10 Ways to Boost Energy

Feeling sluggish or tired, or having a hard time getting motivated? I came across an excellent article called 10 Energy Boosters that I’d like to share with our readers. According to the author, naturopath Gillian Flower, these are ways to boost overall energy levels.

  1. Decrease long-term and constant stresses by developing healthy coping skills
  2. Exercise
  3. Practice yoga, meditation and qi gong
  4. Eat well: make food your medicine
  5. Correct nutritional deficiencies
  6. SLEEP!
  7. Create “me” time
  8. Declutter your living space, work space and unhealthy relationships
  9. Shake things up, get out of your rut
  10. Trust yourself

Supplements may also provide support for lagging energy levels. Consult with your healthcare practitioner to see if the energy-support supplements below are right for you.  Continue reading “10 Ways to Boost Energy”

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Is Your Cardio Routine Making You Fat?

Are you pushing yourself in the gym, only to find your weight remains stubborn and your energy levels remain low? The amount and kind of exercise you’re doing may be harmful, rather than helpful to your health, fitness and weight goals.

Certain types of exercises like nature walks, hiking, cycling, interval training, strength training, yoga and Pilates can help balance the body’s metabolic needs and have many benefits, including increased blood and oxygen flow to muscles, increased muscle mitochondria (the energy-making powerhouse of cells) and increased fat-burning enzymes. Interval training, or bursts of high-intensity activity, can increase muscle fiber strength, work ability, muscle mitochondria, insulin sensitivity and natural growth hormone. These health benefits sound great right?!

On the other hand, long cardio workouts can often lead to overtraining which depletes your body over time. Continue reading “Is Your Cardio Routine Making You Fat?”

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Chill Out with Relaxation Support

Stress is part of our lives, especially noticeable at this time of year when the lazy days of summer start to come to an end. Kids go back to school (or start school), traffic starts to get worse, and most people’s lives start to get a lot busier.

Pathway Relaxation Support combines a soothing blend of relaxing herbs, vitamins, minerals and amino acids. It contains Relora®, a patented blend of Magnolia officinalis and Phellondendron amurense, studied for its calming and focusing effect as well as stress-induced weight management problems. SunTheanine® is also incorporated in the formula, which aids in relaxation. We also include calming herbs, such as chamomile, lemon balm, valerian, skullcap, hops and passionflower.

Have a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend! AND RELAX!!

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Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue and How to Repair It

If it seems you need more caffeine and sugar to get you through the day…

If you’re noticing some weight gain, particularly around your mid section…

If you’re getting sick more often and it takes longer to recover…

If you don’t feel as sharp, clear and focused as you usually do…

If you’re losing your sex drive….

If it seems you’re growing more impatient…

If you’re noticing changes in your hair, skin, nails and overall sense of well being…

It could be adrenal fatigue.

Adrenal fatigue is one of the most common, yet most undiagnosed, conditions impacting so many people today. It’s important to recognize the warning signs so you can take proactive steps toward healing, repairing, and hopefully preventing a long list of potential chronic illnesses that often come as a result of lack of treatment. Continue reading “Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue and How to Repair It”

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Stress and Your Skin, Hair, Nails and More

Someone recently asked: “I’m under a lot of stress and I noticed changes in my hair, skin and nails. Is there any connection?” The answer is a big, fat yes.

One reason for poor hair, skin and nail health is due to over-secretion of the stress hormone cortisol. When it’s over-secreted, it will look to replenish itself by borrowing components from our estrogen stores. Estrogen is a hormone that helps keep us youthful, so when stores become depleted, we age faster. (You know how someone “looks like they’ve had a hard life”? That’s the physical effect of over-secreted stress hormones.)

Another way stress negatively affects hair, skin and nail health is that it deteriorates the skin’s natural ability to protect against invasion. Pollution and toxins are harsh on the skin and alter the way it repairs and regenerates itself. Stress also decreases tone and elasticity of the skin, creating a more aged look.

Increased cortisol can also slow down skin regeneration by slowing the rate of cell turnover, leaving skin dull. While this is happening, adrenaline, which is also released under stress, redirects blood away from the skin to where it’s more needed at the time. This can contribute to a dull look.  Continue reading “Stress and Your Skin, Hair, Nails and More”

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