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Rx: Nature

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Mother nature graces at all four cardinal points of the world. We are blessed with beautiful beaches, majestic mountains, waterfalls, rainforests, parks, flowers, and a wide array of sunrise and sunset hues that keep us in awe if we just stop, look, and listen. Pay attention to the wonders of nature. When the mind, body, and soul need to heal…use the power of nature.

Citizens of our world, such as the Japanese practice Shinrin-yoku which is exercising in nature. As little as five minutes in spent in nature can decrease stress levels and decrease the level of the stress hormone cortisol, boosts mood and self-esteem, and decrease blood sugar in diabetics just to say the least.

Consider a walk in your nearest park, by a lake, near a stream or by the beach where the positive effects of the ocean and its continuous waves pounding against the shore can sooth the mind, body, and soul.

Nature provides us many healing spaces. From the Tan Tan mountain top in Morocco, in Northeast Africa to Prospect Park in Brooklyn, New York, USA. Take your pick of the natural resources readily available. Cast your worry, stress, and nerves aside in a natural space for a moment in time to improve your overall health.

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Natural Ways to Prevent the Flu

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It is the start of 2013-2014 flu season. Any person who has ever felt the effects of having the flu knows just how debilitating it can be. Flu viruses circulate in the population. An annual seasonal flu vaccine (either the flu shot or the nasal-spray flu vaccine) best reduces the chances that you will get seasonal flu and spread it to others. When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu viruses spread through that community. However, for those that are more in tune with natural preventative ways to beat the flu, please read on…

How does the flu spread?

Flu viruses are thought to spread mainly from person to person through droplets made when people with the flu cough, sneeze, or talk. Flu viruses also may spread when people touch something with
flu virus on it and then touch their mouth, eyes, or nose. Many other viruses spread these ways too.

1. Wash your hands

One of the most effective and easiest methods of flu prevention is washing your hands. Wash your hands after you use the restroom, after you’ve shaken someone’s hand, been on public transportation, attended a party, gone to the gym, and many other situations.

2. Exercise

Exercise has immune-boosting effects. Exercise boosts circulation, reduces stress, and eliminates toxins and through perspiration. Of course, consult a medical healthcare professional before engaging in any physical activities.

3. Organic, plant-based diet
Eat organic fruits and vegetables in your diet, particularly those high in vitamin C like papaya, bell peppers, strawberries, broccoli and kale. To be safe, consult a medical healthcare professional to see if you can add a vitamin C supplement to your daily regimen.

4. Drink Water

Staying hydrated is important every season, particularly in the winter. Drink six to eight glasses of water a day. Drinking water can boost your immune system, keeping your body strong and ready to fight off illnesses all year.

5. Vitamin D supplement

Consider having your vitamin D levels checked with a simple blood test from your physician. If they’re low, consider and discuss taking a vitamin D supplement to help prevent not only the flu, but also a host of other health conditions– like cancer and cardiovascular disease – that have been linked to vitamin D deficiency.

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Break Out of Your Workout Rut!

It happens to us all.  We plan to go to the gym only to suddenly feel tempted to skip that workout.  Before you decide to back out, consider these motivating statements to get you moving again!  Click here to read 10 inspiring quotes to get you in the right mentality to workout.

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Build Muscle and Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth!

Looking to lose weight, build muscle and/ or start a running routine?  No matter what your fitness goals are, getting into shape also requires incorporating healthiter eating habits, reducing the amount of unhealthy fats, sugars and processed foods consumed.  Finding the best diet to fit your workout goals takes some time and research; however, to help you get started, the recipe found here allows you to build muscle and satisfy your sweet tooth at the same time!  It incorporates muscle building whey protein and 90 % dark chocolate, which is a great post workout snack.  For more information on training, click here.  Good luck on your workout endeavors!

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