Appalachian Organics

Healthy, Natural, and Sustainable

  • How to Start Growing Vegetables in Your Organic Garden

    Starting an organic garden may seem like a large task.  But growing your own vegetables at home does not need to be a huge undertaking.  “Organic” simply means “natural”—the way nature intended—so organizations, such as the Organic Consumers Association and the Organic Trade Association, believe it’s the nonorganic growers who...
  • Natural Insect Repellents That Work

    It's nearly summertime and the livin' is ... hot, sticky and chock-full of skeeters and other pesky seasonal critters you'll need to fend off. But before reaching for that bottle of chemical bug spray, consider a more holistic insect repellent. Get the deets on DEET Chances are, if you’ve used bug...
  • Harnessing Electrolytes for Balanced Health

    Your body teems with electricity, albeit at a very low level. Calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium are your primary electrolytes, meaning that each of these minerals carries an electrical charge that influences how they work and interact with cells. An electrolyte imbalance or deficiency in these minerals can cause serious...
  • Mythbusting the Paleo Diet

    The premise of the paleolithic (paleo) diet is simple: Eat only foods that existed during the hunter-gatherer era. That means grass-fed meats and wild fish, fruits and vegetables, and nuts and seeds (including their healthy oils), while excluding all dairy, legumes and grains. This pre-agricultural, clean-eating approach has spawned a...
  • How to Fill Nutrition Gaps in Special Diets

    Gluten free, vegan, low glycemic. Everyone has a dietary need or preference these days. And sometimes it can be difficult to find the right supplement to fit your needs. The key, as obvious as it might seem, is to read the fine print on a label and then ask your...

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