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Nourish & Flourish: Supporting wellness through network care

Would you like to have more energy, sleep better and wake up more energized? How about if you could feel more connected to your body? What if you could feel better than you’ve felt in years? When I was in my mid-20s, I was in an elevator in a Lincoln National Bank building and an older gentleman entered with a younger businessman. The older gentleman was talking about how it feels at his age and said, “You get to a point where time and the world seems to move faster and faster.” The elevator stopped on his floor and stepping off, he turned back and said, “And then, all you can do is hold on.” The elevator doors closed and the silence that remained was palpable. I’ve thought about that gentle

Make your next cookout sizzle with these meat grilling tips

Grilling the perfect steak is as much a badge of honor as it is a flavorful summer meal. However, many backyard grillers end up with dry, chewy meat caused by high temperatures and improper technique. If you want to polish your skills as a meat master, start by learning these grilling basics that will make your next cookout legendary. Room Temperature Rules Taking the meat straight from the refrigerator to the grill is convenient, but it also has some drawbacks. First, the steak takes a lot longer to cook because it has to warm up once you place it on the grill. Secondly, cold meat is firm and doesn’t absorb marinades, sauces or seasoning very well. Aim to leave the steak out for 15 to 20 m

Treating Rosacea with Intense Pulsed Light

Intense pulsed light (a.k.a. IPL) is becoming more popular each year as new and improved techniques are being developed to maximize each patient's experience. IPL is what's commonly used in laser hair removal, but it has other wonderful benefits. What many people don't realize is that intense pulsed light can also be utilized to treat skin conditions such as rosacea. Those who suffer from this condition now find relief through the techniques typically used in laser hair removal. What is Rosacea? Rosacea is an acne-like condition which causes extreme flushing of the face. The cheeks often become red or rosy and pimples may appear at times. Rosacea is caused by changes in the bloo

Could your dog or cat have allergies?

Dogs and cats often display allergy symptoms differently than people do, which can make it difficult to identify and treat them. Unfortunately, untreated allergies can lead to chronic ear infections and skin issues such as infections and loss of fur. When a dog or cat has an allergy, it typically falls into one of these three categories: Environmental: Seasonal allergies are the most common type of environmental allergy for dogs and cats. Common culprits include pollen, ragweed, dust mites, cigarette smoke, or anything else in the environment that he breathes in and has a reaction to. Typical symptoms include: • Licking excessively on his sides or groin area • Rubbing his face •

Get the best results from your electric toothbrush

An electric toothbrush is an incredibly useful dental tool that will help your teeth to stay healthy and clean. However, these innovative brushes don’t simply do the work for you. When you upgrade to an electric brush, you’ll still need to use a proper brushing technique and take considerations to maximize your oral health. By following a few simple tips, you’ll get the best possible results from your electric toothbrush. Take Time to Practice An electric toothbrush is a very different experience than using a traditional brush. For some people, the vibrations leave them feeling disoriented. It may take some time to get used to your new brush, so take as many practice runs as needed before yo

Making quick yogurt desserts

Sometimes it can be hard to turn down dessert when you go to a restaurant or a party. Unfortunately, the calories and fat from those little indulgences can really add up over time. One way to enjoy a sweet treat while still staying on course with your healthy eating plan is to substitute yogurt for those less healthy treats. Here are some ways to make quick yogurt desserts that’ll leave you satisfied and guilt-free: Quick yogurt desserts: Nuts and honey One of the fastest ways to get your dessert fix is to sprinkle your favorite nuts and a spoonful of fresh honey into low-fat, unsweetened plain yogurt. If you want to avoid the carbohydrates in the honey, substitute a sugar-free maple syrup i

The benefits of taking a Vitamin D3 supplement

Also known as the Sunshine Vitamin, vitamin D3 is naturally produced in the skin as a reaction to sunlight. In theory, that makes it an easy vitamin to get enough of. In practice, the majority of adults in Western society are deficient in the Sunshine Vitamin. Vitamin D3 plays an important role in regulating the absorption of calcium and phosphorous. The vitamin is necessary for normal immune system function and important to the growth and development of healthy bones and teeth. It also helps the body fight certain diseases. Several factors contribute to the wide-ranging vitamin D3 deficiency in our society. Most people, particularly those who work indoors, simply do not spend enough time ou

Should I pay cash for my retirement home?

An Essential Question You’ve worked your whole life; you’ve saved for it, and now its time to buy your retirement home in the mountains of North Carolina. You’re selling your current home and considering paying cash for your retirement home. Coming here for the beauty and lifestyle…is a Great Move. Paying Cash…may not be the Right Move. Before you spend your equity, which has taken decades to accumulate to pay cash for your new home, stop to answer this essential question: Why would you pay cash for your retirement home…WHY? Because you can, is not a good answer. Because you don’t want a mortgage, is not a complete answer. People pay cash, so they won’t carry a mortgage payment into reti

Made in America

The month of July is the perfect time to show your patriotic pride with style. Wearing the colors, or an interpretation of our flag, can express patriotism and love of country. The flag code, written in 1942, determined that as long as the article of clothing is not made from an actual flag, there is no breach of flag etiquette. The first official American flag, made with thirteen stars and thirteen stripes to represent our thirteen original colonies, debuted in 1777. Our current flag has only been around since July 4, 1960, after Hawaii became our country’s fiftieth state. Our flag and its colors are an enduring statement in the world of fashion. In 1989, Ralph Lauren designed what became a

Staying fit through outdoor activities

Summer is begging for us to be out and about in the fresh air and natural surroundings. No excuses as we head toward retirement or are enmeshed within it. As a matter of fact, many of our “over 50” crowd are in the best shape of their lives. Yes, okay, some are content to slow down, but many see this time as an opportunity to live a challenging and active lifestyle. And, here we are in Western North Carolina, an area ripe with fitness opportunities and outdoor activities. Summertime brings possibilities for excellent hiking, cycling, backpacking, camping, and the myriad river activities like canoeing and kayaking. For those who need to ease into fitness, a walk in the woods over a less stren

Cycling the Blue Ridge Mountains

Photocredit: Sycamore Cycles On a typical drive through Western North Carolina and the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, you’ll encounter many cyclists enjoying the ride. This region welcomes many individuals who wish to experience the rush that comes with the downhill ride after the exertion of pedaling up a mountain. In addition to road biking, mountain biking on some of the available trails can be an exhilarating experience. While the bikes and the skills required are quite different, roadies and MTBers who take to the hills and mountains tend to take their disciplines seriously. Don’t let the mountainous terrain put you off, however. Whether you are an expert or a less experienced rider, t

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