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Summer Loving: Tending to the Heart

Summer is a time of abundant energy, long sunshine-filled days and warmth. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), summer has many different associations that help define it. The element of summer is fire, the color of summer is red, the emotion of summer is joy and the governing organs are the heart and the small intestine. 

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NOURISHING LIFE: The Art and Practice of Yang Sheng

“Three parts medicine, seven parts nurturing health.  Skill in treating is not as good as skill in nurturing health.”

~~ Chinese saying

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Food & Mood: Research Says They Affect Each Other

Did you know that blueberries can help you cope with the after-effects of trauma? That salami can contribute to depression, or that boosting Vitamin D intake can help treat anxiety?

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Chronic Stress Impacts Your Health: How to Recognize & Manage Symptoms

You’ve probably heard of the adrenal glands and their correlation to stress. Your adrenal glands are two tiny glands that sit on top of the kidneys. They are part of the overall endocrine system that produces hormones to regulate the body. The adrenal glands produce three very important hormones: adrenaline, cortisol and aldosterone.  

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Four Reasons Self-Care Should be a Priority in Your Life

Four Reasons Self-Care Should be a Priority in Your Life

Self-care has become a trendy buzzword in the post-Covid era but the benefits to practicing regular self-care are undeniable. But first, let’s talk about what self-care is and what it isn’t. Self-care is taking steps to address your physical and emotional health needs to the best of your ability. Self-care is not being selfish or self-indulgent. 

And nobody knows the importance of self-care better than moms. Yet moms are usually the first to put themselves at the bottom of the list in terms of self-care. But we don’t all have to be moms to have an overwhelming to-do list that depletes us mentally and physically. Just like a healthy diet and regular exercise, self-care is the next key to great physical and mental health.

The best part about self-care is that it includes a variety of activities that can range from exercise, yoga, hiking in nature, or bike riding, to quieter outlets like reading, meditation, prayer, or a warm bath. It really is up to you to determine what outlet is best for you.  continue reading »

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