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The Science Behind What Naps Do For Your Brain--And Why You Should Have One Today

The Science Behind What Naps Do For Your Brain--And Why You Should Have One Today | Holistic Nutrition Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
Studies of napping have shown improvement in cognitive function creative thinking and memory performance. Ready set . . . snooze.
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I am a fan of a daily nap, since I seldom get 8 hours of sleep at night. How nice to read the science behind it, that it's a good idea if you take a shorter nap 15-20 minutes or 1 1/2 hours. I am a fan of the 15-20 minute nap.

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How To Stick With An Exercise Routine That Makes Us More Productive

How To Stick With An Exercise Routine That Makes Us More Productive | Holistic Nutrition Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
We know that exercise can be beneficial to almost every part of our lives, yet it's hard to make the habit stick. Here's how we managed.
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One key to success in exercise is to start slowly. We often start too quickly, and then it becomes a chore, or we get hurt, have to heal and then start again. 

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The Benefits Of Quinoa | Elite Greatness

The Benefits Of Quinoa | Elite Greatness | Holistic Nutrition Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
Photo By Jennifer Quinoa is packed with many vitamins and minerals including: Heart-healthy monounsaturated fat and omega-3 fatty acid Antioxidant phytonutrients called flavonoids Essential minerals including manganese, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, zinc, copper, selenium Vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B6, B9, E, Soluble and insoluble fiber Health Benefit #1 – Reducing Diabetes Risk The unusually high ratio of protein to carbohydrate helps explain quinoa’s ability to help regulate blood sugar. Quinoa is also a great source of fiber which helps control blood sugar and slow the breakdown of carbohydrates to glucose. The anti-inflammatory nutrients all help reduce unwanted inflammation associated with type 2 diabetes risk. Health Benefit #2 – Lowering Cholesterol The high fiber content of quinoa may help reduce cholesterol. Fiber combines with bile acids to be excreted by the body and in turn, reduce total cholesterol and levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol. Health Benefit #3 –

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I love to add quinoa to tabouli instead of bulgar. It makes it lighter. I also add kombu to the quinoa as I cook it to add some nourishment. It's a great way to get the benefits of eating seaweed for those who don't like the taste. You just pick it out when the quinoa is cooked. 

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How Stress Is Making You Lose Your Mind

How Stress Is Making You Lose Your Mind | Holistic Nutrition Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
Stress is affecting your brain much more than you think. Sure, you've experienced the distraction, forgetfulness, negativity or anxiety that comes from stressful situations, but did you know it's also shrinking your brain?...
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Another good reason to do exercise. I know when I don't get enough exercise, I feel the ill effects of stress more. 

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10 Foods To Fight Candida

10 Foods To Fight Candida | Holistic Nutrition Health and Wellness | Scoop.it

Do you suffer from mood swings, seasonal allergies, digestive issues, or frequent yeast infections? If so, you may have Candida overgrowth.


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I have been battling candida for years. Unfortunately the best solution for me is to stay away from foods that quickly convert to sugar like wine, beer, sweets and carbs like pasta and bread, which also has the addition of yeast which candida loves. 

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Arianna Huffington on Habits, Happiness--and Sleep

Arianna Huffington on Habits, Happiness--and Sleep | Holistic Nutrition Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
I’ve followed Arianna Huffington's fascinating career for years. Her recent book Thrive: the Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder is of obvious
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Arianna continues to publicize how important it is to get enough sleep, which is her story. What she still does that sounds extremely stressful: carries 3 Blackberries and 1 iPhone. 

