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Author Archives: Dr. Nancy

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12 Essential Oils That May Help Boost the Immune System

If you are not a regular user of essential oils, here is your chance to get a quick glance at just how effective these 12 essential oils are for you and your family’s health. Essential oils come from the plant stems, roots, leaves, flowers and have zero side effects (unlike over the counter drugs and supplements). Though not all essential oils are created equally, this list will give you a general idea on how some powerful oils can keep your body strong, fighting foreign pathogens and keeping the flu bug away.

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“B” Well and “B” Happy: Vitamin B Benefits and Deficiency

When people are truly low on any of the B vitamins, depression is one of the earliest symptoms. In fact, studies show that at least one in four of all people hospitalized for depression is deficient in pyridoxine (B-6) and cobalamin (B-12); another study suggests that over three-quarters of all depressed patients have a pyridoxine deficiency. Giving these patients even small doses of pyridoxine (B-6) improves their depression. The Optimum dose for B Vitamins for adults can range from 25mg to 300 mg daily, but workers with stressful jobs may require more, take up to 1000 mg day. Sadly, only a fraction of the adults in the United States are currently getting the recommended daily intake of all B vitamins by diet alone.

A total of eight B vitamins (six of which are essential), make up the essential components for transforming carbohydrates into glucose and for metabolizing fats in the body. Each provides a different service to the body, but they also work synergistically. B vitamins contribute to healthy hair, skin and eyes and play an important role in fetal health and development. Because B vitamins are water-soluble, the body uses them, but cannot store them. This means people need to consistently replenish their supply with healthy foods or supplements.

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Best Way to Prep for Spring? Start from the Inside.

As we welcome the Spring Solstice with gratitude and perhaps one less layer of clothing, let us take pause and notice the work that will pour in from the outside to make our physical appearance and environment new, renewed and ready for show. It is no mistake that as the ice starts to thaw and the days lengthen, gym, sporting, beauty salon and yoga attendances begin to soar. We start our physical preparation or the summer season now and though that may be a great motivator for the outside appearance, we often neglect and overlook the importance of a nurtured and balanced inside.

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The Four Agreements

One of my favorite reads is a Practical Guide to Personal Freedom, a short, poignant and profound read by Don Miguel Ruiz “The Four Agreements.” This book is my daily reminder to live in my heart space of compassion to myself and to let go thoughts of what does not serve me, go. It is simpler than that, however. It breaks down how to approach daily situations on a fundamental and elementary level (so much so that even a first grader can understand it). I am writing a short summary of The Four Agreements and a few solid take-aways. 

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8 Healthy Winter Superfoods

Winter has now arrived and the New Year has started! Many New Year Resolutions have been declared and among the top of the list for habits people would like to cultivate most is eating better and feeling healthy. Below are 8 of the healthiest foods to consider when preparing for your trip to the market this winter. Try to be creative on how to incorporate them into you and your family’s weekly and daily eating routines. Cheers for an amazing and healthy 2016!

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Finger Tapping Your Way to Weight Loss?

Have you heard of tapping? There are many ways to do it, but Prevention Magazine says that, “The secret to weight loss might truly be at your fingertips: Tapping your forehead with your finger for 30 seconds could cut food cravings, suggests recent research presented at the Obesity Society Annual Meeting.”

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Ready for Winter: Eating Seasonally and Locally

With the first day of winter (winter solstice) rapidly approaching (21st of December), for people living in the United States and the rest of the northern hemisphere, so does a slow shift of “in season” fruits and vegetables.  But just because our Sun is in its farthest south position it does not mean that eating locally should stop; there are plenty of good-for-you winter crops that are available both locally and grown in hoop houses and other other methods to extend the natural growing season. In fact, backyard hoop houses can make it seem like you moved your garden hundreds of miles to the south. Growers can count on four to six weeks of extra production in some seasons. By adding an inner layer of cover inside a hoop and picking cold-hardy varieties, people can grow right through winter — even in the coldest climates (source: motherearthnews.com).

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15 Habits That Help Keep Your Home Clean

It is said that a clutter free home and work environment translates to a clutter and free mind. If you are looking to help decrease stress levels and improve your living conditions and mind conditions, try adopting these 15 habits that can drastically bring in levity, light and even comfort into your daily life. Think clean, neat, and tidy and so the Universe will fruition that back to you.

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Staying Hydrated With More Than Just Water

Though school is slowly resuming across the country and the fall season is around the corner, there are many parts (like where I live) of the country where daily temperatures still reach around 100 degrees fahrenheit. It is very important to keep hydrated, as we are only as optimal as the liquids we consume, use and bathe in. In this week’s Chopra Center Lifestyle Newsletter, there was a simple and easy to follow article about staying hydrated with foods (not necessarily just drinking water). It is a good reminder that we can acquire hydration from may different aspects.

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Lemongrass Essential Oil Uses and Benefits

Described as the “oil of energetic cleansing”, Lemongrass Essential Oil is idea for clearing old or negative energy away from a home or work space. Its aim is to absolve negativity and leave environments light, positive and happy. Lemongrass smells just like lemons, but is milder, sweeter, and far less sour. This grass is used in countless beverages (including tea), desserts and other forms of culinary creations as a flavoring agent, where fresh lemon is not available or is not to be used because of its more potent flavor. It is widely used in Chinese and Thai recipes. Simply put, there are so many uses for Lemongrass Essential Oil (one of my ultimate favorites and a staple in my home). Below are just a few:

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