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How to Increase Serotonin Naturally

Have you ever heard the saying, “happiness is an inside job?” This is true on many levels, and how your hormones and neurotransmitters act is part of it.  Serotonin is a neurotransmitter but also acts like a hormone, and it helps you feel happy, calm, and focused. It’s derived from the amino acid tryptophan and

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How to Increase Oxytocin Naturally

Have you ever wondered why it feels so good to get a warm hug? Here’s a hint: it has to do with your hormones.  Oxytocin is referred to as “the love hormone” or “the cuddle hormone” because of the sense of bond we feel after its release. Childbirth, breastfeeding, and sex all trigger oxytocin production

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6 Simple Ways to Reduce Holiday Stress

The holiday season should be a quiet time to relax, unwind, and practice gratitude. However, many people find themselves busier than ever at the end of the year – maybe you are one of them. This can cause holiday stress. It’s so easy to let the busyness of work deadlines, holiday parties, shopping for gifts,

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8 Thanksgiving Recipes with a Healthy Twist

Thanksgiving Recipes The spirit of Thanksgiving is family, friends, love, inclusion, gratitude, and, last but not least, fabulous food! Thanksgiving is my favorite, and I’m sure it is a favorite for many of you as well! Because regardless of religious or spiritual beliefs, Thanksgiving is about us coming together for a delicious meal. It is

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7 Tips to Improve Emotional Wellness

How are you taking care of yourself lately? October is Emotional Wellness Month – and it’s the perfect time to conduct an emotional health check and measure how you are doing. It’s also a great time to incorporate habits to create balance and improve your emotional state of mind.   Life has no shortage of challenges

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7 Healthy Picnic Recipes

One of the best ways to clear your mind is to get outdoors. And during the summer months, what better way is there to do that than to have a picnic?  July is National Picnic Month for a good reason! A picnic is an opportunity to breathe in the fresh air, spend time with loved

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Shift Into a Spring Mindset for Hormonal Balance

Spring is a beautiful time of awakening for nature and for us humans. Spring equinox is when our planet starts to tilt more in the sun’s direction. If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, the spring equinox is in mid-March, and for those in the Southern Hemisphere, it is in September. The equinox is when

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5 Ways to Honor Mother Nature and Your Body

When was the last time you took a step into nature and felt how good the grass feels between your toes and under your feet? Or dipped your feet in a lake, a stream, or the ocean?  In today’s modern-day lifestyle, many people don’t take the time to experience the joys nature has to offer.

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How to Achieve Hormonal Harmony

So many people only think about the root causes of health issues when they are exasperated, exhausted, or even embarrassed. I’ve found as a naturopathic physician that these root causes are what we must discover to truly solve the “why” behind the issues we are experiencing. And throughout the last two decades, I’ve helped thousands

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