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The top 20 ways to boost your immunity to colds and flu without using a vaccine

The top 20 ways to boost your immunity to colds and flu without using a vaccine | Holistic Nutrition Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
The top 20 ways to boost your immunity to colds and flu without using a vaccine   1) Take a vitamin D supplement every day. Check our Vitamin D guide for details about choosing the proper dosage. 2) Get as much sunlight as you can for as late into the year as you can manage. Even getting sunlight on just your face helps produce more vitamin D in your body. 3) Drink immune-boost beverages like organic Cocoa Mojo, which contains a blend of 4 medicinal mushrooms. And it tastes like a delicious hot chocolate! 4) Use a high-quality air filter in your home to filter out bacteria and mold spores that may be circulating inside your home. 5) Get regular exercise to boost your circulation and immune strength. This exercise should be frequent and moderate. Do not over-stress yourself at the gym, or your immune system will be temporarily compromised. 6) Take supplements especially designed to protect your respiratory tract. These include Lomatium, Osha, Elderberry and more. You'll find many of these in the herbal medicine cabinets offered at the NaturalNews Store. 7) Take measures to minimize your exposure to immune-damaging chemicals such as those you'll find in laundry products, cosmetics, personal care products and fragrance products. The artificial fragrance chemicals found in most of these products are carcinogenic and cause liver damage. 8) Get off all medications that you can safely eliminate! Work with a naturopath to accomplish this, of course, as quitting medications cold turkey can also be…
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Wow, so many suggestions to combat flu and colds. Good advice at the start of this season. I think eating healthy, getting regular sleep, cleaning hands often and minimizing immune damaging chemicals (soaps, detergents, etc) top my list. Also reducing dairy which for many causes inflammation. 

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Linden for Natural Relief of Anxiety and Arthritis?

Linden for Natural Relief of Anxiety and Arthritis? | Holistic Nutrition Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
An herb often taken in tea form, linden may help lessen anxiety and ease arthritis pain.
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I have recently discovered Tulsi Holy Basil tea which also promotes stress reduction. Another benefit is it tastes good, kind of spicy and no caffeine. Organic India, the tea company, is based in Boulder, CO. The benefits from holy basil are noted in Indian scripture dating back over 5,000 years.  

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Israel Will End Fluoridation in 2014, Citing Health Concerns

Israel Will End Fluoridation in 2014, Citing Health Concerns | Holistic Nutrition Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
Israel Will End Fluoridation in 2014, Citing Health Concerns
For related articles and more information, please visit OCA's Food Safety Research Center page and our Health Issues page.
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I wish the US would follow suit on eliminating fluoride from water and toothpaste knowing what damage it does to the brain. 

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Cut Stress & Overwhelm – Increase Results

Cut Stress & Overwhelm – Increase Results | Holistic Nutrition Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
Cut Stress & Overwhelm – Increase Results1.0 Commit Realistically versus Succumb to GuiltThis includes a commitment to getting into action – putting into practice what you learn in this article.
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I like the idea of cramming less of "what I must to" kinds of lists for every day and having some blank space for what I want to do, and to allow for those things that creep in that are a good idea to do, that hit you during your day. I also like to start my day out by meditating which helps me control my knee jerk stressful reactions to events during the day. 

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Colorado HealthOP Listening Lunch Aug 26, Golden CO

Colorado HealthOP Listening Lunch Aug 26, Golden CO | Holistic Nutrition Health and Wellness | Scoop.it

Lunch is on us, Jefferson County!

You're where Colorado HealthOP wants to be, and your voice is what we want to hear! You're invited to join us on August 26 to give your feedback so your health insurance company can better understand and meet the needs of members in the Jefferson County region and across the state.

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I will give a short, interactive talk on "How to Manage Stress." I hope some Coloradans will join us. I am teaming up with Colorado HealthOp, my health insurance company in Colorado, started in conjunction with the Affordable Healthcare Act. 

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15 Wonderful Robin Williams Quotes On Life

15 Wonderful Robin Williams Quotes On Life | Holistic Nutrition Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
Robin Williams has been making me laugh since I was a kid; I plan to remember him not just for the silliness, but for the way his words helped so many of us appreciate life. Here are a few of my
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My favorite of the bunch is right under Robin Williams' photo above, "No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world." Robin sure changed mine. 

