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I think we have all heard and can agree that sitting at a desk all day is not the best thing that you can do for your body and overall health. Most of us can attribute some of the aches and pains we feel at the end of the day to stress and the amount of sitting we did. Several studies have linked movement in classrooms to increased brain function. If we know that physical activity helps children learn in a school, imagine what it can do for us at work!
The brain utilizes up to ⅕ of oxygen usage. After sitting for 20-30 minutes, blood pools in our hips and isn’t being carried to our brains, which increases energy, releases stress, and calms the mind and the body. Bodily movement is the signal for our brain to wake up.
Most offices aren’t set up to have morning and afternoon recess, so here are some small things that you can do to stretch your brain.
Herbs and spices have been used by cultures worldwide throughout history, not only as flavor and color enhancers but also for the many health benefits found in them. The standard American diet is lacking greatly in this very important food group. For example, I read an article many years ago that stated the only time that the very beneficial herb turmeric was included in the American diet was as a coloring agent in yellow cake!
Herbal food practices have been around for centuries, and one of my favorite examples is Masala Chai. Chai tea, as it is most commonly known, originated from India and Siam. The folklore surrounding Chai dates back to about 5000-9000 years ago to an ancient royal court. It was said that the reigning king created the recipe as a healing Ayurvedic beverage. Chai has been prepared in many different ways with various ingredients, and it wasn’t until the 1930’s that black tea was added to the drink. It was served hot or cold and before or after meals for minor ailments. Today’s science and research on herbs show that herbs with bitter qualities aid in digestion, can you guess what kind of herbs are in Chai!?
We can add more herbs to our diets by using fresh and dried herbs. We can add them to salads, drinks, sweets, and main dishes. We can make teas, elixirs, and bitters. We can infuse oils and vinegar. We can take tinctures and supplements.
One of the easiest and my favorite ways are cookies! This is a great way to introduce herbs to your diet. Get creative with flavor combinations. I love lavender, rosemary and cinnamon, rose and hibiscus, basil and lime, lemon and lemon balm, tulsi and honey, mint, and raw cacao. I also love rosemary and cinnamon, rose and hibiscus, basil and lime, lemon and lemon balm, tulsi and honey, mint, and raw cacao.
Shae’s Herbal Shortbread Cookies
It can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
Most Americans consume caffeine daily, whether it’s drinking their favorite soda, having their morning coffee, or indulging on a piece of chocolate, but is it healthy? And how much caffeine should we consume? Here we will explore the pros and cons of caffeine and allow you to decide for yourself whether it is good or bad for you.
Before we get started, I would like to put a myth about caffeine to rest, and that is the myth that caffeine dehydrates you. This misinformation can be traced back to a 1928 study where it was found that caffeine was a diuretic. The details from this study became misinterpreted, and the rumor spread that it caused dehydration. Although it causes increased urination, it does not cause you to lose more fluids than you have taken in. That would certainly be a drawback, but as there is no truth to it, it doesn’t make our list.
There are many contradictions when studying the pros and cons of consuming caffeine. There are many factors to consider, and what is right for one person may not be right for another. Most of the health risks were when caffeine was consumed at higher doses. Most of the benefits were achieved at moderate consumption (200mg - 400mg daily). I believe, like with many things, moderation is key.
Science is amazing. Mother nature is spectacular.
I love to garden, and like you, I want to be responsible for what I add to my soil and what can go downstream.
Giving your soil what it needs to grow healthy flowers and food is a gardener’s ongoing adventure. So when I heard that maybe you have enough iron in your soil, but your beloved maple tree may not be able to consume it, I had to know why.
According to soil-biotics.com, “Humic acids chelate nutrient compounds, especially iron, in the soil to a form suitable for plant utilization. Thus, the nutrient supply of plants is optimized…The most important feature of humic acids lies in their ability to bind insoluble metal ions, oxides and hydroxides, and to release them slowly and continually to plants when required.”
Over the years, I added and added and added organic matter and some fertilizers. With that, I had good results. Then I found Humic acid, and my yard and garden got much better. Humic is part of the organic matter decomposition process. It gets a step closer to turning my soil content into proper food for my plants. Using it means I need fewer fertilizers, the yield is better, the amount of potential runoff is low, and it gives my garden a better chance of living green and healthy.
You can apply humic acid in several ways:
Dry Powder - with a dust mask on, you can mix it into your garden water and leave it to do its work. I believe in a “disturb your soil as little as you can” garden. So avoid tilling year after year. There is evidence you will lack mycelium growth if you till too often.
Granular - with a mask, you can spread on all soil - Garden, grass, and working beds. Water it in and try not to disturb soil unnecessarily.
Liquid - My last choice. Transporting all the liquid weight is less than ideal, but it may be best for you. You can add the granular or powder to water in a watering can and apply directly to your garden.
Many of you may be composting really well, which will add the same reactive qualities to your soil. But for most of us that may compost what you can and need a little help, this is a great way to help your soil out. I have put on a 2x application on the same day, so it is a very gentle addition to make.
One word of warning. This natural addition is dark brown to black, so it will turn your white leisure suit to a gray leisure suit. It has always washed out well for me, but be warned!
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