About Healthy Living Bucks and Montgomery Counties

Natural Awakenings magazine is the nation's largest and most established healthy living publication. This is the website for the Bucks/Montgomery area of PA. We have had a presence in Bucks and Montgomery Counties since January 2010. Readers use Natural Awakenings as the local educational resource for enhancing their lives through healthy living choices and the protection of our environment. Each month we publish informative and educational articles on a variety of ways people can safeguard or improve their family’s personal health while we also address the larger issue of planetary health. We have approximately 50,000 readers each month who are: - Overwhelmingly female (70%) - Over 51% have a household income of over 50K - 72% are between the ages of 25-54 - 80% purchase products or services from ads seen in Natural Awakenings - Natural Awakenings magazine rated higher over TV, radio, internet and other print publications as the #1 source for health-related information

Oceanfront Water-Fasting Retreats

The Balance for Life Retreat in Deerfield Beach, Florida, is offering medically supervised fasting retreats in an ideal, oceanfront location.

Historically, animals and humans naturally adapted to challenging conditions when food availability vacillated between periods of abundance and extreme deprivation. With advances in food production, fasting ceased to be a consideration for many, yet research confirms that controlled periods of water-only fasting, also known as a water cleanse, may provide major health benefits.  Continue reading

Local Availability Expands for Tina’s Natural Products

Tina’s Natural Products, available online through its website and through Amazon.com, are now available locally at Kimberton Whole Foods and Holly Hill Health Food Store.

The product line includes nine easy to use, on-the-go products for common, everyday issues, such as anxiety, seasonal depression, lack of energy, poor focus, bad habits, poor sleep, lack of empowerment and women’s issues.  Continue reading

InLife Holistic and Spiritual Expo Launches in Doylestown

Readers are invited to experience the positive, healthy energy at InLife Holistic and Spiritual Expo, being held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., December 1, at Fireside Hall at the Plumpsteadville Fire Company, in Doylestown. Admission is free, and parking is both easy and ample.  Continue reading

Opportunity Lost: David Low Discusses Dreams as a Neglected Spiritual Resource

David Low is a dreamwork practitioner with 36 years of experience recording, analyzing and trying to feel dream messages. With a master’s degree in community counseling from Georgia State University and a doctorate in religion from Temple University, he has a counseling practice in Mt. Airy and facilitates both physical and online dream circles in the area.  Continue reading

When the Soul Is Ready, Solution Arises: Healing with Reshma Shah

by Melanie Rankin

Reshma Shah is a certified Master ThetaHealing practitioner and instructor, offering life coaching, counseling, meditation and energy healing, along with certification classes and workshops, at her practice in Westfield, New Jersey.

How would you summarize what you do?

In this world, we are conditioned to dim ourselves and to live in lack. My passion is to help people realize that there is abun-dance, and that it is not outside—it is within ourselves.  Continue reading

Infectious: Organized Crime and the Human Biome

by Michael Cheikin

“Ecology” is defined as the relationship between organisms and their environment. Like global warming, there is a parallel ecological crisis in our bodies, contributing to the epidemic of chronic diseases of adults and children.

Individually, we are ecological webs. We were designed to carry trillions of organisms that are not us, both in us and on us. In fact, we comprise only 10 percent of the total cellular population. Despite our illusion of being in control, we are at the mercy of this ecology.  Continue reading

Vitality as Medicine: Cultivating Healthy Immune Systems in Pets

Louis Pasteur, French chemist, microbiologist and founder of the field of medical microbiology, was said to have declared on his deathbed, “I was wrong. The microbe (germ) is nothing. The terrain (milieu) is everything.” While his exact phrasing is unknown, the intent of his statement is clear: the health of an individual plays a key role in determining who gets sick after exposure to infectious agents.

Much of medicine focuses on the prevention of disease transmission (hygiene, vaccinations, quarantine) and combating illness. While those strategies have merit and can be life-saving, bringing the focus back to individual vitality is the only path to true health—for people and pets.  Continue reading

Healthy and Festive Party Snacks

Serving up healthy snacks for a holiday party is easier (and tastier) than ever. With a bit of advanced planning, it’s easy to create delectable party appetizers that are both healthy and delicious.

Holiday Favorite: Flatbread Pizza

Lighten it up: Grab some flatbread from the local bakery, add some low-fat mozzarella, a handful of fresh veggies (peppers, mushrooms and spinach is a popular combination) and a jar of organic tomato sauce for the makings of a crowd-pleasing party starter. “The veggies add a nutritional punch of healthy vitamins, minerals and fiber,” explains Stephanie Perez, retail dietitian supervisor at ShopRite supermarket. “The best part is that you won’t be lacking in flavor.”  Continue reading

Local Yoga: Screen Time Yoga

This past summer, I made an agreement with myself to significantly limit my screen time. I chose to deactivate all social media accounts, and vowed not to look at my phone immediately before bed and upon waking. By September, I noticed that my eyes were brighter, I had adapted a healthy sleep/wake cycle, and my mind felt refreshed. My screen time has definitely increased since then, but it is during this time of year that we need to be especially careful about how long we stare at our screens.  Continue reading

The Fall Shift

October represents change to me. The colors of fall are infectious as I watch the dramatic changing of leaves. Pumpkin patches glow in the fields, and apple trees sparkle as they wait to be picked. Sunsets become works of art. A new and invigorating energy seems to grip the air. Everything about fall and the change of seasons brings a new fresh energy to my life.

It is fascinating to watch how nature deals with change so effortlessly. If only it were the same for us. Nature moves without a push back—it simply adjusts and makes the necessary next move. I am amazed at the order of the universe—how complexity and simplicity work together to deliver exactly what is needed for the planet.  Continue reading