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How to build a fire in a winter survival situation

1/27/2015 - Unless you live in the tropics, with no likelihood of ever needing a fire to keep you alive in a winter survival situation, you should learn the basics of building one. And if you require an illustration of just how crucial fire-building skills can be in a sub-zero environment, read Jack London's...

Winter squash with recipe for squash fries

12/19/2014 - It's harvest time for winter squashes. How many of these beauties have you tried? Acorn Butternut Delicata Hubbard Kabocha Spaghetti Sweet Dumpling Turban Winter squashes can be baked or boiled, though boiling is a lot more work. Peeling and dicing the tough skinned veggies in order to boil...

Plant this tasty winter cover crop to increase next year's vegetable yields with no chemicals

11/26/2014 - Maintaining your fruitful garden, especially an organic one, can be a lot of work, but implementing this easy trick can help make it a success! With the season change comes colder temperatures accompanied by early morning frosts, and while the gardening work is beginning to die down, there's one important...

Honeybee population collapse continues: nearly one-quarter died over the winter; death rates 'unsustainable'

5/22/2014 - During the 2012-2013 winter season, US bee populations plummeted by nearly a third (30.5 percent), raising serious questions. How can key vegetable crops survive and reproduce long-term as the pollinators disappear? Why aren't pesticides being rigorously studied for the damage they do to honeybee immune...

Stay balanced this winter using traditional Chinese nutrition

1/17/2014 - Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is most well known for acupuncture, but that is just part of the comprehensive medical system, which can help maintain balance throughout our seasonal ebbs and flows. In TCM, nutrition plays a vital role and is looked at from many angles. TCM theory states that the...

Winter depression caused by more than seasonal affective disorder

1/5/2014 - The winter months are characterized by cold weather, dreary days and shorter hours of available daylight, all of which can lead to a condition known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Although most people think that having SAD causes them to feel depressed throughout the winter months, there are...

Cool ways to beat winter blues

12/9/2013 - Winter is now in full force. During this season, days get shorter and nights colder, and even the best among us can get a little down. According to traditional Chinese medicine, our energy levels fluctuate over the course of winter, meaning it's the best time for some helpful introspection. At this...

Got the winter blues? Vitamin B12 and other B vitamins may help alleviate depression

11/28/2013 - Adding vitamins to your diet can help reduce the feeling of depression, winter blues or seasonal affective disorder (SAD). B vitamins, especially vitamin B12, have been shown to help those suffering from feelings of anxiety or depression. Simply adding nutritional supplements can help lift the blues,...

Nine healthy winter foods to include in your diet

11/8/2013 - Several foods give the body nutrients that actually help to promote wellness, and this is very important during the winter months when many illnesses circulate through the population. Being able to get fresh fruits and vegetables, even in the dead of winter, is a great advantage in today's world. Fresh...

Beat the winter blues with these tips

11/7/2013 - With shorter days and fewer hours of sunlight available in autumn and winter, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) rears its unpleasant head in up to 20 percent of the American population. Characterized by moodiness, depression, cravings for simple carbohydrates, weight gain, fatigue and melancholy, the...

Top natural remedies to fight winter colds

10/26/2013 - Winter cold and herbal therapeutics are seemingly synonymous and rightly so. When the cold winter months threaten, cold weather has a way of lowering the body's immunities. When this condition develops, the body is more vulnerable to such things as congested sinus's and sinus infections and variants...

Seven ways to bulletproof your immune system this winter

10/25/2013 - The immune system is where the rubber meets the road, and if you fail to get it in order, your health goes downhill. Start building your immune system by incorporating these seven things to help get you through the winter without wearing a surgical mask on a daily basis. Get groundedGrounding, which...

Blue light may be just what you need to beat the winter blues

1/17/2013 - Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a real condition that makes people feel blue during wintertime. As many as one out of five people experience feelings of depression during the coldest months of the year. People with SAD experience symptoms of depression that go away when spring comes, unlike other...

