Cancer Patients Might Find Relief with CBD Oil

Does hemp CBD offer comfort to cancer patients? There is no one-size-fits-all approach to this question. One thing to note is that hemp CBD is in no way a cure or magic pill for cancer. But yes, hemp CBD may bring comfort and relieve symptoms for some patients. Patients should always consult and communicate with

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Walk Strong Bay Area’s Mission to Support Cancer Patients

A group of friends, some of whom are cancer survivors, formed and bonded over their shared mission to raise awareness and funding to support women with breast cancer. Since 2006 they’ve conditioned together, preparing to walk 39 miles over two days at Avon sponsored breast cancer walks. When Avon abruptly canceled their event in January

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Calming Fall Skincare

As we tiptoe our way into fall, we begin to feel the cool breeze on our faces. As refreshing as it is to the soul, our skin won’t feel the same way. Transitioning your skin care routine to prepare for the cooler weather is as important as wearing sunblock every day. Follow these tips to

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Get Better Sleep

Getting a good night’s rest is critical to your health and wellness. If you’re tired all or most of the time, you may think it’s because you’re not logging enough hours in bed. Most of us are under the misconception that the longer we are in a deep sleep, the more rested we will be

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Following Your Dream During Hard Times

There is a place in you that is far greater than any circumstance, situation or condition. You may be wondering, “How do I find that place?” In times like these when, as a global community, we are facing unprecedented challenges, it’s important to tap into that place. Envision a turbulent storm on the ocean’s surface

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Strong Thighs Matter

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Not only do your thighs contain the biggest muscles in your body, meaning the greatest caloric burn when strengthening them, but they’re also what carry you around all day! For these reasons, we focus a lot of our workouts on building these hugely important muscles. However, when doing leg exercises, it’s easy to focus on

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Shoulder Health Yoga

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This set of exercises takes your shoulders through their full range of ration, which is important to do regularly to ensure the longevity of our functional movement and to avoid injury. These movements also bring a lovely sense of openness to the front of the body. You might need a belt or scarf for these

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Get on the Toning-Up Fast Track

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Have you ever had a workout buddy who just seems to surpass you in the gym? Their body fat percentage never stops reducing. The numbers on the scale don’t stop shrinking. No matter how hard you try, your buddy’s results continue to keep coming. Annoying, right? Don’t worry. It’s totally OK to feel that way.

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Carmen Melgoza’s Fitness & Wellness Transformation

Inspires Her Latina Social Media Following to Do The Same Carmen Melgoza had a successful accounting career, but a sedentary lifestyle and a broken relationship took their toll. Her fitness journey and absolute determination to lose 50 pounds are nothing short of inspirational. Driven by unbounded passion and a work ethic shaped by a migrant

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5 Easy Steps to Conquer Your Day

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We all have lots of tasks to tackle in a day, and we only have a certain number of hours to accomplish them. Sometimes the thought of getting everything done might hinder us from being productive. Our minds become cluttered, and we don’t know which task to get to first. Oprah Winfrey is a big

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Owning Her Strength and Her Beauty

Athlete and Filmmaker Tiffany Toney Found Balance Through Positive Affirmations Tiffany Toney is a modern-day Renaissance woman. After studying journalism and TV production at the University of Oklahoma, she pursued her master’s degree at Bowie State University in Maryland, where she was a three-sport athlete. She was recruited to play professional softball in Bern, Switzerland,

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The Power of Education

Evelyne Keomian and Her Foundation are Transforming the Lives of Women and Children in West Africa and Beyond Growing up in abject poverty in Ivory Coast, West Africa, Evelyne Keomian knew firsthand the hardship of going hungry and being unable to attend school. Even when there was little to eat, her mother would share with

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The Best Skin Care Regimen for You

With thousands of skin care products out there, choosing the correct product types for your skin can get complicated! This guide will help you build the proper skin care routine for your skin type. Oily skin Controlling oil production is the key to regulating oily skin.Cleanse: use a gentle foaming cleanser to break down excess

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Strengthen Your Mindset One Step at a Time

