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139-Gut-Health
Featured, Gut Health, Health, Membership Only Content, Nutrition

What Can We Do to Positively Affect Our Immune Health?

I love to learn how to improve my best health, and so much begins with immune health. There is a lot we can do to make it robust. By now, we are all aware that approximately 70-80% of our immune health resides in the gut. Think of our gut as a gatekeeper but also as an instructor. It both protects us and teaches our immune cells to differentiate between pathogens and our tissue. Our gut lining is relatively thin and is lined with immune cells. However, several factors can compromise the lining, thus negatively impacting our immune function.

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Family, Membership Only Content, Parenting + Kids

Five Tips for Forming Your Healthy Blended Family

Whether you call them stepfamilies, blended families, or simply modern families, it’s clear that diversity is increasingly the norm when it comes to family arrangements.  The Pew Research Center reports that for 40% of U.S. families, at least one partner has a child from a previous relationship, far different from the mid-1970s when my widowed dad married my stepmother. 

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Featured, Membership Only Content, Q&A, Supplements + Herbs

The Fierce Benefits of Fish Fertilization

Fierce Fish fermented fertilizer is a Vancouver Island-made, biologically active, and pollinator-friendly soil food suited for any and all of your growing needs. Fierce Fish was initially created as a brand for the smoked fish business. We later closed this operation, and the brand was shelved temporarily. My wife and I have been farming organically, utilizing permaculture techniques for nine years — to supply our family with healthy organic produce and meat.

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Featured, Functional Foods, Membership Only Content, Nutrition

Functional Foods: Kefir

With thirty different strains of good bacteria, this fermented milk drink has been supporting vibrant health for thousands of years. Made from animal milk and a starter compound of bacteria and yeast, it contains a complex and beneficial microbial brew. Its name is even derived from the Turkish word keyif, which means “feeling good.”

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Family, Featured, Membership Only Content, Parenting + Kids

Big Thirst: 3 Eye-Opening Statistics About Children and Anxiety

If your child struggles with anxiety, you are far from alone. It’s a heartbreaking issue: far too many children are impacted by anxiety. But, defined loosely as difficulty coping calmly with situations that most other people find easy, it’s a pattern many parents will recognize. While it’s a common problem, giving anxious children tools for coping is sadly relatively uncommon. As the statistics below will demonstrate, anxiety in children is a phenomenon we’re learning to recognize but still slow to treat.

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Family, Featured, Membership Only Content, Parenting + Kids

Why ‘Potential’ is a Dangerous Word for Parenting

Imagine having friends over for dinner. You have been preparing this meal for hours, shopping for the ingredients, prepping the meats, chopping vegetables. As you begin the dinner, one of your guests says, “Um, is this your best effort at cooking? I think you have more potential than this. Next time we come for dinner, please cook to your full potential.” Absurd, right? Well, regretfully, we do this to our children all the time…

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Family, Featured, Membership Only Content, Mindfulness, Movement, Parenting + Kids

Breathing Room: Practicing Mindfulness With Kids

Back to school can be a time of anxiety. So here are kid-friendly ways to de-stress together.

There’s no way around it: children in 2021 have many reasons to be anxious. And back to school can be a particularly tough time for some kids. But, unfortunately, if you’re a parent to a sensitive child who experiences a lot of fear and nervousness around transitions, it can be hard to know how to help.

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