When stereotypically think of meditation, we can often envision people in bamboo studios or some exotic Zen garden somewhere, contorting [probably uncomfortably] into full Lotus position on dusty old mats. There’s probably a fountain trickling off in the distance, there’s a guy politely hitting a gong ever few minutes, and everyone is chanting “Ommmmm” at precisely 432 Hz. Read More
Is nature like a miracle cure? In The Three Day Effect: How Nature Calms Your Brain, a binge-worthy six-part Audible Original series, journalist (and friend of Ned) Florence Williams and a team of researchers guide former war veterans, sex trafficking survivors, and even a self proclaimed nature hater on three-day excursions into the wild to scientifally prove how nature can make us happier, healthier, and more creative. Read More
When you think of illicit activity or political protest, gardening doesn’t typically come to mind. Turns out it’s technically illegal to cultivate most land that’s not your own. Read More
What would our lives be like if our days and nights were as immersed in nature as they are in technology? What if instead of screens, we spent most of our time looking upon sunsets, crashing waves and the Milky Way? How would we feel if we consistently moved our bodies as they were designed to? What if we knew exactly which nutrients and even which thoughts would fuel performance at our highest level? Just what is our highest level? Our health, well-being and ability to thrive are all directly correlated to the extent to which we are connected to nature Read More
Not all CBD is created equal. When it comes to your health and wellness, there’s not cutting corners.
With this handy guide, you’ll know exactly what to look for and why. Read More
We put our hands in the soil, learned about biodynamic farming, and stumbled on the secret to happiness on a trip down to Farmer Curt's.
For Jessica, food and exercise quickly became a source of control. During her college years, she'd go out and have a drink or dessert knowing that she'd have to run and exercise more to "overcome" all that food the next morning. Here's how she overcame the burden of food & exercise. Read More
Ret and Adriaan make a 24-hour pit stop in Iceland. After all, if we were going all that way, why not take the time to find a little adventure while learning about medicinal plants in another country?
Iceland is a small country of 340k people with a vast landscape made up of lava rock beaches, active volcanoes, geothermal pools, and dramatic peaks. In all seasons, Iceland is a true representation of the Arctic. In the winter, you can expect short and dark days, unpredictable weather, and, on clear and moonless nights, the spectacular Northern Lights.
SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) is no laughing matter. The disorder brings with it such symptoms as lethargy, hypersomnia (an excessive need for sleep), overeating and weight gain. In this article, we look to Danish and Norwegian cultures to see how they cope with the dark winter season. With a holistic focus on self-love, Hygge offers a behavioral and philosophical approach for keeping oneself happy, healthy and connected during long Winters. Instead of relying on time spent outdoors—36% of Danes bike to work everyday—Hygge asks us to create a warm and inviting home environment and focus on small, intentional acts of self-care. Read More
This week, I met Jason Krantz, owner of Summit Acupuncture in Philadelphia’s bustling Olde City neighborhood. Krantz has been a certified acupuncturist for three years now, having earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Dietetics from Florida State University, and a Master’s Degree in Acupuncture from the Won Institute of Graduate Studies in Glenside, Pennsylvania. For Krantz, acupuncture is all about helping people. If you ask him why he’s such a large proponent of it, one of his primary reasons is because he believes acupuncture is exceptionally useful in helping people who are in pain. Read More
This thousands-year-old medical practice dates all the way back to ancient Egypt (Its oldest literary reference can be found in the Ebers Papyrus, which is the single oldest—and most important—medical papyri to come out of Egypt during the time period), and is used in cultures across the world, including Asia, Ancient Greece, the Middle East, and even Eastern Europe. It has been referenced by famous philosophers, herbalists, and medical practitioners the likes of Hippocrates (Yes, that Hippocrates), Ge Hong, and the Islamic prophet Muhammad. Read More