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Roll out the red carpet, because it’s

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picked 50 of our favorites, and

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categories that marry the best of

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Special Beauty


Welcome to our annual beauty issue! Starting on p. 41,

you’ll find our 50 personal care favorites across a range of

categories. To come up with our list of winners, we tested

shampoos, serums, deodorants, toothpastes, and many

other products.

It was hard to narrow the list to 50—there are so many

wonderful natural beauty products on the market today.

We chose ones that stand out for a variety of reasons, from

innovative ingredients such as plant-based stem cells to

advanced, easier-to-absorb forms of vitamins. The best

part is that our winning picks are made without chemicals

or other irritants. And they rival pricey spa treatments in

terms of effectiveness. So you can look beautiful and still

feel good about what you put on your body.

But beauty is far from skin deep. “Skin troubles are a

reflection of what’s going on inside. To get perfect skin and

maintain it, you need the right balance inside and out,” says

Wendy Rowe, makeup artist, beauty expert, and author of

the new book Eat Beautiful (Clarkson Potter). “The way to

achieve that healthy glow is really very simple—just laugh,

exercise, and feed the skin. A little bit of makeup never hurt

any of us either.” We agree, Wendy! See p. 62 for Rowe’s

Green Protein Smoothie—“Every ingredient in this recipe

has skin-benefiting properties,” she says. You’ll also find our

list of top beauty-boosting foods in this section.

I’ll leave you with this quote from Jenn Proske: “Love

yourself. It is important to stay positive because beauty

comes from the inside out.”


“Skincare is important, of course, but eating

a range of good-quality, skin-friendly foods—

seasonal and organically produced when

possible—will provide the foundation. This

will ensure your skin has a healthy glow,”

— Wendy Rowe, author of Eat Beautiful

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Last year, the solar industry grew

faster than ever, with the number of

solar cells in the United States nearly

doubling. And within the next decade,

solar power will cost less than coal in

many parts of the world. Should you

put solar panels on your roof? What if

you don’t own your home?

Solar roof panels are only one

way to harness the sun. Some utilities

offer power from solar and other

renewable energy sources, although

it may cost more. Check your utility

bill for green options that can provide

some or all of your electricity. But

those aren’t your only choices.

Community Solar Programs

For both homeowners and renters,

many parts of the U.S. have community

solar programs, sometimes called

solar farms or gardens. Solar panels

are installed in large groups on

otherwise unusable

land, and local

residents can either

rent or buy a number

of those panels.

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Although six in 10 Americans say they

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don’t eat at least five daily servings

of fruits and vegetables, the minimum

recommended amount. The reality

gap was identified in a survey of 1,025

adults by ORC International, on behalf

of MegaFood.

Healthiest Cities

It’s easier to make healthy choices in some

cities than in others. WalletHub, a personal

finance site, compared 34 characteristics of 150

U.S. cities, and ranked these as the 10 healthiest:

1 San Francisco

2 Salt Lake City

3 Scottsdale, Ariz.

4 Seattle

5 Portland, Ore.

6 Irvine, Calif.

7 Huntington Beach, Calif.

8 Honolulu

9 Washington, D.C.

10 Santa Clarita, Calif.

Ranking factors included per capita number of

fitness clubs, nutritionists, healthy restaurants,

and walking and running trails; fruit and veggie

consumption; and health care access and costs.

Here are some of the winners in individual

categories (based on per-capita numbers):

Most healthy restaurants: Portland, Ore.

Most nutritionists: Durham, N.C.

Lowest average fitness club costs: El Paso, Tex.

Most running trails: Washington, D.C.

Most walking trails: Lincoln, Neb.

Three California cities—San Francisco,

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Researchers at the University of Newcastle

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plants are known to counteract inflammation

and can reduce health risks for chronic diseases

among older adults who are overweight or obese.

The study was published in the journal Nutrition.

Many green powders and some multivitamins contain

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A B vitamin necessary to prevent

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women who may bear children. In

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American women don’t get the

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quality score. Pollutants measured include different industrial and vehicle emissions,

bacteria, viruses, dust, and pollen.

Air pollution increases risk for respiratory and heart diseases, and may contribute

to diabetes and dementia. But studies show that the following foods and nutrients

can help protect against damage:




Fruits and veggies reduce heart-related risk from air pollution.

Vitamin E helps protect lungs against tiny particles called particulate matter.

Olive oil—as little as two-thirds of a teaspoon daily (3 grams, which contains

40 calories)—reduces pollution-related inflammation and constriction of arteries.


While protein can be found in both plant and animal foods, other nutrients

in these sources differ. However, both work equally well to maintain

muscle mass, strength, and bone mineral density, according to

a study of 2,986 men and women between the ages of

19 and 72 by Harvard University and other Boston-area

researchers. The study, published in the American Journal

of Clinical Nutrition, also found that higher intake of protein

increases strength and lean muscle mass in arms and legs,

and noted that vitamins, minerals, and acidity of the diet

(animal-based foods are more acidic) affect how protein is utilized.

Among parents of children

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the stomach from excess acid and heal its protective mucous

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Research shows that zinc, especially when combined with

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Pylopass, a patented probiotic, helps balance the raito

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roam. Airline-approved-sized bottles include

essentials that combat the dehydrating effects

of airplane cabin air that can take a toll on skin

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are four fantastic natural formulas—Acure

Ultra-Hydrating Shampoo and Ultra-Hydrating

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CoQ10, and sea buckthorn oil; Acure Brightening

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Using products from the Spry5 system

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This often overlooked mineral is gaining new popularity as scientists

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Magnesium is emerging as a superstar

mineral, but for decades it’s been so

underrated that one study called it an

“orphan nutrient.” In the U.S. National

Library of Medicine’s online database

at, there are more than five

times as many scientific articles about

calcium as there are about magnesium,

yet both are equally essential for the

function of the human body.

The Calcium-Magnesium


These two minerals are somewhat like

the opposite ends of a dimmer switch.

Calcium gives bones their hardness and

makes things happen by exciting nerves,

contracting muscles, and contributing

to the inflammation necessary to fight

invaders or injury. Magnesium gives

bones some flexibility, keeps them from

becoming brittle, and has a “chilling out”

effect, relaxing nerves and muscles

and reducing inflammation. Calcium is

necessary for blood to clot so that wounds

can heal, while magnesium prevents

harmful clots and keeps blood flowing.

When we experience a stressful

situation, whether it’s an irritable boss,

a traffic jam, or a workout at the gym,

calcium contributes to the fight-or-flight

response that kicks in, and if there isn’t

enough magnesium to calm things down,

we stay stressed. And without

enough magnesium, high

calcium levels can lead to

stiff arteries and heart


300 internal processes that go on all the Today’s Calcium-Magnesium

time to sustain life, including energy Imbalance

production. A study of post-menopausal While lack of either mineral is bad for

women tested performance on a stationary health, magnesium is the one likely to

bike, before and after eating a low-magnesium

diet, and found that lack of the

fall short because:

mineral made a significant difference. * Calcium is widely advertised

With low magnesium, women used

as an essential nutrient.

10–15 percent more energy and their * Calcium supplements are

heart rate increased by 10 beats per

recommended by doctors.

minute while doing the same amount of * Calcium is added to many foods

cycling. Magnesium can also improve and drinks.

sleep. In studies, other benefits of

magnesium have included:

In comparison, magnesium

doesn’t have a voice. Think


* Less risk of asthma

about it: When was the


* Protection against

last time you saw a TV

The U.S. government didn’t

type 2 diabetes

start recommending minimum

intakes of magnesium food because it contains

commercial touting a

* Less depression

* Relief from symptoms until 1968—27 years after lots of magnesium?

issuing calcium recommendations.

The optimum ratio

of fibromyalgia

* Protection against

of calcium to magnesium

hearing loss from very

is estimated to be 2:1 from

loud noise

all sources, including food and

* Lower blood pressure

supplements, but in the average U.S.

* Fewer and shorter migraine headaches diet, it’s estimated to be 3:1, meaning too

* Lower odds of irregular heart rhythm much calcium and too little magnesium.

* Relief from premenstrual syndrome

Good sources of magnesium include

* Less risk for osteoporosis leafy greens, nuts, whole grains, and

More Reasons Why

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A natural component of

every cell in the human

body, magnesium is

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much more prevalent than official surveys show. Even so, this is how many people are not getting

the minimum recommended daily amounts (400–420 mg for men and 320–360 for most women):

Overall U.S. population About 50%


After age 70

75% of boys

87% of girls

79% of men

70% of women

legumes. As an example, a half-cup of

cooked spinach or 1 ounce of dry-roasted

almonds contains about 80 mg of magnesium,

which is around 20 percent of the

daily minimum recommended amount.

