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.
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Summer time is the perfect time to enjoy fresh raw salads topped with our favorite homemade salad dressing. A tasty salad dressing can make any raw salad standout. This dressing will do just that. It’s also delicious over a warm cooked greens salad during cooler weather. Filled with fresh ingredients, ideally organically sourced, this dressing adds a nutrition boost to any fresh seasonal salad.
Take advantage of summer’s bounty by using a wide variety of greens in your salad. Locally and organically grown on rich soil is always best. And don’t be too quick to over wash your organic greens and veggies. Listen to Chris Masterjohn, PhD’s quick 5-minute video on optimizing folate by not washing away the folate. When using collards, kale, chard and spinach, we recommend steaming or cooking prior to eating to neutralize the goitrogens present in these greens. Continue reading
As summer is upon us, are you feeling ecstatic about pulling out your swimsuit, wearing tank tops and running to put on your shorts? Or are you reminded of unwanted cellulite and feel a sense of dread wearing any “skin-showing” clothing?
Our guess is that the latter resonates more.
So, let’s talk about cellulite…what it really is, how it is caused and most importantly, what to do about it.
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
“Cortisol” has become a buzz word among the sleep deprived, the overweight and the WebMD user. The adrenal glands produce this hormone as a 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 ensure you have plenty of food ready to fuel your actions, whether that 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. Now, its job is to ensure there’s plenty of fuel available for the next few months because your stress is unlikely to go away anytime soon.