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June 12, 2015

Is Gluten really that bad? It depends…

By now you’ve probably heard that gluten can be harmful, but do you know why? For many people, avoiding gluten has become a cultural as well as a dietary choice. Gluten allergies and sensitivities are on the rise and we hear about this everywhere. Although the gluten-free lifestyle appeals to roughly 30 percent of  U.S. adults, it seems like gluten is often misunderstood. I want to get to the bottom of this so I invited Dr. Tom O’Bryan, a highly esteemed clinician who specializes in Celiac disease and gluten sensitivity, to join me on the set of the Urban Monk TV show to talk about it.

As it turns out, there is a need for us to be concerned [...]

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June 2, 2015

Why You Should Do These 5 Exercises

Exercise leads to a healthier lifestyle, and the American Heart Association recommends we exercise at least 150 minutes a week to experience health benefits. But some of us don’t have the time or motivation. But don’t fret – we’ve found you five easy exercises for improved health.

(Note: If you haven’t exercised for some time or have health problems, make sure to check with your doctor before trying them.)

Pilates. Pilates is a type of exercise that strengthens your core, abs and lower back. Other benefits include improved posture, balance and flexibility. Pilates conditions the whole body, which enables you to further enjoy activities and sports, and prevent injury. [...]

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April 27, 2015

5 Natural Beauty Lines for a Greener Lifestyle

So, you’re going greener and more natural – you’re eating organic, riding your bike to work and investing in some hemp clothing. You are on your way… well, except for the fact that you have a makeup drawer full of not-so-green cosmetics, never mind your bathroom cabinet stacked with lotions and creams with labels that might as well be in a foreign language.

But, you really do love your makeup and skin care products. Must you give them up? If you want to live a healthier life, the answer is yes. Mainstream cosmetics and skin care lines are often full of chemicals that not only penetrate through your skin, but also make their way down through our drainage systems and into [...]

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March 27, 2015

Can Meditation Slow Aging?

Meditation alleviates stress, lowers blood pressure and increases energy levels, among other benefits. And now, according to recent studies, meditation might provide another benefit: decreasing aging in the brain.

As people age, they are at increased risk for mental illness and neurogenerative disease. However, UCLA researchers conducted a study in which they found that meditation seems to help preserve gray matter in the brain, which contains neurons, and is a sign of decreased aging. After comparing 50 people who meditated for years with 50 people who did not, scientists found that those who meditated had more gray matter in the brain than those who did not.

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