Recently, I’ve been reading a book that has rocked my world. Maybe it will rock yours too. Don’t be put off by the title. It sounds a little woo, if you know what I mean. The title is Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever? I mean, come on. Earthing? What does that word mean, anyway? It sounds all hippie and earth-loving, but when I look it up in the dictionary it has more to do with how to cover up roots when you garden than it does with health. And “the most important health discovery ever”? How about some humility?
Is agave nectar good? Is agave nectar bad? Believe it or not, I thought I’d written a definitive post on this topic.
As it turns out, I hadn’t. Earlier this week a reader emailed me, seeking an answer to the classic question: Agave nectar — good or bad? She pointed out that she’d done a search for agave nectar on this site and only turned up two entries. In one, I’d said to avoid it. In another, I mentioned that I’d used agave nectar while experimenting with kombucha and didn’t enjoy the results.
So, she concluded: “Why, if agave nectar is a natural sweetener, should it not be used? What about it is bad? I’ve been preferring it to honey and maple syrup on my waffles, pancakes, and yogurt.”
I’d been a raw milk drinker for years. Yet I hadn’t expected to respond so viscerally to the glass of Horizon organic milk my friend poured for me. It tasted burnt!
Did your holiday indulgences leave you craving more and more sugar and other sweetened foods? Want to know how to kick your sugar cravings to the curb in less than ten minutes? If you’ve been wondering how to beat sugar cravings without relying on will power alone, I am about to make your day. Maybe your week! Or your month! Heck, why not call a spade a spade and say I’ll make your whole year?
As healthcare providers across the U.S. desperately attempt to treat a rapidly growing number of patients with the coronavirus, a pharmaceutical company with ties to the Trump administration has been granted exclusive status for a drug it is developing to treat the illness—a potential windfall for the company that could put the medication out of…
For those new to making kombucha, the process can be intimidating. Every little thing is confusing. Does it matter if my kombucha SCOBY sinks? Can I cut my SCOBY in half? Why can’t I ferment the kombucha SCOBY with fruit juice? How much sugar is left in the kombucha when it’s done? How can I tell when my kombucha is done? It’s taking an unusually long time for my SCOBY to grow. How long is enough? Today, I’m answering these and other frequently asked questions about kombucha. Hope it helps!
Even if you don’t need an eczema cure, I’d be willing to bet you know someone who does. That’s because more than 15 million people in the U.S. are suffering from eczema at this very moment. Eczema is an itchy, often painful rash. The typical treatment of steroid creams? Doesn’t really work. Why’s that? It’s a short-term solution that doesn’t treat the real cause.
If you’re having a tough time swallowing cod liver oil, you’ll be relieved to discover what my family takes instead. I believe the combination of these whole food based supplements confer benefits equal to (and possibly excelling) what you could get from cod liver oil on its own.
Do you want to know how to make an egg substitute with chia seeds? Did you even know that was possible? I am an egg addict. I love eating eggs from pastured hens, love their firm, bright orange yolks, love how nutrient-dense and healthy they are. Yet sometimes I (gasp!) run out of eggs before I have the chance to buy them again from my local farmer. When that happens and I need an egg substitute for some baked goods, I use chia seeds as an egg substitute. (This is also particularly useful for those with egg allergies!)
Did you know that you have ten times as many bacteria cells in your body as you do human ones? Humans are, for all intents and purposes, “bacteria powered.” While this is old news for many who’ve experienced the benefits of a living, probiotic-rich diet first hand, scientists have only recently begun studying the gut-brain connection with more depth. What they’re finding out is positively fascinating!