Zinc is one of the most abundant trace minerals in the body. It is a critical structural component of many proteins, and a co-factor to enzymes that are directly involved with cellular function. Nicknamed the “intelligence mineral,” it is most widely known for its contributions to mental development, reproductive function, collagen formation and immune system support. Although severe zinc deficiency is believed to be rare, marginal deficiency, often called dietary zinc deficiency, is actually quite common and estimated to affect 2 billion people worldwide.1 In the United States, experts estimate that dietary zinc deficiency effects up to 30% of the population, depending on age group.2 Finding simple ways to identify and correct zinc deficiency has become increasingly important to medicine, as we continue to unravel just how important this mineral is for healing the human body and mind. Check out this Zinc Taste Test as a simple way to quickly assess your own mineral status and see if zinc deficiency is something you should be looking out for.Read More
What does it mean to live a Radiant Life? I sat down with company owners Norman and Kathy, and asked them to talk about their experiences with whole foods, a primal lifestyle and the creation of what has become one of the most trusted resources for ancestral living in the marketplace today. What I discovered was more than a conventional company mission or philosophy- but rather a deeply personal story about health, family and returning to the simple things in life that truly matter most. Today, I have asked them to share that story with you.
It's been a ____________ year. There are likely many adjectives you could use to fill in the blank that would summarize your last 12 months. Personally, with a love for all things thoughtful and expressive, I could write an endlessly detailed list of vivid descriptors in an attempt to capture the essence of 2013. However, I will spare you the trouble of reading that kind of meticulous review and instead share a handful of our most popular posts from the past year. Brimming with pretty pictures, yummy recipes, interesting tidbits and fun real-foodie facts these posts offer a quick picture of the dynamic and beautiful year we have had. We want to thank you for your incredible insight, engagement, brilliance and tireless support. We are quite excited to spend the year ahead together with you!
Your brain loves fat. Wants it, craves it, needs it. After all, the brain is made up of more than 50% fat. However, the nervous system is a highly specialized mechanism, and can’t use just any rogue fat globule sent jiggling its way. When it comes to building the brain, the body needs a high concentration of omega-3 fatty acids from animal foods. Experts now postulate that a widespread disruption in omega-fatty acid balance may be at the very root of some of the most troublesome neurobiological epidemics of our day. Could it be that the devilishly delicious dark meats and creamy butter we have been taught to avoid actually contain the nutritional keys to improved health and a vibrant mood?
It's crunch time. Your head is probably spinning with the splendid whiz and whir of holiday preparations as you stock every last corner of the refrigerator full of rich autumn foods or rush to shove that last pair of shoes into your suitcase before hitting the road. You may even find yourself inwardly dreading the stress of it all, or secretly grumbling about the big, dramatic production this bustling time of year brings. In such cases, this little recipe might be just what you need to turn the frantic holiday scene into a sparkling celebratory success. However, be warned: it may not be exactly what you expect...
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More and more, I hear people express that they want to turn to cooking from home as a means of saving money and getting healthy. Except for there is one problem: standing behind a shopping cart or in front of the stove, the excuses come flooding out. "There's no time." "Trudging up and down the aisles of the grocery store is exhausting."Doing all of those messy dishes is just too much." "I don't know how." With half of the US food dollars spent on items eaten outside the home, we have created a generation of the kitchen-afraid, who think of peanut butter and jelly as gourmet, and mac 'n cheese as the ultimate balanced meal. As a result, our relationship to food has shifted and unspiralled into troublesome physical and psychological consequences.
Cholesterol. It’s a scary word right? One that sends a shudder through the shoulders of diet followers nationwide and brings the eery chords of a horror-movie soundtrack to mind. The modern medical establishment blames nearly everything on this yucky, sludgy stuff, and we are taught to supress our cravings for cholesterol rich foods with a sense of urgency and shame. Shimmering butter, sizzling slices of bacon or wedges of satisfying white cheese are met with a quick “Now you wouldn’t eat that, would you?!” So instead our meals are sheepishly garnished with lite salad spritzers and washed down with sloshes of nutrient bereft skim milk. Yet, contrary to this fear-ridden thinking, recent evidence has shown that low cholesterol could paradoxically be contributing to the staggering increase in depression and inflammatory disease over the past century.
There’s no denying that food these days is confusing. With over 40,000 items lining grocery store shelves and countless divergent “diet” theories, food choices can start to seem endless, scary, and frustrating. Sifting through the clutter of contradictory nutrition articles on the internet or standing paralyzed comparing the minuscule nutrient profiles on food labels, sometimes it seems easier just to throw the reusable grocery bags in the air and eat a candy bar. Yet, nourishing your body and mind doesn’t have to be this mystifying and frightening. In fact savoring the wholesome foods of nature’s design is one of the most intuitive, beautiful and simple things you can do to return to the vibrant health that is your very essence- and to contribute to a safe world for generations to come. If you or someone you know is making the transition to a nutrient dense diet, or considering it, this basic outline may make those pesky food choices seem a bit less daunting....
There are few things more wholesome and enjoyable than picking up a good book and flipping through its pages. Add a cozy armchair and steaming mug of herbal tea, and you have yourself a completely lovely and enlightening afternoon. More than just a resource, a well-crafted book can offer sweet relief from the rumbling growl of fast-paced, manipulative media messages that we are exposed to daily. This year, we were inspired by many traditional food and natural living writers who captured the essence of what it truly means to live simply, healthfully and joyfully. And so, whether you find the time to make an event of it or just read a few pages on the go, here are the influential books we've read in 2012 that you don't want to miss.
"Believe it or not, every thought or feeling you have affects everything around you. Think about it. What happens when you smile at someone? They smile right back! When you share joyful feelings you pass on positive energy and help create joy in other people. And your feelings don't affect just people. They affect the entire planet..."
Every once in a while, I am inspired to pick up a children’s book. As a researcher accustomed to reading complexly detailed scientific articles from renowned health journals, the simplicity of children's books is altogether refreshing from time to time. And though seemingly juvenile, they are often far more informative than we sophisticated adults give them credit for. Children's books frequently remind of the creative and whimsical simplicities of life that "grown-ups", entranced by to-do-lists and stymied by deadlines, forget.