It’s easy to get into a routine: eating, working, and exercising in the same ways day after day. But did you know that microbes in the air change from one season to the next? Did you know that microbes in your gut should be changing from one season to the next? Did you know that receptors in your brain for mood hormones also change seasonally?
Do you ever notice that you feel differently in the summer and winter? That you crave different foods, have different sleeping patterns, or experience different moods? Well, we are circadian beings, which means our ability to survive and thrive as a species depends on our connection to the rhythms of nature.
Are you worried about what you’ve done to your brain over the years? For decades, our understanding of brain chemistry was that we are all gifted with a certain number of brain cells at birth and if you kill them with, say, too much alcohol or drugs, you can never grow them back. That understanding […]
The Framingham Heart Study, which launched in 1948, is an ongoing, large-scale study on the residents of Framingham, Massachusetts. Over the past 70 years, the project has provided substantial insight into identifying the risk factors for cardiovascular disease. In February 2018, a report was published in the Journal of Clinical Lipidology in which researchers evaluated […]
The benefits of a plant-based diet are hard to ignore. Research shows that vegetarians typically have lower body mass index, lower total and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels, and lower blood pressure. Compared to non-vegetarians, vegetarians have lower rates of death from ischemic heart disease and decreased incidence of hypertension, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain […]
For decades, heart health has been the claim to fame for omega-3 fish oil supplementation, but mounting research is suggesting the effect may extend life as well. The newest research showed that those who consumed the highest amount of omega-3s from fish oils had a 14% reduction in risk of death from any cause. (1) […]
Each winter, our skin is severely challenged to maintain its elasticity, youthfulness and glow. Lucky for us, nature has a plan to deliver inner and outer skin protection during the skin-harsh winter season, with none other than its harvest! #1: Stress Mitigation Oxidation caused by stress, toxins, and excess sunlight triggers the production of free […]
High-fat diets, such as the ketogenic diet, are receiving a great deal of attention in the health and fitness world. Keto has been given the “celeb-favorite” seal and, no doubt, all of the hype certainly peaks one’s curiosity. Before you jump on the high-fat, high-protein ship, I want to share some of the risks associated […]
Have you heard about the waste disposal system that activates inside the brain while we sleep? While we rest, there are tiny lymph channels that open up and drain toxic waste and proteins. The brain dumps about 3 pounds of toxins from the brain each year. This is the entire weight of the brain in […]
In the 1960s, when cholesterol was mistakenly deemed the cause of heart disease, saturated fats were replaced with polyunsaturated fats. Polyunsaturated fats were derived from seed oils, and because these seed oils were so volatile, they had to be highly processed and refined to become stable. Today, clear-yellow plastic vegetable oil-filled bottles line the brightly-lit […]
Average Reading Time: 2 minutes and 24 seconds Exercise has been getting a lot of press lately in the wake of numerous studies suggesting that regular exercise may be as good for the brain as it is for the body. In fact, studies have found that regular exercise can actually help generate new brain cells, […]
Average Reading Time: 3 minutes Sadly, aging has become nearly synonymous with a handful of age-related concerns. But what if these concerns all had a common denominator – something that, if nipped in the bud, would lower your risk of not just one, but most of the problems that plague us as we approach old […]