When looking at a difficult challenge, it’s easy to get lost in the overwhelming task at hand. Remember that a mountain can only be climbed when small steps are put in front of one another. Much like overcoming a mental block, being able to pause and take a step-by-step approach to solve your problem will

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Track Your Health With a Food Journal

Ever wonder where your calories come from, why you may be feeling fatigued, or how you are gaining or losing weight? You may not realize all that you eat in a day, and one way to figure it out is to start a food journal. Food journaling can hold you accountable for what you eat,

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Your Nutrition Questions Answered

You asked – we answered! What foods can I eat to boost my immune system? Sandra Lopez • Pleasanton, CASupporting your immune system is especially important during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Picture your meal plate. Fill half of it with vegetables and fruit, the other part with protein-rich foods such as eggs, chicken, fish and

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Aromatherapy to Relieve Anxiety and Stress

There’s nothing like a global pandemic to create the perfect storm of stress and anxiety. Because stress can significantly weaken your immune system, it’s critically important to your health and well-being to find simple ways to manage and relieve it. The following list of essential oils and blends addresses the range of emotional and psychological

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Discovering Hemp CBD

Conflicting information and policies around CBD use are confusing, sometimes frightening and often frustrating. It can be difficult to discern, process and dig through the myriad of CBD marketing jargon to get to the facts. Here are some quick guidelines to help you unravel the confusion surrounding hemp CBD. How to Find Quality Hemp CBD

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Balance Your Mood with Acupuncture

Many people nowadays are seeking alternatives to medications for mood issues such as anxiety and depression. Acupuncture is a promising option for those who are looking to treat mood issues without the side effects of medications. Acupuncture originated in China thousands of years ago and is based on the principle that mental health disorders are

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Be Drawn

Have you ever sat down to draw up a list of what you thought were “goals,” only to realize that what you really had was a list of things you felt you should be doing – not the things that give you life? I love the call to action in this quote by the poet

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Take Control of TV Binge-Watching

Have you ever caught yourself watching a television series and repeatedly said, “Just one more episode.” I’m guilty! Nowadays, almost any movie and TV series can be streamed directly to your devices. It seems as if we were meant to consume content in a binge-watching fashion. Current events and governmental stay-at-home policies have surely increased

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Staying Fresh and Dry

A Natural Approach to Deodorants Using mass-market antiperspirants and deodorants may seem like a simple and innocuous thing to do to assuage your fears about the way you smell when you sweat. However, most commercial antiperspirants and deodorants are made with harmful ingredients that can lead to a host of health problems not the least

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Ditch Your Training Comfort Zone

More than likely, you’re doing your best to train by doing what you are most accustomed to doing. At some point, it would not be an uncommon situation for you to feel that your typical exercise routine has started to feel a bit redundant. Guess what? That’s ok. Now is the perfect time to try

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Accomplishments to Reflect On

Let’s think about our days. They are made up of meetings, making phone calls, answering phone calls, checking voicemails, reading emails, responding to emails, texting, updating all our social media sites, attending events, blah, blah, blah. When was the last time you stopped…paused… and reflected on your progress? I’m reminded of Stephen Covey’s work and

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Telehealth – Technology that Keeps You Healthy

I think we can all agree that 2020 isn’t the year we thought it was going to be. We had New Year’s resolutions, goals, hopes and dreams for the new decade; we were expecting 2020 to mimic the roaring 1920s not a repeat of The Great Depression. As much as the year has been problematic,

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Fresh & Spicy – 3 Summer Perfect Arugula Recipes

While warmer temperatures are typically associated with hydrating fruits like watermelon, one overlooked summer ingredient is arugula. This leafy green known for its fresh, tart, bitter, and peppery flavor, originated in the Mediterranean and has a unique nickname: garden rocket. For those looking to lose weight and improve bone health, one cup of arugula has

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What Does Wellness Really Mean?