Forms of Magnesium in Supplements

Some forms of magnesium are more

easily absorbed or are recommended

for specific situations. Forms considered

to be absorbed more easily include those

labelled as “chelated,” and magnesium

glycinate, malate, citrate, taurate, threonate,

and orotate. Magnesium malate is often

recommended to relieve symptoms of

fibromyalgia, and magnesium threonate

is sometimes formulated for brain health.

Taking more magnesium than the

body can absorb can result in loose stools,

and is more likely with the magnesium

oxide form. The problem is easily

solved by taking less of the supplement.

Magnesium hydroxide is a form used in

laxatives and antacids.

Magnesium can also be absorbed

through the skin. Epsom salt baths have

been popular for years, and more recently,

other magnesium salts for soaking or

bathing, as well as magnesium creams

and lotions, have become available.






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Natural Solutions

for IBS

Gentle, effective ways to treat disrupted

digestion /// BY EMILY A. KANE, ND, LAC

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.

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2 My doctor says I have IBS. Another

doctor told me that IBS is a “nonsense”

diagnosis. Either way, my digestion isn’t

right. Help! —Greta Y., Santa Barbara, Calif.

#2Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

has been in the medical news a

lot lately because—guess what—it’s real,

and increasingly common. Contrary to

popular opinion, IBS does not cause colon

or other cancers, but it can make your life

uncomfortable, and if you have irregular

and uncomfortable bowel movements,

you should be evaluated for the possibility

of a more serious disease.

IBS is distinct from inflammatory

bowel disease (IBD), which is a more

serious category of gastrointestinal

disorders such as Crohn’s disease (ulcers

in the small intestine) or ulcerative

colitis (bleeding from large intestine).

IBS typically presents as chronic loose

and urgent stools, often with cramping,

and it’s not always easy to sort out

the cause. This is partly because

there is often an additional emotional

component to IBS.

First, ask yourself if there is something

you need to “purge” in your life—a bad

relationship, a bad boss, a bad memory

that may require ceremonial

closure (funerals are an example

of ceremonial closure). The gut is

your “second brain” and can react

to emotions to a profound degree.

Problem Foods

The “big 9” food irritants are wheat, dairy,

soy, corn, caffeine, tomatoes, eggs, shellfish,

and peanuts. However, fructose-induced

diarrhea is not uncommon, and should be



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Always be sure to cook

your food thoroughly.

Well-cooked foods

are much easier to

digest than raw foods.

a consideration, especially if you eat

more than 2–3 servings of fruit daily.

To figure out if a certain food is

causing your symptoms, you need to

completely avoid the potentially

offending food for 2–3

weeks, then reintroduce it

into your diet and watch

for symptoms. IBS can also

present with heartburn, fatigue,

headache, back or abdominal pain,

and even palpitations. If after

3 days of reintroduction there are no

undesirable changes to your gut function,

skin, mood, joint stiffness, or other

symptoms, that food is likely fine.

This takes careful organization

of your diet, and it really helps to

work with a licensed naturopathic

physician or well-trained nutritionist

(not dietician). Some chiropractors also

have additional nutrition training, but

most MDs have very little training in

nutrition, since they are experts in

pharmaceutical medicine.

Natural Solutions

During the acute phase of IBS (lots of

watery stools and cramping), try a hypoallergenic

diet (see sidebar). As improvement

occurs, eggs and yogurt (preferably

made from goat’s milk) can be added if

they don’t worsen the symptoms. Supplements

that often help heal and soothe

the gut include liquid chlorophyll (1 Tbs.

daily), alfalfa tabs, calming herbal teas

(Melissa, chamomile, fennel, peppermint,

and ginger), and my favorite GI repair

agent: glutamine, about 2 grams daily.

As your symptoms stabilize, you can

slowly add the cruciferous vegetables

back into your diet. These provide many

important nutrients, but can be hard to

digest, so are best cooked with digestionaiding

herbs such as fennel, caraway,

cumin, anise, and dill. Nuts and seeds,

grape skins, and red meat are also all

difficult to digest, but may not be the

causes of your GI distress.

Carrageenan is a common additive used

to make ice cream and other confections

“smooth,” but is very irritating to the gut.

Avoid this additive when possible, which

is used in a lab setting to make mice guts

bleed. Very spicy and very sweet foods

are also GI irritants, as are fried foods,

alcohol, and caffeine.

Keep in mind that we’re exposed to

more chemical additives than ever in our

food and drink, so read labels and try to

stick to food that is as close to the way it

grew as possible when you eat it. And cook

your food thoroughly. Well-cooked foods

are much easier to digest than raw foods.

With acute crampy pain, heat to the

abdomen (hot water bottle or heating

pad) can be very soothing. Regular

exercise helps everything, including

being a highly effective stress-reliever.


BREAKFAST: whole brown rice cereal

(3–4 Tbs. rice in 2 cups water, stirring

constantly over medium heat) with

2 tsp. virgin olive or flax oil stirred in

when cooked.

MORNING SNACK: baked apple or

blueberries/sliced banana topped

with unsweetened cocoa powder.

LUNCH: vegetable soup from massaged

kale, parsley, zucchini, pumpkin,

carrots, and squash, with millet or

barley, and 2 tsp. olive or flax oil.

AFTERNOON SNACK: baked apple or

berries or orange.

DINNER: same as lunch, or add a little

fresh fish or free-range chicken.

Some of my colleagues have noted

that the low FODMAP diet can help

IBS. This basically means avoiding

fermented foods (kombucha, pickles,

yogurt); short-chain (simpler) carbs such

as those found in high fructose corn

syrup; honey; inulin; wheat; soy; garlic;

onions; beans/peas; celery; mushrooms;

most fruits; many condiments, dips,

and sauces; beer; wine; coconut water;

fruit juice; and all dairy.

What’s left to eat? Most squashes,

sprouts, pumpkin, potato, chard, kale,

fennel, zucchini, yam, blueberries,

banana, clementines, oranges, lemon,

lime, papaya, pineapple, carrots, cucumber,

ginger, radish, clean beef, chicken,

lamb, pork, turkey, tuna, salmon, cod,

most fresh fish and crustaceans, bone

marrow, oats, quinoa, rice, seeds (chia,

pumpkin, sunflower, etc.), maple syrup,

mustard, eggs, and cocoa powder.

A low FODMAP diet may work

better if you have confirmed SIBO

(small intestinal bacterial overgrowth).

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Nothing to Sneeze At

Ease springtime allergies in your dog or cat /// BY JULIA SZABO

The arrival of spring brings warmer

weather, greener grass, and longer days

to get outside and enjoy them. But with

the rites of spring comes a dreaded

wrong: hay fever, triggered by the pollen

that blankets the great outdoors at this

time of year. No matter where you live—

an urban metropolis or the rural countryside—pollen

can make life miserable.

Symptoms of seasonal allergies in

humans include runny nose, itchy skin

and throat, and itchy runny eyes. But did

you know that dogs and cats are also

susceptible, though their symptoms are


Spot the Signs

Animals can’t tell us they’re suffering,

so we must learn to recognize their

hay fever symptoms—excessive headshaking;

scratching, and biting at their

own maddeningly itchy skin; and

irritated, inflamed skin, ears, and paws—

and seek the help of a compassionate

veterinarian before these symptoms

develop into a life-threatening infection.

In people, hay fever manifests in respiratory

symptoms, but pets experience pollen

allergy through disease of the body’s

largest organ: the skin. “Skin problems

caused by allergies are a serious medical

issue that can drastically diminish a pet’s

quality of life,” says Heather Peikes, VMD,

Dip. ACVD, a board-certified veterinary

dermatologist based in New Jersey.

Veterinary dermatologists

typically treat secondary skin

and ear infections with antihistamines,

and sometimes

omega-3 supplements are

recommended. Customized

vaccines may be given

based on the results of skin

testing. The vaccine may be

administered as an injection

every one to three weeks, or as a

sublingual pump (drops given by mouth).

If the animal does not respond to vaccine

therapy, there are medications that can

provide relief. To locate a veterinary

dermatologist near you, visit

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Pet parents can take simple steps to

prevent allergies from progressing to

the point where they require prescription

meds and a customized vaccine. The

first and easiest antiallergy strategy



Giving your pet local

honey in small doses

is helpful for pets

with pollen


is a diligent daily wipe-down. Apply a

clean, damp towel to dogs and cats after

they spend time outdoors to remove

pollen; do this every time they come

inside. (Yes, it’s a chore; to make it easier,

prepare stacks of towels and a jug

of water right by the entrance

door to your home, so there’s

no tracking of allergens

throughout the house.)

