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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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Enhance Your Emotional Wellness with Oriental Medicine

The upcoming holiday season can be filled with a dizzying array of demands, visitors, travel and frantic shopping trips. For many people, it is also a time filled with sadness, self-reflection, loneliness and anxiety. Compound the usual seasonal pressures with economic strain, and you may find this to be one of the most emotionally trying times of the year.

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Happiness Enhancing Strategies

These are 12 researched strategies for sustainable happiness adaptation written by Sonja Lyubomirsky as published in the Scientific Approach to Getting the Life you Want The How of Happiness (Penguin 2007). 

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Women’s Health Issues & Acupuncture Treatments

Everyone wants to be healthy in order to enjoy a sense of well-being and have the best quality of life possible. Oriental medicine has always addressed the special needs of women throughout their lives. Women are more susceptible than men to certain health conditions, which can make it more challenging to achieve optimal health. Fortunately, many health issues women face respond extremely well to acupuncture treatments.

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Medical Marijuana: A Look Into How It Helps

With all the controversy with marijuana (for as long as people can remember), it is definitely a subject that holds great debate. Even its many nick names can bring about a different attitude or feeling. Medical cannabis, another popular alternative name, has reached great popularity as a form of natural and alternative healing across many health (including traditional, clinical, modern eastern and western) mediums and culture. Marijuana is used, for different purposes (recreational or medicinal) and by people of all ages. This article is a fundamental outline of the most popular medicinal uses for the green plant. Politics (so far 20 states in the United States have passed legislation for the use of legal medicinal marijuana), morale, culture, religion, personal creed, society and individual opinions aside, the following are helpful reasons why people use the herb to help their body and minds.

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Emotional Eating: Causes and Tips

Do you find yourself constantly headed to the snack machine, kitchen pantry, refrigerator or digging in your children’s “snack/junk” drawer (even when you are not really hungry?) Perhaps you are just bored, or out of habit you walk by your the employee’s lounge to see what goodies are left by others. Maybe you are feeling extremely excited, happy, nervous, sad, or even mad at times and reach for something to soothe the nerves. In fact, experts say that more than 75% of over eating and eating disorders are caused by emotions. We are almost pre-programmed and culturally conditioned to combine food with emotions. It is no wonder emotional eating has become such a mainstream term to describe reasons why people are overweight, have body-dismorphic issues as well as spend more than any other nation on weight loss and diet pills and programs, but remain one of the most unhealthy and overweight. Below is an overview of causes of emotional eating and tips to refrain from falling into the habit.

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The Amazing Benefits of Placenta. Freeze It. Cook It. Eat It?

Don’t be too shocked. Yes, people all over the world treat the placenta as a very sacred source of beneficial and medicinal source of anti-depressive, energy increasing, lactation promoting and hormonal replacing miracle supplement. Keep reading to see just how to reap the benefits of placenta, especially if you are an expecting mama, going into menopause, have hormonal or anxiety problems or are just simply interested.

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Natural Ways to Boost Serotonin

Serotonin is a neurotransmitter, chemical substances that transmit nerve impulses across synapses (spaces in between nerve cells or neurons).  In a nutshell, serotonin is best known as the feel good chemical that helps to elevate mood and decrease feelings of sadness. There are many other roles that serotonin plays in the body which are listed below, along with natural ways for each of us to maximize and boost body serotonin!

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Miracle Calm in a Bottle? Magnesium Glycinate

I have heard of magnesium lotion, or what parents refer to as a miracle clam in a bottle (as they proceed to apply it to the bottom of their children’s feet to calm and soothe them to sleep. Read about all the wonderful benefits of magnesium glycinate, not just for relaxing children and adults into REM, but its many other health benefits, too!

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Staying Upbeat: How to Overcome S.A.D. Naturally

About 11 million Americans have adverse effects to the doldrums of cloudy, cold and blustery, winter days. A more severe form of winter depression – is S.A.D., or Seasonal Affective disorder.  This diagnosis comes is typically after at least two consecutive years of more intense symptoms. Usually beginning around October and ending in April, S.A.D. can really cause appetite changes, mood swings and depression. Here are natural suggestive ways to best beat S.A.D:

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