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These popsicles, developed by world renowned chef Chris Sayegh, are free of refined sugar and incorporate polyphenol-rich teas for an added antioxidant boost.

Teas makes a large contribution to our daily intake of polyphenols--a group of compounds such as flavonoids, tannins, and phenolic acids which confer protection against diseases of an inflammatory nature such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Polyphenols can help our gut microbiota--the commensal residents of our gastrointestinal tract that serve instrumental roles in detoxification, metabolism, hormonal balance, and immune function--to flourish.

"[Polyphenols] originate only from plant‐based foods and have been termed non‐nutrients, plant secondary metabolites, phytonutrients, ‘antioxidants’, dietary bioactives and protective factors" (Williamson, 2017).

These popsicle recipes developed by world-renowned The Herbal Chef are a fantastic way to get polyphenol-rich teas into your diet as well as a tasty way to add them into your...

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) has been reported in up to 40% of the reproductive female population. Other studies characterize PMS as affecting 95% of women of reproductive age, with severe or disabling symptoms occurring in 5% of these women.

A constellation of symptoms that occur around a woman’s menstruation cycle during the luteal phase of menses, including psychological symptoms such as irritability, anxiety, depression, and tearfulness, and physical symptoms such as bloating, breast tenderness, and migraine headaches, PMS is widespread.

One variant of severe PMS is classified as premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), which can present with the aforementioned symptoms as well as any the following:

feelings of guilt or hopelessness

- mood swings

- persistent anger

- anhedonia (lack of interest)

- impaired concentration

- poor coordination

- lethargy or malaise

- increased appetite or food cravings

- disrupted sleep

- aches or headaches

- abdominal distention, water retentio...

We can’t hate ourselves to happy or punish ourselves to health.


Many of the practices we engage in are worthy of introspection—the intent merits examination.

Guzzling green juice in the context of self-loathing, punishing ourselves with exercise in service of some unattainable cultural ideal, eliminating more and more foods from a place of fear and deprivation does not beget healing.

Coming from a place of abdicating our intuition in favor of an external authority figure, of surrendering all of our autonomy to a physician-god, does not healing make.

Constantly denigrating and diminishing ourselves and our inner compass feeds a self-destructive cycle where our motives come from a place of lack, our approaches from a space of scarcity, our mindset from a realm of ineptitude.

I used to berate my body for failing me, my appearance for supposedly not measuring up, my soul for not being what I perceived was worthy. 

When we pick ourselves apart with a fine-toothed comb, eng...

This one-pan meal from the new resource 30 Minute Meals for the Paleo AIP incorporates ingredients rich in therapeutic phytonutrients, rendering it a free radical-busting antioxidant powerhouse.  

Ingredients:

• 2 small green apples

• 1/4 purple or red onion

•⅛ cup fresh parsley

• 4 boneless skinless chicken

thighs

• 1 teaspoon salt

• 1 teaspoon garlic powder

• 1 teaspoon onion powder

• coconut oil

• 2 medium sweet potatoes

• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

• 1/4 cup dried cranberries

Equipment Needed:

• meat tenderizer or heavy

spoon

• oven safe skillet with lid

(cast iron preferred)

• microwave

Instructions:

1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Slice apples thinly, around ⅛-inch thick. Dice onion. Wash and de-stem parsley.

3. Tenderize chicken thighs by hitting lightly with the back of a heavy spoon or meat tenderizer. Season both sides with salt, garlic powder, and onion powder.

4. Heat skillet over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon coconut oil.

5. Arrange chicken thighs evenly in pan and cook over me...

Recently, I was asked to be an un-paid beta tester as part of the launch of a supplement line by a friend of mine, nutritional therapist and medical doctor Marc Wagner, the founder of BioFlourish. As a beta tester, I did not receive monetary compensation but received a free bottle of BrainFlō to review.

