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What’s Our Microbiome Got To Do With COVID? Everything!

If there is anything the pandemic has taught us, other than the best strategies for hoarding toilet paper, it brought an awareness of our own vulnerability. We are not invincible. In fact, quite the opposite. Many people suffered serious complications and others succumbed to this new and deadly disease that took everyone by surprise. Research…

The Blessing of Choice

I have choices.I live in a country that protects my freedom of choice. Freedom to choose my words, spokenand written. Freedom to choose my friends and acquaintances, freedom to choose my place of worship and my place of employment. I have the freedom to travel and explore withoutrestrictions. I am allowed to vote for my…

Breathe

In today’s world we are bombarded with distractions that alter our innate and intimate relationship with the universe. There is constant noise – a cacophony of sound that drowns out the soft whispers of nature. Sounds of engines from vehicles on the ground, in the air, and at sea. Sirens and alarms that are redundant…

Cerebral Calisthenics

Would you like to decrease depression and anxiety, boost your self-confidence, sharpen your memory, AND sleep better? All this can be accomplished in about 3 – 5 hours per week. What is this magic treatment? Exercise. That’s right. That thing your mom used to tell you to go outside and get when you were a…

Plentiful Produce

Signs of spring are everywhere! April showers. May flowers. Sparkling sunshine. Blossoming flowers and flourishing gardens. Colorful fresh produce. Farmer’s Markets. I love the Marietta Farmer’s Market. There are over 50 vendors with a variety of edibles ranging from cucumbers to watermelons, home-made breads to sweet desserts, and healthy teas to infused oils. So many…

Silent Sustainable Slumber

Sleep, a five letter word meaning a condition of the body in which the muscles are relaxed, the eyes are closed, and consciousness is suspended. For most of us, the word sleep conjures up relaxing thoughts and images such as fluffy sheep leaping over fences, raindrops showering metal roofs, meditating beside a waterfall, watching babies…

Healthy Holidays!

Fall is here, bringing with it that special time of year from October through December, that we associate with the holidays, Pumpkin Season! Here’s the best news! The great orange pumpkin is not just for family gatherings anymore. We can enjoy it on a daily basis with friends and family or completely alone. Everything from…

Letting Go

For four amazingly wonderful days in October, I enjoyed a relaxing respite at the Art of Living Ayurveda spa in Boone, NC. The retreat sits atop a mountain surrounded by rolling green hills that are just beginning to reveal the beautiful colors of fall, soothing saffron, ardent amber, and colorful crimson. My days there were…

Gut Health Equals Brain Health

I recently watched Ocean Robbins interview Team Sherzai in relation to their research on preventing Alzheimer’s disease and maintaining optimal brain health. Their years of research have identified the most critical components of having a well-functioning brain for a lifetime. Guess what they are? Diet, exercise, stress reduction. Sounds easy, but most of us fall…

Veggilicious

Green Smoothie The best way to heal your gut is to eat fresh fruits and vegetables, lots of them. They boost your immunity, strengthen the gut lining, enhance your beneficial gut bacteria, and produce more serotonin, which makes you happier. What’s an easy way to get your minimum daily requirement of these nutritional rock stars?…

Stillness

Meditative Musings I meditate to listen to the silence, to absorb the stillness. I meditate to recharge, energize and focus. I meditate to align my chakras and to integrate mind, body, and soul – the Holy Trinity within. I meditate to find purpose, direction and fulfillment. Lastly, I meditate to find enlightenment and to understand…

Spirit

There are many words for spirit – essence, soul, energy, phantom. For some, it is a soul that lives beyond time. For others, it is the essence of a person, a characterization of our individuality. Many believe it is the creative energy that gives life and purpose to our human existence.

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