Sage Hill Gardens

We Are What We Eat....

A recent scientific study in Nutrition in Clinical Practice shows that the micro organism or gut flora living in the human intestines form a network of natural controls that regulate mood, appetite, body weight, nutrient absorption, stress and immune response. No surprise then that the human digestive tract is home to 70 percent of the immune system. Simply put, our every-day food can help or harm our mind-body health.

Another example that proves the brain-gut connection is when we think of food and the appetite is stimulated. Similarly, a gut in distress can cause stress and mental depression. Nearly every brain-controlling chemical is generated in the gut, including hormones and neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine, glutamate, GABA and nor epinephrine. The gut is home to 100 million neurons - more than what the spinal cord has. It also contains 24 minor brain proteins, major cells that regulate immune function, one of the body's in-built opiates, and native benzodiazepine. Recently there has been one more addition to the nervous system: The gut, also known as the enteric nervous system. It is ensconced inside sheaths of tissue found in the lining of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine and colon. It is known to have an important function in regulating our emotions. Isn't it obvious why symptoms from the two brains are often the source of confusion?

Cells in the human digestive system lack some of the enzymes needed to break down certain types of food. The good bacteria in our gut have what it takes to break down those types of food, however. These micro-floras also make the B vitamin complex and hence aid the absorption of lipids, calcium, iron and magnesium.

The act of re-seeding the gut in order to sustain gut-life can be done with probiotics and fermented foods. Fresh leafy vegetables, fruit and fiber, whole grains, lentils, garlic, green tea and miso are but some examples.

So the next time you find yourself wondering what to cook for dinner, spare a thought for the millions of microscopic bugs for whom your gut is home.

In ancient times, when the night sky was unobscured by artificial lights and smog different groups of peoples in different parts of the world drew images in the sky by "connecting the dots" of stars. The images drawn were dependent upon the culture: The Chinese saw different images than the Native Americans, who saw different pictures than the Europeans. These star pictures are now called constellations, and the constellations that are now mapped out in the sky come from our European ancestors.

They saw images of bears, (Ursa Major and Ursa Minor), twins, (Gemini), a bull, (Taurus), and others, including dogs, (Canis Major and Canis Minor).

The brightest of the stars in Canis Major (the big dog) is Sirius, which also happens to be the brightest star in the night sky. Look for it in the southern sky (viewed from northern latitudes) during January. In the summer, however, Sirius, the "dog star," rises and sets with the sun. During late July Sirius is in conjunction with the sun, and the ancients believed that its heat added to the heat of the sun, creating a stretch of hot and sultry weather. They named this period of time, from 20 days before the conjunction to 20 days after, "dog days" after the dog star.

The conjunction of Sirius with the sun varies somewhat with latitude. And the "precession of the equinoxes" (a gradual drifting of the constellations over time) means that the constellations today are not in exactly the same place in the sky as they were in ancient Rome. Today, dog days occur during the period between July 3 and August 11. Although it is certainly the warmest period of the summer, the heat is not due to the added radiation from a far-away star, regardless of its brightness. No, the heat of summer is a direct result of the earth's tilt.

To follow the current sky events....

National Smile Week is the week of August 5-11th

August 13th: Vinyl Record Day...listen to some good music!
(a little lagniappe for those who know and love the Sax) b6I1ihh2s

Lemon Meringue Pie Day on August 15th.
(there will be Lemon pie on the SH menu)

August 16, 1977, Elvis Presley died.
(a great talent-a great loss)

On August 20, 1630, Lemonade was first served in Paris, France.
(Lemonade will be served in the Bog at 2 PM)

Meanwhile back on the farm...

Sage Hill Updates....

Fresh dried herbs, seasonings, tisanes and tea blends now available from this years crop.

Gardens are winding down from the summer production...Fall planting will be light and easy=Down Time!!

Now is the time to remove and replace the soil in your Raised beds.....then plant your fall crops, once they have ceased to produce...cover and leave the fodder for winter protection and added compost for the spring....

Now is also the time to adopt any change in our eating habits....Fall is the perfect season to connect with "Eating In Season".

Private or group classes are available during the period of August 23 through Sept or private sessions-here at Sage Hill or you location.
(garden and nature photos for sale)
(Sage Hill Vintage Treasures until they are gone)

JOKE: Why shouldn't you tell secrets on the farm? Because the corn has ears, the potatoes have eyes and the beanstalks.

Winds of change...I can feel the breeze.

Bea Rigsby-Kunz
Sage Hill Gardens

32 Old Petersburg Pike
Petersburg, Tn. 37144