The ABC’s of Probiotics

By Alexandra Lily Swanston November 27, 2021 0 Comments
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What are the benefits of taking probiotics? Bacteria have a reputation for causing disease, so the idea of tossing down a few billion a day for your health might seem hard to swallow. A growing body of scientific evidence suggests that you can treat and even prevent some illnesses with foods and supplements containing certain kinds of live bacteria. Some digestive disease specialists are recommending probiotic supplements for disorders that frustrate conventional medicine, such as irritable bowel syndrome. Since the mid-1990&... Read More

Attention Sweet Tooths

By Alexandra Lily Swanston November 6, 2021 0 Comments
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If you are trying to reduce sugar in your diet, you may be tempted to turn to artificial sweeteners, which please the taste buds but promise zero calories. But are they safe? Artificial sweeteners and other sugar substitutes are found in a variety of food and beverages marketed as “sugar-free” or “diet”, including soft drinks and baked goods. Just what are all these sweeteners? And what’s their role in your diet? Artificial sweeteners are synthetic sugar substitutes. They m... Read More

Leaving Plastic Water Bottles in Your Hot Car is Risky

By Alexandra Lily Swanston September 23, 2021 0 Comments
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Is that bottle of water you found on the floorboard of your car or left sitting in your center console safe to drink after sitting in the sun for several or more hours? While staying hydrated is essential, especially during warmer months when you’re more prone to dehydration due to sweating, keeping plastic bottles in your car for prolonged periods of time may cause the water inside to become contaminated. In 2014, a study found antimony and bisphenol A (BPA) leached into water when left at 158 degrees F for four weeks. The amount of BPA in the water increased with time up to it’s highest amount in four weeks. According to a 2019 report published by U.S. Department of Health a... Read More

Anti-Bacterial Soaps: 5 Reasons to Avoid Them

By Alexandra Lily Swanston September 11, 2021 0 Comments
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We’re exposed to millions of germs and bacteria every day. Many of us use antibacterial products to reduce our risk of getting sick or passing germs and bacteria onto others- but are they really more effective at killing the bad germs than regular soap? Antibacterial soap is any cleaning product with active antimicrobial ingredients added and not found in regular soaps. An antimicrobial is something that works to kill microorganisms or stops their growth. For example, antibiotics and antibacterial soaps are used to fight bacteria. ... Read More

Yoga, You Can Do It!

By Alexandra Lily Swanston August 19, 2021 0 Comments
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If you’ve done your “downward dog” yoga pose today, you’re probably feeling more relaxed. Regardless of your level of yoga expertise, if you’re practicing regularly, you can feel better from head to toe. Yoga offers physical and mental health benefits for people of all ages. Also, if you’re going through an illness, recovering from surgery or living with a chronic condition, yoga can become an integral part of your treatment and potentially hasten healing. Yoga improves strength, balance and flexibility. Slow movements and deep breathing increase blood flow and warm up muscles, while holding a pose can build strength. Yoga helps... Read More

Gardening Makes You Beautiful Inside and Out

By Alexandra Lily Swanston August 12, 2021 2 Comments
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Through the centuries, gardens have served not only as places to grow plants but as spaces for people to relax, to focus and to connect with nature and each other. Today, gardening can provide  many mental health benefits for your daily life. Here are some of the benefits from gardening for your mental/physical health. Improves mood- Gardening can make you feel more peaceful and content. Focusing your attention on the immediate tasks and details of gardening can reduce negative thoughts ... Read More

Get Your Green Juice On!

By Alexandra Lily Swanston August 5, 2021 1 Comment
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Green juice is one of the biggest health and wellness trends of the last decade. Celebrities, social media influencers, foodies and wellness bloggers are all drinking green juice. These enthusiasts state that this drink offers numerous health benefits, including improved digestion, weight loss, reduced inflammation and boosted immunity. This article reviews everything you need to know about green juice so you can determine whether to add it to your routine. What exactly is green juice? Green juice is a beverage made from the juices of gr... Read More

Does Your Food Taste Really Good?

By Alexandra Lily Swanston July 29, 2021 0 Comments
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Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a controversial food additive that companies use to enhance flavor. MSG is derived from a naturally occurring amino acid in our bodies. Amino acids are organic compounds that are essential for bodily functions. The substance is also naturally present in most foods; such as cheese, tomatoes, mushrooms and seaweed. When MSG is added for flavor it is produced by fermenting starch, sugar beets, sugar cane and molasses. Some of the products that may contain MSG as an additive include cured meats, seasoning blends and ... Read More

Are You Addicted to Negative News?

By Alexandra Lily Swanston July 22, 2021 2 Comments
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The media we consume daily has an impact on our thinking, behavior and emotions. Given the sensational nature of the 24-hour news cycle, most media outlets end up reporting on crises,  disasters or other stories that are likely to shock and draw in readers and viewers. Our brain responds to this stressful or negative news as a threat and our sympathetic nervous system kicks into fight or flight mode, producing stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. Recurrent exposure to this stress can impact both our physical and mental health and cause symptoms like headaches, fatigue, anxiety and depression. Negative news can also affect mood and lead to feelings of hopelessness, anger and ... Read More

Why You Should Switch to Non-Toxic Deodorant Today

By Alexandra Lily Swanston July 15, 2021 1 Comment
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Did you know one of the most harmful chemicals that both men and women put on their bodies is deodorant? Deodorant is a product that inhibits your body’s natural secretion of toxins. An  antiperspirant and deodorant will clog your skin follicles so that you’re not able to sweat as much as your body requires. On top of inhibiting your body’s natural cleansing and detoxifying process, deodorants and antiperspirants also release tons of harmful chemicals into our bodies. Let’s take a look at t... Read More