Sea Buckthorn Decreases and Delays Postprandial Insulin Response in Overweight and Obese Males

Hyperinsulinemia, dyslipidemia, and endothelial dysfunction are caused in part by frequent and repeated postprandial (after meal) hyperglycemia (high blood sugar). These conditions contribute to cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes mellitus, and overweight/obesity. Foods with a low glycemic index, such as a variety of berries, may reduce postprandial glycemia, improve acute insulin secretion, and improve appetite … Continue reading Sea Buckthorn Decreases and Delays Postprandial Insulin Response in Overweight and Obese Males

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Phytochemical and Antibacterial Study of Helichrysum Extract

Several species of infectious bacteria, including Staphylococcus epidermidis and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, can form adherent layers on surfaces known as a biofilm. A biofilm formation may render antibiotics unable to attenuate infection. Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum, Asteraceae) is used traditionally in combating inflammation and infection, and compounds such as phloroglucinols and their derivatives have been shown to have antibacterial activity. … Continue reading Phytochemical and Antibacterial Study of Helichrysum Extract

A ‘Greener Garden’

One of the greatest benefits of having a garden is controlling how your food is grown. Growing organically ensures your food is free of commercial pesticides—pollutants that seep into the ground or atmosphere. Starting an organic garden is the perfect way to ensure you are giving healthful eats to your family, and protecting the earth. … Continue reading A ‘Greener Garden’

HOW PLANTS ACQUIRE THEIR ENERGY

Plants must get food into their systems in order to acquire energy and continue living, similar to animals. Plants create energy for animals to use, so they must replenish their nutrients. And plants breathe, in a way. They take in the carbon dioxide that all the animals give off, and they give off oxygen for … Continue reading HOW PLANTS ACQUIRE THEIR ENERGY

Community Garden Series: Five Tips for Community Garden Leaders and Organizers

A successful, long-term and healthy garden community requires just as much cultivating as the garden itself. Smart leaders and organizers focus on the people first before the garden is even built. And savvy leaders know that the behavior they model sets the tone for the community as a whole. No pressure, right? How to be … Continue reading Community Garden Series: Five Tips for Community Garden Leaders and Organizers

How Your Gut Can Make You Seem Smarter Than You Really Are…

We've all been hungry — or even "hangry" — at one point in our lives, but is there a scientific explanation for this phenomenon? And might there be some hidden value to this otherwise irritating feeling? A new study explores, suggesting that our gut helps us make good decisions and come across as smarter than … Continue reading How Your Gut Can Make You Seem Smarter Than You Really Are…

Could Yoga Help Treat Thyroid Problems?

Yoga is an accessible, low-impact exercise that reduces stress and supports well-being. Could yoga help treat thyroid problems?The thyroid is a small gland in the throat that secretes hormones. These hormones affect a person's metabolism, body temperature, and growth. They also affect the way a child's brain develops. When a person has a problem with … Continue reading Could Yoga Help Treat Thyroid Problems?

Community Garden Series: Ten Tips on Local Advocacy

1. Develop a plan (or don’t wait for a crisis). If your garden is not protected, understand exactly who owns the land. Know exactly what you are asking for and who you are asking. Is there a public process or is it “who knows whom”? Your plan should include the other tips listed below. Meanwhile, keep … Continue reading Community Garden Series: Ten Tips on Local Advocacy

Community Garden Series: How To Create A Community Garden

There are over 10,000 community gardens in cities across the United States. This popular trend provides fresh produce, exercise, and a place to socialize with friends and neighbors. Community gardens are also attractive and inviting spaces that benefit the environment through composting and recycling. Consider doing a little gardening – whether you have some basil … Continue reading Community Garden Series: How To Create A Community Garden

Apartment Dweller’s Series: Urban Apartment Gardening: Gardening Tips For Apartment Dwellers

I remember the days of apartment dwelling with mixed feelings. The spring and summer were especially hard on this lover of green things and dirt. My interior was festooned with houseplants but growing veggies and larger specimens were something of a challenge, having minimal room on the patio or balcony. Fortunately, urban gardening ideas abound … Continue reading Apartment Dweller’s Series: Urban Apartment Gardening: Gardening Tips For Apartment Dwellers