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Health and fitness-lovin' stepmama

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About Me

Freelance writer and editor specializing in health and wellness. Clinical medical writer by training, with a strong interest in wellness and holistic care, which has helped me immensely. Sadly, our industrialized, fast-paced lifestyle has left our society plagued with many illnesses. Life is too short to suffer unnecessarily..we all need to take a step back, breathe, and discover the wonderful remedies nature has gifted us with, as our ancestors did.... (more)

How I Stay Healthy

Sleep (7-8 hours preferably), water, anti-inflammatory diet (fruits, vegetables, fiber, low amounts of grains and gluten, fish, legumes); exercise, yoga

My Experience with Health Challenges

Depression, anxiety, and weight issues

Shared experience with Turmeric 6 years ago

Tumeric is a herb and spice with healing properties in inflammation. When I can, I incorporate it in cooking, but I also take it as part of a daily supplement. There is significant research that link it to antitumorgenesis, or halting the growth of tumors, especially in melanoma. Having had a pre-melanoma several years ago, I'm very vigilant with self- and medical skin checks, but want to throw out every tool in my arsenal.

Tumeric is a herb and spice with healing properties in inflammation. When I can, I incorporate it in cooking, but I also take it as part of a daily supplement. There is significant research that link...

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Shared experience with Apple Cider Vinegar 6 years ago

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a wonderful, natural antibiotic. I've used it for minor irritations and I give it to my cats for eye infections. Just dab a drop of ACV diluted with warm water, and apply to the back of the cat's neck (scruff). They will rub and ingest indirectly when grooming themselves. It really does work!

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a wonderful, natural antibiotic. I've used it for minor irritations and I give it to my cats for eye infections. Just dab a drop of ACV diluted with warm water, and apply...

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Shared experience with Generalized Anxiety Disorder and SSRIs 7 years ago
Shared experience with Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Yoga 7 years ago

Yoga is a blissful activity to for anyone, especially people who suffer from any type of anxiety. The pranayamas (breathing techniques) are very calming and centering..the act of breathing deeply is relaxing and rejuvenating, as the act of release carbon dioxide and intaking oxygen promotes blood flow to your cells. Some therapies for GAD or other anxiety disorders can be too sedating and leave you feeling numb, but I'd always emerge from yoga class feeling calm, centered, and aware. I especially found the Hatha and Restorative yoga practices to be helpful.

Yoga is a blissful activity to for anyone, especially people who suffer from any type of anxiety. The pranayamas (breathing techniques) are very calming and centering..the act of breathing deeply is...

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Shared experience with ADHD and Yoga 7 years ago
Shared experience with Acupuncture 7 years ago

A few years ago, I woke up with tingling and numbness in my right hand..the sensation was so severe, it compromised my abilities to grasp something. As a writer and right-handed, I was terrified. After ruling out more severe neurological conditions, my doctor said it was carpal tunnel, and recommended high doses of ibuprofen and surgery, if it persisted.

Research indicated the benefits of acupuncture in carpal tunnel, and I decided to give it a try. I walked in my local acupuncture clinic and was comforted by the soothing nature of my surroundings and practitioner. After a complete workup, which includes a detailed health history, she started the treatment. The needles were not painful at all..you feel a tiny prick momentarily, then a surge of endorphins. After a few minutes, I was relaxed enough to fall asleep. After 4 sessions, my symptoms were gone and I was pain free.

I have tried it for other ailments and just find it relaxes me and recharges my batteries.

A few years ago, I woke up with tingling and numbness in my right hand..the sensation was so severe, it compromised my abilities to grasp something. As a writer and right-handed, I was terrified....

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Shared experience with Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Magnesium 7 years ago

Magnesium is an essential mineral, important in many functions that keep the body moving. It has mild muscle relaxant properties, as it's been helpful for bruxism (teeth grinding, which I'm prone to when very stressed or anxious. Magnesium supplementation is also associated with benefits for a large list of ailments, and I've found it helpful for PMS.

Magnesium is an essential mineral, important in many functions that keep the body moving. It has mild muscle relaxant properties, as it's been helpful for bruxism (teeth grinding, which I'm prone to...

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ADHD at any age is stressful and challenging. With ADHD, life is inevitably difficult, and the rammifications can be felt in all domains: work, school, relationships, finances, and the home. There is considerable stigma, as people with ADHD are accused of being "lazy, flaky, disorganized, and forgetful."

The one advantage to being an adult is the access to choices and help. Kids rely on their parents, teachers, and counselors for assistance, but as adults we are more empowered to seek out medical care, classes, and information.

The first step is to get a diagnosis. Seek out a doctor or behavioral therapist who specializes in ADHD. From there, you can determine what type of treatment to explore, whether it be medication, behavioral therapy, diet modifications, or a combination of both. And reaching out to online communities such as these is a great support too!

ADHD at any age is stressful and challenging. With ADHD, life is inevitably difficult, and the rammifications can be felt in all domains: work, school, relationships, finances, and the home. There is...

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Hi, First off, yoga is a wonderful tool for the symptoms of adhd. Deep breathing helps to clear the mind and focus on the now. Specifically, I find kundalini yoga to be very meditative, as it involves a lot of chanting and deep breathing. Other forms such as hatha, restorative, and iyengar have been helpful too.

Hi, First off, yoga is a wonderful tool for the symptoms of adhd. Deep breathing helps to clear the mind and focus on the now. Specifically, I find kundalini yoga to be very meditative, as it...

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Answered Welbutron and Coffee?? 7 years ago

Wellbutrin is typically associated with anxiety, insomnia, and jitters, which caffeine can exacerbate. There are people who can fall asleep after drinking coffee, but the fact that you're not staying asleep is an issue.

I would try to find other methods for relaxation before bedtime: chamomile tea, hot baths, and meditation can be very soothing. Getting regular exercise helps with sleep overall, as well as depression. Watching television and being online can be too stimulating before bedtime, and the light emitted can interfere with your circadian rhythms. Make sure your bedroom is quiet and free from distraction and clutter.

With the medications you're taking, always stay in touch and consult your physician or healthcare providers about the time of day you're taking it, etc. Certain medications are stimulating and may be better taken during the day.

Wellbutrin is typically associated with anxiety, insomnia, and jitters, which caffeine can exacerbate. There are people who can fall asleep after drinking coffee, but the fact that you're not staying...

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Shared experience with Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Tryptophan (5-HTP) 7 years ago

I tried 5-HTP for anxiety and depression, as I'd read about it's calming properties. Personally, it made me sleepy and lethargic, but experiences may vary between individuals.

Just a cautionary note before trying 5-HTP or any supplement, always do your research and consult a healthcare professional, especially if you are taking any medications.

I tried 5-HTP for anxiety and depression, as I'd read about it's calming properties. Personally, it made me sleepy and lethargic, but experiences may vary between individuals.

Just a cautionary...

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