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Mercury Poisoning: Are You Exposed?

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As time and technology evolve so does knowledge and information regarding our health. We can decipher what is best for us and what is harmful. More and more studies are finding that our air, water, food and anything we put in or on our body has real effects on our overall health. Once we discover a new harmful source, oftentimes, we can identify it as the root of something that historically was unexplainable. The new harmful substance or practice becomes an official diagnosis. What is the latest harmful discovery knocking at our door? Mercury. No, I’m not talking about the smallest planet in the solar system, but an extremely toxic, heavy metal element found in the earth’s crust. It can also be found in the air, water and soil. Mercury can enter the body through inhalation, ingestion or skin absorption. It occurs naturally in the environment in many different forms...
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Need for Sleep

Need for Sleep
As lives are becoming more demanding and the perpetual light from our never-sleeping cities, fulfilling a need for sleep is getting more and more difficult. According to the documentary, Sleepless in America by National Geographic , 40% of Americans are sleep deprived and getting less than five hours of sleep per night compared to 8 hours in the 1950s. The Need for Sleep Over two thousand years ago, a prominent researcher named Galan had a theory of why we needed sleep. While we were awake, the brain pushed a type of liquid fuel to all the parts of the body to give us life, leaving the brain depleted. Then while we slept, the energizing fuel would return the brain to enliven and refresh the mind. Today that theory has been debunked, but in retrospect, we have all experienced the sense of renewal and refreshment after a deep sleep or the...
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Zen Habits to Eliminate Stress

Zen Habits to Eliminate Stress
Imagine you get up late, failing to hear your alarm go off. You rush through your morning routine, spill coffee on your shirt, and jump in your car, only to hit rush hour traffic to the office. You finally get to work. Your boss isn’t happy; you have two unfinished projects, and dozens of emails to respond to. You hit the rush hour traffic coming home, your family has already eaten dinner, and your partner complains that you are an hour late. You microwave yourself a meal from the freezer and fall asleep in front of your TV, only to do the same thing the next day. Where did you go wrong? Had you taken the time to pause and align yourself in a position to take on the day, would your week improve? Maybe so! Especially if you had tried one of these relaxation techniques experts recommend making a...
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3 Tips for Choosing the Right Chiropractor for You

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Be sure to not let proximity of a clinic be the only factor in deciding on where to go to seek chiropractic care. Don’t be fooled by flashy advertisements or large signs. Marketing may be useful to attract new and local patients, but it’s what is inside the office that really matters. Here are 3 tips for choosing the right chiropractor for you.  Ask Your Friends Get the opinion of someone whom you trust, and who shares the same views on wellness as yourself.  Ask about service quality, rates, the doctor’s health philosophies and if they are aligned with your own. Meet The Doctor Most clinics will offer a consultation free of charge. Make sure to make your first visit as productive as possible. Do you communicate well with the doctor? Do they seem rushed? You want to be confident in your chiropractor’s skills, and ability to coach and mentor...
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Your Guide to Being Gluten-Free

Guide to Being Gluten-Free
  The benefits of being gluten-free are heavily debated by scientists and health professionals, those who refrain from eating gluten frequently attest to feeling lighter and more alert, and to losing weight. Here is you guide to the debate on eating gluten-free, and how to accommodate your friends and family who will have to pass up any kind of beverage with processed grains. Recent studies have shown that around 30% of Americans try to avoid eating gluten, whether to avoid an allergic reaction, or simply to improve their health. What is Gluten? Gluten is a family of proteins found in grains like wheat, barley and rye. There are two main components of gluten; glutenin and gliadin. It is gliadin that causes allergic reactions, like irritation of the digestive tract because the body cannot properly digest the protein, therefore causing serious digestive problems. Commonly, most people who have celiac disease will fail...
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Top 3 Things for Men to Remember When Heading to the Spa

Top 3 Things for Men to Remember When Heading to the Spa
It's official: day spas are not just for women any more. In fact, according to Conde Nast Traveler Magazine , 35 percent of spa goers are male. Perhaps men are feeling more relaxed in their own skin these days, or they are realizing the benefits of seeing an esthetician. Regardless of the reason, it's great that men are attracted to getting spa treatments such as facials. The owner of Le Jolie Medi Spa, Sharona Rafaeloff--considered by many clients to be the best esthetician in Los Angeles--is enjoying the change of atmosphere. For men visiting a spa for the first time, Ms. Rafaeloff offers these top 3 things for men to remember when heading to the spa. 1. Relax! Many men feel great when they are in charge and in control--but not at a day spa. This is a place to let your guard down and allow yourself to be pampered. Today's...
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