Health Tips

Health Tips

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?
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.

Preventing Type 2 Diabetes Naturally healthy lifestyle items weights, fruit vegetables With the number of Type 2 Diabetes patients quickly rising, it's time to start preventing this disease by changing dietary and exercise habits. Dr. Jennifer Pilon sheds some light on how to prevent this disease naturally.
How to Lower Your Exposure to Pesticides Get help decreasing your pesticide exposure without going over budget with the Environmental Working Group's lists of the "Dirty Dozen" and the "Clean Fifteen."
Auf Wiedersehen, Allergies Adding delicious and healthful anti-inflammatory foods to your diet can help give your body a fighting chance if you suffer from seasonal allergies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Choose an Earth-Friendly Lunchbox metal lunchbox Choose the best lunchbox for your lifestyle by comparing key features.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
4 Tips for Helping Your Child Eat Healthy Young girl holding box of fresh vegetables at farmers market. If you do one thing to teach your children healthy eating habits, eat together as a family.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 University.

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 Yin, a naturopat

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?
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.