Improve Your Mental Health with Sleep – Part 1

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A Whole9 guest post by Emily Deans M.D., a board certified psychiatrist with a practice in Massachusetts and she teaches psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Sleep is incredibly important for good mental health. In my view it comes ahead of exercise and a good diet…if you aren’t sleeping reasonably well, no matter how great your workout habits and how clean your diet, you are shoveling sand against the tide. It’s no coincidence that pretty much every major mental health condition you can … [Read more...]

Get Wild: Foraging for Edible Plants

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Whole9 guest post by Diana Rodgers of Sustainable Dish. Below is an excerpt from Diana’s new book,  The Homegrown Paleo Cookbook, about how to forage for edible plants: We all know it’s healthy to eat vegetables and fruits, but we often forget that they don’t need to come from a farm: wild plants are nutritional powerhouses. Purslane, for instance, a weed that thrives in many parts of the world, has six times more vitamin E than spinach and more omega-3 fatty acids than any other vegetable. … [Read more...]

When “Healthy” Habits Aren’t

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A Whole9 guest post by Kate Galliett, creator of Fit for Real Life and The Unbreakable Body, an online strength and mobility program “I got up at 4:30 this morning to get my training in.” “Big week! I’m training 20 hours!” “My knee usually only aches for the first 15 minutes or so, then it goes away.” How do you perceive these statements? Are they a sign of a committed individual? Are they statements only a professional athlete being paid to put their body on the line would … [Read more...]

Stress and Money: The Brain Likes a Plan

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Through many shared meals and motorcycle rides, Carl Richards and I have discovered that we see the world in a pretty similar way. Carl talks to people about improving the quality of their lives by having a solid financial plan, and I talk about building a simple, sustainable plan for healthy, happy living. One of the 9 Factors that I speak about is Stress Management, so having a simple plan to alleviate some financial stress is a part of living a healthy, balanced life. Carl's method appeals to … [Read more...]

Couch Potato To Fitness: The Important Steps

Steps to Fitness

Whole9 guest post by Coach Rut, who has over a quarter century of fitness coaching experience and holds academic degrees in biology and physical education, and Master’s degrees in exercise physiology and sports biomechanics. I recently received the following comment from a blog post. [I'm] just feeling overwhelmed on where to begin after a decade of nothingness. 100# from my target weight and need simple direction.. uuggghhh..too many choices. I believe it is my thinking too much. The … [Read more...]

How to Exercise When You Have Long-Term Health Restrictions

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A Whole9 guest post by Kate Galliett, creator of Fit for Real Life and The Unbreakable Body, an online strength and mobility program. Where there has been significant injury, significant recovery is required. When living with a disease or condition that affects your long-term ability to engage in physical activity, exercise can be a double-edged sword. It releases endorphins that help you feel good, a welcome feeling when the frustration of physical limitations is also present. Exercise also … [Read more...]

The Connection Between Leaky Gut and Joint Pain

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A Whole9 guest post by Dr Sult, medical doctor, medical educator, inspirational speaker & the author of Just Be Well: A Book For Seekers of Vibrant Health. Stiff, painful fingers? Aching knees? A chronic pain in the back? We often attribute these ills to an unfortunate effect of aging. It’s arthritis, we say, resigned. But what if the pain in our joints was actually caused by an imbalance in another part of the body, in the gut? A recent article in The Atlantic magazine reviews several … [Read more...]

The 7 Primal Movements – Part 2

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This is a Whole9 guest post by Peter Hirsh, a nationally certified personal trainer and kettlebell instructor who has been teaching and training with kettlebells for over ten years. I recently wrote a post that talked about The Seven Primal Movements and how they are the basis for all human interaction with the world. The bend, squat, lunge, twist, pull, push and gait are infinitely combined to move your body in the physical world and to manipulate objects of all description. The beauty of … [Read more...]

Do You Need to Go to a Detox Doctor?

Do you need a detox doctor?

A Whole9 guest post by Dr Sult, medical doctor, medical educator, inspirational speaker & the author of Just Be Well: A Book For Seekers of Vibrant Health. With so much information available online (including this series) on how to remove toxins from your body, some readers may wonder when, if ever, you should see a doctor to help you with the process. The short answer is: when you’ve tried a detoxification process on your own, and you’re not seeing progress, or when what you’ve tried … [Read more...]

Exercise and Attention Deficit Disorder

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A Whole9 guest post by Emily Deans M.D., a board certified psychiatrist with a practice in Massachusetts and a clinical instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. If you have lifelong trouble maintaining focus, can’t organize yourself or others, you fidget all the time, and are forgetful to the point where it regularly interferes with your daily functioning, you may have ADHD. You might avoid tasks that require long-term focus (such as school work) and fail to finish tedious duties … [Read more...]