Is it about going to yoga classes, deep breathing, Pilates, smoothies or nature? Is it about how you feel in your own skin? Is it about the number on the scale or the results of your blood tests? There are so many articles about health and wellness that it’s easy to start “should-ing” ourselves. I

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CBD Oil for Pain Relief

What is CBD? There are two main active ingredients in cannabis (marijuana), tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). THC is the primary active ingredient in cannabis and has psychoactive properties. CBD is the second most prevalent chemical compound and active ingredientin cannabis. CBD, unlike THC, does not have psychoactive properties; it interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid

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Foods That Reduce Stress or Anxiety

We all deal with stress and anxiety from time to time (often daily!) and by now, we all know they take a toll on both our mental and physical health. People employ various techniques to help them deal with life’s stressors, such as long walks, yoga or making time to meet up with friends or

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Top 3 Bedtime Breathing Exercises to Ensure a Good Night’s Rest

We all know the importance of sleep. Lack of sleep has implications for our mental health and immune system. Not enough sleep can make us feel grumpy, groggy and puts us at risk of developing a worryingly long list of diseases. Enough sleep makes us feel energetic, positive and alert. Less is more when you

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Shaolin Kempo Fighting Techniques that Harness Mental and Physical Confidence

Watching the movie “The 36th Chamber of Shaolin” as a child inspired Greg Shraiman to study martial arts at the Shaolin Temple in China. While becoming a monk was not in the cards, Greg certainly fulfilled his dream of studying at the temple. Now he teaches the Shaolin Kempo style of martial arts at the

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San Mateo County Supervisor David Canepa Provides the Tools to Empower Community

Raised in Pacifica, San Mateo County Supervisor David Canepa is well acquainted with the Peninsula and the opportunities it offers, but also the issues that it faces. One of David’s favorite parts of living in Daly City is the diversity of the area, but he also realizes that hard work is necessary in order to

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The Essence of an Entrepreneur

The passion you have for your business idea and your belief in yourself are key to your growth and powering through difficult times. The following six elements will help you on your journey to achieving your entrepreneurial goals. GritI am very demanding of myself and push myself to the limit because each day is an

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I Said Yes, and I Don’t Regret It

It was a beautiful day in Los Angeles, about 75 degrees despite it being the middle of January. Sitting outside of Jersey Mike’s sandwich shop near the airport, I reflected with my close friend and partner in crime about just how far this year had taken me.  In January of 2018, I was in the

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Are Your Candles Doing More Harm Than Good?

Before the advent of electricity, candles were used primarily for illumination. Light served as a symbol of the good and the beautiful, especially in times of emotional and spiritual darkness. Today, candles are used mainly for their aesthetic value and scent to set a soft, warm, or romantic ambiance and for emergency lighting during electrical

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Family Ties

Pros and Cons of Working With Family When I was a teenager, my Realtor mom would ask me to accompany her on weekends to her open houses. In typical teenage fashion, I would reply, “No way, that’s boring!” As fate would have it, I later ended up joining the family business and became a Realtor

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Accelerate Recovery and Prevent Injuries with Sports Tape

Sports tape is meant to help your body tissues return to homeostasis and is used to prevent injury. There are many different types of sports tape and taping techniques. Tapes with elastic properties are popular today, and many different brands with similar but slightly varying properties are available. Taping is meant to be used for

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Nutrition Hacks and Myths Revealed!

Ask your questions, we have answers. Are there specific things I can eat to help firm up loose skin?Bertha Gonzalez • Baldwin Park, CAIt goes without saying that exercise and sunscreen are critically important to toning and firming one’s skin. But, thinking about skin health from the inside out is also a great place to

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Mixing Business and Politics

5 Tips to Build Important Relationships For Your Business As a new business owner, you may not realize how important politics can be to the development, growth, visibility and opportunities provided to local businesses. Having connections in political circles and good relationships with local elected officials could be a great benefit to your business. To

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Prevent Health Issues and Maintain Good Health with Moxa

When you walk into an acupuncture clinic, you may smell a strange earthy aroma in the air – this is moxa. Moxibustion, commonly known as moxa, is a type of traditional Chinese medicine often used during acupuncture treatments for a variety of health issues. It involves burning an herb called Ai Ye (mugwort or wormwood)

