Author Archives: Maria Atwood, CNHP

How Are You Getting Your Enzymes?
A Major Key to a Healthy Diet

Let’s assume that you’re an ordinary person living an ordinary life, eating what you believe is a healthy diet. Nevertheless, you still pop those antacids to relieve sometimes mild to severe digestive discomfort. And if you ever complain to your medical doctor about this issue, in most cases they simply hand you another prescription for […]

Age-Related Muscle Loss:
Seniors, Listen Up—There Is Help!

Age-related muscle loss is a very subtle condition. It slowly creeps up like a thief in the night, and suddenly it’s harder to walk up those three steps to the back door. Unlike last year, you tire more quickly when you go for a walk or out shopping. No, you rarely feel any pain, but […]

Stress-Lowering Adaptogens:
Have You Reached Your Wits’ End?

Though your reasons may be different from mine, I’ll bet that many of you, for whatever reason, have simply reached your wits’ end! This is a deeper kind of stress that comes from losing both the patience and the mental capacity to let go of an ongoing problem. And I, for one, have been there, […]

Are You Sluggish or Rushed?
Looking at the Autonomic Nervous System

For too many years, it seems we’ve all been reading articles on the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems, which together comprise the autonomic nervous system (ANS). However, though we are told that the ANS is important to our health, we don’t take the time to follow up and actually learn why. Sound familiar? Well, at […]

Balancing the Acid & Alkaline pH:
Things You May Not Know, but Should!

Possibly one of the most searched for health topics in 2020 was how to transition to a mostly alkaline diet due to its supposed health benefits. Perhaps even more interesting is that we are spending millions of dollars buying alkaline water. Recently, a close friend of mine asked me what I knew about drinking alkaline […]

Stacking the Zzzs:
My Favorite “Sleep Better” Suggestions

With all of the chaos of the past year, one of the most frequently asked questions I received came from highly stressed individuals who simply couldn’t fall into a deep sleep—or even if they could, they’d still wake back up in those awful early-morning hours and never fall back into the sweet snoozing state I […]

Refresh Your Smelly Wardrobe:
The Dangers That Lurk in Your Closet!

For the most part, by this time of year most of us are tired of our stuffy winter clothes. Maybe this is why Adam and Eve were naked in paradise (smile). Yes, that might be going a little too far, but I for one am ready to switch into my lighter, more colorful jackets and […]

Laugh More:
A Winning New Year’s Resolution

About now, you’re probably asking what the heck is there to laugh about. We’ve been in lockdown for the better part of a year, many small businesses have been forced to close, and millions of people don’t have enough money to pay for even basic necessities. Suicide rates are at an all-time high, schools are […]

Closing Out the Year (and How to Be Worry-Free Next Year)

Are you someone who can honestly say that you never worry about anything? If you are, then you’re one in million—though I doubt that you never give way to the “worry trap.” According to many scientific reports that can easily be found online, worry ages us faster than almost anything else. It can also produce […]

Cook Your Way to Wellness:
Making Your Own Probiotics Is Easy Peasy

It seems like an eternity since I first embarked on the biggest kitchen adventure of my life—making my own probiotic-rich foods. Though they are profoundly healthy, probiotics—microorganisms that help maintain or restore beneficial bacteria in our digestive tract—seemed like they would take too much time, too much money, and be too difficult to make on […]

Gingerbread Spice Makes Everything Nice:
Interesting Ginger Facts and An Easy Holiday Recipe

In my recent blog post “The Phenomenal Cranberry,” I wrote about the tremendous health properties of cranberries and their traditional appearance during celebrated American holidays, but especially Thanksgiving. In this, my latest holiday contribution, I want to focus on ginger for the Christmas or Hanukah table. Many of you have probably graced your tables with […]

The Phenomenal Cranberry:
Just in Time for the Holidays!

Despite this difficult year with the disruptive coronavirus and the suspense of the nation, we are nevertheless headed toward our most special and beloved holidays: Thanksgiving, followed by Hannukah and Christmas, and then New Year’s Day. The sadness and shock we’ve all experienced this year is not quite over, yet Father Time turns our attention […]

How Minerals Can Change Your Mood:
Targeted Nutrition for Your Broody Brain

How many of us think that moodiness is simply part of our personality? It seems that we are reared with this myth, unfortunately blaming it on poor Aunt Jane or another of our family members who were also moody. Sound familiar? Allow me to set the record straight and dismiss the notion that moodiness is […]

What Keeps You Warm?
Maintaining Warmth for a Sick-Free Winter

As October is the start of cold weather for a good portion of the country, I’ve been getting requests from readers asking how to avoid that annoying winter cold. (And in this particular year, I’ve also been getting questions on how to avoid the dreaded coronavirus!) For starters, I recommend that you make every possible […]

Mighty Microgreens:
A Powerhouse of Nutrition and Cancer Prevention

I write about nutrition and cook with many different foods. Sometimes, food still brings about new and beautiful discoveries. I researched microgreens for my latest cooking ventures, and I was totally stunned to learn not only about their nutritional value but also the many ways you can use them. I stuffed these tiny, wondrous shoots […]

Mmm…Sunday Morning Brunch:
10 Special Recipes for Special Times

I’m old school in that I believe Sundays are very special and we should observe them as such. Not only does the Old Testament command that we observe a day of rest (Exodus 20:8), but it is also a scientific fact that resting one day out of the week is essential. In a blog post […]

Are You Depressed or Disappointed?
Similar but Very Different Conditions

The number of people taking dangerous antidepressant drugs in this country is simply staggering. This article does a good job of explaining this problem (emphasis mine): “The number of Americans who say they’ve taken an antidepressant over the past month rose by 65 percent between 1999 and 2014, a new government survey finds. By 2014, […]

Lowering Carbs:
What You Can Expect &
Why Keto-Cycling Is Better than Straight Keto

I recently pondered the idea of going on a full keto diet, and it was for the one and only purpose that most people try keto—losing weight! But did you know that this diet was never intended for weight loss? As this article published by AFPA Fitness explains, the keto diet originally started out as […]

Super Healthy and Highly Digestible:
Quick, Nutrient-Dense Summer Meals

I recently attempted to accomplish two of my summer cooking goals: 1) keep a cool kitchen and 2) reduce food preparation time. To this end, I decided that would eat a light breakfast. For lunch, I would have a handful of crispy nuts (which you can learn about in my Cook Your Way to Wellness […]

The Colors in Your Life:
How Different Colors Affect Your Mood and Health

One the more interesting things about our humanness is our preference for this color or that color. In some cases this is such an absolute must that we won’t wear a gift if it’s not the right color. For some, buying a car is as big of a deal as buying a home because they […]