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The New Habit Challenge: Drink Your Coffee When Science Tells You To

The New Habit Challenge: Drink Your Coffee When Science Tells You To | Holistic Nutrition Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
Science says we are drinking coffee at the wrong time. In honor of Coffee Week we're challenging ourselves and you to change our habits.
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I don't think I agree with science. I need that cup of coffee first thing and start looking forward to it the night before as I am cleaning out the coffee maker. I do agree on the late afternoon slowdown time @5:30 p.m. although if I drank coffee then I would have trouble sleeping. Science doesn't account for pleasure!

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10 tips to get your daily dose of fruits & vegetables | ReplenishPDX

10 tips to get your daily dose of fruits & vegetables | ReplenishPDX | Holistic Nutrition Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
There's no alternative to medication, but you can solve the underlying problem using natural methods. Food is medicine. Functional nutrition is the method.
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Lately I have been into smoothie love #4 since it's summer. I put veggies in soups once winter hits, which is a long season in Conifer!

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Where to Go If You Want More Sleep

Where to Go If You Want More Sleep | Holistic Nutrition Health and Wellness | Scoop.it

People in the bustling metropolis of New York go to bed later than anywhere else in the nation.


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It's interesting that Japanese have a longer life expectancy that Americans with over an hour less sleep per night on average. It's the work ethic that cuts into their sleep, as business goes late into the night. They also have high levels of stress as dictated by society. Yet they also have a high level of support and consensus building as a culture, and a good diet. 

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Natural Remedies to Beat Cold |

Natural Remedies to Beat Cold | | Holistic Nutrition Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
Natural Remedies to beat cold in winter are doing Gargling with hot water and salt, drink hot fluids, increase intake of citrus fruits, Ginger, Honey and most important take proper rest.

Via Mywellness
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Great tips for the cold season. One of my favorites in ginger tea. I make a pot at a time. Another is to grate a bunch of ginger and boil it for 10 minutes and add to your bath. It helps sweat the cold out. 

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Most Effective Indian Natural Remedies to beat cold in winter are doing Gargling with hot water and salt, drink hot fluids, increase intake of citrus fruits, Ginger, Honey and Another way of fighting a cold is to have plenty of soup, be it vegetable or chicken,using Citrus fruits contain Vitamin C which has antioxidants which help battle a cold.

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10 Ways Your Brain Improves with Meditation

10 Ways Your Brain Improves with Meditation | Holistic Nutrition Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
I have read a great piece in Scientific American, The NeuroScience of Meditation (subscriber only, thanks Matthew for the good read) thought I would drop a few notes here.Scientists have been
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This is a great edition of Scientific American, although you have to buy the article. There is also a great S.A. magazine from 1972 all about the benefits of meditation, which the article will refer you to. 

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Dieting Must Die

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I am in New Zealand to speak this week at the inaugural NZ Nutrition Foundation Symposium, “Food not Nutrients,” a rubric I endorse with enthusiasm. I am here to preach the gospel of wholesome foods
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I have long believed that going on diets is fatalistic and shortens our lives. I love this conclusion in Dr. Katz's blog: 


"We diet alone; we should, instead, live it together. The fundamentals of healthful living and weight control are far less mysterious and far more accessible than we allow ourselves to think; there is just a mountain of marketing and malarkey between here and there. There is the suspension of sense, the denial of science, and profit-driven predation. There is fatalism, and there is folly."

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How Successful People Deal With Stress

How Successful People Deal With Stress | Holistic Nutrition Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
A survey by TalentSmart showed that 90 percent of top performers know how to manage their emotions in times of stress so that they remain cool, calm, and able to do what needs to be done.That’s an
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My favorite tip in the list that I need to work on, "They focus on progress, not perfection." That is so helpful to keep in mind as I am writing my book. I need to get through this rough draft and stop editing as much. Happy Monday. 


