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The Official Whole Foods Market® Blog
December 6, 2014
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This is the time of year when you see body care gifts on display in virtually every store. So, does it matter where you shop for your body care gifts? Yes, there absolutely is. Here’s how ours are different.
November 24, 2014
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Our US Whole Foods Market stores are celebrating fairly traded products with a weekend-long sale, November 28-30. And we’re kicking it off with what we’re calling “Fair Trade Friday”!
November 19, 2014
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Whether you’re a last-minute shopper or a long-range present planner, our Whole Body department has thoughtful selections for everyone on your list.
October 24, 2014
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Get ready — we’re heading into prime cold and flu season! Here are some hand-washing tips to help reduce your odds of being one of the 5 to 20% of Americans who come down with flu each year.
October 2, 2014
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Fall weather brings its own special skin-care challenges. If your skin is looking parched this make-at-home facial mist delivers dewy, glowing skin at a moment’s notice. It’s the perfect purse-size companion for fall parties and holiday travel.
August 22, 2014
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Acne care has come a long way since the days when neon-blue astringent was once the weapon of choice. Here are a few tips for making smart choices in the modern-day skin-care aisle.
August 10, 2014
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Need help determining which supplements are right for you? Here’s a list of popular supplements and why you might take them, too.
August 7, 2014
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A few of my friends swear by dry shampoo saying it pumps up the volume, adds lift and absorbs excess oil. My hair is short and it always sticks straight up, but I was still curious about a product that could refresh my scalp between shampoos.
July 30, 2014
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Our lives are busy and it’s hard to fit everything in, including eating for variety and essential nutrients. Supplements can help, and they can support optimal health, as well.

Read on to learn about a special 3-day sale happening August 1-3, 2014: Buy shelf-stable Engine 2 Plant-Strong™ Almondmilk or shelf-stable 365 Everyday Value® Organic Almondmilk and get 40% off Vega Protein Smoothie. 

June 30, 2014
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Many body care products use plastic microbeads as exfoliators. These microbeads are so small that they can easily slip through water treatment systems and end up in our waterways. Here’s what you can do to help.
June 10, 2014
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The fine folks at Aura Cacia shared their recipe for a DIY body mist made with pure essential oils. The refreshing scent features lemon eucalyptus oil in a base of green tea. It’s the perfect spritz for hot summer days and long summer nights.
May 28, 2014
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Susan “Suki” Wattik is the Associate Global Coordinator for our Whole Body departments and a dedicated devotee of all things body care. We were recently wowed by her knowledge of exfoliation and asked her to offer a few tips for summer skin care.

How is exfoliating your body different from exfoliating your face?

May 14, 2014
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Picture this: You’re all packed up for a summer adventure. Maybe you’re hiking into the mountains or sailing to a tropical isle, or perhaps you’re planning a picnic at a local park. Whatever the destination, you’re ready to seize the day! You just have to make a quick stop for sunscreen.

May 8, 2014
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Some talented bloggers came up with easy DIY gifts that moms will love to make, and love to receive.
April 29, 2014
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I’m especially wary of eye makeup remover with mineral oil or other petroleum by-products. Thankfully, this simple DIY recipe will dissolve even the most stubborn makeup with just three plant-based ingredients.
April 27, 2014
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Jody Villecco makes sense of recent media reports on the value of taking a multi-vitamin.
April 10, 2014
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If you’re feeling a bit blah from the dark days of winter, a good blush can refresh your look and highlight your natural features. Here are a few tips for choosing a blush that’s right for you.
March 30, 2014
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Traci Reazor, Whole Body AestheticianIn 2005, Traci Reazer was one of the first Whole Foods Market team members to be hired with the title Aesthetician. You can find Traci in the Whole Body department at our flagship Lamar store in Austin, TX.

March 27, 2014
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I live in Austin, Texas, where spring smells like…grape soda.

The Sophora secundiflora or Texas mountain laurel, is a popular native shrub whose flowers smell exactly like the Grape Nehi my grandpa used to drink. In my neighborhood, their sweet scent is a surefire sign that spring has arrived.

March 6, 2014
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The delicate skin around your eyes get a workout every time you smile, laugh or squint. Age, dryness and sun exposure also contribute to fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes. Fight premature aging and choose an eye cream that’s tailored to fit your skin’s needs.
February 8, 2014
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Dark Rye is an online magazine from Whole Foods Market that explores the realms of food, health, sustainability, design, technology and social enterprise. Get fresh insight from our mixtape of stories, recipes, creative projects and people — pioneers of unconventional who explore the edges of a creative life.

In this issue, Body, Dark Rye’s body of work explores the body through the lenses of exercise, grief, diet, suffering, yoga, death and more.

February 6, 2014
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Get our DIY hand scrub recipe and a sweet coupon!
February 5, 2014
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What we put on our bodies is just as important as what we put in our bodies. So just like we invest in our health with high quality whole foods, we should make a similar commitment when purchasing facial care cleaners, toners and moisturizers. How? Check out these basic facial regimen steps (and recommendations!) that can yield real results.

December 14, 2013
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Shimmering, gilded eyes are an easy, quick way to go from day to night and be party-ready in a flash!
November 17, 2013
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LavenderThe holidays are a time of celebration, spirit…and stress. Even the merriest among us might need a reminder to take care of ourselves. So in the spirit of planning ahead and planning for wellness, how about a smarter perspective this year?

October 24, 2013
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Model: Sarah Voigt. Hair, Makeup and Styling: Kristen Arnett. Photos: Evi Abeler.

September 12, 2013
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Did you happen to see the recent research showing how an apple a day really does wonders for wellness? Mom was right!

