Meditation There’s something wonderfully refreshing about sliding into the shower after a long day, as the gentle pounding of drop after drop melts away the oil and grime. Then to emerge feeling clean and fresh – ahhhh… I think of meditation as a shower for the brain. When I’m feeling stressed, irritable, or in a funk, meditation has a way of resetting my brain and clearing out the junk. While this is useful at any point in the day, my favorite times are mid-day as a nice preparation for the latter half of the day, or about 30 minutes before bedtime to clean my mind in preparation for a restful night’s sleep.
Magnesium and Depression Depression has become a plague of modern life with over 12% of U.S. adults taking anti-depressants in the past year according to one study, which represents a doubling in prescriptions for depression since 1999. When you include anxiety medication, the number rises to about one in six. Add to this the undiagnosed and those who have stopped medication due to no obvious benefits and it’s clear that we have a large and expensive health care problem in need of a solution.
Rooibos Tea - Friend or Foe? Spoiler alert: This new kid on the block is packed with health benefits! Veteran health afficionados are well aware of the many health benefits of green, white, and oolong tea, but rooibos tea is just hitting its stride as a mainstream beverage for tea lovers. But what is this stuff? And how does it stack up in terms of health (and safety) to our reigning champion – green tea?
How to Properly Soak Grains I hate to be wrong and even worse is admitting it…But when I began doing the research for this article I was enjoying the use of kefir (water or milk kefir) to soak my oats. I won’t go into the details that most readers of this article are already familiar with, but the summary is that phytic acid content is very high in foods like grains, beans, legumes, and nuts, and this phytic acid robs our bodies of important minerals like calcium.
I read an article about the research being conducted by Victor Longo on Fast Mimicking Diets (FMD) and was anxious to give this a try. Of course I usually think that, fail to take action, and then forget about it. I’m happy to say that this time was different! Introduction to the Fast Mimicking Diet (FMD) I consider myself a somewhat disciplined person with a good heaping of will power in my list of internal ingredients, but this 5-day journey humbled me quite a bit.
Q: Is Water Kefir supposed to be cloudy? Could this be a sign of contamination? Savannah and Samuel have just received some kefir grains, and with great excitement they prepare their first batch of water kefir. “This is too easy!”, they say with big grins while sipping down this healthy elixir. “It’s much sweeter than I expected!”, says Samuel. But after a few batches their initial ecstasy switches to concern as they notice that their water kefir has become very cloudy, not-so-sweet, and with a much stronger odor.
Coconut Oil for Your Teeth There’s a new craze around coconut oil and many people are just learning about its health benefits and a lot of people are starting to use it for cooking. But the effectiveness of coconut oil can reach far beyond using it in your favorite dish. As a matter of fact, over the last few years, it’s becoming apparent that it is great to use for your teeth.
Do you enjoy the taste of water kefir? If you answered “No”, then you are not alone. When first fermenting water kefir, I was concerned by the articles I read in which people talked of how delicious their final product was. For me, the smell was somewhat repulsive - and the taste? Even worse! I had to add quite a bit of a sweetened drink to cover up the pungent flavor of the kefir itself.