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As we welcome the month of May, a time of transitions and new beginnings, I wanted to share some reflections and updates with you.

Firstly, the wildflowers that have graced our fields with their vibrant colors have now gone to seed. It’s a bittersweet moment as we witness the cycle of nature unfolding before us. Soon, I’ll be mowing the field, preparing for the next phase of growth and transformation. Let’s cherish the beauty of this changing landscape and anticipate the wonders that each season brings.

May is also recognized as Women’s Wellness Month—a time dedicated to prioritizing and celebrating women’s health and well-being. It’s an important opportunity to raise awareness about the unique health needs of women and promote self-care practices that empower and nurture. In the spirit of Women’s Wellness Month, I encourage each of you to take time for self-care and reflection. Whether it’s scheduling a check-up, practicing mindfulness, or engaging in physical activity, let’s prioritize our health and wellness. Let’s also celebrate the remarkable achievements of women in healthcare, research, advocacy, and beyond.

As I prepare to mow the field and embrace the themes of Women’s Wellness Month, I’m reminded of the resilience and strength that nature and women embody. Let’s approach this month with a sense of gratitude, renewal, and commitment to our well-being.

Thank you for being part of this journey. Wishing you a month filled with growth, self-care, and moments of joy.

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Seasonal allergies are not just a concern for children and can develop or worsen as we age. According to Dr. Gailen Marshall, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the prevalence of seasonal allergies among adults has increased, with about a quarter of U.S. adults reporting allergies compared to 19 percent of children.

Allergies occur when the immune system mistakenly identifies harmless substances such as pollen or grass as threats, leading to symptoms like sneezing, runny nose and itchy eyes. Moving to a different region with different pollen seasons can also trigger adult-onset allergies. Societal and environmental shifts such as climate change, globalization and air pollution have contributed to the increased prevalence of allergies among individuals of all ages.

While it is possible for children to outgrow their allergies, it is more challenging for adults to do so. Lifestyle changes, such as spending more time indoors or moving to another region, may help some individuals see improvement in their symptoms. Immunotherapy, which involves gradually exposing the person to small amounts of their allergen, is known to be an effective treatment for allergies regardless of when symptoms start.


Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, which include preeclampsia, complicate 2 to 8 percent of pregnancies and are estimated to cause 45,000 maternal deaths annually worldwide. These disorders are also associated with an increased risk of preterm birth, the leading cause of death among children worldwide.

Calcium supplementation of 1500 to 2000 mg per day, divided into three doses, during pregnancy has been recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) since 2011 to reduce the risk of preeclampsia in populations with low dietary calcium intake. Previous trials of high-dose calcium supplementation of at least 1000 mg per day reduced the risk of preeclampsia by more than half and the risk of preterm birth by 24 percent. However, only a few countries have implemented routine high-dose calcium supplementation in pregnancy due to adherence concerns and high cost.


A 2023 Gallup Poll found that 62 percent of adults aged 18 to 35 say they drink alcoholic beverages, down from 72 percent two decades ago. The poll noted that young adults also drink less frequently and are less likely to drink to excess. As a result, bars like Happy Accidents, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, are increasing non-alcoholic options to cater to young consumers. The bar offers five mocktails that use ingredients such as matcha, garam masala and capsaicin oils to create complex and flavorful alcohol-free alternatives.

Mingle Mocktails was created by a recovering alcoholic looking for a way to feel included during social outings while choosing not to drink alcohol. Mingle offers flavors such as Key Lime Margarita and Cucumber Melon Mojito that are available in ready-to-drink cans, as well as in bottles for more premium mixing. NielsenIQ reports consistent double-digit growth in the nonalcoholic beer, wine and spirits market. The movement toward nonboozy alternatives is praised by experts for its positive impact on health and well-being, including improved sleep, energy, mental clarity, immunity and mood.

The findings of two independent, randomized trials conducted in India and Tanzania to compare the efficacy of low-dose calcium supplementation (500 mg per day) to high-dose calcium supplementation (1500 mg per day) in reducing the risk of preeclampsia and preterm birth was recently published in The New England Journal of Medicine. In each trial, 11,000 first-time pregnant women were enrolled. The results indicate that low-dose calcium supplementation was as effective as the high-dose in terms of the risk of preeclampsia. The trial in India, but not the one in Tanzania, showed that the low-dose calcium supplement was as effective as the high-dose with respect to preterm birth.

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We live in extremely stressful times which, besides the mental toll, also causes physical issues such as heart disease, reduced immune system strength, loss of sex drive, and even diabetes. This has been an issue going all the way back into prehistory and likewise, herbal remedies for stress have been around for almost as long. A cup of hawthorn and lemon balm tea suppresses the damaging effects of cortisol & adrenaline while increasing serotonin.

The phytochemicals in these two plants are powerful, but you can get even better results by incorporating a ritual into making and drinking this tea. Focused mindfulness can alter the chemistry occurring in our brain. As the tea steeps, stand up straight and tall, breath as follows, and quietly but forcefully chant:

Inhale – Hold 3 Seconds - Exhale

I am the daughter of ancient survivors. Their power is in me.

Inhale – Hold 3 Seconds – Exhale

Repeat this seven times and feel the change coming over you. Grasp and hold your power. You are the equal of your ancestors and have all their strength. Release it from the inner cave and let it conquer.

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The New England Aquarium reported an aerial sighting of a gray whale 30 miles off the coast of Nantucket Island. Gray whales, which lack dorsal fins, have not been seen in the Atlantic Ocean for more than 200 years, having been hunted out of existence. This is the fifth sighting in Atlantic and Mediterranean waters in the last 15 years. Scientists believe that the melting of Arctic ice caused by global warming may be at play.

According to the aquarium, “The Northwest Passage, which connects the Atlantic and Pacific through the Arctic Ocean in Canada, has regularly been ice-free in the summertime in recent years, partly due to rising global temperatures.” Without the sea ice that usually limits the range of gray whales, they can “potentially travel the Passage in the summer, something that wouldn’t have been possible in the previous century.”

Orla O’Brien, an associate research scientist in the aquarium’s Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life, said, “These sightings of gray whales in the Atlantic serve as a reminder of how quickly marine species respond to climate change, given the chance.”


Mexico is taking a stand to protect its ancient corn varieties from the potential contamination caused by genetically modified (GM) seeds by phasing out GM corn by 2024. The move has sparked tension with the United States. Nearly 30 percent of all U.S. corn exports went to Mexico between 2018 and 2020. U.S. officials are arguing that the ban violates the countries’ trade agreement and are demanding scientific evidence to support Mexico’s claim. There is concern among American policymakers that the ban on GM corn could lead to further restrictions in the future.

Mexicans assert that GM corn poses risks to human health and threatens their country’s agricultural traditions and cultural identity. Corn


A recent study published in the journal Science reveals the discovery of a large hydrogen gas deposit deep within the Bulqizë chromite mine, in Albania. The findings have sparked optimism among researchers that there may be substantial underground reservoirs of hydrogen capable of meeting global power demands for a low-carbon solution. Hydrogen can be burned without releasing greenhouse gases.

While hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe, access to it on Earth has been limited, as it tends to escape into the atmosphere. The existence of natural hydrogen seepages has been known for thousands of years, but it was believed that only small amounts of hydrogen could be found underground. This perception has been challenged in recent years, when significant hydrogen gas reservoirs were discovered in Mali, Europe and South America.

