Fermented Foods: Good for your Gut

More than 2000 years ago, Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, quipped that all disease begins in the gut.  Recent studies suggest that many chronic disorders including obesity, depression, metabolic syndrome, and rheumatoid arthritis may be triggered by unfavorable changes to the gut microbiome. So…it sounds like he was right! We Are Not Alone… A…

Is Wheat Intolerance Real? The Debate: Gluten vs. Glyphosate

Should you Avoid Wheat? Two percent of the population has celiac disease, a genetic, intestinal autoimmune disease. These individuals should absolutely avoid gluten to avoid a myriad of problems including lymphoma. Another 6% of the population is intolerant to wheat-containing foods, experiencing digestive symptoms, joint pain, rashes, headaches, and mental disorders after eating these products….

Meditate Each Day…To Keep the Doctor Away

Think about Meditating for a Few Minutes Every Day Meditation practices are personal, and can be elusive to define. Though there are many types of meditation (focused breathing, yoga, or fixing the mind on a particular thought-to name just a few), all train the mind to stay in the present moment, and develop an awareness…

Cooked vs. Raw: The Debate Rages On…

Scientists have discovered that human health is strongly influenced by the millions of microbes that live within our intestinal tract, collectively known as the gut microbiome. Syndromes ranging from mental health disorders to chronic inflammation and chronic disease have been attributed to changes in this system. What Does a Healthy Microbiome Look Like: A healthy…

Air Pollution: A Toxic Stew

Air pollution consists of toxic chemicals in the air that put health at risk. Air pollution can be of natural causes-like wildfires.  But more commonly, it results from human activity such as the burning of fossil fuels.  It can include gases ( carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, ozone) as well as heavy metals and…

The Truth About Sugar: Not a Sweet Story

Welcome to science-informed home baking 101! Here are some facts you should know about sugar. Sugar acts like a street drug: Sugar activates the same pleasure and reward pathways in the brain as cocaine and heroin. Similar to other addictive substances, people develop tolerance to sugar, and need increasing amounts to feel satisfied. Sound familiar?…

Sleep: It’s Not A Luxury

In our face-paced, technology-centric, global society, sleep is equated with luxury.  Some people actually wear sleep deprivation like a status symbol, or a badge of honor.  But science backs the benefits of adequate sleep as a mechanism to allow your body to recover after a day on the go.  Sleep deprivation not only makes you…

Seeds: Tiny and Potent-Proof that Size Doesn’t Matter

Seeds are tiny, nutritional powerhouses. A good source of complete protein and phytochemicals, they reduce both unnecessary inflammation and lower cancer risk. Here’s a rundown of several beneficial seeds you can easily incorporate into your diet: Pseudo-grains: Quinoa, Millet, Buckwheat, and AmaranthQuinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, and millet are often classified as grains, but they are actually…

Winter Herbs, Kidney Yang, Evidence-Based Medicine…and Chicken Soup?

Woody, wintery herbs like sage, rosemary, and thyme (thank you, Art Garfunkel!) can add delicious depth of flavor to a dish, but they are more than just tasty. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, these plants play an important role in normalizing digestion, and Western medical evidence suggests that these plants have antibacterial, anti-cancer, and anti-inflammatory properties….

Garlic: Aromatic, and Good for You

Westernized countries have significantly higher rates of autoimmune disease, and this rate is more than genetics and bad luck.  Diet, environmental toxins, and the composition of one’s personal gut microbiome may strongly influence our chances of developing an autoimmune disease.  Of these factors, food, is the biggest, actionable trigger for autoimmunity, and choosing wisely can …