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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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Charley Horses, Leg Cramps and Foot Spasms, Oh My!

If you frequent painful muscle spasms in the foot or legs, you are not alone. These often short lived but sometimes debilitating leg occurrences are brought on by overused or injured muscles, dehydration, having low levels of minerals such as potassium or calcium, or pregnancy. They can sneak up on you in the middle of the night or occur during a workout (especially if you are challenging your body to do new movements or heavier weights). Upper leg spasms are more common with running or jumping activities. Spasm in the neck (cervical spine) can be a sign of stress. Let’s take a look at additional causes of these painful spasms and ways to prevent them!

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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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Excess Estrogen: Natural Ways to Beat Estrogen Dominance

Most people are walking around with an excess of estrogen in the body. That is why, perhaps girls are now reaching puberty at 9 years of age, and there is such a growing problem with fertility and reproduction in our developed countries. Estrogen is a hormone that is produced primarily in the ovaries in women and in the testes in men. For men, it plays an important role in sperm production and bone maintenance.  Estrogen is also produced by other tissues in both men and women, including fat and the brain. People with great amounts of stored fat (especially belly fat) have higher levels of estrogen.

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6 Healthiest Irish Foods

Whether you are of Irish decent or not, it seems like everyone around the United States is celebrating the nation’s day of green. Most people know of St. Patrick’s day as a day to wear green clothes, joke with the kids about Leprechaun, start yet another excuse to down some green beer and eat some hearty Irish foods. Though this mid-march practice seems like the farthest tradition away from a spring detox, there ARE some healthy options when having your jolly O’ time. Below are some of the healthiest Irish food and drink options on this day of (bar) hoppin’ and (arm) pinchin’.

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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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Top Foods That Melt Away Anxiety, Worry and Stress

There are certain power foods in most of our reach that can help fight off the feelings of nervousness, anxiety, worry and stress. While there are no magic foods or pills out there, people should know that incorporating specific foods have been scientifically proven to calm nerves and lift mood. A general key when it comes to foods that reduce stress and anxiety is to find foods that are high in zinc, iron, B vitamins, vitamin C, iodine and magnesium (commonly lost from the body during the stress response). The following are my favorite picks for go-to-options when feeling worried, anxious or nervous and stressed. Also remember to de-stress with daily meditation practice and exercise.

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Foods That Relax the Mind and Body

You probably know that many people turn to food when they’re feeling stressed. What you may not know is that science has proven some foods are actually excellent stress-reducers. The trick is to pick the right foods. Sure, high sugar treats may make you feel better for an hour or so, but then your blood sugar will crash and you’ll feel more fatigued and stressed than before. Instead, choose healthy foods that not only nourish your body, but relax your muscles and nerves.

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