10 Ways to Go Natural
6. Ease up on the oil There’s no denying olive oil’s heart-healthy benefits—but it’s easy to overdo it on the EVOO. That’s one reason the eco-friendly 360 Cookware is wowing us: The lids on these clad metal pots and pans seal in all the heat and moisture, which permeates foods evenly and allows them to cook in their own natural juices (no oil required). $90 to $395; 360cookware.com
7. Spritz on less perfume When the weather gets colder, skin gets drier—which makes scents last longer.
8. Balance your nutrients for optimal energy Ashley Koff, R.D., spills the secret to all-day oomph in her new book, Mom Energy: A Simple Plan to Live Fully Charged (Hay House): Fill your plate with quality carbs, protein and healthy fat, plus as many veggies as you want every time you eat. Simple!
9. Pop some zinc Starting to feel the telltale signs of a cold? A new study found that patients who took zinc remedies every couple of hours at the first hints of the sniffles for seven days had cleared their symptoms compared with those who took placebos. Even better, researchers found that kids who took 15 milligrams of zinc syrup or lozenges every day for five months or longer caught fewer colds and took less time off from school. Good reason to make it a medicine cabinet must-have! Getting zinc in supplement form is easiest, but you can also get it through your diet. So, load up on zinc-laden foods—like pumpkin seeds, peanut butter and peas—when sniffle season strikes.
10. Work out with a crew Exercising with a group leads to better physical and mental health, research shows. Social interaction, steady routines and a sense of positive competition and accountability stimulate both the body and mind for better results than you’d likely see sweating solo.