Category: Health & Wellness

Yoga Can Benefit Your Adventures

By Christy Milan The mountains and streams call out for you to come and search out your adventure. The streams beckon to the fishermen and the waters entice swimmers and boaters. The valley hosts events and festivals, while the mountains entice you to explore. There are many activities to enjoy here in Northern California. However, at times the spirit is willing but the body may question your decision to hike the trail, go fishing or enjoy the many other activities this area has to offer. So how do you help your body get back to its vitality? Try yoga! Yoga to some may seem a little new age...

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4 Tasty & Nutritious Smoothies

  By Christy Milan In the North State, we have wonderful farmer’s markets that supply many fruits and vegetables. This gives locals and visitors alike a chance to taste what a real strawberry or tomato should taste like. It also provides the opportunity to create some healthy and tasty treats using fresh ingredients right here in Northern California. One of the many ways to enjoy this harvest is by blending up a smoothie. The color of smoothies can vary by ingredients added and sometimes they may look unappealing. Looks are deceiving and sometimes you may miss out on taste and nutrition...

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5 Power-Packed Produce Picks in the Produce Aisle

By Eileen Majors For many, it’s easy to overlook some things, like the super powers of produce. After spending a few hours researching the benefits of these colorful creations, I am absolutely craving them constantly. Just like Mom used to say, “Eat your vegetables!” Mix ‘em up; the more colors, the better. Sweet Potatoes We went to the North Carolina SweetPotato Commission for the goods on this colorful veggie. A medium sweet potato with skin has over four times the recommended intake of Vitamin A, which helps with vision, bone development and immune function. Also a good source of vitamin...

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7 Ways to Fight Inflammation

By Christy Milan According to livestrong.com, Acidifying Foods and Inflammation, nutritional research has developed a theory that separates foods into three groups. These three groups are weak acid, alkalinizing and acidifying. The foods go into a category depending how they affect the body. The general thought is that acidic foods and some alkaline can cause the body to produce acid which in turn leads to inflammation. Inflammation in the body is a healthy response to trauma and is beneficial to healing. Inflammation that is long term is your body’s way of saying there is a condition that...

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New Technology in Dentistry

By Dr. Michael Herndon, DDS, AF How many recall the days when dental drills were run by small string cables over pulleys? We sure have come a long way since those times! When air driven drills running at over 300 thousand rpm came along it was considered a marvel and yet today we have electric drills that go only 40 thousand rpm but have very high torque, don’t squeal like the air ones did, are easier on the ears, and they work much more efficiently. Now we have digital x-rays, computers that we can use to design crowns, and milling machines to mill them in one appointment with high...

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Dirty Dozen / Clean 15 Fruits & Vegetables

By Christy Milan The weather in Northern California is giving way to a beautiful spring. The outdoors calls for us to explore and enjoy. You can find Rodeo’s, Pet Expo’s, Wine Tasting and of course the yearly Norcal Boat Sports and RV Show, just to name a few. These events make it a great time to pack up a lunch or a few snacks and head out to the many activities that our region offers.  Fruits and vegetables are a wonderful way to enjoy the season and get the energy you need for your adventure. Unfortunately, pesticide residues can still be on the fruits/vegetables. Buying organic is not...

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Businesses Welcomed in the Small Town of Westwood

Westwood’s business community is well supported by the townspeople. The welcoming streets are named alphabetically by the names of trees. Streets are lined with old wooden homes, reminiscent of its early lumber days’ history. Retail businesses include three convenience stores, two with fuels, Lassen True Value hardware store, Now and Then thrift shop and Old Town Mercantile, an artists’ collective/Shabby Chic home furnishings & decor store which has been moving and expanding for its new early April Grand Re-opening. The town recently lost its grocery store, due to retirement, as was the...

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Tooth Sensitivity

By Dr. Michael Herndon, DDS, AF Being the season of the holidays and lots of sweets to eat, sensitive teeth can limit the fun! Teeth get sensitive for a number of reasons such as receding gums, cavities, fractures, and leaking restorations (fillings or crowns). For example, when gums recede, and this can happen at almost age for a number of reasons, the root of the tooth gets exposed. Once this happens it is fairly easy to erode through thin layer of cementum that covers the root and expose the dentin of the root. Dentin is a live tooth structure that has small tubes in it that go from the...

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Get Toasty with these Warming Spices

By Christy Milan The outside cold can bring a bodily chill that feels like icicles are hanging from your bones. The cold rips through leaving vibrations of the chill deep within your muscles. Aches and pains become more cumbersome and you feel like old man winter, or old woman winter for that matter. Jack Frost has taken up residence and will not be leaving for some time. How  to melt that chill and get toasty is a  priority. Turning to spices as a chill breaker leaves you with many options and perhaps unexpected health benefits. Spices have many healing properties such as the ability to be...

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Exploring Our Local Winter Wonderland – Snowshoeing, Skiing, Sledding And More

By Mara Dobyns Photos by Jessica Compton- JCM Photography In this beautiful area of Northern California we are often spoiled with snow which means we have countless opportunities for fun in the outdoor world. In my opinion it would be pretty silly not to take advantage of it. Whether you enjoy snowshoeing, cross country or downhill skiing, sledding, or just exploring your local backcountry, we’ve got something for everyone. When I was a kid having my birthday in January always meant one thing, going to our favorite local hill for play, Stover, celebrating with snow and sledding until our...

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Exploring Ice Caves In Lassen County

Photos and Article by Mara Dobyns “Life is an adventure. It’s not about the destination we reach that’s most rewarding, it’s the journey along the way. So write it down! & treasure the memory forever…” – Barlena Morina While exploring in Lassen National Forest, take highway 36 to Wilson Lake Road 29 & 63, then make a right onto the 29 N 19 road. Next, find the E. Spur Road off of 29 N 19, and if you’re lucky, you’ll stumble upon a tree marked “Ice” in blue paint. From there just ahead you will find an opening with a couch carved out of a tree, a trailhead, and a mailbox...

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