Prairie Health Companion
Prairie Health Companion
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Integrative Nutrition
4:19 pm

Are You Struggling to Sleep at Night?

There’s nothing better than crawling into bed after a long day. It’s incredible how rejuvenating a good night’s sleep can be, but for many of us, a restful night isn’t always a guarantee. Read More

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12:47 pm

An Attitude of Gratitude

Have you ever had the experience where you go away and discover how other people live or how they do things differently, only to come back home feeling so grateful for what you already have? Gratitude can turn what we already have into enough. It can strengthen our relationships and improve our heath and happiness! And the good news is that gratitude can be practiced and learned to get the full benefits. Read More

Integrative Nutrition
12:45 pm

7 Ways to Be More Confident

In any job or new venture, self-confidence is an integral part of your success. Your confidence impacts how others perceive you and how you feel about yourself. Read More

Integrative Nutrition
10:16 am

Saying Yes to Becoming Your Own Boss

Setting your own hours, doing work you love, and sharing your true passion are all perks of being your own boss. While it may seem overwhelming to make the step to becoming the leader of your success, as your own boss, you now have the ability to manifest your future and create the life you’ve dreamed of. Read More

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1:07 pm

Rethinking Alcohol Consumption

Last month, the Star Tribune (of Minneapolis) reported that according to a massive study, co-authored by 512 researchers from 243 different institutions, and reported in the pretigious Bristish medical journal Lancet, that to minimize health risks, the optimal amount of alcohol someone should consume is none. Any alcohol at all, they reported, was associated with some health risk. According to the report, the number of people who died in 2016 from an alcohol related cause was 2.8 million! Excessive drinking is the fourth leading preventable cause of death in the United States, yet, as of today, there are still no warning labels on bottles of alcohol that advise us as to the health hazards of drinking nor are there calorie counts (still optional for producers to add); we were pretty much in the dark, until now. Read More

Integrative Nutrition
2:35 pm

The Health Benefits of Laughing

At IIN, we teach the importance of joy in living a healthy and balanced life. Health isn’t just about eating kale and getting proper exercise; it’s equally important to relax, play, and laugh. We’ve all heard that “laughter is the best medicine,” and it’s true! Read More

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3:21 pm

Veggie Amour!

Anyone who knows me knows that I am crazy about veggies. When I was little, my mom saw me happily devouring some fresh veggies, and commented how "lucky" I was to love veggies. At first I thought, "Huh?" But many years later, I get it. Although veggies are the key component for optimal health, many people struggle to get the recommended 6 servings. According to our health experts, they should occupy about half of your plate. It seems that no matter what diet program you prefer, veggies are the common thread. Wondering why they are such nutritional superstars? Read More

Integrative Nutrition
3:17 pm

Natural Ways to Reduce Anxiety

You wake up at 3am with your heart racing. You have a pit in your stomach. You feel restless, light-headed, and hot. Your mind starts to race, and before you know it, you’re worrying about the list of things that need to be done tomorrow. Though mind and body reactions may vary, these symptoms are often an indication of anxiety. Read More

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10:46 pm

Finding the Blue Zones

Dan Beuttner, award winning author and researcher, has traveled the world and has discovered places where people live well into their hundreds by practicing simple yet healthy habits. He is coming to the University of Minnesota Northrup Auditorium on Thursday Septemer 27th to share what he learned and to inspire us on how to live our own version of the Blue Zones. What are the common threads of those who live long and healthy lives? http://www.northrop.umn.edu/events/dan-buettner-david-rothenberger-lecture Read More

Integrative Nutrition
10:26 am

How Often Should You Exercise?

It’s an age-old question: How many times a week should I be exercising? Unfortunately, there’s no magic number or simple formula to find the answer. Just like with food, the concept of bio-individuality applies to exercise, and what works for one person may not work for another. Read More

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