Gluten is a particular kind of protein that is not found in eggs or meat but is in barley, rye, wheat and triticale (a cross between wheat and rye). Going gluten-free means avoiding these grains. A gluten-free diet is essential for those who have celiac disease, a condition that causes inflammation in the small intestines, or gluten allergies.  Symptoms of celiac disease include anemia, constipation or diarrhea, bloating, gas, headaches, skin rashes, joint pain and fatigue.



Have you noticed? Look around and you’ll see a majority of Americans who are either overweight or obese. Look in supermarkets and you’ll see a plethora of food products, many of them processed or high-fat and/or sweet laden.  Consuming such a diet often leads to poor health and weight gain. It is not surprising that the leading cause of death in the United States is heart disease. A number of diseases, including pre-diabetes, diabetes, stroke and depression, are linked to how we eat .....



Just what is in the food we eat? Considering the food chain, did you know adding antibiotics to food dates back to the 1940s? Antibiotic use has led to a dramatic reduction in illness and death from infectious diseases, yet there is a downside to this practice. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and others encourage health care professionals and patients to use antibiotics more wisely and seek education and understanding about both the risks and benefits of using them.


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Diffuse oils.

Smells have the power to influence the production of dopamine and serotonin, neurotransmitters that make us feel good. Lavender especially is said to have a calming, relaxing effect. Many clinical trials have been conducted that show inhaling lavender essential oil leads to a reduction in stress and anxiety. Diffusing lavender oil in your home or dabbing it on your temples can help restore your nervous system, releasing tension and working to develop inner peace.

You don’t know what kind of side effects medication will have on you. Implementing natural, healthy habits to your lifestyle, however, is guaranteed to do more good than harm. Over time, the peace in your body will outweigh the stress and you can enjoy life without so much worry.

While anxiety brews in your worrying mind, it has many undesirable affects on your body as well. Stomach aches, muscle pain, skin irritation, full-out panic attacks – you may feel these common symptoms are taking over your life and you want them gone. You’re ready to make an appointment with your doctor and get a prescription for something to take your stress away. But will a pill fix the problem forever?

Medication won’t get to the root cause of your anxiety. A pill won’t cure it for good and, with its own set of side effects, medication is not always the safest choice. If you want to prevent panic attacks, work at creating more peace in your life. You can naturally manage your anxiety by making a few changes to your lifestyle. While anxious feelings may not completely go away, implementing these healthy remedies can prevent anxiety from physically affecting you. Some might work for you right away while others will take time. The longer you strive to create peace in your mind and body, the better you’ll become at managing anxiety. Here are some techniques to try:

Practice breathing techniques.

Breathing practices can calm your body and reduce the likelihood of hyperventilation. In the busy world we live in, we often neglect giving ourselves time to connect with our breath. A trick for making this a habit is to pause at the top of every hour and take 10 long, deep breaths.



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With your hand on your stomach, feel your belly as it inflates and deflates with each inhale and exhale. Listen to the sound of your breath. You may soon find yourself taking advantage of more opportunities to take time and breathe.

Eliminate caffeine and alcohol.

The idea of giving up coffee may be anxiety inducing in itself, but it’s worth it to see how closely it relates to your anxiety. Caffeine is a big culprit in feelings of anxiety; it increases stress hormones, reduces calming neurotransmitters, depletes nutrients and reduces blood flow to the brain. Both caffeine and alcohol have negative effects on your sleep, another crucial factor to maintaining a peaceful mind and body.

Stretch and move your body regularly.

Exercise is known to be one of the best anti-anxiety medicines. What’s good for your physical health is also great for your mental health. Exercise releases neurotransmitters that have an uplifting effect on your mood and also burns stress hormones. You don’t have to go all out every day. The important thing is to find a form of exercise that you enjoy and that brings you peace.