Blog — Stress and Anxiety Exposed

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

How to Focus on Positive Emotions For Inner Peace

How to Focus on Positive Emotions For Inner Peace

The greatest obstacles to inner peace are disturbing emotions such as anger and attachment, fear and suspicion, while love and compassion and a sense of universal responsibility are the sources of peace and happiness.  -Dalai Lama-   Now more than ever, we may be struggling with stress and anxiety.  Everyday we are bombarded with anxiety-producers: news, work, kids, our devices 24/7 and on and on.  And now we have either added to or replaced our “normal” stressors with new ones.  Add to our list teachers, 3 meal a day cooks, and a crash course in epidemiology! Even though most of...

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Simone Wan

Did You Know That Your Earlobes Can Tell You About Your Heart Health?

Did You Know That Your Earlobes Can Tell You About Your Heart Health?

  How much attention do you pay to your earlobes?  Probably not much.  But it may be worth a look.  There are numerous published studies beginning with a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine by Dr. Sanders Frank that support that a diagonal crease in your earlobe, known as Franks’s Sign, can be an indicator of Coronary Artery Disease (CAD).  Dr. Frank’s study indicated that “having a crease running from the intertragic notch to the bottom of the ear lobe was more predictive of a heart problem than was blood pressure levels or blood cholesterol levels.”  The...

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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