Dirty Dozen & Clean Fifteen

Just a quick organic produce buying tip. I do believe that local and organic fruits and vegetables are the way to go, supporting both our bodies as well as smart farming practices. We've gotta be gentle to our lovely Earth! She's the only one we've got and how much do we love our lake-dips, summer breezes, afternoon storms and ocean swells? BUT, 100% organic can also be pretty tough on your wallet. 

Below is the "Dirty Dozen" food list which is produce that holds on to a lot of pesticides or takes a lot of pesticides to grow and it's a good idea to seek out organic. On the other hand, there is the "Clean Fifteen" foods that have the tendency to hold on to less pesticides, or need less pesticides in growing, so they are a little safer to buy non-organic if needed. 

Hope it helps!

P.S. Future posts coming about how to easily grow some of your own organic produce in your backyard, which "feeds many birds with one seed" (trying not to say "kills 2 birds with one stone" anymore...MEAN.) Simple gardening covers the bases; being nice to the Earth, getting you outside and cutting back on expenses (Oh, and nothing tastes better than home-grown).

Don't worry, we'll start simple. 

- Analisa, ND


Anatomical Collages by Travis Bedel

After 4 years of grad school…I am finally done! Whew. So what now? I have the next 4 weeks to jump in to my studies before taking board exams. I know that I am on the right path because I can't wait to start studying! I love this stuff…

Can't wait to bring this magical natural medicine approach to Florida ;)

Until then…I'm focusing on slowing down and making sure to breathe in all of the wonderful bits about living in the great Pacific Northwest. 

“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.”
- Amit Ray


Natural Springs

I want to encourage you to seek out natural springs in your home state or when on vacations. One of my favorite teachers, Cascade Anderson Geller, encouraged her students to plan vacations around destination adventures such as hot springs dipping. Natural springs are all over the world and can really transform a day in to a magical healing spa adventure ;) So, get out of the house or hotel room and explore your area! Y.O.L.O. (oh yes I just did...)

You get all of the health benefits of soaking in mineral-ritch waters all while grounding out and relaxing in nature. Google-search springs in your area.

(Of course, check in with your doctor before dipping in hot springs if you are pregnant, elderly, have cardiovascular problems or other serious illness.)

Oregon Hot Springs

Yours in happy dipping (and soaking and jumping and swimming),

-Analisa (Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine in 1 Month!)

The Human Microbiome

"Probiotics" definition by WHO (World Health Organization):  "Live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amount confer a health benefit on the host."

Historically, different cultures around the world have used fermented foods to their diet, full of probiotic critters, to help fight off  "bad" bacteria.  You can buy probiotics in capsule form, or munch on fermented foods! (may sound gnarly but is yummy and good for you ;)

                             Where can you find these beneficial critters?  

                    Yogurt, Saurkraut, Kombucha, Miso, Kimchi and Kefir!

 Harvard's Family Health Guide explains that probiotics may be helpful for: Allergies, Diarrhea, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Urinary Tract Infections, Yeast Infections, Bacterial Vaginosis (BV), etc

What can throw our gut probiotics out of whack? All sorts of things including antibiotics, spermicides, stress and birth control pills.  

Here is another NPR article about colicky babies and probiotics.

Wishing you a Happy November and a very Happy Belly, 

Analisa, Naturopath-in-training


Top 5 Local Superfoods

What is a superfood anyway? The term "Superfood" is used to describe a food with high nutrient or phytochemical content that may offer health benefits. Phytochemicals are chemicals or compounds that plants produce. 

True or False? Superfoods are expensive items only in found in health food stores and are usually shipped from rural areas in distant countries? 

Answer: FALSE 

You can find superfoods in every environment and most small-town grocery stores across the planet.

*Tip: Look for rich or bright colors that may stain your hands or cutting board...that's when you know it's the good stuff.

My Current Top 5 Superfoods: 

1. Berries

2. Beets

3. Kale

4. Seaweed

5. Salmon

No need to pay extra for distant superfoods that have been shipped, packaged and publicized. Instead...the berries are popping and the salmon are running so buy local to support our economy and keep our wallets in check ;)

-Analisa, Naturopath-in-Training

The Oregon Fall salmon run. Photo taken by Keith Novosel on a recent fishing trip.  

The Oregon Fall salmon run. Photo taken by Keith Novosel on a recent fishing trip.