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Yoga and Meditation

yoga and mindfulness Oct 09, 2019

Yoga helps cultivate appropriate attitude towards life. These are some of the qualities of a healthy mind resulting from daily mindfulness practices, breath watching, yoga and meditation establishing you in the higher self.

  • Beyond anger
  • Beyond fear
  • Beyond passion
  • Devoid of possessiveness and egoism
  • Firm in understanding and un-bewildered
  • Engaged in doing good for all creatures
  • Friendly and compassionate to all
  • Pure hearted and skillful without expectation

 

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The Benefits of Vitamin B6: Not what you’re thinking!

  • B6 plays a vital role in supporting your blood, brain, immune system and metabolism, among other areas
  • Signs of B6 deficiency include anemia, confusion, depression, mouth and tongue inflammation and a weakened immune system

Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) is a water-soluble vitamin first isolated in the 1930s.1 The human body cannot synthesize B6, so one must obtain this nutrient from the diet or in the form of a dietary supplement.  B6 is naturally present in many foods, added to others (like fortified breakfast cereal). B6 is a generic term for six compounds with vitamin B6 activity, namely:2,3

  • Pyridoxine, an alcohol
  • Pyridoxal, an aldehyde
  • Pyridoxamine, which contains an amino group
  • And their phosphorylated forms

 

About B6, the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) writes:

Vitamin B6 in coenzyme forms performs a wide variety of functions in the body and is extremely versatile, with involvement in more than 100 enzyme reactions, mostly concerned with protein...

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Nutritional Tips for Athletes

Protein:

Protein helps maintain and support muscle formation and repairs within the human body. It can also help with energy. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, they suggest that athletes should consume between 0.5 to 0.8 grams of protein per pound of body weight. (6)For example, an athlete weighing 150 pounds would consume between 82 to 136 grams of protein daily. Your best source of protein can be found in the following foods: meats, eggs, beans, seeds, nuts, sprouts, quinoa and nut butters. It is best to avoid proteins with processed soy, dairy, or pork and any lunch meats containing nitrates or nitrites.

 

Carbohydrates:

Carbohydrates are used to provide energy during a workout or athletic event. Foods that are highly processed or contain sugar unfortunately do not provide the body with adequate nutrition. Over time, processed carbohydrates can cause excess fat storages, low energy levels, and muscle loss. (4)The carbohydrates you want to avoid...

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What’s hiding behind your blood sugar?

medical conditions Aug 01, 2019

You don’t just wake up one day and become diabetic.  In fact, there are virtually no symptoms that you may experience in early stages or in the pre-diabetes stage.  But then one day your annual blood tests come back and your doctor tells you that your Glucose was too high and your Hemoglobin A1C was over 6.4%.  What does that mean?  Where does that come from?  Why wasn’t I warned?  Now what?  All these questions may be going through your head at the time, but what you are about to find out is that there are hidden factors behind medications, diets, the foods we eat, and even hormones that may be contributing to the rise of the diabetic epidemic.  Diabetes does not have to be a progressive disease and can be controlled or even reversed with just a few changes to your lifestyle habits.  Even when you think you are exercising enough and eating the right foods, you may have been misinformed or maybe just “in the dark”...

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SUNSCREEN: IS IT AS SAFE AS WE ARE LED TO BELIEVE?

It’s that time of the years again, hot and sunny weather has arrived in the Midwest, at least for a little while.  During your participation in summer outdoor activities it may behoove you to be armed with a little bit more critical information when reaching for the sunscreen.

While there are certainly some instances where sunscreen may be prudent, these products are widely overused and contribute to widespread Vitamin D deficiency.  It is a commonly held natural health expert’s opinion that if you follow sensible sun exposure guidelines to prevent burning, these products are rarely needed.  One option is to get out of the sun or wear clothing the moment your skin starts to turn light pink.

 

Pilot Study Confirms Your Body Absorbs Toxins from Sunscreen 

In an FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) pilot study, four commonly used active ingredients in sunscreen are absorbed into your blood at levels that could potentially pose health risks. ...

