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Forest Bathing: How Getting Out In Nature Can Heal Your Body And Mind

Forest Bathing: How Getting Out In Nature Can Heal Your Body And Mind

It’s been talked about in National Geographic, The Globe and Mail, CBC, Time, Outside Online, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, on BBC Radio and NPR (to name a few), but what exactly is forest bathing and why should we be doing it?  Forest bathing, the Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku, is a simple concept: use nature as a form of healing therapy. How? It’s easy: just hang out in the woods. Really, that’s all it takes. By simply immersing ourselves in nature, we will feel the therapeutic effects in both body and mind. What is forest bathing? Inspired by ancient Shinto and Buddhist practices, forest bathing was formally recognized by Japan in 1982 as...

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How To Make Simple Fermented Foods At Home

How To Make Simple Fermented Foods At Home

After our last post on the health benefits of eating lacto-fermented foods, you’re probably thinking, “Ok, that sounds great, but how to do I get more of these foods into my diet?” Wonder no more, because in this post, we are going to show you how simple it is to make your own fermented food at home. It’s easier than you think! Why fermented food? Good health begins in the gut. As we previously discussed, lacto-fermented foods become more vitamin and mineral rich, are easily digestible and also help combat a number of health issues, like inflammation, heart disease, anxiety and...

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What Is Fermentation? 4 Incredible Health Benefits Of Fermented Foods

What Is Fermentation? 4 Incredible Health Benefits Of Fermented Foods

All of Spread ‘Em Kitchen’s cream cheese-style cashew spreads are lacto-fermented which offer a ton of added health benefits in addition to just being downright tasty. We get asked all the time what this means so we’re here to break it down for you. What is fermentation? Fermentation is an ancient practice dating back at least 10,000 years. The process preserves food, improves nutritional quality and produces beneficial probiotics and enzymes. It is the chemical breakdown of a substance by yeast, bacteria or other microorganisms, converting carbs into alcohol or acids in the absence of oxygen. There are two types of fermentation:...

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The Benefits Of Grounding: How Connecting With Nature Can Improve Your Health

The Benefits Of Grounding: How Connecting With Nature Can Improve Your Health

We were recently made aware of the David Suzuki Foundation’s One Nature Challenge. For the past few years, the foundation has been challenging people to spend 30 minutes a day, for 30 days, in nature. The purpose is to kickstart a healthy habit that will outlast the challenge itself, and we’re here for it. We’re big believers in the idea that connecting with nature will lead to happier and healthier lives. In our last blog post, we talked about forest bathing and the health benefits associated with spending time in the woods. This time, we are going to take a different angle, and...

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Is Salt Good For You? Recent Evidence Shows You Can Quit Worrying About Your Salt Intake

Is Salt Good For You? Recent Evidence Shows You Can Quit Worrying About Your Salt Intake

For years, salt has been labelled the enemy. We’ve been told to avoid it. Reduce our intake or be faced with high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, or worse, premature death. It turns out that salt isn’t as bad as it’s made out to be. Recently, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The CBC, and Harvard Health all published pieces that point to evidence showing that the long-standing worry about high salt intake may be unfounded. Don’t skip the salt Salt is sodium chloride. Sodium, found in salt and some foods, is an essential nutrient. Our bodies need it to function well and without...

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The Health Benefits Of Cashews: 11 Reasons To Eat These Delicious Tree Nuts

The Health Benefits Of Cashews: 11 Reasons To Eat These Delicious Tree Nuts

In a previous blog post on the nutritional value of cashews, we broke down just how packed full of vitamins and minerals these delicious tree nuts are. We talked about how they’re full of heart healthy fats, copper, magnesium, iron, zinc, selenium and phosphorus, as well as vitamines K, E, and B6. Here, we’re going to discuss the effects that these nutrient dense nuts have on our overall health and well-being. One serving (about a fistful of nuts) a day does a lot towards keeping us mentally and physically healthy. Here are 11 reasons to make cashew nuts part of your...

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