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Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.

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14 HAPPILY COUPLED Creating Loving Relationships that Thrive by Judith Fertig

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Remedies to Heal the Heart

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Eating Healthy Foods Fights Off Depression

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contact us Publisher Carol Stegman Editing/Writing Theresa Archer • Alison Chabonais Alyssa Jones • Martin Miron Jim Occhiogrosso Linda Sechrist • Gayle Wilson Rose Design & Production Steffi Karwoth • Stephen Blancett Sales/Marketing Carol Stegman Technical Support Chris Stegman Advertising Carol@NaturalCinci.com 513-943-7323 Natural Awakenings Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Phone: 513-943-7323 Fax: 513-672-9530 Email: Carol@NaturalCinci.com National Advertising 239-449-8309 © 2015 by Natural Awakenings. All rights reserved. Although some parts of this publication may be reproduced and reprinted, we require that prior permission be obtained in writing. Natural Awakenings is a free publication distributed locally and is supported by our advertisers. It is available in selected stores, health and education centers, healing centers, public libraries and wherever free publications are generally seen. Please call to find a location near you or if you would like copies placed at your business. We do not necessarily endorse the views expressed in the articles and advertisements, nor are we responsible for the products and services advertised. We welcome your ideas, articles and feedback.

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Sometimes in life, you find a special friend. Someone who changes your life just by being part of it. Someone who makes you laugh until you can’t stop. Someone who makes you believe that there really is good in the world. Someone who convinces you that there really is an unlocked door just waiting for you to open it. This is forever friendship. When you’re down and the world seems dark and empty, your forever friend lifts you up in spirit and makes that dark and empty world suddenly seem bright and full. Your forever friend gets you through the hard times, the sad times and the confused times. If you turn and walk away, your forever friend follows. If you lose your way, your forever friend guides you and cheers you on. Your forever friend holds your hand and tells you that everything is going to be okay. And if you find such a friend, you feel happy and complete because you need not worry. You have a forever friend, and forever has no end. ~Unknown

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everal years ago, a new friend showed up to teach me what it takes to be the best kind of friend. Nicki had just moved here from Chicago and I had recently moved back to Cincinnati from Columbus. We landed in the same neighborhood, each had two boys matched in ages and discovered our mutual love of exercise, coffee and kids. One day, her little boy knocked on the door holding a cup of coffee, saying, “Here, Mom wanted you to have this.” That extra bit of effort brightened my whole morning and delivered a life-changing “Aha” moment for me. It enlightened me to the idea that it really is the simple gestures in life that mean the most. Recently, when another friend had her world turned upside-down by devastating news while we were traveling together, I yearned to bring a little light and asked myself, “What would Nicki do?” We’d been shopping with our daughters, so I snuck away and found a necklace of repurposed silverware that said, “May your faith be bigger than your fear.” That night, I laid it on her pillow. She too, is a forever friend that always finds a way to do something special for those she cares about. Nicki moved 18 months after we met, and has moved about 10 times since, doubtless making awesome friends all along the way. While I’ve always enjoyed great relationships, since embracing her example I now consciously put special effort into my forever friends, for whom I am daily grateful. I wish you the same, for little compares with such a phenomenon. This month we explore the theme of Enlightened Relationships in Judith Fertig’s feature article, “Happily Coupled: Creating Loving Relationships that Thrive.” I believe that in every valued relationship, the more areas of connection we have, the more successful and happy it will be. I love that my husband and I often play tennis together, hike, ski, see movies and have dinner with friends. We love to travel and spend time with family members. Yes, I adore alone time, too, but feel that the more experiences we share, the greater our bond, which is something to celebrate. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Alba Organic Beauty Studio Launches Loyalty Program

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y Furry Valentine, the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest annual animal adoption event, will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., February 14 and 15. The huge event finds homes for hundreds of adoptable pets each year by bringing together animal rescues and shelters from all over the region and showcasing adoptable pets to potential pet owners at one location. During the past three years, the event has found homes for more than 1,300 animals, including dogs, cats, puppies, kittens and other pocket pets. My Furry Valentine is focused on spreading the word that pets and their potential adopters search in local shelters and rescues to find their new best friends. Registration is open to vendors, participating rescues, shelters and animal advocacy groups. My Furry Valentine is hosted by phoDOGrapher (phoDOGrapher.com), a pet photography studio specializing in candid portraits of pets and their people, and presented by Iams and the Tri-County Mall. Location: Sharonville Convention Center, 11355 Chester Rd., Cincinnati. For more information, email Carolyn Evans at Carolyn@MyFurryValentine.com, or visit MyFurryValentine. com. See ad page 31. 8

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new loyalty points program at Alba Organic Beauty Studio allows participants to earn points redeemable towards services. Pre-booked salon appointments, new customer referrals, birthdays, anniversaries and retail products purchases earn points in the program. Alba is offering a Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day sweetheart massage special for $140, a decadent experience in a private vintage suite, complete with fireplace. Location: 2882 Wasson Rd,, Cincinnati. For more information or to book a massage, visit AlbaBeautyStudio.com or call 513-631-2522. See ad page 29.

Baby and Toddler Yoga Training

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oga training providing the tools and inspiration to work with babies and toddlers will take place from 6 to 9 p.m., February 6, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., February 7, and 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., February 8, at Modo Yoga Cincinnati. Parents, childcare professionals and yoga instructors will learn to successfully integrate yoga-based movement, songs, games and relaxation into the daily life of babies or toddlers through 2 years old. Cost of the training is $425. Location: 3527 Columbia Pkwy., Cincinnati. For more information, call 513-321-9644, email Info@ModoYogaNky.com or visit ModoYogaCincinnati.com.

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reat Parks of Hamilton County is accepting registration for two all-day Spring Break Horse Camps to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 31 through April 2, and April 7 through 9, for beginner and advanced riders ages 7 to 17. Experienced staff make learning fun as they teach campers about horse safety, breeds, colors and markings, anatomy, grooming, tacking and riding. Camps are booked on a first-come, first-served basis. A valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($10 annual; $3 daily) is required to enter the parks. Location: Winton Woods Riding Center, 10073 Daly Rd., Cincinnati. To register, call 513931-3057. For more information, call 513-521-7275 or visit GreatParks.org or Facebook.

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oors Core Fitness is offering a six-hour training program for those interested in joining their team to lead or assist classes for Parkinson’s disease from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., February 22, at their Anderson studio. This course is part one of a three-level training system. The second and third parts provide hands-on training with Parkinson’s patients and will be scheduled at another time. This introductory course consists of an overview of disease symptoms, known treatments and the copyrighted Coors Core Fitness Parkinson’s training program. They are looking for fitness and healthcare professionals that will work together to provide Parkinson’s classes in their Anderson, Blue Ash and Glendale locations. Coors Core Fitness has been training Parkinson’s group instructors to conduct classes for years. As the program grows, there is a need for additional assistants and leaders to teach the classes. Certified personal trainers, group exercise instructors, nurses and other health care professionals, or people that want to learn to work with Parkinson’s patients, are welcome to join the training classes. Cost is $100 for American Council on Exercise (ACE) certified trainers and $50 for non-ACE certified trainers and other attendees. Preregistration is required and payment must be received by Feb. 15. Location: 7693 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati. For more information, call 513-233-2673, email Lisa@CoorsCoreFitness.com or visit CoorsCoreFitness.com. See ad page 35.

