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Nutrition for a Good Mood: Easing the Winter Blues

This is the time of year where days are shorter, darker, and colder, and many of us struggle with keeping our spirits lifted. The “winter blues” is what some people call it, or it could be Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD is defined as a “seasonal pattern, as it usually appears in the winter months and goes away at the end of the cold season." It further states, “If you’ve had poor menta…

​Surviving Holiday Fatigue

Here come the holidays. During this season, I hear a flood of complaints about occasional fatigue from almost everyone I see. I approach fatigue as a battle between the forces that rob us of energy and the tools we need to boost it. Let’s start with the villains. Here are the main culprits health-wise that rob us of energy resulting in fatigue. Stress, poor diet (with too much sugar and a…

Eating With Mental Health in Mind

Mental health is a growing topic of conversation, as mental health challenges affect millions of individuals. When it comes to mental health and nutrition, this topic is often approached in terms of what to avoid, such as alcohol and caffeine, rather than foods that promote mental health. We can support our mental well-being by eating cleanly and getting plenty of beneficial nutrients. S…

​Tips To Calm Our Gut After a Big Meal

Uh oh! We’ve overdone it at the table. It happens to the best of us, especially during the holidays or at big celebration meals. I keep a few things handy for quick relief (or prevention) of the occasional too heavy meal. My three go-to products are Natural Digestive Enzymes, which feature protease, amylase, and lipase to break down proteins, carbs, and fats; Serrapeptase, a…

​Mindfulness For Kids – It’s Importance and Why It’s Helpful

Are kids these days mindful or are their minds just plain full? Are they in the moment or multitasking? These days, most kids are constantly on the go, preoccupied, and overwhelmed, but are they really able to focus and be present? According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention before the pandemic even started, depression and anxiety were on the rise in children ages 6-17. Resear…

​Flavoring Food With Brain-Smart Herbs and Spices

We use herbs and spices to enhance the flavor of our meals, but many herbs and spices can also boost memory and mental clarity and support a healthy mood. These are some of the most brain-smart herbs and spices.  CurcuminCurcumin is recognized for helping to promote healthy, normal inflammation balance, but it also supports cognitive health and provides a calming effect. It's…