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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.

Easy Ways to Supercharge Your Fruits and Veggies

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By making a few easy changes, you can up the nutritional value of fruits and veggies.

Red Meat

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Meat can wreak serious havoc on your health. Here's six reasons not to have steak for dinner.

Blowing the Lid Off Sports Drinks

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Supermarket shelves are loaded with sports and energy drinks claiming to boost performance and hydration. But do you really need a specialty drink every time you exercise?

If You Don’t Snooze, You Lose

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Everyone knows that sleep loss makes you feel lousy. But losing sleep early in the night has a different effect on memory, learning, and creativity than losing the same number of hours toward morning. Linda Lindsay examines why everyone needs a full night of sleep —especially students heading back to school.

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.

Performance in a Bottle

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Do sports drinks really help you recover and perform better? Yes and no.

The Gluten-Free Craze: Fad or Necessity?

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When Truckee contractor Dan Moore cut gluten from his diet, he didn’t do it for his health. Moore’s wife was going gluten-free, and he...

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.

Breakfast: Is it Really that Important?

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At certain times of the day, our bodies are primed to digest food, absorb nutrients, and produce insulin at peak efficiency. Linda Lindsay examines how breakfast relates to circadian rhythms, and why you might not want to skip this morning meal.

Time-Restricted Eating

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If you like the idea of intermittent fasting, but can’t imagine a day without food, Time-Restricted Eating may be the answer. You get to eat every day, as long as you do so within an eight to 12-hour window. By aligning with your body’s natural circadian rhythms, just about every biological system — including fat burning — will work more efficiently.