Jessica Kloepfer

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A healthy lifestyle not only changes your body, it changes your mind, your attitude and your mood.

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In my functional medicine clinic, blood sugar imbalances are one of the most common signs I see affecting people's energy, weight, cravings, and brain function. This blood-sugar roller coaster can further throw off your thyroid, insulin, cortisol, and leptin hormones and leave you feeling hangry, fatigued, irritable, and constantly craving sugar. Even the most well-intentioned people can unknowingly perpetuate blood sugar imbalance through the foods that they eat or don’t eat on a regular basis—not to mention the so-called healthy foods that exacerbate these health problems. After years of seeing people struggling through blood sugar imbalance, I want to share the top mistakes people make when trying to restore their blood sugar:

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Kate O’Donnell’s new book, Everyday Ayurveda Cooking for a Calm, Clear Mind: 100 Simple Sattvic Recipesis filled with ancient ayurvedic wisdom, updated to make sense for everyday modern life, but this trick is one of our favorites. According to O’Donnell, in India,
“this digestive is used 30 minutes before a meal to improve your appetite or following a meal to reduce indigestion and bloating,” she says. “Be sure to make it fresh for the medicinal benefit.” The traditional use is backed up by Western medicine—turmeric is a potent anti-inflammatory, while ginger soothes the stomach, and yogurt is packed with probiotics that aid in processing your food.  The fact that it tastes like a milkshake is only a bonus!

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Every year between June 20 and June 21, the Earth tilts its closest to the Sun, marking the first day of summer and the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. This year's summer solstice falls at 6:07 a.m. EDT on June 21. Here are a few ways that astrology and the solstice overlap and some history about the rituals of the summer solstice:

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This year, there's been a lot of talk about the importance of beating plastic pollution so it doesn't end up in our oceans. And it’s about time. But there’s another complex waste stream we interact with every day that deserves our attention: organic waste.

The term organic waste refers to all of our food waste, yard clippings, and un-recyclable paper products like used tissues, paper towels, paper plates, and cardboard scraps. Many of us toss these things without even thinking about it: We wipe the scraps off our plates, trash our spoiled fruit, and throw out mounds of many paper towels used to clean up messes.

Long thought to naturally break down when thrown in the trash, we now know that these organics not only linger in landfills but release greenhouse gases that contaminate the environment as they (very slowly) break down. Composting steers materials away from this wasteful fate and turns them into something valuable: nutrient-rich soil conditioner that can fortify planters, gardens, and farms.

As an individual looking for new ways to offset your carbon footprint, composting is one of the best things you can do for the environment—and you don’t need to have a backyard to do it.

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People have been using herbs to flavor dishes for ages. Science shows us that these plants not only offer tasteful benefits but nutritional and medicinal benefits as well. While many of these medicinal plants are available to buy in their dried format stores, many of them can be easily grown in your home or garden as well.

In general, medicinal herbs are easily grown in your own garden without a lot of effort. In addition to the health benefits you reap from consuming these plants, you will also enjoy the benefit of exercise and sun while spending time in your garden.

Consider what your needs are and what type of garden you may like. Are you looking to grow a culinary garden to enhance your meals, or perhaps a tea or medicinal plant garden? Perhaps you are limited with outdoor space or prefer indoor plants. The decision will help you to determine plant and garden placement and will make planning your garden a little easier.

Whatever you decide, there are numerous delicious and healthful options to choose from. This list includes plants that are tasty and nutritious, as well as plants that offer true medicinal benefits for common health issues such as sunburn, coughs, colds, indigestion and more.

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Your own healing is a powerful contribution to the healing of everyone. #holisticunited

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The ancient treatment promises deep relaxation and internal healing through pressure-focused foot massages.

Reflexology—you see it on almost every spa menu, from the refreshingly affordable, no-frills massage joints to the decadent day spas you might hit up on vacation. From the outside it looks like your run-of-the-mill foot massage. (Not a bad thing when you work on your feet all day!) But one look at that mesmerizing foot chart every reflexologist has hanging in their office and you begin to understand that the objective of this therapy is to do a whole lot more than just open up your arches.

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Many people don’t know this, but there are numerous types of meditation. To find out which type of meditation suits you best, read on!

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This homemade deodorant for sensitive skin works great and is REALLY simple to make. I use it every morning and it doesn’t bother my skin at all! My husband said it even works for him.

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YESSSS!!! “We have far more control over our health and the condition of our bodies than we ever thought possible” - Mike Rabe. #holisticunited

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A healthy lifestyle not only changes your body, it changes your mind, your attitude and your mood.

