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10 Things You Need to Know About Water Birth – Health Article

Water birth sounds so magical, unless, of course, you’re afraid of the water. The truth is that water birth can ease pain and bring more calm to the birth for mom and baby, though there are a few things you will want to know. By Danielle, contributing writer Water birth is becoming more and more popular in the United States, especially in California. Numerous celebrities are publicly opting for home and water birth, making the subject a bit more mainstream.…

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a holistic approach to recovery – Health Article

Reprogramming your source code to clear the frequency of addiction. There is a movement of people in the world who have realised that approaching addiction from a holistic stance is a far more healthy and successful process. Incorporating diet, meditation, breath-work, and yoga into a recovery programme can truly help people to thrive once more, so claims Tommy Rosen who created Recovery 2.0 for this very reason. Working alongside a twelve step programme Rosen has successfully helped thousands of people…

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Herbal Profile: Elderflower – Modern Alternative Mama – Health Article

By Danielle, contributing writer Elderberries, from the plant elder, have become extremely popular in natural circles in recent years. But, did you know that elderflowers are just as potent and healing, too? It’s true. They have a gentle, berry-flower flavor that lends its own healing benefits. It’s easily found in North America along ditches, hedges, river or creek banks, nestled amongst unsuspecting fences and corners. Elderflower History Sambucus, its scientific name, has a number of subspecies, but when we consider…

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The top 6 nutrition-dense foods you need every day – Health Article

Everybody should be eating these foods to support a healthy weight, and the key is to eat a balance of nutrition-dense foods If you’re a health conscious person who focuses on nutrition and makes sure the body receives all the necessary goodness it needs to thrive, this doesn’t always mean that your weight remains stable or at a place you’d prefer it to be. Health and fitness is a balance; we need to exercise to keep fit and we need…

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20 Ways to Do a Garden School this Spring – Health Article

By Danielle, contributing writer Maybe you want to find more time outside. Maybe you want your children to have more hands-on learning. Perhaps you just want to finally have that garden, but you struggle finding the time. Maybe it’s time to make your homeschool a garden school! Real life homeschooling is where real learning happens — so, rethink your spring homeschool plans. Children need fresh air, sunshine, and practical learning. Centering your homeschool around your garden can help you actually…

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What is Oxidative Stress? And how to combat it – Health Article

Oxidative stress can cause cell and tissue damage. We look at the lifestyle measures we can take to reduce oxidative stress in the body. Oxidative stress is something which occurs naturally in the body that can affect the way in which our body ages as well as contribute to a range of chronic illness. It is, however, something which we can help to prevent, or at least reduce, ourselves. What is it and how is it caused? Our bodies work…

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Spring Wild Edibles – Modern Alternative Mama – Health Article

By Danielle, contributing writer Foraging is a great way to connect with nature and learn more about edible plants. It’s something that children can easily help with, and could make an captivating homeschool lesson (think sketching, rubbings, researching plants, learning about soil types, etc). Spring is a perfect time to start foraging — not a lot of other plants are up yet, it’s warm but not too hot, and the bugs aren’t ravenous yet, either. Make learning about spring wild edibles…

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Find out the personality of your immune system – Health Article

Did you know immune systems have a type? Once you understand this you can begin to personalise it and live ‘well’. I recently read an article published by Jeffrey Bland Ph.D. which shed some new and interesting light on the ultra-important part of us that is vital to our health – the immune system. Something which we have been made far more aware of during the global pandemic, its relevance to our overall wellbeing is something we really need to…

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10 Non-Candy Easter Basket Ideas – Health Article

By Danielle, contributing writer Most American holidays seem to be about one thing — the sweets. Don’t get me wrong — I am Swedish, and by definition love baking sweet treats for my loved ones. But, I don’t like feeling pressured to buy packaged and unhealthy candy for every holiday just to appease my little chicklings. The thing is you don’t have to! There are a number of non-candy, sustainable Easter basket ideas that don’t include lots of sugar, GMOs,…

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Sleep, the nightly frontier – Health Article

A look at the stages of sleep and when is the best time to wake up. For the healthiest sleep pattern to begin to emerge, consistency is key. Sleep is one of the four pillars of health, something which we simply must have for our body and mind to function effectively. Nobody quite knows why, but the human being goes into hibernation once in every 24 hours for approximately 8 hours. Countless studies have been carried out on sleep patterns,…

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Where to Order Real Food {No Mask Required} – Health Article

I’m exhausted. In my state — Ohio — the governor has created a system where counties are rated levels 1 – 4, and if you hit level 3, your county has mandatory masks.  I think the system is stupid, because you can reach a level 3 just by having more people get tested (which they’re encouraging…) and having more of those tests come back positive.  Even if hospitalization rate and death rates aren’t going up.  Which is exactly what is happening…

