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Intimacy, Spermidine & Health

Lockdown around the world has driven home the importance to our mental and physical wellbeing of being emotionally connected to others, but did you know that being physically connected also improves our health? 

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Leslie's corner: Japanese sweet potato

In Japan, starches such as taro and the Japanese sweet potato form an important and satisfying part of winter meals. They are also slow carbohydrates with high fiber content to slow the release of naturally occurring sugars into the bloodstream - in fact, the Japanese sweet potato which has a white or pale yellow flesh inside, is an even slower carb than the more commonly found orange sweet potato. 

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(Baby) It's cold outside: time for some Amazake!

When it is cold like this in winter, all you want is a hot, comforting drink like “Amazake (甘酒)”, which means “sweet sake” in Japanese. You will see people selling it when you visit Shinto shrines during the New Year’s holiday but it is also widely available to buy in Japan throughout the year.

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Recipe: Chawanmushi

Chawanmushi is an egg custard dish found in Japan. Unlike many other custards, it is usually eaten as a dish in a meal, as chawanmushi contains savory rather than sweet ingredients.

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A series: Health-promoting practices from around the world - NATURE edition

Happy Saturday! (or Happy day-of-the-week-you- happen-to-be-reading- this)! Today, we continue the health-promoting practices from around the world series, this time with our favorite (and time-tested, scientifically-proven) practices in nature!  If you missed it, here’s the link to the HOT & COLD edition There is no question about the healing, rejuvenating power of nature. Who hasn’t felt instantly better after spending some time in the woods, at the beach, even a neighborhood stroll after dinner to get some fresh air?  Nature is everywhere, and it is an incredibly accessible way to increase our well-being, vitality and sense of connection. Here are the most popular ways to bring the natural world to you!   1. Forest Bathing Photo by Phil DuFrene on...

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