Olives to some they may seem like an indulgence, but they’re actually a fiber-packed, good-for-you-anytime essential food. And, with roughly 500 varieties to choose from, boredom is not on the menu. Nature has gifted us with an olive to suit virtually every taste, so dig into these petite powerhouses and enjoy the benefits they’ll bestow from head-to-toe.
How to avoid travel ills no matter where you roam? Think immunity, as in keeping your body – and your gut – fortified so it’s less susceptible to bugs – and better equipped to fight them off should one try to slow you down. A compromised or unbalanced gut sets you up for vacation-disrupting ills like indigestion, bloating, diarrhea, constipation – none of which you want to be dealing with while you’re trying to unwind and enjoy yourself.
The pandemic has served up many lessons, but one of the most positive ones has been a renewed appreciation for the great outdoors, even among those didn’t care much about it before – and I encourage everyone to carry the habit forward long after summer has set. Time spent in the outdoors and connecting with the Earth supports the health of your body, mind, and spirit, just like good sleep, wholesome foods and regular movement. Think of your time in nature as a wellness practice, an essential part of your self-care regimen, so don’t miss a dose.
When it comes to our health, regulation usually lags behind common sense. How long did it take us to label cigarettes dangerous? To require seatbelts in cars? To squash nasty stuff like trans fats? It’s astonishing to think about what wasn’t on our society’s precautionary radar as recently as just a decade or two ago.
Chocolate is one treat that I have few qualms prescribing. When done right, high-quality dark chocolate is akin to a bittersweet multivitamin, capable of reducing oxidative stress (a root cause of illness and aging), countering inflammation, lowering blood pressure, boosting mental focus and cognitive longevity. Score! The secret of this stuff the ancient Mesoamericans called ‘food of the gods’ is its key nutrient-rich ingredient, cacao.