Fighting Dementia with the Green-Med Diet

Dementia affects tens of millions of people worldwide. Some experts predict that number will grow to more than 150 million by 2050. That’s a frightening statistic for anyone who has seen the way Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia can undermine life, and actually steal the sense of who someone is.      Unfortunately, we’ve… Continue reading Fighting Dementia with the Green-Med Diet

Maintain Gut Health with Pre- and Probiotics

Your gut is talking to the rest of your body all the time. A healthy gut with a full complement of beneficial bacteria sends messages to other organs—including the brain—prompting nerve and hormone responses. This communication can affect mood and mental health, immune response, and other general health factors. In a very real sense, where… Continue reading Maintain Gut Health with Pre- and Probiotics

What is Reiki Healing?

Can energy heal? Reiki practitioners believe it can, if the flow of energy through a body is carefully manipulated and nurtured. Understanding the practice and the philosophy of Reiki means starting with the roots of the word itself.     Rei is Japanese for “universal,” while ki translates to “vital life force.” Reiki was developed,… Continue reading What is Reiki Healing?

What is Ayurveda

Ayurveda—and, specifically, Ayurvedic medicine—is a whole-life approach to wellness. The English translation of the word itself provides insight into the practice: ayur means “life”, and veda “means “knowledge”. The roots of the practice are spiritual, lying within the sacred Indian scriptures called the Vedas.     Focusing on preventative health and natural healing, Ayurvedic practice… Continue reading What is Ayurveda

Avocados for Heart Health

No food is a magic bullet, but some come closer than others to truly earning the title “superfood.” Avocados are the latest addition to that group, given new research recently published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.     The in-depth, thirty-year study tracked more than a hundred thousand health professionals. The research… Continue reading Avocados for Heart Health

The Magic of Micropractices

Good mental health doesn’t have to be hard. You can reduce stress or anxiety, and defuse outbreaks of negative emotions and feelings easily and quickly with a few simple, “small step” strategies in your self-care toolbox. These are micropractices—easy, quick exercises that you can integrate into the course of any given day, as you need… Continue reading The Magic of Micropractices

Reflexology

Could your hands and feet be conduits to your nerves and organs, potential points of treatment, and avenues for healing? That’s what Reflexologists believe. This practice involves applying pressure to individual points or zones on the hands and feet, which practitioners believe correspond to, and stimulate, other parts of the body. By affecting the flow… Continue reading Reflexology

How Much Exercise is Enough?

Once upon a time, we were largely an outdoor population. People in cities didn’t necessarily live in dwellings where they wanted to spend a lot of time, so they got out and about. People who didn’t live in cities tended to have a lot of chores to do. Many walked or biked wherever they needed… Continue reading How Much Exercise is Enough?

Non-Celiac Gluten Intolerance and Sensitivity

Although banning gluten has become something of a mantra for anyone seeking to eat healthier, it can be hard to avoid. Gluten is a natural bonding protein found principally in wheat and other bread grains, but also in pasta, cereals, and even beer. It is responsible for the texture and structure of many baked goods.… Continue reading Non-Celiac Gluten Intolerance and Sensitivity

Somatic Therapy

Somatic therapy addresses the mind, body, and spirit as interlinked and interdependent, combining talk therapy, mental exercises, and physical manipulation to heal unhealthy mental and emotional conditions—most specifically, trauma. Although most of us might assume that psychological issues lie only in the mind, somatic therapists believe those issues can be addressed by working with and… Continue reading Somatic Therapy