The research team believes that the Bulqizë mine holds 5,000 to 50,000 tons of hydrogen—well short of the millions of tons sought by energy-focused prospectors. Nevertheless, this discovery is confirmation that hydrogen gas can be trapped effectively underground. The technological means to efficiently extract and utilize these reservoirs are still in development.

originated in Mexico nearly 10,000 years ago, and the country is home to more than 59 unique varieties. These native varietals have evolved to adapt to the local environment, with some being more drought tolerant and pest resistant. GM corn poses the risk of genetic contamination, as pollen from GM crops can cross-pollinate with native varieties, altering their genetic makeup and making them less suited to their specific conditions.

Some experts argue that banning GM corn alone will not be enough to protect native corn, pointing to the decline in small-scale farms as a greater threat. Conservation efforts, they assert, should focus on not only storing seeds in gene banks, but also supporting the vital contributions of traditional farmers.

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According to a recent study published in Tectonics, scientists have completed the mapping of Zealandia, a largely submerged continent located below the Pacific Ocean roughly between New Caledonia and New Zealand. Zealandia covers an area of approximately 1.9 million square miles, nearly half the size of Australia. Only 5 percent of the continent is above water. The continent was first discovered seven years ago, but this study has provided a comprehensive map of its boundaries.

By analyzing rock samples and magnetic maps, researchers were able to gain insights into how Zealandia formed and separated from nearby landmasses. The granite samples collected from the northern portion of Zealandia contained zircon crystals, which hold valuable information about the continent’s geology. Through radiometric dating, scientists determined that these crystals formed around 100 million years ago, coinciding with the breakup of the supercontinent that once contained Zealandia.

Magnetic mapping was also used to provide a broader understanding of Zealandia’s shape and structure. The researchers found that highly magnetic rocks were aligned with fracture zones in the oceanic crust, indicating the stretching of the supercontinent’s crust prior to the breakup. This analysis helped confirm Zealandia’s geological connection to Antarctica and Australia.


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Sustainable Menstrual Options

The ecological impact of disposable feminine hygiene products is substantial. Nearly 20 billion sanitary napkins, tampons and applicators are thrown into U.S. landfills every year, generating more than 200,000 tons of waste. Most of these products are made of (and wrapped in) non-biodegradable plastic and contain dangerous pesticide residues, bleach and phthalates. From an economic standpoint, the average woman spends about $12,800 on menstrual care in her lifetime.

To reduce the plastic waste that languishes in landfills and waterways, environmentally conscious women are increasingly turning to more sustainable options, including reusable, biodegradable and organic products that are healthier for both people and the planet without compromising on functionality. Although reusable products are more expensive, they are worn over and over again for years, making them more cost-effective in the long run.


Menstrual Cup: Made with medical-grade silicone, this alternative to disposable tampons is worn inside the vagina to collect flow, rather than absorb it. It is safe and easy to use. A cup holds four to six times more than a single tampon or pad, and it can be worn for up to 12 hours before rinsing and reinserting. Most people have to empty it only in the morning and evening.

Menstrual cups can be worn while swimming, running or dancing. To sterilize between periods, a one-to-two-minute boil and thorough drying keeps the cup ready for next time. With proper care, a cup can last years.

Period Underwear: Absorbent, machine-washable and hygienic, period underwear uses a layered approach to leak-proofing with a moisture-wicking top layer, absorbent core layer and waterproof liner. Simply rinse after use and drop it in the next load of laundry.

Reusable Pads: Thin and flexible, reusable pads can absorb more than a disposable counterpart and typically last three to five years. Some companies make their reusable pads from organic cotton and spandex, with edgeto-edge protection and snap closures to keep them in place. Simply rinse them in cold water and throw them in the washing machine. For lighter days, reusable pantyliners are also available.

Organic Tampons and Pads: Although disposable, tampons and pads made from organic cotton are healthier for both people and planet because they are free of BPA-plastic, dyes, pesticides, dioxins, fragrance, chlorine or other synthetic materials. Look

for companies that provide plastic-free applicators and compostable wrappers and packaging.














Man Plant Company

Go Wild – Get Healthy – It’s Science

Dr. Mark ‘Merriwether’ Vorderbruggen PhD and Steven Skiff founded Medicine Man Plant company right here in Houston in 2019 out of a passion for holistic health and the desire to provide natural alternatives as a first line option to modern medicine. Dr. Vorderbruggen brought his knowledge and experience in chemistry and wildcrafting herbs to create the products. Steven brought his in the business aspects of the company.

Dr. Vorderbruggen says, “Our journey began with a simple observation that led to a profound realization: the rapid pace of modern life has left our bodies and minds struggling to keep up. As a biological organism, we simply cannot evolve quickly enough to maintain our health in the face of constant and often synthetic changes bombarding us daily. Recognizing this, we embarked on a journey to reconnect people with wisdom and balance found in nature. Most importantly, we have found that connecting people to nature creates a chance for that ‘eureka’ moment when the awe-inspiring power of nature becomes the catalyst to the individual’s personal sovereignty over the health and wellbeing.”

They offer a wide range of herbal remedies, supplements, teas, and other natural wellness products. Their offerings are carefully curated to promote overall health and well-being. They typically focus our products based on system or specific organ health, like the Blood Pressure Pill which is designed to support circulatory and heart health and the Gut Pill which is designed to help improve gut and digestive functioning or the Brain Pill helps with cognitive performance.

“What sets Medicine Man Plant Co. apart from competitors is our commitment to ‘always make it right.’ This is in our quality and sustainability of sourced ingredients all the way through or customer satisfaction.” Steven says.

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Now at A Moveable Feast

The future of energy and frequency medicine is here now. While both Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) and Terahertz (THz) technologies have been available separately, studied and used effectively, this is the first time they have been combined to create an incredibly effective synergy of both low-frequency earth-based and high-frequency etherical healing.

PEMF mimics the earth’s geomagnetic field but is highly concentrated. So just 10 minutes of this device is the equivalent of many hours of barefoot grounding standing outside. THz is in the high frequency range between infrared and microwave. It safely penetrates deep into the body tissues and bone for a futuristic type of healing. It penetrates into the bone barrow stimulating stem cell production and DNA repair. The stem cells are able to regenerate most of the tissues in the body.

Simply place your feet on the Tera-P90, and it sends healing energy up the meridians and energy channels to all the body’s parts and organs. Whether you are struggling with adrenal fatigue, cortisol imbalances or poor-quality sleep, this device has got you covered. In addition to helping with physical ailments, the Tera-P90 helps expand our consciousness making it much easier to relax and meditate.

A Moveable Feast is now offering free 30-minute sessions using the Tera-P90 so that you can experience for yourself its amazing results. Call 713-365-0368 to schedule your free session and be sure to mention that you learned about it in Natural Awakenings magazine. The Game Changing OlyLife THZ Tera-P90

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MoveNation Dance Academy: A Place for Every Dancer

MoveNation Dance Academy (MNDA) is a vibrant dance studio catering to all ages and skill levels, located in Houston. Founded by Ms. Jennifer San Miguel, MNDA offers a diverse range of dance genres including ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, modern, pointe, and more. Ms. San Miguel’s passion for dance was cultivated during her studies at the University of North Texas, where she earned a minor in Dance and a major in Entrepreneurship & Strategic Management, paving the way for her dream of owning a dance studio. At MNDA, the focus is not only on developing technical proficiency but also on fostering a positive and supportive environment where students can grow personally and artistically. The studio prides itself on instilling discipline, resilience, patience, and perseverance in its dancers—qualities that transcend dance and benefit students in all aspects of life.

