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Insomnia and the Elements of Healthy Sleeping

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Insomnia and the Elements of Healthy Sleeping

Sleep eludes many these days. Insomnia affects approximately 30 - 35% of the adult population. The different aspects of insomnia involve difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep, not feeling as though you've actually slept, and at worst, being unable to sleep at all.1,2 Ongoing insomnia creates an increased risk for many medical conditions (including stroke, diabetes, and heart disease), mental health issues, accidents, and shortened life expectancy.3 Why Are So Many People Unable to Sleep? Disrupted Circadian Rhythms We have natural biological rhythms called “circadian rhythms” which follow a daily cycle governed by the light in the environment.4 Obviously, in...

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Relaxation Is Key to a Healthy Mind and Body

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Relaxation Is Key to a Healthy Mind and Body

Relaxation is key to a healthy mind and body. Some people seem to be able to relax in almost any environment, while others have an extremely difficult time relaxing–even in a calm, quiet environment. For many people, these uncertain times have compounded an already nervous nature, and have necessitated new coping skills and extra help to unwind. Relaxation Max (Unflavored Powder) is an innovative powdered drink mix that safely and naturally promotes a calm, relaxed, well-balanced emotional and physiological state. Relaxation Max is a safe, non-addictive way to take the edge off by assisting your body's natural relaxation mechanism. Relaxation...

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Let's De-Stress the Holidays

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Let's De-Stress the Holidays

For many people, just hearing the words, “the holidays,” evokes stress, anxiety, and sadness. What is supposed to be a time of joy, peace and good will can instead become a time of heightened loneliness, anxiousness, family dysfunction, regret, political arguments, overspending, struggles to get through impossible “to do” lists, and increased pain of missing departed loved ones and bygone times. Of course there is the ever-present barrage of unrealistic images of the “perfect” couple, family, outfit, table setting, meal, scene, body, or “magical moment” to help these anxieties along. Medical Emergencies Increase During the Holidays Sadly, the incidence of...

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Vertigo Self-Help

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Vertigo Self-Help

Vertigo is like dizziness, except that it is more extreme and gives the sensation of the room spinning around you. If you are experiencing vertigo, please see your doctor as vertigo can have different causes. A common type of vertigo is benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) which happens when a person turns his/her head quickly, or turns over in bed, after which it takes a little time for the spinning to stop. Vertigo can not only be a frightening sensation, it can also cause nausea and vomiting. The sensation of vertigo actually comes from the inner ear. One of my...

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The Amino Acid, Glycine, and Its Role in Gut and Mental Health

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The Amino Acid, Glycine, and Its Role in Gut and Mental Health

The amazing amino acid, glycine (one of the building blocks of protein), acts as a protectant against free radical damage in intestinal cells.1 Free radicals are atoms missing an electron which bump into things trying to gain an electron and stabilize themselves. As they do this, they cause damage to whatever they bump into and destabilize it. My analogy for a free radical is a teenage boy without a date on prom night bumping into multiple people. Glycine helps protect the gut against this type of damage. Glycine also acts as a calming neurotransmitter (messaging molecule) in the brain.2 Glycine...

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