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xplore personal and acquaintance relationships in the Phoenix Rising Therapy Partner Yoga Class, offered by Gracetree Yoga and Growth Studio from 1 to 3 p.m., February 15. Learn, along with a partner, how it feels to be dependent, independent, supported, offer support and be touched (optional) with no expectations. Investigate communication modes, choices and relationships. The cost is $30 per couple. Location: 8933 Cincinnati Dayton Rd., West Chester. For more information or to register, call 513-759-4458, email Info@GraceTreeStudio.com, or visit GracetreeStudio.com. See ad page 22.

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he Conscious-Con will gather many of the world’s leading transformational masters beginning at 8 a.m. on both May 16 and 17 at Cincinnati’s Duke Energy Center. Keynote presentations feature Panache Desai, recently appearing on Super Soul Sunday and Help Desk; Paul Selig, author and clairaudient/ clairvoyant; Matt Kahn, founder of The Love Revolution, with guide, teacher and sound healer Julie Dittmar; and Tara L. Robinson, speaker, publisher, radio host and life coach. Transformational workshops at the spiritual convention will be led by Abdy Electriciteh, Kelly S. Jones, Jennifer Schuitemaker and Raquel Spencer; with lifeaffirming workshops and musical performances by StoweGood, Shawn Gallaway and Charles Holt. Film screenings include The Power of the Heart, the latest masterpiece from Baptist de Pape, director of The Secret; and The Nature of Existence, a thought-provoking documentary directed by Roger Nygard. Expo booths will offer consciousness products, services and art by healers, spiritualists, readers, mediums, energy and light workers, channels and transformational teachers. Cost: full weekend access is $199; expo areas only access is $20 (includes vendorsponsored workshops). Location: 525 Elm St. For more information or to register, call 513-515-0087, email PattyGoedl@ConsciousCon.com or visit ConsciousCon.com. See ad page 38.

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mall intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is a condition in which too many and the wrong kinds of bacteria inhabit the small intestine, or small bowel, usually due to another condition that interferes with normal intestinal activity. Bacteria are allowed to stay overlong and multiply or even spread backward from the colon into the small intestine. The results may include constipation, bloating, abdominal pain, fatigue and even anemia, because iron and vitamin B12 are absorbed here. Allopathic medicine usually kills off the overgrowth with antibiotics that tend to stay in the intestinal tract. The small intestine is then reseeded with healthy probiotics to establish the proper balance of gut bacteria essential to the absorption of nutrients and the production of some natural vitamins. Steven Frank, founder of Natureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rite, advises that as a more natural alternative, some naturopathic practitioners are using an enhanced aqueous silver colloid to kill off the overgrowth before reseeding. According to the Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine, after using either technique, it helps to ingest herbs such as plantain, licorice, marshmallow and slippery elm bark, as well as aloe, to heal the damage. For more information, call 888-4654404 or visit NaturesRiteRemedies.com. See ad page 7.


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ristin Worley embodies the term local. Born and raised in Cincinnati, it was six years ago when she embraced her entrepreneurial spirit and opened Flourish Massage & Bodywork, in Northern Kentucky. In the beginning, it was just Worley and one massage room. Today, her team of seven licensed massage therapists serves a plethora of happy clients across the tristate area. Despite her deep local roots, Worley realizes it was the years she spent away from Cincinnati that forged her career path toward providing holistic health solutions. She developed an interest in natural health approaches while in Colorado and later formalized her training in Vancouver, Washington. Continuing her trek through the Pacific Northwest, Worley focused on learning about spa services, essential oils and massage in Oregon. She explains, “I knew there was a need in the tri-state area for the specialized wellness techniques I learned in the Pacific Northwest, and it’s my honor to share that knowledge with my therapist team and my Flourish clients.” About the ever-evolving massage business landscape, Worley acknowledges that many people still consider massage a luxurious indulgence. “Fortunately, a growing population is recognizing the role and value of mas-

sage and bodywork in holistic healthcare.” She continues, “With this improved understanding about its preventative powers, people rely on massage for more than reactive pain management. When done regularly, massage can create homeostatic space to enhance natural health and healing.” According to Worley, “Clients often comment that they have confidence in us to effectively help them solve their muscle-related challenges.” She continues, “It warms my heart, because clients sense that their massage therapists truly care about their concerns and have the skills to help them get to a better place.” The therapist team finds a great sense of achievement for having helped make clients’ lives better. They especially enjoy extending their wealth of holistic healing knowledge outside of the massage room. This includes educating clients about how to take wellness into their own hands by providing free or low-cost seminars about a variety of topics. Worley shares that Flourish’s seven therapists truly work as a team. “When a new client comes to us, we assess their needs and pair them with the therapist whose skill set provides a strong match. It works well because clients benefit from a high probability of quickly achieving their wellness goals.” All the therapists are adept in

basic massage techniques and customize treatments based on client needs. However, each team member also has a particular type of massage in which they specialize, such as energy balance, prenatal, craniosacral, lymphatic drainage and reflexology. In addition, the more common modalities such as Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point and myofascial are available through all the therapists. Customized aromatherapy and essential oils are extras that can be added to any treatment, and Flourish now offers several new wellness modalities such as facials, couples massages and in-home massage. Located just off Interstate 75 in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, Flourish is set in a professional medical building perched atop a hill, away from the bustle and stresses of everyday life. The facility is family-oriented in a comfortable, homelike atmosphere conducive to healing. For those not content to go through life in survival mode, but instead look for ways to optimize their wellness, Flourish Massage & Bodywork helps clients thrive. Location: 309 Artillery Park Dr., Ste. 101, Fort Mitchell, KY. For more information, call 859-445-9570 or visit FlourishMassage.com. See ad page 36. Gayle Wilson is a regular contributor to Natural Awakenings magazine. Contact her at DashWriter.com.

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Find Mind and Body Wellness at Elements Massage by Alyssa Jones

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any people consider becoming more active with a New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resolution, but lying down and relaxing for an hour can also be an effective option for a healthy body and lifestyle. However, sitting in front of a TV with a bag of potato chips is not part of this picture. Regularly going to the gym and maintaining a balanced diet is important to any healthy lifestyle resolution, but massage therapy can be another important practice to relieve stress and provide additional health benefits. Massage is often depicted as an option for relaxation during vacation or associated with a luxurious day at the spa, but getting a regular therapeutic massage can be an important component of maintaining overall health. Thomas Wilmanns, owner of Elements Massage, in Mason, explains that the right massage can reduce immediate and long term stress as well as increase flexibility and improve sports performance. Wilmanns relates, â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I

began running more than 30 years ago, getting regular massages helped improve flexibility and recovery time. Regular massage was really helpful in relieving the headaches and tension that resulted from my operations management job.â&#x20AC;? Similar results are reflected in research gathered by the American Massage Therapy Association, demonstrating the effectiveness of massage for conditions such as low back pain, osteoarthritis of the knee, boosting the bodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s immune system function, lowering blood pressure and reducing headache frequency. When deciding to open a business, Wilmannsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dedication to maintaining a strong body and work ethic aligned with the Elements Massage mission. He wanted to help others improve their health as much as possible. According to Wilmanns, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Massage improves health at the biochemical and hormonal levelâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;reducing levels of chemicals related to stress and improving the