MNDA welcomes adults looking to reignite their passion for dance with specialized programs like Dance 4 Life, designed to accommodate individual needs and limitations. The academy also nurtures young dancers, instilling confidence, grace, and dynamism in its youth and boys’ programs.

As Ms. San Miguel often says, “It’s never too late to start dancing. We’ve had a couple of 80 year old students.” With a blend of passion, expertise, and a nurturing ethos, MoveNation Dance Academy continues to inspire dancers to reach their highest potential—both on and off the stage.

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Empowering Wellness: The Woodlands Health Market Journey

The Woodlands Health Market has been a cornerstone of holistic health in its community since its founding in July 1999 by Cheryl Kainer. In January 2023, Denise Leitch assumed ownership, carrying forward the mission to assist individuals on their journey to optimal health and wellness. For over 25 years, The Woodlands Health Market has remained steadfast in its commitment to providing comprehensive natural and holistic solutions, education, personalized services, and high-quality products.

Specializing in a range of alternative health practices, Woodlands Health Market offers Iridology, Hair Analysis, Ion foot detox, Reflexology, Applied Kinesiology, N.A.E.T, Auriculotherapy, and herbal remedies. These modalities are expertly employed by the knowledgeable team of Naturopaths and wellness practitioners to assess and address the unique needs of each individual, empowering the body’s natural healing abilities.

At The Woodlands Health Market, product quality is paramount. The store carefully curates a diverse selection of herbs, vitamins, and minerals sourced from reputable suppliers. The belief in nature’s potent wellness tools drives the commitment to offering natural, sustainable, and top-quality products that align with customers’ health goals.

The team at The Woodlands Health Market goes beyond product sales; they offer personalized guidance and recommendations to ensure customers find the right solutions for their wellness needs. The goal is to foster a warm, welcoming environment where individuals feel educated and supported in their health and wellness journeys.

Whether seeking alternative therapies, herbal remedies, or nutritional supplements, The Woodlands Health Market stands ready to guide and support individuals in achieving their health and wellness goals. It’s not just a health store; it’s a beacon of wellness in the community, offering knowledge, care, and products that empower individuals to thrive.

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The Road to Hormonal Harmony

Finding Balance and Thriving

Like a well-built home, the human body’s quality of life depends upon a sturdy foundation. A complex, hormonal matrix determines our vitality and impacts major areas of health, including growth and development, stamina, sleep cycles, bone health, blood sugar levels, fertility, weight and mood. Fifty hormones take turns keeping us alive, as well as impacting lesser concerns such as hair and skin quality.

Excessive stress, certain pharmaceutical medications, hormonal contraception, autoimmune diseases and, in rare instances, tumors can throw the body into metabolic chaos. Supporting these fundamental allies through lifestyle changes that include a nutrient-packed diet, improved gut health, supplementation and medication, when needed, can help us get back on track. Most importantly, prevention is possible with the same approach.

“Hormones are the behind-the-scenes influencers, ensuring your body operates smoothly and adjusting to the ever-changing demands of your environment and internal states. When this delicate balance is thrown off, the consequences can be widespread, affecting virtually every aspect of your health,” affirms North Carolina-based hormone specialist Deborah Matthew, M.D., author of This Is Not Normal: A Busy Woman’s Guide to Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance

Even a slight imbalance of certain hormones—whether a deficiency or an excess— can compromise digestion, raise low-density lipoprotein (“bad” cholesterol), downgrade sex drive, foster cognitive issues, amp up anxiety and even affect heart rhythm. Lifestyle factors like smoking, poor diet and lack of exercise also play a role in disturbing equilibrium. Matthew explains, “Hormones are chemical messengers that coordinate many functions well beyond the realm of


reproductive health. They are produced by your endocrine glands and circulate through your bloodstream, delivering critical instructions to every tissue and organ.”


Like orchestra players, hormones work together, but the hormone oxytocin is the conductor. Hormones such as estrogen and testosterone, as well as the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin, cannot be produced or used properly without oxytocin. Good gut health also depends on it. “The most powerful hormone in our body, hands down, is oxytocin. It also happens to be an alkalinizing hormone and helps oppose the negative, chronic effects of cortisol, our stress hormone,” says Anna Cabeca, a triple-board-certified OB-GYN and author of The Hormone Fix, Keto-Green 16 and MenuPause. “Oxytocin is what we refer to as the love and bonding hormone. It’s also a longevity hormone—muscle-regenerating, mood-elevating, pain-relieving and immune-boosting. It is vital to have a high level of it if we want to boost and support the other hormones.”

Cabeca recommends boosting oxytocin naturally. “It can be as simple as thinking of something that puts a smile on your face, brings you joy and happiness, makes you laugh or gives you that warm fuzzy feeling inside,” she explains, adding that cultivating a sense of gratitude “will help boost your oxytocin level and reduce your stress hormone cortisol, which, when too high, leads to inflammation and acidity.” Her other go-to oxytocin allies are funny movies, being in nature, hugs, intimacy, therapeutic massage and activities with others like yoga classes, hiking or team sports.

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The symbiotic relationship between the thyroid and our stress-fighting adrenal glands is also fundamental in systemic harmony. A 2015 study published in European Thyroid Journal revealed that 5 percent of patients with autoimmune thyroid disease also had an underlying primary adrenal insufficiency. An older study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism in 2009 showed that 41 percent of patients with compromised adrenal function also suffered from hypothyroidism.

“In today’s high-stress environment, our cortisol production can become dysregulated. This is often called ‘adrenal fatigue’,’ although that term is not recognized by the conventional medicine world,” says Matthew. “This cortisol dysregulation often results in profound tiredness, cravings for salt or sugar, reliance on caffeine for energy and difficulty handling stress.” She notes that despite its widespread occurrence, adrenal compromise slips between the cracks of conventional diagnosis. Recognizing the interconnectedness of bodily systems is vital.

“A holistic approach to thyroid and adrenal health considers the entire spectrum of an individual’s health, lifestyle and emotional well-being,” Matthew says. “Holistic practitioners often employ comprehensive testing to uncover subtle imbalances, utilize natural supplements like adaptogenic herbs to support function and recommend dietary and lifestyle changes that address underlying causes of thyroid and adrenal symptoms.”


For many, planning a family is one of life’s high points, but according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 13 percent of married women under the age of 30 struggle to conceive; about 22 percent of married women between ages 30 and 39 are hit the hardest. The frustration can be agonizing. “I often say that infertility is not a diagnosis; it’s a symptom,” attests Aumatma Simmons, a double-board-certified naturopathic doctor, endocrinologist and fertility specialist at the Holistic Fertility Institute, in Berkeley, California. “When we consider infertility as a symptom, we start understanding that it is the check-engine light that our body is giving off, trying to tell us something is out of whack. Maybe it’s the hormones or something somewhere else in the body. The root causes must be discovered and addressed.”

Common contributors to infertility include amenorrhea (absent periods) caused by physical or emotional stress, weight extremes (obesity or underweight) and age. Simmons underscores the role of diet and lifestyle in both women and men. “It is well-researched that lifestyle habits like smoking, alcohol and marijuana can contribute to fertility and pregnancy outcomes. Additionally, there is ongoing research about the role of sedentary lifestyles and body mass index as potential indicators of pregnancy outcomes. Even blood sugar and inflammation in the male partner can impact fertility, as well as a woman’s ability to carry a pregnancy to term.”

