Every January 1st, nearly 20% of Americans commit to “Dry January,” or sparing their bodies from booze for the first month of the year.
There are myriad articles written about the mental, physical, and emotional benefits of taking a break from boozing — permanent or temporary. We’ve written … Read the rest
Is your refrigerator running?
Well… then you’d better catch on to the contribution you’re making to a convergence of global crises brought on by the greed and improvidence of two major industries poisoning the population, advancing climate change, benefiting from systemic poverty, destroying the soil, invading politics, and generally making … Read the rest
Around 2,700 B.C.E., King Shen Nong of China made a mistake.
They say it’s just a legend, but if it’s true…
King Shen Nong changed the world forever with an oopsie.
He made tea.
And it only took the Chinese another 700 years to figure out that tea had healing … Read the rest
Endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) have leached into our homes, our bodies, our bloodstreams, and our endocrine systems.
If you’re unaware, the endocrine system is responsible for producing and regulating the hormones in your body. The series of glands that make up the endocrine system handle your metabolism, growth and development, sexual … Read the rest
America was founded on hemp.
George Washington was a hemp farmer.
In fact, when the nation was founded, it was required for all farmers to grow 25% of their crops as hemp.
Hemp made trade and communication possible.
Now, it was a different beast back then.
Colonial-age hemp was … Read the rest
The battle has long raged between larks and night owls — who is healthier, wealthier, and wiser? Who has more fun? Who gets more done?
Despite myriad studies and tons of scientific insights, the answer seems clear: merits are spread and divided across the two and only personal preference makes … Read the rest
We’ve talked in the past about some of the general health benefits of the Whole30 diet….
But also about the effect that some of the Whole30 diets exclusions have on the diversity and strength of the bacteria in your gut’s microbiome.
After all, the diet calls for completely avoiding legumes, … Read the rest
Evidence suggests that laziness doesn’t exist at all. Laziness exists only for the person throwing the stone, and not for the person at which the stone is cast.
Here, it’s simple: laziness isn’t real.
But a person’s uncommunicated or unknown blocks are very real indeed, especially if they’re … Read the rest
Someone in your office is doing “Whole30” this January, and they’re likely telling everyone about it.
And if you haven’t heard anyone talking about it… then it might be you.
If you haven’t heard of it (and you weren’t listening while your coworker explained it), “Whole30” is a month-long … Read the rest
Short answer? No.
Although when the days get shorter, the air outside bites the skin, and outdoor activities require forethought and preparation…
We tend to get hungrier, sleepier, and grumpier. Sounds like we’re preparing to hibernate, doesn’t it?
Hibernation is a state of minimal movement and low metabolic activity characterized … Read the rest
In our previous post, we talked about the benefits of healthy friendships.
But most of us understand that they’re beneficial already, even if only anecdotally. Venting to a good friend feels good. Spending an evening with people who know and love you, laughing and reminiscing, feels good. Puzzling out … Read the rest
It’s likely that as you sit reading this, you’ve been alive during several decades, two centuries, and two millenia.
You’ve now added another decade to your resume. Pretty impressive. Take a moment and pat yourself on the back.
It’s also likely you’ve experienced tragedy, loss, growing pains, transitional periods, and … Read the rest
New Year’s resolutions have an expiration date.
And it’s about six weeks into the new year…
January 12, to be exact, according to Strava, the social network for athletes. Strava conducted a study, analyzing 31.5 million people’s online activities, to find the average date people decide their resolution experiment has … Read the rest
Especially for those with digestive issues, feasting during the holidays can be a huge source of discomfort.
Cookies, gluten, candy, fudge, heavy dishes with red meats and sauces, eggnog, fried latkes, creamy potatoes, cheese plate after cheese plate…
They’re all pretty much an irritated bowel’s worst nightmare. The last thing … Read the rest
Part of the fun, tinsel-laced, snow-kissed holiday tension during this stretch of the year is determining whether to say “Merry Christmas,” because it reminds you of your childhood and watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV, or saying “Happy Holidays,” which has no sentimental value except that it includes … Read the rest
It’s becoming common knowledge in scientific circles that our guts, or “second brains,” have a symbiotic relationship with almost every other system in our bodies.
What this means is that the composition of your microbiome is not only influenced by your body’s systems…
But that it influences them as well.… Read the rest
Norwegians call it fylleangst…
But you might recognize it in its millennial incarnation: “hangxiety.” Believe it or not, it’s become so heavily referenced in popular culture, it’s causing whole swathes of young people to quit booze.
