Posts tagged health
Herbs for a Modern Life

Here in the US, herbs are a novelty.  Most of us tend to respect them up to a point, thinking “Wouldn’t it be great if they really did do those things people say?”  To the rest of the world, they are medicine.  Specifically, they are the first thing used for most ailments, while pharmaceuticals are used only when things have gone so wrong that there is no other option.  What gives?  Why the difference here?

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Eating to Support a Workout Program

Like so many other topics involving nutrition, this one will seem pretty confusing if you search for answers on the internet.  There is certainly a wide variety of information out there, much of which is not in agreement.  While most people are concerned about what to eat before working out, it is actually what you eat afterwards that will probably make the bigger difference in your health. 

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Why Do I Crave Sugar?

When considering this question, it is helpful to look at human biological history.  As a species, we’ve been around for a few hundred thousand years, and for the overwhelming majority of that time we’ve been eating freshly picked fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds and occasional chunks of wild game that we managed to scavenge or hunt.

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The Importance of Protein

If you’ve read a few of my articles, you know that I look at everything related to nutrition through a lens of evolution and naturalism. The reminder that we are products of the natural world and would do well to emulate our ancestors is something applicable to almost anything in the world of health and wellness. In this article I will apply those principles to dietary protein.

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The One Supplement That Every Portlander Should Take

Here in the Pacific Northwest we love to joke (or complain) about the rainy, cloudy weather. It turns out that the reasons behind our feelings about winter are more than just psychological. If you are a Portlander and you don’t supplement with vitamin D, you are virtually guaranteed to be deficient. Vitamin D is used to treat poor immune function, bone loss, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, muscle weakness, obesity, asthma, bronchitis, tooth and gum disease, psoriasis, and many other conditions.

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Ditch the Diet

I can’t tell you how many times I hear people talking about carbs these days. I hear it in stores, in gyms, on the street, pretty much everywhere. The subject of their talk is always that carbs are bad; either that carbs are making them fat, or they are in the process of cutting out carbs, so they will feel better. In the short term, many people will feel better or even drop weight when they cut carbs (or protein, or fat). This does not mean that doing so is healthy.

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