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November 25, 2015

5 Ways to Prevent a Holiday Hangover

It’s one thing to eat well and stay healthy if you’re home all the time and are able to cook and make your own food choices, but it becomes more challenging when your schedule is full of parties and family dinners… which are bound to come up during the holiday season!

Too many rich foods or alcoholic beverages might not seem like a big deal as they’re happening, but over time they will have serious effects on your weight, mood, and hormonal balance.

As women, our monthly cycles are extremely sensitive and require the proper nutrition and self-care to stay balanced.

I wanted to give you a quick checklist of the things I do before, during and after holiday [...]

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November 24, 2015

4 Indoor Plants that Purify the Air in Your Home

Earlier this year, the Environmental Health Perspectives journal reported that cleaner indoor air – that is, air with lower concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) – has been associated with significant improvements in cognitive performance.

Apart from breathing and ventilation, concentrations of indoor CO2 and VOCs can be affected by everyday objects found in the home or office, such as marker pens, nail polish, vinyl materials, wood varnish, electronic equipment, building materials, and the use of candles and gas burners. At high levels, CO2 and VOCs are known to contribute to a variety of adverse [...]

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November 23, 2015

THE Crucial Fundamental to a Well-Lived Life

A well-lived life is all about increasing choice. The more choice, the better your life. Which aspects of life, though, could be a choice—and which can’t? What allows us to have choice? Let’s look more closely.

We have no choice about several aspects of being human:

Everything in the universe is impermanent and eventually ends, falls apart, or dies.

We have no control over many forces in the universe: gravity, cosmic rays, earthquakes, the sun, etc.

We need air, water, food, shelter, love, and a certain temperature range—or we can’t survive.

We’re sensitive. We’re prone to injuries and disease.

Others have their own agenda. What they do often [...]

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November 22, 2015

How To #FixFood In A Toxic World

Toxins come in more than just our food. They come into our bodies via thoughts, actions, and words. And they all have an impact on our energy and health so becoming aware of the toxic patterns in your life is as important as eating clean.

After co-creating the Oscar-nominated documentary Super Size Me, and writing three books on vegan cooking and nutrition, I found myself craving meat. Working for eleven years to share a style of eating that had helped me heal my body was my passion and my livelihood.

Then, after a decade of plant-based living, my health started to devolve, my hormones changed, and my body started asking for the food it needed now: animal [...]

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November 21, 2015

Can Sugar Injections Relieve Chronic Pain?

We keep hearing we should stay away from sugar and find natural alternatives, but sugar may not always be our foe. In fact, sugar injections could possibly help relieve chronic joint and muscle pain.

The method of injecting patients with dextrose (sugar water) is known as prolotherapy, which promotes inflammation in an injured tissue. But how can this be if inflammation is the source of the problem? It turns out the process can trigger the body’s natural healing response.

Naturopathic doctor at the Rocky Mountain Wellness Clinic in Colorado, Dr. Matthew Brennecke weighs in: “This may sound counterintuitive, as that [inflammation] is what we ideally want to avoid, but [...]

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