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Overcome Self Doubt In Your Entrepreneurial Journey

For those living the entrepren-artist, solopreneur or mompreneur life, you know that the lonely hours, the hard work, the less-than-adequate funding can cause and fuel stress, negative thoughts, self-doubt and even complete burnout if you’re not careful. You may lose your motivation and your mojo by succumbing to the “negative bias,” the natural human tendency

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A Strong Foundation For Entrepreneur and Traditional Employee Couples

For many couples, it’s hard to stay connected. The challenges are even greater when one of you is an entrepreneur and the other is an employee with a traditional workday. It’s important to communicate skillfully, discuss your ideal work/life balance and implications, set realistic expectations, take responsibility for your choices and plan quality time together.

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6 Easy Tips to Get Back to Working Out After Falling Off

There you were doing so well with your workouts and then boom. You fell off. Don’t worry. It happens to all of us. Here are six tips to help you start exercising with regularity again. Focus on Progress Not PerfectionDon’t set unrealistic expectations. Make sure your goals are attainable. If you focus on being perfect,

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The Mental and Physical Health Benefits of an Active Lifestyle

Exercise strengthens your body, but did you know exercise also fends off depression, anxiety, stress and many other psychological conditions or mood disorders? Leading an active lifestyle is an affordable and simple way to help you feel better and look your best. Learning about the importance of exercise for mental and physical health can help

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Choosing Your Approach to Yoga Practice

Within the world of yoga, it is easy to get carried away, wanting to master the same poses your neighbor achieves so well—or just wanting to keep up with the rest of the class. The Dream and The RealityI personally have to keep reminding myself this is not what yoga is about. As a teacher

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Clear Leadership Inspires and Guides

One of the most valuable lessons I am learning in my life is that I don’t need to do it alone. “It” can be defined as almost anything I do, including developing a new program for one of my clients, running my business, needing help repairing something and even walking my dog. What’s freeing about

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Write Affirmations That Work

Affirmations are one of the most powerful tools you can use to change your results, but only if you use them correctly. When used properly, affirmations retrain your subconscious mind to believe you are more like your affirmations than your old beliefs. The subconscious mind is responsible for 95% of your conscious behavior. What! That

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Define Your Business with Strategic Goals

Thinking of starting your own business? It’s a huge undertaking to hang your shingle out there and offer your services and time, but it can be done. In today’s economy, more and more people want to be their own boss for various reasons. Maybe you have something to offer the world and want to impact

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Jog With Your Dog

Jogging with your dog can be great fun for you both, but you want to be safe. The following guidelines will help you gauge if your dog is ready to go on a run with you. Skeletal MaturityYour dog needs to be at least one year old before they start running with you. A dog’s

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5 Current Social Media Trends to Grow Your Business

If there’s one constant truth about social media, it’s that it’s always changing. New user features, algorithmic updates and increased advertising have expanded the marketing potential for small businesses and entrepreneurs. Depending on your industry, there are many options for social media marketing today. The key is to find your niche platform, identify your target

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Best Food Combinations to Enjoy a Healthier Life

We are living in a time and age when we need to take extra care of our bodies because they have never been more under-nourished and over-stressed. Let’s take a look at how eating certain foods together can help you get in shape and stay healthy. Oatmeal with Orange JuiceA study by the Antioxidant Research

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Is Your Body Overdue For a Spring Cleaning?

As the first signs of spring’s arrival begin to peer through the darkness of winter, one’s thoughts often turn to spring cleaning. It’s our way of mimicking the ritual of cleansing and renewal that takes place in nature as the seasons change. But how many of us routinely ponder the importance or necessity of a

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Working Out With Intention

Wondering what exercises to do and how often? As a fitness professional, I’m often asked this question, and unfortunately, there’s not a one-size-fits-all answer. It depends on your goals, abilities and interests. No matter what you do, make sure your activity adds up to at least 150 minutes per week, and your exercises should feel

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Fall in love, get married and live happily ever after.

