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Stress Weight Gain = Belly Fat. Be aware of the connection to hormone imbalance & insulin resistance.

Several studies have demonstrated that people with elevated levels of serum cortisol (caused by continual stress) were at a greater risk for developing insulin resistance, abdominal obesity, and diabetes, in addition to other blood lipid abnormalities and hormone imbalances. Stress weight gain is a completely different topic than simple weight gain.

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Book Review: The Matcha Miracle

The Matcha Miracle

Alert calm. That is a great description for one of matcha’s side effects. What is matcha? The simple explanation is that it is ground up green tea leaves. The tea leaves are ground so fine that the powder dissolves in water. This preparation has been used for centuries in the Far East.

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4 things I am going to do to prevent the symptoms of menopause.

Around 1950 is when the discomforts of modern menopause started to appear in women of the “menopausal age”. Hot flashes, mood swings, night sweats, anxiety, depression, and more. Today, over 70% of American women experience these complaints. I want to figure out how to be one of the 30% that doesn’t.

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Fitness Nutrition

Fitness Nutrition

Are you still relying on counting calories to determine your nutritional needs? This is an old way of thinking and involves outdated science. The new approach to fitness nutrition emphasizes nutrient density. What is your workout philosophy? Push – push – push? If so, you may be missing a key component to fitness: recovery.

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Book Review: The Adrenal Fatigue Solution

The Adrenal Fatigue Solution

What is Adrenal Fatigue (AF)? Is it true that almost 80 percent of adults experience AF at some point throughout their lives? Why is it so under-diagnosed yet so prevalent? Why do our healthcare systems and insurance companies have trouble recognizing it?
Wait, do I have Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome? What can I do about it and who can help?

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10 Steps to a Healthy Body and Mind on your Wedding Day.

1. Take your supplements – Use a B complex for energy, beautiful skin, and healthy metabolism. B’s get depleted easily when you are busy multitasking. Additionally, adrenal support supplements can help you feel calm and refreshed, inhibiting fatigue and tension as to-do lists grow!

2. Exercise – Exercising will help you get toned up for the big day, plus it’s a great stress reliever. Find something that you enjoy that will keep you motivated – cross train and explore new activities. When all else fails, something you can easily do everyday, no matter what – power walk!

3. Drink a lot of water -This is the beauty secret you always hear about because it works! Being properly hydrated makes you look & feel so much better and can help calm hunger sensations. Try water with fruit and citrus for a nice variety and antioxidant boost!

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Lose Weight, Increase Metabolism, and Detox. Step 6: Get these “in check” or they will sabotage you.

Once you have committed to healthy change, you tend to notice positive changes right away. These changes motivate you to “stick with it”. Overtime, even though you are healthier, it can feel like you have hit a plateau. Your perception is that the positive changes have come to an end. This is when you have to dig a little deeper into the issues that can sabotage your progress.

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You need a longterm daily strategy for building and keeping your energy up.

Lack of energy goes beyond what you feel as “tired”. Low energy or fatigue affects our unconscious processes like digestion, circulation, and immune response. Every biological function is affected, therefore so is our overall health. A longterm daily strategy is needed for building and keeping your energy up.

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Rhodiola – support during acute or chronic stress, promoting physical & mental energy & stamina

It can be a challenge to continually look at the bright side of things in times of constant stress no matter how hard we try. We think we are doing ok, and realize much later that the physical, mental, and emotional stress has taken a toll on our health. (more…)

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Magnesium tidbits for wellness

Over the years I have grown to really value the important roles magnesium has in the body. I have seen it help many of my family members and friends with many different needs from muscle cramping to anxiety. For this post we will follow the same format we used for the top 20 reasons we love supplements. This list will continue to grow with interesting tidbits that might be helpful to you as we remember to add things, or learn new facts.

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Nicole’s Top 6 Tips For Staying Healthy: Sleep, Tea, Workouts, Eating Well, Supplements, Neti Pot

Nicole hopes these tips help you stay healthy this season, or anytime you are feeling a little out of sorts. “I can’t stress enough about listening to your body and then making changes when you first feel something going on!” Check out her top 6.

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Burnt out? Fatigued? Exhausted? Prolonged exposure to stress can = “Adrenal Burnout”

According to the American Psychological Association, most Americans are suffering from moderate to high stress, with 44% reporting that their stress levels have increased over the past six years. When we experience excessive stress—whether from internal worry or external circumstance—a bodily reaction is triggered, called the “fight-or-flight” response.

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Love Eleutherococcus. Adrenal exhaustion, no thank you. Mental and physical stamina, yes please!

We just did a post about one of Dr. Lauren’s favorite adaptogens. The more we talked about it, the more excited we got! Here are more buzz words on Eleutherococcus. You may have heard it called Siberian Ginseng in the past, but this is no longer the proper term. Take a look at this gorgeous plant!

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Do you know what sea vegetables are? Are your iodine levels low? How is your metabolism?

I was surprised to hear one of my friends did not know what sea vegetables are. The subject came up when she told me her recent blood work showed that her iodine levels were a bit low. I know very little about iodine and thyroid health, this is a very delicate issue and unique to all individuals.

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5 reasons not to buy bottled water in plastic

Bisphenol A or BPA is an estrogen mimicking chemical in plastic linked to impaired brain function, immune function, hormonal function, and metabolism. Also remember, BPA can affect babies and toddlers as well. If you are using plastic bottles, switch to glass to avoid BPA contamination.

Phthalates make plastics, like polyvinyl chloride (PVC), more flexible. Phthalates are endocrine-disrupting chemicals that have been linked to a wide range of developmental and reproductive effects, as well as cancers and tumors.

Dioxin – Ultraviolet rays from the sun or high temperatures will accelerate leaching of the chemicals from plastic bottles into the water. This includes dioxin, which is also released into bottled water when it is left in the sun. Dioxin has a strong link to breast cancer.

Pharmaceuticals – Disposing of your unused prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) drugs in the garbage instead of down the toilet doesn’t mean this eliminates the threat of your water supply being contaminated. Drugs that were never meant to be used together get combined into the drinking water you consume every day. Millions of people have drug allergies. Could the unusual symptoms you’ve been exhibiting be due to ingesting small doses of the drugs you’re allergic to from your drinking water or bottled water? There is no guarantee that pharmaceuticals are not present in your bottled water. About 40 percent of bottled water is nothing more than bottled tap water.

Environmental – 67 Million bottles are used each day and about 10% of those actually get recycled. If we factor in the cost of fuel for transportation of these bottles, and the fact that usually more water is used to process and fill the bottles, than actually makes it into the bottle, bottled water really just starts to sound absurd.

What to do? Don’t buy bottled water in plastic. Transport filtered water from home to ensure a safe supply on the go. Using a glass or steel bottle will bypass the risks associated with carrying filtered water in plastic. When you must buy bottled water on the go, check the coolers for glass bottle options like Mountain Valley Spring Water, Voss, and Perrier to name a few.

And don’t forget – consider the quality of water you are using on a regular basis for cooking, washing, and showering.

Featured photo shows an Instagram photo of Melanie using a glass bottle in her car on the go.

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