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immune system.â&#x20AC;? Research suggests that at least 70 percent of all illness is either caused by or made worse by stress. The massage experience and variety at Elements Massage is customized to the need of each client. Clients are able to schedule one-to-two-hour massages designed around their needs, and the client is matched to the right therapistâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;not merely to an appointment slot. Relaxation, tension, stress and even the clientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s daily lifestyle are taken into consideration. Wilmanns explains, â&#x20AC;&#x153;First time clients fill out a health history that allows the therapist to get a good idea of how to structure the massage session,â&#x20AC;? By consulting with the client before the appointment, therapists determine where the body needs attention and what levels of pressure the client is comfortable with. They can then decide the best technique to meet the clientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needs. Wilmanns continues, â&#x20AC;&#x153;In addition to Swedish therapy, we have therapists that have experience and/or certifications in hot stone, trigger point, reflexology, sports and prenatal therapies, as well as various passive and active stretching techniques.â&#x20AC;? The goal of the therapist is to align the treatment plan with the goals of the client. Elements Massage makes incorporating regular massages into a familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lifestyle seamless. Program pricing is affordable and allows clients to include all members of the family for no extra charge, and also allows them to give away a massage to another member. Says Wilmanns, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We accommodate all members with the perfect environment for whole body wellness. We want Elements Massage to be a place of refuge and healing.â&#x20AC;?

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globalbriefs News and resources to inspire concerned citizens to work together in building a healthier, stronger society that benefits all.

European Eco-Cooperation Linking Oceans and Human Health EurOcean 2014, convened by the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the European Marine Board, the European Commission and three Italian partner institutions—the National Research Council, National Inter-university Consortium for Ocean Science and the National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics—has issued the first of 18 priorities cited in a declaration that adds momentum to a European Marine Board report, Linking Oceans and Human Health (Tinyurl.com/ OceansAndHealth). Participants identified four high-level policy goals: valuing the ocean; capitalizing on European leadership; advancing ocean knowledge; and breaking scientific barriers. Newly discovered toxic nanoparticles and swelling micro-plastic marine pollution, with concerns emerging about higher seawater temperatures incubating chemical carcinogens, pose several new perils to human health. Jan Mees, chair of the European Marine Board, states, “To truly progress our knowledge, European scientists across a broad range of disciplines and domains must make a quantum leap towards holistic approaches and integrated research on a scale that will help us to much better understand, protect, manage and sustainably exploit the seas and oceans that surround us. This is a grand challenge; not just in Europe, but for human society as a whole.” Source: Eurocean2014.eu

Potent Promises Climate Change Pledges Predict Progress President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping have both made ambitious pledges to combat climate change. Jinping pledged that China’s CO2 emissions would peak around 2030; the first time that Beijing has set such a target. Obama promised that by 2025, the U.S. will have reduced its emissions by 23 to 26 percent from 2005 levels, twice as much as Washington had previously offered. The carbon emission deal that has been reached between China and the United States is a promising breakthrough. The world’s biggest economies account for one-third of the planet’s emissions, so their initiative should help persuade other countries to reach a global emissions agreement at a United Nations climate summit next year in Paris. President Obama faces opposition in the Republican-controlled Congress, although aides say he can act unilaterally. Moreover, rapidly evolving energy conditions in the United States, from the increased supply of natural gas to the expansion of renewable energies, will ease the pain of carbon cuts.

Living Together 2014 Global Peace Index The world has become less peaceful over the last seven years, according to the 2014 Global Peace Index. It measures peace in 162 countries according to 22 indicators that gauge both the absence and fear of violence. This is the seventh year the index has been produced. Results from the 2014 Global Peace Index show that since 2008, 111 countries have deteriorated in levels of peace, while 51 increased. Europe retains its position as the most peaceful region, with 14 of the top 20 most peaceful countries. The world has become significantly less peaceful over the last year, mainly due to a rise in terrorist activity, conflicts being fought, and refugees and other displaced people. As for the human toll, 500 million people live in countries at risk of instability and conflict, 200 million of whom live below the poverty line. The global economic impact of violence reached $9.8 trillion last year, equal to twice the total gross domestic product of Africa. Visit VisionOfHumanity.org to explore the interactive peace map and download the report. Watch a video at Tinyurl.com/GlobalPeaceVideo.

When Chicago University psychologists surveyed 20,000 people that were married between 2005 and 2012, they found that a third had met online. Half of them met through Internet dating, the rest via chat rooms and social networking sites. Of all the couples still married, those that met online rated themselves happier.

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Happily Coupled Creating Loving Relationships that Thrive by Judith Fertig

“To be fully seen by somebody… and be loved anyhow— this is a human offering that can border on miraculous.” ~ Elizabeth Gilbert

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t the conclusion of her bestselling memoir, Eat Pray Love, author Elizabeth Gilbert had fallen in love with Jose Nunes (called Felipe in the book), a Brazilian living in Indonesia. The divorced Gilbert, reluctant to have her heart broken again, had vowed never to remarry… yet ultimately changed her mind when U.S. immigration law presented her with multiple choices: marry so they could live together in this country, stay single and live as ex-pat partners or say goodbye to Nunes. Gilbert chose a marital partnership that suits the shared life they want: honest and, after years of travel, settled in one place. She says, “For the first time in my life, living in a small town with a lovely husband in an old house with 14

a big garden and several pets, I feel absolutely rooted in a way I have never experienced before and never would have imagined even desiring. But it is what we want—at least for now—and we’re relishing that stability.” Gilbert records the process of going from two global wanderers falling in love to a married couple sharing domestic chores in her follow-up memoir, Committed: A Love Story.

Love Science The spark that ignites such a partnership is love, which is “primarily about connection,” says Barbara Fredrickson, Ph.D., a positivity expert and author of Love 2.0: How Our Supreme Emotion Affects Everything We Feel, Think, Do, and Become. “It’s vital to our health

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and happiness, affecting our brains and bodies at the cellular level. “We were born to love,” emphasizes Fredrickson, who also serves as a psychology professor and director of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Laboratory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “The evidence comes from research that shows how our brain and nervous system are designed to enhance our chances of experiencing it.” When we share positive emotions with another person, experience a synchrony between their biochemistry and behaviors and ours, plus exhibit mutual care, love can bloom, whether we stay happily single or decide to pursue a committed relationship. She calls this triple-action sequence “positivity resonance”. Love, she observes, is less a smooth, solid path than momentary experiences of connection.

Making Love Last The more areas of connection we have with our partners, the more opportunities we have to positively resonate every day, adds Frederickson. Thomas G. Plante, Ph.D., a psychology professor at California’s Santa Clara University and adjunct clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine, agrees. “Long-term relationships, like marriages, are partnerships in living,” according to Plante. “The vast majority of the time couples are together they’re not having hot sex, but are sharing a practical day-to-day life together.” Shared activities aren’t always exciting or glamorous. Raising children, working, managing a home, cooking and cleaning, shopping, being with friends and family and the rest of regular daily living is where the rubber meets the road in relationship satisfaction, observes Plante. “If couples aren’t compatible in these areas, then the connection and attraction will inevitably atrophy, tensions emerge and too often, relationships fracture and fall apart.” Compatibility means different things to different people, and requirements can change as individuals in a romantic partnership change over time. Compatibility also means agreement


that the relationship is worth the effort to nurture and sustain it.

