Rotate Your Greens, and Your Media


If you were to eat, say, spinach, every day for any extended period of time, you'd eventually start to feel sick. It might begin with a headache, maybe nausea, followed by fatigue. You might even feel a tingling in your fingertips. Why? Alkaloid build up.

Basically, all greens carry a small amount of toxins as a self-defense mechanism. After all, that plant doesn't want you to wipe out their entire species, so they dose you with small amounts of poison as their way of telling you that it's time to move on to your next plant, and then the next, and then the next, etc. Sure, you can always return to your romaine or kale, but not after a little break for those alkaloids to dissipate.

In short: Rotate your greens on at least a weekly basis to get the full benefits of each variety without making yourself sick. (And isn't variety supposed to be the spice of life?)

We learned this little tip way back when we were obsessed with blending greens into smoothies, and ever since, we've been wondering: what if you applied this theory to everything in your life? What if focusing on one idea, or one information channel, for too long could actually make you sick?

One of the major "greens" that sticks out in our minds is the media. Where do you get your news from? More often than not, people find one source of media and stick with it long-term; but that also means that you're only getting their opinions, perspectives, and motivations in your mental diet...and if those opinions, perspectives, or motivations are somewhat limited in scope, well, you're in for more than a headache down the road.

So why not mix it up from time to time? See what the other side is saying, or try independent sources, away from major channels. Explore different theories, really hear someone else out, try new perspectives, and see if you can put everything you know into one giant idea salad bursting with nutritional value. It can't hurt to try, right?

Sure, there will always be opinions out there that you won't like or agree with, but the only way to make sure you don't get clogged up with one kind of media alkaloid is to embrace variety and try new things.

Take a chance.