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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

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

The Top 3 Vitamins and Minerals To Boost Your Immune System

The Top 3 Vitamins and Minerals To Boost Your Immune System

What's the number one thing that can keep us from getting sick? Staying in our beds?! Maybe, but really it's our immune system! With the flu, colds and other illnesses surrounding us, we have to keep our immunity as strong as possible. And now there is a new threat to us all—Coronavirus--which is causing a lot of worry and concern for everyone.  So how do we avoid coming down with what feels like an inevitable illness?  We all know the basics—get enough sleep, wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands, be physically active; manage your stress; drink plenty of fluids.  So, what else can...

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Simone Wan Moran

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