Top 20 Places to Travel in the United States

By Alexandra Lily Swanston September 25, 2022 0 Comments
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Traveling is one of the best things that you can do for yourself and your health. It helps your physical and mental health, while also being amazing for the soul. There might be some worrying or stressful moments but once you get out on the road and visit new countries you gain in far more ways. This isn’t just about traveling far away either, traveling your own state and being a tourist in your own town can be beneficially as well. There are almost no limits when it comes to traveling. You can sight-see around some of the most beautiful countries or choose exotic adventures. There are so many options, and they will all help you in ways you never knew. It’s time to save up and... Read More

The ABC’s of Meditation

By Alexandra Lily Swanston September 25, 2022 0 Comments
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If you find yourself feeling stressed, tense or anxious; consider trying meditation. Spending even a few moments in meditation can help restore your calm innerpeace. The best part is anyone can practice meditation. It’s simple and doesn’t cost anything, nor does it require any type of equipment. You can also practice meditation anywhere, whether you’ve been out on a walk, at work, or at home. The more you practice mindfulness and meditation, the easier it will be to add this to your everyday life. What is meditation? Meditation is a mind/body practice in which your attention is focused on being mindful of the present, your breath and your mind b... Read More

Foods to Speed Up Your Metabolism

By Alexandra Lily Swanston September 25, 2022 0 Comments
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If you google “How to lose weight”, the first links that pop up are about powders and drinks on the market today claiming to burn fat and boost your metabolism. But whether these products actually work leaves us all a little skeptical. When it comes to making a lasting impact on your metabolic rate through your diet, nothing works better than eating healthy food. You can try all the trending diets you want, but at the end of the day, eating good real food is the simplest way to maintain a heal... Read More

Vegan, Vegetarian or Pescatarian, which is best?

By Alexandra Lily Swanston July 10, 2022 0 Comments
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  As human beings, we are lucky to be able to select the foods we consume. With plant-based diets on the rise, there has been an ever-growing development of titles that cater for certain diets. Vegan, vegetarian, and pescatarian are three diet patterns focused on reducing your intake of meat. People choose to adopt these diets for a multitude of reasons. One of these reasons is all three eating patterns have been associated with a variety of health and environmental benefits. This may ha... Read More

Benefits Of Hiking

By Alexandra Lily Swanston June 26, 2022 1 Comment
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The sound of the wind rushing through the trees, the warm sunshine on your face and the soft earthy feel of the trail under your boots. Not only are these experiences enjoyable to have, but they’re good for you too. Hiking is proven to have many health benefits, ranging from physical exercise you get when out on the trail, to emotional or mental relief that comes from being in nature. Hiking is a great way to get outside, move your body, and explore new places. It’s also relatively accessible compared to many sports. Hikers... Read More

What’s Happening to The Honey Bees?

By Alexandra Lily Swanston May 22, 2022 0 Comments
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Honey bees, both domestic and wild, perform about 80 percent of all pollination worldwide. A single bee colony can pollinate 300 million flowers each day. Grains are primarily pollinated by the wind, but fruits, nuts and vegetables are pollinated by bees. Seventy out of the top 100 human food crops- which supply about 90 percent of the world’s nutrition- are pollinated by bees. So, believe it or not, you have a bee to thank for every one in three bites of food you eat! Unfortunately, bees are dying off at an... Read More

Homelessness, Substance Use, Mental Illness: What We Can Do to Help

By Alexandra Lily Swanston May 19, 2022 0 Comments
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Many of us have an idea of who is homeless and why they become homeless. These ideas can come from a variety of places, including our own experiences, those of family or friends, or through the things we read or see on TV. These different sources of information shape our ideas about who we think a typical homeless person is, but in the end may or may not be accurate. The reality is that there is no such thing as a ‘typical’ homeless person and the population is incredibly diverse. No one is absolutely safe from experiencing homelessness. Very few people choose to be homeless and it can happen to anyone. Homelessness is not just a big city problem, as the causes of it can affec... Read More

Water – Drinking for Your Health

By Alexandra Lily Swanston April 24, 2022 0 Comments
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You know you need water to survive and you feel better when you drink it regularly, but what’s really at play in the body when you drink H2O? Our body weight is actually about 60 percent water.  Your body uses water in all its cells, organs, and tissues to help regulate temperature and maintain other bodily functions. Because your body loses water through breathing, sweating, and digestion; it’s important to rehydrate by drinking fluids and eating foods that contain water. The amount of water you need depends on a variety of factors. The climate you live in, how physically active you are, and whether you’re experiencing an illness or hav... Read More

Health Benefits of Indoor Plants

By Alexandra Lily Swanston April 10, 2022 0 Comments
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When you feel down, it’s amazing what a walk in the park can do. That’s because when we get in touch with nature, we improve our wellbeing. Studies show time spent outside in green areas can reduce our mental fatigue, increase relaxation, etc. However, we actually spend a considerable amount of our time indoors instead-around 90%. That is where indoor plants come in handy. Although they are not a substitute for the great outdoors, indoor plants can provide similar benefits. Many houseplants absorb... Read More

Pets Are Good For Our Health

By Alexandra Lily Swanston April 2, 2022 0 Comments
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Most pet owners can agree there is immediate joy that comes with sharing their lives with companion animals. However, many of us remain unaware of the physical and mental health benefits that can also accompany the pleasure of being with a furry friend. It’s only recently that studies have begun to scientifically explore the benefits of the human-animal bond. Pets have evolved to become attuned to humans and our behavior and emotions. Dogs, for example, are able to understand many of the words we use, our tone of voice, body language and gestures. Pets, especially dogs and cats, can reduce stress, anxiety, ease loneliness and depression, encourage exercise/playfulness and even impro... Read More