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When Life Gives You Lemons, Take Lemon Balm

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WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS, TAKE LEMON BALM


In the 21st century, the hallmarks of American childhood no longer revolve around apple pie, homemade meals, and songs like “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” Instead, children’s lives are characterized by the consumption of fast food, innovative technology and a plethora of after-school activities. They are more familiar with the family van than the family room. An inescapable reality exists in which America is morphing into a society branded by speed and productivity.  However, despite the accomplishments achieved through fast-paced lifestyles, we cannot ignore the inner turmoil that occurs as our bodies strive to maintain optimal health and wellness during periods of chronic stress.

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Aloe Vera - Beyond Sunburns

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ALOE VERA - BEYOND SUNBURNS


The aloe vera plant is a striking specimen that resembles a cactus with its thorny, fleshy leaves. It grows best in dry climates and is known to flourish in the arid regions of Africa, Asia, Europe, America, and some parts of India. The word “aloe” originally derives from the Arabic word “Alloeh,” meaning “shining bitter substance,” while the word “vera” is Latin in origin, meaning “true.” Thus, aloe vera is considered the true aloe, as it is the most widely known type of aloe plant (there are actually over 500 species of aloe) and is the standard pharmaceutical source.

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The Adrenals: The Missing Link Part II

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THE ADRENALS: THE MISSING LINK PART II



As we discussed in a previous blog on the adrenal glands, stress can elicit the fight-flight response in our bodies, which is designed to propel us into action. However, if that response is not properly exercised, a “defeat response” can take place. This defeat response causes the function of our adrenal glands to be disrupted. Because the adrenal glands release many hormones, an imbalance can trigger other issues within our bodies, such as thyroid dysfunction, autoimmunity, inflammation and obesity. For example, a high level of cortisol, a hormone released during times of stress, can have a negative effect on the hormone insulin, which regulates blood sugar. So while stress may seem unrelated to blood sugar levels, in actuality they are intrinsically connected.

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Eating Seasonally: A Simple Strategy for Year-Round Health

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EATING SEASONALLY: A SIMPLE STRATEGY FOR YEAR-ROUND HEALTH


After a winter of consuming heavier meat dishes—hearty stews, pot roasts, and other nourishing meals that warm you from the inside out—do you feel like you need a detox or juice cleanse come spring? While there’s nothing wrong with giving your body a boost through a short-term nutritional “reset,” varying your diet with the seasons may give your body the nutritional support it needs in order to avoid the demand for a more drastic intervention.

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