Simmons directly attributes food habits to egg and sperm quality, asserting, “Diet is vital in the role of implantation. There are studies that have shown that gut inflammation contributes to uterine inflammation, which directly affects implantation and pregnancy outcomes.”

She also connects the dots between the mental and emotional health of both parents and baby success. Negative talk, poor self-esteem, responsibility overload and an inability to let go or ask for help can also foster infertility.


Taking a few steps toward a more balanced body can go a long way. Cabeca emphasizes, “Deep, restorative sleep is essential to regenerate and rebalance. Physical activity is absolutely necessary for hormone circulation throughout the blood and lymphatic system, so doing things that make you huff and puff and sweat daily is critical.” She also recommends alkalizing the diet by amping up hydration and fortifying meals with low-carbohydrate food sources, low-glycemic fruits like berries, leafy greens, cruciferous vegetables and sprouts. Adding intermittent fasting to the mix also packs a positive punch, especially as progesterone and estrogen levels decrease with age and we have a higher risk for developing insulin resistance.

Everyday foods for hormonal happiness include healthy, high-fat foods like avocados, raw butter, ghee, egg yolks (rich in choline and iodine for healthy thyroid function), soaked nuts and seeds, flaxseed, hemp and olive oil; clean proteins like quinoa, organic pasture-raised poultry and beef, wild-caught fish, lentils and beans; and spices like turmeric, cinnamon, cumin, garlic and fresh cilantro. Avoid trans fats, sugar and refined carbs, which trigger inflammation and disrupt hormonal balance.

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Matthew recommends cortisol-lowering activities like meditation, yoga and breathwork, which help balance cortisol levels, improve our resilience to daily stressors and support overall hormonal health. She also stresses the importance of seven to nine hours of restful sleep by “establishing a consistent bedtime routine, minimizing exposure to blue light from screens before bedtime and creating a sleep-conducive environment in your bedroom. Many of your hormones are produced at night while you are in a deep sleep.” More shut-eye also regulates stress hormones and helps to repair the body’s cells and tissues.

Life is better when our bodies are happy, and change begins with small, inspired steps. Cabeca reminds us, “Create a life rhythm that works for you.”

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Balancing Gluten

Making Peace With an Oft-Maligned Ingredient

The rise in prevalence of celiac disease and related conditions, and shifts toward paleo, keto and other gluten-free diets, have driven the gluten-free products market from $973 million in 2014 to $6.5 billion in 2022. The market for these products is expected to reach $15.1 billion by 2032 according to The Brainy Insights, a market research company. However, switching to gluten-free products is not a one-size-fits-all decision.

Celiac disease affects an estimated 1 percent or approximately 3 million Americans, although approximately 60 to 70 percent of those have not been diagnosed, according to the Celiac Disease Foundation. The illness is an autoimmune condition that results in tissue damage in the small intestine, which may be accompanied by abdominal pain, gas and bloating, cognitive impairment, constipation, diarrhea, anxiety, fatigue, anemia, skin rashes and joint pain. It is diagnosed with blood tests and confirmed by taking pictures inside of the small intestine.

The National Institutes of Health report an additional 6 percent of Americans may have a related condition known as nonceliac gluten sensitivity (NCGS). While some symptoms of intolerance or sensitivity to gluten are similar to those with celiac disease, NCGS does not come with intestinal damage. Symptoms of NCGS also may occur outside the intestines such as heartburn, feelings of fullness, vomiting, headaches, anxiety, depression, a foggy mind and fibromyalgia-like symptoms.

For those allergic to wheat or other grains containing gluten or that have gluten-related disorders, permanently eliminating gluten is a must. This includes inhaling it, eating it and encountering it through skin or hair.


Gluten is a protein found in grains such as wheat, spelt, semolina, farro, barley and rye. These grains are a source of fiber, B vitamins, trace minerals and other nutrients. Many studies have associated whole-grain consumption with improved health outcomes. For instance, as part of a healthy diet, wheat has been found to reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease and weight gain.

Gluten interplays with the bacteria in the gut. The journal Nutrients published a review in 2021 of various studies that evaluated the effects of a gluten-free diet on the microbiome of healthy, celiac disease and NCGS patients. The researchers found that a gluten-free diet reduced the bacterial richness and affected gut microbiota composition of patients in all three groups. In patients with celiac disease or NCGS, the gluten-free diet created a positive effect on gastrointestinal symptoms and helped restore microbiota population by reducing the population of pro-inflammatory species. However, in healthy patients, a gluten-free diet had a negative effect on the gut by decreasing the number of beneficial species and increasing the number of bad microorganisms.

According to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, changes in the amount or activity of good bacteria have been associated with gastrointestinal diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease, colorectal cancer and irritable bowel syndrome.

“Changes in your diet can alter your microbiome within one to two days,” says Dr. Tom O’Bryan, an expert on wheat-related disorders, NCGS, celiac disease and their link to autoimmune diseases. “When you go on a gluten-free diet, you remove prebiotics that feed the good bacteria in your gut. This then causes the bad bacteria to flourish and reproduce, resulting in increased inflammation in your gut, a contributor to disease.” This makes sense as 70 to 80 percent of immune cells are present in the gut.


Whether a gluten-free diet is required because of a gluten-related disorder or by choice, it is essential to add prebiotic foods to replace the beneficial impacts lost when eliminating wheat and other grains. Prebiotic and probiotic supplements are a start, but consumption of vegetables is the key.

“Probiotics are most effective when they are combined with a high-fiber diet featuring a variety of vegetables,” says O’Bryan. He recommends at least one daily serving of root vegetables, such as rutabaga, turnip, parsnip, radish, carrot and sweet potato, and two daily servings of prebiotic foods like bananas, garlic, onion, asparagus, leafy green vegetables, legumes, artichoke, apples and cocoa. “I also recommend a forkful or more of fermented foods each day. Vary it up with some sauerkraut, kimchi, miso or fermented beets, or drink some kefir or kombucha.”

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“If you’re experiencing digestive discomfort, give a healthy, gluten-free diet a try for at least 30 days and assess how you feel,” recommends Michelle Ross, a board-certified nutrition specialist, licensed dietician and functional medicine practitioner. “My recommendation is to stay away from the gluten-free aisle. The truth is many people that switch to a gluten-free diet often turn to processed gluten-free foods. The focus should be on consuming whole, real, unprocessed foods.”


Even for those without gluten-related conditions, too much gluten can create its own health complications. In a 2015 study published in Nutrients, gliadin, a component of gluten, was administered to biopsies taken from the small

intestines of healthy, celiac disease and NCGS patients. The researchers found each group experienced increases in inflammatory markers and in markers of leaky gut, with the healthy group having the greatest increase in interleukin 10, a rapidly activated pro-inflammatory cytokine that defends the body against microbial invasion.

For otherwise healthy people, finding a balance between enough gluten to feed gut probiotics but not so much that it results in gut permeability issues is important. “If you decide to continue consuming gluten, opt for whole or minimally processed einkorn wheat, rye, barley, spelt and Kamut wheat,” says Ross. “These grains have not undergone hybridization and are not typically sprayed with glyphosate before harvesting. Additionally, consider consuming sprouted or fermented forms of these grains, as they can be more digestible.”

