Inflammation Part 1 - Foods That Reduce Chronic Inflammation

We all know what pain feels like i.e., a sharp pain from a stomach cramp, a stinging pain from a bug bite or a throbbing pain from pulling a muscle. Pain can often lead to inflammation, but what exactly is inflammation?

Inflammation is the body’s natural response to protect itself from injury, infection or a foreign substance it deems dangerous. We all know what pain feels like, but what exactly is inflammation?

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How to Boost Your Immune System and Avoid Colds and Flu

In the United States, cold and flu viruses begin to increase during October and can last through May. That is eight long months of potential coughs, sniffles, sneezes, fevers and aches and pains.  

Have you ever noticed how some people seem to pick up a virus more often than others? Where do you stand on the spectrum: can you go through a cold and flu season without catching more than one mild cold or do you get hit harder with several viruses during the eight months? 

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How to Make Healthy Eating a Habit in 8 Simple Steps

Not everyone believes in the importance of nutrition and the connection between what you put in your mouth and how you feel. If they did, 1 out of 2 adults would not have a chronic health problem. On the other hand, many people do recognize the connection between nutrition and how you feel, but they do not know where to begin or how to break a non-nourishing eating cycle.

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How I Quit Smoking for Good in 5 Simple Steps

Today marks day 365 as a non-smoker after being a pack-a-day smoker for 15 years. A year ago, I could have only hoped this day would come, but I could not be certain. I chose to quit at a unique time in my life while living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where smoking is widely expected and does not carry the negative stigma like it does in the U.S.

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5 Superfoods You Should be Using In Your Smoothies

Experimenting with different superfoods can really boost the nutritional value of your smoothies and lifestyle. I recently hung a shelf in my kitchen displaying all of my go-to smoothie superfoods. It felt so great to use my never used label maker and get in a mode of organizing. Besides getting my superfoods organized in an aesthetically pleasing way, I use

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Re-set Your Body and Mind by Going Alcohol-Free for 30 Days

This is not one of those blog posts you read where everyone has an immense life-changing moment after quitting alcohol for 30 days. To be honest, I did not feel much different at all and I felt a bit gypped initially. Surely, not having wine with dinner every night and fancy cocktails on the weekend would impact me in some way?? The truth is, it did but I did not recognize any real changes until after the thirty days was over and I re-introduced alcohol back in.

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Why I Began Eating Red Meat AFTER Becoming Certified in Plant Based Nutrition...

For the last 15 years I have avoided most meats but mainly red meat and dabbled as a vegan for several months. When I did consume a meal with meat, I chose chicken or seafood making me mostly a “flexitarian” - a plant based diet with the occasional meat based item. I do not remember my exact reasons for a meatless lifestyle, but I think it was a combination of growing up on a strict midwest diet of meat and potatoes...

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Health Benefits of Reflexology And Cupping

Two forms of holistic “self-care” that are often overlooked are foot reflexology and cupping. Both are a ancient form of therapy most often used in China and Eastern medicine. We live in a world of high-stress and stress management forms of therapy are important for our fragile adrenal glands, cortisol, disease-prevention and overall happiness. 

Foot reflexology and cupping happen to be two of my favorite preventive care and stress management therapies. 

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