July 11, 2013
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Learn how Vitamin Angels is nourishing children across the globe, and how you can help.
June 8, 2013
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To help summer hair, try “Hair Dressing” -- great for feeding your tresses and your body with natural ingredients right from the kitchen.
June 5, 2013
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We love to have fun in the sun, but choosing the right sunscreen can slow you down. Here are a few key tips to help you navigate the sunscreen aisle quickly.
May 9, 2013
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“Be prepared.” These words are the reason my suitcase is habitually too heavy to lift, especially in the summer.

April 28, 2013
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AlaffiaOlowo-n’djo Tchala is the Founder and Director of Alaffia. Alaffia is a US-based company that makes body care products using shea butter sourced from West Africa.

April 26, 2013
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LavenderWhen I was growing up, my family had a Mother’s Day ritual. Dad would bring the kids to a department store, give us each $10 and let us loose to find a gift for Mom.

April 10, 2013
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The products that meet these Premium Body Care standards are better for our families and the environment — simply put, these are the most exceptional personal care products available.
March 10, 2013
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Okay, I’ll be the one to admit it: Nursin’ ain’t easy. Am I right, ladies?

February 26, 2013
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Traditional Easter confections with neon-colored candies and bland bunnies disappoint my kids no matter how excited they (okay, we) are for our baskets. Here are some recommendations from experts at Whole Foods Market®, SAVUER and Kiwi magazine so we can easily build a better basket without well…laying an egg!
February 7, 2013
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Show your heart some love. From multivitamins to antioxidants, here are common-sense ways that go a long way in supporting cardiovascular wellbeing.
January 9, 2013
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Maintaining health in the areas of digestion, energy and body fat composition bring benefits that are too numerous to count. Your body says, okay, let’s start where it makes sense: cleansing and weight control. And we say, let us help you.
December 23, 2012
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Learn how to create sexy, smokey eyes—without putting suspicious ingredients on your sensitive lids.

I love New Year’s Eve because I love old-school glam. A velvet cape inherited from grandma? Perfect! A silver lamé frock from a thrift store? Uh-huh! Rhinestone earrings? Feather boa? Sequined evening bag? Yes, yes, yes! Everything is permitted on New Year’s, as long as it’s glittery and elegant and fun.

November 24, 2012
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You’ll sparkle in the midst of holiday stress with these simple do-ahead steps.
November 10, 2012
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It’s a seasonal paradox: the days are getting shorter, but our calendars are getting fuller. Between travel time, party time and cooking time, it’s tough to find to take care of yourself.

Just when you want to look fabulous, your hair may wind up frizzy, frazzled or flat. In a pinch, you may seek shortcuts and use products laden with sulfates or other harsh chemicals. Since what you put on your body is just as important as what you put in your body, we’ve got tips to help you pass up questionable hair care ingredients (just like you pass up Aunt Trudy’s mystery casserole).

October 28, 2012
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Update: Thank you to everyone who entered! Congratulations to our winner, June, from California!

Halloween is almost here, but that doesn’t mean your everyday makeup has to look like a mask. Natural-look makeup is all about revealing (rather than hiding) your face’s true potential, so your unique inner beauty can shine through.

October 14, 2012
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The giveaway is now closed. Thank you to everyone who entered! Congratulations to our winner, Brittany C. from Texas!

It’s finally beginning to feel like fall in my hometown of Austin, Texas. But while I’m looking forward to sweater weather, my skin is wearing the lingering effects of summer.

October 10, 2012
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Two years ago my team found a rich lathering, freshly scented USDA-certified organic castile soap that exemplifies so many of our core values that we not only brought the product to our stores, we also included those values on the label!
September 25, 2012
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Foaming Hand SoapIt might sound strange to say that I am proud of my grocery store. Proud of my kids, yes; but my grocery store? Indeed it’s true, and I have to tell you one of the biggest reasons has to do with body care — Premium Body Care™ to be exact. 

August 25, 2012
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Here’s a tidbit that will impress: Do you know that roughly 70% of your immune system is housed in your digestive tract? Okay, maybe that won’t impress everyone, but it sure impressed me. See, now that I am a parent, my health-seeking goals focus on my kids.

August 18, 2012
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Long gone are the days of gulping down cod liver oil to ensure your body is getting the recommended amount of Vitamin D. In fact, your best and cheapest source is right outside the window: the sun, specifically UVB rays.

July 6, 2012
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Vitamin Angels is an organization that is deeply impacting the lives of children around the world.

June 19, 2012
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Care about what goes on your body? Choose our top tier Premium Body Care sunscreens, which are comprised of only non-nano, physical sunscreens.
June 13, 2012
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Whole Trade® Guarantee is a Whole Foods Market® supplier certification program that makes it easy for you to shop with conscience. Learn firsthand how the W.S. Badger Company transitioned their products to fair trade and earned the Whole Trade partner seal. Rebecca Hamilton is Director of Product Development for the W.S. Badger Company and has a background in fair trade supply chains.

May 1, 2012
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Congratulations to giveaway winner Denise C. from New Hampshire! Thanks to everyone who entered - we loved hearing what Alaffia's products and story mean to you!   Olowo-n’djo Tchala is the Founder and Director of Alaffia. As one of our Whole Trade® vendors he is committed to making sure employees and suppliers receive better wages and working conditions.

April 26, 2012
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Discover which herbs can be safer alternatives for sinus health, eyes and noses, while providing support in the short and long term.
April 8, 2012
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Excited for spring but looking for effective solutions to manage seasonal allergies? Listen in to learn the benefits of homeopathy and how to choose remedies for quick relief.
April 5, 2012
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It’s now possible to get a daily facial cleanser that works as well as a major national brand, but with better components and a better price.
March 20, 2012
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According to Jeremiah McElwee, Executive Senior Global Whole Body Coordinator, it is important to babies and children’s health to choose products carefully:

February 25, 2012
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  What fats are essential for heart health and how can we ensure high-quality, adequate intake?  Listen in to this encore podcast to hear about the critical role good fats play in a heart-healthy diet.

February 4, 2012
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There are many effective ways to support a healthy heart through simple dietary and lifestyle choices.