Partnering Life’s Dance Five couples in different stages of loving partnerships share how they make their special relationships work. The key to them all is shared values. Doing everything together. For newlyweds Drs. Josh and Chelsea Axe, of Nashville, Tennessee, a mutual commitment to vigorous wellness and physical fitness keeps them together. Says Josh, “The healthy lifestyle I have chosen to live is so important that I need someone who is able to not just agree, but also partner with me.” Married in 2012, the two chiropractic physicians went on to co-found the BurstFIT interval training program and meld their professional, as well as personal, lives. Chelsea notes, “There is truth to the phrase, ‘Couples that sweat together, stay together.’ When working out together, you share a specific energy you create while pushing yourself to your mental and physical limits. You have your partner right there doing it alongside you, knowing they’re supporting you; so when you each break through a mental or physical barrier in your workout, you step over together into a strength and confidence that carries over into your marriage. Being a part of each other’s goals and the struggles to reach them unifies us.” Remarks Josh, “I feel like we can

“Seventy-five to 80 percent of all chemistry evaporates within six to eight months unless the relationship is significantly undergirded by deeper and more durable compatibility.” ~Neil Clark Warren both be successful individually, but when we’re a team, the outcome is synergistic.” Chelsea adds, “It’s never a mindset of ‘me.’ It’s always ‘us.’” Balancing work and play. Barbara and Bob Unell, of Leawood, Kansas, dated as teenagers, went their separate ways in college and then found each other again in their early 20s. “We went on a blind date in 1968 and both belted out songs on the car radio,” recalls Barbara. “I thought he had a great sense of humor and was fun to be with. All these years later, it feels like we’re still dating. We’re crazy about each other.” Both Barbara and Bob describe themselves as enthusiastic, playful, entrepreneurial, altruistic and geared toward creative projects, whether undertaken together or separately. “We’re both, ‘Let’s try this,’ sort of people,” says Barbara with a laugh. When the Unells had twins, now

grown, they realized there was no national publication addressing how to parent multiples, so they launched Twins magazine in 1984. Bob founded and managed an advertising agency while Barbara wrote bestselling parenting books, but the whole family traveled together on her speaking engagements. In response to becoming a breast cancer survivor, Barbara founded the nonprofit Back in the Swing in 2000 to support survivorship care at cancer centers. When they needed additional staff, Bob joined the team in 2009. One of the biggest things that Barbara has learned from Bob is, “You can make work fun.” “Although we come from different backgrounds, Bob and I know the power of mutual respect, trust and kindness,” reflects Barbara. “Part of our connection is that we have shared history and never take each other for granted.” Making long-distance work. Lisa Ekus, who runs the full-service culinary talent agency The Lisa Ekus Group, in Hatfield, Massachusetts, had been married twice and already raised her two children when she met Atlanta Chef Virginia Willis. They got to know each other through culinary events and to their surprise, fell in love. Over the past six years they’ve evolved a relationship that works for them—keeping a deep personal connection, but maintaining separate residences. Cookbook author Willis gardens, develops recipes and writes for her Food Network blog, “Down Home Comfort,”

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at Ekus’ New England “Marriages based on disagreements and realize how good we compound in the a mutual desire to have it,” says Karen. summers; Ekus travels What first atto the South during serve and inspire grow tracted them to each cold months. They continually in richness other—and keeps also meet up as often as they can at conferand beauty, and are them together—is a love of playful fun ences, food and wine a benediction to all and good times with festivals and other events during the rest who know of them.” friends. Karen remarks, “I knew Dick of the year. was ‘the one’ when “We are both ~ Meher Baba he jumped flat-footed smart, professional over a wingback chair at a friend’s women who love what we do, have strong ethics and a high level of self-ex- house. That showed me that he was young at heart.” pectation in how we work,” says Ekus. Making ends meet. Eleven years “We are also best friends and work ago, when family therapist Susan Franktogether professionally. The respect we lin lost her husband, Michael, a univerhave for each other and our work is sity college professor, she felt bereft and instrumental in our relationship.” overwhelmed. The pair had owned a “We often joke about the North/ country property near Cleveland, Ohio, South, fast/slow cultural difference,” where they boarded horses. Susan realEkus notes. “I’m more spontaneous; ized, “I couldn’t keep up with everyVirginia is more thoughtful in her rething on my own,” and Jake Marshall, a sponses. I tend to move fast and focus musician friend of Michael’s, offered to on checking off items, while Virginia help. Over time, Susan and Jake became is more about the journey and being close, and they now live together. in the moment. It often makes us each Although Jake is a great supporter take stock and consider what we’re in many ways, he’s not in a position to doing and saying.” They make the geographic separa- help financially. Susan depends on her late husband’s insurance and pension tion work despite its inherent longbenefits, which she would lose if she distance complications via consistent remarries. “Jake is so laid back and easy communication, saying good morning to be with, I can relax,” says Susan. Miand good night every day by phone chael, on the other hand, always seemed and texting often. They hold regular to fill a room. Jake helps Susan with agent/author meetings to make professional plans and person- al calendar chores around the property and she is always there cheering him on meetings at least from the front row when weekly, recognizing he performs at local and respecting what venues. is important to each of them. Bridging the age gap. Karen and Dick Eagle, from St. Louis, Missouri, are 16 years apart in age, but are close in the ways that count. Both are strong-minded and still vie to get their own way even after 30 years of marriage. “We argue over the stupidest things, and then resolve our 16

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Cultivating Care

Working out as a couple, sharing a creative project or making a gourmet meal together can do more than keep partners feeling connected. Shared activities also keep the positive experiences ongoing and resonating. “That special bond and the commitNaturalCinci.com

ments people often build around it are the products of love, the results of the many smaller moments in which love infuses you,” maintains Fredrickson. Such moments not only accumulate, but can also be stored in memory and banked to feed a relationship during the tougher times. “Love is something we should recultivate every day,” she says. A loving partnership is always a work in progress. Judith Fertig is a freelance writer from Overland Park, KS.

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eil Clark Warren, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and co-founder of the eHarmony relationship website, believes there are at least 29 personality dimensions—such as anger management skills, intelligence, feelings about children, energy and ambition—that comprise who we are and play a role in maintaining a relationship. Key personality dimensions include interests and activities, guiding principles and philosophies, expressions of emotional experience, tendencies toward togetherness and separateness, goals and familial and other relationships. Warren suggests categorizing desired qualities in a mate into three lists: non-negotiables, qualities that are top priority and deal breakers; semi-negotiables that are important, yet flexible secondary priorities; and negotiables that are subject to tradeoffs for more important qualities.


Imago Relationship Coaching Makes Marriage More Successful by Bonnie Brinkman

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mago is the Latin word for image. Imago Relationship Theory suggests that intimate relationships themselves are therapy. We have chosen the perfect person to help us be our best selves. Using Imago tools and skills and the issues in their marriage, partners create healthier selves and therefore, healthier marriages and families. Imago coaches educate and teach these skills in a safe, supportive environment. Coaches trained in the Imago method are found in all 50 states and 37 other countries. Here are eight tips to create fantastic relationships from Harville Hendrix, Ph.D., and his wife, Helen Hunt, Ph.D., the authors of Getting The Love You Want and creators of Imago Relationship Theory. â&#x20AC;˘ Practice using no putdowns (putdowns are in the eyes of the beholder). â&#x20AC;˘ Accept our partnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s otherness. â&#x20AC;˘ Close all exits (change how we deal with people, places, things and activities used to avoid our partner). â&#x20AC;˘ Take responsibility to talk using higher brain functions in interactions. â&#x20AC;˘ Give unconditionally. â&#x20AC;˘ Increase our pleasure quotient. â&#x20AC;˘ Express and amplify the positive resources in our partner â&#x20AC;˘ Have safe conversations. Bonnie Brinkman, MA, certified Imago coach and workshop presenter, directs operations at Cincy Relationships. The next Getting The Love You Want workshop for couples in Cincinnati will be held from Feb. 13 to 15. For more information, call 520401-8752 or visit CincyRelationships.com.