Focus especially on pets’

paws and paw-pads, taking

care to wipe between the

toes, where pollens accumulate

and cause enormous irritation.

“Cats don’t love baths, but they do

enjoy a thorough, full-body wipe-down,”

says holistic veterinarian Michele Yasson,

DVM, who practices in New Paltz,

N.Y. “It’s how the mother cat grooms her

kittens, and it’s a great opportunity to

bond with your cat.”

As for dogs, if your dog loves to go

swimming, now is the time to indulge—

and always follow up with a thorough

toweling-off to remove pollen residue,

making sure to gently wipe inside ears

to prevent ear infection.

Pounce on Pollen

3 Remove shoes and outerwear when

you enter your home so pollens aren’t

tracked into the indoor environment

you share with your pet. Grass cutting

exacerbates pollen allergies, so when

it’s time to mow the lawn, be sure all

windows and doors are closed, and

if possible, ask your neighbors to tell

you their landscaping schedule so you

can be prepared to batten the hatches

before you hear the rev of the lawn

mower engine.


Launder pets’ bedding at least

once a week. To simplify this

chore, cover dog or cat beds

with a sheet, so it’s easy to toss

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the used sheet into the wash while you

re-cover the pet bed with a clean sheet.

Bathe dogs once or twice weekly with

a gentle emollient shampoo. To minimize

dryness, which further irritates

inflamed skin, use an unscented,

soap-free pet shampoo,

advises Peikes. Or try

a soap-free shampoo

that contains neem oil,

which is wonderfully

moisturizing. (It’s easy

to make your own

neem-enriched shampoo

by adding a few drops

of straight neem oil to your

favorite unscented pet shampoo.)

At bath time, remember that pets’

ears become irritated and itchy as a

result of the allergic response. Yasson

prescribes this remedy: “Soak a cotton

ball in witch hazel, and squeeze the

liquid into the dog’s or cat’s ear; massage

the ear gently from the outside,

then let the animal shake the excess

out.” Talk to your veterinarian about

the best ear cleanser to use if your

pet’s ears are infected.

If Spot or Fluffy presents with red,

puffy eyes, and/or excessive ocular

discharge, gently wipe eyes using a

cotton ball soaked in saline solution,

or an over-the-counter herbal eyewash

or drops for irritated eyes (these often

contain eyebright). It’s fine to share

herbal eyewash products with pets:

“People, dogs, and cats are all mammals,

and we all have mammalian eyes,”



Bathe dogs once or

twice weekly with a

gentle emollient shampoo.

Try a soap-free

shampoo that contains

neem oil.

says Yasson. “So what works to relieve

eye discomfort for people also works

great for pets.”

The homeopathic remedy eyebright

(Euphrasia officinalis) offers relief for

pollen-irritated eyes. For small dogs

and cats, dissolve a single pellet in

some water, then squirt into

the mouth; for larger pets,

use two pellets. For best

absorption, Yasson

administers homeopathic

remedies between meals.

The herb mullein also

relieves the eye irritation

of hay fever; simply add it to

your pet’s food, in tincture form,

twice daily. The dosage scale works

like this: for critters under 25 pounds,

Yasson advises giving one-quarter

the dose for an adult human; for pets

25–50 pounds, half the human dose;

and for larger animals, the full human

dose. A typical human dose is about

four drops.

Allergy-fighting Foods

Local honey is a popular natural remedy

for allergies in people, and Yasson

suggests treating pets to a daily spoonful

of the sweet stuff too. “It contains local

pollen, so ingesting it in small doses is

very helpful for pets coping with pollen

allergies,” she says. The recommended

daily dosage is one-eighth teaspoon

for small critters, one-quarter teaspoon

for midsize pets, and half a teaspoon

for big dogs. However, if your pet has

diabetes, check with your vet before

giving honey, as it does naturally

contain large amounts of sugar.



Skin &




Allergies are an immune system

response, so foods and supplements that

fortify the immune system are key. Both

Peikes and Yasson recommend a daily

dose of omega-3 fish oil for pets for both

immunity and skin health (follow dosage

directions on the package). Probiotics

also strengthen immunity (follow the

dosage scale for mullein), as does virgin

coconut oil, a superfood that I give my

dogs every day; they love it. Also try

chamomile and/or spirulina—both are

helpful for easing allergy-related skin

issues. You can find them in wafers and

tablets formulated for pets.

Finally, an anti-inflammatory diet

is the way to go. That means homeprepared

food whenever possible,

including raw meat and raw bones as

well as bone broth; if you can’t be your

pets’ personal chef, select a grain-free

brand of commercial food. There’s no

better way to tell adored dogs and cats

“I love you” than with a delicious bowl

of allergy-fighting grub.

Julia Szabo is a journalist and healthy living advocate whose articles have appeared in The New York Post, Cesar’s

Way, and on and She is the author of seven books, most recently Medicine Dog.

-. • APRIL 2017




No matter how well

your natural skin,

body, or hair care

products work,

even better

results are

possible with

the right tools.


Beauty tools don’t

necessarily come in

gorgeous packaging

or warrant prominent

display in your

bathroom. But these


gadgets can be the

beauty workhorses

that you depend on

daily. They can help

you apply or remove

makeup; scrub

and buff your skin;

and shape, style,

or remove hair.

Here are some

beauty tools that

you may not be

able to live without

once you try them.

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First popular in Japan,

Andalou Naturals Konjac

Body Sponge exfoliates

and softens skin with

the help of konjac root

powder. Also infused with

antioxidant-rich green tea,

this loofah-style sponge,

which plumps up when

wet, removes dry, dull

skin cells, and cleanses

and refines pores for a

fresh glow.

Try an all-natural alternative to hot waxing with

SheaMoisture Shave for Women Honey & Black Seed

No Heat Sugar Wax. Applied at body temperature,

it does not burn skin as it removes unwanted hair.

Honey naturally soothes inflammation and fights

bacteria, including E. coli and salmonella. Antibacterial

and anti-inflammatory black seed oil rejuvenates and

balances skin. Raw brown sugar helps open pores

and remove dead skin cells, dirt, and oil. Included are

wooden application sticks and disposable strips.

Make bad hair days obsolete with the Bass

Green Brush. Detangle, style, and blow-dry your hair

with this 100 percent natural and vegan brush. It has an

optimized handle made of sustainable bamboo, as

well as bamboo pins (rather than bristles) that are easy

to use with wet or dry hair. And because the pins are

bamboo, they won’t melt when blow-drying.

Trim, comb, pluck, and cut with the Earth

Therapeutics Eyebrow Grooming Set. The eyebrow

shaver expertly trims the small, fine hairs

of the brow. It’s equipped with a safety cover and

lightweight, nonslip grip for easy control. Stainless

steel tweezers come with a hand-filed tip crafted

for flawless hair removal. Eyebrow scissors function

as a brow trimmer and cutting shears. With

the comb in place, the brow hairs can be combed

upward and trimmed with an opposing scissor

edge. Slide off and detach the comb, and the

exposed blade and scissor edge act as a precision

cutting tool. On one side of the lash and brow

groomer are thick bristles that shape the brows.

On the flip side, the fine-tooth comb evenly separates

lashes, removing any clumps of mascara. The

four tools are packed in a reusable case.

Wash your face without

soap or cleansers with

Jane Iredale Magic Mitt.

Water activates microfibers

to break the oil bonds in

makeup, leaving your face

clean and pH-balanced,

and its acid mantle protected.

Once the soft cloth

is rinsed and dried, it’s

sanitized and ready for the

next use.

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from the Inside Out

An indispensable guide for

buying and using natural

personal care products



oo many beauty

and personal

care products

are described as natural

on the label when they

are anything but. In fact,

“natural” may mean nothing

more than the addition of

botanical extracts such as aloe

vera or chamomile. Lurking behind

this all-natural facade are chemicals

like sodium lauryl sulfate (a harsh

detergent and skin irritant) and

propylene glycol (used in antifreeze).

That doesn’t sound pretty, right?

Fortunately, there are many wonderful—

and incredibly effective—alternatives

to both pseudo-natural and definitelynot-natural

beauty products.

Here are our 50 favorites. They’re

all free of chemicals and irritants

commonly used in conventional

beauty products. That means you

won’t see something like aluminum

chlorohydrate in deodorant or

parabens in shampoo. Instead,

you’ll find advanced formulations

that marry the best

of nature and science.

