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I will do my best today, because I want to do it, not because I have to do it and not because I am trying to please others.

   
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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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Do You Know About Moringa Oleifera?

Though used in many parts of the world for already many decades, the knowledge of this amazing Moringa Oleifera plant that originates in northern areas of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan is just now spreading to the Americas. This almost miracle-like plant’s leaves, bark, flowers, fruits, seeds and roots are used to treat many diseases from asthma to thyroid diseases. Read more to learn why maybe looking into having Moringa Oleifera products in your house may be a beneficial step toward optimal health.

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The Addiction-Will Power Connection

According to acupuncture and Oriental medicine, emotions originate internally from different organs inside the body. Conditions and events in the external world may provoke specific reactions but, ultimately, each person is responsible for the emotion generated. Any addiction, whether to drugs, alcohol, food, work, or other activity or substance, effectively blocks intelligence and suppresses healing abilities. Through these behaviors we choose to rely on the demands of addiction to dictate our lives, rather than taking responsibility to conduct ourselves in a healthy, life-affirming way

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20 Uses for the Lovely Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender (lavandula angustifolia) is a must have staple when it comes to house hold homeopathic and natural medicinal aids. It is mostly known for its soothing and relaxing effects on the body, but there are so many more uses for this amazing essential oil. It is a wonderful physical and emotional body, spirit and mind balancer.

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Top 10 Fitness Trends for 2015

In this year’s “Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2015: What’s Driving the Market” published in the November/December issue of ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal®, the top results on what’s going to change and shake up your work outs for the biggest gain (or loss, so to speak) are in. The American College of Sports Medicine asks thousands of fitness professionals across the world come up with a great list of what is trending in gyms and in the fitness minds of people for 2015, and the list may surprise you. Popular exercises like spin and Zumba have dwindled lower on the list and others basics have crept back up the chart.

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4 Tips to Purify and Bring New Energy To Your Home

The new year is upon us all, as we are reminded to set positive resolutions and change old mindsets and habits that do not serve us to the side lines. What better way to start anew then with these simple 4 steps that will bring better energy and “chi” into your home and living spaces. A nurturing and toxic-free environment is what we should always aim for, but don’t get overwhelmed at trying to make everything perfect. One item at a time, always flowing, and at your own pace.

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Cyber Monday: The Best Gift For Your Little Ones, Technology Caution

More and more scientific research points to the many harms our modern use of technology has on our health and the health of brains, especially little growing brains. Parents and guardians can give the a very important gift this holiday season (and every day, really) of presence. We hear it so often, “moments like these are fleeting, so cherish every second,” but are we doing our children just when we allow a screen to pacify crazy tantrums or fill valuable brain growing time during the day by putting show after show on? Let’s agree to scale it back a bit, or even better, bring it back to basics and shut down the electronics (just while the sun is up). Just a day at a time, and see how it goes. You (and your children) will begin to rely less and less on the “screens” to entertain you and begin to organically create, use that frontal lobe and keep our logic, reasoning and social skills sharp.

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Manage Your Glucose with the Foods You Eat

Now one of the fastest growing problems in our modern world today, especially with the young people, diabetes is becoming a fast diagnosis across the nation. I am not talking about type one (born with diabetes), but type 2, rather, which is preventable and reversible with the right lifestyle changes. Here is a great article on how acupuncture and Chinese medicine philosophies address how to manage glucose in the body with right food choices.

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The Garcinia Cambogia Promise

If you have a facebook account, you have probably clicked on an article that is really a hidden ad for Garcinia Cambogia, a weight loss miracle that is said to have no negative side effects but help you become shredded. Yes, this sounds too good to be true (so probably is). What is Garcinia Cambogia? It is a plant where the fruit rind is used to make medicine. Marketed as a very inexpensive and natural (even organic) pumpkin-shaped fruit native to Indonesia, this miracle supplement is all the rage. I think the words, “scientifically proven to tear away fat from your body” is its mission statement. Let’s look at the promises:

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Natural Eczema Relief

There is nothing worse than living with eczema, a chronic allergic condition of the skin where redness, itching, flakiness, irritability, cracking due to dryness and pain surfaces. Also known as atopic dermatitis, eczema can be genetic. Many professionals agree that skin problems are a direct correlation to stomach and intestinal issues. It is easy to band-aid the redness and itchiness with over the counter or prescription hydrocortizone and steroid creams, but research has proved this is temporary. In fact, long term use of such anti-itching cremes can lead to more frequent flare ups and does not solve the problem at the root source. Though it is the longer route to feeling better, natural eczema relief does exist! My son is 5 months old and is exclusively breastfed. He seems to be extremely sensitive to all allergens (dairy, meat, fish, eggs, soy, corn, gluten, wheat and other non-gluten grains) as well as nuts). I have had to cut out all of these allergens in my daily diet and learned to embrace the vegan and vegetarian way of eating. Makes for a very hungry and creative mommy!

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