downright damaging to your body and the environment. Do yourself and the planet a favor by making your own using safe, natural products.

Decode the Mysterious Language of Food Dates Woman in front of refrigerator inspecting a package of produce. Other than potential food safety concerns, date codes are usually about what will taste the best.
Natural Ways to Reduce Jet Lag A jet plane in the sky bordered by tree branches Avoid jet lag on your next trip... naturally.
Trouble Sleeping? Eat This! A bowl of walnuts and a bunch of bananas on a table

In search of better rest? Try these foods rich in nutrients that support a healthy sleep cycle.

Step Aside Candida, There’s New Kind of Overgrowth If you're suffering from digestive issues, you may want to consider whether small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is to blame.
Seasonal Allergies 101 A fruit tree in blossom against a blue sky A deeper dive into the causes of allergies -- and lots of natural ways to relieve symptoms.
Relax and Reset with a Weekend Spring Detox With the winter holidays are behind us, it's the perfect time to plan a weekend free of processed foods and technnology, and instead focus on you.
4 Ways to Make Your Smoothies Healthier picture of a smoothie

Smoothies can be a source of excessive sugar or calories if you don't pay attention to ingredients.

Tips for Budget-Conscious Healthy Eating shopping list in a supermarket Ready to begin eating healthfully on a budget?
The Health Benefits of Love woman hugging her cat Love is good for you – and free!
The Science Behind Fasting Diets Place setting with handful of peanuts on white plate.

They’re touted as weight-loss tools, but these popular diets could have the opposite effect.

Meatless Isn't Just for Mondays cow in field with windmill As consumers and eaters, we have the power to help alleviate environmental damage.
What's in a Can? An opened can reveals tomato sauce. If your mission is to reduce BPA exposure via food cans, try the following.
6 Ways to Boost Energy and Beat Fatigue shower head with water streaming Focusing on some basic lifestyle modifications can greatly improve energy.
Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth with Whole Foods Honey flowing into a jar. Nature offers plenty of wholesome substitutes for processed sugars.
5 Reasons to Eat Your Garnish Parsley garnish on a plate An ode to parsley.
Miso: The New Chicken Soup for the Soul Bowl of steaming miso soup. Next time you feel like you need a little extra TLC, try substituting miso soup for chicken noodle.
Quick Tips to Stop the Flu Before it Stops You Woman wrapped in blanket, suffering from flu. A few simple tips to halt the flu in its tracks.
Managing Stress During the Holiday Season Keep your holiday stress level in check Let the principles of mindfulness and non-judgment guide you along the path of a less stressful holiday season.
Natural Alternatives to Pain Pills Herbal tinctures are natural alternatives to pain pills.

There are many therapies to treat pain that are not restricted to opioids or oral medications.

Eat Mindfully, not Mindlessly this Holiday Season Mindful eating makes spending time with friends and family around the holiday table more enjoyable and can prevent you from overindulging.
Cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude Showing gratitude is good for your health Gratitude has been scientifically shown to actually improve your health, providing benefit to well-being and quality of life.
The Best Kitchen Tools for Healthy and Low-Cost Cooking Cast iron skillet, cutting board, knife and fresh mushrooms You only need a few tools in order to cook a delicious whole foods-based meal.
Stoke Your Immune System with Fire Ciders Traditional Fire Cider Take advantage of the immune-boosting benefits of honey and vinegar in this spiced-up herbal preparation.
Tips to Fight Inflammation with Food Assortment of colorful fruit. Some of your favorite fruits and vegetables could be just what your body needs to fight inflammation.
Healthy and Fun Halloween Treats Try a caramel apple-making party

Halloween treats can be nutritious as well as fun and interactive — so get creative!

5 Reasons to Buy Fair Trade Fair trade tag Foods carrying the Fairtrade International (FLO) label may cost more, but farmers receive more per pound -- enough to promote traditional culture, education, and health.
Not Just BPA: Hormone Disrupters in Our Food System Plastic bottles Even BPA-free products can leach different chemicals capable of disrupting hormones within the human body.
Creative Ways to Limit Your Child's Screen Time Child looking at computer monitor The more we can do to help our kids to unplug, the better the quality of life will be for the whole household.
Foods for Breastfeeding Moms One good source of nutrition while breast feeding is high-quality grains, like quinoa.
Combat Illness and Improve Mood with Hydrotherapy Feet soaking in a bowl of soapy water. Try these simple techniques at home to help improve blood flow throughout your body, which can keep your immune system strong and improve your energy.
7 Steps Make to Your Perfect Taco Just add veggies, protein and spices to your tortillas, and any night can be taco night!
Vitamins and Supplements 101 Vitamins and supplements in pill box Four important things to consider when purchasing or using vitamins and supplements.
Why Choose Grass-Fed Meat? Grass-fed meat Grass-fed meat contains more anti-inflammatory fats, and more vitamins and minerals, than grain-fed meat.
The Top 5 Herbs for Relaxation Camomile in a jar

Learn how these well-known herbs you might already have in your kitchen or garden can help you safely wind down.

Is Decaffeinated Coffee Safe? Coffee beans

When considering whether or not to go decaf, it's helpful to note which of these decaffeination methods was used on your coffee beans.

How To Be Smart About Buying Gluten-Free Gluten-free bread Be an informed consumer – consider these five tips when purchasing gluten-free products.
3 Ways to Preserve Summer Herbs Fresh herbs drying Dry your own summer herbs now, for use all winter long.
Aromatherapy: Uses and Benefits Aromatherapy lavender products Explore the properties, applications, benefits and cautions of aroma-theraputics.
Homemade Snack Jars: Healthy, Creative and Affordable Person cutting carrots on cutting board

Save money and get a little creative with homemade snack jars.

3 Foods to Help You Keep Cool This Summer In this video health tip, Jonci Jensen, ND, core faculty at Bastyr University California shares 3 foods that will help you stay cool during the heat of summer.
The Many Benefits of Running A woman runs down a path toward the sunset.

Running has far more benefits than just getting into shape.

Livestock, Antibiotics, and the Foods You Eat Cow standing in a field

The overuse of antibiotics in livestock production is a growing public health issue, impacting humans, animals and the planet.

Naturopathic Medicine for Kids Child holding lavender We can work together to protect our children’s future, by working to fortify habits that will support them for the rest of their lives.
How the 'Microbiome' Affects Your Baby's Birth and Health A mother kisses her newborn baby.

The human "microbiome" is highly affected by practices around pregnancy, childbirth, and infancy.

3 Ways to Lower Your Risk for Diabetes In this video health tip, Bastyr core faculty member Ryan McNally, ND, shares 3 important ways to lower your risk of diabetes.
Microwavology 101: Containers Woman contemplates whether or not her container is microwave safe.

Don't get burned by a container that isn't microwave-safe.

5 Tips for Using Less Water While Cooking A woman rinses a red bell pepper under the faucet.

Conserve resources and save money by cooking with less water.

Healthy and Fun Picnic Ideas Family eating watermelon at an outdoor picnic. Planning your picnic in advance can gives you more time to enjoy your family and the great outdoors.
Enjoy the Benefits of Friendly Fermentation Mango lassi with cardamom

Eating more fermented foods like lassi, kimchi and miso is a delicious way to boost your immune system and introduce good bacteria and important vitamins into your diet.

What Does "Heirloom" Mean and is it Worth it? Heirloom tomatoes

Be a part of the heirloom revolution! Heirlooms taste better, are adapted to local growing conditions, and can improve the security of our food system.

