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Practical Wellness

Practical Wellness falls under the Wellness & Learning umbrella, which covers all things fitness and wellness in creative and inspiring ways that resonate with people living in a mountain community.

The Paradox of Alcohol

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You might argue that pale ale is better than stout, martinis beat Manhattans, or pinot is superior to cabernet, but there’s one thing we can all agree on when it comes to alcohol; heavy drinking and binging is bad for us.

Broccoli’s Secret Weapon

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Cruciferous veggies have a secret weapon called sulforaphane.

The Key to Good Habits

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How should you classify your habit forming techniques?

The Power of Om

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Meditation actually changes the brain’s structure, thickening areas associated with sensory processes and attention, and slowing (and possibly reversing) age-related loss of brain tissue in the grey and white matter.

Turmeric: Nature’s Golden Super Spice

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If you’ve eaten Indian or Thai food, you’ve eaten turmeric — it’s one of the signature ingredients in curry. It’s also used as a food coloring for mustard, cheese, and butter.

Tempting, but Troublesome

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All color additives require FDA approval, so we assume they’re safe. But over the years, more artificial dyes have been banned than any other type of additive, mostly due to cancer risk.

What Do You Really Know About Zika?

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To date, 1,800 Americans have returned from overseas infected with Zika. Of these, 134 are Californians, including one man from the Sacramento area.

Get Cultured

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The yogurt aisle used to be a pretty straightforward place, offering a handful of flavors and a choice of nonfat, low-fat, or whole milk yogurt. But most yogurts are marketed to appear healthier than they really are. To find a quality product, here are some things you should know.

How Much Can a Body Take?

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This month, Linda took a look back over the 100 articles she has written for Moonshine Ink and asks: How much can a body take?

Beef — It’s Warming the Planet

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Cattle produces about 100 gallons of methane per beast, per day

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