Mar
16

LET’S GET NEGATIVE

by Nina Vachkova

ALL THINGS (ARE) MATTER

Everything you see around you consists of atoms and molecules. Well, even things you don’t see, like gasses and particles in the air that are invisible to the eye (they are not magical, they are just too small for us to see without a microscope). Atoms are the smallest particles of matter; they can no longer be chemically divided into smaller parts, though the can be broken down physically (by a nuclear reaction). Inside of each atom, there is a core called the nucleus, surrounded by an electron cloud. The nucleus contains nucleons – protons and neutrons – and the electron cloud surrounding the nucleus contains electrons. Protons have a positive electric charge, electrons have a negative charge, and neutrons are neutral (as the name suggests). When the atom has an equal number of protons and neutrons, the whole particle is considered electrically neutral. Read the rest of this post

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Mar
07

HEALTH MANIFESTO

by Nina Vachkova

Health is not a destination, health is a journey. My friend once asked me: “When will I start seeing the results of eating healthy?” I was not able to answer this question for him in one sentence. When we are young, vibrant, and full of energy, we feel like we are on the top of the world and we can do anything; we rarely think about how our life is going to look in thirty, forty, or fifty years. Maybe the biggest change we will experience from living a healthy lifestyle is going to be no change at all. Maybe in a few decades, as a result of our choices today, we will look and feel the same (maybe with a few more gray hairs). Maybe maintaining our current state of health and well-being is the ultimate goal. Maybe our goal is to get out of our current health crisis. The image of our future self is so abstract, we struggle to actually relate to that person. Do we not love our future selves enough to start making good choices for them today? Read the rest of this post

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Mar
01

CHOCOLATE AND CACAO

by Nina Vachkova

Coffee lovers tend to be very protective of their morning pick-me-up, so they often seem to overlook or under value studies that prove any of the negative effects of caffeine. Chocolate lovers usually do the same. There are plenty of studies that claim chocolate is healthy, explaining that it is packed with antioxidants and important minerals, and we love these studies because we love our chocolate just as much as we love our cup of joe. And while caffeine is healthy for those who already are healthy, with chocolate it can be more complicated. Chocolate consumption should be evaluated based on your current state of health, but also on what you are actually calling chocolate. But before we dive into the details about who chocolate is actually healthy for and why, let’s learn a few things about where this magical treat comes from.

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Feb
14

LET’S CLEAR THE AIR

by Nina Vachkova

Toxicity is a big problem in the modern world. We have toxic compounds added to our food, water supply, and cosmetic products, our teeth are filled with toxic mercury, and we are vaccinated with heavy metal based solutions. I even recently met a girl who almost died after copper poisoning from her IUD. Toxins are in toys our children play with, in the scented candles we light to add a sense of relaxation to our homes, and in the water bottles we use to keep ourselves hydrated. We use anti-bacterial hand gels that not only kill all bacteria – including those that are actually beneficial to our health – but also contain all kinds of chemicals our skin absorbs in less than 30 seconds. The air we breathe is only 20% oxygen, the rest is mostly nitrogen (around 78%) and 2% of other gasses, like carbon dioxide (CO2), argon, ammonia, and even heavy metals. We can’t avoid these gasses – the air is everywhere.

Humans can survive days without food and water, but our brain cells start to die quickly after just a few minutes without oxygen. Our brain consumes around 20% of all the oxygen we breathe in, and a lack of O2 for a very short time can lead to permanent brain damage. Using simple math, with more and more environmental toxins in our atmosphere, the ratio of oxygen present in the air is continually decreasing. According to the WHO, around 7 million people worldwide died prematurely from health issues caused by air pollution in 2012. We are aware of what toxins and heavy metals do to our bodies, and we know that avoiding them is just as important as removing them from our bodies through an effective detoxification process. Lowering the burden is not enough, we have to also prevent the toxic load from coming back in.

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Feb
07

50 SHADES OF NIGHTSHADES

by Nina Vachkova

Sometimes I miss the days when I was only able to divide food into categories like vegetables, fruits, meat, and dairy. Things looked so simple. Doctors always recommended to eat more veggies, so we did, fruit was considered nature’s vitamin packed candy that we should eat daily, milk was claimed to be the number one source of dietary calcium and we were supposed to gulp it down by the gallon to support our bone health. The thing is, it was never simple. It was simplified. Just like the mainstream approach to diseases (you have a problem, you need a pill, here is the pill, take it and if you experience some side effects, here is another pill to cover those issues too), diet recommendations were very general, and we were led to believe that there is a miraculous one-size-fits-all diet and lifestyle approach. But now we know that is never the case.

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