Top 10 Natural Health Websites
I wanted to share with you my picks for the top health websites that I frequent quite a bit and trust. This list may be updated throughout the year depending on any changes within the sites, but for now here are the top 10 websites I love to visit in regards of natural health, gluten-free recipes and more.
Note that I do not create a “Good” and “Not So Good” for some sites. These are mainly other gluten-free, grain-free bloggers who specialize in posting recipes. Since they are not involved too deeply in the politics of food or the drug industry, as some natural news sites, there is nothing about them that I do not like.
#1 – Dr. Mercola
Dr. Mercola offers a myriad of information regarding health, from pharmaceutical medications to natural and holistic nutrition. Pretty much all of the research presented by the site is fact and science based, with resources available at the end of each articles. The information is many times ahead of the curve, almost always a step ahead of conventional medical treatment (think vitamin D). I am a subscriber and continue to look up to his information that he provides.
The Not So Good
Dr. Mercola’s site literally costs thousands of dollars each month just to keep it up and running. Due to this, some articles can be quite commercial, pushing products that I honestly do not believe anyone truly needs to be healthy. Also, due to its large amount of content, many articles are not directly written by Joseph Mercola, himself, which can be a bit disheartening. He stands by the information, and reviews it before it is published; however, it still does not have the same feel of connection to the author as you would with a smaller blog.
#2 – Natural News
Natural News is similar to Mercola’s site – a blog that is updated regularly, featuring information about natural health, nutrition and the rise and fall of the big health and agricultural industries. Another plus to Natural News (that really trumps Dr. Merola’s site) is that anyone with an expertise in the field of nutrition can apply to be a freelance author, and get paid through Google Adsense earnings. There are hundreds of experts on the site that I have yet to read their content.
The Not So Good
I feel as if the sense of community is not as strong as it is with Mercola.com. With Mercola’s website, it is not uncommon to read a hundred comments posted on a single post, and many times you can learn quite a bit from these people who are practically experts themselves. With Natural News, it’s hard to locate the comments for me on posts, and when I do, there aren’t many. It’s still a great site to visit for your health information needs.
#3 – Elana’s Pantry
I find that with many of the recipe sites that I enjoy reading that they are not deeply steeped in politics. Same goes for Elana’s website, which is a good thing! There is nothing about her website that I do not like. She specializes in cooking with high-protein and gluten-free almond flour, which is different from almond meal (with the skin still attached).
Elana has also written a couple of books, like “The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook” and “Gluten-Free Cupcakes: 50 Irresistible Recipes Made with Almond and Coconut Flour”. Check out my review here of her cupcake recipe book.
# 4 – The Spunky Coconut
After finding Elana’s site, I found Kelly’s blog “The Spunky Coconut“. Due to health concerns for her and her family, she is committed to providing healthy, yet so, so tasty gluten-free goodies. I love everything coconut, so it’s no surprise that I was attracted to the blog title’s name itself.
This natural health website includes many recipes, all of which helped form two cookbooks, “The Spunky Coconut Cookbook: Gluten-free, Casein-free, and Sugar-free” and “The Spunky Coconut Grain-free Baked Goods and Desserts: Gluten-free, Casein-free and often Egg-free”. The reason why I like her recipes is that not only are they gluten-free, but they are often low-glycemic, which can be a challenge obtaining when cooking a conventional gluten-free diet.
# 5 – Mark’s Daily Apple
Mark’s Daily Apple is an awesome primal website devoted to providing daily posts on nutrition, physical fitness and emotional wellness all centralized around the primal and paleo lifestyles. He has achieved quite a number of successes in his own health by going grain-free and completely primal, which I find fascinating.
There really isn’t anything that I dislike about Mark and his website. He does sell items, which I believe (and I’m sure he does too) should only be applied as supplemental items to a well-rounded lifestyle. Also, sometimes the primal lifestyle doesn’t work out well for certain body types, which makes safe experimentation important for everyone.
#6 – Primal Toad
Love the Primal Toad. Todd is his real name, but I suppose the primal community knows him as “Toad”. I also follow him for the same reason I follow Mark, in that I receive new information and even recipes that provide me with knowledge about the paleo and primal lifestyle.
Over the past couple of years, I’ve been able to completely devote myself to a grain-free, sugar-free and all natural lifestyle that is advocated by Todd and Mark, and it has gone pretty well so far, and I like to say that I am also a “Primal Toad”, or perhaps something more beautiful and less noisy, like the “Primal Cat”. Yeah, I like that.
#7 – Living the Nourished Life
I started following Elizabeth’s blog since the beginning, and learned quite a lot about nourishing traditions from her. She’s an avid reader, writer and nutrition researcher, and I’m happy to say that she is one of the reasons why I started my own natural health related website.
Sprouted grains, natural fats like coconut oil and butter, oil pulling, myths about low carb diets and much more information can be found at her website. I admire her posts for their blend of knowledge on these subjects and the promotion of the science behind them.
#8 – Nourished Kitchen
The Nourished Kitchen provides nourishing recipes, drawing inspiration from nourishing traditions and the teachings of Weston A. Price. Natural fats like coconut oil, butter and ghee are often incorporated, as these healthy saturated fats are essential for our cells and their receptor sites, as well as for our brains, mood and behavior.
I simply love practically every recipe that is produced from The Nourished Kitchen, even the sprouted grain recipes. I plan to re-incorporate a small amount of gluten-free sprouted grains into my diet every now and then, as my body does well on a higher carbohydrate count (although sprouted grains are more digestible, I still maintain a higher fat count than I do total carbohydrates throughout the day).
#9 – Simply Sugar and Gluten Free
I love Amy! She has a wonderful site filled with gluten-free and refined sugar free recipes that I always look forward to making and enjoying. She lives in my home city of Dallas (or there a bouts), and I really admire her store of how she came to this way of eating. Check her out!
#10 – Tropical Traditions
Tropical Traditions is THE company that I trust for my coconut oil and coconut flour needs. No other company will do, simply put. It’s not that I just admire them for their really tasty coconut oil (many of which are certified as organic), but they also have a natural health news website called, Health Impact News. Although slightly religious oriented, I believe that do a great job at providing pressing news about natural health and nutrition.
So there you have it! None of these websites are necessarily in chronological order as to which one I like the best. Hopefully you can check out these awesome sites and let me know how you like them in regards to your journey towards good health.
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