January 17, 2012
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Whether you’re a frequent shopper or have yet to venture in, there are always good reasons to stop by our Whole Body department. Here are some new products to try.
January 5, 2012
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Looking for healthy eating resources? At Whole Foods Market®, we have developed Health Starts Here® to help guide wise nutrition choices. Listen in and learn where to focus for the most benefit.

Akua Woolbright holds a PhD in Nutritional Sciences and is Whole Foods Market’s Senior Healthy Eating and Wellness Educator.

December 30, 2011
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From tinsel and glitter to sequins and shimmer, the holidays are a flashy time of year.  For many of us that includes adding some pizzazz to our usual makeup routine.
October 29, 2011
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It’s the time of year that we need to take extra good care of our bodies and specifically the immune system. Join us in exploring herbs and nutrients available at Whole Foods Market that may offer support. Malia Curran, MS, MPH is a nutrition consultant, speaker, and mom of two young children.

October 18, 2011
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Homeopathic remedies have a long history of use worldwide, but can they really help at this time of year? And are they okay to use with immune-supportive formulas? Tune in to this encore interview for the answers and some expert recommendations. Dr. Christophe Merville is the Director of Education and Pharmacy Development for Boiron USA.

October 17, 2011
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Ran out of shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant? Here are 10 ways to use items from your kitchen to help get out the door looking and smelling your best.
October 5, 2011
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Our Premium Body Care standards require lipsticks be made without harmful chemicals like artificial colors and fragrances or parabens. Let your lips shine naturally.
October 2, 2011
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Ever wonder what your immune system is actually made of? Learn how the body responds to foreign invaders and what you can do both internally and externally to support winter wellness in this revealing encore presentation. Nancy Angelini is National Science Educator for Source Naturals and Planetary Herbals, with more than 15 years (and 1500 lectures!) in the natural products industry.

September 13, 2011
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Did you know that one in three children worldwide do not get the nutrients they need to survive and thrive in their environments? Vitamin Angels helps reduce child mortality worldwide by connecting essential nutrients, especially vitamin A, with infants and children under five. Today, Vitamin Angels is reaching over 20 million children in more than 40 countries with the nutrition they need to live healthy, productive lives. Vitamin Angels created this video to show the impact of their work.
August 22, 2011
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Supporting the health of a child’s skin is an important consideration for every parent. From baby to teen, discover which ingredients are most beneficial and how to choose better body care for kids. Jessica Iclisoy is the founder of California Baby, a full line of natural skin care products for babies, kids and sensitive adults.
August 19, 2011
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Nutritionally balanced kids can make for nutritionally balanced adults. Learn how to build a healthy foundation with your kids and teens.
August 18, 2011
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Healthy eating starts at home! Kick off the new school year with these ideas for setting the stage for nutritional and educational success.
August 14, 2011
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Learn about diet, EFAs, DHA and herbs and how they might support your child’s focus this school year.
August 13, 2011
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As you’re purchasing new school supplies and clothes, don’t forget that changing your makeup colors is a fun and easy way to update your entire look.
August 5, 2011
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Which facts about kids’ and teens’ health are most important? Learn what questions to ask about children’s health…and beyond!
July 31, 2011
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Don’t know where to start when it comes to products designed for children?
July 19, 2011
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Learn how to make the best choices for summer’s best body care and get the most from your soaping and slathering!
July 12, 2011
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Our commitment to provide the highest-quality ingredients and products extends to every aisle of our stores.
July 9, 2011
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Summer’s best fun sometimes means scrapes, bruises, bites or encounters with poison ivy. Learn about some natural products to be good to your whole body.
July 2, 2011
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Don’t let soreness, strains and pain get in the way of your adventures! Support healthy muscles and joints with homeopathic, herbal and lifestyle recommendations for an active summer. Dr. Tiffany Binder is a Naturopathic Physician with expertise in nutrition and supplements.
July 1, 2011
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Want to make a splash this summer? We’ve got you covered with summer’s best ways to feel good and look great!
June 24, 2011
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While it’s fun to bask in the sun’s warmth, the consequences of too much sun are remarkably less fun. Check out these suncare pointers before you grab some rays.
June 22, 2011
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Interested in switching to a better deodorant but don’t know where to start? Tune in to this encore podcast presentation to educate yourself on the variety of options and hear what makes natural deodorants effective. Malia Curran, MS, MPH, is a nutrition and health consultant.
June 14, 2011
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Are you the outdoors fan who’s loved just a little too much by the bugs? Fortunately, nature almost always provides a solution. Learn about essential oils, vitamins and homeopathic remedies. Malia Curran, MS, MPH, is a nutrition and health consultant.
May 17, 2011
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Do you find the sheer number of body care and cosmetics options available today overwhelming?
April 16, 2011
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Products carrying the Premium Body Care symbol are the most exceptional personal care products available. They meet the strictest standards for quality sourcing, environmental impact, results and safety. Enjoy this introductory video on how Premium Body Care truly allows you to be good to your whole body.
April 10, 2011
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Did you know that nearly one-third of all municipal solid waste in the U.S. is packaging? Learn about the changes we’re making to our Whole Body product packaging to help reduce our environmental impact. Jim McConnell is Store Supplies and Services Specialist for the Rocky Mountain region and co-chair of the Whole Foods Market Responsible Packaging Task Force.

April 9, 2011
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Thanks to everyone who recycles plastic, we’re introducing some new eco-friendly packaging in our Whole Body™ department that uses post-consumer recycled plastic. Learn how to find the new stuff!
April 7, 2011
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What you put on your body is as important as what you put in your body! Learn what we’re doing to make sure you can tell if that lotion or toothpaste is truly organic.
April 5, 2011
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With our guidelines for organic personal care, Whole Foods Market is working toward ensuring that “organic” means organic in every aisle of our stores. Listen in as we share about our efforts to protect the organic standard for our shoppers, suppliers and planet. Joe Dickson is Global Quality Standards Coordinator at Whole Foods Market.