Deborah Bevilacqua is a journalist and contributor to Natural Awakenings Publishing Corporation.



2 cups dried mung beans, soaked in water for 8-12 hours

1 Tbsp coconut oil, ghee or olive oil

1 onion, finely chopped

4 garlic cloves, finely chopped

1 tsp ground cumin

14 oz spinach, kale, collards or any other greens

2 tsp Celtic sea salt

1 13.5 oz can full-fat coconut milk

2 cups quinoa

7½ cups water

Optional: cilantro, avocado

Heat oil in a pressure cooker (such as an Instant Pot); add onion, garlic and cumin. Sauté until fragrant; stir occasionally. Add greens, soaked mung beans, quinoa and water. Put the lid on, and pressure cook for 12 minutes. Once pressure has fully released, open the lid and stir in coconut milk. Top it off with fresh avocado and cilantro before serving.

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This salad is full of cruciferous vegetables, including cauliflower, broccoli and Brussels sprouts, which have a nutrient called diindolylmethane (DIM) that helps process estrogen in a healthier way. Pumpkin seeds are a great source of zinc, which supports progesterone production, and magnesium, which can help with period cramps. Avocado and olive oil are rich in hormone- supportive omega-3s.


1 head purple cauliflower

¼ head white cauliflower

¼ head broccoli or 1 cup Brussels sprouts

2 Tbsp canned red kidney beans (optional)

½ avocado, sliced

1-2 Tbsp pumpkin seeds

1 Tbsp olive oil or avocado oil

Pinch of salt

Dash of black pepper

Preheat oven to 320°F. Cut cauliflower and broccoli into florets (or slice Brussels sprouts in half) and add them to a baking tray. Drizzle the veggies with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and place into preheated oven to roast for about 15 minutes. Stir the vegetables and roast for another five to 10 minutes until fork-tender and golden brown. Remove from oven and set aside to cool. Combine with other ingredients.

Recipe courtesy of Deborah Matthew.

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Footloose Fitness

The Joys and Benefits of Dance Classes

Getting fit offers many health benefits, including stress management and better cardiovascular health, but stepping into a dance class can also increase levels of feel-good neurotransmitters that reduce pain and boost mood. From fusion dance to ballroom and hip hop, today’s studios provide plenty of diversity in their class offerings; a welcoming, non-judgmental approach; and encouragement for all ages to try something new.

“These days, there are many entries into dance that are non-performance-based—dancing just for the joy of it, to feel the endorphin rush that happens when moving your body to music,” says Jessica Gleason, founder and lead instructor of Seattle Dance Fitness, in Shoreline, Washington. Aside from the perks of better balance and a stronger, more supple body, dancing can help us build solid social bonds, too. “Step into a dance fitness class at a gym, studio or community center, and you will definitely meet new people, foster relationships and feel like you’re a part of a bigger community, all things that are positive for your mental health and well-being,” Gleason adds.

Kelly Peckholdt, owner and director of Positions Dance Studio in Babylon, New York, champions the “emotional regulation due to the release of serotonin when you are dancing. I personally always feel so much better after a dance class.” She reminds us that we do not need to be born with a talent to boogie. “A lot of people believe that they must be flexible or have good balance in order to try a dance class, but we dance so that we can gain those benefits. Moving your body is for anyone at any age and any shape or size.”


Taking up joyful swing or invigorating salsa can not only support muscle and joint health, but also get us to a healthier weight. A 2015 study led by Dr. Nick Smeeton, a UK lecturer at the University of Brighton Department of Sport and Exercise Science, revealed that many dance styles, including ballroom, ballet and contemporary, can burn more calories than running, cycling or swimming. The research team, which measured key biomarkers in adult dancers, found that up to 600 calories could be burned in one hour.

A 2017 meta-analysis of 18 studies involving ballroom, contemporary, jazz and cultural dance forms, published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, found significant improvement in stamina, muscular strength and balance in older adults, as well as improved psychological well-being. According to the Bone Health & Osteoporosis Foundation, dance can be a boon to the skeletal system. The brain is also positively impacted by doing a little cha-cha or line dancing. Research published in 2017 in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience reports improved cerebral white matter—the part of the brain that governs thought processing and speed—through folk dancing.


“There is so much more to dance than classical ballet,” Peckholdt says. “I think that ballet, tap and jazz are very manageable for older adults, in perhaps a beginner-level class.”

Gleason recommends four branded modalities that are popular these days: Zumba, a cardio workout with Latin-inspired dance moves; Jazzercise, a high-intensity workout

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that blends dance with Pilates, yoga, kickboxing and strength training; REFIT, a dance class that incorporates emotionally uplifting and community-building components to keep students motivated; and WERQ, a cardio-dance workout that incorporates trending pop and hip-hop music.


To find a class, Gleason suggests Googling “dance workout near me”. She also advises a healthy amount of patience when trying something new. “We always remind newcomers that it takes some time to learn the moves and that they aren’t supposed to look and move like the instructor. They are supposed to move and look like themselves.”

For some, taking the plunge and walking into a studio is the hardest part. Gleason inspires us when she says, “So many people tell me it took them forever to try a class because they were nervous about trying, but once they did, they wished they’d done so sooner.”

Kelly Mercedes is a narrative journalist and contributor to KnoWEwell and Natural Awakenings.

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Giving Back to Mother Earth

Most of us can remember the first time we felt soft, cool grass under our bare feet or noticed sweet ozone in the air after a wild thunderstorm. The sometimes-incompressible wonders of Gaia sustain our existence, boggle our minds and inspire us to contemplate our place in the great universal order. Our love affair with this beautiful planet begins early, but it is easy to forget this sacred partnership in the mundane whirlwind of adult life. Like any other vital relationship in our lives, it is all too easy to take it for granted and allow ourselves to put forth minimal effort.

Whether we till the soil in our backyards, pick up trash along a hiking trail, choose eco-friendly cleaning products or simply pause to witness a glorious sunset, we are all custodians of the Earth. Fighting the good fight to decrease our toxic impact, preserve our woodlands and clean up our oceans can seem overwhelming, and like most dedicated caregivers, sometimes we feel weary.

We can gain a second wind by setting aside the alarming to-do lists and focusing on what is being accomplished daily. When we choose to weave simple tasks into the tapestry of ordinary days, our children learn by example, and the chain remains unbroken. Most importantly, fulfilling our part in the whole need not be boring, too serious or time-consuming—it can be downright joyful.


• Plant a pollinator-friendly backyard or patio flower garden.

• Buy local produce and farm products whenever possible.

• Post short, informative social media posts about our allies: the bees, bats and opossums.

• Use less plastic.

• Go paperless when paying bills.

• Nix lawn chemicals, leave a portion of grass to go to seed and opt for green lawn care.

• Plan a local family vacation and support the neighboring economy.

• Learn creative ways to reuse, recycle and upcycle.

• Get more exercise and save on gasoline by walking to local businesses when possible.

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May Day Crystal Bowl Sound Bath + Yoga Nidra w/ Jessica. 6:15PM – 7:15 pm. Experience deep relaxation with the sounds and frequencies of quartz crystal singing bowls. Jessica will guide you through a full body scan/yoga nidra meditation to a state of conscious sleep. $27

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Breath RX Series w/ Rhia. 10:30-11:45 am. Scientific studies continue to demonstrate that breathwork has mental benefits as well as physical benefits. This workshop is for beginners, teachers who want inspiration on how to teach a variety of breathing techniques, and the experienced practitioner who wants to be guided through their pranayama practice. $108.