Improve Your Flexibility, Improve Your Life A woman bends into a yoga pose in the Bastyr rose garden.

The more we can elongate our muscle fibers, the more we can ensure maximum functionality when it comes to movement through our daily lives.

Should You be Concerned about Radiation in Fish? Frozen fish at a market

In general, fish caught outside the Fukushima area have levels of radiation far below acceptable limits, but long-term effects of the disaster are still unknown.

Unplug Before Bed  A recent study also found that the glow from electronic devices passes through the retina into a part of the hypothalamus that suppresses the sleep-inducing hormone, melatonin.

Unplugging from electronic devices before bed can improve both the quality and quantity of your sleep.

4 Sustainable Cleaning Supplies for Your Kitchen Sustainable Cleaning Supplies for the Kitchen

No need for expensive, chemically laden household cleaners — you likely already have most of these eco-friendly, family- and pet-safe cleaning supplies on hand.

The Power of Prevention Couple riding bikes through woods.

The CDC estimates that by focusing on chronic disease prevention, U.S. health care costs could drop by $1.6 trillion. Are you doing your part?

4 Natural Remedies for Seasonal Allergies Woman blowing her nose with spring flowers in the background. These simple tips can help provide relief from seasonal allergies so you can enjoy spring again.
What Should You Carry Your Drinking Water In? Stainless steel water bottles.

Stainless steel and glass bottles are the safest options for you to drink water out of.

Let There be Light: The Importance of Sunshine Woman enjoying spring sunshine.

The northern latitude of Seattle allows its residents to make vitamin D from sunshine for only eight months out of the year, but excess amounts are stored for use in the winter, so be sure to soak it up while you can.

Proper Storage for Nuts, Oils and Whole Grains Nuts in a jar.

You can save money and preserve the flavor of your nuts, oils and whole grains by keeping them cool.

Composting 101: How to Turn Your Trash Into Treasure Compost bin in garden.

It's easy to hand your compost over to Seattle's curbside pickup program, but why give away your valuable scraps when you can use them to add nutritents to your own garden?

Do I Have a Cold or is it the Flu? Washing hands in soapy water.

Even though cold and flu are caused by a different type of virus, the symptoms can be similar.

5 Heart-Healthy Herbs Heart Healthy Herbs

Celebrate American Heart Month and Valentine’s Day by learning more about these herbs that can help keep you heart healthy.

Choosing a Place for Your Baby's Birth Pregnant woman speaking with doctor in clinical setting.

Annie Kennedy with the Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations poses five questions to ask yourself and four not-so-great reasons when you're considering where to give birth.

Creative Ways to Cook with Miso Miso paste in bowl

Many people know miso primarily as a tasty Japanese soup. But miso’s flavor-enhancing properties make it a great everyday ingredient to use in soups, sauces, marinades, dressings and even sweets.

How to Choose the Best Chocolate Dark chocolate bar with nuts

Choosing a chocolate bar can be overwhelming. There are so many options, so how do you know what to pick?

Natural Ways To Prevent Moodiness Green tea in cups

Like a house, stable mood grows upward from a solid foundation.

5 Ways to Stay Active During Winter Feet running in sleet While winter narrows our options, there are still many ways to stay active and fit.
The Best Foods for Refueling After a Workout Woman drinking milk

Making the most of your workouts means taking the right steps to recover afterward.

Natural Remedies for Hangovers Man in bed with headache

Here are some reliable strategies to help you get through a hangover more quickly.

No More “Not Enough Time”: 8 Easy Tips to Fit Exercise into Your Day Sleepy bulldog Dog-walking and other tips to work exercise into your daily life.
Ease Holiday Stress with these 5 Tips A man stressed out with holiday lights.

Reflect on your expectations, keep up with self-care, and take other steps to manage stress during a busy season.

Yoga Has Something for Everyone Women practice yoga

Yoga has brought millions of people wonderful benefits such as healthy bodies, calmer minds and happier dispositions.

The Benefits of Exercise for Seniors Swimmer at edge of pool

Around the age of 30, if we are inactive, we start to lose around 3 to 5 percent of our muscle mass each year.

4 Ideas for Homemade Holiday Gifts Jam in jars

Making your own holiday gifts is a fun, unique way to spread holiday cheer while staying on budget.

Natural Treatments for Seasonal Affective Disorder Winter sunset Light boxes, exercise, vitamin D and other steps can help winter moods without the side effects of pharmaceuticals.
Simple Reasons to Try Game Meat Meat kebabs on grill

Game meats are lower in calories, total fat and saturated fat than farmed meat.

I’m the Right Mom for My Baby – Here’s How I Discovered It Close-up of women's hands I met women who value sharing honest, messy accounts of their feelings and losses because sharing can help them — or someone else in the room.
Fidgeting and Other Small Movements Can Help You Manage Your Weight Feet walking on sidewalk

We don’t think of tiny movements as exercise, but fidgeting, flexing your muscles and simply maintaining your posture can add up.

Learn These 4 Stretches to Prevent Sports Injuries Bicyclists racing

Here are some tips to keep you healthy and safe before your next race — or any athletic activity.

Bring Nurturing Touch Back to Our Families Mother and child play in infant massage training workshop.

Touch is our first language in life. It is the most developed sense at birth and the last to leave us when we die.

3 Ideas for Healthy, Simple Workplace Snacks Almonds, cashews and walnuts

Next time you are hungry at work, think about these options and reach for healthy and tasty snacks.

4 Steps to Choose Food-Safe Plastic Containers Plastic containers with fruit

Follow these tips to minimize health risks when choosing food-safe plastic products.

How to Store Food Properly Food stored in jars

Take a look at your pantry and refrigerator to see if any of these tips can extend the shelf life of your favorite items.

Treat Low Back Pain Naturally Woman holds back in pain.

There are simple measures you can take to prevent low back pain and natural ways to treat it when it occurs.

Detoxify with Food: Nature’s Secrets to Refresh & Revitalize Beets on cutting board Seasonal food cleansing supports the body’s innate detoxifying abilities to restore your vital energy.
Not Just Veggies: Why to Buy Organic Meat and Milk Cow in field

Buying organic meat and dairy is an important part of a healthy diet.

How to Build a Useful Birth Plan Newborn at birth

Birth plans are a terrific way to communicate your wishes for your baby’s birth and immediate postpartum care.

Chemical Sensitivity: How it Works and How to Treat it Farm fields and smokestacks.

Medical journal articles report solid evidence that our bodies can reduce chemical burden by safe, simple therapeutic activities.

Mason Jars: Eco-Chic and Budget-Smart Vegetables in glass jars.

At about $1 a piece, glass canning jars let you reduce your reliance on plastic without breaking the bank.

Ayurveda: A 21st Century Medicine Ayurvedic foot massage

Here are some reasons to consider visiting an ayurvedic practitioner.

Tips for Getting a Good Night’s Sleep Sleeping baby

The quality of our sleep plays a big role in our physical and mental health.

Local, Organic, Seasonal Foods: How to Eat Them All at Once Blackberries

Eat local. Eat seasonal. Eat organic. These messages can easily become confusing. Which one is best? Fortunately, they go hand in hand

Your Guide to Summer Sun Safety sunscreen on beach

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports that skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States and that its deadliest form, melanoma, is on the rise.

