Let’s face it, we don’t really think about aging when we’re young. When we are in our prime, we put our bodies through a lot and usually without considering the consequences. Remember those college days filled with all-nighters and greasy cafeteria food? Now that we’re older and wiser, we wish we treated our bodies better. Until someone brilliant invents a time machine to take us back to our golden days, there are three not-so-secret lifestyle changes that can turn back the biological clock. [Read more...]
When it comes to cooking oils, there’s no doubt that olive oil flies off the shelves the quickest…
Olive oil has been well studied and proven to bring heart-healthy benefits. The Mediterranean diet’s frequent use of olive oil has been linked to a lower risk of heart disease. So we know all about olive oil- but what about coconut oil? The long demonized coconut oil was banished from our pantries due to its high levels of saturated fat. Saturated fat is linked to a higher risk of heart disease which is why we failed to give it a chance. [Read more...]
Chances are you’ve been hearing about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) all over the health and wellness sphere. It’s a buzzing topic for so many reasons, but the main reason why we care so much is because we’ve been eating them… whether we like it or not.
In the United States, more than 70% of the food stocked on the shelves of supermarkets directly or indirectly contain genetically modified (GM) ingredients. There are eight GM food crops on the market. The five major varieties are soy, corn, canola, cotton, and sugar beets. These five all have bacterial genes inserted, which allow the plants to survive deadly doses of herbicide. Farmers end up using more herbicides and as a result, the food we consume has higher herbicide residues. About 68% of GM crops are herbicide tolerant! If that’s not scary enough- there is a gene inserted into GM corn and cotton that allows the insect-killing Bt-toxin to be secreted in every cell. About 19% of GM crops produce their own pesticide. [Read more...]
These days we see “anti-bacterial” thrown on everything and we buy into this bacteria-free frenzy. But do all bacteria deserve a bad reputation?
A growing body of studies tells us that the answer to this question is NO. Bacteria are essential to the design of the body and basic human nutrition. Our gut is home to over 500 bacterial species. These beneficial microorganisms help prevent and alleviate many conditions, especially issues related to the gastrointestinal tract and the immune system. When we use antibiotics, we kill the bad along with the good. It is important to replace the destroyed good bacteria for a number of reasons. If our bacteria balance gets out of whack, we have a harder time suppressing the growth of harmful bacteria. People lacking certain beneficial bacteria in their digestive tracks will suffer from irritable bowels, bloating, and gas. Probiotics are living microorganisms that are similar to the beneficial ones that are naturally present in our gut. We can get probiotic microorganisms from consuming traditional foods, such as kefir, sauerkraut, miso and kimchi.
We all know that obesity is a huge medical problem and leads to many life-threatening diseases which are costing us a fortune in healthcare expenses…but…is it a disease per se?
Let’s look at some arguments on both sides of this debate- [Read more...]
Farmers markets are the way of the future. Paying the oil companies to transport our food across the country is neither healthy nor sustainable. Locally grown foods help our community in many ways. They allow us to shop with our family and discover the fruits and vegetables that are local to our area.
In this video, I toured the Santa Monica Farmers Market with Dr. Jason Deyo. We got to try produce from various vendors and really enjoyed being out there with these wonderful people. It is important to talk with the person who grows your food. We don’t get that in the supermarket. True, it may take a bit more time to peruse the market amongst all the signs and banners, but it is healthy community time. You get to see your neighbors and enjoy the open space. My wife and I allow a couple hours every Sunday for the Farmers market. We see the neighbors and enjoy the ritual of hand-picking the fruits and vegetables we enjoy the rest of the week. It is valuable family time.
The Farmers Market movement is helping individuals attain health and really break free of the conveyor belt model where we buy processed garbage from the supermarket and then need drugs to deal with the illnesses we inherit from poor lifestyle. People who eat well have more energy for fitness, and, in effect, have more time in life because they have less down time due to illness. People argue that the produce is too expensive but if you factor in the price of healthcare needed from taking in toxic materials from the store, it is a bargain. We have to consider all of the advertising that goes into trying to convince us that shopping for the items in boxes or wrapped in plastic is somehow good for us. These companies are in the business of selling their products and the consumer has to be aware of the marketing ploys that are designed to fool us into thinking that their food is OK. Ask the farmers what growing food is like and look at the differences between local organic and agribusiness practices.
Dr. Deyo likes teaching people how to cook so that we are helping ourselves get better with each meal. We customers vote with our dollars. Healthy foods with the nutritional value to sustain people and help them thrive are the way out of our healthcare crisis and into a new model of abundance and health. We are big fans of farmers markets here at Well.Org and actively encourage you to find a local one.
Here’s a list of markets throughout the country- http://well.org/wellness-resources/farmers-markets/