This is the fairy tale everyone chases after. The reality is very different, but it doesn’t have to be. According to a study conducted by YourTango.com, one of the leading causes of failing relationships is poor communication. Surprisingly, no matter how many words are exchanged, the basic message is failing to get through to the

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Spice Up Your Relationship

If you’ve been with your partner for a while, it’s not unusual to fall into a rut. As a relationship coach, I love helping couples reconnect. Here are some of my best tips to spice up your relationship so you’ll both feel rejuvenated, enlivened and connected again. Try New ThingsBrainstorm, without censoring, a list of

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5 Ways to Track Your Fitness Progress

While on your fitness journey, one way to ensure frustration is to focus solely on the scale. There are nearly a dozen uncontrollable factors involved in weight fluctuation, that your day-to-day chances of seeing a decrease are fifty-fifty. No one likes losing! Think of your favorite childhood sport or game and imagine losing every single

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Getting Back to Working Out After Being Sick

When is it okay to workout if you’re feeling sick or recovering from illness? You may be anxious to continue your workout routine, but there are some things you should consider before jumping back in.  DON’T go to the gym if you’re contagious If you just started getting symptoms of a cold or flu, such

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Nutrition Q&A

We answer reader’s burning questions! I keep hearing the term “flexitarian.” What is the Flexitarian Diet and how does it differ from other diets? Brenda Rodriguez, Pleasanton, CA A Flexitarian Diet includes mostly plant-based foods (fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains) while allowing meat and other animal products in moderation. This makes it more flexible

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Strengthen Your Body With Exercises You Love

What exercise should I do? Should I do yoga? Is running bad? Will I hurt myself doing HIIT? As a physical therapist, a lot of my patients ask for advice about what exercises they should do to stay healthy. My answer is, the best exercises are the ones you like. People are more compliant with

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Your Skin – Creating a Flawless Canvas

Every morning, think of your face as a blank canvas full of inherent beauty you wish to reveal to the world. Just as an artist must prepare her canvas before she creates her masterpiece, so should you maintain your skin health. Take care of your gorgeous face. Keep your flawless canvas ready for quick makeup

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Are You Choosing The Better Feeling Thought?

As you connect more and more to your divine source and purpose in life, signs of spiritual meaning will inevitably show up. But how do we get to that connection? I am often asked this question by clients who are frustrated, stuck and challenged. However, we don’t have to wait until we feel stuck and

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Hot Ways to Fight Off Cold Weather Pains

Brrr! It’s getting cold outside. Let’s heat things up from the inside. Your body may be sensitive to differences in temperature or barometric pressure. You may feel more aches when it’s cold or rainy. Here are some ways to fight off cold weather pains.  Warm-UpDon’t forget to rev up your body by doing warm-up movements.

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Best Techniques to Calculate Fitness

Is stepping on the scale the only way to measure fitness levels? Actually, it’s just one of several valid ways to track fitness progress. Each of us have different body compositions and how much we weigh isn’t the end-all measurement of fitness and health. It’s important to identify your body type and embrace it because

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Prevent Itchy Flakey Skin This Winter

We can most certainly blame the cold winter air for our itchy flakey skin. As the cold weather sets in, we turn our heaters on and look forward to hot baths. To keep your skin looking and feeling soft and supple during the harsh winter months, follow these easy tips! Hydrate on the Outside and

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What Chinese Herbs Can Do For You

Traditional Chinese medicine is a healing approach that originated in China many moons ago and is widely practiced today due to its vast benefits. Going back to ancient times, people used herbs for health benefits such as increasing energy, boosting the immune system, and regulating sleep. Today, thousands of people embrace this ancient wisdom and

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Prep Your Skin For Fall

As the leaves turn orange and the air cools, fall is among us. We welcome the new season after a hot summer, but our skin does not. Making the proper adjustments to your skincare routine is crucial for preventing skin damage and breakouts. Follow these steps to keep your skin healthy, hydrated and glowing! Switch

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Acupuncture for Inner Body Balance

