Archive for April, 2009

Should You Eat Hydroponic Produce?

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Ask VinQuestion: What are your thoughts on hydroponically grown produce? I was wondering how it compares to organically grown food.

Hydroponic farming is the process of growing plants inside a greenhouse with the use of a mineral solution instead of soil. With artificial lighting, you can even grow hydroponic produce right in your own home.

While hydroponic farming has several significant advantages, there’s no guarantee that the resulting food will be of equal quality to that which is grown in a more natural environment. The following information will help you evaluate if the advantages of hydroponically grown food justify this uncertainty.


12 Ways to Ensure a Great Vacation

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Beach VacationVacation provides us with something to look forward to and gives us a much needed break from the stressful lives that many of us live, but without proper planning, an eagerly anticipated vacation can leave you feeling depressed and more exhausted than when you left.

A well planned vacation should make you feel refreshed with energy and inspire a positive outlook, and this is tremendously beneficial to your health. Here are 12 tips to help make it happen.


How a Driver’s License Can Inspire Better Health

Friday, April 24th, 2009

Driver's LicenseToday, I had two seemingly unrelated events inspire some interesting thoughts. As I was leaving an appointment for an eye exam and heading to have my driver’s license renewed, I suddenly felt a sense of appreciation.

Because I am at risk for glaucoma, I need to have my eyes tested more frequently than most people. Although my eyesight has been nearly perfect for a long time, I always struggle with the last line of letters on the eye testing chart and it bothers me every time, especially since the letter O always appears as a D from one eye. Coincidental to the purpose of my appointment, I also needed the eye exam to renew my driver’s license.


Is Processed Ever Better Than Natural?

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Ask VinQuestion: You often praise the benefits of natural foods and products. Are there any cases where processed foods or unnatural products are equivalent or better?

In most cases, the health related distinction between natural and processed foods or products lies in the body’s ability to recognize and appropriately respond to the substances they contain. Humans have spent millions of years adapting to the conditions of nature and improving the ability to survive on the resources that it provides. As such, the body typically doesn’t react favorably to any unnatural substance that didn’t exist during this long period of adaptation.


The Meaning of Life From a Holocaust Survivor

Monday, April 20th, 2009

Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor FranklMany of us fail to find meaning in the day to day activities of our lives and are easily frustrated, overwhelmed and even depressed by the slightest misfortune. Some of us are forced to endure much greater misfortunes that make life seem unbearable. Even in the worst circumstances imaginable, recognizing a meaning to your life and value in your suffering will give you the strength to persist and pursue a much more satisfying state of being.

Viktor Frankl, a neurologist and psychiatrist, believed that living with meaning is essential to mental and physical well being. As a survivor of the Holocaust and four different Nazi concentration camps, Frankl had a profound opportunity to test his beliefs and was able to persevere through some of the worst circumstances imaginable. Because of his perseverance, we are blessed with the opportunity to learn from his triumph and realize that there’s always meaning and value to life regardless of how bad it may seem.


Miessence Contest – Time is Running Out!

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

Miessence ContestThere are only a few days left to enter the Miessence contest for a free $100 gift certificate. Visit the Miessence contest page to enter now!

Chemicals and Your Health

As most people know, chemical toxins are a problematic aspect of modern life that we’re forced to deal with on a daily basis. While small levels of occasional exposure may not cause much harm, decades of such exposure will cause these toxins to accumulate in your body and this is one of the most notorious causes of cancer and many other unpleasant health problems.


Tips and Recipes for a Gluten and Dairy Free Diet

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

Ask VinDo you have recipes and tips for families following the gluten and casein free diet which can be very effective in helping children with autism?

For those that may not know, gluten is a protein found in most grain based foods and casein is a protein found in dairy. Many people react negatively to these proteins and experience a wide variety of health complications as a result. Because of this, it’s becoming more and more common for people to eliminate grains and dairy from their diets.


Why Sun Exposure Is Vital to Your Health

Monday, April 13th, 2009

Sun and Vitamin DProvoked by high rates of skin cancer, many people avoid the sun as much as possible and cover themselves with sunscreen before spending any time outdoors. Sadly, these people are actually increasing their risk for cancer and other diseases.

For millions of years, humans have spent many hours out in the sun each day without the protection of sunscreen. As such, it seems completely backwards for this natural and essential part of life to be considered dangerous. A closer look at the issue reveals that it is indeed backwards and that the fear of sun exposure is the real problem.


7 Things You Don’t Know About Me

Friday, April 10th, 2009

7 Things You Don't Know About MeI’ve been tagged by Beth from to share 7 things about myself that you don’t know. Since I’m always preaching about how to live the perfect lifestyle, I thought this would be a good opportunity to share with you some of the ways in which I’m not so perfect myself and how you can learn from them.

Without further delay, here are 7 things about me that I hope you find interesting and informative.


Fish Oil and Insomnia

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

Ask VinEveryone keeps talking about the benefits of fish oil and krill oil, but when I take either of these, I have trouble sleeping. Any suggestions?

Fish oil and krill oil are popular health supplements primarily because of their fatty acid content. While fat doesn’t deserve the villainous reputation it’s been given, most people know about the importance of the omega-6 and omega-3 essential fatty acids. Because they can’t be produced by the body, these essential fatty acids must be supplied through diet.