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Staying Hydrated With More Than Just Water

Though school is slowly resuming across the country and the fall season is around the corner, there are many parts (like where I live) of the country where daily temperatures still reach around 100 degrees fahrenheit. It is very important to keep hydrated, as we are only as optimal as the liquids we consume, use and bathe in. In this week’s Chopra Center Lifestyle Newsletter, there was a simple and easy to follow article about staying hydrated with foods (not necessarily just drinking water). It is a good reminder that we can acquire hydration from may different aspects.

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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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Crohn’s Disease: 7 Vitamins That Help

Crohn’s disease is generally labeled under auto-immune and inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD).  It is an inflammation or series of inflammations that can occur anywhere along the gastrointestinal tract from the oral cavity to the anus. These inflammations can be found throughout (in multiple areas) the lining of the GI tract and may extend deep into its walls. People who live with Crohn’s disease are living with the everyday notion that proper nutrition, absorption and digestion of nutrients from the foods eaten may be a challenge. Below are 7 of the recommended vitamins found to be most beneficial for people living with Crohn’s disease and everyday 100% essential oils to use in conjunction with the condition. 

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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! 

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Super “Fruit”: Pichuberry

The very versatile Pichuberry has hit mainstream markets here in the United States. Originating in Peru and deemed as another amazing super “fruit” from the South Americas, the Pichuberry promises to be anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, weight controller, a powerful antioxidant, high in vitamin D, A, C and Niacin. It is very low glycemic and has a sweet/tart flavor. Pichuberries are a part of the eggplant and tomatoes family and has little seeds in the middle. The seeds are edible and the Pichuberries are being made in breads, muffins, nutrition bars, as juice, dessert, salad toppers, as jams, and a perfect pairing with cheese, as well as eaten raw and on its own.

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12 Top Foods For Pregnant Moms and Growing Peanuts

There are so many lists of foods that are on the “do not eat” list for pregnant women. I like to make expecting mothers’ lives a little easier and provide foods that are best for mom and baby in the belly consumption. Of course, a wide variety of whole and fresh foods is ideal, but below is a list of top foods to help growing baby develop best as well as keeping mommy healthy, energetic and well.

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Top 10 Nutrition Essentials for the Home

I get a lot of emails from people asking me what are the most healthy and essential foods that they should eat on a daily basis and what are examples of foods I eat at home. Though it may seem near impossible to many to incorporate superfoods in every meal, especially for a busy, (sometimes traveling) and picky household, there are easy staples to base your meals from. I turn to the following 10 nutrition essentials when designing a meal plan for myself and for my family. Not only are they all power foods, they are versatile, delicious and should be found in every healthy kitchen.

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Benefits of Mushrooms and Best Types to Eat

Mushrooms are a fabulous source of Vitamin D, antioxidants, immunity boosting vitamins and minerals and metabolism booster. There are many different types of mushrooms that yield various benefits. The following are the top 8 types of mushrooms and the greatness they provide the body once consumed. Eat mushrooms daily or as much as you can. It is also said to be an anti-aging and bladder detoxifying superfood!

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Too Much of a Good Thing? Not So Good Afterall.

We have all heard and probably repeated the middle of the road saying, “Moderation is key” to ourselves and others when it comes to eating bad, eating well, engaging in risky behavior or even using habits that seem healthy. But can diving into cyclical habits of the far extreme (or just too much for one’s body to handle) always yield a positive reaction, when what we are doing seems at first good for us and healthy?

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Optimal Nutrition and Healing Habits: What to Eat Post Surgery or Hospital Stay

An article from the Human Nutrition, Applied Nutrition Journal and US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health reported that individuals/patients on a surgical, a medical, an accident service and an elective orthopedic ward were given foods that reflected a very low daily intake of iron and vitamins as compared to those recommended for healthy adults. When I worked in hospitals and rehabilitation centers in Florida and in California, I noticed that people recovering from major surgery, those battling cancer, patients that were recovering from pneumonia and those in hospital beds for chronic illnesses were given white bread, canned (saturated with sodium) soups and canned (marinated in sugar water) fruits, and Jell-O. I questioned many times to myself and to the dietary staff, as well as hospital/rehabilitation management how people (most of them seniors) were supposed to recuperate when we are feeding them junk food that was essentially “dead”?

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