The use of the sauna therapy dates back to ancient Rome. Of the Roman saunas, Sidney Licht writes “Although the baths were used largely for cleansing and pleasure, physicians did prescribe the various forms of available heat for hygiene and in illness.” The Finns understood the healing power of saunas as early as 1112. There is an old Finnish proverb that says “the sauna is Finland’s medication . . . and a poor person’s apothecary.” Native American Indians have also been using saunas, aka: sweat lodges, for thousands of years. Continue reading
Our Mission Statement
We are dedicated to helping others through education and consulting in the areas of nutrition and lifestyle choices. We believe that individuals are best physically nourished by nutrient-dense real food. At Biodynamic Wellness we embrace the principles of Dr. Weston A. Price and those taught by the Weston A. Price Foundation. Optimal health comes through real food, nutritional therapy when needed, the adopting of healthy lifestyle practices and the proper addressing of stress negatively impacting one’s mind and spirit. Our goal is to provide an environment where these areas of need can be well supported and where each person we serve will have the opportunity to experience their best potential for wellness.
The human body has been designed with an amazing capacity for self-regulation and self-healing. The body is constantly working to be at ease. If we pay attention to its signals and provide true nourishment for the body, mind and spirit, it will serve us well during our time on earth.
Cranberry Sauce, a Traditional Favorite
Cranberry sauce remains a traditional dish present at most Thanksgiving and Christmas tables. Rich in vitamin C, cranberries have been found very beneficial in cases of urinary tract infections. Due to their abundance of great proanthocyanidins, these berries, native to marshlands, support wound healing. Additionally they improve circulation making them helpful in strengthening arteries, veins and capillaries. Lacto-fermented cranberry sauce is a delicious way to enjoy this traditional dish at any holiday meal.
Lacto-fermentation of this tasty tart chutney offers food for the microbiome. Lacto-fermenting also allows it to be stored in the refrigerator for up to two months. Preparing this sauce before Thanksgiving will allow you to have it on hand through the holiday season. For smaller quantities, divide this recipe into thirds. Continue reading
Over the past several decades, eggs have been shunned due to the incorrect belief that they cause coronary heart disease. Thankfully, that lie is crumbling and the truth regarding their nutrient-dense benefits is prevailing. In fact, this superfood has many incredible benefits, including:
- Eggs are rich in just about every nutrient we have yet discovered, especially fat-soluble vitamins A and D.
- They provide sulphur-containing proteins, necessary for the integrity of cell membranes.
- Eggs are an excellent source of special long-chain fatty acids called EPA and DHA. These play a vital role in the development of the nervous systems in infants and maintenance of mental acuity in adults.
- The egg yolk is the most concentrated source known of choline. This a B vitamin found in lecithin that is necessary for keeping cholesterol moving in the blood stream.
There’s a lot of buzz these days about superfoods. But have you ever found it puzzling that most of what’s being touted as “superfoods” come packaged in plastic containers? An ideal superfood is actually nutrient-dense real food. So let’s talk about beet kvass, the ultimate super tonic. Beet kvass is a probiotic, a liver tonic and a digestive aid.
Support Your Liver
Beet kvass contains many liver-supporting properties. It is a perfect addition to any detoxification program. This ancient liver tonic is especially helpful for preconception women as it cleanses and tonifies the liver and can prevent future morning sickness, which is so common in the first trimester of pregnancy. Beet kvass is also an excellent support for kidney stones and gallstones. Many report that daily consumption of beet kvass eventually eliminates liver spots that have formed on the skin! Continue reading
Well, it’s that time of year again…Back to School! Naturally, this comes with an array of emotions and a readjustment to getting out the door early. So to help you prepare, here are some of our favorite tips, lunch ideas and yummy snacks that work for all ages! Also, if your child is heading off to college, be sure to read our “College Cafeteria Survival” post for more specific health supporting tips.
A castor oil pack is a simple and beneficial way to detox. The castor bean (Oleum ricini) is known principally as a cathartic (strong laxative). As a pack is placed over the abdomen, usually with heat applied, the oil is absorbed into the gut-associated lymphoid tissue (GALT), which is a part of the mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT). Together these systems of immune issue work with the liver to encourage elimination of toxins from the body and promotion of the body’s many defense mechanisms.
The castor oil pack is specific for non-cancerous uterine fibroids and ovarian cysts. Other conditions which seem to respond well to castor oil treatments include headaches, liver disorders, constipation, intestinal disorders, gallbladder inflammation or stones, conditions with poor elimination, infertility, night time urinary frequency and inflamed joints. Do not use castor oil packs during pregnancy, heavy menstrual flow or the presence of internal bleeding.