CBD: Healing without the High with Guest Leonard Leinow

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 probably 3:1 CBD to THC (the […]

Attn Night Owls: Trick Your Body into Rising with the Sun

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 one better than the other. […]

Whole30 and Your Gut Flora

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 exclusionary diet. For 30 days, you […]

Did Our Ancestors Hibernate During the Winter? Should We?

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 by low-body temperature, slow breathing, […]

Designing a Social Life Based on Growth: Part 2

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 a tough problem with a pal […]

Lasting Change You Can Actually Affect in Six Weeks

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 failed. In fact, according to […]

Feed Your Gut the Greens It Needs Over the Holidays

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 you want to experience when […]

How Sleepless Nights Affect Your Gut

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. For example, stress can change […]

Hangover Anxiety: It’s Real and Here’s Why It Happens

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 you ever woken up suddenly after […]

Self-Soothing Vs. Self-Care – Is There a Difference?

“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, and soul. Living in the […]