World Health Day

The theme of World Health Day this year, run by the World Health Organization, is “Depression, Let’s Talk”.  Worldwide, depression is THE leading cause of ill health and disability and rates have increased 18% between 2005 and 2015. The WHO has a one year global campaign on depression and this day in April is the…

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A Whole-Foods, Plant-Based Diet

After being requested to write about a plant-based diet, I wondered how to encapsulate this diet—the most delicious, vibrant, juicy way to promote health—into a brief piece? So this will lead to more installments, as it is a topic too good to contain in one post. Eating is something we all do, and there are…

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Cocoa, “Cocobiota,” and Health

February brings Valentine’s Day and along with it, a spike in chocolate sales. February also has been designated Heart Month by the American Heart Association. It turns out there’s a good medical reason to associate chocolates and hearts: cocoa is beneficial to cardiac health. (Cocoa, please note, is the solid portion of the bean that…

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Quick and Easy Fermented Vegetables for Good Health

  In a few weeks I have the pleasure of partaking in a fermented foods culinary class, open to the public, here at Sunrise Springs with our brilliant and lovely Chef, Rocky Durham. Specifically, we will focus on vegetable fermentation by bacteria, not the fermentation of fruit, grains, and honey by yeasts—aka the kingdom of…

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Ancient Rhythms

  In July, my dog Rosie was outside, desperately barking. This is not unusual for her; the neighbors talking will set her off. But she just wouldn’t quit—and then I noticed she was standing in front of a bush, her head bent to the ground. I brought her in and went back outside to explore….

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Water: The Most Vital Nutrient

Think of snow melting and water flowing. A recent study found that healthcare professionals undervalued the importance of proper hydration—not just for physical health, but for mental health. Water is by far our most vital nutrient, but you wouldn’t know that from how often we neglect it. Mild dehydration can occur easily; a study of the…

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Microbes are Us – How the Gut Influences our Health

We are not alone.Since the beginning of human existence we’ve been in a complex dance with the microbial world. Thanks to new technology we now understand that our lives and theirs are crucially and intimately bound together.Human beings contain an astonishing ten trillion cells, but we host ten times that amount of microbes. That’s 100…

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