Supporting overall brain health is always a good idea considering how much the brain does for us every day! Good memory is connected to many complex systems so it's important to say that there are many different reasons for memory loss. But for the purposes of this video, I discuss overall brain health and a few really important and impactful things you can do if you’ve been experiencing brain fog or just general poor memory.Read More
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At this time of year, water turns to ice and plants store their energy in their roots. Winter is considered a time of reflection, deep receptivity, and a time of building potency. The season of winter asks us to slow down and store up.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine this season is related to the water element and Kidney energy. Kidney energy can become depleted with stress, over stimulation, and overwork. And so during this time of year it’s especially important to rest and rejuvenate and nourish new seeds of potential. This is also a wonderful time of year to focus on internal practices like meditation and contemplation.Read More
Nutrient deficiencies are very common and can lead to all kinds of problems over time. So herbalists turn to tonic herbs that are nutritive as a way to provide a power-packed whole foods solution. You can think of herbal medicine of this type as a healthy foundation to all the other more specific herbs. Generally, plants in this category can be used more casually and regularly to support the bodies overall functioning.Read More
Depression and low moods affect so many people so I put together a few suggestions and herbs that may help you find more emotional balance.
There are many factors that contribute to a low mood. First, its important to assess whether there could be physiological reasons why you’re feeling the way you are. Thyroid problems, lack of sleep, problems with blood sugar, and low iron or nutrition can all contribute to the symptoms and signs that look like depression.
There are many studies that now show anti-depressant medications have very low efficacy especially in cases of low to moderate depression. In fact, we now know that mental illness is really not just a psychological or chemical issue in your brain. Depression is actually just a symptom that something else in your system is out of balance.Read More
A few months ago I had the honor of being interviewed by my dear friend Talya Lutzker. Talya is an amazing human and her light shines through in this interview.
A few things we talk about:
- How gut health directly affects your emotional wellness and positive state of mind
- How to protect and nourish your primary energy centers
- Healing tips and food therapy strategies for improving your mood and gut health
- Which herbs and practices naturally enhance your vitality
The five elements are used within the medical system of Traditional Chinese Medicine to describe cycles or patterns that exist in nature, in health, and in disease.
The five elements are five phases of a cycle and each element describes a point where energy changes direction. All elements are connected. Some elements nourish each other and some elements control each other. We can see these cycles clearly when we look at the movement of the seasons. Each element also has a related color, sound, smell, emotion and even internal organs.Read More
I LOVE juicing. To be clear - I'm not talking about conventional store bought fruit juice which is often full of processed sugar, colors, and preservatives. I'm talking about homemade rich green veggie juice. Veggie juicing enlivens you, and your cells, and gives you an instant shot of nourishing energy and nutrition.Read More
Thinking about food and nutrition seems to be such a concern for many of us. There are endless questions and just as many answers floating around related to health and nutrition. Our ancestors didn't give any thought to measuring and calculating vitamins and nutrients and yet they were on average healthier and many of them lived longer than us. Even though we are obsessed with the biochemistry of food and how it affects the body, as a whole, we are some of the most unhealthy humans to have ever lived. So what happened? and how can we find a more balanced and healthy understanding of nutrition? Michale Pollan outlines the emergence of what he calls "nutritionism" in his book "In Defence of Food". He claims this "nutritionism" ispartially to blame for the lack of understanding regarding food we encounter today.Read More
I recently finished reading Arianna Huffington's new book "Thrive". I love this book!! Throughout her book Arianna discusses what she calls "the third metric of success". By telling her personal story of stress and overwhelm and how she worked with it we get an insiders look at what she calls true success and happiness.
I love this book because....Read More