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Uptight? Try stretching

January 23, 2014

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by Mimi Solaire —  Stretching not only relaxes the body but also has a calming effect on the mind and emotions. Some of the benefits of stretching include mental and physical relaxation; body awareness; reduction of muscular tension and soreness; production of chemicals that lubricate connective tissues and joints, helping reduce injury to joints, ligaments, […]

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Music can enhance fertility while reducing stress

September 22, 2013

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by Sean Grace —  Month after month of disappointment can turn into years of despair as women face the uncertainty that comes with prolonged infertility. What begins as a time of planning and the anticipation of starting a family can sometimes shift from an optimistic outlook to one of incredible stress. How women and couples […]

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Secret formula to be happy and lean

August 18, 2013

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by Dr. Alan Christianson —  The secret formula to being happy and lean is 70-100 mg/dl — that is it. Now that you know the secret, here are more details. The numbers reflect the ideal range of your blood sugar. When there is too little, your brain and muscles cannot work at their best. When […]

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10 steps to reduce stress in your life

August 16, 2013

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by John Koeberer  —  There is no doubt that stress kills. Many health professionals and medical analyses validate the strong negative impact stress can have on your health and general well-being, as well as your longevity. It is the chronic, day-in and day-out stress that is the problem. Stress can exacerbate pain, cause depression, obesity, […]

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The stress effect and reduction techniques

June 20, 2013

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Your body is designed to experience stress and react appropriately. Stress will put you in fight-or-flight mode, alert and ready to avoid danger. The body also experiences physiologic responses, such as increased heart and respiratory rates, to enable immediate action. However, increased incidences of illness can develop if these physiologic changes are not restored to […]

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Chronic pain and hormones

December 15, 2012

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by Dr. Fred G. Arnold —  The American Academy of Pain Management reports that an estimated 50 million Americans live with chronic pain caused by disease, disorder or accident. Did you know that many chronic pain conditions and stress-related symptoms could be related to hormonal imbalance? Some common symptoms of chronic pain include stress, frustration, […]

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Chronic stress and adaptogens

October 2, 2012

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by Julia Busch  —  Excessive, prolonged stress can raise cortisol, our body’s “fight-or-flight” hormone, to highly toxic levels. Intended for spurts of extra energy in times of physical danger or psychological stress, cortisol has become the “stress hormone,” a silent killer in our high-pressure lifestyle. High ongoing levels of cortisol in the bloodstream can relentlessly […]

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Reduce stress and strengthen your immune system

September 29, 2012

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by Sarah McLean —  A healthy immune system regulates our body’s healing process and protects it against infections and diseases. When stress compromises our immune function, it can result in colds, flu, fatigue, cardiovascular disorders and premature aging — or big trips to the hospital. Stress increases heart rate, blood pressure, glucose levels, adrenaline, cortisol, […]

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Better health with color, light, sound and aroma

September 12, 2012

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by Dr. Renee Waldman —  How have you handled the challenges of preparing for a test, race, promotion or class reunion? Whether you are aspiring to lose weight, improve your fitness, increase mental acuity or achieve greater emotional resilience, nearly everyone has, at one time or another, pursued a self-set goal. When we encounter perceived […]

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Stress: A cause of adrenal fatigue?

September 11, 2012

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by Dr. Sarv Varta K. Khalsa —  Adrenal fatigue is one of the most common and under-diagnosed health conditions in modern society. We live fast-paced lives with busy schedules that don’t allow much time for rest and relaxation. Just the stress of daily responsibilities can eventually take its toll. Our adrenal glands play a key […]

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Energy drinks equal toxicity

August 27, 2012

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by Dr. Theresa Ramsey —  If there are any products that bespeak our ever increasing fast-paced lifestyle, they would have to be the energy drinks people consume to become more alert or to enhance athletic performance. A plethora of them are on the market to provide a quick pick-me-up. Yes, energy and sports drinks can […]

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You are not your weight

August 23, 2012

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by Irene Conlan —  Weight loss is a doozy of a challenge. In my years of therapy practice, I have come to believe it is the single most complex issue I deal with because it has so many components, appearing on a number of levels. It certainly affects us physically; that is a given. But […]

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The constructive use of fear

August 10, 2012

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by John English —  Fear is a fascinating phenomenon. When we lived in different ways and times, fear was important for us to stay alive. It was the energy that triggered the survival instinct. Over time, the ego, or small self, got hold of this survival instinct, ran amok with it, and turned it into […]

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