Sports drinks. What image comes to mind? Probably those blindfully-bright electrolyte quenchers with "yellow 6," "caramel color," "modified food starch" and other mystery ingredients. There's even talk of a top brand using brominated vegetable oil (BVO), which is patented as a flame retardant.

How about something your body can appreciate, and actually use? This DIY electrolyte drink with real food ingredients fits the bill.

First, let's take a second to define what electrolytes are.

Electrolytes include sodium, potassium, chloride, calcium, magnesium and other minerals needed for proper body function. When we exercise and sweat we lose water and these minerals, which must be replenished. Water alone doesn't cut it, and can lead to muscle cramps and fatigue.

The star of this electrolyte show is coconut water.

It contains two minerals that help balance fluids in the body: potassium and sodium. When compared to Gatorade, coconut water wins with 13x more potassium and a little over twice the so...

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Painful stiffness and swelling in your joints? The following nutritional strategies, in addition to regular low-impact exercise and maintaining a healthy weight, may help.

As the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates said; "let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." Unprocessed, whole foods not only support arthritis, but are the best fuel you can give your entire body.

1. Antioxidant-Rich Foods

Antioxidants neutralize free radicals, and may help reduce tissue damage from inflammation. Choose fresh produce for the utmost potency, targeting pigment-rich grapes and berries, deep green vegetables and teas (green tea, in particular).

   Some Antioxidant-Packed Superfoods:

2. Omega-3's

Omega-3 fatty acids, including EPA and DHA, may help reduce painful inflammation - and in turn, help r...

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Valerian - A Natural Sleep Aid?

8/19/2015 12:09 AM

Can't sleep? We've all been there. Valarian may just be the sweet dream you've been looking for.

Dr. Weil on Valerian

If getting enough deep, restful sleep has become more of a dream than reality, consider Valerian (Valeriana officinalis). This herb is a safe and effective sleep aid, and can help relieve insomnia. It is available in tincture, extract, or capsule form - use one teaspoon of the tincture in a quarter cup of water, or take one or two capsules at bedtime.

Look for valerian products standardized to one percent valerenic acid. When used appropriately, valerian has no known side effects, but it is best used only on an occasional basis to maintain its efficacy.

More On Valerian

Valerian is a delicate flowering perennial native to Europe and parts of Asia. Its roots are used as a natural medicine.

Since the second century A.D., valerian has been used for anxiety, insomnia and restlessness. It's believed this herb may work by increasing levels of a chemical called gamma aminobutyric ac...

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MegaFood and the Big T

8/17/2015 11:25 AM

MegaFood has upped the ante on the transparency of natural supplements in a big way. 

What does that mean? It all boils down to trust and a big sigh of relief. We know when businesses use the term transparency (with a small t) they’re talking about their products or corporation’s level of openness, communication, and accountability with consumers. Let's take a look at how this plays out with the supplements you and your family take…

What is your supplement really made of?

Most of us simply don’t know the answer, and the rest of us never thought to ask. When you stop to think about it, knowing WHAT your vitamins and minerals are made from, WHERE that source came from, and what TESTS those ingredients have passed, becomes more and more relevant.

Which brings us to the next question: HOW do we figure it out?

The companies making these supplements have to be willing to share this information, and honestly, obtaining it can be downright hard, if not impossible.

This is why we’re talking about Meg...

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It's true - non-GMO product use in America is rising! Everyone from millennials to baby boomers, Generation X to the "mature" generation, are choosing more non-GMO labeled products; in fact, data from the N.M.I. (Natural Marketing Institute) shows use of food labeled as non-GMO rose to 59% of the general U.S. population in 2014, which was up from 53% in 2013 and 37% in 2012.

This data is based on actual 'use' or consumption of non-GMO labeled food...not just what people would *like* to be able to use.

Steve French, managing partner for the N.M.I. explains: “Even though the F.D.A. says it’s safe, even though there are all kinds of literature out there that says there are no issues with GMO products, consumers just inherently don’t believe that.”

Non-G.M.O. product use rising across all age groups

by Jeff Gelski

CHICAGO — Products labeled as non-G.M.O. are increasing in use among millennials — and among baby boomers, people in Generation X and pretty much all age groups in the U...

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There is no end to the tricks that endocrine disruptors can play on our bodies: increasing production of certain hormones; decreasing production of others; imitating hormones; turning one hormone into another; interfering with hormone signaling; telling cells to die prematurely; competing with essential nutrients; binding to essential hormones; accumulating in organs that produce hormones.

Here are 12 of the worst hormone disruptors, how they do their dirty deeds, and some tips on how to avoid them.

1. BPA

Some may say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but do you really want a chemical used in plastics imitating the sex hormone estrogen in your body? No! Unfortunately, this synthetic hormone can trick the body into thinking it’s the real thing – and the results aren’t pretty. BPA has been linked to everything from breast and others cancers to reproductive problems, obesity, early puberty and heart disease, and according to government tests, 93 percent of Americans have BPA...

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