You may be thinking you’ve never experienced it before… but think again.
Have … Read the rest
A lot can happen in 42 days.
Habits form, people fall in love, zucchinis grow.
And according to recent research, the bacteria in the gut microbiome changes after only 42 days — or six weeks — of exercise. That’s without changing your diet, medication, or anything else.
A burgeoning field … Read the rest
“Treat yo’self” is the millennial anthem.
Self-care can be generally defined as being a friend to yourself. Recognizing when you need a soft, gentle environment, when you need a break, when you need a treat, when you need some space, when you should pay special attention to your mind, body, … Read the rest
In 2017, one study reported that one in six Americans takes an SSRI every day. That was nearly two years ago – would you surmise that that number has gone up or down?
Even if that number stayed exactly the same, that’s a heavy load of the population taking selective … Read the rest
A few days ago, we published an article about what a low FODMAP diet can do for those with digestive issues — specifically IBS, but not excluding diverticulitis and other forms of leaky gut. The research in favor of a low FODMAP diet for IBS sufferers is pretty overwhelming.
The … Read the rest
Irritable guts can feel like a death sentence — you never seem to get the formula right. Eating out is a nightmare, providing friends and family with dietary restrictions can make you feel like a burden, and your roster of acceptable foods grows shorter with every article you read and … Read the rest
Cultural and social experts have called the 2010s the “Subscription Decade.” But it may actually have gone a step further than that… it’s more like the “Customization Decade.”
Your meals can be customized and delivered to your home for you to cook. You can design your own shampoo by answering … Read the rest
Everyone’s gut is as individual and unique as their thoughts and tastes. That’s because of the gut microbiome.
The microbiome, or the ecological community of microorganisms living in the digestive tract, is finally being investigated as the source of millions of ailments — from acne, weight gain, anxiety, sleep disorders, … Read the rest
You don’t need a scientist to tell you that fast food is not a healthy choice.
Empty calories? Check.
Heavy in trans fat, light in nutrition? Check.
The exact opposite of mindful and grateful eating? Check.
But it’s important to understand that not only is fast food not good for … Read the rest
Leaky gut syndrome is a difficult beast to catch.
Unless you’ve had CT scans and a confirmed intestinal perforation, it can be difficult to diagnose. The current scientific consensus is that most of us have leaky gut, to some degree.
Leaky gut is also called “intestinal permeability” in the medical … Read the rest
Unfortunately, there’s no such thing as single-payer pet healthcare.
And since they don’t have jobs, it’s up to you to decide when their ailments are serious enough to require vet visits…
Or when there may be a topical fix at home.
The average price of a vet visit for a … Read the rest
Recently, we brought you an article on how bone broth can help heal an aching and damaged leaky gut.
In case you missed the article, here are the broad strokes:
- The gelatin, broken down from the cartilage in the bones, feeds the mucous lining of the stomach.
- Broth is easier
It’s considered the hallmark of adulthood: “I’m so tired.”
Nap culture, staying-in-on-a-Friday culture, bragging-about-how-little-sleep-you-got culture is rampant in 2019. But have you ever thought about how your REM cycle affects your gut culture?
Science is beginning to wake up to the relationship between your gut microbiome and the quality and … Read the rest
Aside from commercials featuring grandparents and their preferred fibrous cereal brands, it’s possible that the American public school system may have neglected their duty to fiber education.
However, since we need roughly 20 to 35 grams of it daily…
And it pretty much facilitates the ease of bowel movements and … Read the rest
Since 1980, America’s air pollution has been steadily reverting back to clean air. And although we’re still 10th in a global list of clear skies (behind Canada, Australia, and several European countries), we may soon be booted from the top 10.
You see, fine particulate pollution is our biggest problem. … Read the rest
Most of us (around 100 million, at least) know how much we’re willing to pay for thoughtless convenience — about $120 a year.
That’s what Amazon charges for its Prime service at last count. In case you’ve been untouched by the creepy, instant, and isolating reach of Prime’s witchy long-stretching … Read the rest
Can you think of anything spookier than a haunted house? Scarier than a zombie attack? More soul shaking than Frankenstein’s monster?
An unhealthy gut?
Not scared yet?
