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Health, Pregnancy

The Importance of Contact: Hugs, Touch and Massage

Researchers have proven the power of human. Human touch and contact is so fundamental to growth, sense of self, feelings of security and love, that without it, people stop thriving. Literally. From a childcare perspective, touch helps babies stay healthier, grow stronger, have better digestion and sleep better. Premature babies and newborns have a much greater chance of survival and thriving when in constant and immediate skin to skin contact and close proximity to another body.  (more…)

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Health, Inspirational Quotes

8 Reasons Why Practicing Gratitude is so Important

One of the things that have the biggest effect on life and the quality of life we lead is the realization of the power of gratitude. Simply giving thanks can be as easy as saying thank you. “Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others,

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Health

Hypothyroidism Lifestyle: Foods to Avoid, Essential Oils to Use & Activities to Do

If you are living with hypothyroidism, or under-active thyroid--a condition that causes the thyroid glands to produce too few hormones, you may be living with reduced energy and increasing weight gain. Other symptoms may include depressive or irregular mood swings, slow heartbeats, cold sensitivity, and/or menstrual irregularities. The thyroid glands help to regulate the body’s metabolism (the rate at which food is converted into energy). If you want to approach living with hypothyroidism in a natural way, follow the suggestions provided below. (more…)

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Health, Nutrition

Maca Superfood: More Energy, Balanced Hormones and Higher Libido

Need more energy in the morning and throughout the day? Do you find your coffee habit is growing but your energy is only fading? Well, if a crisp organic apple doesn’t do the trick, try this Incan superfood that has been used in the indigenous Andean societies as a source of whole body health nourishment, energy supplement and healing agent: the Maca root. Unlike coffee, tea, sodas and energy drinks made with taurine and sugar, the maca root is caffeine free, so it supports the body’s functioning and will not leave you crashing after a surge of artificial energy. Maca

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Fitness, Health, Nutrition, Skin

Good to Know Health Facts and Findings

Live happier and healthier: A study in the Archives of Internal Medicine notes that, "People who tend to think positively may reduce their risk of dying from heart related conditions and stroke by over 55%!" Better skin? A study from Colorado State University at Fort Collins found that eating an excess of food that spike insulin levels (cake, soda and white bread) as well as refined carbs and fried foods may stimulate hormones responsible for oil overproduction and clogged pores. Cut back on the junk foods for a zit and wrinkle free face. Get more zinc and possibly more love:

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Health

Banish PMS Symptoms with Food and Other Natural Remedies

It should not surprise any woman that 9 out of every 10 of us have had Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) symptoms which may include: aches, pains, emotional stress, abdominal bloating, acne, anxiety, backache, breast swelling and tenderness, cramps, depression, intense food cravings, dizzy or fainting spells, fatigue, headaches, nausea, insomnia, altered sex drive, swelling of the fingers and ankles, and personality changes such as drastic mood swings, outbursts of anger, violence and sadness (yes, an extensive and exhaustive list)! But keep your chin up ladies and walk away from those donut holes and fried onion rings! There are many great natural

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Health

Top Foods That Diminish and Banish PMS

9 out of every 10 women have had Premenstrual Syndromes (PMS) which may include: aches, pains, emotional stress, abdominal bloating, acne, anxiety, backache, breast swelling and tenderness, cramps, depression, intense food cravings, dizzy or fainting spells, fatigue, headaches, nausea, insomnia, altered sex drive, swelling of the fingers and ankles, and personality changes such as drastic mood swings, outbursts of anger, violence and sadness that can lead to depression. But keep your chin up ladies and walk away from those donut holes and fried onion rings! The foods we eat and our general lifestyles have great effects on whether or not

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Acupuncture, Health

Top Health Concerns for Women and How Acupuncture Can Help

The biggest threats to women's health are often preventable.  Oriental medicine has always addressed the special needs of women throughout their lives and many health issues women face respond extremely well to acupuncture treatments.   Taking small steps to improve your health can make a difference. Learn how cardiovascular disease, cancer, osteoporosis, depression, autoimmune diseases, menopause, and gynecological disorders can be helped and treated by acupuncture. (more…)

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Health

Fibromyalgia and Pain: Natural Treatments

According to the American Chronic Pain Association, fibromyalgia is a medically unexplained syndrome characterized by chronic widespread pain and a heightened and painful response to pressure (allodynia). Fibromyalgia (fī'brō-mī-āl'jē-ə) affects more than 6 million people in this country. Most of them are women, but it does occur in men as well. Other core symptoms are debilitating fatigue, sleep disturbance, and joint stiffness. Some patients may also report difficulty with swallowing, bowel and bladder abnormalities, numbness and tingling (paresthesia) and cognitive dysfunction. (more…)

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Health, Inspirational Quotes

Ten Ways to Be More Happy

1. Exercise: Human bodies are designed for regular physical activity. The sedentary nature of much of modern life probably plays a significant role in the epidemic incidence of depression today. Many studies show that depressed patients who stick to a regimen of aerobic exercise improve as much as those treated with medication. Exercise also appears to prevent depression and improve mood in healthy people.  Many exercise forms -- aerobic, yoga, weights, walking and more -- have been shown to benefit mood. Try exercising for at least one month, but the typical therapeutic program length for proven beneficial exercise is eight to 14 weeks.

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