Sophia Ruan Gushee

867 Added | 15 Magazines | 1 Following | 78 Followers | @SophiaRGushee | Author, mother, wannabe vegan, and advocate of health and the environment. 

Why Meditation Is One Of The Most Important Things You Can Do For Heart Health: A Doctor Explains

Despite medical advances, heart disease remains the number one cause of death for both men and women in the United States.<p>This is a startling …

These Foods Could Help You Get a Better Night's Sleep

Here's a very good reason to treat yourself to a bowl of cherries.<p>It seems we're a nation of insomniacs. Nearly half of Americans suffer from at least occasional sleeplessness, and 22% experience it every (or almost every) night, according to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF). But what if all it …

Walnut Health Benefits: One Handful Of Nuts Per Day Could Improve Cholesterol, Study Suggests

Walnuts could help aid weight loss and improve cholesterol levels in overweight people, a new study suggests.<p>Researchers discovered that eating a …

Holistic Medicine

7 Foods That Can Relieve Your Cold Symptoms

People have suffered from the common cold for centuries, and we’re still no closer to finding a cure. In fact, the common cold accounts for …

Wellness

5 Foods That Can Help You Get a Better Night's Sleep

Here's a very good reason to treat yourself to a bowl of cherries.<p>It seems we're a nation of insomniacs. Nearly half of Americans suffer from at least occasional sleeplessness, and 22 percent experience it every (or almost every) night, according to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF). But what if …

The scary news about seafood: Most of us are not eating nearly enough

Here’s some scary news about seafood: Most of us are not eating nearly enough of it. A whopping 80 to 90 percent of Americans do not get the recommended minimum of 8 ounces weekly, according to a recent USDA analysis. That means the vast majority of us are not reaping seafood’s health benefits and …

Seafood

Your Favorite Candy Is Losing Artificial Colors

Some of your favorite candy is about to undergo a big change.<p>Mars Inc. announced plans to get rid of all artificial colors from all of its human food …

Customers

Is Ben & Jerry's New Vegan Ice Cream Healthier Than Regular Ice Cream?

Vegans and the dairy-averse were thrilled when Ben & Jerry's announced Wednesday that it's rolling out a line of nondairy "frozen desserts."<p>"For years, nondairy fans have been forced to watch ice cream consumers with envy and were unable to participate in a truly indulgent frozen dessert …

5 toxic chemicals you should avoid in baby care products

The baby shampoos, soaps and lotions you use on your child might be labeled “natural” or “gentle,” but could also be filled with toxic chemicals which are dangerous for your child’s health, experts say.<p>In fact, children are exposed to 27 of these dangerous chemicals each day through personal care …

Health Care Industry

Ginger + Turmeric Latte | Goop

Both ginger and turmeric have incredible anti-inflammatory properties, which means this soothing and delicious latte is also really good for you.<p>1 …

Ten Things Vegan Parents Want You to Know

There seems to be this popular misconception that feeding children a vegan diet is somehow wrong. Every time there is a story in the press about …

Parenting

Why climate change is really, really unfair

With his 2015 encyclical “Laudato Si,” Pope Frances went further than perhaps anyone has before to reframe the entire debate around climate change by focusing on the world’s poor and the duty to protect them from environmental harms that they did not cause themselves.<p>Now, new research in the …

Climate Change

How To Make Your Skin Look Crazy-Good With Just One Ingredient

For the last couple of years, I've seen beauty secrets that have been staples in South Asian countries for thousands of years suddenly become trendy …

Arugula, Sweet Potato, and Walnut Salad With Dashi "Vinaigrette" Recipe

Conventional wisdom says that salads should be dressed with vinaigrettes, which, by definition, balance an acid with a fat. Turns out you can break that rule by dropping the acid entirely. In this salad, we make a "vinaigrette" with shoyu-dashi—soy sauce mixed with dashi—for an easy, deeply …

Sweet Potatoes

The Ultimate Guide to Walking Meditation [Infographic]

<i>Walking meditation is a form of meditation where you put your entire awareness on walking. In this article, we’ll explore the roots of walking</i> …

