Chronic inflammation is associated with many health conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis as well as heart disease, diabetes, cancer and many pain disorders. Research suggests that chronic inflammation can lead to the above health problems, as well as Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia.
Inflammation is an important part of the healing process. With an infection or an injury, the body responds with acute inflammation as a response to trauma. This is a healthy and necessary response that fades as the trauma or infection heals. Chronic inflammation is continuous, without an injury to explain it, and can cause damage to healthy tissue over time.
Fall is traditionally a season of grief. It’s why we spend this time gathering with one another, enjoying good food and celebrating light as the days grow short. Lately, we’ve had many folks reaching out to us feeling more troubled than usual. And we’ve been discussing among ourselves some of our most comforting herbal remedies. So today we thought we would focus on some of our favorite herbal allies for grief. Read more…
I love having a clean house. With the craziness of life, however, it’s rarely clean, and don’t get started on the doldrums of the task in the first place. First, I have to go out and buy the chemicals which always smell and make my eyes water. Seriously, cleaning chemicals make me very dizzy. Next comes the part where I have to find some rubber gloves or if I can’t then I’m putting my hands into the harsh chemicals. Lastly, I get to get right down next to that tub or bowl to scrub and get all that good noxious chemical aroma into my lungs and then everything is clean. Rinse. Repeat next week. Right? Read more…
Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to gather with family and friends, to eat, talk, laugh, and feel grateful for the blessings in our lives. All too often, however, we are so overjoyed by the menu that we eat ourselves into misery. This discomfort is easily remedied with a little attention to the balance of the tastes in our meal planning. Both Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda stress the importance of balancing the tastes—sweet, bitter, sour, salty, pungent, and astringent—in our meals.
According to this ancient wisdom, our traditional Thanksgiving meal tends to consist mainly of Sweet and Astringent foods. Included in this list are: turkey, chicken, tofu, squash, white potato, sweet potato, green beans, and corn. In order to balance out this meal we need to look for foods that are sour, bitter, and pungent to keep the digestive system from getting over-stressed.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve been spending an awful lot of time lately thinking about potatoes.
Not just potatoes, but squash too, and casseroles, and thick hearty stews, and pie. I’m starting to think about my Great-Aunt’s gingerbread cake, and roasted turkey, and all those wonderful late Autumn, Holiday foods.
But I’m also thinking that I’d like to still be able to wear these jeans come Spring, and I know that all that rich food can wreak havoc on my digestive system.
So the question is: How do I find the balance?