Alaska is a runner’s paradise with access to endless trails, long hours of daylight, and terrain to suit anyone's skill level from novice to elite competitor. Summer is just getting started. With summer sun, everyone from first-time runners to those elite competitors are lacing up their running shoes.
The USDA Organic label found on an increasing number of foods today holds quite a bit of weight. It indicates that the food producer has gone through an extensive certification process in order to show that their product meets certain qualifications. Consumers use the label as verification that their purchase is free from synthetic pesticides, toxic herbicides and GMO’s, and has been grown in a way that is supportive of natural ecological cycles.
Of all the nutritional recommendations that are passed around, eating more fruits and vegetables seems like a tip that should be universally good for everyone. Like every guideline, even this one has caveats. Many plant foods contain compounds that are irritating to our digestive system, immune system, and even nervous system. These compounds can cause certain plant foods to do more harm than good. In some cases, proper preparation of the foods can mitigate the ill effects of the compounds, but in other cases, the foods should be avoided in their entirety.
In the 1930’s, a dentist named Weston A. Price traveled the world to inspect the teeth of indigenous groups. In his American dental practice, he became increasingly concerned with the dental issues that his modernized, American patients were experiencing. Multiple cavities, crooked teeth and narrow dental arches required dental intervention, but he was sure this was not a normal state of human health.
They stand like giant sentinels along Thunderbird Creek, just downhill from the popular Chugach State Park trail leading to the waterfall. Girdled by thick and deeply grooved bark, these cottonwood trees have withstood the ravages of nature for nearly two centuries—some of the oldest deciduous trees that I believe exist in Southcentral Alaska.
School has started, and the leaves are falling! The smell of this year’s cranberries is in the air. Termination dust is working its way down the mountains. It is time to put up our fishing and hunting gear start thinking about winter. With fall and winter come many things to think about, from basic home winterizing to making sure your lawn, flower, and garden beds have the best start in the spring.
Last week, I started sharing the foundational pillars that make up whole health.Without these pillars firmly in place, health crumbles and a series of chronic consequences takes hold. The first two pillars mentioned were digestion and blood sugar balance. Let’s take a look at the remaining three.