Exercise Tips for Seniors: Staying Fit throughout Life Senior water aerobics group Your body will thank you for exercising no matter what your stage of life.
GMOs: Understand the Basics Syringe and fruit tree Nearly 90 percent of corn, soy, sugar beets, canola, and cotton in the United States are grown from genetically engineered seeds.
Treat Hormonal Migraines Naturally Woman holds head in pain If you suffer from hormonally mediated migraines, make an appointment with a naturopathic doctor (ND) to create a plan to treat your specific symptoms.
What’s the Hurry? The Benefits of Waiting to Cut the Umbilical Cord After Birth Newborn child with father.

We now know that if the cord is allowed to stop pulsating before being clamped and cut, the baby establishes normal breathing more quickly.

How to Choose an Earth-Friendly Lunchbox metal lunchbox Choose the best lunchbox for your lifestyle by comparing key features.
Limit Processed Foods: They Hurt the Environment Along with Your Body TV dinner on tray

In a fast-paced society, processed food may seem like a cheap, easy solution to a fast meal. But it takes energy to process, package, and transport these foods, sometimes for thousands of miles.

Kids' Health Starts with Exercise, Nutrition and Nature Kids holding fresh produce. Starting kids on a healthy path is the best way to help them form habits to keep them healthy for life.
Laughter Is Great Medicine. Here are 4 Ways to Get Your Daily Dose Laughing girl

Laughter has been shown to have quantifiable physiological and psychological benefits.

Learn To Calm the Fussiest Babies with Singing Sleeping baby

Penny Simkin describes a unique, simple, and effective trick to soothe a fussing or crying baby.

Acupressure Provides Healing Without Needles Woman receiving acupressure. If you like the idea of acupuncture but are wary of needles, you might consider acupressure, a healing therapy you can use on yourself by pressing with your hands on key points.
Protect Your Prostate by Eating Right Tea in mug

There are no guarantees to prevent prostate cancer, but you can reduce your risk by making these dietary changes.

Treating PMS Naturally Woman enjoys beach sunset.

There are a wide variety of symptoms associated with PMS, but natural remedies can help alleviate them.

How to Have a Healthy Relationship with Digital Technology Man with smartphone

It's important to be mindful about how we use technology. Here are some tips for a healthful relationship with digital technology.

5 Ways to Eat Healthy on a Budget Dried kidney beans in bowl

Here are some ways to eat an inexpensive and well-balanced diet consisting of many nutritious whole foods.

3 Natural Tips to Fight Spring Allergies Woman with allergies in a flower field. Through natural medicine, you can learn to minimize and even eliminate symptoms caused by allergies year round.
Improve Your Workplace Ergonomics Man slouches at desk

Here's how to create a healthy posture to improve your health.

Evaluating the Paleo Diet Beef steak on grill The main benefit of the Paleo diet is that it promotes eating whole, nutritious foods while avoiding refined, processed foods.
Stay Un-Stressed During Tax Season Orange essential oils

While tax season can be daunting and stressful, these are simple, easy ways to help lighten the load.

5 Things a Doula Can Do For You Newborn with father

Behind the calm exterior of a doula is a person who is constantly thinking, strategizing and endeavoring to create an environment to support a pregnant, birthing or postpartum family.

Wheat-Free and Gluten-Free: Learn to Tell the Difference Bread With the recent buzz about gluten- and wheat-free diets, it’s good to know how they compare and if they’re right for everyone.
Managing Blood Sugar Made Easy Bowl of oatmeal The easiest way to manage blood sugar is to decrease your sugar intake. Look at the ingredients and find foods that are low in sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and modified corn starch.
Balance Your Qi with Chinese Herbal Medicine Employee helping customer at Chinese and Ayurvedic Herbal Medicine Dispensary. Chinese herbal medicine combines modern evidence with time-tested formulas ranging more than 1,800 years into Chinese history.
Resolving Disputes with Loved Ones Tennis balls with happy and sad faces

There are four major categories of emotions: sad, mad, glad, and scared. Any time we have a strong reaction, it will be based in one or more of these.

4 Ways to Make Self-Care a Regular Practice Hand holds paintbrush on abstract painting

In our go-go-go society, it’s easy to let self-care fall to the wayside. What might change if we think of it as a practice?

Healthy Chocolates for Valentine’s Day Raw dark chocolate truffles Recent research suggests that chocolate with more than 70 percent cocoa content has the capacity to boost your mood.
Give Your Heart Some Love on Valentine’s Day Chocolate and strawberries Here are some tips to make your special night a healthy night.
5 Parenting Tips for New Moms and Dads Sleeping baby Over many years of supporting families I’ve picked up a few ideas for what helps life go more smoothly when bringing a new child into the family.
Find Balance through Natural Approaches to ADHD Children jumping on sofa. A natural approach to ADD/ADHD takes all dimension of a patient's life into account, including nutrition, exercise, sleep, emotions and spirituality.
Healthy Snack Ideas to Keep You Nourished All Day Mixed vegetables in bowl Eating foods with enough protein every 3 to 4 hours can help you stabilize blood sugar and keep you energized all day long.
4 Ways to Cut Back on Soda Soda and sugar cubes

Drinking less soda may be the single best step you can take for your health.

Get a Whole-Body Workout in 7 Minutes with this Routine Group exercises at sunrise Setting exercise goals takes less time than you think: A basic workout can be done in 7-15 minutes using your own body weight as resistance.
Tame Your Coffee Habit and Feel Better Cup of tea Transitioning from coffee to tea may help you sleep better, feel calmer and stay hydrated.
New Year, New You: Tips for Better Health Woman sleeping

Choosing to be healthier for the new year can be easy and rewarding. Here are a few steps that can make a substantial difference in your overall heath.

Chia Seeds: Add a New Superfood to Your Diet Raspberry drink with chia seeds. There's a lot of hype over chia seeds. Here's a guide to separating the buzz from the solid science.
4 Tips to Avoid Overindulging at Holiday Parties Plate of Christmas cookies.

There's nothing wrong with overindulging once in a while, but if you'd rather not suffer the consequences, here are four tips to help you enjoy the holidays while making healthy choices.

Find Natural Support for Depression Square dancers No matter what depression symptoms you have, the foundations of health can support your mental health.
Healthy Holiday Treats that Still Satisfy Cravings Roasted nuts Striking a balance between enjoyment and nutrition is possible, and it doesn't require depriving yourself.
Great Recipes for Gluten-Free Holidays Slice of pumpkin pie Here are some websites with recipes to help fill your holidays with homemade food from the heart.
Rain, Rain, Go Away: Understand and Prevent Depression Woman in winter. People of any age can experience the onset or symptoms of depression, and not just during the winter.
Wild-Caught or Farm-Raised Fish? Tips for Choosing Bluefin tuna swimming in ocean You don't have to feel like a fish out of water, wondering what seafood choice is best.
What Is an ND? Naturopathic doctor in clinic hallway Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are trained as holistic primary care physicians who focus on prevention and wellness as well as the diagnosis and treatment of disease.
Cast-Iron Skillets: Three Reasons They’re Great Chicken in cast-iron skillet

Learn how to care for your skillet and reap its benefits.

3 Steps to Keep Your Kids Safe from Sodium Excess Close-up of potato chips Adults may worry about having high blood pressure, but excessive sodium is dangerous for kids, too.
Benefits of Exercise Don't Come in a Pill, So Get Moving! Woman running on trail Creating a new habit is not easy, but it is possible. You have to make it a priority and it must be workable in your life.
Cage-Free, Free-Range, Pastured: Crack the Confusion Over Egg Labels Chickens on rail

What do these terms really mean -- for chickens and for your nutrition?