Meditation

Why Organic Food Might Be Worth the High Price

The most infamous fact about organic food is that it’s expensive—about 47% more expensive, according to a recent analysis from <i>Consumer Reports</i>. But a …

Agriculture

We Can Expect More Outbreaks Like Zika As The Climate Changes

The factors leading to the current Zika outbreak won't be clear for some time, but environmental health experts say there's a good chance such infectious diseases will become more common as the global climate warms.<p>Mosquitoes, the blood-sucking insects responsible for transmitting Zika virus in …

Climate Change

I Can't Change My Heart Disease Family History, But I Can Lower My Risks Through Better Lifestyle Choices

By Julie Llamas Rickman<p>I felt so guilty about my heart attack, it took me four years to tell my closest friends.<p>I was embarrassed because I hadn't controlled those lifestyle issues.<p>I had a family history of heart disease, but didn't think I was at risk for a heart attack. I was on medication to …

Genealogy

There's an Unexpected Beauty Benefit to Doing Yoga

With essential poses like Sirsasana and an emphasis on spirituality, yoga has a rhythm and <i>lenguaje</i> all its own. It was this unique beauty that inspired Cuban-Argentinean yogi Rina Jakubowicz, founder of Miami's Rina Yoga studios, to create a Spanglish Yoga class in 2011. "A lot of Hispanic women …

Yoga

What Your Low-Fiber Diet Does to Your Health

For every salad passed over for a chicken nugget, the trillions of bacteria living in your gut go a little more ignored. It’s already clear that …

Holistic Medicine

Fish, Mercury and Alzheimer’s Risk

Research shows seafood can protect the heart and brain—but it can also contain the heavy metal mercury, which can be especially toxic to brain …

Dementia

10 Easy Ways to Stop Eating So Much Sugar

“Eat less sugar” may be a short and sweet suggestion, but the USDA’s most recent dietary guidelines have gotten some pretty long-winded responses …

Nutrition

Southern-Style Pulled Mushroom Sandwich [Vegan] - One Green Planet

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I Quit My 6-Figure Career to Teach Yoga

Money isn't worth the misery.<p>I was 31, the head of PR for a $750 billion financial services company, and I was making a six-figure salary. Then I gave it all up to teach yoga and write. It was as simple and terrifying as that.<p>For nearly 10 years, I slogged through brain-numbing, red-tape-filled, …

Why the calorie is broken

There’s a serious problem with the way we measure food – and it may mean you’re consuming much more than you realise. Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley of the podcast Gastropod report.<p>“For me, a calorie is a unit of measurement that’s a real pain in the rear.”<p>Bo Nash is 38. He lives in Arlington, …

Nutrition

17 Cheap Organic Foods You Should Be Buying

Compared to conventional foods, certain organic foods are so affordable that you shouldn’t ignore them while grocery shopping.<p>You’re typically …

Organisms

Green jobs boom: meet the frontline of the new solar economy

The growth in renewable energy is fuelling new jobs in Asia and Africa. Meet three beneficiaries of the new green economy from Zambia, Pakistan and Kenya<p>While the price of oil is plummeting, taking with it a significant number of jobs, the renewable energy job market is booming. It is estimated …

Renewable Energy

1 Trip To Trader Joe's + $20 = 5 Easy Vegan Dinners

You CAN have it all (vegan)!<p>Whether you are already full-on vegan or you want to try out vegan cooking, this Trader Joe's recipe series is for you. These vegan dinners are fast, simple, and cheap, and we have a PLAN for the shopping and cooking that will make it EASY.<p>With $20 and one trip to Trader …

Ocean fish around the globe tainted with toxic chemicals, new study shows

There’s trouble in tuna town. A new study highlights even more doom and gloom with the news that toxic pollutants have been found in fish from all …

The Healing Power of Mushrooms

Since the early 1600’s, Tero Isokauppila’s family has owned a farm in Finland, where he spent his childhood foraging for mushrooms. And not because …

Alternative Medicine