Catch It While You Can

At this time of year, our gardens and markets are overflowing with a long-awaited rush of fruits and vegetables. From soups to ferments, learn how best to capture the abundance of the season for enjoyment year-round. ’Tis the season of abundance— of overflowing backyard gardens and farmers’ market tables. This is what we yearn for […]

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Dandelions—Eat ’Em; Don’t Kill ’Em!

They’re the whole plant deal. Not only are dandelion leaves delicious and wholesome in your salads and soups, but the blossoms (wine) and roots (coffee) are also great sources of health-giving nutrients. Why not? they’re high in calcium they’re a good source of iron, zinc, and potassium they’re filled with vitamins A, C, K, and […]

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Magnesium: How Much Do You Know?

Do you know everything you need to know about magnesium? Did you know that a huge number of adults take in too little magnesium in their diets, resulting in deficiencies? Find out why magnesium is a key player in our health and how to make sure you’re getting enough. What do you know about magnesium? […]

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A Roundup of Chemicals and Corruption

Over the last three decades, journalist Carey Gillam has covered some of the most important stories to unfold in the United States, from the aftermath of hurricane Katrina to the racially charged riots in Ferguson, Missouri. It’s the ongoing tale of Monsanto Company’s pesticide known as Roundup, however, that has become her focus, raising awareness […]

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How Does Your Herb Garden Grow?

“Romarin. Rosemary.” With a flourish, the vendor offered me a fresh-cut sprig, and I inhaled. Maybe I was responding to the French name, which reminded me of Romeo. More likely, it was the smell, an olfactory world away from the dry, twiggy stuff in our spice rack at home. Whatever the reason, this breath of […]

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BE-ing In Nature | alive

How present are you when you spend time in nature? Too many of us snap a few photos, hop back into the car, and speed off to the next lookout. With a few simple strategies, we can tweak our behaviour in ways that can add great value to our time spent outdoors. The days of […]

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Feral Finds

Often, we forget that just a short foray outside our doors can reveal nature’s own food system: edibles springing forth through no human effort at all—just the power of sunlight and whatever water falls as rain or snow. What a beautiful opportunity to regain some real sovereignty over how we feed ourselves! Done right, foraging […]

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Reishi Mushroom | alive

Nature offers a never-ending wealth of health-giving gems. One of them happens to be a fascinating fungus that grows at the base and stumps of deciduous trees, especially Japanese plum trees. What makes this fungus so fascinating? Traditional uses Reishi mushroom, or as it’s known in China, ling zhi mushroom (taxonomic name Ganoderma lucidum), has […]

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Ask the Experts | alive

Q: How can bilberry and other nutrients help maintain my eye health? A: Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus L.) is a shrub that is native to northern Europe. The fruit of bilberry naturally contains plant pigments known as anthocyanins. These powerful antioxidants scavenge the body for free radicals, prevent or reverse damaged cells, and are the key […]

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