Superfood or Frankenfood? Rounding Up Research on GMOs Stalks of corn GMO companies claim that engineered foods have more nutrients and need fewer pesticides. Anti-GMO groups argue that these foods have not been proven safe for humans to eat. What does the research say?
How to Combat Commuting Stress Traffic jam It’s difficult to enjoy life when you’re stuck in the car with the air pollution, inability to control your environment and inability to get to your destination on time.
Teach Your Children about Seasonal Food Drawing of apples

Eating with the seasons as a family will teach your children the connection between their food and nature’s cycles.

Blood Pressure: How to Treat Hypertension Naturally People stretch in grassy field High blood pressure affects more than 65 million Americans, but there are natural approaches to lowering yours.
Why Soda and Fruit Juice are Dangerous for Kids Soda and sugar cubes Empty calories aren't the only risk in sugar-laden drinks. Here are tips for giving kids alternatives to soda.
3 Surprising Home Remedies Warm socks in bed

Some of these therapies may sound crazy, but they just might work the next time you need a quick remedy for a common ailment.

8 Tips for Collecting Summer Blackberries Blackberries on table

These small purple gems are an invasive species, but each August and September they offer a sweet treat, free of charge.

Natural Remedies for Sunburns Hands cupped around the sun Several topical remedies can provide relief for sunburns.
Reduce Waste in Your Kitchen Cloth napkins With a few minor changes, you can greatly reduce the waste in your kitchen, improving both the environment and your personal space.
Treat Migraines Naturally Woman holding head Migraine headaches are quite common, but they need not to be common for you.
Bees Are Disappearing. You Can Help Them Return Honeybees work in hive

A vital link in our food chain is disappearing, but you can be a part of the solution in your own backyard.

Box Up a Fun and Healthy Lunch for Kids Lunch container with fruit A successful lunch includes more than just healthy foods. If your children are not excited about the contents of their lunch boxes, they may end up trading to the highest cookie bidder.
5 Simple Ways to Detoxify Your Body Water splashing While we cannot eliminate our exposure to toxins completely, we can support our body’s natural process of detoxification to promote optimal health.
Stay Pain-Free with Office Ergonomics Hand on mouse Office ergonomics can help you stay comfortable at work, increase your productivity and help you stay pain-free.
5 Steps to Get the Most from Your Workout Runner on Bastyr University campus trail. Exercise can elevate your mood, improve your sleep, strengthen your immune system, help you manage your weight, and simply let you have fun.
Packing a Wellness Kit for Travel A couple reads a map. Avoid travel stress by stocking a preventive travel bag.
5 Healthy Eating Tips for Pregnant Mothers Leafy green kale Pregnancy is a time to renew you and your family’s commitment to health.
Making Chronic Pain Disappear Man bends over in pain. Determining the cause of chronic pain is an important step in deciding on treatment options.
Breastfeeding Tips for New Mothers Here are seven practical tips to take the overwhelming feeling out of breastfeeding.
Balance Your Body with Probiotics Woman eating yogurt. You can improve your digestion as well as your immune system by adding probiotics to your diet.
Making Natural Bug Spray Mint plant

You can make your own bug sprays with herbs, vinegar and soap.

How to Feed Your Young Athlete Children holding tennis rackets Proper nutrition can keep active children nourished and healthy — and even give them an athletic advantage. The key to peak performance is whole foods.
4 Natural Ways to Improve Digestion Salad in bowl

Chewing, slowing down, adding bitter foods and paying attention to your habits can help with common digestive problems.

What is a Birth Doula and Why Should I Consider One? Doula holding child A trained birth doula provides continuous emotional, physical and informational support to a birthing woman and her family.
Find Out if You Have a Food Sensitivity A loaf of wheat bread and stalks of wheat

Learn how to tell the difference between a food allergy and a food intolerance, and how to manage them.

World’s Best Exercise Equipment: Your Own Body Weight Young couple doing lunges outside. Body weight exercise classes are growing in popularity, but June Kloubec, PhD, explains that the basis of the exercise is so simple, all you really need is your own body for a great workout.
Tax-Time Stress: 4 Tips for Staying Calm Plant in pair of hands Deep breathing, organization, and other strategies can reduce the stress of tax season.
How to Allergy-Proof Your Home this Spring Feet on hardwood floor Keep out seasonal pollens and other irritants with these household cleaning steps.
With So Many Milk Choices, Which to Choose? Glass and pitcher of milk

With so many dairy milk alternatives, it can be hard to know the best choice. Use this chart to help you navigate your next selection.

Coping with Mood Disorders During Pregnancy Pregnant woman stretches in field. Pregnancy mood disorders are not as well known as postpartum mood disorders, but they are common and can be resolved with appropriate care.
Tips for Getting a Good Night’s Sleep Naturally A woman sleeping in a bed. Sleep may elude us for many reasons, but these tips can help anyone with sleep problems.
How to Choose a Safe Lunch Box Container Food icon

Keep nasty toxins away from your lunch with these simple steps.

3 Natural Remedies for Jet Lag Plane taking off with sunset Prevent and reduce jet lag's toll on your body with these techniques.
4 Reasons to Consider Childbirth Education Classes Pregnant woman In-person childbirth education classes remain one of the most valuable sources of information for expectant families.
How to Make Homemade Yogurt and Kefir Yogurt with fruit and granola Cultured dairy products have many health benefits, and they are surprisingly easy and cheap to make in your own kitchen.
3 Steps to Protect Yourself from Radiation Green leafy vegetables

Radiation is all around us, but we can avoid the harmful forms through diet and sunscreen.

How to Protect Your Thyroid in a Toxic Environment Sardines on plate Threats to your thyroid abound, but you can take preventive steps like eating selenium-rich foods such as sardines.
Natural Remedies for Cuts and Bruises First aid kit These tips can help you incorporate a holistic approach to treating minor injuries.
What is a Postpartum Doula? Woman with helper holds baby. Postpartum doulas can help ease the transition to parenthood by helping you move toward confident independence and enjoyment in parenting your newborn.
3 Herbal Remedies for Cold and Flu Woman with tissue. Botanical medicines can help fortify your defenses against viruses and bacteria.
3 Things You Need to Know about Omega-3s Spoon full of flax seeds. Increasing your intake of omega-3s is a healthy and easy way to use your food as medicine to combat inflammation.
Free Medicine: Fruits/Veggies, Sunshine, Exercise, Laughter, Sleep Woman holding out arms in sunshine. Some of the easiest ways to stay healthy are also some of the least expensive.
5 Healthy Holiday Tips for Low-Sugar Snacks Bowls of assorted nuts in their shells.

Keep healthy snacks around to spread holiday cheer that nobody has to feel guilty about.

3 Tips to Avoid Holiday Stress Smiling woman carrying holiday gifts. Instead of waiting in long shopping lines, take steps to decrease stress and let the holidays again be a time of yuletide cheer.
Why You Should be Eating Fermented Foods A bowl of yogurt with granola, strawberries and blueberries.

You can keep your gut happy by eating foods full of healthy bacteria, including sauerkraut, yogurt and kefir.

3 Tips for Eating Mindfully During the Holidays Man sitting in front of a turkey dinner. Taking time to enjoy decadent holiday meals can help prevent you from overeating.
Is Winter Weight Gain a Health Issue? A black bear in a tree. Many living creatures put on weight to prepare for winter, including black bears. Here are three ways you can keep winter weight gain under control.
4 Ways to Know You Are Drinking Enough Water Woman drinking a glass of water in a bathrobe.

Although our water needs vary, starting your day with a glass of water will help get you hydrated from the get-go.

