In This Issue: November 2020 Welcome to the November 2020 edition of Natural Awakenings Boston. Inside: Natural Ways to Prevent Diabetes, Homemade Beauty, Herbal Medicine Chest, Corrective Care for the Brain, and More! Body Gratitude: Being Thankful Empowers Our Workouts Ways to cultivate an appreciation for our bodies to help us stay motivated at maintaining a workout routine and reap the many health benefits of exercise and gratitude. Read More » Canadian Species Extinction Risk Looms Species of global conservation concern have declined in Canada by 42 percent and Canadian at-risk species fell by 59 percent, between 1970 and 2016, according to a new report. Read More » Climate Change Impedes Wildfire Reforestation Efforts A study found that forest recovery declines significantly under warmer, drier conditions caused by climate change, making forests less resilient to fire. Read More » Cranberry Sauce with Maple Syrup Delicious maple syrup, orange juice, cinnamon and cranberries are boiled down to a syrupy, slightly sweet and spicy sauce in this tasty holiday recipe. Read More » Denim Microfibers Pervade Waterways Blue jeans create a unique type of environmental pollution as researchers have detected indigo denim microfibers in wastewater effluent, lakes and even remote Arctic marine sediment. Read More » Discarded Solar Panels Result in Toxic Pollution As millions of metric tons of solar panel waste containing lead are projected in the coming years, groups are working ensure proper recycling protocols are in place. Read More » Do Aerobic Exercises to Improve Fatty Liver Condition A new study finds that aerobic exercise can have significant improvements in markers of liver and metabolic health, helping those with metabolic-associated fatty liver disease (MAFLD). Read More » Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Surging in California The state of California has approved a $437 million campaign devoted to building thousands of electric vehicle (EV) chargers. Read More » Fix It, Don’t Nix It: Repairing Can Prolong Life of Products When something breaks, don’t replace it—fix it. Here are tips to help DIY fix just about anything. Read More » Get B12 in a Vegan Diet from Dough Fermentation Fermenting dough using Propionibacterium freudenreichii bacteria along with Lactobacillus brevis can produce enough B12 to fulfill the nutritional need for vegans. Read More » Giving Thanks for a Healthy Feast: How to Lighten Up Thanksgiving Fare Thanksgiving might be a smaller affair this year, making it the perfect time to up the side-dish game, embrace healthier options and take advantage of delicious, in-season produce. Read More » Giving Thanks: Meditation on Gratitude and Joy Bestselling author, Buddhist practitioner and mindfulness practice teacher Jack Kornfield offers a meditation that opens our hearts to gratitude and joy this holiday season. Read More » Have Conflicts Mediated for Best Results Couples who have arguments mediated by a third party report feeling more satisfied with the content and progress of the discussion and have fewer residual issues. Read More » Homemade Mask Recipes DIY recipes for homemade green tea, turmeric and black pepper facial masks from Marlene Adelmann's Botanical Skin Care Recipe Book. Read More » Mindful Parenting: The Conscious Path to Raising a Child Conscious, mindful, soulful, awake and peaceful parenting tips to help connect deeply with kids through love, authenticity and acceptance of the child’s innate nature. Read More » Mushroom Gravy This rich, flavorful, vegan mushroom gravy recipe is perfect served over potatoes and veggie loafs. It’s easy to prepare and inexpensive. Read More » Natural Beauty: Homemade Solutions for Glowing Skin Natural DIY skincare routines using chemical-free, inexpensive ingredients made from healthy, everyday products already present in most homes. Read More » Preventing Type 2 Diabetes: Natural Lifestyle Choices to Curb the Disease Research-backed lifestyle strategies, including healthy diet, exercise, herbs and sleep, that can help to lower the risk and harm of diabetes. Read More » Pumpkin Spice No-Bake Energy Balls This gluten-free, vegan and paleo recipe for Pumpkin Spice No-Bake Energy Balls combines the flavors of fall for a healthy and delicious treat. Read More » Scientists Confront Academic Racism Nearly 6,000 scientists signed a pledge to #ShutDownSTEM on June 10, the day of the Strike for Black Lives across higher education. Read More » Sherri Mitchell on Indigenous Wisdom for Our Times Author, attorney, spiritual teacher and indigenous rights activist Sherri Mitchell offers a set of cultural values to help preserve our collective survival for future generations. Read More » Skin-Soothing Herbs for Dogs and Cats: Simple Ways to Reduce Itching From allergies to liver deficiency to diet, many factors can itch, inflame and irritate the skin of our pets. Here are herbs that can help comfort and relieve an itchy dog or cat. Read More » Steps to Building Body Gratitude Affirmations, daily techniques, gratitude yoga poses and movement exercises to help build up appreciation for our bodies. Read More » Strategies for Soulful Parenting Renée Peterson Trudeau, the author of Nurturing the Soul of Your Family and The Mother’s Guide to Self-Renewal, offers suggestions for soulful parenting. Read More » Strategies to Prevent Diabetes Nutrition tips, holistic insight and inspirational strategies from health professionals to help prevent diabetes. Read More » Take Vitamin D and Calcium to Reduce Vertigo A study finds that vitamin D and calcium supplementation can help to reduce episodes of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. Read More » Thanksgiving Green Bean Casserole This vegan twist on the classic green bean casserole recipe is a healthy way to incorporate more vegetables into Thanksgiving feasts. Read More » The Green Burial Revolution: Sustainable End-of-Life Options Green burial options emerging in the funeral industry that honor the deceased in environmentally-friendly and affordable ways. Read More » Topical Herbs that Relieve the Itch Effective topical herbal remedies to help naturally relieve pet itching and reduce inflammation and redness in suffering dogs and cats such as witch hazel, aloe vera, calendula and teas. Read More » Try Flaxseed Oil to Reduce Weight and Body Mass Index Flaxseed, with its high nutritional value and low glycemic profile, can help with weight loss and a lower body mass index. Read More » Try Rhodiola and Black Cohosh for Menopausal Symptoms The herb black cohosh, long been used to relieve menopausal symptoms, is most effective when combined with rhodiola, an adaptogenic herb known for balancing stress hormones. Read More » Advanced Neurotherapy: Corrective Care for the Brain Advanced Neurotherapy specializes in corrective care using brain mapping and neurofeedback to treat neurological, emotional, behavioral, executive function and educational issues. It is safe for all ages. Read More » Healing Is Possible Publisher Maisie Raftery shares her thoughts about intentional changes for healing in her November 2020 publisher letter. Read More » Herbal Medicine Chest: Add Steams During Cold and Flu Season One of the best herbal techniques for cold and flu season is a thyme steam, although other herbs like oregano, sage, rosemary, lavender and even peppermint or pine needles will work. The key is using really “smelly” herbs—the smell comes from the volatile oil component of the herbs. Read More » Launch of KnoWEwell for Natural Awakenings Natural Awakenings is honored to give our dedicated readers the opportunity to be some of the first members welcomed into the KnoWEwell community Read More » Take Charge of Your Blood Sugar Levels Along with diet and lifestyle changes, a well-formulated blend of certain nutrients has been shown to help with insulin resistance and lower blood sugar levels. Read More » Winning the Battle Against Stress Shanna Warner's new book includes seven simple meditations that anyone can start using immediately. She also recorded three guided meditations and made them freely available for everyone on her website. Read More » In-Print November 2020 edition of Natural Awakenings Boston. Inside: Natural Ways to Prevent Diabetes, Homemade Beauty, Herbal Medicine Chest, Corrective Care for the Brain, and More!