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take a break to achieve your best – Health Article

The Zeigarnik Effect: why we may well need to take a break to achieve our best results… To start something and not finish it is, in most cases, the least effective way to get results. However, the Zeigarnik Effect proves differently. Russian psychologist Bluma Zeigarnik happened upon a phenomenon of the human mind when he noticed that people tend to have better recall of the information and details of a situation once their train of thought has been interrupted. A…

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Privileging equity during a pandemic – Society for Public Health Education – Health Education Article

The Coronavirus pandemic and its disease, COVID-19, has laid bare historical and contemporary social, economic, and health societal inequities across race/ethnicity. These inequities have dramatically increased the risk of Coronavirus transmission and burden of disease among Black and Latino communities. Emergent data indicate these communities are disproportionately affected by Coronavirus, relative to other racial/ethnic groups in the United States. For example, early reports of mortality by race/ethnicity in St. Louis, indicated that Black people represented all the COVID-19 deaths in St.…

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Mix it up! Routine is great, but variety is the spice of life – Health Article

We are aware of the benefits of routine in our lives, but our health and happiness need change and variety to flourish, here’s why. Having been, or currently experiencing, a time in our lives where routine may have changed somewhat (but may also be the only consistent thing we have right now) – the global pandemic, and lockdown laws, have restricted our daily lives to the extent that new routines are the very things that feel grounding during a time…

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Pivoting in leadership during a public health crisis: When change is thrust upon us – Society for Public Health Education – Health Education Article

I was SOPHE President and department chair working and living in the New York suburbs which was a major epicenter of the COVID19 pandemic when the crisis began. It’s hard to remember when it started. The dates are foggy in my mind, but the moments of change and pivoting are real. The Tri-State area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut was hit hard and fast during the early days in March. In fact, the cases in New York City…

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When should you be eating your evening meal? – Health Article

The best time to eat your evening meal and why, a message from the experts. There have been countless studies, research papers, and, as a result, arguments as to whether the timing of our meals affects our health. If you, like me, are prone to eating a large evening meal, and then a couple of hours later having a sneaky snack, you may be worried that this is not exactly the healthiest rhythm for your body. Experts go back and…

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Recipe Collection: Tiramisu {grain-free} – Modern Alternative Mama – Health Article

Tiramisu is one of my favorite desserts. I love creamy things, a hint of coffee (even though, ironically, I don’t drink coffee), and the not-too-sweet nature of it.  That’s perfect for me — I don’t like overly sugary dishes, and ‘sugar’ isn’t what I’m looking for in a dessert.  I want to enjoy it, without that sickly, overdone feeling. So, tiramisu it is. Tiramisu is a traditional Italian dessert, made with mascarpone cheese, whipping cream, espresso, cocoa powder, and ladyfingers. …

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Sing your heart out! How singing in the shower is good for your health – Health Article

Sing your heart out! How singing in the shower, or anywhere in fact, is good for your health. Whether you have the ability to hit the high notes or not will not affect your ability to feel the high from singing. Singing in the shower has some incredibly positive effects on our overall health and wellbeing, some of which you really wouldn’t expect. Who would have thought that such a simple act as singing – one of life as a…

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Dream interpretations – a beginners guide – Health Article

Exploring dream interpretations, common themes and unique patterns; a beginners guide to the language of our dreams. Some people claim they never dream, some remember them vividly, and the rest of us are somewhere in between with sporadic memories and occasionally no recollection at all. There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to dream interpretations, however there are some clear patterns which, through extensive research we have come to be able to determine a loose meaning or…

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How Toxic is Our Modern World? – Health Article

By Danielle, contributing writer Saying that our modern world is full of toxins can feel like a hyperbole, Truly, toxins are everywhere. We have swapped natural living for fast and manufactured everything. Our Food I know I don’t need to delve into the toxins in our food that much, we know about them by now. Pesticides and preservatives fill our food, not to mention genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Even natural and organic foods can be processed and filled with preservatives.…

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Pregnancy Herb Spotlight: Nettle – Modern Alternative Mama – Health Article

By Danielle, contributing writer Nettle, also known as stinging nettle, is found in ditches, fence lines, and yards across the United States, but it is rarely utilized despite its monumental health benefits. Nettle is a deep green luscious, 5-8 foot plant, with heart-shaped 2-5 inch long opposite serrated leaves, with light purple flowers. Wood nettle appears similar, with a lighter olive color and larger, rounded leaves. It is found in woods, not surprisingly. Nettle’s Nutritional Benefits Nettle has been used…

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