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The Healing Powers of Nature – 5 ways to use nature for optimal health

Do you feel tired, stressed out, or somehow disconnected?  A walk in the forest might be your prefect solution.  Regarded by many cultures as the ultimate healer, humans have a vast history of turning towards nature for solutions, and for good reason! Nature is a powerful source of healing energies, herbal remedies, filtered air and water- mother earth is really what keeps us alive. In a world of social media, political drama and technology, it’s easy to feel tired, disconnected and stressed out! Even if you eat the cleanest diet and exercise daily, connecting with our mother nature is crucial for our optimal health. Here are some amazing things she provides for us. #1 SUNLIGHT Staying inside, and sitting at...

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2017 Nobel Prize in Medicine sheds “Light on Light”, the science of shut eye

It may be a lot less glamorous, or award worthy, than the research on cancer immunotherapy and editing genes, but don’t underestimate the significance of your biological clock (aka circadian rhythm) and its impact on your daily life. Three scientists:  Hall, Rosbash and Young, were recognized in Stockholm this year, for their fundamental research on how humans, animals and plants, sync up their biological clocks with the earth’s revolutions. Your important bodily functions work on a 24-hour cycle, regulated by a gene and a group of proteins that work together to control your daily rhythms. This precise clockwork functions at a cellular level, as the protein PER builds up during the night and deteriorates throughout the day.  Things like body...

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Natural remedy for anxiety, depression and mood disorders

In a worldwide study on depression, researchers from the University of Queensland (Australia) have found that 5-7% of the world's population are reported as clinically depressed, while close to half of the global population experience some form of regular anxiety, depression and mood disorders. It is estimated that 350 million people take their own lives every single year. Although billions of dollars are spent each year on 'Mental Health Awareness' and 'medical advances', the rate of depression and suicide continues to rise, especially in North America. Although depression is a multifaceted issue with a multitude of variants, advances in biological and nutritional sciences have made it very clear that there is a direct correlation between a healthy brain and good...

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Can you really feed your brain?

Absolutely, you can. The easiest and maybe even the best way to support your memory and cognitive skills is to incorporate the right foods into your diet.  What is brain food exactly?  It’s food rich in nutrients known to help you focus and support your critical thinking skills, both now and in the future by nursing your neurons and avoiding the ravages of chronic inflammation. Here are 8 ways you can feed your brain: Walnuts – coincidentally, what looks like a brain, is great for your brain. With a very high concentration of DHA, an Omega 3 fat, these nuts are effective antioxidants that help optimize brain function and repair. Research shows that consuming walnuts results in lower blood pressure...

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Calorie Counting’s gone out of style

So long, deprivation and hunger pangs.  The data is in –  Single mindedly tracking calories doesn’t work. It’s not a simple equation.  Starving yourself has several inherent flaws:  Your body doesn’t get the nutrition it needs to function effectively. You are biologically programmed to protect your fat stores. As you eat less, your metabolism slows down to conserve energy.  If your brain thinks it’s starving, your body responds, trying to keep you alive, making it almost impossible to lean out. There’s a high incidence of failure, as you overcompensate, by eating all the high calorie foods you’ve previously given up, because your will power is diminished. It’s just not sustainable. Next thing you know, you're back where you started, or...

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