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Ashwagandha and Stress

Ashwagandha and Stress
Ashwagandha and Stress Ashwagandha is one of the most prized herbs in the Ayurvedic medicine materia medica. ‘Ashwa’ means ‘horse’ and ‘gandha’ means ‘smell’ so its name has been interpreted as referring to the smell of the fresh root powder as well as the root imbuing one with the vigor and stamina of a horse. Ashwagandha falls under the adaptogen class of herbs, meaning it can safely be used long term to fortify and support the body and mind in r...

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Five Ways to Enjoy the Holidays without All the Stress

‘Tis the season to be jolly! …and totally stressed out and exhausted. For many, many years, I thought that stress was just a part of the holidays. So many parties, gatherings, and commitments—along with all of the shopping. It was downright exhausting. I would look back to the holidays of my childhood when all I had to do was enjoy the magic of the season. I loved the holidays and looked forward to it all year. Of course, that couldn’t last foreve...

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Where Have All the Swimmers Gone?

Sperm counts in men in Western countries have dropped by more than 50% in the last 40 years. A review and meta-analysis that included 43,000 men from North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand found that between 1973 and 2011, sperm counts have dropped by 52%. Men in South America, Asia, and Africa did not see any significant decline. Why is this happening? The authors commented that “sperm count and other semen parameters have been plausibl...

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4 Signs of a Magnesium Deficiency

4 Signs of a Magnesium Deficiency
Do you LOVE dark chocolate? Like, do you think about it all day? Is it a food that you always have in your house and you reach for it constantly? What I if I told you that your love of dark chocolate may in fact be a sign of a nutrient deficiency? Your body may be reaching for chocolate because it’s high in a very important mineral…magnesium. Magnesium is an unsung hero in our health. We tend to concentrate on getting enough calcium in our diet and...

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Seasonal Strategies for Your Healthiest Holidays

Seasonal Strategies for Your Healthiest Holidays
Feeling the pressure of the holidays build? Find some release with these tips to help you thrive through the season and beyond. Get Present One of the most valuable gifts you can give your family, and yourself, this holiday season, isn’t something you can buy at the store. The gift of presence—being able to be truly in the moment with your loved ones, leaving behind the stress and expectations that often come with this time of year—can help foster ...

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Your Body’s Superhero – The Immune System

By Lisa Kilgour, Nutritionist Lisa Kilgour is a registered holistic nutritionist (RHN), founder of lisakilgour.com, and a faculty member at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. In 2016 Lisa spoke about the gut-brain connection at TedX Kelowna, and was voted “BC’s Favorite Nutritionist” by Natural Health Care Canada in 2010. She currently lives in the breathtaking Okanagan Valley, BC, surrounded by good food and stunning scenery. It’s here. Tha...

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Swap Stress for Self-Care

Swap Stress for Self-Care
Most of us have stress, but those who’re winning the battle are those who’ve come up with coping mechanisms to deal with it. Where do you fall on the stress-busting spectrum? Take a minute to think about it. When stress strikes, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? For many, it might involve one or more of the following: Eating Alcohol/Drugs TV The trouble is, while many of these quick fixes may offer a momentary reprieve, chances are th...

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