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Letter from the Publisher July 2018

As we kick summertime into high-gear with the onset of July, we need to be fueling our bodies with optimal nutrition for all those family vacations, outdoor activities and fun in the Florida sun! Keeping that in mind, this month’s issue of Natural Awakenings is all about the benefits of food as medicine for health, vitality and rooted living. So here’s a glimpse inside the wealth of information you’ll find packed into this issue!  


Our feature article for July is on “Farmers as Field Health Scientists” which delves into how local farming practices that focus on sustainable growing, organic and heirloom produce, and holistic pasture stewardship result in safer, tastier and more nutrient-dense foods. This idea of ethical farming can improve the American diet, support heathier lifestyles and even contribute to disease prevention. It’s incredible how much we can all benefit—as both a community and an entire culture—if we give more attention and intention to how our food is produced. 


Next on the docket, our “Conscious Eating” article focuses on how to combat the symptoms of inflammation with the defense of proper nutrition. Some of the most effective anti-inflammatory foods we should be eating on a regular basis include beets, ginger, coconut oil, tomatoes, bok choy, walnuts, green tea, black cod, wild salmon, sea buckthorn berry juice and leafy greens. A diet rich in vegetables and healthy fats is excellent for reducing the effects of chronic inflammation on the body—and even the brain too.  


We also need to talk about how our society tends to mask these symptoms of pain, discomfort and inflammation with prescribed drugs, instead of natural remedies, which has spiraled into an epidemic of opioid addictions. This crisis has spread across the country, and the Bradenton-Sarasota area has among the highest addiction rates in the state of Florida, making this issue personal for our community. But rather than depending on opioids to temporarily numb our health concerns, this month’s “Healing Ways” article suggests natural and holistic alternatives to harmful medication. Some of these options are yoga, acupuncture, mindfulness meditation, CBD oil, medical marijuana, drumming and sunshine—which is never in short supply here! 


Well, that’s a snapshot of all the inspiration you’ll find in our July issue. We love hearing your thoughts and feedback on the content we’re putting out each month, so please don’t hesitate to drop a line at And here’s to another month of summer! 

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