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Anti-Inflammatory Foods To Help You Deal With Arthritis Pain

  Arthritis is a very common condition and is often viewed as a normal part of aging.   Arthritis is a condition involving inflammation of one or more joints. There are several different types of arthritis, including Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Reactive Arthritis, and they all have slightly different root causes. What is similar between all of them however, is, of course, inflammation.   Inflammation is one of the body’s natural immune responses. It is a normal and healthy part of the healing process to have acute bouts of inflammation due to things like injury or illness. When this response become an underlying, long term situation (chronic), it can begin to cause more serious problems. Arthritis is one of those...

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5 Stress-Busting Herbal Teas

I talk a lot about stress. I talk a lot about how poorly managed stress can take a huge toll on our mental and physical health and well being (because it’s all connected!).   While we all experience stress in some way throughout our lives, we all have the opportunity to manage how that stress affects us. Keep in mind that stress comes in many different forms. Too much exercise can cause stress. Loss of a loved one causes stress. Work deadlines can cause stress. Being bothered or frustrated by people around you causes stress.   It’s important that we schedule time throughout our days and weeks to do stress-relieving activities that make us feel calm, nourished, and taken care...

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Always Bloated? Here’s What To Do About It.

Stomach bloating is an increasingly common symptom - most people experience some sort of bloating at some point in their lives, if not regularly. Bloating is characterized by the abdomen distending outwards and is often vaguely or sometimes more seriously uncomfortable. It sometimes is accompanied by feeling gassy, full, or having pain in the abdomen. Bloating is different from actual fat gain around the stomach. Bloating is temporary and is usually caused by air in the abdomen. For most people, bloating is uncomfortable and somewhat embarrassing. Some people joke about looking pregnant when they are feeling particularly bloated! If you have severe bloating that is accompanied by any other symptoms in the body, it is a good idea to talk...

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5 Foods That Boost The Immune System!

We all want a healthy, strong immune system, year round. Do you seem to pick up every cold or illness that makes its rounds in your workplace? Not only is this a huge bummer, it can also be a sign that your body is at risk of more serious illnesses in the future due to a weakened immune system.   The good news is, that like so many other body systems, the immune system can respond very positively to dietary and lifestyle changes.   In addition to getting enough good quality sleep, exercising daily, limiting your time spent sitting, getting daily sunlight, and managing your stress, there are many whole foods that help improve immune function. Below are 5 of...

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Celebrate Without The Hangover!

Celebrate This Summer Without The Hangover!   With the rest of summer upon us, there seems to be endless reasons to celebrate: barbeques, floating on the lake, vacation time, pool parties, and post-work patios… For many of us these activities have one thing in common – a cool alcoholic beverage in hand!   As a Holistic Nutritionist, I understand the important role that celebrating and enjoying life have in our overall health. On the flipside, I also understand the negative impact that alcohol can have on the body – it adds to the already heavy load for the liver, meaning it cannot do its other jobs as effectively; it depletes the body of vitamins and minerals; it dehydrates the body;...

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