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How to Get Your Trot Back After the Turkey Trot

How to Get Your Trot Back After the Turkey Trot

Thanksgiving can be a day of excesses—too much turkey, desserts, and at times, family!  Running the local Turkey Trot may be just what you need to help you reduce stress and get your body in shape for the turkey-a-thon.  After the trot though, you may experience soreness and mild discomfort brought on by inflammation.  Here are 4 ways to reduce pain and inflammation after your post-trot work-out.   Soak. Take an Epsom Salt bath. Epsom salt, or magnesium sulfate, is a natural mineral compound historically known for its ability to reduce inflammation, ease stress and flush toxins from the body.  Try adding...

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Simone Wan Moran

Why Native Americans Love Sage and Use It As Herbal Medicine

Why Native Americans Love Sage and Use It As Herbal Medicine

Like Traditional Chinese Medicine, Native Americans have practiced their healing arts for thousands of years, using herbs to heal their body, mind and spirit.  Native Americans believe that illness is a sign of misalignment in spirit as well as in the physical body. Addressing the spiritual well-being of the sick is considered equally or even more important than addressing the actual physical ailments.  Sage is one herb that has become famous for its healing properties. In Latin, sage translates to salvia, derivative of salvus, which mean safe, so named from its supposed healing powers.  It has long been used for it’s spiritual cleansing properties but did you know sage’s...

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Simone Wan Moran

How Adaptogens Can Shrink Your Belly Fat (And Which Ones to Use!)

How Adaptogens Can Shrink Your Belly Fat (And Which Ones to Use!)

When the New York Times wrote an article about adaptogens, and Health Magazine interviewed me asking me to answer some questions on adaptogens for their November article "Adaptogens Explained", I realized that finally, plant-based medicine is becoming more main stream.  This got me excited and I wanted to write about something that adaptogens do that most people don't know about:  Shrink belly fat!   First of all, what are adaptogens?  Adaptogens are a group of plants that can help our bodies adapt to physical, chemical, and environmental stressors. As you probably know, your body is built to release the hormone cortisol to respond to...

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Simone Wan Moran

6 Tricks to help ease PMS and Cramps!

6 Tricks to help ease PMS and Cramps!

It just seems unfair that every month we have to revisit the PMS/Cramps issue.  Is there a natural way we can prevent this monthly drudgery so we can continue our daily routine without moodiness and cramps?  As a practitioner of Traditional Medicine, I help my patients by suggesting some easy tips to incorporate into their wellness menstrual routine.  These are tried and true and I’m happy to be sharing them with you today!   3 Tricks to Less PMS PMS can be accentuated by stress, hormones, and our diet.  Our body is building up blood to prepare for the menstrual flow.  It’s almost...

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Simone Wan Moran