Urban Monk Nutrition Blog

Holding in a Sneeze? Think Again

Holding in a Sneeze? Think Again

It’s happened to everyone at some point: You’re enjoying a nice visit with good company when you suddenly feel a tickle in your nose. You don’t want to sneeze all over everyone, so you grab your nostrils and hold it in. But is holding in a sneeze dangerous? Sneezing is as common as an itch, but it’s nowhere near as subtle. A sneeze can be so startling for those around you for several reasons. First, it can be sudden and startling. And also? It might raise alarm bells with others that germs...

March 5, 2019
Instant Gratification and Negative Effects On Your Health

Instant Gratification and Negative Effects On Your Health

If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a hundred times: Good things come to those who wait. But, do they really? It’s hard to believe that when staring down your favorite dessert! Instant gratification is something the modern world has come to expect, for better or worse. Whether it’s diet, dating, or shopping habits, impulsiveness is often the name of the game for some of us. But is immediate gratification harmful in the long term? The Time Is Now No matter how disciplined a person is -...

February 19, 2019
Have You Considered Cutting Sugar from your Diet?

Have You Considered Cutting Sugar from your Diet?

The holiday food pyramid usually involves a less-than-healthy dose of cookies, candies, cakes, and desserts of all kinds. By the time winter is over, you probably feel like you’ve had enough sugar to last you a whole year – and you probably have! With that in mind; have you considered a sugar-free diet? Cutting sugar can seem tough at the start, but there are so many benefits of not eating sugar. Is it time for you to give a no sugar diet a try? Well, with some easy-to-execute substitutes and...

February 5, 2019
The Different Types of Kombucha SCOBY

The Different Types of Kombucha SCOBY

If you’re a fan of kombucha then you may already know a little about the kombucha SCOBY or “mother.” But did you know that there are actually different kinds of SCOBY? If you’re new to this probiotic health drink – never fear – we’re going to examine this phenomenon from the start. What is Kombucha? Kombucha is a fermented sweet tea drink with a slightly tangy and fizzy taste. It’s beloved because it’s also considered to be a probiotic drink. This is because it’s brimming with friendly...

January 29, 2019
How to Make Kombucha at Home!

How to Make Kombucha at Home!

It seems the health world is head over heels for fermented probiotic foods – and with great reason. They’re good for you! One of the most popular probiotic foods is kombucha — a fermented sweet tea with a long history. But have you ever wondered how to make kombucha at home? Here’s a refresher on kombucha as a health drink and a recipe to make your own! What’s In Kombucha? Kombucha is a slightly tangy, fizzy, probiotic drink that’s fermented from sweet tea, sugar, bacteria, and yeast. Flavors...

January 22, 2019
Emotional Eating: How Foods Can Affect Your Emotions

Emotional Eating: How Foods Can Affect Your Emotions

Traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda (an ancient practice from India) are two kinds of Eastern medicine that specifically deal with how energy--both physical and emotional--is affected by the food you consume. Let’s take a closer look at both of these practices, specifically in terms of how food affects your emotions. Think of it, not as emotional eating, but as eating to assist your emotions instead of to block them. In traditional Eastern medicine, good health is viewed through the...

December 4, 2018
Sustainable Living: What is It and Should You Participate?

Sustainable Living: What is It and Should You Participate?

Sustainable living is a hot topic right now. The impact that humans (and pollution) have on the environment is more prevalent than ever. Scientists have been noticing and reporting – and people are finally starting to pay attention. You may want to do your part to help, but if you aren’t sure how to go about it, read on... What exactly is sustainable living? How can you reduce waste and trash? How can you make more of an effort to reduce, reuse, and recycle? And how can you live sustainably in...

November 26, 2018
Does Acupuncture Hurt? (and is it worth trying?)

Does Acupuncture Hurt? (and is it worth trying?)

Does acupuncture hurt? It’s a question many have asked. If you’re one of them, and you’re considering acupuncture – but you don’t know if it hurts – you’ve come to the right place. You’ll get a closer look at this ancient practice, learn whether it’s worth it, and whether it’s painful. But first, here’s a quick overview of Traditional Chinese Medicine and how this ancient medicinal art originated… What is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)? As the name suggests, Traditional Chinese Medicine,...

November 6, 2018
5 Healthy Spices to Boost Wellbeing

5 Healthy Spices to Boost Wellbeing

Herbs and spices taste great and can help to enhance your meals, but did you know that many healthy spices have incredibly beneficial properties that can boost your overall well being? Adding healthy spices to your diet can be incredibly beneficial. This list will cover the amazing health benefits of five popular spices that are easy to find, no matter where you live. But first, it’s time for... Spices 101 Spices are the most aromatic parts of vegetative plants, most often used for natural...

October 30, 2018