3 Tips to Avoid Feeling SAD This Winter Couple running outdoors through autumn leaves. Seasonal affective disorder can lead to weight gain, difficulty waking and lower energy levels.
Fish Labeled "Organic" Not Necessarily Wild Raw salmon steak with lemon wedges and rosemary sprig. Beware of misleading information when you're shopping for environmentally friendly fish choices.
Dispelling Common Myths about Cervical Dysplasia Cigarette in an ash tray with a pint of beer. Only .33 percent of women whose pap comes back abnormal end up with cervical cancer.
3 Tips for Safely Heating Food in the Microwave Brussels sprouts on a plate in the microwave. What are the best and worst containers to use in the microwave?
Health At Every Size: A New Model for Embracing Size Diversity Three curvy women smiling underneath a palm tree. Use nutrition information as a tool to lead a healthier life rather than merely as a means to lose weight.
Quick Guide to the 4 Best Types of Cookware Copper cookware hanging from hooks. Get the low-down on the best ways to use cast iron, aluminum, copper and stainless steel pots and pans.
Don’t Let Seasonal Allergies Strike this Fall Woman outdoors drinking tea. Popular medications such as antihistamines simply mask your body's signs of distress, but there also are natural treatments that can help prevent your allergies from flaring up.
What are the Best and Worst Reusable Water Bottles? Plastic water bottle being poured into stainless steel water bottle. Choosing the right reusable water bottle can have positive benefits for the environment as well as for your health.
“Kissing Disease” Returns with Back-to-School Season Sick teenage girl in bed. Infectious mononucleosis, more commonly referred to simply as mono, can affect adolescents and young adults ages 15-24 with the most significant symptoms.
5 Ways to Save While Buying Organic Local berries for sale at the Pike Place Market. Although growing your own fruits and veggies is one way to save on organic produce, there are other ways to stay within your budget while buying organic.
5 Tips to Keep Prediabetes at Bay Middle-aged ethnic couple exercising. By paying attention to your diet and staying active, you can prevent prediabetes from turning into full-blown diabetes.
Fresh, Local, Organic Fruit From Your Backyard Apple tree Learn the tricks to growing fruit such as plums, pears, apples and hard kiwi in the Pacific Northwest.
Canker Sores: A Window into Your Body's Health Woman taking a bite of an orange slice.

The health of your mouth can provide details about the health of your digestive and immune systems.

3 Reasons Why You Should Compost Hands holding soil and a small plant.

You don't even have to get your hands dirty to compost if you live in an area that offers food/yard waste pickup services.

Natural Tips to Help Clear Up Adult Acne Smiling woman with healthy skin. Avoid the negative effects of prescription medications and strong cleansers by using natural remedies to clear up your skin.
The New Superfood: Chia Seeds chia seeds in green bowl

This superfood is a great source of fiber, protein and heart-healthy omega 3s.

5 Tips to Relieve Anxiety Without Medication Man standing with hands folded in a green field. Natural alternatives include making changes to your lifestyle and taking herbal medicines.
How Much Caffeine is Too Much? Man sitting at computer drinking coffee.

Your weight, metabolism and level of sensitivity will impact how your body reacts to caffeine.

5 Tips for Natural Relief from Osteoarthritis Pain Woman standing under drops of water.

Alternating hot and cool moisture can provide instant relief, but a long-term change to diet can lead to a profound decrease in pain.

A Glass a Day Keeps the Doctor Away wine corks

Alcohol consumption in moderation can be good for you.

Tips for Quick and Healthy Meals Mixed frozen berries. Bastyr University nutrition students offer a host of tips to keep healthy foods on hand all hours of the day.
Whoops! Let’s Get the Facts Straight on Whooping Cough Child blowing his nose. As the number of pertussis cases continues to rise, so do the questions, myths and misinformation surrounding the illness.
Eating Locally: Healthier for You and the Planet Woman in red coat standing and holding and looking at plants

We know it’s best to feed our families foods that are both nutritious and good for the planet. But making these choices can be confusing with the information that makes it into the news.

Edible Flowers: Which Ones Are Good For You? A frosted cupcake next to a sprig of lavender.

Check out these wild edible flowers and see how they can be use in salads, soups, jams and more.

How Does Dental Health Relate to Overall Health? Woman smiling Prevention is the best medicine to fight periodontitis, a gum disease that you can ward off with natural remedies.
What is a Balanced Breakfast? Egg and bacon inside pastry.

Try these satisfying and delicious breakfast combinations and stay fueled for hours after eating.

Safe and Effective Supplements for Athletes young woman running outside Make the most of your workout by fueling up on the nutrients and minerals that are optimal for active bodies.
Tips & Tricks for Keeping a Fresh Fridge hands cutting vegetables When purchasing fresh ingredients, think carefully about when you plan to use them and follow these general storage guidelines.
What is Your Thyroid and What Does it do? Woman's feet on a scale.

Because it affects virtually every organ in our bodies, the thyroid gland can be linked to modest changes in body weight and energy levels.

Get the Skinny on Fats With These Healthy Eating Tips Four bottles of cooking oil. Fats are essential to our diets (so you can't cut them out entirely). But you can make sure you're putting the right kind into your body.
Natural Relief for PMS Symptoms Woman stretching and touching her toes. Daily exercise and these dietary choices can help reduce some of the symptoms linked to PMS.
Tips for Choosing (or Making) a Natural Dishwasher Detergent Woman and child putting dishes in dishwasher. If you can't find a detergent that's tough on your dishes yet gentle on the environment, try this recipe for homemade dishwasher detergent.
5 Tips to Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally Person reading instant soup nutritional label. Watching your diet and exercising are easy ways to start making changes to improve your heart health.
A Mouthful of Good Advice: 4 Nutrition Tips for Oral Health Woman eating salad. Taking care of your teeth and gums goes well beyond just brushing and flossing every day.
5 Natural Tips to Manage IBS Bowl of yogurt Keeping close tabs on your diet is one of the easiest ways to manage symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.
Decrease your Carbon Footprint by Buying in Bulk Bulk bins at a market. Many packaged foods travel across the globe several times before they finally reach your pantry.
6 Tips for Choosing the Best Supplement Brand A variety of supplement capsules and pills on a table. Are you getting your money's worth from your supplement? Make sure the manufacturer is ensuring a high-quality product by following these practices.
4 Foods You Can Forage for in the Pacific Northwest Thimbleberries on a leaf. To find locally grown food in the Northwest, all you really have to do is take a walk in the woods.
The Benefits of Green Tea Tea pot with two cups of tea filled with green tea. Studies have shown health-promoting effects ranging from cancer prevention to cholesterol balancing for people who regularly drink the ancient superfood.
9 Gluten-Free Grains Quinoa salad Don't feel like you have to give up grains because you're taking a break from gluten. There are plenty of gluten-free grains that are just as versatile as wheat.
Whole Foods to Fuel Your Workout pita sandwich What you eat and drink before and after exercising can greatly affect your workout and your energy level throughout the day.
4 Tips to Keep your Liver Healthy A variety of cabbages

Although everyday activities can put stress on your liver, there also are simple ways for you to keep your liver healthy.