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rief can arrive suddenly with the death of a loved one, serious illness, loss of a job, parental dementia or decaying relationship. In any case, it takes a toll. “Grief encompasses all of our thoughts and feelings. Mourning is when we put them into action by talking, crying, perhaps doing rituals,” explains Tracy Riley, a licensed clinical social worker and grief counselor in Jacksonville, Florida. “Grief isn’t something that’s over

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when you wake up one day,” Riley counsels. “It’s ridiculous when an employer gives you three days off and then expects everything to be fine.” She notes that time helps heal all wounds, but even a decade after losing a loved one, the pain can remain and life is never the same, although most of us learn to live with loss and move forward. “Some things can’t be fixed,” concludes Megan Devine, a psychotherapist in Portland, Oregon, and author of the

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An unexpected death and any emotional shock is an extreme stressor that causes the adrenal glands to release a flood of adrenaline. Tina Erwin, La Mesa, California author of The Lightworker’s Guide to Healing Grief, explains, “If you get a shock when someone close to you dies, your adrenal glands are blown out almost instantly and you are overwhelmed with adrenaline, much like we often see in people with post-traumatic stress disorder. You need to rebalance your body chemistry.” Intense grief can sometimes show up as chest pain, a classic sign of heart attack, due to a temporary disruption of the heart’s normal pumping action from a surge in stress hormones, according to the National Institutes of Health. Yet Imperial College London scientists now have found that a recognizable “broken heart syndrome” may temporarily protect the heart from being overwhelmed with adrenaline. “Healing the physical side of grief ultimately helps healing on an emotional level, too,” says Erwin. To assist herself following the death of her 6-year-old niece from a sudden infection, she uses several Bach flower remedies for trauma—Rescue


Remedy, to rebalance the flood of adrenaline; Star of Bethlehem, for shock and loss; and Mimulus, for fear and anxiety. “Combining a few drops of each of these in a water bottle or tea several times a day helps you regain a feeling of balance,” Erwin says. She also likes drinking blood-cleansing noni juice to help wash adrenaline out of the body, and taking salt baths enhanced with lavender essential oil to literally “wash away the darkness.”

Emotional Aids Riley views art and music therapy, plus journaling (a “personal roadmap” that helps chart her progress), as powerful healing tools. She’s also seen firsthand how animals can play a key role through the mourning process. Her miniature schnauzer intuitively approaches her clients that are anxious and grieving and gives them permission to pet him. “It puts people at ease,” she says. “Then they can talk more freely about their pain.” Numerous studies, starting in the 1980s, show that stroking a furry pet lowers blood pressure.

Charting a Personal Course For the bereaved (literally defined as “torn apart”), the symptoms of grief are meant to slow us down, advises Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D., director of the Center for Loss and Life Transition, in Fort Collins, Colorado, and author of numerous related books, including Understanding Your Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart. Society expects bereaved people to “carry on, keep their chins up, be glad they had him/her as long as they did or else be grateful that our loved one’s pain is over”—all platitudes that are more hurtful than helpful, says Wolfelt. Mourning takes time, but it also requires a social context, he explains. “It’s the shared response to loss. If you isolate yourself, you are grieving, not mourning. You can’t do this on your own. It’s bigger than you.” For those that feel stuck or unable to move forward, experienced grief counselors may be able to help. Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous health books, including Ten Best Ways to Manage Stress. Connect online at KathleenBarnes.com.

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rief is a normal emotional reaction to significant loss. How one recovers from grief is very personal, and although it is a natural process, we all work through to peace in individual and unique ways. On our journey to healing, sometimes we get caught up in dark thoughts that surround the loss and cannot move to a healthier emotional state. Holding grief in our thoughts also indicates we are holding it somewhere in our bodies. Over time, this can create illness if we continue to retain the grief. This unresolved state keeps us from understanding and completing the healing process. It leaves us in pain, with constant memories of the loss. A hypothetical story of two sisters dealing with the death of their mother offers an example of this. After some time since their mother’s passing, both sisters hear a favorite song of their mother’s. They both feel a tug on their hearts. As the first sister listens to the song, she hums as she recalls her mother’s smile and remembers her laughter. She goes on with her day, sending love to her mother’s memory. The second sister hears the song and feels a great sadness, like she felt when her mother died. She remembers the barrenness of the grave site and feels pain about the injustice of her death. She feels sorrowful and depressed. The second sister experiences unresolved grief that inhibits her ability to live in the moment, where the opportunities for happiness and growth are available. The process of resolving grief can be tailored to an individual’s situation. With a death or divorce, a ceremony often aids the completion process. It feels good to do something for the soul of another instead of stuffing down the pain or thinking only about the loss. It also helps to look at the feelings that are triggered by thoughts of that person, such as abandonment, emptiness, weakness, betrayal, anger, guilt or resentment. It’s important to be willing to look at the truth of our reactions, because they often signal that there are issues that still need to be resolved. Writing a letter focused on how we feel, not on the person’s transgressions, can be cathartic. Honesty with ourself is critical in the development of the letter, which can include a wonderful memory or an expression of gratitude. Ending the letter with forgiveness is positive, as well. When the letter is complete, the next step is the ceremonial lighting of a candle and summoning of the energy of the person. Read the letter aloud, as if they were standing there and then listen in silence. Conclude the ceremony by allowing the letter to safely burn into ashes. Expressing truths in this way can bring peace to our hearts. Placing the ashes into a potted plant or beneath a tree, burying or scattering them can be a beautiful closure process. Bless them and ourselves through the process of letting go of the pain and start working on remembering the gifts or the growth that the relationship provided. It is not always clear to us why we get stuck in grief, but we must resolve it to embrace joyful living. Releasing negative thought patterns enables us to open our heart to love again. Blu Fries is owner of TrueBlu Healing. More information by calling 513-258-1425 or email Blu@TrueBlu.org. natural awakenings

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dvertisements for antidepressants abound, yet a recent analysis in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that the benefits of treating mildly or moderately depressed individuals with these drugs “may be minimal or nonexistent” compared with a placebo. Most physicians agree that at least part of the prevention of and recovery from depression can be addressed through diet. “Every molecule in the brain begins as food,” says Dr. Drew Ramsey, author of The Happiness Diet and assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. “Food choice is the biggest puzzle piece patients have under their control.” Ramsey describes the modern American diet as being overwhelmed with highly processed foods, refined carbohydrates, omega-6 fats and sugar. His food philosophy serves as an overall prescription for mental health: “Eat food 20

that comes from farms and not factories; simple, recognizable human food.” Registered Dietitian Kathie Swift, an integrative clinical nutritionist in Lennox, Massachusetts, and author of The Swift Diet, agrees that food is powerful medicine. She recommends a balanced, flexitarian diet founded on plants, but including high-quality, animal-sourced foods. Just shifting our processed-foods to whole-foods ratio yields an improved mood, Swift says, which continues to motivate dietary change.

