I recently had the chance to catch up with author, fermentation expert and health strategist, Alex Lewin before he kicks off a busy fall tour of talks and book signings. In part one of the interview we chat about how he first became interested in the traditional food movement and also what motivated him to write Real Food Fermentation—the first ever fully illustrated, step by step guide to creating simple fermented foods at home. Enter Alex...Read More
Mountain Spring Water. Reading those words and immediately we think of clean, healthy, vibrant and life-giving pure water. Crystal clear water flowing from the highest mountain peaks filling our streams, rivers and lakes with healthy water, full of key nutrients and perfectly pH balanced to hydrate our bodies. Natural spring water, the way nature intended. If only all of us could find a local source of clean, natural spring water for our daily water needs.Read More
As breeze filled mornings melt into lazy afternoons and the sun reaches its vibrant seasonal heights, there is a sense of tender nostalgia that prevails as summer sets in. People line parade-filled streets, colorful flowers show their charming faces, gardens hang heavy with plump veggies and bright berries, and sandy toes bring traces of the beach into our homes. With the ample hours of sunlight bringing an opportunity to frolic about outdoors, summer certainly provides a chance to refresh and revitalize both the body and mind. Yet, one of the last things you probably want is to end up with is a raw, stinging sunburn nor is it desirable to take a time out to slather yourself in slippery, white, chemical-ridden sunblock. So, let’s explore some all natural solutions for your sun-worshipping woes.
As the sun continues its radiant climb to summer heights and the buds begin to unfurl from the soft ground, there is a natural draw to be outside in the garden. From dirt caked onto the knees of my jeans to the neat row of garden tools leaning on the fence, I revel in nearly every part of working out in the yard- whether exciting or mundane. Spending more time in the garden recently got me to thinking: while we often talk about the quality of our drinking water, we rarely give thought to the water that we use to nourish and hydrate our plants.
By now, you have probably heard about the phenomenon called earthing. You may have clicked by a blog post on it or browsed through our store to a find a somewhat strange looking collection of sheets, mats, and bands called Earthing™ products. Actually, you may even be naturally grounding yourself without knowing it! In honor of Earth Day this week, we are taking a step back to answer some of the questions you might have about this simple but powerful practice, and to show you a comprehensive video clip that pulls all of the pieces together.
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How easy it is to become lost in the graceful charm of spring: the glint of early morning dew on newly-green blades of grass, the buds uncurling shyly from wind-tattered branches and the fragrance of deep brown earth settling into the air. At a time of year when nature is busy with growth and life after the restless stagnancy of the winter months, so too do we begin to feel reinvigorated and purposeful. Whether throwing open the windows and tidying up the house or chomping on detoxifying foods- spring is a natural time to refresh and clean. Awaken the spring within by taking a brisk walk in the sunshine and enjoying some of the delicate, bitter greens that start to fill baskets at farmers' markets at this transitional time of year. Discover the benefits of different types of seasonal greens and learn how to mix and match varieties to most completely energize your body this season.
How often do you wake up feeling frazzled, restless or disconnected? The shrill beep of the alarm clock cuts through the still morning all too soon and stumbling out of bed with pillow imprints mushed into your cheeks, you peer through drooping eyelids to search the cabinets for whatever munchies you can get your hands on for breakfast. Guzzle one, or two, or three large cups of a caffeinated beverage that leaves you buzzing and slightly nauseous...and you are off for the day! It is a scene that is all too familiar in today’s frenzied world, especially for the estimated 70 million problem sleepers in the United States. Oftentimes it feels that no matter how many sheep are counted, steaming cups of calming tea sipped, or room darkening shades piled onto the windows, a peaceful night's rest is completely out of reach. Recent evidence has shown that the simple practice of earthing may offer the relief of improved, restorative sleep that so many people need.
What's the first thought that comes to mind when you think of water? For many it evokes a sense of refreshing wellness and purity. Undoubtedly in the heat of summer, the mere thought of diving into a crystal clear pool of water could not be more revitalizing, nor the idea of taking a long, slow sip from a tall glass of the fresh liquid. There are a myriad of possible replies, considering just how many ways we use water on a daily basis. We bathe and shower in it, brush our teeth in it, infuse our stocks and other recipes with it, and rinse our colorful fruits and vegetables under it. Not to mention, Americans drink 1 billion glasses of water from their taps alone each day. Yet, an astonishing 2100 chemical compounds have been found present in U.S. drinking water, with more lingering in our rivers, lakes and the ocean. The EPA has established enforceable safety standards for only 87 of these identified compounds- that's less than 5%. Take a moment to reflect: how do you think about water now?
In our fast paced society, individuals are constantly scrambling to complete a medley of tasks before tucking into bed for the night, and sleep has somehow fallen to the bottom of our perceived hierarchy of needs. We are driven to stay up late staring deep into a glaring blue computer screen on a quest for the answers to our life questions, jolt awake to a vicious alarm for last minute food preparations or an ambitious trip to the gym, yet in turn find ourselves schlepping to work with large bags under our eyes sipping on a caffeinated beverage that we truly didn’t want to buy. We repeatedly manage to harshly disconnect ourselves from the beautifully intricate circadian mechanisms of nature, and then, when we try to return to a pattern of restorative sleep, we are simply unable to. What's worse, we go on adding a slew of addictive, toxic substances and convoluted rituals to help us get some sleep, and still we lie awake, panicked with self-negative thinking, "there must be something wrong with me!"