How to Get Enough Vitamin D in Winter Snowscape If you're worried the sun's slumber in winter is keeping you from getting your daily dose of vitamin D, there are plenty of other ways to get your recommended daily amount.
Natural Health Tips for Expecting Mommies A pregnant woman exercising in a park If you're feeling overwhelmed by all the advice you're getting as a mom-to-be, we keep it simple with these six simple tips.
Sensational Snack Mixes that are Easy to Prepare A plate of nuts, dried berries and oatmeal. Spice up your snack bag with these healthy ideas to keep you fueled and satisfied when you're on the go.
What is a Homeopathic Remedy? Homeopathic medicine in a blue bottle Homeopathic medicines assist your body in its natural direction toward healing through a principle known as “like curing like,” in which the medicine resembles the symptoms.
4 Natural Rescue Remedies for Hangovers Partygoers toasting champagne glassees

Drinking plenty of fluids is one way to flush out the toxins your body absorbs through alcohol, but a few powerful antioxidants, herbs and minerals also can help put you back on the path to wellness.

Are Veggies Healthier Raw or Cooked? Woman holding wooden crate full of fresh produce You can argue that vegetables and fruits are healthier when eaten raw, but cooking them also produces different nutrients and benefits that are worth exploring.
What are Warts and How Can I Treat Them? Duct tape Home treatment options can be as simple as applying medicine daily or covering the wart with duct tape to kill the growth.
5 Pointers for Guilt-free Holiday Eating Plate of Christmas cookies Simple eating strategies can help you avoid the "holiday 10."
Hey Doc, Should I Be Getting Regular Health Screenings? Checking blood pressure Getting regular screenings allows your doctor to catch any possible health problems in an earlier stage, thereby giving you the opportunity to make meaningful changes for your health.
Seven Herbs to Support Immunity Glass teacup with tea and chamomile flowers.

In addition to healthy lifestyle practices — including a sensible diet, exercise, enough sleep and low stress — many common herbs can keep our immunity strong through the cold and flu season.

Dirty Dozen Pesticide List: Why it Matters to Eat Organic Apples The Environmental Working Group compiles a list of the fruits and vegetables with the highest amounts of pesticides and fungicides to help consumers make informed decisions about when to buy organic.
4 Tips to Help You Sleep Naturally Through the Night woman sleeping in bed

If you have trouble sleeping, there are natural ways to get your body back on track.

Best Foods to Pack and Eat While Traveling Whole wheat pasta, garbonzo beans, canned diced tomatoes, mozzarella and basil After just a few days into his three-week journey, Bastyr dietetic intern Matt Keen realized he would have to expand his diet beyond beef jerky and trail mix.
Safe Sushi: A Consumer’s Guide to Preventing Mercury Poisoning Plate of sushi with chopsticks Sushi lovers beware: It does matter what types of fish are rolled up in that nori. With the help of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, you can select fish that is healthier for both you and the environment.
Horrifyingly Healthy Halloween Snacks Oranges cut like jack-o'-lanterns Halloween can be a recipe for disaster. Candy corn, cupcakes, brownies, sacks full of treats — talk about sugar overload! There's got to be a better option, right?
How to Choose the Right Energy Bar for Your Needs Partially unwrapped energy bar

There is a time and a place for energy bars, says Liz Kirk, PhD, RD, a nutrition and exercise science faculty member at Bastyr

The Key to Wellness? It’s Gratitude, One Doctor Says Photo illustration of a tree growing in open hands The most basic key to wellness isn't a drug, an exercise regimen or a particular diet, says natural medicine author Michael T. Murray, ND. He's become convinced that cultivating a spirit of gratitude is the foundational secret to health.
3 Ways Nutrition Can Promote Healthier Skin

Beauty may be only skin deep, but healthy skin depends on what's deep within us — especially the food we eat, according to Phoebe Yi

A Healthier Lifestyle Can Help Prevent Prostate Cancer senior couple eating dinner Men over age 65 are at an increased risk of prostate cancer, but that's not the only factor that can increase your risk of the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths.
Clear up Acne with Chinese Herbal Medicine Woman in garden Acne is one of the most common skin disorders in the United States, affecting nearly 85 percent of all people. You can treat the outward symptoms with creams and cover-ups, but traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) can address the imbalances that cause acne in the first place.
Take a Chance on Nutrient-Packed "Sea Greens" Jennifer Adler holding seaweed. Some of the ocean's greatest culinary delights have the worst reputations. We've already sung the praises of the healthy, safe, cheap, sustainable and (arguably) delicious sardine. Now it's time to re-evaluate seaweed, another nutrient-packed, environmentally friendly, affordable product of the ocean.
Renew Your Energy by Following a Traditional Chinese Medicine Schedule Tired-looking woman Benjamin Apichai, a licensed acupuncturist and doctor trained in traditional Chinese medicine, sees dozens of Seattle patients who complain of chronic fatigue.
Lifestyle Changes Can Bring You Closer to the Fountain of Youth Avocado, raw walnuts and flaxseeds. Making some changes to your diet and exercise plan are simple ways to live a longer, healthier life.
4 Reasons Sardines are Great — and 2 Recipes to Convince You Sardines Sardines don't enjoy the exalted culinary status of salmon and halibut. But the small silvery fish have a lot of good things going for them.
4 Tips for Holistic Weight Management Chickpeas, an onion, cilantro and garlic bulb Warding off obesity isn't a matter of grueling exercise, faddish diets or giving up your favorite foods, according to Tiffany Reiss, PhD, director of the Exercise Science and Wellness program at Bastyr University.
Two Northwest Herbs You Can Eat for Free Rosemary Chefs like to say that fresh herbs are one of the surest ways to spruce up a home-cooked meal.
Knowing Your True Metabolic Rate Can Make Weight Management Easier MedGem calorimeter Losing weight may not require as much calorie-cutting as you think.
Steps Toward Safer Sunbathing Woman walking down beach with small child. Sunny days in the Pacific Northwest should be cause for celebration, not worry about radiation.
New State Law Expands Women's Access to Mirena IUS female doctor speaking with female patient Have you been considering a visit to a naturopathic doctor but were unsure whether your basic women's health needs would be met?
4 Tips for Healthier Grilling Worried about reports that link grilling with carcinogens? Reduce your cancer risk with these simple techniques.
Are You Drinking Enough Water? 4 Ways to Know glass of water Everywhere you look, there is a different “magic” number of glasses of water you should be drinking: Is it six glasses per day or is it eight?
"Super Seven" Guide for Eating More Raw Vegetables Carrots, the superfood, on a blue table This "Super Seven" go-to guide will help jump-start your creativity, allowing you to sample these raw, nutritious and low-calorie contributions with your favorite meals.
Do We Really Need Insoluble Fiber? Picture of whole grains

Fiber. We've all heard about how we need more of it, but how important is it really to our health?

5 Ways to Afford Whole Foods on a Budget Picture of lettuce We've all heard the advice, "Eat more whole food." But what exactly is whole food? And is it affordable?
Vitamin K for Bone Health Picture of a kale leaf When it comes to bone health, you may think of nutrients such as calcium and vitamin D or minerals including magnesium, boron and zinc, which can be beneficial for protecting bones from fracture. However, there is another nutrient that often flies under the radar although it is equally important in long-term bone health: vitamin K.
Try These Superfood Snacks Picture of strawberries, kiwis, bananas, pineapples, and watermelon Superfoods claim to lower bad cholesterol, reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer, help control weight and support a long life, all without any harmful side effects.
5 Common Household Toxins to Avoid Chemicals in our environment are linked to myriad illnesses. As you go about your spring cleaning this year, consider these five sources of toxicity. “The most important thing you can do to prevent illness from chronic exposure to chemicals is to stop the exposure,” says John Hibbs, ND, who teaches environmental medicine and toxicology at Bastyr University.
Migraines and Food Triggers Picture of chocolate pieces As someone who suffers from migraines on an annual basis, periods of high stress in my life have been punctuated with memories of intense headaches.
How Much Choline Do We Need? Picture of yogurt

Choline has become a popular topic in nutrition recently with many supplement companies and health experts promoting it. But what is choline and why do we need it?

