May 7th, 2014

Finding Joy

Bringing happiness into your life

Is happiness brought on by external factors, or is it something we can manufacture from within? We have all heard of those who remain upbeat and positive despite the most devastating of circumstances—people who always have the ability to produce a genuine smile and who claim that life is wonderful, no matter what. Should we envy them, or can we cultivate the ability to have our own constant source of inner joy?
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March 11th, 2014

Your Brain on Exercise – Part 2

How exercise affects brain cells

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Did you miss Part 1? Read it here.

The structure of the hippocampus, an area of the brain closely linked to memory and learning, is especially receptive to developing new neurons (nerve cells) in response to endurance exercise. This is because exercise stimulates the production of a protein known as FNDC5 that is released into the bloodstream during vigorous activity. Over time, FNDC5 stimulates the production of another protein in the brain called Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF). This protein in turns stimulates the growth of new nerves and synapses (the points of connection between nerves) as well as preserving existing brain cells.
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January 28th, 2014

Soothing Coughs & Colds

L2110112More and more, people are turning to natural ways of calming the tickly throat and coughing that accompany winter ills. That’s no surprise, as throughout the millennia and across the world, humankind has turned to Mother Nature to help soothe and heal.
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July 8th, 2013

A Better Immune System Naturally

BettercareWomanDespite the advances in modern medicine, when it comes to preventing colds and flu, Nature often trumps science. Wild plants and fungi are full of natural elements that boost the immune system, helping prevent not only seasonal illnesses, but others that are thwarted by a powerful immune response.

Let’s take a look at some of Nature’s most effective immune boosters and how they work to protect you.
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June 18th, 2013

Matcha Matchup – Health Benefits of Match

MatchaTeaIf you’ve never tried matcha tea, you don’t know what you’re missing—not only flavourwise, but healthwise too. Matcha is green tea that has been ground into a fine powder. Unlike regular green tea, which is steeped from tea leaves that are then discarded, matcha powder is consumed in hot liquid, meaning you derive more benefit from the antioxidants and other nutritional elements the tea contains. The resulting full-bodied tea is considered by many to have the best flavour of all teas.
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