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You are drinking the wrong wine!

wine

There are practices in wine making that I had no idea about. Although I really like it, I’m not an everyday wine drinker like some of my friends. I have always been interested in the health benefits, as well as the historical and spiritual benefits. My perception of wine making was always a natural one – a vineyard of rolling hills, hand picked and foot squished grapes, and farmhouses filled with oak barrels of fermenting grape juice.

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Stay hydrated, stay efficient

A hydrated mind

Many people are so used to being dehydrated, that they no longer recognize the normal signal of thirst. Any loss of water equaling 2-3% of our body weight will begin to affect performance adversely.

Water is required for everything from regulating blood pressure and body temperature to making sure your heart works correctly and that your brain is capable of doing its daily tasks. Loss of 4-5% of body weight in water results in reduced carrying capacity of the blood for nutrients (to the brain), as well as reduced ability to remove heat from the body. If you don’t stay hydrated you will be more susceptible to “brain fog”.

A hydrated body

The human body is full of water, your muscles and your brain are about 75% water, your blood is about 82% water, your skin is made up of about 70% water, and your bones are about 25% water.

In addition to helping your body maintain a stable temperature, staying hydrated — ideally by drinking water every 15 minutes or so during sporting events — helps keep your muscles strong and active. Water helps your body transport oxygen to your muscles, which means they are also more efficient during physical labor.

If your body is not hydrated, it doesn’t work efficiently. Even mild dehydration will slow down one’s metabolism as much as 3%. Slower metabolism means more fat stored and less used as fuel for your body.

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Why do people go on a cleanse?

Why do people go on a cleanse or a detox? When is it legit, when is it hype? Do most do it because it sounds sexier, cooler, trendier, and healthier than going on a “diet”? People who follow a program of strict or clean eating, or sometimes non-eating, and eventually return to their normal, unhealthier patterns, make a cleanse look more like a good old fashion weight loss diet.

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Should you eat nuts and seeds?

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Raw, organic nuts (make sure they are raw and organic!) are a great source of healthy, unsaturated fats, fiber, vitamins, antioxidants and plant sterols. Many doctors will recommend nuts as a heart healthy snack food, as evidence has shown that people who eat nuts and seeds have higher overall health, are less likely to suffer from cardiovascular issues, and have less incidence of diabetes.

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Why you shouldn’t eat breakfast or eat before a workout.

Dr. Mercola keeps posting articles on this subject, and it has me tickled pink because although this is what I have done intuitively for over 20 years, it goes against what almost all health professionals claim, which is: eat breakfast, it should be your biggest meal of the day.

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Put these 5 things into your mouth instead of a cigarette.

You just quit smoking – Yay!! Or maybe you are still “planning” on quitting, but you just haven’t made that full commitment. Either way, your intention is to improve your health, so congratulations! Let’s look at what you could put in your mouth instead of a cigarette.

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PEMF is a Pulsed Electromagnetic Field and it’s good for your health

PEMF

Get ready, this is a longer post than we usually do, but most people have not heard of PEMF. We hadn’t either until recently. We are amazed at what we have learned, and excited to share this therapy. PEMF stands for Pulsed ElectroMagnetic Field. A PEMF device sends a magnetic pulse that emits a three dimensional magnetic field into the body. This helps to re-energize the cells by inducing electrical changes within them, which restores the cells to a more normal and healthier state.

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Top 10 Benefits of Adaptogens. Wait, what are Adaptogens?

Adaptogens are a rare group of botanicals and mushrooms possessing unique properties that can offer a safe and natural way to contribute to full body health. Adaptogens promote a holistic balance within the body, helping you adapt to mental and physical stress and fatigue.

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When bad foods become really bad

Making decisions about what foods to consume when it comes to our health, can be very simple, yet extremely complicated at the same time. We know the bad foods for obvious reasons, but often times there is more to the story. Knowing the really good foods from the really bad foods becomes especially important when choosing foods for specific reasons like disease prevention, or treatment.

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Who wants great hair? Men and Women of all ages. Go get Biotin? You can do better!

Biotin

We recently posted about “What to look for when in the market for a good B Complex supplement”. One of the ingredients in a good B Complex is Biotin. We see lots of “pins” of Biotin supplements on Pinterest boards for hair, skin, nails, beauty, and wedding prep. The brands typically shown are … meh.

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Addressing facial wrinkles holistically

The appearance of facial wrinkles and lines are generally acquired over time. Emotional expressions are a form of tension. Habitual emotions result from unresolved conflicts, suspicions, fears, etc. These emotions reflect themselves in the facial musculature and appear as skin lines, furrows and wrinkles.

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CBD Oil. Know what to look for!

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THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) is the psychoactive component of Cannabis, but as the debate rages on about the legalities and uses, there is no denying the surge in CBD oil and hemp supplements hitting the market, all with a plethora of health claims and promises.

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6 Big Reasons to Appreciate Aloe

As you read through these bullet points keep in mind that most of them could apply to conditions inside and outside of the body! Aloe can be used directly from the plant, or purchased as juice and gels. Always make sure you are consuming and using the highest quality products to give yourself the maximum nutrition that aloe has to offer.

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How to quit soda, sports drinks and coffee.

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A gradual transition is usually needed for eliminating soda, sports drinks, and coffee from your diet. But it is totally doable if you know where to start. Give yourself the chance to move away from those not so healthy drinks to ones that will actually support your health, rather than degrade it. Resolve to quit soda once and for all!

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Recipe: Spiced Pumpkin Bread Gluten-free and Vegan if desired

Spiced Pumpkin Bread

This spiced pumpkin bread is perfect as a breakfast treat or mid-day snack. The inspiration was adapted from the pumpkin spice bread recipe in “The Joy of Vegan Baking” by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau. The recipe uses an egg replacement since it is vegan, but can be adapted by using 3 eggs in place of the flaxseed.

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