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Battling the Winter Blues with Ayurveda

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Battling the Winter Blues with Ayurveda

The long nights and short, cold days of winter can conjure happy images of warm wool sweaters, holiday parties, and snuggling by the fire. Winter can also, though, mean tiredness, weight gain, sadness and general crankiness. Seasonal depression can be serious, and you should always first visit a doctor to get your vitamin D levels checked, or see about treatments like artificial light boxes or medication. But if you’re only mildly out of sorts, or want to complement conventional treatments, the ancient practice of Ayurveda has ways to help your body embrace the natural rhythms of the winter season and...

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Four Fabulous Soups: Warm and Healthy Recipes

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Four Fabulous Soups: Warm and Healthy Recipes

Cooling temperatures naturally send us in search of warmer, heartier fare, but that doesn’t mean giving up on healthy eating. In fact, a big bowl of soup is the best way to get more vegetables into your diet once the weather turns cold. Here are four healthy and easy recipes for getting your soup on.   Roast Garlic, Leek and Turnip Soup Roasting enhances the flavour of the vegetables while mellowing out the garlic. Heat oven to 450 F, toss garlic, leeks and turnip with olive oil in a roasting pan or dish and roast for 10 minutes until edges...

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Better Ways to Breathe

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Better Ways to Breathe

It’s easy, it’s automatic, and it’s a sure thing that you’re doing it right now, but breathing, like many things, benefits from both a little attention and intention now and then. Breathing is of course the process of taking in oxygen, to fuel our cells, and releasing carbon dioxide as a waste product. The rate of our breathing changes depending on physical activity – picking up when exercising, slowing down while relaxing – but breathing can also have a significant effect on overall mood and stress levels. Changing how you breathe can change how you feel. Here are a few...

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5 Ways to Naturally Boost Your Immunity

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5 Ways to Naturally Boost Your Immunity

Think of your immune system as your fort, your moat, your castle walls. It stands between you and the outside world, and this line of defence could always use a little extra support. Here are a few ways you can help your immune system out and make sure it stays strong.   1) Exercise There are so many ways regular exercise keeps you healthy – it lowers blood pressure, helps control weight, helps maintain bone density – the list of benefits is long and awesome. But exercise also has a direct effect on your immune system. Researchers found that athletes...

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Mindfulness: Unlocking the Key to Happiness

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Mindfulness: Unlocking the Key to Happiness

Mindfulness gets talked about a lot these days. It’s being promoted for everyone from Silicon Valley execs to British schoolchildren as a way to improve productivity, concentration, even as a way to treat serious mental health issues like depression and anxiety. But mindfulness isn’t some new trend, the practice has been around for thousands of years – science finally catching up is a welcome development, because it gives us studies to back up what practitioners have been saying all along. Changing the way you think is possible, and comes with a host of positive side effects. Now we have the...

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