Why & How to Choose Organic Food

By now, “organic” is quite the catchphrase I hear thrown around. When it comes to food, this is actually a regulated term, not just a catchy way to promote a product. Organic foods must be grown without harmful chemical poisons that are used in conventionally grown crops and they also must not be grown from a seed that has had its DNA modified in a lab. This is a term called genetic modification of an organism (GMOs). (If this sounds freaky, that’s because it is.) Organic foods are grown and produced through organic farming methods without cancer and disease-related chemicals or GMOs. By choosing organically grown crops, you can maximize the nutritional content of foods you eat. Buying org

Natural Strategies for Staying Sharp

[Originally Written and Published for Natural Awakenings Magazine, January 2019] How a Healthy Brain Avoids Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer’s From students to seniors, having a sharp mind is greatly valuable. Thoughts, experiences and senses drive our mental state in a process called cognition. Our cognition involves memory and learning—allowing for the successful completion of everyday tasks, making decisions and understanding information. Having minor memory shortfalls that do not significantly impact daily functioning is termed mild cognitive impairment (MCI). According to the Alzheimer’s Association, it is estimated that up to 20 percent of people over 65 years of age have MCI, and pe

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