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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

Anti-Inflammatory Cauliflower Soup Recipe

Anti-Inflammatory Cauliflower Soup Recipe

This cauliflower soup recipe is so delicious, we wanted to share it with you!  It's from Anya Vien, a contributor to Yummly, the digital recipe site.  The recipe includes both ginger and turmeric and is just one delicious way to help to reduce inflammation and relieve pain!  Enjoy!   CAULIFLOWER, GINGER, COCONUT OIL, TURMERIC SOUP Ingredients: 1 medium head cauliflower, stemmed and cut into bite-size florets 2 tablespoons coconut oil 1 cup chopped kale 3 ripe tomatoes, finely chopped 1 can full-fat, unsweetened coconut milk 2 teaspoons minced ginger 1 teaspoon turmeric powder 1 medium onion, finely chopped 2 tablespoons chopped...

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Simone Wan Moran

Turmeric and Ginger: A Superpower Duo!

Turmeric and Ginger: A Superpower Duo!

Turmeric and ginger are all the rage these days and are touted as natural, herbal remedies for many conditions.  But what are they, what are they good for and how do they work?  We'll answer these questions in today's blog post! What are they?Both ginger and turmeric are root stalks from the same rhizome family that are used around the world as seasoning in foods.  They both have also been used for centuries as herbal medicines that have powerful anti-inflammatory properties. What are they good for?According to the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)and The National...

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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