And because we believe that

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skin, and nail health, we’ve

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Tropical Coconut

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Indulgent natural

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Argan Oil Balm

Sweet orange,

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Coconut &


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This tropical-scented

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The intoxicating

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Tiny oil molecules in

micellar water (micelles)

remove dirt, oil, and

makeup without drying

out skin. DERMA E adds

vitamin C, probiotics,

and rooibos for an extra

complexion boost.


Creamy Oil Cleanser

There is a lot to love

about this satiny foaming

cleanser. It’s made with

skin-nurturing oils—

coconut, argan, evening

primrose, and jojoba—

that offer a deep clean

without drying out skin.

Plus, it can be used on all

skin types.



Face Wash

The name says it all:

It’s a skin-revitalizing

cleanser featuring energizing

lemon peel and

rose. The wash, which

also contains soothing

Soliga Forest honey,

is ideal for normal to

combination skin.


ZZ Sensitive


Eye Cream

This eye cream is a find

for sensitive skin. The

active ingredients are

a pre- and probiotic

complex and golden

orchid, added to help

strengthen the skin’s

natural protection



Eye Gelee Concentrate

If you have puffy, tiredlooking

eyes, this is the

product to try. We love

the cooling gel formula,

featuring hyaluronic

acid, aloe, and a blend

of botanicals such as

arnica and cucumber

known to “depuff” eyes.

Masks & Scrubs



Detox Scrub

No beauty award

list is complete

without a great

face scrub, right?

This is our favorite—an



that exfoliates,

unclogs pores,

and brightens skin

using volcanic clay,

lotus flower, and

yerba mate.



Perfect C PRO

Speed Peel

This falls under the

“wow” category.

It’s a professional,

one-step peel

that’s made with

10% L-ascorbic

acid, a highly

stable form of

vitamin C. Renew,

brighten, and

rejuvenate without

stepping into a




Clay Powder

Hands down,

this is our favorite

mask. Attending

a special event or

just want a fresh

glow? Use this

before going out.

It’s suited to most

skin types, but

especially ideal for

combination and

oily skin.



The Magical


You had us at

magical. And

after applying

this overnight

hydrating booster

mask, we were

completely sold.

It boosts skin’s

radiance, thanks

to a few “magical”

ingredients: argan,

gardenia, and

chlorella stem cells.


Quince Day


With a fresh,

botanical scent,

this hydrating

cream strikes the

perfect balance for

normal to slightly

dry skin, leaving

it soft and dewy.

Top ingredients

include quince

seed, marsh

mallow, and

witch hazel.


Sensitive Skin

Facial Cream

This light and

soothing cream

feels amazing

going on. It’s

fragrance-free and

made with almond

and plum kernel

oils, which help

to moisturize and

protect sensitive

skin. It’s ideal for

normal to dry skin.

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Collagen HA

Triple Boost Serum

This fast-absorbing

serum is packed with

serious antiaging ingredients:

hyaluronic acid

and two forms of collagen,

all of which help

boost skin’s collagen

and restore elasticity

and firmness.


Vitamin A Serum

This age-defying serum

gets an A+ in our book.

It’s made with two key

“actives”—retinyl retinoate,

a new, bioavailable

form of vitamin

A, and coffee berry, an

antioxidant-rich superfruit.

It targets wrinkles

and discoloration.



Dr. Ohhira’s

Probiotic Kampuku

Beauty Bar

Probiotics reestablish

harmony throughout

your body, including

your skin. This gentle

soap features a

fermented probiotic

extract replete with

other skin-nourishing

nutrients. Perfect for

everyone in the family.


Manuka Honey

& Sea Salt Soap

Handcrafted with New

Zealand sea salt and

moisturizing oils, this

soap excels at healing

skin, thanks to the

addition of raw Manuka

honey. It’s great for

anyone with eczema

or psoriasis.


Cleansing Face

& Body Bar

This clarifying complexion

bar is a standout in

that it inhibits bacterial

growth for fewer breakouts,

and it conditions

the skin and promotes

healing. It has sea buckthorn,

rich in nourishing

omega-7 oils.



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system that is overrun by unwanted bacteria. Floraphage supports the

restoration and maintenance of your highly sensitive digestive ecosystem

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Hair Care

Essential Oil Blends

These essential oils are a

hair-care game changer.

There are four blends:

Restore, Elevate, Enrich,

and Glisten. Each bottle

details how to add the oils

to your favorite hair-care

products. You’ll also find

suggestions on pairing

the blends with specific

hair therapies.


Ceramide Care

Volumizing Shampoo

& Conditioner

Many volumizing products

dry out hair. Not this plantbased,

color-safe duo.

Ceramides, golden barley

protein, and panthenol

replenish moisture, combat

split ends, increase

shine, and infuse fine hair

with volume and texture.


2Chic Repairing

Shampoo & Conditioner

with Blackberry

& Coconut Milk

Blackberries and coconut

milk make the perfect

couple when it comes

to hair repair. These

antioxidant- and omegarich

ingredients are deeply

nurturing and help hair

look healthier, more

vibrant, and less frizzy.


Keratin Matrix

Advanced Hair Repair

If you are looking for that

one supplement to fix

your hair woes, this is it.

This is a truly innovative

formula, thanks to its

blend of hair-revitalizing


keratin, biotin, silica, zinc,

copper, and amla fruit

extract, rich in vitamin C.


Beard Grooming Kit

Beards are back big time.

This manly duo keeps any

beard looking its best with

the help of natural oils

and antioxidant extracts

such as pomegranate

and baobab. The kit

includes Badger’s Beard

Oil to soften facial hair and

moisturize skin and Beard

Balm, a natural styling aid

and leave-in conditioner.



Turmeric + C

Enlighten Serum

Turmeric has achieved superstar

status as a supplement for its ability

to heal a variety of ills. Now it’s

making its way into topical products

to help brighten, lighten, and firm

skin. Here, the herb is combined

with vitamin C and fruit stem cells,

creating a trifecta for luminous skin.


mykind Organics Organic

Plant Collagen Builder

This non-GMO, vegan formula

replenishes your collagen stores

through collagen-boosting

nutrients such as biotin and silica.

Pomegranate, turmeric, and other

superfoods add to the blend’s

beauty benefits. Everything comes

from real fruits, veggies, and herbs.


Pack Your Bags

with Caffeine

We love this new “anti-bags” eye

cream, which takes the prize for

best product name. It’s made with

caffeine, a secret weapon for undereye

circles and puffiness. Horse

chestnut extract, rose hip extract,

and CoQ10 also work wonders for

reducing dark circles and fine lines.


Perfect Hair, Skin

& Nails

This supplement stands out from

the crowd, thanks to its combination

of biotin, fermented herbs and

superfruits, and whole-food astaxanthin,

a plant nutrient shown to

lessen fine lines and wrinkles. Use

one capsule daily to get beautiful

hair, skin, and nails.


Luminous White Toothpaste

Practically every toothpaste on the market promises to give you a whiter smile. It’s hard to know

which of these actually work. Here’s a natural version that really delivers. It boasts a researchbacked

whitening technology that includes silica. We noticed a difference after one use. It comes

in a pleasing Clean Mint flavor and includes fluoride.

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Whitening Tooth Powder

A black powder that whitens

teeth? Yes, you read that right. And

yes, it works! The star ingredients

are activated charcoal and bentonite

clay, which help clean, whiten,

and detoxify teeth. This is worth

the bathroom sink mess.


PerioBrite Coolmint Toothpaste

This personal care classic offers

powerful gum protection, plus

it naturally brightens teeth. It

features a blend of gum-friendly

nutrients: CoQ10, folic acid, and

Phytoplenolin, an herbal complex

shown to promote cell vitality.


Spry Dental Defense

Oral Rinse Cool Mint

This refreshing (but not overpowering)

mouthwash boasts xylitol, a

sugar alcohol that’s found naturally

in fruits and vegetables. It works

by helping prevent bacteria from

sticking to your teeth and gums.


Sheer Zinc Sunscreen

Continuous Spray SPF 30

There are so many good things to

say about this spray: Zinc oxide

is the active ingredient, and it

provides 80 minutes of water- and

sweat-resistant sun protection. You

can use this on the whole family.




This certified gluten-free supplement

features a potent trio for

radiant skin: Verisol collagen (a

proprietary and clinically studied

type), vitamin C, and vitamin A. It

helps improve elasticity, increase

collagen, and reduce wrinkles.


Herpanacine Skin Support

This formula was developed by a

doctor to help heal all types of skin

conditions, from acne to eczema.

