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Cultures around the world have used the healing power of touch.

A popular method of hands-on healing that comes to us from Japan is Reiki (pronounced ray-key). It is a form of energy medicine whose purpose is to activate the body’s natural healing processes. A Reiki master becomes a conduit of energy, healing energy, which flows into the patient by means of touch. This universal life force energy is called Ki in Rei-ki, Chi (chee) in China and prana in India. If our “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress. If it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.

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Staying Well Rested Over the Holidays

The holiday season can be a challenging time. Between awkward family gatherings, after-hours office parties, last-minute visits to the mall, and traffic-ridden road trips to your in-laws’, there are a lot of reasons to be anxious, keep weird hours, or eat the wrong thing over the holidays. To make matters worse, all of these holiday distractions might interfere with your sleep. As I’ve mentioned in prior posts, you need high-quality restorative sleep to function well, feel good, and look beautiful. That’s why I’m asking you to prioritize your sleep, and kick off the New Year as your healthiest self! Here’s my guide to maintaining your sleep health over the winter festivities:

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and, once again, you’re hosting a table of family and friends. Last year, my blog focused on sensational sides. This time around, let’s be healthy, creative, and embrace the main course experience. While most people roast a turkey in the typical, tried-and-true ways, this year, let’s instead choose one of the following 5 healthy and alternative approaches to wowing your guests.

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Nature’s Most Potent Anti-inflammatory

Let’s drill down into one of the planet’s richest, most colorful, and aromatic spices that at once conjures images of rituals, mysticism, and cuisine. We’re talking about what was once called “Indian saffron” — the long revered spice of turmeric. While that may have been the description most commonly associated with this eastern spice, there is a side to this root with profound health benefits that far too often remains unsung.

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Yoga is on fire in the West, with 40% of health and fitness clubs offering classes to meet the growing demand; however, yoga is so much more than just a physical fitness practice. It is a complete system of health maintenance for the mind, body, and spirit. According to yoga, the highest level of healing is to prevent disease before it gets started.

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Top 5: Holistic Secrets for Radiant Skin

Kick the Habit

It’s never too late to stop nicotine usage. It’s not easy, but once you’re determined, you can do it. Studies indicate the smoking can rapidly age your skin and is one of the prime factors in accelerated skin aging. In fact, the skin of a 40-year-old smoker resembles that of a 60-year-old non-smoker. Various complex physiological pathways are affected by nicotine, but the most widely accepted theory is that chronic nicotine usage will compromise the micro-vessels of the skin, leading to poor oxygenation of cells. This results in detrimental outcomes, including impaired collagen synthesis (the skin-plumping factor), which visibly translates into sagging, wrinkled, dull, and hyper-aged skin. Another key study indicates that those who kicked the habit very early on in the game saw a significant improvements in their overall skin health, especially freshness, vibrancy, and resiliency; therefore, cessation of smoking is certainly a scientifically proven way to bring back beautiful, healthy skin non-invasively.

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We can all agree that Breast Cancer Awareness Month pretty successfully lives up to its name. With ribbons, “walks of awareness,” and the ubiquitous pinkness all around us, it’s safe to say that our awareness gets raised during the month of October. Now that our eyes are open and our consciousness has been engaged, just what can we actually do?

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