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Concussion Nutritional Support

mental health Jun 01, 2019

“It is estimated that as many as 3.8 million concussions occur in the USA per year during competitive sports and recreational activities; however, as many as 50% of the concussions may go unreported.”1

A concussion is considered a mild form of a traumatic brain injury.  This happens when there is trauma (bump or blow) to the head during a sporting event or during a fall. During the impact, the brain is pushed in a back and forth motion against the skull. Generally speaking, a concussion is not a life-threatening injury, but the side effects can be very serious.

Depending on the type of injury, signs and symptoms of a concussion have the potential to show up immediately.  This occurs most often in high impact sports or car accidents. Often times, however, the symptoms can take up to 24 hours to a week before they appear in lower impact injuries. Some injuries may develop into Post-Concussion Syndrome. A diagnosis of Post-Concussion Syndrome is considered if 3 or...

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ENERGY BUSTERS

There seems to be never enough hours in the day to get things done.  Well, this is especially true if you have to take a nap mid-day.  Or if you don’t have the privilege to lie down, you may be experiencing symptoms like difficulty concentrating, lack of interest, moodiness, irritability, weight gain, or even depression. So, you hit the coffee bar and order an espresso drink thinking it will help “get you through the day”. This paints a picture for many.  But the days we have are precious and should never be taken for granted.  Whether it is affecting you at work, or just getting things done around the house, it can get severe if underlying conditions are not managed.  Usually, this doesn’t happen overnight.  There may have been signs along the way that were missed.  Troubleshooting your lack of energy can help make the most out of your day.

 

VITAMIN D

It is very easy to test Vitamin D levels in the blood.  Most...

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Causes of Dis-ease according to Ayurveda

ayurveda Apr 11, 2019

Ayurveda is an ancient medicine from India. Ayur means “life” and Veda means “knowledge”. According to Ayurveda the body can heal itself with the help of a competent physician, diet, herbs, daily routines and selfcare rituals as well as a therapeutic detoxification process called Pancha Karma.

According to Ayurveda below is the main causes of dis-ease:

1. Either excessive or little or wrong indulgence or utilization of our 5 senses: by either;

  • Artha – disharmonious connection between the 5 senses and the object of their desiresmell, taste, vision, hearing, touch. Examples are: over eating, watching violent or horror movies, or reading in dark areas, hearing violent language or listening to laud music, touch something harsh or hot, etc.
  • Kala – time – examples are prolonging time in procrastination or excessive duration of sleep or prolonged summer, short summer or long winter, or eating foods that are not in season.
  • Buddhi – mental...
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Daily Aspirin ISN’T recommended for heart benefits in older, healthy adults!

medical conditions Apr 01, 2019

In a recently published large international study the findings show that taking a low-dose aspirin as a preventative for heart attack or stroke is no longer recommended for adults age 70 or over, according to guidelines released in March 2019.

The new recommendations that were issued by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association, are a reversal of previous guidance that endorsed taking a baby aspirin daily to prevent cardiovascular problems in adults over age 50.  The two groups agreed that in older adults with low risk and no prior history of MI (heart attack) or stroke, the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding outweighed any heart benefit.

The changes come on the heels of the international study’s findings that even at low doses, long-term use of aspirin may be harmful, without providing any benefit, for older people who have not already had a heart attack or stroke.

Dr. Roger Blumenthal, co-chair of the 2019 ACC/AHA Guideline on the Primary...

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Anxiety

mental health Mar 02, 2019

Imagine, that you are sitting in a restaurant. At some point during the meal, you notice that your heart is beating faster than normal and that there is a slight pressure in your chest. You feel like you are having difficulty getting a breath in and you also notice that the lights in the restaurant are starting to bother you. You begin to hear every noise around you- a child clinking his silverware against his glass, the waiter writing down an order and conversations becoming increasingly louder. Suddenly, the restaurant feels overwhelming and small. At which point you may feel a tingling

sensation down your arms or your stomach cramping. You may be thinking, is this a heart attack? Why can’t I get a deep breath? Why is it so loud in here? What’s happening to me?

Chances are, if you have experienced any parts of the scenario listed above – You’ve had a panic attack. Panic attacks can occur anywhere and at any time.  A panic attack is often...

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