Latest Blog Posts

How Much Water Do You Really Need?

Eight 8-oz. cups of water has been the standard hydration rule for decades now, but the reality is that hydration requirements can vary widely depending on body weight, activity level, and the rest of your diet. A more accurate way to determine how much in fluids your body requires is to divide your weight (in pounds) by two – and that’s approximately how many ounces you should drink daily.

Read more »

From Niche to Mainstream – Natural and Organic Trends That Strike It Big

African super foods, bee-free vegan “honey,” and drinkable grains are just some of the trends that merged from the natural and organic section to mainstream in grocery stores and food services. Some of these are just beginning to evolve now, while others have already made their mark. Here’s a list, along with some of the new products representing each trend.

Read more »

Too Little Sun Exposure Now Found to Be a Health Risk

For many years, we have been told to avoid prolonged exposure to the sun because of health risks like sunburn and, more seriously, skin cancer. Now a new study found that getting too little sun can cause problems as well. According to recent research, women who consistently avoided direct sunlight had a greater mortality risk from all causes, including skin cancer, than their counterparts with higher sun exposure.

Read more »

How to Make the Most of Your Vacation

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Americans do not only work longer and take less time off than Europeans, and as of late, even the Japanese, they also seem unable to reap the benefits of their holidays as much in terms of recreation and rejuvenation. Studies show that the effects of taking breaks from work can vary dramatically based on how workers choose to unwind.

Read more »

Foodborne Illnesses Keep Rising, Government Report Finds

Summer is the time for picnics, barbecues and outdoor cooking. Unfortunately, it is also a time when more people fall ill from food poisoning due to warm temperatures and unsafe storing and handling of perishable foods. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), some foodborne illnesses have increased by 75 percent since the agency conducted its last survey less than a decade ago.

Read more »

Diet for a Healthier Planet

While the exact causes of climate change continue to be disputed, there is general consensus among scientists that the phenomenon is real and that human activity plays a significant role in it. But surprisingly, it is not only large-scale industrial enterprise or modern-day transportation that has led to the current warming of the earth’s atmosphere but also very personal behavior like the diet and lifestyle choices we all make every day, according to a new study.

Read more »

Guest Contributors