Heeeeyyy. I’m extra excited about Friday to arrive because I have some fun things planned, including a massage this evening. I’m also getting together with a friend and plan to spend time with the girls at the pool. Let’s hope the weather cooperates.
Today I wanted to switch things up with my Friday faves series and talk a bit about my favorite online resources for health and wellness. There is so much information available on the internet these days and you’d be hard pressed to find something that doesn’t conflict with something else. It can be overwhelming to try and make sense of everything in order to make informed decisions.
Fortunately, I have found some reliable sources that consistently provide sound, unbiased information. If you are joining me on this path to wellness and healthy living, then I encourage you to visit these sites and bookmark them for future reference.
PubMed Health provides information and research for consumers on prevention and treatment of diseases and conditions. I have come to really rely on PubMed Health for answers to some complex health questions. They provide detailed reviews of clinical research, medical findings, and short summary reports in everyday language. (They also have the full technical reports for all you scientists!).
PubMed Health is a service provided by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) – the world’s largest medical library. Among other things, the NCBI provides FREE, public access to information through resources like PubMed and PubMed Health. You can find literally millions of articles on medical research and health questions – all just a click away. I love the search box feature and the “for consumers” tab. Seriously, there is an unlimited amount of data here. I have yet to have my search come back with “0 results found.”
The Environmental Working Group is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment. Their mission is simple: to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. They use breakthrough research and education to drive consumer choice and civic action.
I’m almost positive EWG recently upgraded its site. It’s much easier to search and find information and their website layout is really helpful. I especially like their consumer guides section where they rate thousands of products for safety and toxicity and offer tips from shopping healthy on a budget to choosing the best sunscreen for your kids. I regularly reference their dirty dozen list on the top produce with pesticides (always buy organic for these) and their healthy cleaning guide.
Katie (AKA the “Wellness Mama”) started her journey to better heath over a decade ago. She’s a mother to six (SIX!) kids and somehow finds the time to be an award-winning blogger, author, and health advocate. Her mission? To provide simple answers for healthier families through practical tips, real food recipes, natural beauty and cleaning tutorials, natural remedies and more. What I love about Katie is that she is a completely real and honest. She has dedicated a significant amount of her time to research better, healthier ways of living for you and your family. And she shares all of this knowledge and information for free simply to help others live a happier, more natural life. I am addicted to her podcast, too.
This is an offshoot of the EWG’s main site, but I regularly check products on this site. Not all of my personal care items have been given the best “score” by EWG, but I believe little changes can make a big impact. It really helps to stay informed and understand what’s being put in our products. I’m not saying you should toss out all of your non-compliant products, but maybe switch out a few here or there or try some natural alternatives for personal care items.
Chris Kresser is the real deal. He has taught me a lot about health and wellness because his knowledge is so extensive and comprehensive. I secretly wish we were best friends. Chris has a really impressive background and I encourage you to read about him on his website. He teaches and practices functional medicine, a personalized approach to health care that recognizes the biological uniqueness of each patient. What I appreciate about him is that he doesn’t say, functional medicine is the only way to better health. Rather, he recognizes that traditional medicine has it’s place and is important for many reasons. However, he encourages you to be your own health advocate and to look at other ways of curing disease, overcoming illness, and living an informed lifestyle with a more natural approach. I listen to his podcast Revolution Health Radio on my way to work. Highly recommend!
What are your favorite health websites? I would love to know what your go-to resources are!