Keep healthy this new year with the best winter supplements

1/2/2013 - Cold weather months are notorious for colds, flus, bouts of low energy, and extra fatigue. Fight off germs and malaise with the best winter supplements. Natural supplements can boost the immune system and prepare the body for winter. Try these cold weather remedies to stay healthy and alleviate unpleasant...

Forget allergy meds: Combat winter allergies naturally

12/24/2012 - Most people think of spring as prime allergy season, but wintertime can wreak havoc for allergy sufferers as well. Unlikely suspects like a Christmas tree could even be the cause behind some people's winter allergy attacks. Allergies cause annoying sneezing, sniffling and itching that make people want...

Supermarkets warned of winter vegetable shortages due to difficult growing conditions, economy

12/4/2012 - Difficult growing conditions have led agriculture industry experts to warn that consumers should expect shortages of winter veggies in the days leading up to Christmas, especially in the United Kingdom. Crop production has been hampered by poor weather and devastating floods, officials say, which...

Outsmart the winter blues with these five herbs

12/4/2012 - The winter blues, blahs, or SAD (seasonal affective disorder) is from confinement under constantly overcast winter skies or long, arctic nights. Then there is a condition known as "cabin fever" or agitation and anxiety from confinement while snowed in. Long, overcast periods and wearing lots of warm...

Immune-boosting winter remedies now available at the Natural News Store

11/29/2012 - With winter weather in full swing across North America, many people are looking for ways to boost their immune defenses against airborne threats that tend to circulate during the winter months. While the ignorant masses line up to be injected with toxic vaccines laced with mercury, MSG, formaldehyde...

Best November superfoods to prepare your body for winter

11/21/2012 - Well here we are again, preparing for the holidays and all those big meals, get-togethers, and parties that will kick off in earnest this Thanksgiving Thursday, the 22nd of November. In addition to the traditional Thanksgiving feast, there comes the Christmas dinner and more food and beverages at...

Fortify yourself this winter with nature's medicine chest

11/18/2012 - Cold and flu season is almost upon us. Before it's too late, strengthen defenses naturally with herbal, dietary and lifestyle tips. If a bug does manage to settle in, use a few of the following suggestions to lessen symptoms and severity -- helping you to get back on your feet fast. Diet for a strong...

Multiple sclerosis and vitamin D connection makes winter sun essential

11/13/2012 - A recent review on environmental risk factors for multiple sclerosis (MS), an autoimmune disorder, summed up a world of scientific evidence on the potential impact of latitude and vitamin D levels on the development of this life-changing illness. Researchers have long suspected a connection between...

Eat seasonally for optimum health

3/21/2012 2:54:13 PM - The seasons form a natural backdrop for eating. The cyclical elements of nature are not meant to be ignored as we choose how we want to nourish our bodies throughout the varying climates of the year. While strawberries will likely be available at your local supermarket even in the dead of winter, it...

Deep winter rejuvenation strategies

1/26/2012 2:20:49 PM - The organs of the human body feed primarily on light and all the forms of qi that are available in nature. Early doctors of oriental medicine understood that our great cosmic meal varied from season to season with the ever changing angle of the sun's rays. For those of us in the northern hemisphere,...

Natural remedies to avoid depression this winter without using medical drugs

1/4/2012 - If you live in the upper reaches of the Northern Hemisphere, winter can often mean a seemingly interminable period of cold weather and short days. For many, the lack of sunshine, combined with life stress factors, can lead to depression. Often people fail to recognize depression for what it is, treating...

Feeling winter heaviness? Five common cleansing foods and herbs to lighten up

3/8/2011 - If the approach of spring has you eager to get up and go, but you're feeling weighed down from winter hibernation and heavier foods, it's time to lighten up. For most of us, especially those who live in colder climates, it's somewhat natural to feel sluggish after the winter months. However, the...

This winter - Delight in beautifully nutritious edible flowers

2/4/2011 - During the gray of winter days, rejuvenate your health and palate with gorgeous edible flowers. The petals of these captivating plants host a variety of important nutrients while providing a burst of color and contrast to the diet. Growing edible flowers need not be saved for the spring; create a lovely...