March 13, 2011
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Supporting the health of an infant can sometimes feel like a guessing game with a limited amount of safe options. Find out why homeopathic remedies are gentle and easy to use for a variety of baby-related issues. Dr. Trevor Holly Cates is a naturopathic physician practicing in Park City, Utah, and a consultant for Hyland’s.
March 10, 2011
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Time’s running out to enter a photo of your baby experiencing their favorite foods. March 16 is the deadline for a chance to win great prizes.
March 3, 2011
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Say cheese! Or peas! Or bananas! Submit your best pic of baby experiencing their favorite foods and you could win great prizes.
February 28, 2011
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For many women, starting a family is an impetus to move toward a healthier lifestyle. Discover where to begin with better choices for supplements, body care and aromatherapy. Malia Curran is a nutrition consultant, speaker and mother of 2 young children.
February 8, 2011
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What fats are essential for heart health and how can we ensure high-quality, adequate intake? Join us as we discuss the critical role good fats play in a heart-healthy diet.
February 7, 2011
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Learn how purchases of EveryDay Shea help disadvantaged communities in Togo and enter to win a gift basket full of Alaffia body care products.
January 4, 2011
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The New Year is a natural time to think about giving the body a much-needed vacation. Find out what to expect and avoid on a whole body cleanse, and the simple ways to make the most of your efforts to reduce the “body burden.”
November 11, 2010
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Join one of our very own Whole Body team members for an insightful interview about the positive impact of Vitamin Angels not only on children’s health, but also in the hearts of our team members, customers and supplier partners.
November 1, 2010
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Get ready to be inspired by a special organization that is profoundly changing the lives of children around the world.
October 26, 2010
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Ever wonder what your immune system is actually made of? Learn how the body responds to foreign invaders and what you can do both internally and externally to support winter wellness. Nancy Angelini is National Science Educator for Source Naturals and Planetary Herbals, with more than 14 years (and 1500 lectures!) in the natural products industry.

October 12, 2010
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Homeopathic remedies have a long history of use worldwide, but can they really help at this time of year? Tune in to our podcast for answers.
October 5, 2010
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Now is the time to focus on staying well, and supporting the immune system is a smart way to do so. In this encore podcast presentation, Dr.
September 7, 2010
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As their name suggests, essential fatty acids (EFAs) are a critical component of children’s health. Learn why, where to find them, the difference between omega-3s and omega-6s, and how to easily incorporate them into your child’s diet. Dr. Marie Rodriguez is a licensed naturopathic physician who uses nutritional counseling, herbal medicine, homeopathy and energy medicine to treat the whole person.
August 24, 2010
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This is an encore presentation of a podcast from two summers ago.
August 12, 2010
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This is an encore presentation of a podcast from last summer.
August 8, 2010
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Don’t know where to start when it comes to products designed for children? Join us as we clear up the confusion and outline the most important nutrients and supplements to support growing kids and teens. Malia Curran holds Masters degrees in Nutrition Science and Public Health from Tufts University School of Nutrition and School of Medicine. She is a nutrition consultant, speaker and mother of 2 young children.
July 11, 2010
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Are you too often tempted to skip the green side of the plate? Getting your greens and meeting the 9-a-day fruit and veggie goal is easier than ever with green superfoods, cereal grasses and vegetables in convenient tablets, capsules and drink-mix powders.
July 6, 2010
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Exotic and extraordinary, superfruits are filling the shelves and the news. They’re “super” because they’re packed with antioxidants and nutrients beyond their common fruit and veggie relatives. Listen to learn about the benefits of some you’ve heard of already, and several that are new to scene.
June 18, 2010
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When it comes to food, the definition of “organic” is extremely clear, thanks to the USDA’s National Organic Program standards, the Federal regulation that defines just how organic food is grown, raised, processed and sold.
June 15, 2010
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This is an encore presentation of a podcast from last summer. Don't let sprains, strains and pain get in the way of your summer fun! Discover homeopathic, herbal and lifestyle recommendations for supporting the muscles, joints and whole body before during and after your activities.

May 9, 2010
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Pregnancy is a time for celebration, but the mountains of advice that accompany it can create confusion amidst your joy. Listen in for solid recommendations that support not only mom and baby’s wellbeing, but also that of the environment. Anna Getty is a green living lifestyle educator, mother and founder of Pregnancy Awareness Month.

May 4, 2010
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Are you looking for solid guidelines for staying healthy and happy naturally? Tune in for a few of the basics about nutrition, herbs and lifestyle habits for women. You’ll also hear some specifics on mood, menopause and weight. Dr. Tori Hudson is a naturopathic physician, professor and women’s clinic medical director.

April 25, 2010
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In part 3 of this three-part series on our Premium Body Care® standard at Whole Foods Market®, we’re looking at how these standards raise the bar for the natural body care industry as a whole. Prairie Rose Hyde is co-founder and formulator of Alaffia, a sustainable skin care company based on handcrafted, fair trade shea butter. Alaffia is a shining example of both Premium Body Care® standards and the commitment to Whole Trade™ at Whole Foods Market.
April 23, 2010
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March marked the two-year anniversary of Premium Body Care at Whole Foods Market.
April 21, 2010
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Let What’s your top priority when shopping for personal bodycare products? Take our poll on bodycare products and see how your thoughts stack up with others.
April 13, 2010
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In part 2 of our 3-part series on our Premium Body Care® standards at Whole Foods Market®, you’ll hear about why these strict natural guidelines are important. You’ll also learn about Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a national coalition of health and environmental groups that are working to eliminate harmful chemicals from personal care products. Stacy Malkan, co-founder and author, sheds light on the pursuit to make personal care safer and greener.
April 6, 2010
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At Whole Foods Market® we are proud of the years of work we’ve put into developing our Premium Body Care® standards. In this first installment of a 3-part podcast series, Lecia Rand, category manager for Whole Foods Market™ and 365 Everyday Value® brand supplements and body care, talks about these top-tier standards which took years to develop and continue to be a worthy work in progress.

