Gretchen Lidicker is a writer, researcher, and author of the book CBD Oil Everyday Secrets: A Lifestyle Guide To Hemp-Derived Health & Wellness. She has a masters degree in physiology and complementary and alternative medicine from Georgetown University and is the former health editor at mindbodygreen. She’s been featured in the New York Times, Marie Claire, Forbes, SELF, The Times, Huffington Post, and Travel + Leisure.

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    3 Immune-Boosting Supplements You Should Be Taking Right Now

    By Gretchen Lidicker / August 18, 2021 /

    Now that we’re in the back-to-school/back-to-work season, immunity is top of mind. Here’s what supplements to take and more research-backed advice.

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    5 Reasons You Feel Hungry *All* *The* *Time* (and What to Do)

    By Gretchen Lidicker / August 8, 2021 /

    Mysterious and unexpected hunger can make you feel out of control and sabotage your health goals. Here’s what to know how about how hunger signaling works, the habits that may be throwing you off track, and what to do regain balance.

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    5 Easy Yoga Poses That Will Decrease Inflammation (and Stress)

    By Gretchen Lidicker / June 14, 2021 /

    We asked personal trainer and functional movement specialist Jason Williams for his top poses you can use to decrease inflammation. (Spoiler alert: They’ll also reduce your stress levels and improve overall health and well-being.) 

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    Ask Clean Plates: Is Aluminum Cookware Safe?

    By Gretchen Lidicker / March 31, 2021 /

    Healthier eating doesn’t begin and end with what we put into our grocery carts. How we cook our food also matters. And that includes the cookware itself. In particular, some health experts have expressed concern about aluminum cookware. Here’s what to know.

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    This Low-Calorie Sugar Substitute Looks Like Sugar and Tastes Like Sugar

    By Gretchen Lidicker / March 9, 2021 /

    Allulose is the latest alternative sweetener du jour. But what is allulose exactly? Are there any side effects? What are the benefits? Keep reading to find out. 

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    Are Nuts & Seeds Less Healthy Than We Thought?

    By Gretchen Lidicker / February 26, 2021 /

    In recent years, some nutrition experts are backtracking on their resounding support of nuts and seeds, citing the presence of “anti-nutrients” that have the potential to sabotage their healthy properties. Keep reading to find out why, and whether or not nuts and seeds are less healthy than we thought.

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    3 Healthy Habits That Might Be Sabotaging Your Sleep

    By Gretchen Lidicker / February 24, 2021 /

    If you’re having trouble sleeping, you might suspect too much stress, too much screen time, or too much wine/chocolate/sugar before bed. What you might not have thought considered? Some of your healthy habits may be affecting your ability to get to sleep and stay asleep.

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    5 Signs You’re Eating the Wrong Foods for Your Body

    By Gretchen Lidicker / January 14, 2021 /

    If you are trying to be vegan, but you seriously crave red meat or if you’ve eliminated bread because “gluten is bad,” but you’ve never had a problem with your morning toast before, we encourage you to listen to your body. You might be eating the wrong foods. 

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    Confused About Carbs? Here’s How I Found My Carb Sweet Spot

    By Gretchen Lidicker / December 29, 2020 /

    If you follow any health and wellness experts on social media, you’ve probably seen a lot of conflicting information about carbohydrates. Some say eating carbs is necessary for energy production and healthy sleep; others insist that the fewer carbs you have in your life, the better. Confusing, isn’t it? Here’s how one writer found her sweet spot.

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    The One Thing Your Work-from-Home Office Needs This Winter

    By Gretchen Lidicker / December 28, 2020 /

    In normal times, a humidifier is a good idea. In these work-from-home, coronavirus times? It may be the most practical gift you can give yourself — and everyone else on your list. 

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    What to Eat Before, During, & After Your Period

    By Gretchen Lidicker / December 25, 2020 /

    Let us guess: Around the time of your period you can probably relate to the feeling that hormones are in control, driving what you want to eat, when, and how much. But what about the other way around? Can what we eat affect our hormone health too during different parts of our cycle?

