Made from Scratch: 13 Pantry Staples That are Easy to Make at Home

When you live near a grocery store, it can be tempting to spend half your paycheque there — picking up staples is easy when all you need to do is fill your cart. However, did you know that there are tons of things that are surprisingly easy to make at home that taste better than their store-bought counterparts? Basic pantry staples like bread, chili powder, and pizza sauce will always taste better when they’re homemade. You can make them exactly to your taste, and you don’t need to worry about any unhealthy hidden ingredients because you can control exactly what goes into the mix.

Top 12 Crystals Every New Age Hippie Needs

If you’ve ever been inside a natural food store or a yoga studio, you’re probably familiar with crystals. They’re often found for sale in stores like these, or in dedicated crystal shops which are chock-full of every crystal under the sun, as well as books and other tools that will help you harness their power. Crystal healing is practiced by many people and is thought to be particularly effective because of the crystal’s naturally repeating chemical structure, which is believed to help our intentions repeat and intensify.

The Benefits of Play

Some of us remember a time long before tablets and video games when we were told to go outdoors, expected to entertain ourselves often unsupervised. Today we all lead such busy lives that this type of “free play” is harder to come by both in schools and at home, however experts say that unstructured playtime is a key element in a child’s cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development and is perhaps just as important as their traditional education.

Your Guide to Seeing a Medical Intuitive

For some people, there’s more to physical health than the symptoms that can be understood by a medical doctor. Holistic wellness is important, and for some, that means consulting medical practitioners other than doctors and using methods like Reiki, acupuncture, and energy healing to diagnose and deal with ailments ranging from coughs and colds to more serious medical conditions like cancer, melanomas, and arthritis. While many people are skeptical, it never hurts to get a second opinion from someone who has helped other people in the past.

Magnesium Deficiency: Do you Have it?

Did you know magnesium deficiency is considered a widespread health problem? Although poor nutrition might be the main reason for the deficiency, some say that the soil is depleted of magnesium due to new agriculture methods. Also, the chlorine and fluoride added to the water supply bind to magnesium making it less available in the water.

How to Explain Your Diabetes to an Employer

If you’re living with diabetes, explaining the disease to family and friends is hard enough, let alone explaining it to your employer. There’s no rule that enforces you to disclose your diabetes to your employer — unless your job requires a full medical examination — however, it might be a good idea, especially for your own health and safety.

The Best Brain-Boosting Foods You Should Be Eating

Like any aspect of health, maintaining brain health now is like an investment for the future. Taking care of your brain now with good foods means your brain can perform well long after your body has ceased to function as you wish. But, if you don’t take care of your brain, the time to enjoy life might be cut short, with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and memory loss.

The 2018 Medicare Changes Everyone Needs to Know

Navigating Medicare can be confusing and challenging — understanding all the government rules, coverage details, and staying on top of deadlines is incredibly tough. And if you don’t make the right choices, you could end paying high premiums out-of-pocket costs.

10 Safety Tips for a Spooktacular Halloween

Although Halloween has traditionally been a holiday focused on acts of mischief and mayhem, there’s no need to endanger yourself or your family in the process. Whether you’re taking your children trick-or-treating yourself, or sending them off with friends for the first time, there are always ways to mitigate potential hazards and ensure a safe and enjoyable holiday for all.

10 Healthier Fall Drinks to Try

As the weather gets colder, it’s tempting to reach out for a steaming, warming drink of something hot and delicious each morning to start your day. If you’re looking to start the season a little healthier, here are some suggestions for drinks that will warm you up without adding excessive calories to your daily diet.

Classic Tips for Getting Over a Fall Cold That Actually Work

There’s no cure for the common cold—there, we said it. There are so many articles and resources out there that are all promising to cure your cold faster as long as you use their patented remedies, or products, or follow their helpful advice. The truth is, there are some things that will help you get relief from the pain and frustration of symptoms, but there’s not much that you can do to get rid of a cold once it’s taken hold.

5 Comforting Dinners to Make This Fall

When the temperatures begin to drop our response is often instinctual — just like other animals, all we want to do is burrow into a warm nest, and spend several months sleeping, and living off food that we’ve already gathered. While jobs, children, and other social obligations make this enticing prospect more of a fantasy than a reality, we can still ensure that our fall season is cozier than ever by whipping up a series of hearty and delicious dinners that take advantage of the last days of seasonal produce.