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Stretching: The Important Element of Exercise You Forgot About

Our muscles can do two things-contract (shorten) and extend (lengthen). Most folks tend to get hyper focused on either the strengthening part or the extendability part, usually depending on what they are good at.  You will see people who build muscles well in the gym lifting weights. Alternatively, people with excellent flexibility generally enjoy yoga…

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How Knowing My Farmers Changed the Way I Eat Forever

Last summer my household went in on one share of a membership in a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). I was chomping at the bit to sign up for one of these after learning about them the summer before. After just one summer as a member, I need to spread the word!   So what exactly…

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Coordination: You’re Not Just Born With It

Many people believe that as we get older we begin to lose our ability to balance.  This may have been the case for previous generations, but I would say they just didn’t practice. Our nervous system is worthy of our attention because it is infinitely trainable.  The different movement systems interact with each other and…

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How I Learned the Importance of Breathing Well

The Life Changing Day As an aspiring young fitness professional in the early 90s, I stumbled across a gentleman named John Douillard from Boulder, CO. He was a presenter at a convention in Copper Mountain and I was fortunate to get some one-on-one time with him.  He took me out to the running track and…

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6 Health Reasons Not to be a Mouth-breather

It turns out that our nose is on our face for more reasons than sneezing, smelling the roses and blowing!  It also gets the job of being our primary breathing apparatus. Here are six reasons to focus on using your nose for most of your breathing.  Hydration– When we take in oxygen through the nose,…

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3 Reasons Cardio is Essential

Cardio is breathing efficiency and effectiveness. It’s ingesting and expiring oxygen into and out of the lungs. There are two places through which we ingest oxygen, the mouth and the nose. The nose is the most efficient and effective thing to use for breathing. Hydration, thermo-regulation, circulation, nervous system integration and filtration are the primary reasons it…

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What Does it Mean to Be a Mindful Meat-eater

More and more people are becoming more conscious about how their food is affecting their environment and health. The understanding of our conventional agricultural and farming practices are becoming more widely known. This is great! Education and awareness is the first step in making changes because if you don’t know if anything is wrong,why would…

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Insomnia: What is Sleep Anyways?

As a physician, I get asked frequently about insomnia.  I also get to see what happens as a result of sleep deprivation and the multitude of opportunities for suffering that accompany this increasing problem.  Many resources are available for attempting to find the cause of why you are having trouble falling asleep and/or staying asleep.…

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5 Things About Europe’s Food Culture That Got Me Thinking

I cracked open my book, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver, en route to my trip to Spain and Portugal. This non-fiction book is about a family who makes a commitment to being as close to their food as possible by either growing and raising whatever they would eat, and if they couldn’t, then they’d…

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