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    Personalized Nutrition Is the Future of Wellness — Here’s What You Need to Know

    By Gretchen Lidicker / December 22, 2020 /

    There is no single definition of what healthy is. And there is no absolute right or wrong when it comes to nutrition. Enter: personalized nutrition.

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    The Most Common Food Sensitivities (and How to Know If You Have One)

    By Gretchen Lidicker / December 12, 2020 /

    Unlike food allergies, food sensitivities are difficult to diagnose. Here, we take a look at the most common food sensitivities and, more importantly, how to know if you have one.

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    The Pantry Staple That Also Belongs in Your Beauty Routine

    By Gretchen Lidicker / December 10, 2020 /

    It’s cheap and organic and effective on all your makeup (waterproof or not) — here’s why you should add this ingredient to your beauty routine.

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    This Wellness Trend Probably Isn’t Worth It

    By Gretchen Lidicker / November 21, 2020 /

    It seems like every day there’s a new wellness trend that promises to boost your energy, improve digestion, prevent you from getting sick — or all three. One of the latest crazes? Wellness shots.

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    How to Take Better Care of Yourself During the Holidays

    By Gretchen Lidicker / November 18, 2020 /

    During the holidays, we’re out of our normal routines, we’re not investing as much in nutrition and relaxation, and despite our best efforts, we can often fall back into old family dynamics that leave us on edge. Keep reading for how to make this festive season feel a bit less frenzied.

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    What’s the Difference Between a Food Allergy and a Food Sensitivity?

    By Gretchen Lidicker / November 16, 2020 /

    When we hear the words “food allergy,” our minds quickly jump to life-threatening allergies that require immediate medical attention. We think of epi pens, swollen lips, and a trip to the ER. When we hear the words “food sensitivity,” many of us are less clear on what exactly that means. An upset stomach? A headache?

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    5 Shockingly Easy Dinners That Give You That Cozy Fall Vibe

    By Gretchen Lidicker / November 14, 2020 /

    Sometimes a recipe is more than a recipe. That is the case with these easy, cozy dinners. They feel like a warm hug — and a reminder that self-care isn’t just a millennial buzz word. 

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    So Your Joints Are Achy — Here Are 10 Easy Ways To Feel Better

    By Gretchen Lidicker / November 8, 2020 /

    The next time you roll out of bed with achiness in your knees, hips, arms, or back, lean on one (or a few!) of these 10 easy tips to feel better. Your joints will thank you! 

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    Digestion Feeling Off? Here’s What to Do

    By Gretchen Lidicker / August 27, 2020 /

    Digestive distress is no small thing. It can interrupt your daily activities, upend meals, keep you awake at night, and generally make life miserable.

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    What’s the Difference Between Simple and Complex Carbs

    By Gretchen Lidicker / August 6, 2020 /

    When it comes to carbs, there are a lot of opinions out there. Some nutrition experts are convinced that cutting carbs is the secret to good health. “Avoid them all!” they say. Other experts, confusingly, say that carbohydrates are an essential part of any healthy diet — and that cutting them out of your diet will only cause fatigue and hunger.

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    5 Clean Beauty Ingredients That Actually Will Improve Your Skin, Hair and Nails

    By Gretchen Lidicker / August 3, 2020 /

    There’s no shortage of clean beauty products on the market, each one claiming to transform your hair, make your skin flawless, and finally give you the strong nails of your dreams.

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    5 Simple, But Powerful Habits That Can Boost Your Immune System

    By Gretchen Lidicker / June 16, 2020 /

    Immune health is top of mind right now — and it’s not changing anytime soon. In fact, our current global health crisis has forced us to take a closer look at our immunity and what we’re doing to support it.

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    This Is The Most Helpful COVID-19 Advice We’ve Read on the Internet So Far

    By Gretchen Lidicker / May 31, 2020 /

    Even before COVID-19, there was no shortage of conflicting health advice on the internet. And now that we’re in the middle of a pandemic, the number of voices online telling us what to do — and what not to do! — have increased tenfold.

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