6 Truths About the Not-so-sweet Side of Sugar

Blog-img - 6 Truths About the Not-so-sweet Side of Sugar_640A study published by the JAMA Internal Medicine found that more than 70 percent of Americans consume more than the recommended daily amount of sugar. Sadly, most of us are addicted to sugar, which happens to be hidden in most of the foods and drinks we consume. Added sugar can cause a whole array of problems that can be short term as well as long term. If you are experiencing health problems, lowering your sugar intake may be one of your best options. Below are 10 truths about the ugly side of sweets. continue reading »

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How to make a natural sunscreen at home

Blog-img - How to make a natural sunscreen at home_640Although sun protection is extremely important to protect against harmful UV-rays and to prevent skin cancer, next time you pick out your sunscreen, consider what you’re buying. Many common sunscreens actually contain chemicals that can be harmful to your body.

Chemicals to avoid in common sunscreens:

  • Oxybenzone
  • Retinol palmitate
  • Methoxycinnamate
  • Octinoxate
  • Padimate O/PABA
  • Nano or Micronized mineral particles

There are several and easy ways to make effective and natural homemade sunscreen. continue reading »

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6 daily habits to lower your risk of cancer

Blog-img - 6 daily habits to lower your risk of cancerQuit the tobacco, and don’t start if you haven’t already

It should be common sense now that smoking or chewing tobacco can lead to multiple types of cancer. If you are trying to quit, you are not alone. Try joining a support group or making a plan for yourself to set goals for quitting. Facing addiction is hard, but not using tobacco can save years of your life.

Healthy diet

A healthy, well-rounded diet can do wonders for lowering your risk of cancer and overall wellbeing.  Cut out processed sugar and instead focus on whole foods such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Salmon is full of omega-3 fatty acids that have been shown to help fight cancer. Other fish that can help reduce the risk of endometrial cancer in women include halibut, sardines and tuna. continue reading »

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Acupuncture and PTSD

Blog-img---Acupuncture-and-PTSDPTSD is a physiological disorder that can result from being exposed to a traumatic event.  The disorder results in several different symptoms including anxiety, irritability, insomnia and flashbacks. The effects of post-traumatic stress disorder in someone’s life can be far reaching.  Feelings of hopelessness, shame and despair, problems at work or with relationships, serious health problems, depression, anxiety and drug or alcohol abuse are not uncommon. Getting help can be hard at first, but can have a great impact for helping PTSD. continue reading »

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6 Alternative Treatments to Help with Arthritis

Blog-img - 6 Alternative Treatments to Help with Arthritis_640Exercise

For those with arthritis, exercise, no matter how little you do, is one of the best natural treatments. For those with severe arthritis, even the smallest amount of walking can make a difference. Swimming is one of the best forms of exercise for those with arthritis because it puts the least amount of impact on the joints. Strengthening exercises are also recommended to keep muscles and joints strong. continue reading »

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Three Tips To Quiet Your Mind

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If you are not extremely busy in today’s society, you are the exception and not the rule. We are all in
high gear; we overextend, overachieve, and over stress ourselves to the point of breaking. This can have
lasting negative effects on our health! Here are a few ways to quiet the mind and break the cycle:

Gratitude

It is so easy to be upset when things do not go our way. From the moment we spill our coffee, lock our
keys in the car, and forget our lunch, a spiral of circumstances can set us off into a tailspin of negativity.
We can choose to stay in a state of discontent and let that dictate our day, or we can be grateful for the
other things in our lives even if they are not present in front of us right now.
Did you ever notice that when something nice happens, we tend to smile for a moment and then move
on? However, when something goes wrong, we feel the need to tell everyone and anyone that will
listen. It is in those exact moments that we need to focus on what we are grateful for, and that is how
we can instantly change our perspective and attitude.
Keeping the focus on gratitude offers your mind something to smile about, regardless of outside
circumstances. Focusing on people, places, and even things that make you grateful, gives your mind a
break from stress!
Stillness
Everyone has a busy schedule; that is a fact. We all tend to create schedules that are overflowing and
then complain that we do not have time for ourselves! Take a good hard look at your schedule and see
what you can delete and what you can delegate. If you are going to have a healthy mind, you need to
take care of it just as you would your body, and that means giving it some rest.
One tip for quieting your mind is to put it on your schedule. Put it in big red pen on your calendar, text
yourself a reminder, and place it on your list of things to do this week. Take time for you.
Stay in the Moment
Being in the moment has become a cliché; however, if you really take the time to focus on what it
means, you can start to practice quietening your mind. Focus on what you are doing at the exact
moment you are doing it. If you are washing a dish focus on the water, the soap bubbles and the dish in
your hand. When you take time to do this, you will be in the moment and not two days from now when
something big is scheduled.

Still need a little help quieting the mind and letting go? Schedule a massage or acupuncture appointment or take a yoga class. Not sure where to start? Call me for a free consultation. Vibrant Living Wellness Center. 912-424-2871

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Ways to Keep Your Memory Sharp

Don’t forget about physical exercise

Believe it or not, when you’re exercising your body, you’re exercising your mind as well. Aerobic exercise gets your blood pumping, which increases the oxygen going to your brain and lowers your risk of disorders such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease that can lead to memory loss. If you can, start with some exercise in the morning. This can clear your head right off the bat to stay focused and alert during the day. Exercises that require coordination are especially helpful for keeping the mind active such as simply throwing a ball back and forth. continue reading »

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Acupuncture for Immune Deficiency

Blog-img - Acupuncture for Immune Deficiency - Doc_640There are more than 80 chronic illnesses that are immune related including rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes, thyroid disease, inflammatory bowel disease, lupus, and celiac disease.

Autoimmune diseases result when the immune system mistakenly attacks its own body’s tissues. Immune deficiency is more common than most people think; around 20 percent of the population suffers from some form of an autoimmune disorder, according to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association. continue reading »

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How the NADA protocol helps treat addiction

Blog-img - How the NADA protocol helps treat addiction_640NADA, which stands for the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association, was established in 1985 to promote the NADA protocol acupuncture treatment for addiction. The non-profit organization promotes advocacy and the use of a non-verbal, pharmaceutical free approach to behavioral health. The protocol uses five specific acupuncture points on the ear to treat addiction and to be an alternative to methadone. continue reading »

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Acupuncture and colon cancer

meridian-woman-whiteColon cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States with about 60,000 deaths from it every year. Like all cancer, treatment can be long, uncomfortable and come with many side effects. Those getting chemotherapy may experience nausea, vomiting, postoperative pain, cancer related pain, insomnia and anxiety. The chronic pain can significantly impact quality of life. Most patients are prescribed medications such as opioids for pain that have side effects and are highly addictive. continue reading »

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