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There's no getting around it, the Coronavirus is in the United States and is spreading. The Houston area is already affected. We have compiled a list of resources and Natural Awakenings articles to help you gather the information you need to make informed decisions. Be safe. Be healthy.

CORONAVIRUS WEB PAGES

City of Houston Official Coronavirus Page

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention Information on Coronavirus (CoVid-19)

World Health Organization (WHO) Advice for the Public

Coronavirus Q & A from the World Health Organization

FlattenTheCurve.com - Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update and Thorough Guidance

John Hopkins Interactive Coronavirus Map

NATURAL AWAKENINGS ARTICLES

SANITIZER

Virus-Free Hands and Home: 

Research-Proven DIY Sanitizers That Work

When we’re out and about, if we can’t use a sink and soap to ward off the COVID-19 coronavirus, a hand sanitizer can work, advises the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) —as long as it’s 60 percent alcohol. But with many store shelves empty and some sanitizers selling for up to $150 online and commercial disinfectants in short supply, it’s time to turn to an easy, cheap and environmentally friendly solution—making a batch at home.  READ MORE

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Gut Check:Feeding the Immune System

by Julie Peterson 

Reducing stress, sleeping enough, exercising and getting sunlight are all known strategies for improving the body’s ability to protect itself from harm. However, the most important factor in building a rock-star immune system is nutrition. Here is a guide to the care and feeding of the inner fortifications that fight off disease, supporting long-term wellness.  READ MORE


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Houston's First Plant-Based Nephrologist

March is National Kidney Awareness Month. People who are on
dialysis machines, living with kidney disease, received a kidney
transplant or donated a kidney to a loved one. However, did you
know that it is estimated that 15-16 % of the US population is estimated
to have chronic kidney disease?   READ MORE


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The Roots of Good Health 

Thriving on a Plant-Based Diet

Whether identifying as vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, flexitarian or other veggie-friendly variant, a growing number of Americans are moving away from meat products and toward plant-rich foods. Most come to a plant-based diet for personal, planetary or animal welfare reasons; however, they stay for the flavorful foods they discover along their dietary journey and the health benefits they reap.  READ MORE

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What, Why and How of a Plant Based Diet
By Dr. Munish Chawla, M.D.

What? As the name indicates, plant based diet is an eating pattern that focuses on whole plant foods. Foods as they come from the ground or the garden. Items such as green leafy vegetables, rainbow of other starchy and non-starchy vegetables, fruits, beans, lentils, nuts, seeds and whole grains. 

Why? A plant based diet supplies our body with all the macronutrients it needs, in the right proportions. It contains optimal amounts of protein, carbohydrates and fat. READ MORE


FORK

The Power of the Fork

 by Karoline Mueller

Are you worried about the health of the planet? Do you look forward to staying healthy and active as you age? If the answer to either of these questions is yes, consider the advantages of a whole-food, plant-based (WFPB) diet. This proposition may seem daunting, because many think immediate benefits will happen only if they make a complete switch in dietary choices. However, any change towards a plant-heavy diet is a step in the right direction.  READ MORE


MOUNTAIN

The Body Ecology Of Spring

By Lin Weiss

In traditional Chinese medicine spring is a time of detoxifying and cleansing.  The element associated with springtime is wood, the color is green and the organ influences are that of the gall bladder and liver.Digestive distress may surface in the spring including symptoms indicative of toxicity in the body, i.e. allergies; lethargy; weight gain; mucous and congestion anywhere in the body; pain; constipation; moodiness; PMS; and the list goes on…  READ MORE

CBD

CBD’s New Frontier
Help for Mental Health

by Julie Marshall

When Kaye Herbert’s husband brought home a free sample of cannabidiol (CBD) oil, she didn’t hesitate to give it a try. Having heard about its calming effects, she gave CBD to her three sons, whose attention deficit hyperactivity disorder made home-schooling difficult due to frequent tantrums and lack of focus. “I didn’t expect CBD to be miraculous, but I was surprised that my kids’ frustrations were greatly reduced,” says the Austin, Texas, mom. “We weren’t seeing the severity of meltdowns.” READ MORE




