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Mocktails with An Immune-Boosting Punch

Mocktails with An Immune-Boosting Punch

Just like so many of you, I enjoy a really good glass of wine or a cocktail!  For me, having a drink signals fun, reward and relaxation.  And these days, we may also find ourselves reaching for our go-to alcoholic beverage to help reduce stress and anxiety, and to help us relax.  What we might not know, though, is that even small amounts of alcohol—1 drink in an hour—has an impact on the body’s functions and can reduce the function of our immune system.  The body and our livers go into overdrive to process the alcohol, which negatively impacts its...

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Simone Wan

What is Melatonin Really Doing to My Body Anyways?

What is Melatonin Really Doing to My Body Anyways?

Melatonin is in almost every sleep aid we see on the market today.  But what is melatonin really and how does it work?  Melatonin is a hormone that naturally occurs in the body. It’s produced by the pineal gland and sends a signal to regulate the sleep-wake cycle—your circadian rhythm.   Melatonin levels go up at night to tell your body that it’s nighttime and it’s time to go to bed.  Melatonin levels lower in the early morning to tell your body that it is time to wake up.  So a melatonin supplement is a synthetic form of the natural hormone produced...

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Simone Wan Moran

5 Ways to Naturally Boost your Dopamine

5 Ways to Naturally Boost your Dopamine

You’ve heard of dopamine but what exactly is it, why do we need it and how do we get more of it?  Dopamine is a chemical in your brain that plays a role in the regulation of cognition, memory, motivation, mood, attention and learning.  It also aids in decision-making and sleep regulation.  So I don’t know about you, but I need lots of dopamine in my day to keep me going! Unfortunately, certain lifestyle factors and medical conditions can interfere with our happy dopamine levels.  How do you know you’re low on dopamine?  Do you have loss of pleasure in...

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Simone Wan Moran

Alcohol—Stress Reliever or Stress Inducer?

Alcohol—Stress Reliever or Stress Inducer?

We can all benefit in multiple ways from changing some habits and reducing toxins in our lives.  Unfortunately, it's a harsh reality that we carry toxins in our bodies, which can stress our physical and emotional selves.  And we may be introducing toxins into our bodies that we may think are stress reducers, but that actually increase stress vs. reducing it.  A common belief is that having a drink—a glass of wine, a beer for example—is a stress-reducer.  Many of us have a habit of drinking some type alcoholic beverage when we get home after a long day of work.  With the...

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Simone Wan Moran