Explore the world of health & wellness and aim to inspire others through the Mediterranean lifestyle.
Book Report: The Mind-Gut Connection
Today we dive into The Mind-Gut Connection written by Emeran Mayer, M.D. In his book, Dr. Mayer explores the fascinating mechanics behind the signals that gut microbes send to the brain and what that might reveal about our physical and emotional states.
The Power of Polyphenols
EVOO specifically contains a certain phenolic compound called oleocanthal, which acts similar to ibuprofen in the body. Reducing inflammation is largely connected to protecting the body against chronic disease.
Should you Switch to Clean Skincare? Is it Effective?
Kosterina is devoted to transparency and clean, extra virgin products for the whole body, inside and out.
Family Stuff We're Into
Kosterina 2022 Holiday Gift Guide
‘Tis the season to spread holiday cheer to friends, family, coworkers, and the meaningful people in your life. We’ve rounded up a few of our festive, thoughtful favorites for all budgets and giftees. There’s something for everyone on your list—so you can cross off those hard-to-gift loved ones and enjoy a little extra (EVOO) cake.
Is EVOO “Officially” Healthy? The FDA has Spoken.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is rethinking their definition of “healthy,” including how a product is classified as a healthy item, based on their nutritional criteria. Whether you follow a clean diet or enjoy some splurges, it’s no secret that eating the rainbow–fruits and veggies, plus whole grains and protein–is good for you. And now, the FDA has added our longtime love, olive oil, to the list.
Fiber Fueled: Go With Your Gut
While so much of the focus often goes into our macronutrients (fats, proteins, carbohydrates), we cannot forget: fiber. Feed your brain premium grade fuel!
Making Our World Happier & Healthier
As we celebrate the launch of our 3L tins of Organic Everyday Extra Virgin Olive Oil - we've been thinking a lot about how companies all around us are doing their part in helping our world become healthier and greener.
Blue Zones Power 9: Wine at 5
As we enjoy the last days of summer, this month's Blue Zones Power 9 topic reminds us that the key to longevity and happiness lies in moderation - this includes indulgence, in moderation. Lifestyle Habit #9: Wine at 5 not only highlights the benefits of the Mediterranean's favored adult beverage, but also inspires us to question and rethink our culture's relationship with wine and other indulgences.
11 Ways to Increase Your Longevity
If you are a member of our Facebook Community, you have already met Heather. Through our collaboration with her, we have deepened our knowledge of wellness, longevity, and what it means to trust your gut and hone in on your own body’s signals.
Blue Zones Power 9: Plant Slant
Did you know that a diet filled with fruits, vegetables, legumes and nuts is a cornerstone of the Blue Zones lifestyle? In the Blue Zones, researchers found that those who live to be the longest pack their diets with fruits, vegetables, legumes, and nuts. Each of these elements provides a foundation for fighting disease and enhancing life. For example, studies show eating a handful of nuts each day can increase life expectancy by 2-3 years!
What You Need To Know About Sun Protection
We all want to keep our "youthful glow" for as long as possible, but what if we told you that there was a simple step in making that a reality?
Scary Ingredients May Be In Your Pantry
What do you think American cheese, peanut butter, oat milk and salad dressing have in common? Most of the brands found at the grocery store have unhealthy, and even harmful ingredients hiding inside of them.
The Power of Purpose
Most Blue Zones cultures have different words for 'purpose' - the Okinawans call it "Ikigai" and the Nicoyans call it "Plan di vida." But, no what matter the culture, it all boils down to embodying one idea: why you wake up in the morning.
Grow Your Own Veggies This Summer!
Our team at Kosterina is always looking for ways to bring healthy living into your everyday lives. And, creating an urban garden is much easier than you might imagine.
Loved Ones First
Today we will focus on a particularly important Lifestyle Habit at Kosterina, #5: Loved Ones First.
The Ancient Power of Acupuncture
Just like the healing powers of EVOO, acupuncture is a powerful reminder that our ancestors' wisdom was far ahead of what we may have expected. And, everything is connected when it comes to our well-being.
Microplastics and How To Avoid Them
For years, we've been hearing about the dangers of plastic - especially when it comes to their impact on our environment. In honor of Earth Week, our team has been both shocked and saddened by a recent research paper that shows microplastics were found in human blood for the first time.
The Power of Belonging
Today we will focus on a particularly important Lifestyle Habit at Kosterina, #4: Belonging. As human beings, it is our most natural need to belong. We are wired to crave connection, and as social creatures belonging to any sort of community, or "tribe" is how we thrive.
Are Emulsifiers Safe To Eat? Everything You Need To Know About These Tricky Additives
One of the easiest ways you can take charge of your health is by reading labels and prioritizing nourishing, healthful ingredients. I was shocked to learn how many emulsifiers are in the food products many of us love and consider safe or organic. From dairy and vegan products to healthy snacks and gluten-free bread, emulsifiers are everywhere.
The Power of Garlic
The ancient Greek physician Hippocrates, often called the father of Western medicine, used to prescribe garlic to treat a variety of medical conditions. Modern times are no different, with much research confirming the health benefits of garlic.
The Power of Figs
Figs have been an integral part of the Mediterranean diet for centuries. They are not only rich in vitamins and minerals like potassium and calcium, but they are packed with fiber and antioxidants. They help lower blood pressure and strengthen your bones.
We're Celebrating Greek Independence Day
Greece, as we know it today, has only been in existence for 200 years. Even though Greek culture is filled with deep history (and the language has been spoken for over 3,000 years!), it wasn't until 1830 that Greece was officially recognized as an independent state.