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This blog covers a wide range of topics including tips on healthy eating, managing stress, spiritual support, better sleep and relationship advice. The posts come from real-life experience and can help you maintain a proper perspective.

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relaxing after a bicycle ride
  Jay Todtenbier     11/10/20    

There are hundreds of brands of supplements to choose from that vary significantly in quality and effectiveness. Since 2010 has been carrying NuMedica because of their consistent, professional-grade quality and expansive product-line coverage. We thought some of you would like to know a little bit more about the company, their products, and why they remain elite in the midst of a very competitive Wellness market.

ginger roots and tumeric powder
  Jay Todtenbier     11/05/20    

Turmeric has been used by humans for thousands of years, with the oldest known use dating back to Indian Vedic culture almost 4000 years ago.

two ladies running on treadmills
  Jay Todtenbier     11/04/20    

Let's face it, the holidays are a notorious time for eating and drinking outside of our usual habits. With a busier-than-usual schedule, it's a time in which many of us fall behind on our exercise regime. When we pair these two factors together, it's no wonder that so many of us experience holiday weight gain.

baked chicken and vegetables
  Jay Todtenbier     11/01/20    

Healthy eating can be difficult at any time of the year. But as the weather cools and the holiday season approaches, fall is often an especially tough time to stay on track.

woman stressed out holding hands over face
  Jay Todtenbier     10/24/20    

Currently, three-quarters of Americans experience moderate to high levels of stress. In small doses, periodic stress can be good. Stress can improve motivation, resilience, and cognitive function.

Woman Shopping with List in Grocery Store for Dairy Free Foods
  Jay Todtenbier     10/14/20    

The average American eats just under two cups of dairy products every day. But you're not the average American.

Instead, you've decided to forego dairy products. It could be that you're one of the 50 million people in the United States who is lactose intolerant. Or, you might just want to skip dairy for ethical or personal reasons.

herbal medicine and herbs used in supplements
  Jay Todtenbier     09/27/20    

What exactly are vitamins? People believe that vitamins are good for them, and for that reason alone, many people take them. Some individuals supplement with individual vitamins while others pop a multi-vitamin. How does one know when they have received what they need from their vitamins? Can you take too many vitamins? Which ones? Learn about vitamins, the benefits they offer, and the best way to take them.

take away lunch box with fresh salad, chicken also depicting meal planner
  Jay Todtenbier     09/22/20    

Creating a meal plan is always an important step, but sticking to it is what really matters. You could spend many hours developing a health-enhancing meal plan only to fall back on old, bad eating habits within days or weeks.

Cooking  Nutrition  
woman with yellow apple in mouth that says detox
  Jay Todtenbier     09/16/20    

The concept of a cleanse or detox can be a scary one for someone who's never done it before. Though most people think of stringent exercise routines and bland, boring soup diets, this is no longer the case. There are many ways to detoxify the body naturally and easily, bringing revitalization and healing. In this guide, you'll learn 9 ways to perform a natural body detox.

dinner plate with wooden utensils depicting time to illustrate intermittent fasting
  Jay Todtenbier     09/08/20    

If you're looking to lose weight, boost your energy, and increase your overall health, intermittent fasting is worth investigating. Read on to learn more and explore its basic principles, plans, and benefits.

Disease  Nutrition  Sleep  Weight Loss  
apple cider vinegar made from apples
  Bailey Todtenbier     08/25/20    

Apple cider vinegar is a form of apple juice that has undergone the process of fermentation to develop into alcohol, which is then turned into acetic acid by bacteria.

Nutrition  Weight Loss  
senior couple on a country bike ride
  Bailey Todtenbier     08/23/20    

Getting older means a lot of things: gaining wisdom, collecting life experiences, exploring the world, discovering yourself, often growing families, and becoming at peace with yourself. Aging is the most natural and beautiful part of our life's journey and reflects all of the progress and knowledge we have developed throughout our years. However, with aging, sometimes we can also feel our routines and ourselves becoming redundant, uninspiring, or even simply boring.

Female Feet Standing on Road with White Arrows
  Jay Todtenbier     08/11/20    

Vitamins and dietary supplements seem to be everywhere, from drug stores to online shops. Single nutrients, multivitamins, fiber, antioxidants, minerals, and weight loss helpers are all considered dietary supplements. There's a lot to choose from, which can make the selection process quite confusing.

Plant-based and animal sources of Omega-3 acids
  Jay Todtenbier     08/03/20    

For years, health experts have touted the benefits of consuming omega-3 fatty acids, but most people don't understand why they are essential. Omega-3 fatty acids are vital for the health of your body's cell membranes and provide benefits for blood vessels, immune systems, lungs, and endocrine systems.

Nutrition  Supplements  
think about the common sense things you can do to live a healthier life
  Jay Todtenbier     07/23/20    

An estimated 95 percent of the world's population suffers from some type of medical condition according to recent reports from the healthcare sector. More than a third live with as many as five simultaneous health issues.1 At the same time, one in four people currently suffer from a mental illness, and this number is expected to increase during the years to come.

Disease  Exercise  Nutrition  Supplements  Technology  
mother cooking healthy food with young son and daughter
  Jay Todtenbier     07/15/20    

Think back to the time of your great-grandparents. What types of food did people eat back then? For the most part they ate what they could grow on their land or what they got locally from a Farmer's market or some other community-based food supply. So what happened to our food? Why are so many of us sick, overweight and tired?

Disease  Nutrition  Supplements  
an open door leading to new possibilities
  Christopher D'Andrea     07/05/20    

Most young adults reminisce about sleepovers and summer camp. I can't. For me, turning twelve years old marked the beginning of my "incurable" bump in the road. When the doctor diagnosed me with C-Diff and Crohn's Disease.

Editor's Note  2020 Health & Wellness Scholarship essay winner.

Family  Nutrition  Personal Growth  
senior woman drinking a glass of water
  Jay Todtenbier     06/23/20    

Most people don't drink enough water. Sure, they take in enough liquids to survive, but they don't get the benefits that are available when water is the drink of choice and when they're able to stay adequately hydrated. Read below to learn more about why you need to be hydrated throughout the day, how it can help you, and ways to start boosting your water intake each day.

handsome upset man sitting looking stressed
  Jay Todtenbier     06/15/20    

Stress is a natural reaction to any challenging or threatening event in life. When you're waiting for the results of a diagnostic procedure or when another driver suddenly swerves into your lane, your nervous system releases hormones like adrenalin and cortisol that help to activate the "fight or flight" response. You become more alert, your heart rate quickens, and you breathe faster.

Exercise  Family  Nutrition  Stress  
woman suffering from pollen allergies
  Bailey Todtenbier     06/08/20    

Many of us (around 10%) suffer from the irritating symptoms of seasonal allergies. While they are more common in the Spring, Fall, and Summer and less common in the Winter, there are common medications you can easily get from your health-care provider, even over-the-counter. However, alleviating these symptoms may also be achieved through changes in diet and supplementation.

Nutrition  Supplements  

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