March 16, 2010
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In Part 2 of our series on Natural Energy, we take a closer look at ingredients in the top natural energy products and supplements. Dr. Hyla Cass tells us about what to look for, including vitamins and herbs, and what to steer clear of when choosing one of the many popular products that promise a boost these days. Dr. Cass is one of the country's foremost authors and speakers on the subject of integrative medicine.

March 9, 2010
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Curious about all the promises of energy for your busy day that are packed into pills and drinks these days? Is there any truth in what the labels and ads are selling, and why are so many of us in need of an extra pep in our step? Ric Scalzo, a respected herbalist, botanical researcher, and founder of Gaia Herbs, gives us some answers, and tells us how to balance energy naturally and safely.

February 13, 2010
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Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are crucial for a healthy heart. Listen and learn about the role and benefits of these "good fats." Then get expert tips for choosing high-quality fish oil supplements. Stuart Tomc has more than 20 years experience in Nutritional Medicine. He is a consultant to the World Health Organization and integrative physicians worldwide.

February 9, 2010
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How can you lower your risk of cardiovascular disease? Why is chronic inflammation often the heart of the matter? Get answers to these questions and more as you learn about specific nutrients, food and daily habits to help keep your heart healthy. Malia Curran, MS, MPH is a nutrition consultant and speaker, and sees clients in the Boston region.

January 24, 2010
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Listen in to this encore presentation—good information on weight loss never gets outdated!
Get the solid basics for taking control of your weight, plus some lesser-known facts and tips, such as new ways to jumpstart your weight control plan. Stop spinning your wheels on the diet cycle! Discover how supporting two natural body systems will help you manage your weight. Malia Curran, MS, MPH is a nutrition consultant and speaker, and sees clients in the Boston region.
January 17, 2010
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Listen in to this encore presentation.
Tune in to learn about the important connection between your liver and weight control. Get the scoop on the role of healthy cleansing for weight loss, and pick up some smart tips for lasting lifestyle changes that help maintain healthy weight. Dr. Holly Lucille is a licensed naturopathic physician, specializing in women’s wellness and family medicine. She is an expert on women’s health issues and past president of the California Naturopathic Doctor’s Association.
January 12, 2010
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Here's help to start developing healthier habits! Good health-and healthy weight-is about smart decision making. Rather than hearing about what NOT to eat or fad diets, listen to positive successes that are truly changing people's lives. Dr. Joel Fuhrman shares his experiences in helping people create health by aiming for optimal nutrition. He is a board-certified family physician, author and nutritional researcher who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutrition.

November 19, 2009
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Listen in to this encore podcast presentation on immune health.

Tony Lucchesi the National Educator for Source Naturals joins us to talk about Wellness Formula. Twenty-five years ago, Wellness Formula pioneered the industry’s first wellness-immune category. Since then, millions have turned to Wellness at the first sign of immune symptoms.
November 12, 2009
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colds1 Cold and flu season is no joke. But rather than simply hoping you don't catch a bug, focus on getting prepared with knowledge, intention and - you may have guessed - stocked shelves! Plus, since getting sick is part of being human, let's also look at ways to get better faster when the sniffles do strike.
November 3, 2009
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In Part 2 of our series on natural health during cold and flu season, we'll hear about how the immune system works, which supplements have been shown to support wellness, and some of the best ways to help maintain health year-round. Malia Curran, MS, MPH is a nutrition consultant and speaker, and sees clients in the Denver, CO area.

October 29, 2009
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Now is the time to focus on staying well, and supporting the immune system is a smart way to do so. In part 1 of a 2-part series, Dr. Kenna Brooke talks about natural approaches, formulas for wellness and lifestyle suggestions for promoting seasonal health. Dr. Brooke is a Naturopathic doctor who practices as a wellness consultant in the Cherry Creek area of Denver, Colorado.

October 23, 2009
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Given the heightened focus on flu this season, here's a very pertinent encore presentation about the homeopathic remedy Oscillo.