Acupuncture is a form of holistic Chinese medicine that has been in practice for more than 2000 years. Today, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is one of the most popular and preferred forms of holistic medical treatments. TCM uses many treatment protocols such as needles, herbal medicines, fire cups, massage – tui na and shiatsu, tai

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Shoe Revolution – Finding The Right Shoe For Your Type of Exercise

It is always important to have the right tool for the job. Choosing the right shoe for your exercise regimen is no exception. Wearing the right shoe for your training can make a difference, give you an edge and help protect you from injury. But it’s not as simple as buying the most flashy or

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Helpful or Harmful: The Dividing Line of Compartmentalizing

What’s the difference between compartmentalizing in relationships and in business, and is it a helpful trait for both areas of life? Back in my twenties, I had a friend who had mastered the art of compartmentalizing his life. He was laser-focused in whatever scenario was presented. At first, I admired his ability, but then realized

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Renewed Strength After Failure

Failure comes in many forms, and no matter how you fumble, it sucks. You do your best to prepare yourself mentally, emotionally, and physically, but at the end of the day, the harshest reality is, your best wasn’t enough. For me, this realization came in 2016 at the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) Federation No-Gi World

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Turn Your Financial Resolutions Into Lasting Results

Have you given up on making New Year’s financial resolutions, because they never last? Or maybe they seem too big or impossible to accomplish? Success rates of New Year’s resolutions usually go along beautifully the first two weeks, but by February people start backsliding. By the following December, most people are back where they started

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Metabolism Boosting Practices and Recipes

Every time you eat or exercise, your metabolism, the biochemical process by which your body converts calories into energy, kicks into gear. For those looking to lose weight and improve energy levels, there are various foods and practices that can boost your metabolism on a daily basis. Depending on your age and body type, results

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ICE or HEAT – That is the Question

When you have an injury or pain, an ice or heat pack is a good therapy modality to try, but which one should you use in your situation? ICE – Acute or New Injuries Acute injuries most often cause an inflammatory process. Signs of inflammation are redness, warmth, swelling and pain. Ice can help control

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Pro Athlete D’Juan Woods’ Mental Toughness

Propelled Him Through Extreme Adversity to Ultimate Success After suiting up for his first game as a football player for the New Orleans Saints, D’Juan Woods collided with an opposing player, which resulted in a career-ending spinal cord injury. D’Juan was nearly paralyzed from the neck down. His team went on to win Super Bowl

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Ashwagandha, the Indian Ginseng

Withania somnifera means “sleep inducing.” However, it’s better known as ashwagandha, a recognized sleep aid for at least 2,500 years in the Ayurvedic traditions of India. A member of the nightshade family, this herb has other beneficial effects such as reducing the effects of stress. Ashwagandha balances thyroid hormones and cortisol levels. In addition to

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Women Leading the Way in Silicon Valley – Part 5

Silicon Valley is a hot spot for talented individuals and start-ups, and it can take quite a bit to succeed and make your company stand out. We spoke with five notable women who achieved their goals and are thriving in their careers. Their industries are wide-ranging, including politics, manufacturing biodegradable materials, founding a school for

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Women Leading the Way in Silicon Valley – Part 4

Silicon Valley is a hot spot for talented individuals and start-ups, and it can take quite a bit to succeed and make your company stand out. We spoke with five notable women who achieved their goals and are thriving in their careers. Their industries are wide-ranging, including politics, manufacturing biodegradable materials, founding a school for

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Women Leading the Way in Silicon Valley – Part 3

Silicon Valley is a hot spot for talented individuals and start-ups, and it can take quite a bit to succeed and make your company stand out. We spoke with five notable women who achieved their goals and are thriving in their careers. Their industries are wide-ranging, including politics, manufacturing biodegradable materials, founding a school for

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Women Leading the Way in Silicon Valley – Part 2

Silicon Valley is a hot spot for talented individuals and start-ups, and it can take quite a bit to succeed and make your company stand out. We spoke with five notable women who achieved their goals and are thriving in their careers. Their industries are wide-ranging, including politics, manufacturing biodegradable materials, founding a school for

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