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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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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 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.
Homemade infant formulas are sometimes a necessary alternative to breast milk. So, we want to provide a couple of nourishing and easy to make recipes.
First, we want to clarify that when it comes to feeding your baby, breast milk is the ideal for a myriad of reasons. For example, it is rich in all the nutrients necessary for growing strong and healthy babies, which 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. It is also high in omega-3 fatty acids, which includes EPA and DHA, and appropriate levels of omega-6 fatty acids and monounsaturated fats.
However, we also understand that there are times, such as adoption or inadequate breast milk supply. Therefore, 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.
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 its safety, and so I will share our opinion regarding this subject, in hopes of clearing some of the confusion.
Moving from the comfort and familiarity of home onto a college campus can feel like taking your first steps all over again, into the formative years of adulthood. Gone are the days of regular home-cooked meals and Mom’s gentle but constant reminders to eat a balanced diet. Now, miles from home, you must choose for yourself from the often dismal choices in the college cafeteria. Amidst the chaos of moving into a new place, becoming acquainted with new people, new routines, and endless new information, there seems little room for remembering Mom’s advice. Now, you face the dilemma of convenient choices vs. healthy ones. Now, you face college cafeteria survival.