For many years, I have been teaching that the most fundamental principle for designing a diet that is right for you and choosing actions that optimize your health is that you must listen to your body. When creating your Individualized Paleo Plan or deciding which healing remedies to utilize, your body should be used as your guide. This can be confusing for many people in the beginning, because, as we all know, there is more than one inner voice and it can be difficult to know which one to listen to, if you can’t recognize the one that belongs to your body. [click to continue…]
Do you look at the price difference between conventional and organic labels and wonder if there’s really any difference? The benefits of organic food may be difficult to appreciate when it comes to its effects on the wallet, but dig a little deeper and you’ll see that there are many reasons to choose this higher-quality option. [click to continue…]
I’ve received some version of the following question on several occasions in the past few months, so thought it was time to tackle this topic. [click to continue…]
When one is dealing with a chronic health condition, particularly one that is complex and may defy both conventional and natural medicine in many ways, it is easy to fall into the trap of despair from time to time. Although this is a natural and normal response to duress, it is not a place we want to allow ourselves to remain for very long. Cultivating hope is a vital element of the healing journey and living life in general. [click to continue…]
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. [click to continue…]
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.
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. [click to continue…]
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. [click to continue…]
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.
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Salt (sodium chloride) 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.
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