Posts Tagged ‘health’

We Are What We Eat – Magnesium

Popeye-Spinach   We all know that we are what we eat, that our bodies are made of elements that are required to build and maintain this mortal coil; 99% of our bodies are composed of just six elements, carbon, hydrogen, oxygen nitrogen, phosphorous and calcium, (made memorable by the acronym CHONPC). Five other elements, potassium, sulfur, sodium, chlorine and magnesium make up the remaining 1%. Yet all of these elements are our clay, and all are essential for life. Miss out on a few of these and suffer the consequences. And there are other trace elements found in our bodies too, some of which are essential in their given role, like fluorine, which seems to only harden tooth enamel. Continue »



Maybe It Is Time For A Cleanse

Now that the holiday season is in the rearview mirror, people everywhere are entering the New Year with high hopes, resolutions and a renewed sense of willpower. Perhaps we may have indulged a bit over the past month, but now we are determined to make this year the best yet. We want to succeed, we want to eat right, we want to feel better. Maybe join a gym, lose that extra weight that has been bothering us for the last little while. Most of all, we want to start the year off on the right foot. But what is our first step? It seems to me that before hitting the gym, or starting a yoga class, we should get our house in order. Continue »



Detox Before New Year’s Eve

This is the time of year when we are most susceptible to colds and flu. During the holidays we are stressed, drinking too much, eating too much and not enough of it green or healthy foods, and generally just being brats. Add in the cold weather and you’ve got a perfect recipe for nasty cold. The last thing we want is to be standing at the big New Year’s Eve bash with a runny nose and pounding headache. Continue »



Gluten Free Garage

Eek! A wheat field. Run!

Food trends come and go. One day a certain group tells you eggs are bad for you, the next day another group tells you to get crackin’. If we follow the advice of New York Times best selling Wheat Belly, by William Davis, we will avoid wheat products. And lose weight! Yet for every advocate of the wheat free diet, there are skeptics.

Certainly there are persons who suffer from the genetic autoimmune disorder celiac disease, or gluten intolerance, who must avoid wheat, specifically the gluten found in wheat and many other grains, but there are many others who are having a go at being wheat-and gluten free as well, feeling that if gluten free can improve the lives of those with the disorder, it might be worth giving it a try. Continue »



Health Benefits of Eating Local

A guest post by Nan Gibbons

Gibbons is a licensed nutritionist and personal trainer who owns her own business in San Diego, California. She divides her time between training with clients and taking care of her three year old son, Reid – both great ways as well as reasons to stay in shape! Find her on Twitter: @healthnut2011 or read her contributions to http://www.eatbreatheblog.com

 

 

 

 

I recently read Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future by Bill McKibben; the author spoke at my college during my senior year, but it took me until now to read his “hopeful manifesto.”  In the second chapter of his book, he outlines an experiment he conducted, in which he only ate locally-grown food for a year.  During this year, he chronicles stocking up at his local farmer’s market, finding local farmers and CSA (community-supported agriculture) farms, and his yearning for oats (until he cheated by crossing the Vermont-Canadian border and buying some at a Canadian farm).

All of this got me thinking about my own diet, and that of my son.  I am in-between health insurance plans at the moment, which makes being health-conscious extremely important.  Continue »