Did you know creativity actually boosts your health? Even if you don’t think of yourself as a “creative” person, chances are that you actually do some pretty creative things. Maybe you’re thinking “I can’t draw, play music, dance, write, or sing!”
As a holistic health coach, I work on all aspects of wellness which include creativity. And something that comes up pretty regularly with my clients is many of them think they aren’t creative. While we may tend to think of “creativity” as creating or crafting ART, it is so much more than that. And since studies have shown creativity boosts your health, it’s important to get your creative juices flowing.
You’re More Creative Than You Might Realize
Do you like to garden or cook? You’re planning what plants to put where, or what dishes to serve together for a meal, which takes creativity! Do you like to have a neat, orderly desk with everything in its place? Are you always searching for the perfect pair of shoes or accessories to complement a particular outfit? Maybe you’re looking for the perfect throw pillows to jazz up your living room couch? All of that takes imagination and creativity to come up with ideas of what you’re looking for and where to put it. So how exactly does creativity boost your health?
With winter fast approaching are you jonesing for some hot cocoa, but don’t want all the sugar? If so, you might enjoy a cup of cacao tea instead. If you’re trying to eat healthier and cut back on sweets like hot cocoa you’re in luck!
Cacao (pronounced “Ka-Kow”) refers to the beans of cacao trees before they have been processed. The term cacao is differentiated from cocoa or chocolate, which refer to a finished product made from the cacao beans. Cacao tea is a tasty, “chocolatey”, healthy alternative to hot cocoa. It’s all-natural, and tastes like chocolate tea!
Cacao tea is made from the husks of cacao beans. But let’s take a step back first. The Cacao tree is one of the strangest trees. Cacao pods grow directly out of the trunk, not at the ends of branches like most fruits. The football-shaped Cacao pods are usually green to yellow-orange in color, and can grow almost as large as a football too. But it’s what is inside the pods that’s the real treat.
Have you been hearing about Functional Medicine recently? It’s been popping up in the news and in social feeds. The popular NY Times best-selling author and head of the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Mark Hyman, is a Functional Medicine doctor. Functional Medicine is the new path that many mainstream AMA medical doctors are taking. But what exactly IS Functional Medicine? And how can it benefit you?
While “a pill for every ill” has been the norm for treating diseases, some forward-thinking MDs are realizing this is not necessarily the best solution for every “body” or every dis-ease. There are currently over 14,000 different diagnosable “diseases”, or conditions that cause dis-ease in the body. That seems like a crazy-huge number, right? How could humans have survived 300,000 years with so much potential for dis-ease? What is going on?
There’s no doubt that some pharmaceuticals, like antibiotics for a serious infection, can be lifesavers. And allopathic medicine can be great at diagnostics. However, when it comes to treating chronic illnesses and inflammatory diseases that now comprise 80-90% of all diagnosed diseases, lifestyle modifications may actually provide better results than pharmaceuticals. And so the science of Functional Medicine was born.
According to the Institute for Functional Medicine(1), “Functional Medicine is a systems biology-based approach that focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of disease. Each symptom or differential diagnosis may be one of many contributing to an individual’s illness.” So how can Functional Medicine help you? Let’s find out more…
In Top Anti-Inflammatory Foods Part 1, we took a look at the top six anti-inflammatory foods. As you’ve likely heard by now, chronic inflammation has become one of the biggest health concerns in the US. And sadly our American lifestyle is highly inflammatory. From our fast-paced, high-stress jobs and lives, to the Standard American Diet (S.A.D.), poor air and water quality, and chronic sleep issues to name a few…All of these contribute to chronic inflammation.
And chronic inflammation has now been directly linked to 80-90% of ALL diseases. Wow! That’s huge! From diabetes to heart disease, from cancer to dementia and Alzheimer’s, chronic inflammation is at the root. The great news is that these diseases, for the most part, are totally preventable with healthy diet and lifestyle changes. And these tasty, anti-inflammatory foods are just the ticket.
So before we take a look at the benefits of the next six most helpful, anti-inflammatory foods, let’s take a look at inflammation. What exactly is inflammation? Why is it harmful? Why is it important to eat an anti-inflammatory diet? And what exactly should we be eating? It seems like “what to eat” changes every time you turn on the news, right?! So let’s take a deeper look…
…continue reading More Anti-Inflammatory Foods, Part 2