I Don’t Have Allergies Anymore

For nearly 6 months now I have not had an allergic reaction to any of my known allergens. I don’t believe it myself. Something happened and something changed but I don’t believe it. My list of ‘allergens’ is not a long one but it has been a unique one. By definition, an allergen is something…

Are Coffee and Tea Hydrating?

This is a big debate out there but really for the most part it depends on how much coffee and tea you are drinking and what else you are drinking in addition to coffee and tea. So whats the problem? Coffee and tea are both high in a kind of molecule that are called tannins….

Making a Kombucha Scoby

Kombucha is a big buzz word these days and I even see a kombucha tap at my co-op. What is it? Can you make it yourself? And, should you be drinking it? Kombucha is a fermented tea. You can buy it bottled in the store but you can also make it at home (we will…

Contemplating Probiotics

When deciding if you are going to start eating or taking probiotics there are a few things you should keep in mind to know what are the right options for you. Probiotics are generally a short term solution When taking probiotics they are not going to solve your digestive or related problems for good. In…

Kimchi

If you are not familiar with kimchi, it is a fermented cabbage dish that is a staple food of Korea. The average Korean cannot go a single meal with out having kimchi as part of it. This fermented dish is a bit different than most because of it’s spicy nature. As it ferments the flavors…

Benefits of Probiotics

You probably have heard many people to tell you to take probiotics. This month we are going to be looking more closely at probiotics, what they are, and how you can make them at home to support your digestion and other areas of wellness. Lets start with ‘what are probiotics?’ Probiotics are the little tiny…

When is it Time to Work with a Professional Herbalist?

How long should you be exploring herbs on your own or at the suggestion of friends before you should be heading to work with a professional herbalist? This is a question that a lot of people never even ask themselves because they are unaware that professional herbalists even exist. For the sake of this article,…

Food As Good As The Source

This past week I was out and about and got hungry while I was shopping at a big box store. I wasn’t going to be able to get a good meal for a few hours so I found something that looked relatively healthy: a prepackaged pack of carrots, broccoli, dressing, a piece of cheese, and…

Nootropics In Your Food, part 3

  Thanks for sticking with us to learn about nootropics in your food. Be sure to check out parts 1 and 2 as well. Niacin, or vitamin B-3, is not known for its association with the nervous system or cognitive function. It is however, known to affect the bodies overall energy levels. Niacin is essential…

Nootropics In Your Food, part 2

  So what are some of these nootropic nutrients you need to be getting from your food? Choline deficiency is not uncommon. If your body is low in choline you may experience insomnia, fatigue, kidney and nerve-muscle problems, as well as fat accumulation in your blood. Don’t some of these symptoms sound like reasons you…

Nootropics In Your Food, part 1

You may have heard a lot of talk about nootropic chemicals and how they can affect your body to give you a boost both mentally and physically. My question to you what is causing us to need this boost in the first place? As humans have evolved, wouldn’t we have evolved with these chemicals in…

Your Diet is Causing Inflammation, Part 3

So many ingredients in the SAD diet cause inflammation. But it is the preservatives, colorings, and flavorings that we really don’t know what they are doing in the body. They are just not well studied. For instance, did you know that arnica is an approved flavoring agent by the FDA?!?! If you don’t know why…