As mentioned last week, recent years have found me really focusing on foods and ingredients as a way to optimize health. Another great one to add to the list: chia seed.
For some time now, I have looked to different foods and ingredients as ways of enhancing and optimizing health for both myself and my family. One of my very favorites: turmeric. Native to southeast India, this powerful plant in the ginger family has been used in cooking and medicinally for centuries and has a myriad of amazing health benefits.
This past summer, after reading about its many benefits, I got really into sauerkraut – as in, couldn’t get enough. This slight obsession was only intensified when I met with Elissa Goodman, one of LA’s premier cleanse experts and Holistic Nutritionists. She reminded me how important it is to have fermented foods as part of our daily routine, both for digestion and otherwise, and even suggested including them – in some form – with every meal.
This time of year everyone, it seems everyone is getting sick or battling a lingering illness, so I am always looking for natural remedies to shorten the duration or ease the pain. One of my favorites: eucalyptus.
Jed Lind, an amazing artist and interior designer, husband to Jessica de Ruiter, whom I profiled last week, and one of our nearest and dearest, invited us to harvest some honey with him this summer.
A while back, my friend Shiva wrote a great post on all of the benefits of bee pollen, and I was inspired to learn more.
Homeopathic essences created to clear the mindset and heal the body.
With all of the beautiful baking that’s been going on around here, I’d be remiss if I didn’t highlight some of the healthful alternatives that are out there. A great resource for this and all things healthy and delicious: the always-amazing Pamela Salzman.
I shared my morning elixir – warm water, apple cider vinegar, Manuka honey, lemon, turmeric and, if I’m feeling run down, cayenne pepper – in my recent post on the benefits of Manuka honey. But apple cider vinegar is an equally important component in this recipe for general wellness. With natural cleansing and healing properties, apple cider vinegar has been shown beneficial in everything from stimulating digestion and natural weight loss to warding off toxins, reducing pain and inflammation, and even encouraging healthy skin.
One of my very favorite superfoods, Manuka honey has become a part of my daily routine – a couple of teaspoons with warm water, apple cider vinegar, lemon and turmeric are a big part of my recipe for wellness.
Just like the many other tips, tricks, and guidelines for clean cooking and eating that Pamela has given me over the years, her advice regarding soaking grains definitely made an impact. I asked her to share her thoughts on the importance of this process as well as how to easily do it for yourself.
I touched on some of the amazing benefits of coconut and its products in my recent In the Veggie Kitchen: Labor Day post, but wanted to expand on all of its pluses, both internally and externally, as well as share some of my favorite products, from body balms to baking.
I try to use as many natural products as possible in all areas of my life, and medicines are no exception. Over the years, I have become aware of a number of great homeopathic alternatives to standard medications – I stock up on Boiron products for anything from the flu, to bloating, to the common cold, and for the little ones, I always have this kit from Hylands on hand.