How to Reduce Your Exposure to BPA Picture of a BPA free sippy cup Bisphenol A (BPA) is ubiquitous in our society; it is in toys, baby bottles, vinyl goods, medical equipment and a host of other everyday products. It’s also in our urine: In a recent survey done by the National Health Nutrition Survey, BPA was detected in urine samples of 92.6 percent of Americans.
Healing Honey is Delicious and Nutritious Picture of honey Minimally refined, delicious and purely from nature, honey makes for an excellent option when deciding how to sweeten your morning tea or fresh-baked pastry. But there is more to be appreciated in honey than just its good taste.
What are complementary proteins, and how do we get them? Rice and beans in a bowl.

Pairing the right foods throughout your day can ensure you're eating a complete protein.

Safe and Effective Ways to "Spring" into Detoxification Portrait of bicyclist drinking water As the days grow longer, many of us are eager to take advantage of the sunlight and re-implement our New Year's resolutions. If for you that means some time of "cleanse," here are three safe and effective ways to take your health back.
5 Tips to Help You Overcome Sugar Cravings Picture of sugar "Sweet is the first taste humans prefer from birth," says Christine Gerbstadt, a dietitian and spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association. While it seems that our craving for sweet foods may be hardwired into our DNA, it is possible to keep these cravings in check.
Calm the Cycle of Eczema With a Few Natural Treatments Picture of tea bag Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a common condition and frequent complaint in primary care offices. It estimated to be prevalent in 1 percent of adults and 5 percent of children. The symptoms include dry, red, itchy and inflamed skin, most commonly on the face, hands, behind the knees and in the crook of the elbow.
Does Your Morning Coffee Love You Back? Picture of a heart made of coffee beans It’s not a surprise that Seattle ranks No. 1 for coffee consumption in America. We love our caffeine, but what exactly are the effects of drinking so much coffee? Research can bring to light some of the facts about our favorite beverage.
Try a Spring Cleanse for These 4 Health Issues You don't have to give up solid foods to do a spring cleanse. Take cues from nature by eating detoxifying foods that will satisfy your cravings and help reset your body for spring.
Do We Need to Cook to be Healthy? Picture of fresh vegetables This is a question dietitians are asked frequently. Studies show improved health for individuals who choose a diet high in fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins, but low in saturated fats and sodium. So can you make healthy choices if you don't cook or don't have the equipment to cook?
What is So Important About Sleep? Picture of family sleeping The time we spend sleeping is commonly regarded as the time when our bodies get a chance to focus energy expenditure on tissue healing and rejuvenation. While the exact function of sleep still is not completely understood, we can make a number of conclusions based on a large volume of research examining the negative effects of sleep deprivation.
Get Calcium: Food or Supplement? a full glass and a full carafe of milk

Calcium is a critical component of a healthy diet. It is required for growing and maintaining healthy bones, for muscle contractions and for transmitting messages throughout the nervous system.

Six Ways to Allergy-Proof Your Home Picture of wood floors Sneezing, wheezing, coughing, running nose, itchy eyes, rashes and headaches.
Healthy Egg Substitutes Eggs and a whisk in a bowl There are several reasons for using egg substitutes, whether it is because of an allergy, a vegan diet you're following, or you're simply out of eggs and don't have time to run to the store.
Natural Treatment Strategies for Overactive Bladder Overactive bladder is a broad term used to describe a variety of symptoms that include an urgency to urinate, with or without incontinence; high frequency of urinating; and symptoms at night. However, it is important to see a physician to be diagnosed with overactive bladder as these symptoms may be caused by infections or other disease processes.
Nutrient Combinations for the Best Absorption Peanut butter and jelly. Cookies and milk. Some things in life just work better together. While our bodies take in nutrients from foods even when they're eaten alone, some nutrients' absorption is increased when they are eaten at the same time. Fortunately, there are many foods that naturally contain these combinations. Here are some examples of great nutrient pairs:
Sensible Strategies for Weight Management Weight management grabs more attention in advertisements and sells more books than almost any subject, with the side panels of websites, junk mail and TV shows all touting products and books to help people lose weight. A few of these strategies actually do work — but not for long.
Are Nonstick Pans Linked to Thyroid Disease? For several years, synthetic chemicals have been suspected of contributing to common thyroid conditions such as hypo- and hyperthyroidism, as well as thyroid cancer. In the United States, 16 percent of women and 3 percent of men will develop some form of thyroid disease during their lives.
Grass vs. Grain-fed Meats

Can we say meat is meat, no matter what the animal is fed, grass or grain? Is there any difference? From some perspectives, there is a difference.

Is it a Cold or the Flu? Knowing whether you have a cold or the flu can be difficult to determine, but it's important to know the difference because getting the flu can have life-threatening complications.
Creative Ways to Add Vegetables to Your Meals Are you tired of that same old salad or boring side of steamed broccoli and cauliflower? We all know we should eat a wide variety of vegetables to get our complete daily dose of vitamins, minerals and fiber. But sometimes we get stuck in a rut, eating the same veggies, prepared the same way, over and over. Here are a few creative tips to help spice up your meals with extra veggies.
Discover the Power of the Pomegranate Pomegranates are delicious, beautiful and packed with nutrients. Luckily, they are in season from October through January, so now is the perfect time to add this tasty fruit into your life and start reaping its benefits.
Find the Cause of Your Child's Ear Infection In addition to knowing how to determine whether you child has an ear infection, you also can take steps to prevent them.
The Difference Between Solid and Liquid Fats

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a fat that is liquid and a fat that is solid at room temperature?

Tips for Managing Holiday Stress The holiday season can leave many of us feeling more stressed than celebratory. From hectic schedules and traffic snarls to our anemic winter daylight, the pressures of daily life can add to our anxiety levels. Here are a few tips to keep in mind this holiday season to help keep the stress at bay.
Frozen Vegetables Can Be Better Than "Fresh"

Often times when we buy vegetables, we look for fresh ones. Nowadays, "fresh" can be a tricky word. At farmers' markets, produce is picked the day before or in the very early morning.

5 Strategies for Prostate Cancer Prevention

Prostate cancer has been touted by some as an inevitable result of aging. That is an assumption worth questioning. Statistically, according to the National Cancer Institute, 1-in-6 men in the U.S.

Restore Natural Energy During Fall and Winter Acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and healthy nutrition can help you maintain your natural energy during the fall and winter.
Probiotics and the Immune System Probiotics are yeast or bacterial organisms that exist in our intestines and have many health benefits. Health professionals continue to learn more about the immune-supporting aspects of these "beneficial bacteria."
"Super Squash" a Hearty Food for Winter

As the temperature drops this autumn, hearty foods become more appealing and nourishing. One tasty type of vegetable to warm you up during the colder months is winter squash.

