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It’s Spring! Make Stress a Stranger

by guest blogger Deirdre Imus. April is Stress Awareness Month—although it’s safe to say most of us are aware of stress every single day. The question of how best to manage stress remains. While some people choose prescription medication or self-medication (drugs and alcohol), others opt for more natural approaches: acupuncture, massage, talk therapy, or exercise. But new research points to an even better stress reliever…

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11 Reasons Why Gardening Is the Perfect Metaphor for Life

Gardening isn’t just a physical job, it’s also one where I happen to talk to myself a lot, and the talk I was giving myself on my first day back in the garden this year was about the fact that gardening seems to me to be the perfect metaphor for all of life. Here are eleven reasons why.

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Tips for Surviving Allergy Season

by guest blogger Isaac Eliaz, MD. Allergies can be a sign of a poorly functioning immune system or even digestive problems. So, there’s actually no such thing as “just an allergy.” Every system of the body is interconnected, and allergic flare-ups indicate an inflammatory imbalance somewhere that needs to be addressed.

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The Earth Is Us

All the wonder
The magic
The diversity
The joy we take in the Earth’s beauty
Is a reflection of our best selves

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The Power of Protest

by guest blogger Maya K. van Rossum. Clean water, clean air, and healthy food grown in healthy soils are fundamental human rights. And yet, those rights are being taken from us in service to the greed and power of the energy industry. After repeated and fruitless efforts to wade through the approved bureaucratic channels and have their voices heard regarding our energy future, people of all walks of life are turning to their last option: protest.

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The Dinosaurs in My Backyard

by guest blogger Leah Zerbe. All over the United States, people are opening their lawns and gardens to prehistoric animals, allowing them to peck at pests, feast on weed seeds, and slurp down blades of grass like spaghetti. I myself have about 80 dinosaurs running around the pastures of my family farm.

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Salt

Two days. That’s all it took. When I was at the spa in Australia, the chefs did not use any salt in their food, so for two days I was salt free. At first, I balked. Soup without salt can be a very sad thing at first. But a funny thing happened. By the end of the two days I had recalibrated my tastebuds and suddenly, I didn’t need salt.

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Yoga Twists to Strengthen and Cleanse

by guest blogger Holly Walck. Once, after reaching into the backseat of may car resulted in days of back spasms, I discovered how essential twisting postures were for the health of my back. As a bonus, twists cleanse the liver and kidneys. They strengthen the digestive system and give the body a much-needed wringing out after the heavier meals of winter and the rainy days of early Spring.

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