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Stress Management & Lifestyle

  • The Calming Effect of Kava Gold

    by Paula Gallagher | February 19, 2014

    Most of us don't have to worry about the stresses of performing in front of the whole world (I do like to watch those Olympic games), but we all have our own worries and concerns.

    Unfortunately, stressful situations are part of our daily existence, whether it be work-related, dealing with family problems or trying to pay the bills. Consider the calming effect of kava.

    Pathway Kava Gold is the gold standard for soothing mind and soul. It effectively calms stress, anxiety and nervous irritability – without grogginess. Our superior formulation combines kava with other powerful stress-supporting botanicals.

    To find out if Kava Gold is right for you, contact Village Green Apothecary at 1-800-869-9159.

  • Lengthen Your Life: Good Relationships Help You Live Longer

    by Debi Silber, The Mojo Coach | February 10, 2014

    The results are in. Studies have found that people with fulfilling relationships live longer, healthier lives. They’re also more likely to have higher self-esteem, feel more valued, and take better care of themselves, promoting wellness, immunity and longevity. Social connections may even influence longevity “in ways every bit as powerful as adequate sleep, a good diet, and not smoking.” Good relationships help you live longer.

    In a 13-year study of 2,761 people over the age of 65, tracking all areas of activity, it was found that those who spent time in social activities “fared just as well as those who spent the time exercising.” How? Exercise releases endorphins; neurotransmitters which promote a feeling of well being. Strong ties, a sense of connection and support flood our bodies with endorphins in much the same way that exercise does. Also, positive, loving, nurturing and supportive relationships strengthen and boost the immune system, providing protection against illness and disease.  Read more

  • Really Want to Lose Pounds? Stress Less!

    by Debi Silber, The Mojo Coach | February 3, 2014

    Ever noticed that when you're under stress, you tend to gain weight? There's a big link between stress and weight gain. Here are a few reasons why.

    1. Think about it. When you’re stressed, there’s a good chance you’re not interested in label reading or in making healthy choices. You just want the quickest, simplest, most convenient, readily available food that's around. The thought of making healthy choices seems like another task to add to your already over-extended “to-do” list. Unfortunately, those options that are often found in a bag or box do nothing to fuel us but easily pack on the pounds.

    2. Another thing that's happening is when you're under stress, you're just not interested in pre-planning. You know that saying, "If you failed to plan, then plan to fail?” That's also true with healthy eating. When you're stressed, you're not interested in taking the time to plan because you're consumed with your stress.  Read more

  • Health Benefits of Meditation - An Important Tool in Your Wellness Toolbox

    by Debi Silber, The Mojo Coach | December 16, 2013

    When we think about meditating, we often think of it as a spiritual practice. While people have been practicing various forms of meditation for thousands of years, studies are finding that there are many health benefits of meditation as well, and that it can be an important tool in your wellness toolbox.

    Here are just few benefits meditation provides:

    Reduces blood pressure and levels of stress. Meditation is linked with reduced levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

    Improves cognitive function. Researchers in a Psychological Science study reported, “Our results suggest that cultivating mindfulness is an effective and efficient technique for improving cognitive function, with wide reaching consequences”. (1)

    Reduces pain. Meditation has been proven to reduce pain because it plays a role in what our minds pay attention to, according to a study in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. (1)  Read more

  • Five Breast Cancer Blogs You Should Read

    by Paula Gallagher | October 16, 2013

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Most of you know this. But did you know that breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers? About 1 in 8 women (12%) in the US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. This is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer.

    Exercise, diet and early detection play huge roles in reducing breast cancer risk, as well as increasing survival rates.

    To learn more about what you can do to decrease your risk, check out these blogs:

    1. Tips for Breast Health and Breast Cancer Prevention

    2. Household Chemicals and Breast Cancer

    3. Herbal Formula Shows Promise for Reducing Breast Cancer Risk

    4. Diagnostic Tools and Screening Tests for Breast Cancer

    5. Weight and Breast Cancer

    And if you are donating to breast cancer causes, you may want to read this blog about where your really money goes when you give.

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