The roots of mindfulness go back thousands of years to Eastern philosophy. Fortunately, these ideas have been passed down through generations to our modern society–where we need mindfulness and acceptance more than ever, and where these practices have been proven to improve our mental and physical health. If you’ve thought about jumping into mindfulness, whether as philosophy or via meditation, there is no better time than now. Here are eight reasons why that we can all appreciate. (more…)
posted on December 12th, 2014 ·
posted on December 3rd, 2014 ·
Many nutrition experts claim that red meat is unhealthy and including it in your diet might send you to an early grave. Unfortunately, this myth has been kept alive for quite a while and is based on shaky research that is far from conclusive.
posted on November 21st, 2014 ·
Managing stress is an important part of optimizing one’s health on a day-to-day basis, but during the holiday season when stress levels can be at their highest and quiet time can be at its lowest, it becomes even more vital. Too much stress weakens the immune system, disrupts hormones, impairs digestion and absorption of nutrients, makes Candida and other microbes proliferate, leads to cravings for sugar and carbs or drugs and alcohol, burdens the adrenal glands, causes depression and anxiety, and exacerbates any health condition that may exist, all of which can put a real damper on the holiday spirit. (more…)
posted on November 11th, 2014 ·
Green cleaning products are becoming more common, but not all cleaning products that are marketed as “eco-friendly” or “organic” are truly good for the environment or your health. According to Environmental Working Group, there are no federal safety standards that must be met and no requirement for testing data or notification before releasing a household cleaning product in the marketplace. They are assumed to be safe until proven otherwise and they do not even have to disclose all the chemicals that are present. (more…)
posted on October 29th, 2014 ·
Nuts and seeds are rich in a variety of nutrients and a popular dish on the Paleo plate. However, some nuts can be significantly higher in carbohydrates than others, which can be important for those of us who follow a low-carb diet to know.
posted on October 12th, 2014 ·
Salt is absolutely essential for the human body, without it we cannot sustain life. It supports hydration; assists with adrenal function; regulates blood pressure; maintains cell membranes, balance in pH and blood volume; prevents insulin resistance and arterial plaque formation; helps you cope better with stress and may even increase life expectancy. It is also needed to support strong muscles and is critical for absorbing other vital nutrients and for the transmission between nerve cells (firing of neurons), which means it plays an important role in neurotransmitter functioning and consequently managing cravings for sugar and carbs and good mental health. If one were to experience a true deficiency in sodium, they would experience brain swelling, coma, and heart failure.
posted on October 2nd, 2014 ·
Mindfulness might seem like nothing more than a passing New-Agey trend to some, but this ancient concept has been a staple in Eastern spirituality for thousands of years. Like many Hindu and Buddhist ideas, it has traveled to the West and become something of a buzzword that even psychology and neuroscience are starting to take a look at with an analytical eye. (more…)
posted on September 22nd, 2014 ·
Although it is not widely acknowledged, addiction to food is a serious and ever-growing problem in our society and results in consequences to our emotional, physical, and spiritual health that can be just as destructive and life-altering as addiction to drugs and alcohol. The reason being that certain foods affect the brain in pretty much the same way as hard drugs and alcohol and alters our biochemistry. (more…)
posted on September 12th, 2014 ·
Dopamine is a fascinating and incredibly complex neurotransmitter (a naturally occurring chemical that carries information from one neuron to another) that plays a vital role in many aspects of our physical, mental/emotional, and spiritual health. It is an ancient molecule and exists in every animal species from the lizard to human beings. However, we homo sapiens have more dopamine than others. (more…)
posted on August 28th, 2014 ·
Conventional dietary advice states that a high-carb, low fat diet is necessary for weight loss and a low risk of disease. Most nutritionists and doctors advise you to get most of your calories from carbohydrates and the least amount of calories from fats and oils. But for a growing number of people, this advice isn’t working. (more…)