Prebiotic/Probiotic Potential Recent science suggests a deeper meaning to the “gut feeling” adage. Bacteria in the gut and neurochemicals in the brain communicate intimately and bidirectionally via the vagus nerve, explains Swift. Altering the gut’s microbial population, whether from chronic stress, antibiotic overuse or nutritional deficiencies, can change brain chemistry

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and thereby influence mood, mental clarity and sleep, she says. In 2013, Canadian researchers altered both the neurochemicals and behavior in mice by switching their intestinal microbiota; anxious mice given the microbes of intrepid mice became braver, and vice versa. Another small study in the British Journal of Nutrition showed a decrease in depression and anxiety symptoms in volunteers taking probiotics for a month. Essentially, says Swift, “We have a brain in the belly,” which must be nourished by both prebiotics (soluble fiber) and probiotics (fermented food). “Fiber is the quintessential substance to feed the lovely community of bugs in the gut,” says Swift, “while fermented foods interact with resident bacteria and give them a boost.” She recommends a variety of vegetables as a primary source of fiber, especially legumes, along with fruits, nuts, cheese and the occasional gluten-free whole grain. Probiotic foods include fermented vegetables, kefir, yogurt with live active cultures and apple cider vinegar.

B Happy Most psychiatric medications target feel-good neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine, says Ramsey, but the body also manufactures these chemicals naturally during the methylation cycle, a B-vitamin-dependent neurological process. “B vitamins are superstars of the brain,” Ramsey says. “Think of them as lubrication for the brain’s gears.” Folate, or vitamin B9 is particularly important to healthy nervous system functioning. A meta-analysis of 15,000 people reported in the Journal of Epidemiology associated low folate with a higher risk of depression. Dark leafy greens like kale, spinach and Swiss chard are high in B vitamins, as are beets, eggs, lentils, beans and whole grains; helpful fruits include papaya, avocado and berries.

Omega-3s Please “It’s a horrible notion that fat is bad,” says Ramsey. Swift agrees, noting, “We need a major renovation and reeducation of this important neuro-nutrient.” The


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integrity of a neuron cell membrane, which Swift describes as â&#x20AC;&#x153;a beautiful and fluid layer of lipids,â&#x20AC;? is crucial for brain health because it dictates communication among neurotransmitters. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The fat we eat becomes the fat of our cell membranes,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So nourish your membranes with adequate amounts of the right types of fat.â&#x20AC;? Long-chain omega-3s (DHA) docosahexaenoic acid and (EPA) eicosapentaenoic acid build and protect neurons, help prevent cognitive decline with age and can boost overall mood and mental performance, says Ramsey. A study in the Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry found that treating depressed patients with omega-3 EPA was as equally effective as Prozac. â&#x20AC;&#x153;DHA

and EPA are the two most important fats for brain health on the planet, period,â&#x20AC;? states Ramsey. Foods rich in omega-3s include fatty seafood like salmon, mussels and oysters, plus sea vegetables, walnuts, flaxseed and grass-fed beef. For vegetarians and vegans, Ramsey recommends an algal DHA supplement. Focusing on feeding the brain doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t preclude staving off heart disease, obesity or diabetes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Follow the rules of eating for brain health,â&#x20AC;? Ramsey says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll also be slim, energized, focused and resilient.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all a recipe for happiness. Lane Vail is a freelance writer and blogger at DiscoveringHomemaking.com.

Good-Mood Meal Plans Wild-Caught Alaskan Salmon with SautĂŠed Swiss Chard, Pickled Beets and Banana-Avocado Pudding Salmon is an excellent source of omega3s, and Swiss chard offers fiber and folate. Beets are high in folate, as well as nitrites, which improve circulation throughout the body and the brain, says Nutritionist Kathie Swift. Double-down on beetsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; power by eating them pickled in apple cider vinegar, promoting healthy gut flora. Bananas contain tryptophan, an amino acid involved in serotonin production, and avocados are high in folate and oleic acid, a model unsaturated omega-9 fat needed for healthy brains, advises Dr. Drew Ramsey. Lentil Salad with Hummus, Grilled Asparagus, Broccoli, Red Onion and Grilled Watermelon Lentils, chickpeas and asparagus are high in fiber and B vitamins, while walnuts add omega-3s. Broccoli is an excellent source of chromium, a mineral found to lower blood sugar and reduce symptoms of depression in some people, according to a Cornell University study. Grilled onions (along with garlic, which can be blended into hummus) belong to a food family called alliums that promote healthy vascular function and blood flow to the brain and also contain a high concentration of chromium, says Ramsey.

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Watermelonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s red color is due to its high concentration of the antioxidant lycopene, which helps resolve free radical damage, inflammation and hormone imbalances associated with depression, notes Swift. Grass-Fed Beef with Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Kale and Greek Yogurt Swirled with Raspberries A British Journal of Nutrition study showed that beef raised on chlorophyllrich grass provides more omega-3s than grain-fed beef. Like other animal proteins, beef is a significant source of tryptophan. Kale and sweet potatoes contribute fiber, folate and vitamin A, which promotes the enzymes that create the pleasure neurotransmitter, dopamine. Yogurt is also high in tryptophan, and raspberries provide folate and antioxidants. Free-Range Egg Omelet with Spinach, Tomatoes, Cheese and Fresh Papaya Eggs are a power-packed food full of B vitamins, tyrosine and tryptophan amino acids, plus selenium, zinc and iodide, micronutrients vital for proper functioning of the energy- and metabolism-regulating thyroid, says Ramsey. Tomatoes and natural cheese are high in lycopene and tryptophan, respectively, and spinach and papaya are packed with folate and fiber.


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top with feta. Serve quinoa mixture on top of a bed of lettuce greens to enhance a salad. Garnish with cilantro or parsley. Healthy Tip: Quinoa is a protein-packed seed that is often thought of as a grain. The correct way to say it is KEEN-wah. It has a near perfect amino acid profile, is cooked similar to rice and is an excellent source of protein, calcium, phosphorous and iron.

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Boost B vitamins. Vitamins B6 and B12 are important building blocks for brain neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine. Deficiency can impair nerve cell communication, hindering memory, focus and attention. Encourage a child to eat B-packed organic foods like eggs, poultry, bell peppers, yams and spinach, and sprinkle B-vitamin-rich nutritional yeast on dishes like noodles and soup. Naturopathic Doctor Laurie Brodsky, e-consultant, DrLaurieND.com, New York City.

EASE ADHD NATURALLY Nine Ways to Help Restore Calm and Focus by Jenna Blumenfeld

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lthough experts aren’t certain why it occurs, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects 3 to 5 percent of school-age children, causing symptoms such as inattentiveness, frenetic activity, anxiety and forgetfulness. Kids with ADHD typically respond to drug prescriptions designed to provide calm and focus, but some carry unpleasant side effects like appetite changes and muscle spasms. Experts suggest considering these natural options to complement an afflicted child’s integrative treatment plan.