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Pocket Prairie and Great Grow Out Workshop. 2- 4 p.m. Join us for a hands-on pocket prairie and native plant grow-out workshop designed for Communities of Faith! Staff from the Coastal Prairie Conservancy and the Native Prairies Association of Texas will lead participants in lessons on pocket prairie establishment, plant propagation and sourcing, biodiversity surveys, and how our organizations can support your efforts to foster nature on your grounds. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church 5373 Franz Rd., Katy, TX 77493 Contact Bethany Foshee with any questions at Register for this event at: reg/u7keeap/lp/1963be3d-9528-488f-9ac315417c98406c


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Yin Practice w/ Oils w/ Laura + Cata. 6:458:00 pm. Relax and unwind in this special 75 min class. We will explore passively-held, grounded poses to anchor the seeds we want to plant this Summer Season. The practice will be supported by oils from Oils. Earth. $30.


Qi Gong Immersion and Taoist Lecture Series. Qigong is an ancient Chinese practice that combines breathing, movement, and meditation to improve overall health and well-being. Some of the benefits are reduction in pain, better sleep, calmness and reduced anxiety. The Immersion the following sessions May 24 Fri 5-7pm evening practice May 25 Sat 9-11am meditation and discussion May 25 Sat 3-5pm afternoon practice May 26 Sun 12-2pm lecture and discussion. $225


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Free Outdoor Zumba 9am. Join the party and sweat with Tiny Fitness to rhythms from around the world! This hour-long Zumba fitness class will have you grooving, shaking, and toning to salsa, hip hop, samba, and bhangra beats - and so many more. Open to all fitness levels and recommended for ages 16+ Levy Park, 3801 Eastside.

Traditional Tibetan Buddhist Meditation with chanting, readings, and an opportunity to ask questions. Perfect for newcomers and long time practitioners. 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. Free qigong at 10:00 am. On the first Sunday of every month we have qigong at 9:30, free teaching at 10:30, and a free lunch after meditation at noon. Dawn Mountain Tibetan Buddhist Center 4803 San Felipe St. Houston TX 77056.

Sunday Celebration 11 am. We gather to renew friendships and enjoy exciting celebrations and encouragements by minister Dr. Jesse Jennings, the music of Geoffry Oshman and guests, and the spiritual support of our practitioners. Creative Life Spiritual Center 5326 Spring Stuebner Rd. Ste. 200, Spring, Texas 77389. creativelife. org and online at


Free Outdoor Zumba 6:30 pm. Join the party and sweat with Tiny Fitness to rhythms from around the world! This hour-long Zumba fitness class will have you grooving, shaking, and toning to salsa, hip hop, samba, and bhangra beats - and so many more. Open to all fitness levels and recommended for ages 16+ Levy Park, 3801 Eastside, Houston 77098.

IGNITE! Sessions 12 noon - 6 pm. Find your purpose with igniter/artist/intuitive guide Sarah Gish in 30- or 60-minute sessions ($50 or $100). You’ll leave with a personal mantra that reinforces what the heart-centered connection uncovered. Call for appointment: 713-993-0550. Body Mind & Soul. 7951 Katy Freeway, Houston


Tai Chi in the Park - Evelyn’s 9 am. These classes are open to the public and are excellent for beginners and all levels of sincere Tai Chi Players. These classes are geared towards health and well-being and are gentle enough for Seniors and those who are recovering from illness or injury. Please join us. 4400 Bellaire Blvd, Bellaire 77401.

Tai Chi in the Park – Woodchase 6 pm. These classes are open to the public and are excellent for beginners and all levels of sincere Tai Chi Players. These classes are geared towards health and well-being and are gentle enough for Seniors and those who are recovering from illness or injury. Please join us. 3951 Woodchase Dr, Houston 77042.

Illusions- book study/discussion via Zoom 7 pm. Practitioner David LeMaster leads weekly discussions of Illusions: Confessions of a Reluctant Messiah.FREE. Email david for a Zoom link.

Dawn Mountain Teaching Tuesday: Buddhist Practice on Western Ground. first and third Tuesdays 7:00-8:30. Online and in person 4803 San Felipe St. Houston TX 77056. Previous sessions recorded and available for viewing. Register at


How to Change Your Life book study/discussion via Zoom 6:00pm CT: Practitioners Shirley Sandlin and Monty Wilson invite you into a conversation on Ernest Holmes’s book, in which he writes, “Every human being thrills at the thought of having dreams come true! ...Whatever your personal desires may be―as long as they do not hurt yourself or someone else―you have a right to attain them...and you can.” The book is available at CLC and from online vendors. To request the Zoom link, please email No fee; appreciative giving


Tai Chi in the Park – Levy 7 pm. Thursdays @ 7pm. These classes are open to the public and are excellent for beginners and all levels of sincere Tai Chi Players. These classes are geared towards health and well-being and are gentle enough for Seniors and those who are recovering from illness or injury. Please join us. 3801 Eastside St, Houston 77098.

Midlife Orphan book study/discussion via Zoom. 7:30pm CT: Practitioner Sarah Westbrook leads this new book study/ discussion. Who are we when we are fully untethered from our parents? What happens to the rest of the family when our patriarchs and matriarchs are no longer present? Jane Brooks explores these and similar themes in her book Midlife Orphan: Facing Life’s Changes Now that Your Parents are Gone. Please email westbrook500@gmail.comto request a Zoom link


Tai Chi in the Park – Levy 9 am. These classes are open to the public and are excellent for beginners and all levels of sincere Tai Chi Players. These classes are geared towards health and well-being and are gentle enough for Seniors and those who are recovering from illness or injury. Please join us. 3801 Eastside St, Houston 77098.

Sounds of the City Music Series 5-7 pm. Grab food from your favorite neighborhood eatery and enjoy live music from a new local Houston artist every Friday in April. Market Square Park 301 Milam St, Houston. FREE


Free Yoga on the Lawn 10-11 am. Join Union Studio for a complimentary 60-minute all levels outdoor yoga class, weather permitting. FREE. Union Yoga Studio 600 N Shepherd Dr # 449, Houston, TX 77007.

Tai Chi in the Park – Discovery Green 10:15 am. These classes are open to the public and are excellent for beginners and all levels of sincere Tai Chi Players. These classes are geared towards health and well-being and are gentle enough for Seniors and those who are recovering from illness or injury. Please join us. 3801 1500 McKinney, Houston 77010.

Reiki Circle 2:00 pm. Reiki Holy Fire Experience healing circle, held on 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month. A chosen issue for healing will be the focus of each circle. Everyone is welcome.Location: 9039 Katy Freeway, building 500, suite 504, Houston, TX 77024. Fee: Love offering. Contact: April 713-922-3474.


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We are a Traditional Chinese Medicine and Reiki clinic, offering alternative healing services since 2008.

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Looking to learn a variety of meditation and breathing techniques without the “woo?” Learn skills that you can use in your everyday life to reduce suffering and increase fulfillment in yourself and others. Learn to practice with consistency. Learn the art of staying with it that will transport you to that really special place, that once you experience, you’ll know without a doubt. Visit our website to receive a FREE pre-recorded breathing and meditation session or to sign up for our upcoming 6-Weeks Meditation/Breathing Fundamentals Course.