Well, get ready… Americans are projected to spend $2.6 billion on candy this year. That’s between 160 million Americans. During Halloween … Read the rest
Liquid diets have long been touted as quick gut-fixers… And not for no reason.
So many diseases have been linked to a microbiotic imbalance — a disproportionate bacteria distribution in your gut — that people have come up with all kinds of solutions ever since we, as a race, started … Read the rest
Alaska’s Tongass National Forest in Grave Logging Peril
Most of us mainlanders may not have visited Alaska, let alone its National Forest. So for those of us without flight fare, here, take a look:
Not bad, right?
Recently, the Trump Administration, prompted by a request from Alaskan state officials, proposed … Read the rest
When Hippocrates famously said, “All disease begins in the gut,” he likely had no idea how right he was.
For example, could he have known that the gut contains 10 times more bacteria responsible for regulating your health than the rest of the body?
Or that the bacterial transfer that … Read the rest
Up to 40,000 years ago, an important evolutionary shift occurred — dogs stopped being foes and began being friends. They began lurking around the outskirts of human settlements, waiting for scraps (and ear scratches.)
Perhaps 20,000 years ago, dogs started to travel with humans as companions, helping to hunt, herd, … Read the rest
Fad diets have a bad reputation — for many more reasons than what they can do to your gut’s microbiome.
Lots of them forego essential nutrition for the sake of weight loss. Think about low-carb diets.
Lots of them are obviously ill-advised now, but at one point were taken … Read the rest
In part one of this article, we discussed the first two phases of digestion: intake and breakdown.
Although it may seem obvious to some, most people are vastly unaware of how their digestion actually operates. And if you don’t understand the mechanism itself, fixing the mechanism is a moot point. … Read the rest
The medical community, and society as a whole, are coming around to the generalized importance of gut health. But since it’s probably been a long time since any of us have taken 8th grade biology, you may not even remember how the gut functions.
Health insurance is expensive. Doctors, … Read the rest
Climate activists are not letting the oil industry off easily. And neither are investors.
However, most companies can’t see a clean way to increase, or at the very least, maintain their massive bottom lines.
Although most companies have taken a performative post-use clean-up stance as opposed to an innovative, preventative … Read the rest
Ever heard the expression: happy wife, happy life?
Well, leading a happy life may have more to do with your gut health than the happiness of your partner. In fact, your gut can influence many more aspects of your life than most people realize.
How can your gut affect … Read the rest
The human race has been listening to the gut for as long as we’ve had axioms — what do you do when your belly rumbles?
What do you do when you go with your gut instinct?
You listen to your emotions.
What do you do when there are … Read the rest
This is no great secret: Big corporations don’t care about the environment.
They pollute the world’s landfills, manufacture cheap thrills for the masses made of toxic materials, and drain the nutrients from foods and wines while adding preservatives and chemicals.
But since the ‘90s, there’s been a push from the … Read the rest
What Happens When a Banking SuperPower CoSigns an Eco Trend
Even if you consider yourself an environmentally conscious person, there is a trend that may have escaped your notice.
Socially responsible investing, or SRI, is an investment strategy which rewards thriving companies that include positive social … Read the rest
Four Young Activists (And Not Four Greta Thunberg’s in a Trench Coat) to Watch Closely
Greta’s recent celebrity has called into question something very important: The media’s tendency to whitewash struggles which have typically belonged to indigenous peoples and people of color.
Now fortunately in Greta’s case, the space she … Read the rest
Have you ever wondered why it feels so good to cross something off of your list?
There’s a psychological principle, known as the “Zeigarnik effect,” named for its discoveress Bluma Zeigarnik, that comes close to addressing why. You see, we tend to remember things we need to do better than … Read the rest
So this was going to be your year — the year you stop missing the Farmer’s Market by sleeping in on Sundays, the year you were going to stop paying $1.50 extra for organic food at the grocery store, the year you weren’t going to live on frozen veggies.
If … Read the rest
Different Gut Issues and How To Eat for Them Pt. 2
The microbiota in the gut contains over three million genes.
It’s 150 times more diverse than the rest of the human body.
And because of the steady diet of junk food, sedentary behavior, and toxic chemicals Americans live … Read the rest
Modern Western medical science has spent many years overlooking one crucial area of the human body: the gut.
Shocking, considering 60-70 million people are affected by digestive diseases in the United States alone. And, because only 36.6 million receive a gut disorder diagnosis on their first doctor’s office visit, … Read the rest