Fire In the Body, Fire in the Brain

One of the most debilitating symptoms which is universal to autoimmune patients is fatigue, and even more disruptive is the cognitive dysfunction which plagues people with chronic inflammation-mediated disorders. Many systemic disorders with autoimmune pathology, including but not limited to Behçet disease, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, multiple sclerosis (MS), sarcoidosis, scleroderma, Sjögren's syndrome, and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) have an element of neurological involvement (Pohl & Benseler, 2013). In fact, researchers state that virtually every neurological symptom can have an autoimmune etiology (Pohl & Benseler, 2013)....

Andrographis has the potential to replace a whole host of pharmaceutical drugs, and to improve autoimmune disorders, cancer, metabolic disease, and infection.

How utterly magnificent, stop-dead-in-your-tracks, awe-inspiring is this view from the top of Boulder Mountain?

If nothing else, standing in reverence of nature's majesty made my troubles feel infinitesmal. Witnessing these rock formations, that have endured the test of time, that have weathered the infinite storms, made evident my own innate resilience---as we are all cut from the same elements. Rather than a rock and an island unto ourselves, our existence is fundamentally interconnected.

Being in nature allows for the emergence of a new consciousness, one that transitions from preoccupation on the minutiae to an awakening to the macrocosmic.

The harmony we experience in nature, the at-home-oneness we feel when immersed in the divine miracle that is planet earth, made me think about how coming home to the natural world can liberate us from our culturally conditioned ruminations.

Lately, I have been harping on the value of mindset, in finding the meaning in adversity, in seizing the opp...

What you resist, persists, and where your attention goes, energy flows.

What are the narratives, the negative self-talk, the preoccupation on limiting beliefs, that you need to release in order to engender healing?

On the other hand, which patterns and habits do you aspire to develop and cultivate, to ingrain into your routine? The reflective practices that will elevate your consciousness and help you to actualize your healing potential?

Rather than investing in the outcome, divert your resources to invest in the process. This year, commit to a mindfulness practice, carve out space for self-care, emphasize the tonic over the toxic and learn to hone your intuition.

It is in the baby steps, the putting one foot in front of another in spite of adversity, the relaxation response-producing breaths, the active decision to choose gentleness and self-love over pressures and fear, that we find little victories and nurture that soul alchemy that leads to recovery.

I challenge you to compile your list...

If you have a chronic illness, lowering your inflammatory potential is fundamental to recovery. A simple way to do this is by incorporating more preformed, long-chain omega-3 fatty acids into your diet: namely, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and its long chain omega-3 precursor, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA).

Compared to traditional hunter-gatherer societies, which boast an omega-6 to omega-3 ratio of 1:1, the Standard American Diet, laden in processed, refined, irradiated, and genetically engineered franken-foods has an omega-6 to omega-3 ratio ranging from 10:1 to 25:1 (1). One of the primary culprits that distort our omega-6 to omega-3 ratio is the inclusion of vegetable and seed oils such as canola, cottonseed, corn, sunflower, safflower, and soybean oil, alongside grain-fed factory-farmed meats.

Although flax, chia, walnuts, and leafy greens are touted as sources of omega-3s, this does not pan out in the research. Alpha linolenic acid (ALA), the 18-carbon short-chain polyunsaturated fatty...

The science supporting the efficacy of magnesium for major depression and other psychiatric disorders, testing for magnesium deficiency, and which forms and dosages are most effective.

Depression, a life-threatening psychiatric disorder, lies at the confluence of biochemical, hormonal, immunological, and neurodegenerative variables, which intersect to generate the pro-inflammatory state with which depression is associated. A major public health issue, depression is estimated to become one of the top three contributors to the global burden of diseases within a few years. Not only does depression consume a sizable portion of health care expenditures, but it is considered to be an independent risk factor for metabolic, cardiovascular, and neuropsychiatric disorders (1).

Current treatments are predicated upon a misguided serotonin theory of depression, and are accompanied by a laundry list of deleterious side effects ranging from sexual dysfunction to homicidality (2, 3, 4). Antidepressant m...

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