Flex your gratitude muscle

While we can’t change the world, we can change the way we see it. Practicing gratitude can increase your happiness by 25% (as reported by Robert Emmons, PhD in his book, “Thanks! How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier.”) The idea is that gratitude is like a muscle: the more you flex it, the stronger itContinue reading “Flex your gratitude muscle”

Your cells work hard

Get to know your body by watching these mind-blowing, awe-inspiring videos… keep in mind, these things are happening RIGHT NOW in YOUR BODY! 1) An immune cell is chasing a bacterium: 2) A kinesin protein is WALKING on a microtubule. This is a simulation, but is complete non-fiction! 3) The previous video is an award-winning excerptContinue reading “Your cells work hard”

Curiosity ensures success

This amazing video is the winner of the RSA Student Design Awards, played along with an excerpt from Ian Leslie’s book called Curiosity. See the excerpt in text on the BrainPickings.org site, where each article is highly satisfying. As you listen, you might consider what it has to do with nutrition and health… or, read on to see my interpretation.Continue reading “Curiosity ensures success”

To sleep, perchance to… cleanse your brain

Brains Sweep Themselves Clean Of Toxins During Sleep …As if we need another reason to get a good night’s sleep! This article on NPR.org, called “Brains sweep themselves clean of toxins during sleep,” discusses the new discovery of channels that cleanse your brain by whooshing out harmful toxins while you snooze. Snippets: During sleep, cerebral fluid flows throughContinue reading “To sleep, perchance to… cleanse your brain”

“Eat a Bug” Class

Tonight I had the distinct pleasure of teaching a class through Staunton’s Parks and Recreation called Bite a Bug.  Please read further about it in the Staunton Newsleader article, by Laura Peters. The title of the class, Bite a Bug, is not a play on words… we ate bugs… Lots of bugs!! Crickets, mealworms, giant water bugs,Continue reading ““Eat a Bug” Class”

Do you drink coffee? Make it cold-brewed and add butter!

Coffee is more than just a morning ritual. It’s a delicious medicine that humans have been enjoying since the thirteenth century. As one of the best sources of antioxidants, coffee helps eliminate excess free radicals, which cause inflammation and cell damage. However, the wrong coffee prepared with too much heat can detract from both the tasty pleasureContinue reading “Do you drink coffee? Make it cold-brewed and add butter!”

High blood sugar is only good for vampires

Vampires love it when you have high blood sugar… but your body would prefer you to be less sweet. Glucose, the blood sugar molecule, is very abrasive, like a balled up piece of sand paper. If it’s allowed to slosh around in your bloodstream for too long, it scratches away and causes inflammation. (This is why someoneContinue reading “High blood sugar is only good for vampires”

Statins are not the Answer.

With all due respect to practitioners who are practicing by the book, I would like to express my extreme frustration with said “book”. The tides have officially and indisputably turned regarding cholesterol’s role in heart disease. The three important take-home facts are: Dietary cholesterol does not have a long-term impact on serum cholesterol levels. Neither dietary cholesterol nor saturatedContinue reading “Statins are not the Answer.”

How well can your body detoxify?

There are many aspects related to detoxification, one of which is your HLA haplotype. If your DNA is flawed in certain genes, you may be less able to detoxify and more susceptible to certain triggers, such as mold and Lyme bacteria and confections. If you’re curious, you can test for these genes, but a better first step might be supporting your body nutritionally,Continue reading “How well can your body detoxify?”

What’s your weak link?

Why is that when we both drink wine, you get a headache, but I feel woozy and get a stomach ache? The answer: Biochemical Individuality, aka. We’re all different! Okay, so then why is it that Hank over there can drink an entire bottle of wine and feel nothing? Answer: Toxic Load. Some bodies can handle more toxinsContinue reading “What’s your weak link?”