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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.
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by Lindsea Willon, MS, NTP
If you’ve been following our articles for the past couple of months, you understand the importance of sleep. And if you have trouble getting to sleep, you understand why melatonin isn’t your best option. This last installment in our sleep series is designed to help you understand why you may be having trouble with sleep and what to do about it.
Trouble Falling Asleep?
If you have trouble falling asleep, you may have an overactive nervous system or poor sleep hygiene. Those with an overactive nervous system are over thinkers and can’t quiet their bodies or minds or “shut down” at night. In this situation, the best solutions are to manage stress during the day, support the adrenals and introduce calming herbs and minerals before bed. See below for our favorite products.
Last month we talked about the relationship of sleep to cortisol. This month is about the “sleep hormone” melatonin, which is produced by the brain during sleep. Levels of this hormone peak in the middle of the night, and decrease rapidly when you are exposed to light. Changing levels of melatonin in your body help regulate functions related to light and dark cycles like metabolism, immunity and reproduction.
Melatonin is a hot topic among night owls, shift workers and jet setters because of its reputation for promoting sleep. In fact, most people have only heard of this hormone in relation to sleep. But let’s be clear: melatonin does NOT cause sleep. Continue reading
by Lindsea Willon, MS, NTP
“Cortisol” has become a buzz word among the sleep deprived, the overweight and the WebMD user. Cortisol is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands in response to stress. If your stress is immediate, as in “that car just cut me off and I almost died” or as it was for our ancestors, “a saber tooth tiger is chasing me,” cortisol functions as one of our “fight or flight” hormones. Its job is to make sure you have plenty of readily available food to fuel your action, whether that action is swerving to the other lane or outrunning a beast. But if your stress is long term, as in “my boss is insufferable” or as it was for our ancestors, “winter is coming,” cortisol functions to prepare us for a famine. Its job is now to make sure you have plenty of fuel available for the next few months because your stress is unlikely to go away anytime soon.
When it comes to feeding your baby, breast milk is ideal for a myriad of reasons. Breast milk is rich in all the nutrients needed for growing strong and healthy babies. These include raw cholesterol, fat-soluble vitamins A, D, K2 and E along with B vitamins, calcium, magnesium and the whole range of minerals and trace minerals. High in omega-3 fatty acids, which includes EPA and DHA, and appropriate levels of omega-6 fatty acids and monounsaturated fats.
But for those times, such as adoption or inadequate breastmilk supply, we believe that homemade infant formulas made from raw milk or liver/bone broth based are the best nutrition-dense options and allow mothers to avoid feeding their babies the toxic ingredients found in commercial formula. Most commercial formulas contain 50% sugar, primarily from corn syrup, GMO corn and soy, lacks the high level of raw cholesterol found in breast milk and other critical fats for proper development. Commercial formula is also devoid of beneficial bacterial for a healthy gut and immune system and lacks enzymes that play a very important role in digestion.
Very few topics in life exude as much emotion as food. And in the real food world, the subject of carrageenan (pronounced “kar-uh–gee-nuh n”) is one that fosters a range of emotions and confusion. We receive questions weekly regarding the safety of carrageenan, and so I will share our opinion regarding this subject, in hopes of clearing some of the confusion.