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Better Nutrition February 2019

Since 1938, Better Nutrition magazine’s mission has been to responsibly inform health-food-store shoppers in nutritional approaches to health and wellness, as well as report on the latest research on vitamins, herbs minerals, nutrients, whole foods, natural personal care and beauty items and environmentally friendly products.

United States
Active Interest Media
12 期号


the way to your heart

Many of us take our heart health for granted until something happens. I recently met a man who ended up in the ER with crushing chest pain after pushing his wife uphill in a wheelchair. His doctor said he came very close to dying because one of his arteries was 98 percent clogged. Surprisingly, he had no signs that something was amiss until that day. Now he feels like he’s been given a second chance at life, and he wants to protect his precious heart by making healthier food choices, among other changes. Cardiovascular disease, which includes atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and high blood pressure, can have no symptoms. This is reason enough to fine-tune your diet and supplement regimen. Contributing editor Vera Tweed explores this very question in “How…

coming next month

How to Do a Full-Body Cleanse A natural detox program using herbs and essential oils can improve all areas of your health and appearance. Shopper’s Guide to B Vitamins What forms to use for best absorption, plus how to tell if you’re low in certain Bs. Ultimate Keto Handbook Thinking about trying the keto diet? Here’s everything you need to know. Get More at betternutrition.com Chocolate Espresso Oatmeal Cookies February is National Chocolate Lovers Month. Celebrate with our online-only Recipe of the Month: Chocolate Espresso Oatmeal Cookies.…

3 natural ways to prevent and relieve back pain

“We live in a movement-deprived culture,” says Bradford Butler, DC, author of The Blueprint for Back Pain: The Essential Guide to Non-Surgical Solutions. That fact, he says, predisposes us to stiff and shortened muscles that disrupt the alignment of the 24 vertebrae in our spine, putting pressure on nerves and eventually causing pain. Here’s an example: If you sit all day at work, the hamstring muscles in the back of your thighs get shorter. If you don’t compensate by stretching, they pull on the pelvis when you stand, stressing the spine. To feel the stretch, stand up and, with straight legs shoulder-width apart, bend forward from the hips. Here are some other basic tips from Butler: * Drink more water: Dehydration can cause the muscles in your back to stiffen and even…

how lovely!

1 Serenity Now Everyone deals with day-to-day stress, but there are times when stress and anxiety can become overwhelming. Whether it’s a job interview, a presentation, or a trip, you can find on-the-spot relief from tension with herbs. Gaia Herbs Calm A.S.A.P. features a harmonious blend of botanicals that have traditionally been used to promote a sense of calm and peace when it’s needed the most. Skullcap, passionflower, chamomile, blue vervain, English lavender, and holy basil make up this fast-acting formula. Take 3 capsules on an as-needed basis. 2 Purify Your Skin NOW Solutions Charcoal Detox line combines activated charcoal—one of the best natural ingredients for treating dull, oily, and acneprone skin—with soothing aloe and superfruit extracts for a brighter, clearer complexion. The Moisturizer is great for hydrating skin and protecting against environmental…

are you low in zinc?

Zinc lozenges are a popular cold remedy, but this unheralded mineral can do so much more. Zinc is required for more than a thousand different chemical reactions in the human body, which gives it a wide range of health benefits: * Zinc is essential for a healthy immune system, which helps ward off colds and other illnesses. Zinc plays a key role in healthy cell division, which helps protect against cancer.* In combination with other antioxidants, zinc protects the eyes against blindness from age-related macular degeneration.* Zinc is used to treat diarrhea in children and to treat Wilson’s disease, a genetic disorder that leads to very high, life-threatening levels of copper.* Zinc is an antioxidant that reduces chronic inflammation and may protect against atherosclerosis. Signs You Need More Zinc Older people and anyone…

the truth about supplement studies

Emily A. Kane, ND, LAc, has a private naturopathic practice in Juneau, Alaska, where she lives with her husband and daughter. She is the author of two books on natural health, including Managing Menopause Naturally. Visit her online at dremilykane.com. Q: There seems to be a lot of controversy lately about what I thought were foundational supplements such as fish oil, vitamin D, and probiotics. What’s up with that?—Stephon W., San Jose, Calif. a: The more “we the people” take responsibility for our health, the more likely we are to live healthy, vibrant lives. It may sound cynical, but pharmaceutical companies, with their profit motives and lobbyists, need us to be chronically unwell. I believe they go to disturbing lengths to discredit so-called “alternative” medicine. The level of misrepresentation in the headlines…