Natural antibiotics and medicines combat winter ailments

1/29/2011 - Enhance your family's heath in winter by using natural antibiotics, immune boosters and medicines. Common illnesses such as colds, flu and throat infections can be prevented and/or cured by the use of simple, natural antibiotics and medicines. Used on a regular basis, these natural immune boosters will...

Celebrate a healthful festival of peace and light

12/17/2010 - As we enter into the season of winter, many cultures around the world pay tribute to the shortest day of the year and the coming of the light. The time-honored observance of the winter solstice is closely tied with nature, the life-giving properties of the sun, family and connection. Traditionally,...

Indoor winter gardens grow

11/28/2010 - Now that winter is approaching and our gardens are dried up it raises the question of how we can still sustain our own food supply. It's quite possible to grow many fruits and vegetables indoors with the right tools. First, it's essential to have artificial lighting in order for your plants to grow...

Keep the Kidneys Strong All Winter Long with Traditional Chinese Medicine

1/11/2010 - According to traditional Chinese medicine, when the seasons change different organs become vulnerable as our bodies shift to keep balanced. In winter, the water element predominates which corresponds to our kidneys and bladder. There are simple habits, foods, herbs and acupuncture techniques we can...

Enjoy Healthy and Hearty Winter Comfort Food Recipes

12/11/2009 - It is a wonderful feeling to come out of the freezing winter cold into a warm house and a delicious home cooked meal. Natural, healthy ingredients put together with care are irresistible and provide the necessary nutrients without leaving a person feeling sluggish and unhealthy afterwards. Tempt the...

Winter Sun Makes it Difficult to Get Essential Vitamin D Naturally

1/21/2009 - As the days grow short in winter, your body may be missing invaluable Vitamin D needed for optimum health and disease prevention, according to Creighton University researcher Joan Lappe, Ph.D. During the summer, the body can convert solar energy into ample amounts of vitamin D with just 10-15 minutes...

Sleep May Be the Critical Factor for Weight Loss and Health

1/3/2009 - In an amazingly simplistic view of how things work, we have been told for the last 40 years that fat makes us fat. So we cut out the fat from our diets and discovered that we were not only still fat but unhealthy too. Then we were told that we needed to cut out even more fat and increase our visits...

Farmers' Almanac Predicts Cold Winter Ahead

9/29/2008 - In the current economic situation with high fuel expenses and costs, American households have another worry to add to their increasing list of worries. The Farmers' Almanac is predicting below-average temperatures for the upcoming winter for most of the United States. This will create even higher heating...

Vitamin D Beneficial for Bone Health, MS, Cancer and Winter Depression

3/17/2008 - It sounds too good to be true... a little inexpensive pill that could block the development of some cancers, strengthen bones, prevent multiple sclerosis and alleviate winter depression. But it's not science fiction. The "new aspirin" could be Vitamin D. Just as we discovered that aspirin can guard...

Winter of 2007 was warmest in history, conclude NOAA scientists

4/23/2007 - This past winter was the warmest ever recorded, scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have announced. From December 2006 to February 2007 -- the Northern Hemisphere winter as defined by meteorologists --combined global land and ocean surface temperatures were at...

"Not enough evidence" to support winter flu shots for seasonal flu, declare researchers

10/30/2006 - A re-evaluation is needed on the concept of yearly flu vaccinations, according to the British Medical Journal. Tom Jefferson, who was quoted in the BMJ article, said much of the data supporting yearly flu vaccinations was flawed and found that there was little merit in wintertime flu shots. BMJ editor...

Light Therapy and Fluoxetine Are Equally Effective for Winter Depression (press release)

7/31/2006 - Bright artificial light and the antidepressant fluoxetine are both effective treatments for the winter form of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). A head-to-head comparison conducted in four Canadian cities over three winters is reported in an article in the May issue of The American Journal of Psychiatry...

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