Christophe Merville the national Pharmacy Development Manager for Boiron joins us to talk about homeopathy and share with us the benefits of Oscillo during the cold and flu season.
October 4, 2009
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Looking for an easy, practical, and free(!) way to help balance yourself every day? Discover how the healthy mood benefits of conscious breath are available for everyone. Charles F. MacInerney, RYT-500, has been a fulltime teacher of yoga, meditation and mind/body skills since 1989. He teaches in Austin, Texas, and offers yoga workshops throughout the US, Mexico, Costa Rica and Guatemala.
September 29, 2009
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Ever wondered what's happening in your body when your mood is high (or low)? Listen in to learn about the causes of mood imbalance and science-based herbal approaches. Dr. Keri Marshall, Medical Director for Gaia Herbs, is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor specializing in pediatrics, women's medicine and chronic disease management.
September 8, 2009
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Changing seasons and cold weather can bring new strains on health, especially for young people. Focusing on wellness is a good idea, starting with these easy ways that will help keep your family healthy. Dr. Chris Marchioni is a board certified family medicine physician with over 20 years of clinical experience, and is Executive Director of Healthy Learning Paths, a Colorado nonprofit delivering educational resources for families.  For more information, www.healthylearningpaths.org.
August 11, 2009
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Ever wonder why the American Medical Association recommends that every person take a multivitamin daily? Let’s start with young people. Tune in to learn why multis are important for kids and teens, and why it’s smart to choose natural multis. Malia Curran, MS, MPH is a nutritionist with a Masters degree in Nutrition and Food Policy and a Masters degree in Public Health. She sees clients in the Denver area.
July 10, 2009
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After his recent graduation from the University of Texas at Austin, Reid Schwartz is busy learning the ropes on the Whole Foods Market Global Public Relations Team. When not investigating natural first aid, Reid enjoys experimenting in the kitchen and finding new and exciting things to do in Austin.
July 7, 2009
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Summer FunDon't let sprains, strains and pain get in the way of your summer fun! Discover homeopathic, herbal and lifestyle recommendations for supporting the muscles, joints and whole body before during and after your activities. Dr.
June 26, 2009
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While you are probably aware of the importance of eating organic foods, have you thought much about the importance of organic feminine hygiene products? Our friends at 7th Generation have. Check out what they have to say and spread the word to the women in your life. Cotton
June 23, 2009
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Beat the BugsAre you the outdoors fan who's loved just a little bit too much by the bugs? Fortunately, there are effective natural products such as essential oils, vitamins, and homeopathy to make your skin less tasty to the critters. Malia Curran, MS, MPH, is a nutrition and health consultant.
June 9, 2009
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Natural DeodorantMany of us are eating natural foods and buying more-natural body care products, but maybe haven't made the mighty leap to natural deodorant. Are you worried it doesn't work? Tune in to hear what makes natural deodorants effective and why it's time to switch.
May 26, 2009
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Summer SkincareEven with the best intentions, it seems that sunburn sneaks its way into each and every summer for some of us.  And it’s just not summer without suffering some scrapes and bruises.
April 28, 2009
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Thanks for reading our blog. While the information in this post is still a great read, we want to make sure you know that the contest portion has ended. Hope you enjoy it anyway!
Mother's Day is coming up on May 10. Looking for ideas on how to celebrate this special day?
April 27, 2009
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Mineral MakeupLooking for beauty to believe in? After decades of natural foods, more natural cosmetics are also emerging. It's easy to understand the importance of natural foods, but are there real reasons for buying cosmetics with natural ingredients?
April 14, 2009
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Seasonal Allergies Learn why homeopathic remedies are a great choice for all ages during allergy season. Get the short answer to how homeopathics work, as well as some specific formulas to look for and how to use them. More Allergy Information
April 7, 2009
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Seasonal Allergies Wondering what's causing all those troublesome allergy symptoms and why natural formulas can be effective? Tune in for the answers and take the first step toward alternative relief. You'll also hear about preventing allergies and long-term solutions.
March 31, 2009
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Seasonal Allergies Here's your chance to discover the top easy-to-adopt lifestyle recommendations for dealing with and finding relief from allergies. Includes research-based natural approaches that work, as well as personal accounts of what's been helpful over the years.
March 24, 2009
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Did you know that growing cotton uses more pesticides than any other cash crop? Most parents understand the importance of organic food for babies, yet there are also compelling reasons to consider organic cotton bedding and clothing. Get smart facts and more from Lynda Fassa, author, expert on raising kids naturally and founder of Green Babies organic clothing.
March 17, 2009
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For many women, getting pregnant—or trying to—is the definitive time to move toward a healthier lifestyle. From diet to household products to a little pampering for stress management, these days there are plenty of choices, but where to start?
March 10, 2009
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Whole BabyWhy are natural products important for babies? One reason is because what goes on the baby may go in the baby! Learn about more reasons and the best choices for baby’s sensitive skin.
February 24, 2009
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Guayaki Energy Shot Ok, so this blog is actually a confession...Well a couple of confessions!
January 29, 2009
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Bodycare ProductsIt's probably obvious that all of the food products we carry are made from recipes.
December 30, 2008
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Confused about so many supplements on the shelves? Tune in and let us help! We’re going back to the basics and answering some common questions. Nutritionist Malia Curran talks about various benefits and forms of supplements, things to know about regulation and explains a few terms that are often confusing.
November 25, 2008
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null For those who enjoy the unexpected and esoteric sides of life, I have a souvenir for you to share with those you love to amuse. Algae. From green to red, slimy to coarse, and microscopic to enormous. Just mention the topic of algae, and many people think of the unsightly green film in swimming pools and fish tanks…or their eyes glaze over. Add to your unpredictability the story of potentially the most humble, unpretentious organisms on Earth.

November 22, 2008
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Delving further into research on natural fragrances, I had the pleasure recently to connect with Jack Chaitman, an expert on plant distillation who has been extracting premium essential oils for over 25 years.
October 10, 2008
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From Aline, The Hockaday School • Dallas, TX
October 7, 2008
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Curious about the best ways to apply makeup for mature skin? It’s no surprise that natural products provide the best approach for keeping the skin looking and feeling radiant. Join us in Manhattan as we watch a makeup artist at work. Learn about powerful ingredients and tips for applying natural face care products and makeup for beautiful maturing skin.

September 30, 2008
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We’ve all heard the basics on healthy aging, right? Eat well, stay active, adopt daily stress relief habits… So now it’s time for the specifics. This month we have a special guest, Dr. Andrew Weil, a world-renowned leader and pioneer in the field of integrative medicine. Dr. Weil gives us his personal and professional recommendations on heart health, brain power, and keeping the immune system strong. General Health
September 19, 2008
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The Teens Turning Green line launched exclusively in Whole Foods Market stores this week. Check out the video to hear some of the Teens talk about the line and read on for three Teens saying what this means to them.
From Dana:
September 12, 2008
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Hi!  My name is Hannah and I am a member of Teens for Safe Cosmetics: New York. Each September, I look forward to the start of the new school year; but this September, all I can think about is the “Teens Turning Green” collection.  In just a few weeks, this fabulous line of products will be available at Whole Foods Markets nationwide!
September 9, 2008
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Looking for easy ways for you and the kids to stay healthy this school season? We’ve got you covered. Get the scoop on the immune system and learn how it can benefit from probiotics, herbs, supplements and simple healthy habits. Start building your healthy school year now!
September 5, 2008
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Hi my name is Mattie and I am a member of Teens for Safe Cosmetics: New York.
September 2, 2008
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EFAs (essential fatty acids) are crucial for healthy growing brains and mental function. Here is straight and simple info to help you understand EFAs and how to find the ones that support children’s focus and brain function. Douglas MacKay is a licensed naturopathic doctor who serves as Nordic Naturals Research Advisor. He is Founder of Makai Naturopathic Center in Dover, NH.
August 29, 2008
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Hey! I’m Emily, and I am a sophomore in High School and a part of Teens for Safe cosmetics. A few weeks ago, Teens for Safe Cosmetics had our kickoff meeting for the 2008/ 09 campaign. It was a great meeting with tons of fabulous ideas for our Teens Turning Green Collection, for events, and for new advocacy strategies.