L-lysine, echinacea, astragalus, and

other nutrients enhance both skin

and immune health.



This is the supplement you want if

you have varicose veins or swelling

in your legs and ankles. It’s

made with two citrus-derived antioxidants

that have been shown to

improve vein and capillary health.


BioCell Collagen

What we love most about it is

that BioCell Collagen, a proprietary

complex, has been heavily

researched and shown to be effective

at promoting younger-looking

skin (less dryness, fine lines, and

wrinkles) and healthier joints.


Biotin Maximum Strength

As everyone discovers the beauty

wonders of biotin, there are more

and more products popping up on

shelves. We like this one because

it provides a higher dose, which

helps boost results.

!" • APRIL 2016


BioSil Beauty, Bones, Joints

One staffer found herself going

to the beauty salon more often

after using this—her hair became

healthier and started to grow

again. So did her nails. It’s made

with a proprietary silica complex

that’s described as an “advanced

collagen generator.”


Omega Woman

You may not realize it, but essential

fats are, well, essential to overall

beauty. When your body is properly

nourished, your skin glows. We

love this third-party-tested blend of

fish oils and evening primrose oil

for hormonal balance.


Collagen Replenish Skin-

Revitalizing Fruit Chews

Here’s one supplement you’ll

never forget to take. Beautiful

hair, skin, and nails are just a

bite away with these yummy

fruit-flavored chews, made with

Verisol collagen, vitamin C, and

hyaluronic acid.



When was the last time you smelled the subtle

floral scents within the air or really tasted your

food? Do you miss having fresh breath and

clothes that don’t smell of smoke? Are you tired

of getting short of breath when you do just a

little bit of cardio exercise? Have you tried to quit

smoking, but found yourself back at it? These

natural stop-smoking aids can help.

/// Dr. Michele Burklund, NMD

!" • APRIL 2017

It is estimated that 36.5 million adults in the United

States currently smoke cigarettes, which means,

most likely, you or someone you know has battled

with smoking. These days everyone is familiar with

the impact smoking has on the body, so why do some

people still do it? Why can’t they simply quit? Most

likely, friends and family have encouraged them to stop

at some point or another, but to no avail. Understanding

the effects, which include premature aging, an increased

risk of cardiovascular disease, nutrient deficiencies,

and decreased life span, is sometimes not enough to

overcome the addiction. They might have tried to quit

numerous times, and maybe they even made it a week

or two, but somehow they always end up going back.

To some, smoking a cigarette is more than just a bad

habit; it’s a ritual that is used to address many physical

and emotional states. In order to finally end the addiction

to smoking, and to prevent future relapses, you need a

holistic approach—one that integrates both physical and

emotional symptoms along with a real, concrete plan. By

integrating the latest research, science-backed natural

remedies, and other proven techniques, it is possible to

quit smoking, and stay smoke-free.

Treating the Physical Symptoms

Nicotine withdrawal can begin within 30 minutes of

your last cigarette. The first days are the most intense,

but remember that these cravings become less frequent

and less intense with time. Here are some proven techniques

for dealing with those cravings:

Exercise: A study published by the Journal of Psychopharmacology

found that exercise had a positive effect

on smoking. The trial included 15 different studies that

evaluated variables, including the desire to smoke and

the strength of the desire. Again and again researchers

found that many different exercises, including yoga and

high-intensity activities, had positive results on reducing

cravings. So, next time you have a craving, try embracing

the outdoors and go for a 15-minute walk instead.

Deep Breathing: Techniques that focus on breath

work, such as taking a series of deep breaths, diaphragmatic

breathing, and directed breathing, are an effective

and easy way to reduce cravings. A study published in

The Journal of Addictive Behaviors found that taking a

APRIL 2017 • !"

series of deep breaths every 30 minutes

significantly reduced smoking withdrawal

symptoms, including cravings and

irritability. Have an urge? Try taking

several deep breaths and notice that

desire begin to slip away.

Treating the

Emotional Symptoms

Feelings such as irritability, anxiety,

and even depression can occur as the

body begins to withdraw from nicotine.

Breaking the psychological addiction

can be difficult because the limbic

system, also known as the reward center

of the brain, is stimulated with each

cigarette. The urge to light up can feel

uncomfortable as the brain and body

begin to detoxify. The good news is that

in as little as a month after your last

cigarette, a large number of nicotine

receptors in the brain will return to

normal. Remember that each day will

get better, and the cravings will decrease

as your brain chemistry rebalances.

Feeling Irritable? Try taking GABA,

a calming neurotransmitter that could

help reduce cravings. A 2013 study

performed by the University of California’s

Department of Psychiatry analyzed

the role that GABA plays in nicotine

addiction, and concluded that integrating

this supplement could be useful in

promoting smoking cessation.

Can’t Relax? Try this 10-minute

technique: A recent study revealed that

individuals who were experiencing acute

nicotine cravings and who participated

in a 10-minute relaxation technique

reported significantly lower cravings

afterward. Participants also reported

lower levels of irritability, tension,

and restlessness compared

to the control group. Next

time you’re feeling the

urge, find a quiet place

and slowly relax the

muscles in your body,

starting with your feet

and working your way up

all the way to the crown of

your head.

Addressing the Triggers

These are moments in your daily life that

exacerbate the craving for cigarettes. For

example, maybe every morning you used

to have your first cigarette with a cup of

coffee. Or perhaps you always lit up when

drinking alcohol. Acknowledging these

situations and creating new patterns can

help. Write down the moments where

your cravings are the most intense and

think of new, healthier alternatives that

can take their place. Here are some ideas

to get you started.


k Coffee with green tea

k Alcohol with kombucha

k Hanging out with smokers with joining

an exercise class

A study published by The Journal

of Nutritional Biochemistry found that

drinking green tea regularly might

protect smokers from

oxidative damage, and

could also reduce

their risk of cancer

by decreasing the

free radicals associated

with smoking. Replacing

your morning coffee with


cup of green tea not only



Since 2002, there are more

former smokers than

current smokers in the

United States.

reduces the urge for a cigarette, but

also nourishes the body by replenishing

much-needed antioxidants.


Did you know that smoking actually

reduces the amounts of certain nutrients in

your body? An article from Progress

in Food and Nutrition Science

Journal found that smoking

could lower plasma levels

of vitamin C and betacarotene,

as well as

reduce the bioavailability

of selenium. Some studies

have also indicated that

smokers have suboptimal

levels of vitamin E, a potent

antioxidant, and some of the B vitamins.

The bright side is that the body begins

to rebalance itself in as little as 20 minutes

after your last cigarette. In just eight hours

after quitting, the carbon monoxide level

in the blood returns to normal, and the

oxygen levels increase. Heal your body

from the inside out with whole foods, nutrient-packed

smoothies, and vitamins.


Nourish the body with foods high in

vitamin C, such as citrus fruits, papayas,

bell peppers, guava, Brussels sprouts,

cauliflower, tomatoes, and strawberries.

You can restore lost antioxidants with

beta carotene-rich foods such as carrots,

sweet potatoes, and dark leafy greens,

including kale and spinach. Increasing

your intake of vitamin E will help rebuild

your body’s reserves. Try eating fruits,

veggies, and nuts. Avocados, almonds, olive

oil, and kiwi are some great ones to try.


A report published by the U.S. Department

of Health and Human Services found

that cigarettes contain more than 7,000

chemicals, including hundreds of harmful

substances, and at least 70 that are linked

to cancer. Chemicals such as ammonia,

which is used for cleaning products;

carbon monoxide, found in car exhaust;

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and even arsenic, found in products like

rat poison, were all detected in cigarette

smoke. The body does a great job at

detoxifying itself and works around the

clock to eliminate toxins, but sometimes

it needs a little help.

Here are some easy ways to support the

body’s natural detoxification pathways:

Drink Water: Flush out toxins by

drinking about 6–8 (8 oz.) glasses of

water per day. Try adding a slice of

lemon for a vitamin C boost.

As the lungs begin to heal, you might

find yourself coughing more than usual.

This occurs as the cilia regenerate and

more mucus is cleared, as this is part of

the normal healing process. NAC can

help support the lungs’ natural ability

to heal and detoxify.

Castor Oil Packs: This traditional

remedy has been used to reduce

inflammation, aid detoxification, and

promote healing. Try this time-tested

folk treatment: apply it topically over

your liver and lungs to support their



NAC: N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) is

well-known as a potent antioxidant

and detoxifier, but it’s also used as a

“mucolytic” for its ability to break up

mucus, making it easier to cough up.

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Ah, the sunny days, chirping birds, blooming flowers,

and budding trees of spring: it’s magical to many of us.