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studies show kids with behavior problems have low blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids, a nutrient vital for brain health. Children’s daily diets should contain omega-3-rich foods, such as chia, hemp, nuts and fatty fish. For children 12 and older, supplement with fish oil containing 1,200 milligrams (mg) of (DHA) docosahexaenoic acid and (EPA) eicosapentaenoic acid combined. Try magnesium. Low levels of magnesium, also known as the calming mineral, are associated with restless legs, anxiety and irritability—all of which can exacerbate ADHD. For kids ages 4 to 8, start with 130 mg of magnesium in the morning. If the child has trouble sleeping, another dose before bed may help. Reduce the dose if loose stools occur.

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Give up gluten. Gluten is a complex, gooey conglomeration of many proteins that sticks to the digestive tract, often stimulating behavioral issues. When gluten inflames a child’s digestive system, brain inflammation likely occurs, as well. Look for gluten-free pasta, bread, crackers and cookies made from rice, quinoa, flaxseed and non-GMO (genetically modified) corn. Pair fats with food. Healthy brain function requires a proper ratio of antiinflammatory omega-3 fats to the more common inflammatory omega-6 fats (found in canola, soybean and corn oils). Encourage balance by eating omega-3 foods at mealtime, when the gallbladder releases bile into the digestive system, allowing better omega-3 absorption. Avoid processed foods. High-fructose corn syrup and artificial colors such as Yellow 5, Blue 1 and Red 40 are linked to increased hyperactivity in children. Choose whole, real foods like whole grains and organic meats, vegetables and fruits. Use maple syrup rather than white sugar to sweeten foods—it’s fullflavored, so a little goes a long way. Behavior Specialist Margit Crane, educator, GiftedWithADD. com, Seattle, Washington. Lead by example. Parents have more power to handle their child’s ADHD than they think. Model the desired behaviors—if children are not allowed to eat in the living room, the rule should apply to the whole family. Maintaining consistent rules is vital.


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eople tend to handle their overall healthcare in three different ways. First, are those that have a firmly entrenched belief that all needed vitamins, minerals and nutrients can come from the food they eat—even if their diet is poor. The second group is convinced that science and pharmaceuticals can cure all ailments. Then there are those that carefully watch their health, eat well, research problems they may encounter and take supplements to help maintain good health. The first two groups spend a lot of time in doctors’ waiting rooms, hoping for a miracle procedure or drug that will make them feel better. The last group partners with their doctors to keep tabs on their health—they watch their diet, exercise and recognize the importance of nutrition. Throughout history, man has looked toward a specialized group of society; the medicine man, the healer and today, the doctor to support health. In the past, sophisticated technology did not exist, but nutritional status was generally adequate and most people maintained good health through diet, regular exercise and physical work. Additionally, farms used time-honored natural techniques that yielded highly nutritious crops to feed the population. With the advent of modern farming techniques, the nutrient status of food has dropped steadily for years. Simultaneously, the technology of chemical preservation and packaging has resulted in low preparation times and storage, often measured in years. The result is that almost everyone is malnourished to some extent, so while lifespan has increased and humans are living longer, they are also living sicker.

In the early 1900s, virtually every doctor was a general practitioner that used natural nutritional and/or herbal remedies to heal patients. Today, most doctors have limited knowledge of natural remedies or techniques and use synthetic prescription medications to treat most conditions. Sophisticated technology has made it substantially easier to diagnose conditions that 100 years ago had to be determined mostly by guesswork. But all this sophistication has not made the overall health of the population better. The paradigm offered by this conventional wisdom is that prescription drugs fix problems and cure illness, a conclusion that is far from the truth. In reality, prescription drugs simply mask symptoms, whereas proper nutrition and the use of nutritional supplements can actually help the body mount a defense to reverse a disease. Studies often suggest links between various diseases and nutrient deficiencies, but it is extremely difficult to isolate the source of an illness and conclusively link it to anything specific. Also, deficiencies are not typically related to a single isolated nutrient, but rather the result of a poor diet with multiple nutrient deficits. In a June 3, 2014, letter published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, Balz Frei, Ph.D., of Oregon State University, and others concur, “More than 93 percent, 61 percent and approximately 50 percent of adults in the United States do not get the estimated average requirement of vitamins D and E, magnesium and vitamin A and calcium, respectively, from their diet, including enriched and fortified foods. Further, 98 percent and 71 percent do not meet the adequate intake of potassium and vitamin K, respectively. Many of these percentages are even higher among subpopulations with increased micronutrient needs, including older adults, African-Americans and obese persons.” While some in the conventional medical community tend to minimize the value of health supplements, many of today’s enlightened doctors accept and welcome the role that vitamins, minerals and herbal supplements play in helping a patient improve or regain health. In the opinion of many qualified experts, everyone should take a good, high-quality multivitamin/multimineral product. Also, natural health practitioners often recommend additional supplementation with vitamins B, C, D and E, as well as general nutrients like fish oil and Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). Specialized supplements are sometimes recommended for specific health conditions. Consumers, well-nourished with multiple nutrients, typically contract less general illnesses in the form of colds and flu, and when they do get sick, they recover faster. These consumers have taken control of their health and are potentially on the way to a long, healthy, disease-free life as they age. James Occhiogrosso is a natural health practitioner specializing in natural anti-aging, hormone testing and hormone balancing and author of the book, Your Prostate, Your Libido, Your Life. Connect at 239-652-0421, DrJim@HealthNaturally Today.com or HealthNaturallyToday.com. natural awakenings

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their sleuthing skills before deciding on something that can prove so pivotal to their health. Clue #1: Location and hours. If a facility isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t near home or work, people wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go, says Jim White, an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) health fitness specialist, in Virginia Beach, Virginia. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our time is so valuable that going to the gym canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be a hassle.â&#x20AC;? Check online and list nearby facilities and hours, scratching off any that arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t open at convenient times.

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Lucking into good recommendations can whittle down the multitude of choices available at 32,000 U.S. health clubs and studios, according to the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association. With the dual trends of niche studios and low-cost fitness centers fueling a diverse burst in workout options, club-seekers should apply

Clue #2: Know what you need. Some people have absolute necessities for fitness success. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For instance, avid swimmers need a pool,â&#x20AC;? says Grace DeSimone, an ACSM personal trainer in New York City. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to reduce their choices considerably.â&#x20AC;? Other nonnegotiable provisions might be a yoga studio, indoor track or child care. Clue #3: Gym rat or newbie? A fitness facility that costs pennies a day might seem like an obvious choice, but not if our fitness level and knowledge are near zero. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of people donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what to do in a gym,â&#x20AC;? observes White, who owns personal training studios in Virginia. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re especially for those who want their hands held or want to see results fast.â&#x20AC;? Niche studios focused on modalities from kick boxing to dance therapy can offer added guidance. DeSimone notes that other reputable facilities will likewise have accredited trainers, often at a low cost. Larger facilities also may offer more options for a newbie to try out before settling on what they like, she says.

