Recently, fermented foods like sauerkraut and kimchi have been making news, even though they are, in fact, anything but new – fermented foods have been around for thousands of years. For people living without modern medicine and refrigeration, fermentation has always been not only a simple means of food preservation, but also a way to imbue foods with health-promoting properties, an essential tool for maintaining the gut health.
Many of us have done a detox in order to eliminate internal toxins from our body, but how many of us do anything about the toxins in our own homes? Common household and body-care products are increasingly being found to have negative health effects on the nervous and immune systems, on our reproductive systems and on our endocrine, cardiovascular and respiratory systems. Here’s 20 tips to resolve these toxins…
Meditation is one of the most beneficial practices one can engage in, and just about everyone knows they should make time for it. Meditation has a wonderfully calming effect on the body and mind, and encourages a less stressed, more peaceful and aware state of being. Unfortunately though, most people get swept up in life’s frantic pace, more urgent matters come up and thoughts of meditation go out the window. But making time for meditation is a real loss for your health. If you’re one of those who can never seem to find the time, here are four simple health-boosting reasons why I urge you to get into a meditation groove without further delay – your health depends on it!
Inside your belly is a thriving bacterial world, an eco-system commonly known as the ‘microbiome.’ It’s filled with bacteria – trillions of them, in fact – all going about their daily business of keeping you well. Without you’re being aware of it, they’re busily breaking down food; extracting nutrients; producing vitamins and brain chemicals; fending off microbial invaders; protecting you from disease; and performing hundreds of tasks essential to keeping your systems functioning optimally.
Every time I see the ads, the ones with a man standing on his front lawn, proudly holding a gallon of Roundup and smiling triumphantly at his weed-free lawn, it makes my blood boil. Roundup, whose primary active ingredient is glyphosate, is a potent, broad-spectrum herbicide, an extremely dangerous toxin and of all things, an antibiotic, which, in the four decades since its invention, has left behind a global wake of illness and ecological destruction.
We all know that extra-virgin olive oil is good for us. The delicious staple of the Mediterranean diet is loaded with healthy fats that help reduce our risk of chronic diseases — a big reason why U.S. consumption has tripled in the last 25 years. But, how do you pick the right bottle — especially when faced with a supermarket aisle packed with seemingly more kinds of olive oil than stars in the sky?
And, if you’re drinking getting your quota straight-from-the-tap, you’re probably doing more harm than good. So, what’s the work-around? One of our favorite ways is to add mineral water – flat or sparkling— to the mix. Think it might be time for you to get into a mineral water groove? We’d vote ‘yes.’ Here’s why…
For many women, urinary tract infections, or UTIs, are a recurring and painful annoyance whose standard treatment is usually a round of antibiotics, which, ironically can increase the chances of having another one – not to mention boost antibiotic-resistance risk. While every patient in pain wants to stop it as quickly as possible, in the long-term, multiple rounds of antibiotics aren’t the answer – prevention is. To help keep UTIs from taking hold, try a few lifestyle adjustments – and save the antibiotics for a real emergency…
If you know me, you know that I believe the path to wellness is through the gut. My approach to the gut is straight-forward: one: heal it by feeding it the nutrients it needs to keep gut bacteria in balance. You’ll be rewarded with sustainable health, vitality and a lot less trouble with chronic health problems like obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and even certain types of cancer. the benefits don’t stop there. There is growing evidence indicating that a healthy gut also plays an important role heart health, making optimal gut health a potential a heart-saver. So this month, while everyone is talking about heart health, consider a few ways you can do something about it – and it starts with your gut.
Perfume has become a industrial, virtually plant-free affair, far removed from its nature-bound beginnings. Modern day perfumes and fragrances, be they the ones you spray on, shampoo into your skin or moisturize post-shower, have morphed into vehicles that deliver numerous petroleum-based synthetic toxins into our bodies, making most scents little more than ugly subverters of health, wrapped in pretty packaging.