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Could I Have Food Allergies and Not Know It?

Most of us are aware that seasonal allergies triggered by pollen can cause temporary discomfort (read our recent blog post to learn how to combat them naturally). However, fewer people realize that food allergies can cause long-term discomfort and systemic inflammation if not addressed. According to FARE, Food Allergy Research & Education, up to 15 million people in the...

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9 Ways to Keep Seasonal Allergies at Bay

Sniffling, sneezing, itching and wheezing your way through Spring? As you’ve likely noticed, you’re not alone. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, about 50 million U.S. residents suffer from seasonal allergies. We wait all winter for the warmth of Spring, often forgetting the misery brought by the season’s biggest allergy trigger: pollen. Trees, flowers, grasses and...

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Six Surprising Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

6 Surprising Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar For 5,000 years, people have been fermenting apple juice into vinegar and drinking it for improved health. ACV, as it’s known, stimulates circulation, aids in liver detoxification, and supports the immune system. Hippocrates – you know him as a father of modern medicine and his namesake Hippocratic Oath – prescribed it...

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Benefits of Mindfulness

7 Benefits of Mindfulness Meditation In our last blog, we explored the topic of mindfulness, and how focusing on the here and now can positively impact our stress level, self-awareness and productivity. Mindfulness is a state of calm, non-judgmental peacefulness. Being mindful means being “present” in the current moment by paying attention to the here and now, rather than...

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Mindfulness: Achieve Peace in a Stressed-out World   Your cell phone is ringing – again – as you drive four kids to swim practice at 6am. Your list of unanswered texts and emails is growing. You shudder to think about Facebook. Your boss is demanding a tight deadline on that big project. Add family responsibilities and – oh yeah...

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Kicking Sugar to the Curb

As we move through the month of December, sugary treats are suddenly everywhere we look. And usually within arm’s length. If you read our last blog, you realize that excess sugar intake can lead to some serious health consequences.  If sugar is, as some experts suggest, a substance as addictive as cocaine, how can we effectively wean ourselves off...

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Is How Long You Sleep as Important as What You Eat?

A new study indicates that fasting for 13+ hours each night may lower cancer and disease risk. It has long been recommended that, to maintain a healthy weight and especially when trying to reduce weight, we should eat a diet of healthy, whole foods and shouldn’t eat after a certain hour each evening – usually 7 p.m. However, recent...

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Why is Sleep Important?

The Importance of a Good Night’s Sleep As toddlers we fight the impulse to sleep, but eventually in life we all come to value the importance of a good night’s sleep. We spend about one-third of our lives asleep. Did you ever wonder why this nightly occurrence is so crucial to our health and well-being? Your body has a...

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