Steep Your Way to Stellar Gut Health

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 properties and could be applied […]

Exterminate EDCs by Making Your Own Cleaning Supplies

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 and reproductive function, sleep, and […]

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. […]

How to Keep Your Gut Thriving on Whole30

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, nuts, beans, grains, and dairy, […]

Why “Laziness” Is a Fake Personality Flaw

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.  Confused? Here, it’s simple: laziness isn’t real.  But a person’s uncommunicated or unknown blocks are very real indeed, especially if they’re quietly preventing progress and promoting procrastination.  […]

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 […]

Designing a Social Life Based on Growth: Part 1

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 heart capacity expansion. A lot […]