Don’t Settle for Heavy Metals Toxic metal exposure has been linked to fatigue, autism and neurological disorders, so it's good to be aware of how some of these metals can leach their way into your life.
Spice Up Your Health! Add flavor and health benefits to your meal with a dash of spice.
Take Control of Mold If mold spores are causing health problems and other irritations, it's time to find and get rid of the source.
Get Your Symptoms Under Control Through Biofeedback Mind-body techniques such as biofeedback can help you achieve optimal health by balancing your mental and emotional stress levels.
Kick the Caffeine Craving If caffeine's negative side effects are outweighing its benefits, give these tips a try to cut the habit safely.
Top 10 Local Superfoods Adding these local superfoods to your diet can help boost the amount of nutrients you take in.
Defeat Emotional Obstacles to Summer Weight Loss Real improvements to body image are made from the inside–out.
Insect Repellent: Bad for Bugs, But What About Bodies? Herbal insect repellents are one substitute to bug repellents that can be toxic.
Hiking and Camping, Naturally Avoid the additives and preservatives in prepackaged camping foods and instead try packing these whole foods for your next trip to the great outdoors.
How Safe is Your Sunscreen? Read ingredient labels closely when buying a sunscreen.
Make the Switch to Alternative Sweeteners

Are you cutting back on white sugar? There are plenty of other natural sweeteners that you can use instead!

Are Your Food Choices Making You Ill? Have you thought about doing an "elimination diet" to find the triggers that are setting off chronic health symptoms?
How to Find and Use Watercress

The word "watercress" may bring to mind dainty tea sandwiches and ladies wearing hats.

Restocking the Pantry with Sugar Alternatives

The idea of a pantry without sugar may sound a little bit, well... empty. But many less processed alternatives to common table sugar exist.

Eight Super Foods for Super Kids Nutritious foods can be a tall order for kids, but these superfoods are not only healthy, they're also delicious!
Chinese Herbal Medicine Soothes Allergy Discomfort Chinese herbal medicine may just be the path to relief if you're suffering from seasonal allergies this spring.
Salmon: Wild or Farmed?

The American Heart Association recommends eating two servings of fish per week (that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon) to help with heart health.

The Truth About Calories Calorie-Free. High calorie. Reduced calorie. These terms cover food packages and magazine covers. But what is a "calorie"?
Punch up Your Water The advice to drink eight to ten glasses of water a day can be intimidating, especially if you think water is boring.
Nutrition for Allergies Picture of a woman's face lying on grass Seasonal allergies can be extremely uncomfortable and disruptive to everyday life.
Kick the Nightime Eating Habit Nighttime, for some people, is a time for enjoying dinner, relaxing on the couch or falling asleep with a good book. Yet for others, it can be a time filled with anxiety, loneliness and hunger.
Break the Snacking Habit Breaking the snacking habit is not impossible. There are many little things you can do to prevent yourself from grabbing those unneeded snacks throughout the day. Believe it or not, snacking is not usually done because of hunger, but more out of routine or boredom. Here are some strategies for avoiding getting caught up in the "snack trap":
Hidden MSG Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) is a salt of glutamic acid, an amino acid and a building block of protein that occurs naturally in many foods such as seaweed and soybeans.
Nature's Best Seeds Picture of sunflower seeds Seeds are an incredibly rich source of nutrients, not only for the growth of a sprout, but also for our own health. Next time you need a snack, or a topping for your salad, consider one of these nutritious seeds:
Eating Slowly in a Fast Paced World In today's society everything is high speed. What once took weeks now takes mere minutes or seconds.
Rosemary: An Herb with History

Rosemary is an evergreen shrub and a member of the mint family. It has nothing to do with Mary or roses, instead deriving its name from the Latin "rosmarinus." which means "dew of the sea," referring to its light blue flowers and affinity for wet environments.

Natural Cleaning Recipes

Make your own cleaners for a fraction of the cost of natural cleaning supplies available in stores.

Fiber and Weight Loss There are two types of fiber in the diet: soluble fiber (water-soluble) and insoluble fiber (not water-soluble). Whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds and whole grains usually contain at least some of both soluble and insoluble fiber.
Boosting Mental Health Have you resolved to have a new perspective on life? Here are a few basic but powerful keys to maintaining good spirits throughout the year:
New Year's Resolutions: They Can Still Be a Reality Picture of man and woman exercising Traditionally many people make New Year's vows centered on their health and happiness. Come March most forget that important goal. Why do these positive aspirations float away? Lack of time, stress, falling back into routines, a sense of failure — all are common reasons. You want to make that health goal stick, how do you do it?
Seven Ways to Improve Your Winter Health Washing hands in soapy water. Keep your immune system strong during the winter months to help ward off the cold and flu.
Dive "Feet First" Into Wellness With a Natural Remedy Feet in thick socks under a blanket.

Feel a cold or the flu coming on? Fight back without spending a dime with the "wet sock treatment," which can help boost your immune system right in the nick of time!

Breast Health Diet Picture of field of garlic In the United States breast cancer is second only to lung cancer as the most common cancer among women. A healthy diet, combined with exercise, is essential to decreasing your risk for breast cancer and boosting your immune system.
The Amazing Avocado How could this unusual fruit with the green, bumpy flesh and buttery-textured interior be considered "amazing"? Here's how:
Nature's Hidden Source of Vitamin D When vitamin D comes to mind, we usually think of sunshine. Sunshine is without a doubt the best source of vitamin D. However, we don't always have access to it, especially during the winter months, if we live at northern latitudes, or if we spend most of our time indoors.
Natural Bone Builders There are many natural ways to support bone health, including diet, healthy digestion and exercise. Bone matrix is active living tissue and requires nourishment. We can eat the essential nutrients of our bones, specifically minerals and protein to keep them healthy and strong.
Immune Boosters As the leaves fall and the rains remind us of what it means to live in the Pacific Northwest, many people start worrying about they can do to keep their immune system healthy and avoid colds and flus.
Breathe Easy with Acupuncture Woman taking deep breath outdoors. Whether you are seeking relief from allergies, cold or flu, or sinus infections, acupuncture and East Asian medicine can help you out.
Cooking with Gluten-free Whole Grains Incorporating grains into the diet can be challenging for the gluten-free.
Acupressure Points for Deep Sleep

All of us suffer sleepless nights once in a while. Did you know the pressure points that are used in acupuncture can also be used at home? Try these acupressure points the next time you find yourself tossing and turning at night.

5 Tips to Optimize the Financial Sustainability of the Gluten-free diet Gluten-free (GF) diets can be costly. The availability of GF foods in the marketplace is on the rise, however, the market prices of many of these products make them inaccessible to those on a budget.
25 Naturally Gluten-free Snacks Finding healthy, grab-and-go snacks can be challenging for the gluten-free eater. Gluten is pervasive in most packaged snack foods.
Introducing: The Aduki Bean Aduki beans, otherwise known as azuki or adzuki beans, are small red beans cultivated throughout East Asia.
Golden Protection from Turmeric Turmeric, a member of the ginger family, is a vibrant yellow spice that has been a core component of Indian medicine for centuries.
Ginger: Boundless Culinary and Medicinal Applications Picture of a piece of ginger Ginger is a root that is used in many culinary as well as medicinal applications.
Bountiful Berries Picture of mixed berries Berries are ubiquitous in Seattle during the summertime. Blackberry bushes explode out onto the Burke Gilman trail. Large plastic buckets accompany the masses as they head into Magnuson Park. Red, blue and purple hues are ever-present at the farmers' markets.
Healthy Living on a Budget When you're pinching pennies, it can seem hard to make healthy eating choices. But it's a good way to help keep your immune system strong and your stress level down.
Seaweed a versatile addition to any diet A misperception exists that seaweeds are inedible and difficult to incorporate into the daily diet. In fact, they are one of the most versatile foods, providing abundant flavor and a natural source of salt to many different dishes.
Spring Into Family Fitness Happy family walking in woods. By encouraging children to be active, parents can help prevent health risks associated with childhood obesity.