A Guide to Lymphatic Health and Sleep

The lymphatic system serves as your body’s waste center, getting rid of infections and dead cells found in tissues. It’s incredibly complex, and if it malfunctions, it can lead to some serious conditions and diseases. Continue reading

Light Exposure at Night Can Destroy Your Thyroid

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  • Exposure to outdoor light at night, which disrupts circadian rhythms, may increase the risk of thyroid cancer
  • Those in the highest quintile of nighttime light exposure had a 55% increased risk of thyroid cancer compared to those in the lowest quintile
  • One way circadian disruption may be linked to thyroid cancer is by inducing insulin resistance
  • Light exposure at night also causes sleep trouble, and chronic sleep deprivation is linked to disruption of rhythmic thyroid stimulating hormone secretions, which is associated with an increased risk of thyroid cancer

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6 Supplements for natural stress relief

Stress is a natural part of life. People experience stress when juggling personal and professional responsibilities and navigating sudden problems like job loss or the death of a loved one. Continue reading

The Truth About COVID-19 ‘Long-Haulers’

The Truth About COVID-19 ‘Long-Haulers’

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  • 18.1% of individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 also received a first-time psychiatric diagnosis in the 14 to 90 days afterward. Most common were anxiety disorders, insomnia and dementia
  • An estimated 10% of patients treated for COVID-19 report fatigue, breathlessness, brain fog and/or chronic pain for three weeks or longer. This phenomenon occurs even among patients who had mild cases of COVID-19
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data show the rate of COVID-19 patients who continue experiencing lingering health problems after recovering from acute COVID-19 may be as high as 45%
  • Many post-acute COVID-19 patients fit the diagnostic criteria for ME/CFS, which has been linked to viral infections
  • According to a COVID-19 treatment guide, many of these “long COVID” patients do spontaneously recover — albeit slowly — with holistic support, rest, symptomatic treatment and gradual increase in activity

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How Blood Sugar Can Increase Your Body Temp to Disrupt Sleep

How Blood Sugar Can Increase Your Body Temp to Disrupt Sleep

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  • Your blood glucose and insulin levels rise when you eat before bed, which may reduce your ability to sleep soundly by affecting thermoregulation and homeostasis
  • Diabetes and high blood sugar increase retention of heat during exercise and recovery; poor capacity to dissipate heat also reduces sleep quality
  • Quality sleep depends on lowering your core body temperature during the night, but does not affect your peripheral skin temperature
  • Refrain from eating for three to four hours before sleep and consider taking a shower before bed if you do eat late; sleep in a cool room with light covers, but not so cold you are shivering

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THE BEST FREE YOGA VIDEOS FOR OCTOBER 2020

The cool and windy energy of Autumn encourages us to slow down, draw our focus inside, and stock up our inner resources for the winter ahead. The fall is a vital time to re-energize, renew, and revitalize through our yoga practice. Traditional Chinese Medicine associates the season of autumn with the energy of the Lungs, and many of the videos in this month’s collection focus on opening and strengthening the chest and upper body. We hope you find a deep sense of nourishment, inner-strength, and resilience with this collection of free yoga videos for October.

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Walnuts Can Help You Beat Stress

According to one study by researchers at Penn State University, a diet rich in walnuts and walnut oil may prepare the body to deal better with stress.

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3 Fall Remedies To Have On Hand

It’s been feeling like fall here in the Midwest and I have those awkward days of wondering whether I should wear my flip flops or boots. These are the only two things I wear on my feet for the most part – because they are easy to wear and it gives me less choices I have to make when I start my day. Yes, I am in that season of life where anything that makes life easier is necessary. 😉 Continue reading

Tips on Using Essential Oils to Strengthen our Lungs

Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs, help keep our Immune Systems Strong, but adding essential oils like Pine, Tea Tree, Rosemary, Eucalyptus and Lemon will prove to be invaluable. Continue reading

Reiki and Your Immune System

Before we look at Reiki practice and immunity, let’s take a look at the immune system itself. We can start with a question: where is it? Can you point to your immune system? Continue reading

Suicides Up Nearly 100% Among Young People in Wisconsin’s Second Largest County, as Medical Experts Cite Perils of Social Isolation

This summer, a relative reached out to me regarding the sad story of Kodie Dutcher, a 10-year-old girl from Baraboo, Wisconsin who was reported missing in July. Continue reading

Healing Powers of Ancient Herb Andrographis

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  • Andrographis is an adaptogenic herb with health benefits that include antiviral, hypoglycemic, hepatoprotective and anti-inflammatory properties
  • Andrographis has a calming and anti-anxiety effect and it helps improve memory, tremors, fatigue and incontinence in people with multiple sclerosis
  • The “bitter reflex” is stimulated when you taste something bitter. Your body releases gastrin to strengthen digestive function and the reflex stimulates cell repair in the pancreas and intestines

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Melatonin — A Standard Treatment Adjunct for COVID-19?

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  • Recent research suggests melatonin may be an important adjunct to COVID-19 treatment
  • Patients hospitalized with COVID-19 pneumonia who were given high-dose melatonin as an adjunct therapy to standard of care improved within four to five days, and all survived
  • Melatonin inhibits the cytokine storm associated with critical SARS-CoV-2 infection. It also inhibits sepsis (blood poisoning), associated with an overactive immune response
  • Melatonin helps prevent mitochondrial impairment, energy failure and apoptosis (programmed cell death) in mitochondria damaged by oxidation
  • Melatonin also helps regulate and improve risk factors for severe COVID-19, such as high blood pressure, insulin resistance and diabetes

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Research Finds Blue-Light Glasses Improve Sleep And Workday Productivity

During the pandemic, the amount of screen time for many people working and learning from home as well as binge-watching TV has sharply increased. New research finds that wearing blue-light glasses just before sleeping can lead to a better night’s sleep and contribute to a better day’s work to follow.

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Kids using too many medications? One RN mom turned to essential oils.

How Jennifer got her kids to ask for essential oils more than pills

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