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Clue #4: Take a test drive. Make use of trial periods and guest passes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Get a feel for the culture,â&#x20AC;? says Chris Freytag, spokesperson for the American Council on Exercise and a personal trainer in Minneapolis, Minnesota. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People are more likely to stay motivated in an environment that inspires them and with people that motivate them,â&#x20AC;? Freytag says. During on-site visits, do we feel at home among kindred spirits our own age? Is the facility clean and secure? Clue #5: Look at the equipment. If the gym doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the equipment we want to use, whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pilates or TRX equipment, free weights or Kettlebells, then move on. A gym worth joining will have plenty of up-to-date equipment that follows the latest fitness trends and works properly, says White. Clue #6: Investigate the staff. Checking out the staff is key for those seeking specialized guidance, such as yoga, martial arts or personal training. Look for trainers and instructors available to help that are certified by a reputable program accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies. Investigating key employeesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; backgrounds, including acupuncturists and massage therapists, is crucial. Clue #7: Sign with caution. Avoid signing long-term, complicated contracts, which are rare these days, DeSimone counsels. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be overwhelmed by a high-pressured sales pitch; just stand your ground, because those people are at your service.â&#x20AC;? White recommends making sure the price includes expected services; feel free to negotiate, especially with initial fees. Understand all policies, especially cancellation clauses, and use a credit card, which is easier to correct if problems arise, adds DeSimone. Although Salmons was lucky, with her neighborâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recommendation leading her to her perfect studio, people should investigate to find their ideal fit. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It starts when you walk in the door,â&#x20AC;? Salmons says about her attraction to The Balance Fitness Studio. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The space is open, exposed and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got this very clean, feng shui energy.â&#x20AC;?

Not a traditional, iron-pumping, music-blasting gym fan, Salmons prefers Pilates, but participates in all of the studioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offerings, including massage, acupuncture and nutrition classes. While finding the right club has boosted her fitness level, she notes that the real magic has come in the form of revitalized energy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s changed

me in all aspects of my life. When I leave, I feel mentally focused, emotionally balanced and refreshed. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of transformational.â&#x20AC;? Freelance journalist Debra Melani writes about health care and fitness from Lyons, CO. Connect at Debra Melani.com or DMelani@msn.com.

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pet’s love is extraordinary because it is unconditional. It doesn’t have expectations, pass judgment or try to leverage guilt. It is rich in loyalty, trust and adoration. Domestic pets provide warmth, companionship and love, as well as purpose, fun and conversational gambits for family members. For lonely hearts, they are a lifeline, providing a physical, emotional and spiritual connection to life that may prove critical to survival and happiness. Loving pets seem like an endless source of happiness while with us, but few outlive their owners. Loss is as much a part of having a pet as potty training. For some, the loss of a dog or cat is debilitating and the grieving process can take months. Rev. Gary Kowalski, author of Goodbye, Friend and a Unitarian Universalist minister in Santa Fe, New Mexico, contends that the depth of the relationship that we develop with pets emerges from the time we spend with them every day—exercising, feeding, grooming and even sleeping with them. The relationship is pure and uncomplicated, and the pain of separation can be especially intense and profound. The challenge of pet loss is often complicated by the difficult decision to euthanize an aged or suffering animal. “One of the hardest things about having a dog is that sometimes you have to

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decide to end its life,” says Jon Katz, of upstate New York, a New York Times bestselling author of many books about dogs, including Going Home: Finding Peace When Pets Die. “Our job as pet owners is to be an advocate for our pets, making sure they do not suffer. Don’t poison the joy that you shared with your pet with guilt over your decisions,” he says. Katz recommends taking photos of pets and making intentional memories in the time leading up to parting to encourage closure. The same kind of rituals we use to honor and say goodbye to other family members can likewise help ease the pain of a pet’s passing. Owners can gather with loved ones and friends to celebrate the life of their pet with a burial ceremony or memorial. Kowalski likes adding meaningful words. His book includes a variety of readings that pet owners can use in their rituals taken from poems, literature, the Bible and other sacred texts. When a human friend or family member dies, compassion and empathy flows from everyone we meet, but many may not be aware of, or understand, the depth of grief associated with a pet’s death. “Some people feel embarrassed or don’t understand that mourning a deceased pet is a normal process,” explains Julia Harris, a pet bereavement counselor from Ellijay, Georgia, and author of Pet Loss: A Spiritual Guide.


Support is essential during times of grief, and it can be difficult to find an understanding friend to discuss it with. Several online communities are devoted to providing support. An Internet search of “pet loss support” yields a wealth of online resources. In the same way that the belief in an afterlife comforts people of many faith traditions when a person passes, the possibility of the same destiny for pets can offer comfort. “Perhaps one of the most common questions I am asked is whether or not animals have a soul,” explains Harris. “I encourage people to know that the soul, like love, is eternal. It leaves the physical body, but the loving relationship continues.” While there’s no standard timeline for the grieving process, it’s important to keep perspective. Excessive grief can lead to depression. “If the grief is interfering with life and your work, then you may need to seek professional help,” advises Katz. Not even a parent is capable of providing the purely unconditional love we receive from pets. Kowalski views it as a sacred connection, observing that through the unconditional love and acceptance that we receive from our pets, we get a little glimpse of what God’s love must look like. Julianne Hale is a writer and editor for Natural Awakenings and blogs about family life at AnotherGrayHair.WordPress.com.

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sanitizer before eating snacks, lunch and after using a shared computer mouse, pencil sharpener, water fountain or other community objects. Now, most people know we need to wash our hands, but one thing most people don’t really relate their health to is nasal hygiene. Using a saline spray with xylitol, such as Xlear Nasal Spray, is safe for all ages. Research has shown this natural sweetener is useful in preventing bacterial otitis media (ear infections), among other upper respiratory problems that are most likely to occur in fall and winter months. Additional xylitol studies have also shown a significant reduction in asthma attacks when a xylitol nasal spray is used on a daily basis. Xylitol affects nose and throat bacteria in two ways:

HOW? Before we talk prevention, we need to know how infection spreads. Many childhood illnesses are caused by viruses and bacteria that are transferred from person to person. URI’s increase in fall and winter as we spend more time crowded indoors. All it takes is one sick child, going to school for the spread to begin. Small droplets from a child’s cough or sneeze travel through the air and land on surfaces like desks, doorknobs and people. These germs are easily spread when someone touches the contaminated object and then proceeds to touch their eyes, nose or mouth. Children’s immune systems are less mature than those of adults, so they’re more vulnerable to these germs. Washing your hands and your nasal passages and also keeping their hands away from their nose, eyes and mouth are the most preventative habits to form at a young age.

Decreases the adherence of harmful bacteria on their surface cells.

Stimulates the body’s own natural defense system

Since the average American child has six to ten colds a year, using a xylitol nasal spray is a safe and effective way to promote better upper respiratory health, year round. FINAL HEALTHY TIPS In addition to frequent hand-washing, teach your child some other school health basics:

WHAT CAN YOU DO? Our best defense is to stop cold germs where they breed. Good hand-washing is the most effective way to prevent bacteria and viruses from spreading. Wash your hands after using the bathroom, blowing your nose, handling trash and prior to touching food to help eliminate germs. Soap and water should be used for 20 seconds (about as long as it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice). Using alcohol-based hand cleaners is also effective. Remind your child to use the

Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.

Give your child a package of tissues to keep in his or her desk.

Encourage your child not to share water bottles, food or other personal items.

Ask your child’s teacher to include hand-washing time before lunch or snacks.

Have your whole family practice nasal hygiene and the use of xylitol saline spray like Xlear.

Even with all of these tips, your kids are bound to come down with something over the course of the school year. We all get sick at some point or another, forming healthier habits and maintaining a positive attitude is all we can do as parents. For more information, please visit www.xlear.com.


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