When it comes to calcium more does not mean better. This may come as a shock to the millions of Americans who dubiously gobble down calcium supplements and tactfully wipe off multiple milk-mustaches daily. We are a culture that simply loves calcium- it is our glamorous “superstar” mineral with a name that rolls off the tongue. It has slipped its way into nearly everything from orange juice to glittering sugar-coated chocolate chews. Yet, contrary to the treasured conventional wisdom that calcium can single-handedly build strong bones, recent studies have shown that increasing calcium intake through supplementation has no significant effect on reducing the rate of fractures nor preventing the bone thinning disease osteoporosis. In fact, recent research released in a number of prestigious medical journals is revealing that improper supplementation with calcium is actually correlated with an increased risk for atherosclerosis and heart disease. Is calcium really the hailed bone-savior we have been looking for?Read More
Reflecting on the experience of preparing to welcome our first child into the world (and into our home!), I recall the excitement, the anticipation of the unknown, and the desire to ensure we had everything we would need once the baby arrived. From selecting the best high chair and car seat to determining how many onesies and diapers were necessary, I was struck by the sheer number of options and choices to be made. Despite simplifying where we could, it felt like we would need so many new things to be adequately prepared to care for our new baby.Read More
In recent posts on the Radiant Life Blog, there has been a lot of talk about stress, how to cope with it, and how to manage it in our daily lives. Some great information has been given, as well as some wonderful ways to combat the stress that is knocking you down. In this post I want to offer yet another way to mitigate stress in our lives – Adaptogenic Herbs.Read More
Is it just me, or did summer fly by? I know in my household, Labor Day has always been the last “hurrah!” before the new school year began the following day.
Preparing for a new school year is no small feat, and certainly many items are on the never ending list to be accomplished and crossed off before the school bells ring and your child runs off with his or her friends, full of smiles, in anticipation for the year to come.Read More
As a mom of an energetic, fast-growing little boy, I am continually amazed by how each season is experienced so differently than the last. Last summer, our little bud toddled on sandy beaches, moving his little legs with fierce determination through the uneven terrain and then taking long breaks in the shade of an umbrella. This summer, that same little guy shrieks “Run, Mommy, run!” and races me down the beach, scampering through the waves lapping the shoreline with seemingly boundless energy. What I have heard from many wise folks is holding so very true: time really does slip by so fast with little ones.
Given the marked difference in his independence and physical mobility this summer season, I have found that I need to be much more intentional about keeping my son hydrated. His ever-growing energy and imagination result in little time for breaks, causing hours of playtime outside to fly by without a moment for sips of water. But ultimately, water is what keeps our little guys and girls happy and healthy in these hot and humid months, making it ever more important to prioritize its consumption.Read More
Last month I posted on “Three of the Many Wonderful Benefits of Collagen.” If you did not see that post, or you are new to the blog, you can check it out here! Today I am going to dive in to the topic of Gelatin and share some great facts, as well as a couple of my favorite recipes and ways to incorporate more gelatin into your diet.
Often times gelatin and collagen are used interchangeably and many people think they are one and the same thing. However, gelatin and collagen are indeed different, both with their own purposes and special health benefits. So let us jump in to gelatin and the amazing goodness that it is! (1)Read More
A number of years ago, my husband and I spent a few days backpacking through the Green Mountains of Vermont. By the third day, with strained muscles, achy feet and sweat-drenched clothes, we were tired but having an amazing time. Disconnected from the interwoven fast-paced world at the base of the mountains and immersed in the melody of chirping birds, soft breezes, and the rhythmic plodding of our hiking boots, it was happiness at its very best. On that same day, we passed a number of hikers along the trail. Each time we passed another hiker or two, there was always an exchange: “Good morning....” “Great day for a hike!” “Hi - How are you?” Eventually, my husband remarked, “You know, you never see an angry hiker.” And it’s true...out in nature, there is a lot of happiness.Read More
Collagen has become a hot topic these days. It has been given credit for aiding in everything from boosting hair, skin, and nail health, to healing “Leaky Gut”, and even improving overall cardiovascular health, to name a few. So why all the hype?Read More
“It’s going around, Moms and Dads,” you hear your child’s teacher exclaim as you pick him or her up from school. Oh no! Is that an ache? A chill? A sniffly nose? “Mommy, my belly hurts!” Do any of those lines sound familiar to you, as they do me? Well, I do not have any children of my own, yet, but I have interacted with plenty, or at least enough to know that colds, flus, and fevers, are an all too popular topic in their lives.
If you ask most people, their go-to remedy for an immune system boost is good old, vitamin C. Vitamin C, in many forms, is found everywhere, lining the walls of supermarkets, packaged up in little packets to take on the go, and probably in most of our home medicine cabinets. But did you know that not all vitamin C is created equal? Or even better, that vitamin C plays an complex role in so much more than just a simple immune system boost.Read More
Throughout my life, I have always tried to be my personal best. In the early days, I aimed to be the best student, the best teammate, the best daughter and sister. However, as life has gotten more complex, less predictable and more and more full, I’ve found my approach of trying my personal best in every area of my life to be unsustainable. Particularly since becoming a parent, I’ve realized that I cannot always be the best mom, the best wife, the best daughter and the best worker in the same moment. Over time, I’ve needed to find ways to manage my stress and anxiety over the imperfect perfection of balancing parenting with working and family time and friend time and sometimes, just alone time. Managing that stress has become essential to my happiness and wellbeing and is a continual work in progress. In this blog series, I’ll share my lessons and strategies learned so far and the ones I continue to learn along the way.Read More