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Steep Your Way to Stellar Gut Health

Around 2,700 B.C.E., King Shen Nong of China made a mistake.

They say it’s just a legend, but if it’s true…

King Shen Nong changed the world forever with an oopsie.

He made tea.

And it only took the Chinese another 700 years to figure out that tea had healing properties and could be applied to herbal medicine. (A much shorter time than it took the rest of us.)

How to Keep Your Gut Thriving on Whole30

We’ve talked in the past about some of the general health benefits of the Whole30 diet….

But also about the effect that some of the Whole30 diets exclusions have on the diversity and strength of the bacteria in your gut’s microbiome.

After all, the diet calls for completely avoiding legumes, nuts, beans, grains, and dairy, which in varying doses, feed the good bacteria in your gut and assist with general permeability issues.

All of the Happy Holidays Between Thanksgiving and the New Year

Part of the fun, tinsel-laced, snow-kissed holiday tension during this stretch of the year is determining whether to say “Merry Christmas,” because it reminds you of your childhood and watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV, or saying “Happy Holidays,” which has no sentimental value except that it includes the previously excluded.

The reality is, of course, that there are many, many more religious and cultural holidays between Thanksgiving and NYE that don’t necessarily stem from Judeo-Christian traditions.

The Science of SADness

Before we talk about what seasonal affective disorder (SAD) isn’t, let’s talk about what it is.

Seasonal affective disorder is a varietal of depression confined to the fall and winter months. 

It affects primarily women, and primarily those with other psychiatric conditions, like manic depression or bipolar disorder. (This doesn’t mean that men aren’t affected, or that you have to have another condition to experience SAD systems. Just that you’re more likely to if the previously mentioned criteria are met.)

As of 2019, it affects 10 million Americans, with a separate 10% of the population experiencing milder symptoms of a junior SAD disorder.

Dr. Pedram Shojai

NY Times Best Selling author and film maker. Taoist Abbot and Qigong master. Husband and dad. I’m here to help you find your way and be healthy and happy. I don’t want to be your guru…just someone who’ll help point the way. If you’re looking for a real person who’s done the work, I’m your guy. I can light the path and walk along it with you but can’t walk for you.