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Stress and Supplements. Adapting to our Modern Day Lifestyles via superfoods and herbs in capsules.

Books and research on the subject of stress are everywhere now. This is an opportunity to point out how supplements have become so valuable in our modern day lifestyles. Even though you can argue that people from the beginning of time have dealt with various stressors, the nutritional component was also up to par to support the stressors of those times.

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Nutrients needed for energy

Nutrients needed for energy

There are 5 nutrients needed for energy (especially when it comes to getting the most from your workouts) that are often overlooked. They are the keys that unlock optimal sports nutrition, and we tend to take them for granted. Being aware of their importance will remind you to choose foods and supplements that will support your fitness goals and your best health.

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Calling for an end to fad diets!

What if we stopped treating the body like it was defective? What if instead, we began to take care of ourselves, nourish and respect our bodies and allow them to work properly? Hi, I am a Registered Dietician, and I’m calling for an end to fad diets. My proposal:

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Wedding Wellness Question? Did you or will you workout on your wedding day? Why, when, & how?

We can see both sides of the story. For some of you, adding a workout to your wedding day will be the most routine thing you do on the big day. You will find value and calm by making sure you have time for a workout. Many of you know the workout high will also keep you coasting throughout the day.

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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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10 Wellness questions to ask yourself

Here are 10 wellness questions you typically don’t get asked, or do not think to ask yourself very often.  Sometimes being questioned helps us see what is connected or disconnected in all aspects of our lives, especially health. When you visit any kind of good health care practitioner, what is the main thing they do? They ask questions, and listen.

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10 More Wellness Questions to ask yourself so you can move in the direction of your best health.

When you go day in and day out not feeling great, sometimes you can get trapped into thinking that is just the way it has to be. At some point many people realize it is time to make changes, but don’t know where to start. That’s one of the reasons we run this blog, to be a source of healthy information and options for discovering your best health.

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Guest post: Gluten and GMO’s

A non-celiac gluten-sensitive friend recently returned from Paris reporting that while away, he’d eaten a croissant every morning and felt fine. Another gluten sensitive pal spent a week in Spain enjoying the crusty country bread with no ill effects. More and more, I hear from those who are sensitive to gluten happily eating in foreign countries what makes them so sick at home. How is it possible for the same substance to make you sick here, but not over there?

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Everyday Cleanse Series: Feel like you can’t start a healthier lifestyle without a jump start?

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Are you always saying
 “I am going to start Monday” and never do!? It’s important to stop that way of thinking so you stop setting yourself up for failure. 
All you have to do to obtain a healthier lifestyle is this – jump start NOW, do not wait – it is just an excuse.

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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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Chicken Cassoulet with aromatic herbs Rosemary and Thyme. Boost brain power while you cook!

Not all of our readers eat strictly a vegan or vegetarian diet. We have paleo followers, as well as “normal” families just trying to eat a cleaner, more wholesome diet. No matter what types of food you consume, spend the extra time and money to purchase free range/pasture raised, hormone and antibiotic free meat. Look for local, family owned, non-GMO, and organic options, and always choose pesticide, chemical, and preservative free foods. Nutrition and health come from food first, and the choices you make today impact the future of your health and the health of our planet.

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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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Guest Post: Healthy Holiday Tips

It’s holiday time! How does that make you feel? Happy and excited? Or stressed and bloated? Holidays can be a challenging time, especially if you are struggling to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Temptations abound. The pressure to meet holiday expectations — our own and those of other people — is on. Then there are all of those time-honored traditions we feel compelled to follow. No wonder so many people feel relieved when it is all over.

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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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Self Assessment Checklist

When you are on the road of change, sometimes you have to stop to smell the roses. In today’s fast pace world, we want quick results and simply want to be told what to do so that we don’t have to think about it for ourselves. This gets us by for a while, but before you know it, usually in times of crisis or stress overload, we have lost our connection to how we really feel inside, physically, mentally, and emotionally. This disconnect impairs our ability to heal, be productive, and thrive. The idea that if we don’t take care of ourselves first, we cannot optimally take care of others, is so true.

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