Health & Wellness
Kelli lives in rural New Hampshire with her husband and their two children. She works as a writer, and in her free time enjoys reading, gardening, photography, and walking in the woods. Kelli blogs at OurCommonHours.com, and shares her family’s faith journey through the seasons of nature and the Christian year at AroundtheYear.org
Health & Wellness
Omega 3s may help lower levels of inflammation, reduce the risk of high blood pressure and diabetes, and improve symptoms of depression, anxiety, and even ADHD. Omega 3s may also help alleviate joint pain and psoriasis, as well as offer help with conditions ranging from asthma to macular degeneration and even cancer.
Anise hyssop ( Agastache foeniculum) is an often-overlooked member of the mint family, and has been named the Herb of the Year for 2019 by the International Herb Association (IHA). Since 1991, IHA has been selecting an herb to feature each year based on its culinary, decorative, or medicinal qualities.
There's no nice way to say it-life can be stressful. This is especially true during the holidays. While most of us look forward to celebrating with friends and family, the festivities can compound our stress. Here are some helpful ways to get back to feeling merry and bright.
A fall chill may be in the air, but if you're one of the 40 million Americans suffering from allergic rhinitis, otherwise known as hay fever, a change in the seasons doesn't necessarily mean a break from sneezing and other allergy symptoms. Try these herbal solutions to help lessen the severity of allergy-related symptoms, including sinus pressure, runny nose, and congestion.
Our bodies face stressors every day-biological, emotional, environmental, and physical. Staying balanced is a key factor in overall health and well-being. We can find equilibrium with a category of herbs called adaptogens, known to improve the body's ability to function under stress.
The last time you had a cold or the flu, it's likely someone suggested that chicken soup might help you feel better. It turns out that there's a lot of truth in that seemingly old-fashioned idea! When we're sick or stressed our bodies are fighting hard, which can cause us to deplete our reserves of key nutrients.
It seems like summer just started, but before you know it you'll be at the store shopping for back-to-school supplies. While you're stocking up on pencils, paper, and glue, you might want to consider tossing some probiotics in your cart, too! Probiotics contribute to the good bacteria that live in our bodies.
Sports & Fitness
Sports nutrition can be confusing, even for seasoned athletes. There are many products on the market that promise big results... but do they deliver? Let's take a look at the role of protein in sports performance, and how to make healthy choices when shopping for protein bars.
Everyone knows we need protein for energy and growth, but we also need it to obtain amino acids. Our bodies use amino acids to break down food, reduce fatigue, and repair tissue and muscles, among many other functions. Several recent studies have demonstrated the value of supplemental amino acids for athletes.
Regular exercise can help prevent chronic diseases, keep weight in check, improve sleep, and relieve stress. Experts recommend at least 30 minutes of moderate activity each day for adults, and 60 minutes for children. If your family is falling short, these strategies can help get you moving again.