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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
Reishi Mushrooms: “The Mushroom of Immortality”

Reishi Mushrooms: “The Mushroom of Immortality”

The humble edible fungus known as the mushroom has long been seen as a kind of superfood, due to its incredible balance of protein, antioxidants, and key vitamins & minerals. They're also low in fat and sodium, have zero cholesterol, and are an easy meat substitute for vegetarians and vegans.1 But there are mushrooms, and then there are Mushrooms – those supercharged emperors of the fungi kingdom, like the reishi mushroom. The reishi mushroom’s benefits throughout history have earned it...

October 23, 2018
How to Relax and De-Stress Your Body

How to Relax and De-Stress Your Body

Unfortunately, we live in a world where being stressed out on a regular basis has become the norm for many people, and no one knows how to relax. Now, stress can really be seen as any circumstance that disturbs the equilibrium between a living organism and its environment. And in daily life, there are countless stressful situations (i.e.: pressure at your job, tests, and even physical stress from trauma or medical issues). Whether you feel short of breath, slightly nauseous, or can’t quite sit...

October 16, 2018
Learn About the Ancient Practice of Burning Sage

Learn About the Ancient Practice of Burning Sage

You’ve probably come across sage in your spice cabinet, or maybe you’ve even grown it in a pot? But did you know sage has far more uses than just cooking? Burning sage is one such use, and it's steeped in some pretty ancient traditions. In fact, if you’ve ever moved into a new house and had a friend show up with a bundle of sage to “purify” your new space, you’ve experienced one of the oldest herbal practices in history. The Ancient History of Burning Sage Sage burning, or smudging, is a...

October 9, 2018