August 19, 2008
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Learn the big reasons why most kids can benefit from a little daily multivitamin. Despite even the best attempts at a healthy diet, many don’t get all the essentials they need. Think of it as a combination of insurance and investment, and get the most recent nutritional recommendations for smart parents and smart kids.
August 15, 2008
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Hi. I'm Danielle, a high school senior in Northern California. There are simple changes that we can make to better "green" all aspects of our daily lives. Below are four more tips that will get you started as we head back to school. If you CAN make healthier choices, why not?
August 12, 2008
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Do you wonder if the reasons you choose natural foods for your kids could also apply to toothpaste? Learn about the choices and get tips for natural oral care products that work well—and taste great—for even the pickiest kids.
August 8, 2008
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Hi, my name is Erin and I am a high school senior from Northern California. I founded Teens for Safe Cosmetics with a group of my peers because I don't think that we should have to choose between beauty and health! And now I apply a similar philosophy to all aspects of my life: why risk my well being when I don't have to?
July 14, 2008
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Hey everyone! It is summer time and it is officially the time of year I miss my hometown area the most. I grew up spending summers in Surf City, NJ on Long Beach Island and spent probably 8 hours a day in the sun. Well, now we know that is not the best idea and also that if you are going to surf the summer away, you better be wearing some strong sunblock.
June 18, 2008
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Hey fellow Whole Bodies! Jeremiah here, the Senior Global Whole Body Coordinator. Having been in the natural products industry for 15 years I have never seen a more exciting time than now. Check out the shelves this month for all kinds of fun EXCLUSIVE products launching. Many of them are what we call "mission driven" or, in other words, they support a cause besides just making a profit.
June 13, 2008
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Our favorite Whole Body expert, Jeremiah McElwee, was featured in this Dad's day post on Planet Green sharing his picks for favorite personal care products for his kids. Look for Jeremiah to start blogging on Whole Story next week. Happy Father's Day to all those deserving dads.
June 13, 2008
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My name is Jessica and I am the Whole Trade Guarantee Specialist. In my role I have the opportunity to promote social responsibility through the ethical sale and trade of commodity products. We donate 1% of all Whole Trade Guarantee sales to the Whole Planet Foundation, which funds micro-credit loans to women all over the world to help end world poverty.
June 10, 2008
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Sunburn and scrapes, bites and bruises remind us that summer’s not all easy. Fortunately, there are effective natural products for addressing nature’s small challenges. Learn how to create your own summer first aid kit with essential oils, vitamins, herbal ointments and homeopathic remedies. Malia Curran, MS, MPH, is a nutrition and health consultant.
June 3, 2008
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Don’t let sprains, strains and pain get in the way of your summer fun! Discover homeopathic, herbal and lifestyle recommendations for supporting the muscles, joints and whole body before during and after your activities. Dr. Tiffany Binder is a Naturopathic Physician, a general health care practitioner and a leading expert in nutrition and supplements.
May 12, 2008
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The natural facial care shelves are loaded with hundreds of products. Which ones are right for you? Holistic Aesthetician Traci Reazor guides us through a daily healthy skin care regimen for three common skin types. She discusses a variety of natural facial care products and the properties that make them effective. Take a fresh look at face care!
May 5, 2008
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Have you ever wished you could enjoy a spa right in your own home? Listen and discover how easy it is to: create the perfect relaxing—or energizing—bath; make your own professional quality massage oils; and add aromatherapy to your lifestyle. You’ll also learn the benefits of pure essential oils, and what differentiates them from other oils on the market. Tim Blakey has been an aromatherapist and herbalist for 30 years. He travels extensively doing education and sourcing oils from around the world for Aura Cacia and Frontier.
April 30, 2008
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Most everyone enjoys the pampering and results of a day at the spa. Not everyone has the things they need to enjoy a similar experience at home any time. So, whether you’re gifting or stocking your own personal spa “toolkit” here’s a how-to walk-through, featuring quality natural products that provide benefits beyond the normal spa ahhhh.
April 14, 2008
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Here’s your chance to discover the top easy-to-adopt lifestyle recommendations for dealing with and finding relief from allergies. Includes research-based natural approaches that work, as well as personal accounts of what’s been helpful over the years. Malia Curran, MS, MPH is a nutrition consultant and speaker, and sees clients in the Boston region.
April 8, 2008
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Wondering what’s causing all those troublesome allergy symptoms and why natural formulas can be effective? Tune in for the answers and take the first step toward alternative relief. You’ll also hear about preventing allergies and long-term solutions. Dr. Sarah Bedell Cook is a naturopathic doctor in private practice in Westminster, CO and teacher at the Nutrition Therapy Institute in Denver.
April 1, 2008
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Learn why homeopathic remedies are a great choice for all ages during allergy season. Get the short answer to how homeopathics work, as well as some specific formulas to look for and how to use them. Dr. Tori Hudson is a naturopathic physician of 23 years and medical director of her clinic in Portland, OR. She is also director of product research and education for Vitanica and author of Women’s Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine.
March 6, 2008
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Are you looking for safer alternatives in personal care? Discover why Whole Foods Market Premium Body Care is the best solution available on the market today. Learn about our new top-tier standards for results, quality of source, environmental impact and safety. Watch this enlightening video to get the scoop on how we determine which personal care products earn the Premium seal.
March 6, 2008
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Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are crucial for a healthy heart. Listen and learn about the role and benefits of these “good fats.” Then get expert tips for choosing high-quality fish oil supplements. Stuart Tomc has more than 20 years experience in Nutritional Medicine. He is a consultant to the World Health Organization and integrative physicians worldwide.
February 5, 2008
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How can you lower your risk of cardiovascular disease? Why is chronic inflammation often the heart of the matter? Get answers to these questions and more as you learn about specific nutrients, food and daily habits to help keep your heart healthy. Malia Curran, MS, MPH is a nutrition consultant and speaker, and sees clients in the Boston region.
January 16, 2008
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Listen to the wisdom of thirty years of experience as Dr. Jack Singh gives his top 5 recommendations for achieving weight goals. He also explains how to tell if foods are healthy and which ingredients to avoid. Jack J. Singh, N.D., H.M.D., founder and President of Organic Food Bar, is a board certified naturopathic physician, homeopathic medical doctor and nutritionist.
November 1, 2007
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Malia Curran, licensed nutritionist, joins us to talk about how you can stay out of the cold and flu game this winter. Tune in for tips on what to eat, different herbs to take, and what to do when symptoms arise.
September 28, 2007
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Make the switch to beauty that's more than skin deep with natural cosmetics.  Learn about mineral makeup--why you should use it and how to apply it--from Mineral Fusion makeup expert Jen Gaum.
August 28, 2007
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A lot of people, parents especially, are seeking solid information on building stronger immune systems. It’s common sense that getting the right nutrients each day plays a big role in staying healthy. Today’s topic is nutrients, what are we missing, and what are special concerns for children and teens. Our guest, Malia Curran, is a nutrition consultant, who received her masters degrees from Tufts University. Malia has spent a lot of her career exploring natural approaches to traditional issues and currently sees patients at her practice in Arlington, MA.
August 15, 2007
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On this podcast we continue with our focus on Back to School and what you can do to help keep your kids at their top of their game. Today we will be talking with a Naturopathic doctor about the importance of EFA’s.
August 1, 2007
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This is the start of our focus on back to school. There are so many things that we can do to give our kids a boost up in starting the school year. On this podcast we will be talking with a naturopathic physician about probiotics and what they can do for your child. Dr. Holly Lucille is a licensed naturopathic physician, an expert on women’s health issues. She is the past president of the California Naturopathic Doctor’s Association.
July 16, 2007
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Continuing with our series on Superfoods, on this episode we have Whole Foods Market Nutritionist and Quality Standards Coordinator Jody Villeco. Jody talks to us about the specifics of Superfoods, she will tell us about certain Superfoods and their makeup, where you can find them and tips on how to get more into your diet.
July 10, 2007
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These days, ANTIOXIDANT is both a health buzz word AND a big reason to eat superfoods. But you may be wondering "what IS an antioxidant?" Antioxidants protect the body from wear and tear, while strengthening the immune system, muscles, bones and skin. They do this by stabilizing cell-damaging “free radicals” that form as we use energy and age. Unhealthy processed and sugary foods, stress, excessive exercise, extended sun exposure and some chemicals in our environment also spur free radical production.

