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Can insomnia be a signal for you to test your hormones?

Can insomnia be a signal for you to test your hormones?

The yin and yang of hormones can be constantly fluctuating, causing our bodies to experience different symptoms all the time.  There is definitely a link between hormonal imbalances and sleep issues, but should we be concerned and should we have our hormones tested?  In this blog, we’ll discuss the different hormonal imbalances to watch out for, some new home hormone testing kits out on the market, and some suggestions on how to naturally improve hormonal imbalances.    Without restful sleep, our bodies cannot heal properly, increasing our risk for dangerous medical conditions like heart disease and cancers, not to mention brain fog and...

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Simone Wan Moran

The Other Poppy: Corydalis

The Other Poppy: Corydalis

Did you know that there are other pain relieving plants in the poppy plant family that don't have the same addictive qualities as opium?  The opiates that come from the poppy plant include morphine, opium, heroin, and codeine. Using opioids from the opium poppy is a risky choice.  While they work like magic, they also produce some pretty intense side effects that can be hard to live with, addiction only being one of them.   Corydalis, a Chinese poppy plant, has many of the same pain relieving benefits as the opium poppy, but without the negative side effects.  In fact, recent clinical trials show that...

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Simone Wan Moran

5 Sleep Hacks From a Sleep Expert

5 Sleep Hacks From a Sleep Expert

I love the quote “I am a person who wants to do a lot of things trapped in a body of a person that likes to sleep a lot”.  Saying that, some of us who may like to sleep have habitual sleep problems.  So, I thought I’d interview my friend, Meg Casano, BSN, MA, a sleep expert, and ask her to share her top 5 sleep hygiene suggestions.  While she specializes in helping children’s sleep issues, she said these apply to teens and adults as well.  Here is what she shared wtih me!  The building blocks for successful sleep include:  ...

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Simone Wan Moran

3 Must Do Stretches after High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

3 Must Do Stretches after High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

Ever wake up after a HIIT or personal trainer session and say, "What the heck, it hurts to just get out of bed!"?!?  That's been my excuse for NOT training hard but now that I'm in my 40's, I don't think I have a choice.  Sooooo I asked one of my childhood besties, who happens to be a fab fitness trainer, C Foltz, what her 3 top stretches are after an intense workout.  Check them out, and the great photos of this fitness hottie!   This stretch is a great full body stretch that lengthens all your back muscles, hamstrings and calves. This...

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Simone Wan Moran