But for the 26 million Americans who suffer from

seasonal allergies, the stirrings of spring and summer signal

weeks of sneezing, wheezing, itchy eyes, and runny nose. You

could stay inside and just skip the whole thing. But if you’re

susceptible to airborne allergies, indoor irritants such as pet

dander, mold, dust mites, and even cleaning products can trigger

some nasty symptoms.

What happens when your body is exposed to pollen, grass,

or other seasonal allergies? The bronchial and nasal passageways

in the body are lined with mucous membranes; these are

rich in mast cells, a type of immune cell that contains histamine,

a chemical that’s responsible for most allergy symptoms.

Mast cells are lined with receptors—if a receptor encounters

an airborne allergen, such as pollen, it alerts the mast cell to

release histamine, which causes a chain reaction of events

designed to expel the foreign invader from the body, including

sneezing, coughing, runny nose, and watery eyes.

All in all, it’s pretty miserable. But if you suffer from seasonal

allergies, you don’t have to sit out spring. Many natural supplements

have been shown to reduce or even eliminate allergy

symptoms and improve overall well-being. Arm yourself with these

seven natural supplements, and start taking them before allergy

season begins. You may even be able to stop and smell the roses.

!" • APRIL 2017



Known as an

adaptogen—an herb that

protects the body from

physical and emotional

stress—astragalus is

traditionally used in

Chinese medicine to treat allergies

by supporting the immune system.

In one study, an astragalus supplement

significantly decreased the intensity of

allergy symptoms, especially in weed pollen

allergy. Other studies have found that

astragalus appears to work by modulating

the immune response to allergens, and

by reducing airway inflammation.


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Butterbur Made

from a shrub

native to Europe and

parts of Asia and North

America, butterbur is

traditionally used

for a variety of

health issues,

including migraines,

general pain, cough, colds, and fever.

It’s also very effective in treating

allergies. In one study, butterbur was

just as effective as an over-the-counter

antihistamine for reducing allergy

symptoms. Butterbur is especially

helpful in improving airflow through

the nose by inhibiting the activity of

leukotriene, which causes constriction

of the airways. Choose “PA-free”

butterbur supplements. They’re free

of compounds called pyrrolizidine

alkaloids, which can damage the liver.



bacteria are a safe,

effective way to ward

off hay fever and other

airborne allergies.

They work by fighting

harmful pathogens

in the gut and supporting the

immune system, lessening the chance of

an adverse response to pollen or other

allergens. Studies show probiotics improve







nasal symptoms and overall quality of life

in people with allergies, and some research

suggests that women should take probiotics

during pregnancy and breastfeeding if

the child is at high risk of developing

allergies (based on hereditary factors).




Adult Sinus



nettle The

roots and leaves

of the perennial

flowering plant

stinging nettle

have been

traditionally used

for thousands of years to treat

symptoms of allergies and

other ailments. Modern studies

show that extracts of stinging nettle can

reduce sneezing, itching, and watery eyes

in people with hay fever, and can be more

effective than over-the-counter allergy

medications. Nettles work in much the

same way as over-the-counter antihistaability

to produce histamine.


In the grips of hay fever and other airborne allergies? Changing your diet can help. Some tips:





YOGURT. The probiotics in

yogurt can support your

immune system to minimize

allergic flare-ups; if you’re

sensitive to dairy, try other

fermented foods, such as

sauerkraut or tempeh.


contains bromelain, which

studies show can help nasal

swelling, and may modulate

the immune system as a whole.

FEAST ON FISH. Salmon, sardines,

herring, and mackerel are

loaded with omega-3 fatty acids

that reduce inflammation


and support immunity. In

one study, people who ate

diets high in omega-3 fats had

fewer symptoms of itching,

sneezing, and runny nose. In

another study, children who

ate fish regularly had lower

incidence of allergies by age

four; additionally, children born

to mothers who took omega-3

supplements during pregnancy

had fewer allergies in infancy.


Avoid any foods you’re

sensitive to, to avoid taxing

your immune system. Even

if you don’t suffer from food



allergies, certain foods

may trigger a reaction. The

most common food triggers

include wheat, dairy, corn,

soy, peanuts, tomatoes,

shellfish, eggs, and caffeine.

EAT CURRY. It’s high in

turmeric, an antioxidant with

measurable anti-inflammatory

actions. Add onions and

ginger for their immuneenhancing


MAKE IT HOT. Chili peppers,

hot mustard and horseradish

help keep airways open

during hay fever season; they

also thin mucous secretions


to make

breathing easier.


epigallocatechin gallate

(EGCG), green tea can help

relieve allergy symptoms by

reducing inflammation and

blocking production of

histamines and IgE, which

are linked to allergy symptoms.

Studies have found that

green tea can significantly

reduce mucus production,

throat pain, nose-blowing,

and watery eyes in people

who suffer from allergies.

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Vitamin C This

potent, immuneboosting


also has antihistamine

properties, and can reduce

symptoms of seasonal

allergies. In one study,

children with increased

vitamin C consumption had

fewer symptoms of allergic

rhinitis. Other studies suggest that

vitamin C supplements work by blocking

the body’s production of histamine, the

compound that triggers allergic reactions.








An antioxidant

found in apples, tea,

onions, red wine, and

grapefruit, quercetin

helps prevent mast

cells from releasing

histamines, and reduces

the body’s inflammatory response.

In one study, people who took a

quercetin combination supplement

showed a 70 percent reduction in sneezing,

stuffy nose, itchy eyes, and other allergy

symptoms. Other studies have noted

significant anti-inflammatory effects

of quercetin.




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This blue-green

alga is well known for its

immune-supportive actions,

and recent studies show

that it’s highly effective in

lessening allergy symptoms.

In one study of people

with airborne allergies, spirulina

significantly reduced runny nose,

sneezing, nasal congestion,

and itching. Additionally, spirulina

seems to reduce levels of histamines and

cytokines, small proteins involved in the

immune response.

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years. She’s the author of five books on food and

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Our homemade pesto

shines in this wholesome,

gluten-free salad


Bursting with fresh garden herbs and

vegetables, pesto is not only full of antioxidants,

but it also gives simple dishes

instantly elevated flavor. And nowhere

is that more apparent than in this simple

spring tabbouleh. It’s also extremely

versatile. Just add a little more liquid to

our Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto, and it makes

a great sauce for pasta or polenta.



Serves 6

Sorghum is a gluten-free grain that is

gaining popularity and becoming more

available in stores. It has a chewy texture

similar to couscous.

½ cup sorghum, rinsed and drained

½ cup Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

(see recipe below)

1 English cucumber, peeled and diced

(2 cups)

2 cups halved grape or cherry tomatoes

1 cup chopped fresh basil,

parsley, or cilantro

8 green onions, thinly sliced (1 cup)

2 Tbs. lemon juice

1. Combine sorghum and 1 cup water in

medium saucepan; bring water to a boil.

Cover pan, reduce heat to medium-low,

and simmer 1 hour, or until grains are

tender. Drain, and transfer to bowl.

2. Stir pesto into hot sorghum, then

allow mixture to cool. Once sorghum

is cool, stir in remaining ingredients,

and season with salt and pepper, if

desired. Let stand 1 hour or refrigerate

overnight for best flavor.

Per serving: 175 cal; 4g prot; 10g total

fat (1g sat fat); 20g carb; 0mg chol; 23mg sod;

3g fiber; 6g sugars


Makes 2 cups

Sun-dried tomatoes have such a rich, robust

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3 oz. dry-pack sun-dried

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1 cup packed fresh basil,

parsley, or cilantro leaves

3 cloves garlic, peeled

½ cup olive oil

½ tsp. salt, optional

¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper



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1. Place sun-dried tomatoes in small bowl,

and cover with boiling water. Let soak

5 minutes, then drain, and discard

liquid. Cool.

2. Place tomatoes, basil (or parsley or

cilantro leaves), and garlic in food processor,

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Beauty’s More than Skin Deep

These 8 foods are full of radiance-boosting vitamins and minerals /// BY LISA TURNER

Glowing skin and glossy hair don’t just come from bottles or jars. The truth is, you have to nourish hair, nails, and skin from within,

with a diet rich in beauty-supportive nutrients from whole foods. Some of the best:

Pumpkin seeds, also called

! pepitas, are high in copper, a mineral

that helps develop collagen and elastin to

keep skin strong, supple, and firm. Copper

also promotes production of hyaluronic

acid, a fluid that makes skin look fuller

and plumper. Other good sources of

copper: sesame seeds, cashews, soybeans,

mushrooms, and tempeh.