July 5, 2007
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Welcome to our series on superfoods, we are starting to hear a lot more about superfoods; blueberries, pomegranates, Goji berries to name a few. On this episode we will be talking with a nutritionist about what makes a food a superfood, and why these foods are so important for our bodies.
June 22, 2007
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As you’ve probably noticed, many skincare products are now advertised as “natural.” Yet there is no regulated definition for that word on personal care products. Experts agree that most skincare ingredients are absorbed, so check ingredient lists. Natural skincare products are effective, and they can limit your exposure to potentially harmful substances while feeding your skin the nutrients it needs to function properly. What are some of your natural skin care favorites, and why? Malia Curran, MS, MPH
June 4, 2007
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Summer is just about here and it’s time for our skin to be looking its best. Tune in to learn why natural skin care is the best choice.
May 15, 2007
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It's not magic, but it's close. Tune in to hear about the latest research on Aloe and how it can support supplement absorption.
May 2, 2007
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Want to know the top three tips for cleansing? All equally important, two of them are simple: Eat healthy foods in small amounts, and drink plenty of water. The third tip, however, is just as vital, and sometime overlooked: support your liver. This hard-working organ filters all the blood in the body several times a day, breaking down toxic substances and sending them on to be eliminated. Because the main goal of cleansing is more efficient elimination of toxins, liver support and protection is extremely important. Experts recommend the herb milk thistle for the job.
May 2, 2007
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Everything you wanted to know about internal cleanses but were afraid to ask. In this episode we will speak with two nutritionists and a MD about how cleansing can help your body run more efficiently, what ingredients to look for when purchasing a cleanse product and tips on how to manage some of the side effects of cleansing.
April 3, 2007
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Looking for an allergy free season? Or at least some allergy relief options that don’t have you snoozing the entire Spring away? Relief is in earshot. In this episode we speak with two Nutritionists about a variety of natural allergy relief products. Homeopathy? Nutritional Supplementation? Probiotics? Learn how allergies really affect the body and how to take a more preventative approach in dealing with seasonal allergy issues.
March 7, 2007
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Stressed out? You are not alone, nearly 66% of Americans have sought help for stress. In this episode we speak with a MD, Herbalist, Nutritionist, and Aromatherapist about natural options that can help you reduce your stress and bring your body back into balance.
February 7, 2007
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Do you heart heart health too? This Valentine’s, go beyond the sweet candy heart messages and do your heart some real good by listening to what our experts have to say about natural options for optimizing heart health.
February 7, 2007
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Learn why all multivitamins are not the same and what you can look for to support specific needs.
February 7, 2007
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Get firsthand information from experts about natural personal care products. Find out why you might want to take a closer look at your deodorant, oral care, hair care and skin care products.