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Stress & Mood

Stress, anxiety and mood are becoming bigger issues for Americans as we find ourselves working harder and longer hours. Stress plays a much bigger role in your overall health than you may realize. These articles detail that connection, and provide some healthy ways to manage those ever-increasing stress levels.

Relax—it’s good for your gut

Please, right now, take a deep breath…and then exhale slowly…and then let your shoulders relax. Good—you’ve just un-stressed, and protected your all-important digestive system against this pervasive health threat. Yes, it’s that simple, and it’s that important. A little hurts. A lot can kill. We all know that stress is a major source of disease. […]

Find stress release & fitness without leaving your home

At some point we’ve forgotten how fun it is to play in the dirt. Numerous studies show that gardening is not only a tremendous source of happiness, but also a fountain of youth for your body and mind. It’s one of several “green activities” I love to do in the spring, when our bodies are […]

The 5 things I did to help my aging mother with her increasing anxiety

The article below was written by guest contributor Joe M and medically reviewed by Taylor Froiland, PharmD, RPh. Learn more about Taylor and our other experts here. My 86-year-old mother developed pneumonia over the winter break. Prior to her illness she was living on her own and still working in a business she had started when she […]

Beyond immunity: probiotics for better brain health

For decades, probiotics were mainly associated with gastrointestinal health. But as new benefits came to light, scientists conducted more in-depth research on these amazing beneficial “bugs.” And it’s quickly becoming evident just how widespread their benefits really are—far beyond the digestive tract. Up to 80 percent of your immune strength comes courtesy of the friendly […]

Drink to your gut health!

Wine lovers: Here’s another reason to rejoice! It turns out that having a little merlot or pinot noir once in a while may do your tummy good. It’s not as crazy as it sounds. Let me explain… It’s widely known that red wine has properties that protect your heart. This is courtesy of compounds called […]

4 natural ways to reduce the symptoms of stress

Hardly a day goes by when you’re not reminded of the importance of “chilling out” and learning how to let go of stress…or at least find healthier ways of wading through it. There’s a good reason for this. All stressful situations trigger a cascade of hormonal and physiological changes in your body. When it senses […]

Omega-3s and Anxiety

Anxiety, depression, and other mental health challenges have grown to epidemic levels worldwide. But they’re more prevalent in the US than in any other country in the world. Both genetics and environmental factors undoubtedly are involved in this complicated issue, but the modern Western diet is another big factor. Elements of this diet not only […]

The key to preventing chronic loneliness during the holidays

If you’re looking for a wonderful gift for someone special just look in the mirror. It’s your own good self. The holidays can be a challenging time for those living alone. Especially while most of the world sings about sharing, family, and friends. But here are a few simple ways to kick the blues, increase your social interaction and give your “feel good” hormones a natural boost.

Alternatives to Medications that Cause Depression

The United States is a very medicated nation. While these medications may be helping you physically, there’s a good chance that they are also hurting you mentally. A recent landmark study showed that 1 in 3 adults takes a medication linked to depression. That’s more than 82 million people—and that number is growing. Learn if you’re taking one of these potentially harmful medications and the natural solutions available to help you taper off or discontinue them altogether.

Magnolia bark’s health benefits for sleep, anxiety, and more

Asian art is rich with images of a tranquil, natural world. Clear spring waters and blossoming trees, none as lovely as the beautiful magnolia. Imagine gazing on these images as you lie down for sleep, like a lullaby for your eyes. We now know that the sweet magnolia tree gives us a natural, herbal “lullaby” that really can help you into a deep, restful sleep. Read on and learn the sleepy secrets contained in this tranquil-looking tree.
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