TRY THIS: Sauté pepitas with coconut oil,

cinnamon, brown sugar, and cayenne to

taste; add toasted pepitas and minced

dried figs to cooked brown rice; toss raw

corn kernels, diced red bell pepper, finely

chopped green onions, and pepitas with

olive oil and lemon juice.

Parsley is rich in chlorophyll,

! which has long been used to

purify blood and heal skin conditions

such as eczema, rashes, wounds, and

acne. Other foods rich in chlorophyll

include beet greens, spinach, bok choy,

broccoli, cabbage, collards, and turnip greens.

TRY THIS: Pulse parsley, onions, olives, and

capers in a food processor, and spread on

crackers; stir minced parsley and basil

into softened butter, and refrigerate till

firm; combine parsley, garlic, red pepper

flakes, red wine vinegar, and olive oil for a

chimichurri-style topping or marinade.

Seaweed is rich in compounds

! called fucoxanthins, which

protect the skin from cellular damage

and wrinkle formation, and may prevent

sun-induced skin cancer. Seaweed is

also rich in minerals that encourage hair

growth. Seaweeds to try include kombu,

arame, and wakame.

TRY THIS: Add soaked and drained arame

and a handful of pumpkin seeds to

cooked quinoa; stir toasted wakame

flakes into roasted butternut squash

cubes; simmer beans and long-cooking

stews with a strip of kombu.

Kale is high in vitamin C, which

! speeds the healing of bruises

and wounds. It’s also rich in vitamin K,

which can help reduce dark undereye

circles, both internally and topically.

Other good sources of vitamin K include

spinach, mustard greens, collards, beet

greens, and chard.

TRY THIS: Add finely minced kale to guacamole;

cut kale into thin strips, toss with

coconut oil, smoked salt, and smoked

paprika, and bake till crispy; purée kale,

garlic, olive oil, and cashews into pesto.

Strawberries contain silica, a

! trace mineral that keeps hair and

nails strong, ensures elasticity of skin,

and promotes wound healing. They’re

also high in vitamin C, a potent antioxidant

that protects the skin from oxidative

damage. Other good sources of vitamin

C include papaya, bell peppers, broccoli,

Brussels sprouts, and pineapple.

TRY THIS: Purée strawberries with fresh

basil and freeze in an ice cream maker

for a grown-up sorbet; drizzle balsamic

syrup over sliced strawberries, then top

with a dollop of mascarpone cheese; toss

strawberries with baby arugula, pistachios,

and raspberry vinaigrette.


Green tea contains a compound

called epigallocatechin gallate, a

powerful antioxidant that protects the

skin from aging and skin cancers, and

may repair existing damage, especially

if applied topically.

TRY THIS: Poach salmon and sliced onions

in strong-brewed green tea; make a

matcha (powdered green tea), spinach,

coconut milk, and ginger smoothie; cook

rice noodles, vegetables, and garlic in

brewed green tea and tamari for a fast

noodle bowl.

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Pomegranates are rich in polyphenol antioxidants and

! ellagic acid, which can help prevent free radical damage

from sun and aging, and prevent skin cancer. It also helps reduce

inflammation and speeds wound healing. Other good sources

of ellagic acid include strawberries, raspberries, blackberries,

walnuts, and pecans.

TRY THIS: Add a splash of pomegranate juice and a handful of

pomegranate seeds to sparkling water; add pomegranate seeds

to a salad of fennel, pears, walnuts, and orange segments; mix

with diced avocado, mango, and lime for an exotic salsa.

Almonds are rich in biotin, a B-complex vitamin that

! helps prevent hair loss and keeps hair shiny and strong.

Sweet potatoes, eggs, onions, oats, and tomatoes are other good

sources of biotin. Eating biotin-rich foods with foods high in

pantothenic acid (vitamin B 5

) is thought to be especially helpful

for hair and skin. Mushrooms, avocado, sweet potato, lentils, and

chicken are great sources of pantothenic acid.

TRY THIS: Toss toasted slivered almonds with sweet potatoes and

minced rosemary; combine chopped almonds, avocado cubes,

diced yellow bell peppers, and minced red onions, and serve in

lettuce cups; grind almonds and dried herbs into a coarse meal

and use to coat chicken breasts before pan-cooking.


Serves 2

Every ingredient in this recipe has skinbenefiting

properties! It’s tailor-made

for that early-morning boost—both for

energy levels and the overall beauty

of the skin. To increase the protein

content, add a scoop of your favorite

protein powder.

2 kale leaves, thick stems removed

Small handful of spinach

(about ½ cup)

Flesh of 1 small avocado,

chopped (about 1 cup)

½ cup coconut water

¾ cup unsweetened

almond milk

1 date, pitted and


Place all ingredients

in a blender or food

processor and whizz

until smooth.

Per serving: 240 cal; 4g prot; 16g total

fat (2g sat fat); 25g carb; 0mg chol; 85mg

sod; 8g fiber; 14g sugars

Excerpted with permission from

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(Clarkson Potter)



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of vitamin C, which the body

needs to produce elastin

and collagen, two compounds

that help keep

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Talking to Kids about GMOs

What you teach your children today can greatly affect the world

of tomorrow /// BY MELISSA DIANE SMITH

0 Earth Day is coming up, and I thought it would be a good opportunity to talk with

my kids about GMOs and pesticides. I’m just not sure exactly how to do that. Can

you give me some pointers on how to discuss this topic with my children so they

can understand why I want us all to transition to more non-GMO and organic food?

—Mary E., Charleston, S.C.

Melissa Diane

Smith is an


known journalist and

holistic nutritionist who

has more than 20 years of

clinical nutrition experience

and specializes in using

food as medicine. She is

the cutting-edge author

of Going Against GMOs,

Going Against the

Grain, and Gluten Free

Throughout the Year,

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"0It’s great that you want to broach

this topic with your kids. Children

can’t possibly make good choices unless

they learn about genetically modified

organisms (GMOs) and pesticides—the

major food issues of their time. And children

are far smarter than many adults

give them credit for.

Exactly how you want to bring up the

topic might vary depending on your kids’

ages, but here are some general guidelines

from my book Going Against GMOs.

A Simple Beginning Conversation

A beginning conversation with a young

child might go something like this:

“There have been changes in some

common foods that weren’t like that

when I was your age. Some plants that

we eat today are made by scientists

instead of nature.”

Your child might ask: How and why

do scientists make those plants?

“Scientists put different kinds of

genes into corn, so the corn doesn’t die

when you spray chemicals on it, or the

corn might contain chemicals to kill bugs

inside of it. It keeps the insects away and

companies can use weedkillers on it, but

it isn’t a good idea for humans or animals

to eat food that contains chemicals that

kill insects and weeds. That’s why we

want to do our best to avoid foods that

have been produced in this way.

“Foods that are produced in this new way

are called genetically modified, abbreviated

as GMO. They’re more like fake foods

instead of real foods that nature provides us.”

You can also explain that not all

genetically modified foods have bug

killers in them or weed killers on them.

Other types of GMOs are potatoes or

apples that don’t turn brown after slicing.

It’s probably best not to make the first

conversation too long. Explain the subject

in bits and pieces, so kids can digest

!! • APRIL 2017












A Handy Way to Remember GMO Crops

One way to teach your kids how to remember the genetically modified crops currently on the

market is to teach them that there are 3 Cs, 2 Ss, 2 As, 2 Ps,* a Y, and a Z. (The 3 Cs and the 2 Ss

are listed first because they are the most common genetically modified crops hidden in a variety

of ingredients in most packaged convenience foods.)

The genetically modified crops are:





CORN (as in corn oil,

cornmeal, cornstarch,

corn syrup, hominy,

polenta, and other

corn-based ingredients)

CANOLA (as in canola oil) APPLES


cottonseed oil)


“sugar” in an ingredient,

which is almost certainly

a combination of sugar

from both sugar cane and

GM sugar beets—and

also in foods that contain

beet sugar)


soybean oil, soy

protein, soy lecithin,

soy milk, tofu, and other

soy-based ingredients)

Teach your kids to either avoid these foods, or look for USDA Organic or Non-GMO Project

Verified versions of these foods, as well as indirect sources of GMOs such as meat, milk, and

eggs from animals that are fed these foods.

* Note: Another P, pink flesh Pineapple, was approved by the FDA in December 2016 and is

slated to come to the U.S. market within a few years.



ALFALFA, which is fed

to livestock

PAPAYA (from Hawaii

and China)





the information. Let them research it on

their own by reading kid-friendly information

on the Internet. They may come

back to you with questions, and you can

gradually give them more information.

