Pesticides, the Dirty Dozen, and the Clean 15

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fruits and vegetables

Does it really matter if we buy organic versus non-organic foods? What is the real difference between the two? Well, you might be surprised. There are over 400 pesticides currently licensed to be used on U.S. foods, but our exposure to thousands of others is “tolerated.”

“Pesticides” is a general term that the government and other agencies use to include insecticides, fungicides, rodenticides, insect repellants, weed killers, antimicrobials, and swimming pool chemicals designed to prevent, destroy, repel, or reduce pests of any sort.… Read more »

Heart Disease in Women

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Heart in hands

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women. The more you know about heart disease and the symptoms, the better chance you have of surviving. Heart attacks in women can have different symptoms than in men.
 
Symptoms of heart disease can include discomfort in your chest, nausea, heartburn, throat or jaw pain, feeling dizzy, swelling in your legs, feet and ankles, and pain that spreads to the arm. It is important to be aware of a few facts about gender differences as well as risk factors relating to women.… Read more »

Food and Your Soul

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vegan food

Food is fundamental to all life. It is basic to survival, meets security needs, can be used as a gift or reward, involves pride in preparation, and food can help us express our creativity through its innovative use and new recipes.
 
Besides being nutritious, food plays many different roles in our lives. Food is used to support religious and spiritual traditions, rituals, and ceremonies. For many of us, the type of foods we eat is dependent on where we live and what is available at any particular time.… Read more »

Now That The Holidays Are Over: Self-Care for Health and Well Being

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holiday watercolor

Now that the travel, and obligations, and stress of the holidays are over, you can catch your breath and think about the New Year. What will you do for yourself this year that will support your goals for health and well-being?
 
Caring for yourself is one of the most important things you can do for yourself, and it is also one of the easiest things to forget to do or put aside in favor of tending to others. Some say self-care “is like pouring water from a vessel.” You can only keep pouring the water if you’re refilling the vessel.… Read more »

Pre-Pet Checklist

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Many people receive pets as a gift during the holidays. Maybe you saw a cute kitten during your holiday shopping spree or your child has wanted a puppy for months. Holiday movies, television programs, and advertisements seem to make it seem like the best time to give a pet is under the tree on Christmas morning. However, not all Christmas pets live up to the hype and bringing a new animal into the home during a chaotic holiday season can lead to just the opposite of a positive beginning for the pet and the family.… Read more »

Breath and Health – What’s the Connection?

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One of the most profound healing techniques is free – and right under your nose! According to Andrew Weil, MD, one of the leaders in integrative medicine, learning how to breathe correctly is probably the most important practice you can use to support good health.

Breath control can provide many health benefits. It can:

  • Lower blood pressure;
  • Reduce or eliminate heart arrhythmias;
  • Relieve chronic indigestion;
  • Increase blood circulation throughout your body;
  • Improve immune function;
  • Decrease anxiety;
  • Improve sleep;
  • Improve energy; and
  • Improve your sense of well-being.
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Burnout Can Severely Increase Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

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Workers in the United States tend to log more and longer hours, and continue working much later in life, than most people in industrialized nations. Combine this with some of the shortest vacation time in the world, and these workers often suffer from burnout, a state of emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress that leads to a progressive spiral of diminished health. This can become a chronic condition, leaving those who suffer from it feeling fatigued, hopeless, resentful, and more prone to obesity, insomnia, anxiety, and workplace errors.… Read more »

Monkey-Mind and Mindfulness

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Do you struggle with monkey-mind (a mind that jumps from thought to thought like a monkey jumps from tree to tree)? The monkey mind is not content with being in the present moment, but rather is constantly distracted by the thoughts that pass through it. Is your brain unsettled, restless, inconstant, confused, indecisive, or uncontrollable? By practicing mindfulness meditation, neuroscientists have reported that after only eight weeks of mindfulness meditation, 30 minutes a day, you can not only calm your mind but your brain can create new brain cells (neurons) and connections between those neurons.… Read more »

Stress in the Workplace

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Are you overwhelmed by workplace stress? You are not alone. For most us, the workplace is ever changing and a major source of daily stress. Economic upheavals, downsizing, layoff worries, mergers, and bankruptcies have cost hundreds of thousands of workers their jobs while millions more wonder how long they will be employed. The economic and personal health effects of workplace stress are at epidemic levels, making it one of the most important health challenges of the 21st century.

The nature of work today is changing at whirlwind speed.… Read more »

The Secret to Living to 100

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What’s the secret to living to 100? How long are you likely to live? Living to be 100 was once a rare event, but that is changing. Today, centenarians are the fastest growing segment of our population, and science is slowly unraveling their secrets.

Health officials predict that by 2050, more than 800,000 Americans will be living into their second century of life. These new centenarians are not frail, ailing, or housebound. Most are mentally alert, relatively free of disabilities, and active members of society.… Read more »