Letter from Publisher

We are excited to bring you this issue of Natural Awakenings, which is brimming with insights and information. For instance, did you know that 70 percent of the immune system resides in the lining of the gut? That's just one critical issue writer Melinda Hemmelgarn addresses in Nutrition Upgrades: Five Strategies for Better Health. Ditch the diet, eat for yourself and the planet and learn about the care and feeding of that all-important microbiome.


Discover how food scraps no longer play a supporting role in some kitchens these days. Writer April Thompson shows how creative cooks are using peels, rinds, stems and more in Delicious Discards: Making Meals From Mainly Scraps—complete with tasty recipes.


With spring right around the corner, seasonal allergies may not be far behind. Three stories in this issue are designed to help readers cope, with strategies for kids and pets—plus All the Right Moves for adults who can use exercise to significantly reduce allergy symptoms.


March 22 is World Water Day, a time to take stock of water scarcity, the top long-term global risk for the next decade. Writer Jim Motavalli looks at how we can reduce our water footprint in Saving a Drop to Drink: Our Role in the Coming Water Crisis. Did you know it takes more than 3,000 gallons to produce a smartphone and 55 gallons for a single egg? There's plenty of food for thought here that goes far beyond watering our lawns and low-flush toilets.


You'll find lots more to talk about this month, including how to heal from GMOs in our food chain and Wise Words from Phillipe Cousteau, who continues the family legacy of conservation established by his famous explorer grandfather.




Be well in love and peace,

Shannon Knight


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