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Health

5 Natural Ways To Increase Brain Function

For the same reasons it’s important to keep the rest of your body healthy, it’s important to pay the same due diligence to strengthening your brain. From the time you’re born to the time you pass, your brain is constantly changing in positive and negative ways. From infancy to your mid-20’s your brain adapts, learns, retains information, and eventually peaks. This doesn’t mean that you will notice an incredible decline in your cognitive functions once you hit a golden year, but the subtle hints of forgetfulness begin to emerge. From your 20’s through your 60’s your brain steadily loses neurons,

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Health

The Thyroid Network and How to Keep It Healthy

We hear about how we should keep our thyroids in check and about thyroid disorders, but do you know what the thyroid is responsible for and how to optimize the gland so you can feel your best? Here is a fast read on exactly what the thyroid is responsible for and what factors can cause it to fluctuate. I will also touch on ways to take care of your thyroids. Happy learning! First thing's first: What is the Thyroid? (more…)

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Health

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).  (more…)

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Fitness

6 Clearly Defined Concepts for Creating the New You 2015

Okay, here it comes. . . It is January 1st again. A time when most of us are making the commitment to get in shape, for real this time! Unfortunately it usually plays out to be the same silly song and dance we act out with ourselves as well as with others leading to a lack of sustainable success.  And yet, here we are (again), trying to fulfill some deep desire to make improvements to this elusive and vague thing called fitness. Kindly allow me to present you with a theory of why you may be continually falling short of

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Diets, Nutrition

9 New Rules of Lean Eating

You'd like your eating plan to work for you - to get you the results that you want without lots of complicated steps. The good news is that lean eating does not mean complicated eating...it just means eating smart. Read on for the NEW rules of lean eating that will make fat loss second nature. And don't worry, lean eating can still be very delicious. In fact, you'll find many of your new, lean meals to be better in flavor and more satisfying than your old, fattening eats. (more…)

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Health

Best Ways to Kick Sugar Cravings

Sugar is hidden in almost everything, and more pervasive now than ever before. It is almost unbelievable when looking around an eatery setting (restaurant, picnic tables, social gatherings, and work place cafeteria) how much of the foods we eat on a daily basis is laden in sugar. Why have we become a society of such sugar consumers? We are taught to even feed our little ones a 4 course meal of sugar (chocolate milk, boxed cereal or breakfast bars, crackers, pancakes with syrup, gummy and fruit snacks with yogurt, sauces, juices) and call it "healthy." It's no wonder that sugar

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Health

10 Ways to Kick Start a Change

Take a positive attitude and try to ingrain some short and simple habits into your daily routine: 1. Buy the ‘healthiest’ foods at the grocery store: I don’t mean buy the most expensive food. Buy the healthiest. Don’t look at the price. You won’t notice at the check-out counter. All the stress happens at the point of decision. Know that your body will feel better in the long run. 2. Try a healthy smoothie for breakfast: Kick the day off right with healthy raw veggies, quality proteins and natural fats. You won’t die without that coffee. Save your coffee for

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Health, Meditation

Natural Ways to Lower Blood Pressure

Pow-Pow-Power Walks: Exercise helps the heart use oxygen more efficiently, so it doesn't work as hard to pump blood. Get a vigorous cardio workout of at least 30 minutes on most days of the week. Pump those arms (all the way up to your ears!) Try increasing speed or distance and tackle some hills to give your heart a better workout. Plug in some energizing music to help motivate you! (more…)

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Fitness, Health, Pregnancy

Pregnancy and Exercise

There are so many conflicting "do's" and "don't's" these days when it comes to pregnancy and what is accepted from the stand point of the modern medical professions to cultural and even generational beliefs. It seems like every article I read seems to either contradict the last one, or encourages mothers-to-be to push the antiquated envelop of bed-ridden pregnancies. I read articles on cross fit and marathon women competing and racing well into their third trimesters, and huge supports and nay-sayers for both sides. It's like the "eggs are good and eggs are bad for you" argument. Which is it

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