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Established 1989. Call to schedule any of the following services: massage therapies, lymphatic drainage massage and facials, reflexology, infra-red sauna, ion cleanse foot or hand baths, Chinese cupping or colon hydrotherapy (prescriptions only- yours or ours). By appointment only. Be well-Stay well. CALL TODAY!


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Bring your body to a relaxed state to encourage your body to naturally begin healing areas you may not pay attention to due to the business of everyday life. I offer Group Sound Baths, Personalized Vibrational, Reiki Sessions, and Cleansings. I seek to assist you in your healing journey and look forward to help you connect with a likeminded community all looking to co-create and elevate our Vibrations! This journey is for all ages and genders and I create a safe, loving environment for all. Visit my website to schedule a session and for information about my upcoming workshops.



Get to the root cause of your health conditions. Erin has been working in the health and nutrition field for over 11 years specializing and working extensively with those suffering from: autoimmune, digestive, hormonal and inflammatory disorders. She works with each client’s unique biochemistry to determine what dietary, supplementation and lifestyle changes will work best for them as an individual. There is NO one-size-fits-all program. All appointments are conducted via phone! This makes it very easy and convenient to receive care from any location. If you want to reach your true health potential, Email Erin today to schedule your FREE 45 minute initial phone consultation. Hours until 5 pm Fridays.



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Want to stop smoking or lose weight? Looking for ways to relax, find balance and increase the joy in your life? Hypnosis can help you. Call SOON to book your appointment. Let’s work together to create the life you want!


Suzanne Sears, RN, ACCH 9219 Katy Freeway, Ste. 113 Houston, TX 77024


Our mission is to promote wellness for the whole family. We have programs and services for adults, teenagers and children. If you or your child need help coping with anxiety/fear/stress, changing habits, pain management,sleep problems or weight management and more, we can help. Call today to schedule a conultation.




3100 Richmond Ave Houston, TX 77098


We offer comprehensive and customized therapeutic plans that address chronic illness & autoimmune disease for patients seeking support both in-person and virtually. Phoenix Rising Integrative Medicine takes an integrative approach to addressing chronic illness and autoimmune by combining ancient healing tools of Traditional Chinese Medicine with modern functional medicine, including evidence-based lab testing, clinical nutrition, lifestyle modifications, herbal medicine and acupuncture protocols that are customized for each patient. We also work with patients suffering from environmental and food allergies, reproductive and fertility issues, breast implant illness, and emotional health issues. Visit our website for more information or to book an appointment.

weMED Clinics

4126 Southwest Fwy, Suite 1130

Houston, TX 77027


Blending ancient wisdom with modern medicine weMed Clinics can help you heal naturally. Our staff of 16, work together to address the root causes of diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, kidney failure, chronic pain, insomnia and more. Our emphasis continues to be preventive and longevity care. Our free weekly webinars on a variety of health issues are listed in the Natural Awakenings calendar. Call or visit our website to schedule a visit or for more information.

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206 Main Street Spring, TX 77373

If you’re tired of the traditional bar scene, the same bar regulars, and what seems to be the same experience, then we urge you to give Elixir Lounge Kava Bar a try. We offer folks from all walks of life a cool spot to enjoy a night out without being pressured to consume alcohol. We offer kava drinks and other treats for those looking to boost their mood with the best alcohol alternatives. Whether you’re coming to relax with a book, have a conversation with friends, play a board game with other patrons, or enjoying a special event, Elixir Lounge has something for everyone.



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Focused on helping others achieve greater balance in life, our high-quality kratom products combine the best in variety with affordability. Sourced directly from top-rated kratom vendors that share our vision of helping others, Austin Organic Village is proud to offer a diverse line of kratom products for sale online. We believe that nature holds the key to true wellness, and offer our high-quality kratom products in the hopes of improving the health of others, the natural way. We ship nationwide and check out our prices and our quality. Call or visit our website for more information or to place an order. See ad page 11.

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1973 W Gray, Suite 23

Houston, TX 77019


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We provide the choicest healthy Botanicals garnered from some of the most exotic corners of the world. Only The BEST! We ensure quality by going to the source, checking our international vendors 1st hand, and using USDA Certified Organic vendors when applicable. We stand by our products and our services! If you are unsatisfied with your order we will return, exchange and or refund your money. We got you covered! See ads on pages 11.



Life is full of magic and tragedy, continuously keeping most of us on an emotional roller coaster. Drawing from Jungian psychology, spiritual practices, and mindset activating techniques, we help clients understand the root of their habits and behavior and make lasting shifts and transform their lives in a profound and sustainable way. Let us help you find the lessons from your challenges and come out stronger. Visit our website today to book your FREE initial consultation.



1308 James Street Rosenberg, TX 77471


Health conditions can interrupt the normal flow of lymph, causing lymph fluid to build up in a particular area of the body, often in the arms or legs where it can and may cause blockages. Lymphatic therapy can reduce swelling and improve circulation throughout the lymphatic system. By appointment only. Be well – Stay well. CALL TODAY!



6600 Harwin Drive, Suite 101-b

Houston, TX 77036


Whether your body has been injured by overuse, trauma or just stress, therapeutic massage can promote the healing process. You will receive a personalized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs with the goal of promoting your health in body, mind and spirit. I offer New Client Specials and will be holding a Grand Opening on March 1st. Book your appointment now by going to the website.


2990 Richmond Avenue, Suite 440

Houston, TX 77098




4803 San Felipe St. Houston, TX 77056 713-630-0354

The mission of Dawn Mountain is to further the spiritual growth of our diverse community as a living bridge between traditional Tibetan Buddhist teachings and curious people everywhere. Dawn Mountain offers weekly meditation from 11am to noon each Sunday, “First Sunday” teachings on the first Sunday of each month at 10:30am, followed by our regular Sunday Meditation. Donations accepted. All sessions are archived on our YouTube channel. Please visit our website for more information and consider taking advantage of our many offerings,



123 Midway St, Bldg C Spring, Texas 77373 888-492-3584

Are you in pain? Well, you don’t have to live like this. We are here to heal your body and mind through massage and energetic practices. We offer a wide variety of massage modalities designed to fit your needs. We offer both onsite chair and concierge table massage. Call today to book your appointment at 832-526-6520. Our mission is to heal your mind and body. We accept both PSA and HSA cards for payment.


6600 Harwin Drive

Houston, TX 77036


Learn massage and holistic health. Train for a career you will love. New Program: Online classes combined with on campus classes! Open your own practice. Find employment at Luxury Spas, Fitness Centers & Rehab Clinics. Finish in as little as 5 ½ months. Join one of the fastest growing Health Care Professions. Day Classes begin May 20th and Evening Classes begin June 2nd. Visit our website or call today for more information or to schedule a tour of our school.

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We are a retail shop and also have an online store. We can also custom-make many of our product lines. Our products include a range of metaphysical items, clothing, books, stones, jewelry, candles, soaps, teas, incenses, herbs, blades, and accessories for spiritual work. We also have some unique renaissance festival and gothic clothing and accessories. Check out our gaming and sci-fi themed products as well. We offer daily in-house Tarot reading and conduct private Old Town Spring Ghost tours. Open 7 days a week.


1900 Blalock Rd Ste P Houston, TX 77080 281-974-1043

We serve our customers with knowledge, enthusiasm, generosity, and humor. Come visit us for a wide range of crystals and gems, fossils and specimens, silver and gemstone jewelry, sage and incense, home decor, new and used books, Tarot and oracle decks, and an ever-growing supply of handcrafted products by local artisans. Or stay informed with upcoming classes and events. Start your journey, learn something new, make new friends - it’s all possible here at Indigo Moons. See ad on page 14.




