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Staying Healthy During Cold and Flu Season

Posted by Andie Dill

Across America, we know the months from October to March as “cold and flu season.” Peak times vary from year to year, but most commonly February is recorded to be the month with the most cases of the flu. Over the last 35 years, February topped the charts fifteen times (yikes!). In addition to the flu, other respiratory viruses are also more prevalent during this time, particularly rhinovirus and the all-to-well-known, respiratory simplex virus (RSV).

Making matters worse, cold and flu season also lands right during the holiday season when traveling is at its highest. This only increases the chances for spreading these many bugs and diseases. So, what is one to do? Cold and flu season is inevitable, and going outside almost always is too, but that does not mean we have to be doomed to the fateful reality of this sickie time. Prevention is key, and there are many steps we can take to support our health and immune system, especially during these frigid months. 

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Tags: Supplements & Remedies, Fuel Your Body, Build Strength, Rest & Recover, Drink Pure Water

Tonics for Total Health

Posted by Andie Dill

With the rise in preventative healthcare, focus is shifting from simply treating disease and illness, to optimizing overall quality of life. This is where herbal medicine can be extremely powerful. I love Urban Moonshine products. Founded in 2008 by Jovial King, Urban Moonshine is set on the goal of making herbal medicine more easily accessible. Their core value is to maintain quality and organic standards, while getting people excited about herbal medicine and the way we think about the healing power of plants. While there are many health-promoting herbals to consider, today we are going to focus on tonics that build immunity, energy and joy.

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Tags: Supplements & Remedies, Rest & Recover

This Coffee or Tea is Great with a Capital G-hee!

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

It seems like everywhere we turn, butter coffee is all the rage. Signs displaying “add some good fats to your coffee” are now popping up in local cafes and grocery stores around the country---and we’re hooked! This new and improved morning routine has become such a staple, we can’t even imagine coffee “the old way.”

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Tags: Recipes, Fuel Your Body, Build Strength, Rest & Recover

3 Incredible Benefits of Curcumin

Posted by Andie Dill

There isn’t a day that goes by in my home when I am not wiping the kitchen countertops of bright orange powder, or some diluted yellowish substance made up of that bright orange powder mixed with something else. Coconut oil, almond milk, ghee—it all goes well with turmeric! I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with this flavorful, healing spice: turmeric stains everything and can be a mess to deal with, but its benefits far outweigh any trouble it causes. Because of that it is a staple in my household, and after this article it will probably become one in yours too! 

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Tags: Supplements & Remedies, Rest & Recover

Journey to the Heart: 3 Ways to Practice Self-Compassion

Posted by Andie Dill

In this post, I want to look at three ways or suggestions to show yourself a little love through a practice called self-compassion. This can take as little as a few minutes a day to do. But before I dive into specific ways to practice self-compassion, I first want to define what it is and is not, and also the science behind why self-compassion is not just a nice idea, but truly beneficial to the overall health and well being.

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Tags: Heal Your Mind, Connect With Nature, Rest & Recover

Hold Your Breath! Examining the Quality of Air Inside Our Homes…

Posted by Andie Dill

It is no surprise that our world is full of contaminants and pollutants. Everywhere you turn it seems there are signs, notices or just the ill effects of poor air quality. The sad reality is that these pollutants continue to rise and there does not seem to be a whole lot of action to stop it. One of the biggest things that has happened in my hometown within the last couple years is that the city has started irrigating all the land with recycled water. It smells awful, and the signs that read “DO NOT DRINK” give a clue that that water is anything but good for you. Unfortunately, that water is off-gassing harmful chemicals into the air, which go straight into our lungs.

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Tags: Avoid Toxins, Rest & Recover

Combating Inflammation with Turmeric

Posted by Andie Dill

Happy New Year! 2018 is upon us with new ambitions, opportunities, and goals. Perhaps you are amongst the vast majority of people who have set some sort of “New Year’s Resolution”, or accomplishment you desire to achieve in this year ahead. A new year is exciting, and offers a fresh start to get back on track with those things you have fallen away from in the previous year. For many people, the desire to get back in shape, lose weight, and eat healthier is high on the priority list. Wonderful goals, might I add!

If caring for your body, and keeping healthy and well are goals on your list, today’s post may very well be of benefit to you. That is because we are going to dive into the “hot topic” of inflammation, and how supplementing with turmeric can help.

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Tags: Supplements & Remedies, Fuel Your Body, Rest & Recover

What Makes Magnesium Magnificent?

Posted by Andie Dill

Most notably known as the “calming mineral”, magnesium has so many benefits. It is used by many to settle down, relax, and get a good night’s rest at the end of a long day. But do you know just how important this vital mineral is to our bodies? According to Dr. Sircus, “after oxygen, water, and basic food, magnesium may be the most important element needed by our bodies, vitally important yet hardly known. It is more important than calcium, potassium or sodium and regulates all three of them. Millions suffer daily from magnesium deficiency without even knowing it.You can read more about his research here in his article on “Transdermal Magnesium Therapy” (1).

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Tags: Supplements & Remedies, Fuel Your Body, Build Strength, Rest & Recover

The Many Wonders of Grounding

Posted by Andie Dill

Fall is here! Maybe you live in a place where the weather has cooled, leaves are changing colors, scarves and boots are starting to appear, and a hot drink to end a cool, crisp evening sounds lovely! On the other hand, if you live in a place like southern California, like I do, it is still beach weather, and sandal time!

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Tags: Connect With Nature, Rest & Recover

Managing Stress: The Power of Nature

Posted by Kaitlin Moretti

A number of years ago, my husband and I spent a few days backpacking through the Green Mountains of Vermont. By the third day, with strained muscles, achy feet and sweat-drenched clothes, we were tired but having an amazing time. Disconnected from the interwoven fast-paced world at the base of the mountains and immersed in the melody of chirping birds, soft breezes, and the rhythmic plodding of our hiking boots, it was happiness at its very best. On that same day, we passed a number of hikers along the trail. Each time we passed another hiker or two, there was always an exchange: “Good morning....” “Great day for a hike!” “Hi - How are you?” Eventually, my husband remarked, “You know, you never see an angry hiker.” And it’s true...out in nature, there is a lot of happiness.

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Tags: Heal Your Mind, Build Strength, Connect With Nature, Rest & Recover

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