Making Changes as a Family

Making changes in long-standing eating

habits always works best when kids are

involved and they understand the reasons

why changes are being made. Ask your

children if they’d be willing to come to

the grocery store with you and help you

choose organic fruits and vegetables and

find packages of food products that have a

label with a butterfly on it (the Non-GMO

Project Verified symbol), or preferably

a label with a circle that says USDA

Organic. This is a great way to teach kids

what to look for when they become food

shoppers. Children often get engaged in

hunting down healthier foods and tend to

think of it as a fun game.

At home, bring in healthier substitutes

and alternatives to GMO foods you used

to use. Generally speaking, that means

avoiding processed foods and eating more

whole foods (fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts,

and seeds).

Also, keep in mind that there are

organic alternatives to virtually every

kind of food. If your family doesn’t feel

like it can give up certain foods—tacos,

for example—make sure to buy organic

ingredients to make them. That’s the

easy way to avoid GMOs and pesticides.

Using organic ingredients doesn’t have to

be expensive either: Develop an eye for

bargains, and stock up on organic foods

you use in recipes when they’re on sale.

When your children are away from

home, it’s much more difficult to control

what they eat. But you can do your best

to help them eat non-GMO by buying

non-GMO and organic snacks, and having

those foods at home ready for your

kids to take at a moment’s notice.

Finally, always pack your children’s

lunches. Unfortunately, GMOs are often

found among the ingredients of schoolprepared


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Ham-Yam Quiche Dijon

This Paleo-friendly, gluten-free dish skips the floured crust in favor of delicious—and

oh-so-good for you—sweet potatoes /// BY JONNY BOWDEN, PHD, CNS, AND JEANNETTE BESSINGER, CHHC

How do you make a Paleo quiche? First,

you get rid of the conventional crust. In

this case, Chef Jeannette opted for the

favorite starch of Paleo followers everywhere,

the sweet potato. Using sweet

potatoes avoids not only gluten, but also

the empty calories of wheat flour.

This recipe comes together quickly,

but you should plan ahead because you

do have to bake the potatoes first. You can

bake the potatoes a day or two before and

cool them in the fridge until you’re ready

to make the quiches, which is a really

good option in the case of soft sweets like

garnet yams, which will hold their shape

better when cooled.

This dish is really a nice mix of highquality

protein (eggs), nutrient-rich vegetables

and fiber (kale), and tasty, healthy

starch (sweet potato). And it’s versatile!

Enjoy it for a hearty breakfast, amazing

lunch, or simple, satisfying dinner!



Back when I spent more hours in

the gym than I want to think about, I

used to bake a week’s worth of sweet

potatoes, wrap them, put them in the

fridge, and take them with me for a snack.

And for good reason. A medium-size

baked sweet potato has only 103 calories,

and is high in fiber, half of which

is soluble, providing fuel for your gut.

Sweet potatoes are also a rich source

beta-carotene, vitamin A, and hearthealthy

potassium, and they even

have a dollop of calcium. An article in

the Journal of Agriculture and Food

Chemistry found that an extract from a

baked sweet potato has cancer-fighting


Sweet potatoes contain other phytochemicals

such as quercetin, a powerful

anti-inflammatory, and chlorogenic

acid, an antioxidant. And don’t forget

to eat the skin. It’s the best part, and it







The ingredient

amounts will

vary slightly

based on the size

of your potatoes,

so plan to be

a little flexible

when filling.

Also, you can

easily quarter

or halve the

recipe to make

just one or

two individual


To bake sweet


preheat the

oven to 400°F.


scrub and dry

them. Pour a

few drops of

olive oil into

your hands

and rub the

skin of each

potato all over

to very lightly

coat. Arrange

potatoes on a

foil-lined baking

sheet and cook

for about an

hour, or until

tender to the

squeeze. Store

in the fridge

to chill for later


or cool slightly

until you can

handle the

potato easily.


Serves 4

As with any quiche, do not overbake, or the egg can get leathery.

If your oven and potatoes are hot, the cook time will be closer to

20 minutes. If your oven started cold and the baked potatoes were

chilled, it will take at least 25 minutes.

4 baked sweet potatoes or

garnet yams, cooled

4 eggs

1 Tbs. Dijon mustard

¾ tsp. hot sauce, optional,

for a little kick

½ tsp. sea salt

¼ tsp. cracked black pepper

¼ cup finely chopped organic ham

¼ cup finely chopped baby kale

2 Tbs. finely chopped green onion

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line

baking sheet with aluminum

foil, and set aside.

2. Using sharp knife, cleanly

slice off top of each potato,

and set aside. Carefully

scoop out most of the flesh

with melon baller or spoon,

leaving enough flesh inside

skin for potato to hold its

shape well. Save scooped

flesh for another use. (Chilled

cooked sweet potato is great

in post-workout smoothies.)

Arrange potatoes open-sideup

on prepared baking sheet.

3. In small bowl, lightly whisk

together eggs, mustard,

hot sauce, if using, salt,

and pepper. Add ham and

kale, and stir with fork to

thoroughly combine.

4. Carefully spoon egg filling

into cavity of each potato

until nearly full. Top each

potato with one quarter of

green onion.

5. Bake 20–30 minutes,

until the centers are

almost solid, but mixture

is still soft.

Per serving: 210 cal; 10g prot; 6g

total fat (2g sat fat); 28g carb; 190mg

chol; 630mg sod; 4g fiber; 6g sugars


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Plant Oils: Are They

All Good for You?

Olive, coconut, peanut, avocado, walnut …

there are many plant oils to choose from

today, and they’re generally considered

healthy options—especially if they’re

cold-pressed and unrefined. But is there

more to know? Take our

quiz to find out.


1. Which of these parts of a

plant are most often used to

make oils?

a) Leaves

b) Bark

c) Flowers

d) Seeds

e) Stems

2. How many calories does a

tablespoon of most plant oils


a) 100

b) 110

c) 120

d) 130

e) 140



Olives, a staple in

Mediterranean cuisine,

were first cultivated

more than 5,000

years ago.

3. Olive oil is considered to be

beneficial because:

a) It contains omega-3 fat, the

plant version of the healthy

fat found in fish.

b) It is anti-inflammatory and

rich in antioxidants.

c) Both of the above

4. The healthiest type of olive

oil is labeled:

a) Pure olive oil

b) Virgin olive oil

c) Extra-virgin olive oil

5. Which of these is richest in

omega-3 fats?

a) Walnut oil

b) Flaxseed oil

c) Chia seed oil

d) Hemp seed oil

6. Canola oil is the same thing

as rapeseed oil.

a) True

b) False

7. Which of these oils should

not be used for high-heat


a) Flaxseed oil

b) Coconut oil

c) Peanut oil

8. Refined oils are treated with:

a) High heat

b) Chemical solvents

c) Bleaching agents

d) All of the above


1. d) Seeds. Although we may not

think of corn, coconuts, olives, nuts,

or soybeans as seeds, they are in

botanical terms, and the seeds contain

small amounts of oil.

2. c) Most oils contain about 120

calories per tablespoon, although

some can contain a few more. Check

Nutrition Facts on the label.

3. b) Studies show that olive oil is antiinflammatory,

rich in antioxidants, and

linked with good health and longevity

in cultures where it is a staple. But it is

not a good source of omega-3 fats.

4. c) Extra-virgin olive oil is coldpressed,

unrefined, richest in flavor,

and highest in beneficial nutrients.

Virgin olive oil contains lower levels of

nutrients. “Pure” olive oil may contain

refined as well as virgin olive oil, and

delivers the lowest levels of nutrients.

5. b) ) Flaxseed oil is the richest in

omega-3 fats, followed by chia seed

oil, walnut oil, and hemp seed oil, in

that order.

6. b) Canola oil comes from a plant

that was bred from the rapeseed plant

to reduce levels of erucic acid and

glucosinolates, undesirable ingredients

that were naturally found in the

parent rapeseed plant, so the two are

not identical. Most canola comes from

genetically modified plants, although

organic canola is non-GMO. There are

different perspectives about whether

or not canola is a healthy oil.

7. a) Flaxseed oil breaks down with

heat and should not be used for cooking

at all. It can be used in salad dressings,

or added to foods after they’re

cooked. Both coconut and peanut oils

withstand heat well.

8. d) High heat and chemicals are

used to extract, and then bleach

and deodorize refined plant oils,

destroying nutrients and changing the

composition of the fat. The best way

to tell if a plant oil has been refined is

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If it isn’t clear, ask the manufacturer

how the oil was made.

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