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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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Essential Oils, Health

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. Here are 20 ways to use Lavender on a daily basis! (more…)

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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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Essential Oils, Health, Nutrition

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 hormone 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! (more…)

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Acupuncture, Health

Acupuncture and Staying Healthy During Cold and Flu Season

We are in the thick of it now. . . Cold and flu season. "This year it is predicted that there will be 1 billion colds and 95 million cases of the flu in the United States alone. While the misery of cold and flu season might be inevitable, one thing is changing: where we look for relief." Dr. Anna Dolopo is a very esteemed Acupuncturist in Orange County, California and features health articles on her "Move Your Qi" site and blog. Below is a great read on best ways to stay healthy during the cold and flu season. (more…)

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Essential Oils, Health

9 Natural Ways to Prevent the Cold and Flu

Flu season has started in many parts of the United States, and will last through the holidays. Unless you have countless hours of sick days you wish to cash in, preventative measures are the best rules of thumb when trying to out smart the flu or cold, which can both leave you feeling under the quickly changing weather. Below are my favorite natural and beneficial ways to prevent the flu, whether you are 2 years old or 90!  (more…)

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Children, Health

Your Napping and Sleeping Children: 6 Habits and Practices for Parents

A recent study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health suggests that consistency of young children's bedtime is associated with positive performance on a variety of intellectual tests (CNN Health, 2013). While routine and consistent habits foster a safe and steady rhythm for growing children, additional habits could possibly provide parents with some calmer, happier and more agreeable children during the "witching hour" that leads to final  bed time. Feed Your Children "Calm"  1. Prepare and feed your children foods from scratch. Avoid fast and pre-packaged foods. 2. Try to stay away from processed foods with refined starches, sugars,

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Health, Nutrition

Habits and Foods That Boost Mind and Body Energy Naturally

Sensitive to coffee, caffeine or in the middle of a detox that doesn't have even green tea on the list of foods allowed? Don't fret! There are many natural ways to boost the body and mind energy, including taking a cold shower, eating specific foods like certain nuts and even certain exercises. Next time you hit snooze on that alarm clock in the morning or your eyes begin crossing as you are staring through the computer screen at 3 pm, take note of the following go-to remedies to boost alertness, energy and mood. (more…)

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Health

Best Ways to Lower Blood Pressure Without Medication

According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease is the number one killer in the United States. More than 2,600 people die of heart disease every day, which translates into one cardiovascular death every 33 seconds. Is this because the average American consumes a diet high in fat, cholesterol, calories and salt, and sedentary and stressful lifestyle? The heart, a muscle about the size of a fist, is one of the hardest working organs in our bodies. Over the course of an average life span, it beats about two and a half billion times without ever taking a break. The

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