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14 Foods That Will Help Slow the Aging Process

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Why is there such an emphasis on fruits and vegetables when talking about healthy nutrition? What is all the fuss? Research has proven many health and healing benefits of different nutrient components of fruits from beta carotene in carrots to sulphurane in broccoli and sprouts. There are many chemical compounds that work with the cells inside of the body to both regulate and stop abnormal cell growth. In addition, vegetables contain immune boosting and anti-oxidant value which help to remove damaged cells that may cause inflammation that promotes premature aging, as well as chronic disease. After looking at several resources, we have come up with our top 10 list for vegetables to help slow the aging process and prevent diseases such as hypertention, diabetes, high cholesterol, and even cancer as well.

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No matter how much I sleep, I still feel tired all the time. What could that mean?

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That's a great question, and I'm sure you aren't alone on this. In fact, I've seen many patients who have come to me, who are tired all the time, no matter how much they sleep, and sometimes feel like they are even sleeping too much.

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Avoiding the Holiday Weight Gain

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The holiday season has begun, and everyone is in the Christmas spirit. This means parties, treats, and sugary snacks will be at an all time high. It is shown that the average person gains 1-2 pounds each holiday, and after the new year most people do not work to lose those pounds. Over time this weight gain accumulates and we eventually see a 10-20lb weight gain or sometimes more. With this in mind, here are some tips for avoiding the holiday weight gain this year.

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In the Kitchen with Dr. Maiysha: Making an Alkaline Smoothie

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The trending topic now is how to make your body more alkaline. Another more popular topic is juicing. So I figured what we do is put the two together and make an alkaline juice for you to drink and help to cleanse your body. We have a lemon, avocado, some celery, cucumber, parsley, some garlic, and just some ice. That’s all you need. So a lot of these have great detox and cleansing element, and they will help to make your body more alkaline so you can help to fight off infections and just keep your body in a healthy state.

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The Union of Play & Activity

The Union of Play & Activity

It is not uncommon that to get so bogged down in responsibility, that we forget to incorporate play and fun into our lives. The benefits of play in adults are similar to those in children. Incorporating regular play into daily life increases energy, decreases stress, improves memory, focus, learning, and over all brain function. In addition, play fosters connection and intimacy thereby benefiting the relationships in our lives. If there are so many benefits of play, why is regularly neglected in adults. The likely answer is that as adults we get caught up in the “busy-ness” of life, and simply forget to put the fun in along the way.

Putting play into life doesn’t always mean you have to stop what you are doing and play some silly game; it also doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to plan some extravagant activity (although you can do that once in awhile to treat yourself). You can insert play into every aspect of you life an in every moment. Here are some great ways to incorporate fun and play throughout the day.

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Slow Cooker Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup

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The only thing better than a creamy wild rice and mushroom soup? A creamy wild rice and mushroom soup that’s made in the slow cooker! Dump everything in, and boom. A super tasty dinner. Enjoy!!

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Give an Unbiased View of the Pro's and Con's of Getting a Flu Shot

Give an Unbiased View of the Pro's and Con's of Getting a Flu Shot

I cannot provide an unbiased view, however, I will provide a couple of pro's and con's for getting a flu shot.

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5 Fun Ways to Romance Your Partner

5 Fun Ways to Romance Your Partner

One of the best ways to ignite or reignite relationship is to invite fun and play into your relationship on a daily basis. Sometimes when we get weighed down with the responsibility and ‘busy-ness’ of life, children, work, that we forget to put fun into our lives. Fun, uniqueness, and romance can be simple to add into the daily routine with conscious thought. Here are 5 fun ways to romance your partner whether you are a man or woman doing the romancing.

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Love Through Acknowledgement

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Have you ever received a compliment from someone you didn’t know? Have you ever given a compliment unexpected and noticed the joy that spread across the person’s face? Often, we get into our own little world and we forget the impact that just one "thank you" or acknowledgement or compliment can mean to someone else. We never know how someone’s day is going.

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Are you Letting Life Get in the Way of Love In Your Life?

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How many times have you said to yourself or someone else "I know I was supposed to do so and so, but life got in the way." I hear it all to often. In fact, I say it all to often.

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Making Strawberry Milk

Making Strawberry Milk

What we are going to do today, is show you how to make your own strawberry milk. Do you remember that delicious powdered strawberry milk that we used to drink as kids? The problem with it, is that is loaded with sugar and preservatives.

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Communication: More than Just Words

Communication: More than Just Words

Did you know that words account for less than 10% of our communication, and that more than half of our communication is body language and tone of voice? It is an important sign of integrity when we are congruent in our different aspects of communication. It is also important to know that while words constitute only 10% of our total communication, they are very important in conveying your true feelings.

In previous articles we have talked about internal dialogues and our thinking process. That is communication with ourselves, of course what we tell ourselves is important to our health, however what is just as important is our relationships with others. Here are some questions to ask yourself about your communication with others, and how it may directly or indirectly affect your state of your relationships.

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Try Vegetarian For A Week

Try Vegetarian For A Week

We’re focusing on mindful nutrition, and this week we’re asking you to try it without meat.

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5 Great Meat Substitutes to Try in the Kitchen

5 Great Meat Substitutes to Try in the Kitchen

The number of people that are eliminating meat from the diet is increasing on a daily basis, however many get stuck when looking for something to replace the protein. There are many other sources of protein, some that mimic the texture and taste of meat and some that are completely independent in nature. It is proven that having variety with new food choices helps to keep the subject of the lifestyle change motivated and empowered, making them less likely to give up on the healthy lifestyle. Below, are seven different meat substitute options for anyone looking to transition to a vegetarian diet.

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What's the Best Way to Treat Eczema Naturally?

What's the Best Way to Treat Eczema Naturally?

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Great question since cold weather season is the time when eczema is more common!

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Are You Sabotaging Your Intimate Relationships?!

Are You Sabotaging Your Intimate Relationships?!

Nowadays, the word intimacy has become synonymous with sexual intercourse. However, the dictionary describes intimacy as a closeness or familiarity with another person. Intimacy comes about from reciprocal trust and safety between individuals. Intimate relationships involve multiple aspects of sharing that evolves as a relationship becomes safely established over time. Intimacy and intimate relationships are an integral part of over all wellness. As human beings we are meant to interact with each other. Such the case, that intimacy can occur in many facets. Here are just a few:

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Mindful Thought

Mindful Thought

We’re focusing on being mindful of our thoughts and how our thoughts impact our lives. In this first week, we are being mindful just by becoming aware of that mental chatter.

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7 Steps to A Better Night’s Sleep

7 Steps to A Better Night’s Sleep

Studies have shown that approximately 27% of the population experience insomnia, and in other studies over 20% of those are on some type of over the counter or prescription sleep aid. Many don’t know that poor sleep habits can contribute to ongoing insomnia. This is because the brain signals when it’s time to go to sleep by releasing a substance called Melatonin in the brain. This hormone produced by the Pineal gland, signals the brain that it’s time for rest and rejuvenation. There are a few simple sleep hygiene steps that people can take to regulate their body’s sleep cycle.

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What are the Best Natural Remedies for Migraine Headaches?

What are the Best Natural Remedies for Migraine Headaches?

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5 Reasons to Give Your Sweetie a Night Out With Friends

5 Reasons to Give Your Sweetie a Night Out With Friends

One of the best ways to ignite or reignite relationship is to invite in fun and play. While mostly we think of bringing fun and play into the relationship, we sometimes forget that fun and play can include sending our sweetie out for fun night with friends. Here are 5 reasons to send your guy or gal out for a night of fun with friends.

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