In these pressure-cooker times, with so many people feeling over-stressed and under-slept, is it any wonder that depression, burn-out, and chronic illness are considered routine costs of getting through life? With every corner we cut, in the way we eat, rest and move, we push ourselves further away from the natural rhythms that should be guiding our daily lives.
Entire books have been written on ways to minimize the toxic hits our bodies take every day. From the products we slather on them to the furnishings we live and sleep in to the offices we work in, even to the cars we drive, most of us are steeped in toxins around the clock.
The world of health-promoting vegetables is so rich and diverse, it’s maybe a mistake to pick favorites….but if I were to pick a favorite veggie family, I couldn’t go wrong with cruciferous! Named after their cross-shaped flowers and also referred to as the Brassica family, veggies like broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts are among the true superfoods of the produce aisles.
Autumn is one of the most glorious times of the year. The trees bursting with color, the crunch of falling leaves underfoot, the still-warm days and cooler nights. If, however, you’re saddled with seasonal allergies and all the respiratory misery that goes along with them, the arrival of fall may be anything but a cause for celebration.
One of the key concepts in my work is “toxic load,” in other words, the sum total of all the harmful things that your body is exposed to. When we do everything in our power to reduce that toxic load, for instance, reducing our exposure to chemicals in the home, we reduce chronic illnesses and lead healthier, happier and longer lives.