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Letter from the Publishers

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A growing number of Americans are moving away from meat and more toward a plant-based diet, a development that comes with the promise of glowing health and expanding culinary horizons. Writer April Thompson shares the secrets of making this a seamless transition in “The Roots of Good Health: Thriving on a Plant-Based Diet.” Cindy and I will be further expanding our use of plants in our diet this year as I expect our 2nd year garden to provide the majority of our food. Moving from a meat heavy diet to a plant-based one or moving from being mainly a consumer of food to a self-sufficient producer is not easy, nor can it be accomplished quickly. If it were, more people would have done it already. It’s a journey and every journey, long or short, begins with the first step. READ MORE


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affirming naturally: I believe in limitless possibilities.

by Doyle Ward

You have more than 55,000 thoughts each day. Many are the same thoughts over and over again. Every single one is an affirmation; this also includes everything that you say. By reducing your negative thoughts and words and increasing the positive ones, you can reshape your life.  Expecting a better day helps to create a better life. The only place we have to take action or make changes is the present moment. This month’s affirmation can help create a better life.  READ MORE



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MEATLESS

Meatless Makeover 
A Plant-Based Spin on Classic Dishes

by April Thompson

When contemplating a shift toward a plant-based diet, some may prematurely mourn the loss of their favorite meaty classics. Luckily, enterprising vegan chefs have experimented with flavors and textures that will lure almost any palate into loving a plant-based version of their favorite dishes without resorting to processed foods. READ MORE

EAT GREEN

Eating Greener
Tips for Plant-Based Living

Eating more fruits and vegetables as part of a plant-based diet is catching on. In 2019, more than one third of Americans said they plan to incorporate more plant-based foods into their diets to achieve their wellness resolutions, according to data company YouGov. For those new to “green eating”—and even for veggie-minded veterans—lots of helpful information is available now on what to consider in buying, preparing, re-using and discarding food.  READ MORE

VEGAN FIT

Vegan Fitness
A Healthy Choice for Body and Planet

by Marlaina Donato

Tennis champion Venus Williams and New England Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady are among the athletes that opt for healthy, plant-dominant diets to reach their personal best, a trend that belies some misconceptions about what it means to be vegan. “Going vegan implies a larger, lifestyle choice based on personal ethics, but athletes report that they just feel better,” says Brenda Carey, editor-in-chief of Vegan Health and Fitness Magazine. “They’re also surprised at how well they put on muscle after making this dietary change.”  READ MORE

HEMP FARM

Hemp Gets Hot
Meet the Hardest Working Plant on the Planet

by Julie Peterson

A crop that was illegal in U.S. soil for more than half a century is now reaching for the sun. Industrial hemp, the low- or no-THC cousin to marijuana, has created high hopes among farmers, agricultural researchers, manufacturers and consumers. By 2019, America had become the world’s third-largest producer, behind Canada and China, where it’s been cultivated for 8,500 years. READ MORE

SICK KID

Cold-Busters
Natural Remedies for Kids

by Ronica O’Hara

March brings us the first whiffs of fragrant spring air, along with a heightened chance of runny noses, coughs, sore throats and congestion in our youngsters. The spring and fall months are the most likely times to catch a cold because seasonal allergens inflame nostrils, making it easier for cold viruses to have their way. Although many worried parents reach for cold and cough medicines, antihistamines or even antibiotics, there is little evidence that these ease symptoms or hasten recovery, and they may even cause harm, according to reports from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).  READ MORE

KIBBLE

Kibble Quandary
A Fresh Look at Pet Food

by Julie Peterson

Eating healthy is a family affair, and that includes the family pet. However, what works for humans may be less than optimal for Fluffy or Fido, as each requires a species-specific, nutritionally balanced regimen. Most pet parents opt for commercial dog or cat food that comes in a bag or a can, but many are beginning to consider more natural options. “Kibble is often the most economical way to feed your pet. But its processed state makes it the least optimal,” says Angie Krause, DVM, at Boulder Holistic Vet, in Colorado. READ MORE

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Ronnie Cummins on Growing a Movement

by Elizabeth Greene

For five decades, human rights activist, journalist and author Ronnie Cummins has campaigned for natural health and the environment. Since he co-founded the Organic Consumers Association in 1998, the nonprofit has grown to a network that’s 2 million people strong, dedicated to promoting organic food, regenerative farming and commerce through global initiatives that integrate public education, marketplace pressure, media outreach, litigation and grassroots lobbying.  READ MORE




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