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.
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.
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.
Glyphosate is the active chemical found in the toxic weed killer, Roundup herbicide. Ever since its introduction in 1976, it has been the consistent “go-to” when spraying genetically modified crops, fields, home gardens and even grassy areas in public spaces, such as public parks or roadsides. Unfortunately, glyphosate is associated with some serious concerns because this toxic chemical is not “selective” in what it kills (think “gut flora”) and is being clearly linked to a large number of significant health issues and diseases. And yet currently there are no plans to discontinue its use.
So what is dry brushing and why is it important?
Actually, it’s simple and there are lots of reasons to dry brush. Let’s start with your skin. Aside from being one of your organs of detoxification, skin is also the second largest organ in your body. Often times, it appears to be the first to show degeneration or imbalances and the last to heal. It weighs almost twice as much as the brain. And it receives one third of the circulation of the blood. Its functions include:
- Works as a protective shield to the body structure
- Helps to regulate body temperature
- Works as a respiratory organ
- Performs absorption activities by assimilating oxygen and other nutrients
- Aids in elimination of toxic wastes from the body
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.