As kids, we are told to not eat any berries or plants we encounter when outdoors. While, yes, this is valid advice for a 4 year old, as we get older, we shouldn’t be afraid to educate ourselves on the plants growing around us, because you know what I’ve realized? There are a hell of a lot of edible plants out there that offer an abundance of nutritious vitamins, minerals, and healing compounds. All of them going underutilized because everyone has it drilled into their minds that wild plants are all poisonous.
If you know me at all, you probably know that one of my favorite indulgences is a nice, steamy bubble bath! What can I say? Something about hot sudsy water, the soothing flickering of candles, and the peace and quiet centers my soul and gets me ready to take on the day!
In 2007, 9.5 billion animals were killed to feed the growing population. In 2014, that number dropped to 9.1 billion and continues to decrease yearly, despite an expanding population. With population numbers continuing to expand, will this trend continue? Or will the demand for meat products start to increase, putting our environment and our health at risk?
As you may or may not already know, all vegetables and fruit harbor bacteria on their surfaces referred to as lactobacillus bacteria that have the ability to convert sugars from food into lactic acid in an anaerobic environment.
Even though certain mushrooms have been used in cultures for years to treat illnesses or maintain vitality, the overall use of mushrooms in modern society for ethnomedicinal purposes is relatively limited. Mushrooms are proven to contain antimicrobial, antiviral, antitumor, antiallergenic, and hepatoprotective properties, but they have so many other active compounds as well (1)! Studies of their use against cancer and neurodegenerative disorders could have life-altering effects on individuals that could truly use these medicines, but may not have access to their knowledge due to modern practices.
While problems with the nasal cavity seem to become more pronounced in the winter months, nasal issues can be a serious problem for some people throughout different times of the year. This may be due to seasonal allergies, a more chronic reaction to something in your home environment such as dust or pet dander, the common cold, or other health conditions that impact your sinuses.
Our skin is our largest organ and one that can become the most irritated at times. Since our skin is subject to both environmental and internal irritants, there are many problems that can manifest through our skin in our lifetime.
Now, I’m no nutritionist, but I like to think of myself as a fairly healthy eater. People sometimes consider me a weird eater since I don’t eat a whole lot of meat and I usually have some hodgepodge concoction put together for lunch or dinner. “Are you eating caviar??” (referring to the quinoa on my plate). Ummm, not quite haha. And while I’m not a big meat-eater unless my dad shot it himself, I still get plenty of protein and plant-based nutrients that keep me fully satisfied, my energy levels up, and my body (seemingly) thriving!
It’s a new year!!! 2017!! The new year always brings about feelings of renewal and longing to bring on a whole new YOU. While half the time people only make resolutions because they feel like they are obliged to, resolutions aren’t really necessary. It’s healthy and encouraged to try to better yourself in any way you may choose, but not when it sets you up to feel discouraged.
Our bodies encounter pesticides and environmental toxins every day that can directly impact our health. Sometimes these toxins we deliberately introduce into our systems through smoking tobacco or putting chemicals on our skin in the form of makeup, lotions, and other beauty products. Others are unintentionally introduced through pesticides in our food or environmental pollutants in the air.