  • 48
  • 2

In my functional medicine clinic, blood sugar imbalances are one of the most common signs I see affecting people's energy, weight, cravings, and brain function. This blood-sugar roller coaster can further throw off your thyroid, insulin, cortisol, and leptin hormones and leave you feeling hangry, fatigued, irritable, and constantly craving sugar. Even the most well-intentioned people can unknowingly perpetuate blood sugar imbalance through the foods that they eat or don’t eat on a regular basis—not to mention the so-called healthy foods that exacerbate these health problems. After years of seeing people struggling through blood sugar imbalance, I want to share the top mistakes people make when trying to restore their blood sugar:

Continue Reading...

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  • 2

Kate O’Donnell’s new book, Everyday Ayurveda Cooking for a Calm, Clear Mind: 100 Simple Sattvic Recipesis filled with ancient ayurvedic wisdom, updated to make sense for everyday modern life, but this trick is one of our favorites. According to O’Donnell, in India,
“this digestive is used 30 minutes before a meal to improve your appetite or following a meal to reduce indigestion and bloating,” she says. “Be sure to make it fresh for the medicinal benefit.” The traditional use is backed up by Western medicine—turmeric is a potent anti-inflammatory, while ginger soothes the stomach, and yogurt is packed with probiotics that aid in processing your food.  The fact that it tastes like a milkshake is only a bonus!

Continue Reading...

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Every year between June 20 and June 21, the Earth tilts its closest to the Sun, marking the first day of summer and the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. This year's summer solstice falls at 6:07 a.m. EDT on June 21. Here are a few ways that astrology and the solstice overlap and some history about the rituals of the summer solstice:

Continue Reading...

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This year, there's been a lot of talk about the importance of beating plastic pollution so it doesn't end up in our oceans. And it’s about time. But there’s another complex waste stream we interact with every day that deserves our attention: organic waste.

The term organic waste refers to all of our food waste, yard clippings, and un-recyclable paper products like used tissues, paper towels, paper plates, and cardboard scraps. Many of us toss these things without even thinking about it: We wipe the scraps off our plates, trash our spoiled fruit, and throw out mounds of many paper towels used to clean up messes.

Long thought to naturally break down when thrown in the trash, we now know that these organics not only linger in landfills but release greenhouse gases that contaminate the environment as they (very slowly) break down. Composting steers materials away from this wasteful fate and turns them into something valuable: nutrient-rich soil conditioner that can fortify planters, gardens, and farms.

As an individual looking for new ways to offset your carbon footprint, composting is one of the best things you can do for the environment—and you don’t need to have a backyard to do it.

Continue Reading...

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People have been using herbs to flavor dishes for ages. Science shows us that these plants not only offer tasteful benefits but nutritional and medicinal benefits as well. While many of these medicinal plants are available to buy in their dried format stores, many of them can be easily grown in your home or garden as well.

In general, medicinal herbs are easily grown in your own garden without a lot of effort. In addition to the health benefits you reap from consuming these plants, you will also enjoy the benefit of exercise and sun while spending time in your garden.

Consider what your needs are and what type of garden you may like. Are you looking to grow a culinary garden to enhance your meals, or perhaps a tea or medicinal plant garden? Perhaps you are limited with outdoor space or prefer indoor plants. The decision will help you to determine plant and garden placement and will make planning your garden a little easier.

Whatever you decide, there are numerous delicious and healthful options to choose from. This list includes plants that are tasty and nutritious, as well as plants that offer true medicinal benefits for common health issues such as sunburn, coughs, colds, indigestion and more.

Continue Reading...

  • 113
  • 2

Your own healing is a powerful contribution to the healing of everyone. #holisticunited

  • 110
  • 2

The ancient treatment promises deep relaxation and internal healing through pressure-focused foot massages.

Reflexology—you see it on almost every spa menu, from the refreshingly affordable, no-frills massage joints to the decadent day spas you might hit up on vacation. From the outside it looks like your run-of-the-mill foot massage. (Not a bad thing when you work on your feet all day!) But one look at that mesmerizing foot chart every reflexologist has hanging in their office and you begin to understand that the objective of this therapy is to do a whole lot more than just open up your arches.

Continue Reading...

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Many people don’t know this, but there are numerous types of meditation. To find out which type of meditation suits you best, read on!

Continue Reading...

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This homemade deodorant for sensitive skin works great and is REALLY simple to make. I use it every morning and it doesn’t bother my skin at all! My husband said it even works for him.

Continue Reading...

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m2yjhuc972um2vxme8mqawkqyncdtqgt.jpeg

#holisticunited

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dtckmwsmxttg2xzj9drd8aynsvlrnpez.jpeg

YESSSS!!! “We have far more control over our health and the condition of our bodies than we ever thought possible” - Mike Rabe. #holisticunited

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