Are you looking for ways to integrate mindfulness into your daily life? Place our ReMinders around your most commonly used spaces for both work and living, and in this way remain aligned with your intention and more present throughout your activities. RECENTER pause and take a breath. REMEMBER your intention. RECONNECT throughout the day. Order our ReMinders Kit for only $10 and get a 30-day downloadable Mindfulness Program free. Visit our website for details and to order your kit.



“Better Health Naturally”

Dr. Gracie G. Chukwu, ND, CTN 6401 Southwest Freeway, Suite 250 Houston, TX 77074


Dr. Gracie Chukwu is a Doctor of Naturopathy and a Certified Nutrition Counselor. She has been assisting people for over five years with holistic medicine, diet, nutrition and supplement support to enhance her client’s health and overall well-being. If you are suffering and cannot find relief, give Dr. Gracie a call.See ad on page 18.


CREATIVE LIFE SPIRITUAL CENTER 5326 Spring-Stuebner Road Spring, Texas 77389 |

We’re a spiritual discovery destination built on New Thought principles, as part of Centers for Spiritual Living, offering a fresh look at sacred traditions and the wisdom of the ages. We hold celebration services at 11am CT Sundays, plus they’re live-streamed on Facebook and appear later on our YouTube channel. Virtual classes, book studies and discussions happen online through the week. We’d love to have you check us out! See ad page 19.



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Need Relief from Arthritis? Try Aunt Alberta’s Remedy to ease muscular aches and joint pain. Her Remedy is a homeopathic pain relief cream that penetrates deep into the skin and muscle tissues. Get beneficial relief from sciatica, fibromyalgia, arthritis, neuralgia, gout, and more. All-natural ingredients! Do you want to feel a real difference from the nagging aches of arthritis? Feel less pain & have more range of motion? Great buy, get a 4oz jar for $18 plus postage. Visit website for other options. See ad on page 19



Tiny changes Big Results


Let’s make your life feel amazing! See results fast with personal training...join the Zumba Fitness party, FREE...put yourself to the test in HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), Kickboxing, or Beginner Bootcamp...or just let it all go in a Recovery Workshop...but whatever you do, start today for an even better tomorrow. Visit our website to sign up for a class or make an appointment for personal training.



“Better Health Naturally”

Dr. Gracie G. Chukwu, ND, CTN 6401 Southwest Freeway, Suite 250 Houston, TX 77074



Breast thermography has the ability to warn woman up to 10 years before any other procedure that a cancer may be forming; thus, allowing for prompt and timely treatment. Thermography uses no radiation and poses absolutely NO health risks to the patient. If you are a woman, over 20 years old and have not had a breast thermograph, call Dr. Gracie TODAY. See ad on page 14.

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Have you ever wanted to learn Tai Chi? Now is your chance. Join us for any of our FREE Tai Chi in the Park classes on Tues., Thurs. and Fri. See page 26 for details. Return your body and mind to its original pure and healthy state and is taught as a life nourishing, restorative and spiritual practice.



3821 Richmond Ave. Houston, TX 77027


Trendy Vegan offers delicious dining and takeout to Houston, TX. Trendy Vegan is a cornerstone in the Houston community and has been recognized for its outstanding Vegetarian cuisine, excellent service and friendly staff. Our Vegetarian restaurant is known for its modern interpretation of classic dishes and its insistence on only using high quality fresh ingredients. See ad on page 14.



200 Westcott St. Houston, TX 77007


The Breathing Room was founded by Alicia Gordy, RYT-500, out of a desire to share with others the movement practices and healing modalities that brought about significant change in her own life. The unique yoga and Pilates studio and wellness center is focused on mindful, breath-based movement, as well as other modalities to support the wellness journey. All levels, from the beginning student to the advanced practitioner are welcome. We have found yoga and Pilates to be complementary, mindful, breath-based practices that when practiced consistently and with attention and care, yield profound results. We also offer sessions in meditation, breathwork and reiki, and share space with other practitioners specializing in physical therapy, massage and esthetics.


600 N Shepherd Dr., #449 Houston, TX 77007



Aunt Alberta’s Remedy

The studio is dedicated to self-study through movement, breath and meditation, and is committed to upholding the tenets of authenticity, sincerity, inclusion, and integrity without exception. We offer a variety of classes including Vinyasa, The Rest of Yoga (™), Yin, Hatha, and Myofascial Release. Classes are in-person, streaming and on-demand. Owner and lead instructor, Kim Taurins has been practicing yoga since 2001. She is a 500 hour E-RYT level with an emphasis in yoga therapeutics, Daoism, Reiki, and bodywork. Visit our website for more informationor to sign up.

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We Have a Choice

In times like today, when every aspect of society seems to be in chaos, one easy response is to escape—through drugs, alcohol, comfort food, non-stop entertainment or any other convenient mind-numbing practice. Many are defaulting to this “cure” for their discomfort. Others, feeling insecure, angry, and demanding change, agitate to take society back to what they remember as the “good old days.” They may not be clear about what exactly made the past better, but are more than willing to listen to leaders who place the blame for current troubles on immigrants, women in the workplace, gender flexibiliy, people of color, etc.— anywhere but where it actually belongs: on vast economic disparity and injustice.

Most of us forget that another choice is possible. We can create a future completely different from the present or the past—one that expresses our most deeply felt desires to live together in peace, happiness, and prosperity. In fact, this choice is being reinforced, or perhaps stimulated, by the planetary energies now at play. We are currently in the midst of a major transition between two ages — moving from the Age of Pisces into the Age of Aquarius, and such transitions tend to create chaos as the energies of the two constellations involved compete with each other. The energies of Pisces support individuality and devotion to separate religions or causes, while Aquarian energies promote cooperation, group efforts, synthesis, and brotherhood. As our planet moves closer to Aquarius, the

polarization and divisions among people and ideas will diminish, and we will find more common ground.

So, now is the time to take advantage of the energies and to put forth visions of a world that would benefit all people—not just a few. In mundane terms, we need to expand the “Overton window”—the range of ideas that voters find acceptable—to include ideas that are not currently in the public eye—ideas that might at first be considered idealistic or even impossible to attain. For politicians to support policies outside of the window would be political suicide, as they would not be seen as legitimate options by society. Therefore, since it’s politicians who will be deciding the policies that will determine our future, we need to voice our desires for the kind of world we want, to make sure they are among the available options in the public discourse.

preserving our environment. We can count on him to galvanize people of goodwill to champion these priorities when he appears publicly, but we can start now.

We can talk about the future we want to our friends and relatives, call and write the president and our Congressional representatives on a regular basis about it, and spread the ideas through our social media outlets. There is power in numbers, and the 99% of us non-wealthy are by definition the majority. We just need to project our vision of sharing and justice powerfully in as unified a way as possible everywhere, and together we can create a future that works for everyone.

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How do we bring our ideas forward? The key is to have a unified vision, to voice it in large numbers, and to do so powerfully. Fortunately, we don’t have to do this alone. We have help in the form of the great spiritual teacher—Maitreya by name—who is here to accompany our transition into the Aquarian age, and we will see him soon. He has said that peace can be established and our societal ills transformed by simply sharing planetary resources more equitably, creating justice in every societal institution, and restoring and

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