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Short term in the long run

In your second phase of life, you can still make long-term plans, see a bigger picture. It takes something a little more today. We’re living in complicated times. The impacts of the pandemic,economies and markets doing strange things and topsy turvy geopolitics. We’re living longer and we don’t want to retire because we still want to be an active part of our communities. We’re still, as we move into our 50’s, 60’s, even 80’s, able to think in the long-term. We should too. We can’t predict the future, but we can still thrive. If we prepare ourselves. As Russian-American psychologist and writer Dr. Maria Konnikova says “You will never see the long run if, in the short term, you don’t buffer yourself against the vicissitudes of chance.” If you’ve spent any time on social media sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram or Twitter, you’ve no doubt noticed the many articles shared

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Mind

5 Pillars of Mindful Living

In these chaotic times it’s natural to seek a sense of calm. Learning to stay more in the present moment can help. Living in the pandemic era, we appear to be surrounded by constant change and uncertainty. It is natural to crave calm and to seek ease amid the chaos. We want to feel more grounded. Practicing mindfulness is an approach we can all adopt. It is free and accessible at any time. It is also a long-term strategy that helps build resilience to life’s ups and downs. According to research by the American Psychological Association, there are many health benefits to incorporating mindfulness in your daily activities. These include reduced stress and anxiety, improved empathy towards others and oneself; more acceptance, kindness and compassion; and improved self-control, concentration and mental clarity. Now who wouldn’t want to enjoy these benefits simply by being more aware while experiencing the everyday activities

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Mind

Exercise your mind too

In the West, we think of yoga as a workout for the body. From Hot or Power to Yin or Restorative, the focus is usually on the physical. But the truth beyond the spandex is that yoga practice is a state of mind. It is experienced best when the mind is calm, without distractions. That’s when the real mind-body connection can be made. And you don’t need to move through a strenuous sequence of poses to get there. But it certainly helps. The poses in yoga are designed to build strength, increase mobility and improve the ease with which your body moves. But there is a huge, often-forgotten component of a yoga practice that requires no movement at all. Yoga’s ancient text, The Living Gita, presents four distinct paths—Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Ra-ja Yoga and Jnana Yoga. Each is described as leading us back to our True Self. This month

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Health

Top 8 Hormones for longevity

Maintaining the proper balance of these eight hormone help you fight aging and feel younger longer. Do you have lifeless hair, dull skin, and weak nails? These are all signs of aging. If you want to turn back the clock, I suggest starting your anti-aging regimen with an inside look at your hormones. They affect everything from immune response and inflammation to cellular growth and tissuerepair. Let’s address each of the top eight hormones that impact our appearance and discuss methods you can use to achieve the healthy balance necessary for radiant, youthful- looking skin. The countdown begins: EIGHT: Testosterone Excessive testosterone, in women or men, may result in acne on the face, chest or back. With age, women tend to experience an increase in androgen (a male sex hormone) levels and a decline in estrogen. Men tend to experience the opposite—an increase in estrogen and a decline in testosterone, which causes the skin to dry out. If a testosterone deficiency is suspected, herbs such as tribulus terresteris, stress management and weight-bearing exercises may help to restore optimal levels for both men and women. You can also ask your health practitioner about bioidentical testosterone cream. SEVEN: DHEA Dry skin is a problem that

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Health

Gut health & anti-inflammatory meds

Many athletes and fitness enthusiasts take Ibuprofen and similar medications to help them exercise in the face of aches, pains and minor injuries. A note of caution: This practice can be harmful to your digestive health. Having played sports my entire life, I have taken my fair share of Ibuprofen for the usual aches and pains, at least until several years ago when my naturopathic doctor suggested that it might be causing my eczema and digestive problems. Developed in the 1960s, Ibuprofen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to reduce pain and inflammation. She called my condition “leaky gut,” where some material from the gut (the gastrointestinal tract) leaks out into the bloodstream rather than being digested normally. A leaky gut, I learned, increases a person’s susceptibility to infections and autoimmune diseases such as eczema, and is related to atherosclerosis, chronic heart failure, allergies, autism and inflammatory-induced metabolic diseases

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