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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

3 Easy Ways to Lower Cortisol in the New Year

3 Easy Ways to Lower Cortisol in the New Year

How can we improve our health in the new year?  One way is to focus on lowering our cortisol levels. Cortisol, also known as the aging hormone, can wreak havoc on our systems.  Too much cortisol can be the cause of weight gain, belly fat, high blood sugar, high blood pressure, adrenal fatigue, and even depression. Stress is often the major cause of too much cortisol in our bodies.  As stress builds, our adrenal glands release cortisol.  When we lower our stress levels, we lower cortisol levels in our bodies.  Here are 3 easy ways to help reduce cortisol.  ...

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Simone Wan Moran