There is something about the simple act of holding a mug of tea that is healing. From the steam whisking up off the surface to the herbal aromas and warmth created between the hands, the experience of tea time is inherently comforting to the soul. Add to this the health benefits of ingredients like ginger, and tea can be a very powerful medicine for the body as well. This fresh ginger tea can be used to soothe an upset tummy and ease the symptoms of a cold, allergies or the flu. It is also the ideal thing to cozy up with at the end of a long day, especially as the temperatures start to drop and dusk falls earlier with each passing evening.
Lounging on the beach yesterday, I reflected on how good the warm sun felt on my skin. Simultaneously, the nutrition geek in me was counting the vitamin D molecules my body was producing. Vitamin D is so unique in its ability to be synthesized by the sun, and requires little dietary consumption compared to the other vitamins. So imagine my surprise when, after returning home and washing off the beach sand, I read that a stunning 75% of Americans are vitamin D-deficient! 1Read More
I have yet to meet an individual who enjoys going to the dentist. If you are that person, then bravo, because when I hear the words “the dentist” I have a tendency to cringe. I dread it. There is something about that place that makes me want to run for the hills. Despite the soothing wall colors, decor, and friendly staff, I am terrified of a simple cleaning. However, this year was slightly different, as when my appointment came around I had a little secret up my sleeve and was actually rather intrigued to see if it would help.Read More
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A few weeks ago, my sister Kelsey wrote a post about how she healed her acne using real foods and superfood supplements. She is back to share one of her favorite all-natural ways to moisturize and replenish the skin using ingredients you can find in the kitchen!
Winter really took a toll on my dry skin this year. It seems to do so every year, despite my daily moisturizing techniques. Fortunately, I am a big fan of DIY face masks and have tried just about every single one out there...and if you have looked on Pinterest lately, you know there are a whole lot of face masks to try! I find it kind of fun to play around with natural ingredients and see how they really affect the skin. Plus, I also get to spook people with all that gooey stuff on my face! Recently I tried the classic banana and honey face mask, which left my skin feeling incredibly soft. I like this one in particular because it is super easy to make and offers a lot of great benefits for nourishing the skin inside and out.
Welcome my sister Kelsey back to the blog! Together we will be working on a series that covers the many ways in which nutrition, digestive health and mood are related. We hope that you find it helpful. If there are any topics that you would like to see covered, leave us a comment and we will try to add them to our series too!
Stop worrying. I cannot count the number of times I have heard those two words in my lifetime. Too many at that, and believe me: if I could have stopped, I certainly would have. Growing up I was constantly worried about getting sick, being stuck somewhere, or the possibility of bad weather coming. Anything that I could not control I was anxious about. I was that kid that all the school nurses knew by name because I frequently visited the nurse's office complaining of a stomachache. Most days I was told just to hang tight and wait it out. I would then return to class and continue the day with a gnawing pain in my stomach. Back then, I did not have the insight to realize that my anxiety and stomach pains were very much related.Read More
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
Please welcome my sister Kelsey to the blog. She put together this guest post on how she healed her own acne using real foods!
I am one of those unlucky folks that dealt with lingering acne well into my twenties. Now I am not just talking about a small pimple here and there, I am talking about moderate acne that created multiple bumps underneath my skin that caused inflammation in my cheeks and forehead. I was embarrassed that I had to deal with such a thing when all my friends had clear skin. I tried so hard to hide the scars and bumps, but despite the layers of makeup that I applied I could never quite do it. Eventually I was unwilling to go out with friends. To some this may seem a little bit silly, but after five years and no luck of successful treatment I was self conscious and tired of it. Luckily, with the help of an integrative dermatologist and my sister, I was able to come up with a supplement regimen that changed my skin for the better. Here are the supplements that immensely helped my skin and overall health.Read More
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You have a dirty mouth. No, I am not referring to your vocabulary choices silly, but rather the many microorganisms that can be found hiding between your pearly whites, and hanging out on the slick surfaces of your tongue and gums. Whether you like it or not, there are billions of happy bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites that naturally take up residence in the warm and saliva-y habitat of your mouth. In order to prevent disease and keep your smile shining however, it is important to keep these busy little buggers in check. The age-old method of oil pulling may be the crucial missing step in your oral health care regimen.
Name a superfood that is rich in omega fatty acids with an impressive amount of natural antioxidants, fat soluble vitamins D and E, and X-factor vitamin K2. Did you guess emu oil? Although not frequently discussed in popular health literature, this somewhat obscure-sounding traditional fat from Australia is actually a powerful and well-established functional food. Filled with synergistic nutrients and healthy fats, a pure and sustainable emu oil is the perfect adjunct to our far-too-often deficient modern diets, and it is incredibly good for the skin too! It's time to give this unique superfood some of the attention it deserves.
You've decided to take fermented cod liver oil. You've learned about the health benefits of this beloved traditional superfood, from its ever-popular omega fat content to the mysterious synergy of the fat soluble vitamins it delivers. You've learned all about the nutrient-enhancing fermentation process that makes this cod liver oil superior to the refined fish oil impostors available in most stores today. You've even prepared yourself to brave the peculiar taste and distinct fishy smell of this quirky ancient elixir. But, as you gear up to swoop a spoonful of the dark liquid to your lips, there is just one problem: you're not sure how much to take. Never fear! We've pulled together expert opinions, ancestral wisdom and the latest research studies into a comprehensive guide to help you figure out the fermented cod liver oil dosage that is right for you.
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