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'Without family meals, when would we have a proper conversation?' - Telegraph.co.uk

'Without family meals, when would we have a proper conversation?' - Telegraph.co.uk | Holistic Nutrition Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
Rachel Halliwell explains the importance of parents sitting down to eat with their children
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I love this! We ate dinner together as a family every night when I was growing up. Rodgers and I eat dinner at the table every night. It's our time to share the day and what we're thinking about. We look forward to the dinner hour: no phone calls or technology allowed, just conversation by candlelight and music. 

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6 Ways to Use Feng Shui in the Bedroom

6 Ways to Use Feng Shui in the Bedroom | Holistic Nutrition Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
According to feng shui, you can improve your sleep and relationships by following these simple decorating tips in your bedroom.
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The most noteworthy to me is to only use your bedroom for sleeping. 

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Why Eating Quick, Cheap Food is Actually More Expensive - Dr. Mark Hyman

Why Eating Quick, Cheap Food is Actually More Expensive - Dr. Mark Hyman | Holistic Nutrition Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
I WAS IN THE GROCERY STORE YESTERDAY. While I was squeezing avocados to pick just the right ones for my family’s dinner salad, I overheard a conversation from a couple who had also picked up a fruit.

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I always enjoy Dr Hyman's perspective on health and eating. 

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A comprehensive and insightful article that outlines the real cost of a cheap, low-quality diet. 

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Sleep Deprived? 3 Tricks to Get Through the Day

Sleep Deprived? 3 Tricks to Get Through the Day | Holistic Nutrition Health and Wellness | Scoop.it

Maybe you have a newborn at home or maybe it's that insane week before an impossible deadline. Whatever the ultimate cause of your sleep deprivation, occasionally we all have times in our lives when we can't heed the sensible advice of experts to get enough sleep.

 

When these crunch times hit, you might feel like curling up into a little ball under your desk and sleeping away the day, but unfortunately you need to find a way to soldier on. Science can help. New York Magazine's consistently fascinating Science of Us column recently reached out to sleep researchers to round up advice on what to do when you've had a really, really lousy night's sleep.

 

All of these scientists stressed that consistently sleeping less than seven or eight hours a night is a truly terrible idea, but they did have tips to offer for these emergency situations, which writer Melissa Dahl organized into a helpful timeline for the sleep deprived. Here are a few of the tips you'll find in the complete post:


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I prefer to get enough sleep. When I don't I find that being out in the sun helps. I also find a short 15 minute nap can go a long way. I wonder how you master those days when you're sleep deprived? It's unfortunately such a common phenomenon. I read that 1 in 6 fatal driving accidents is caused by sleep deprivation in the US.

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No one manages to get eight hours all the time, so sleep researchers offer advice on powering through your most exhausted days.

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This one is for me personally!

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17 Tricks for Great Advertisment Photos - BrandonGaille.com

17 Tricks for Great Advertisment Photos - BrandonGaille.com | Holistic Nutrition Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
How the images of ads can compel a different image to viewers and promote your product.
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This shows how deceptive advertising photos can be. What is amazing is that 47% in the US think that ads are "fairly honest." Ads are motivated by big biz who spends big bucks to lure us in. Hmmmmm. The fast food ones are particularly gross and those that lure us in by removing some of the unsightly scenery that surrounds their attraction.

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Honey Remedies - What Should I Know About Them?

Honey Remedies - What Should I Know About Them? | Holistic Nutrition Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
Get the lowdown on the use of honey as a remedy for health concerns like cough and sinusitis. Find out tips on how to use them and more.
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I have noticed that local honey does help appease the effects of seasonal allergies. 

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Ginger's Many Evidence-Based Health Benefits Revealed

Ginger's Many Evidence-Based Health Benefits Revealed | Holistic Nutrition Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
The medicinal uses of ginger have been known for at least 2,000 years in different cultures, and it has anti-inflammatory properties that may rival NSAIDs.
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What a great reminder of the many great benefits of ginger. I see to go through phases of eating it, preferring it in cooler weather since it has a warming effect. 

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