Preventative Health & Wellness

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A New Take On Life

By Jessica Pottorff / November 15, 2023

As a substance abuse counselor, I’ve heard it all. I’ve heard every excuse and defense under the sun in defense of an addictive behavior or that someone is not addicted to something, or someone. What I have learned in my career so far, and in my own journey of recovery, is that people find something that helps them feel good or better, and whether it is healthy or not, they will use it repeatedly and will be reluctant to ever admit that they may be addicted to it.

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Dietary Supplements | What’s to know

By Linda Wilcox / September 25, 2023

There are all kinds of dietary supplements on the market today for just about anything. Not all supplements are created equal, and there is little quality standardization of these products. Unlike prescription and over-the-  counter medication, the Food and Drug Administration does not establish standards for the contents of dietary supplements. With so many products on the market to choose from, an independent third-party certification program can help guide you in deciding what supplements to choose.

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A New Take On Life

By Jessica Pottorff / August 18, 2023

Substance Use Disorders are characterized by chronic dependence on a substance, despite having mental, physical, and social consequences. They also include socioeconomic, biochemical, genetic (more on this in upcoming months), and increasingly, Smicrobiological underpinnings. It is well known that addiction is a brain disorder and affects the wiring in our brain, but there are new and emerging studies showing the link between the gut microbiome and drug addiction.

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The Perfect Way to Wrap Up Summer

By Linda Wilcox / August 18, 2023

August is National Wellness Month, making it the perfect time to focus on caring for you and yours with healthy routines. Incorporating small changes and wholesome habits into your daily routine all month long is the perfect way to wrap up summer and impact your health in positive ways.

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Let’s Talk About Ozempic

By Linda Wilcox / May 10, 2023

May 2023 | Wellness Connections By Linda Wilcox Ozempic has become popularized in the media and is the new hot celebrity trend for weight loss transformation. As Ozempic is being prescribed to more and more people, it might be a good idea to talk about it and understand what it is, how it works, and how…

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“Let thy food be thy medicine.” (Hippocrates)

By Linda Wilcox / March 20, 2023

National Nutrition Month is celebrated this month to bring awareness to the importance of making informed food choices and developing healthful eating and physical activity habits. In our everyday world we are overrun by messages surrounding diet, weight loss, and ideals of how our bodies should or shouldn’t look, which foods are good/bad/or even super, and what our relationship with food should be. All these complicated messages can leave us feeling confused, guilty, and ashamed of ourselves, our will power, and our bodies. Food and our relationship to it doesn’t have to be this complicated. Discovering all of the ways food can and does fuel and nourish our bodies can lead to a healthier perspective and relationship with food and fuel our future healthy selves.

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Health Benefits of Daily Gratitude | Wellness Connections

By Linda Wilcox / November 8, 2022

Making gratitude a daily practice can help to increase your happiness and have positive effects on your health. Gratitude is being aware of and thankful for things in your life whether past/present/future, material or relational. Sometimes gratitude is a spontaneous feeling and sometimes it requires being intentional. Choosing to be grateful has many health benefits including increased happiness, decreased stress, improved physical health and sleep, and improved relationships. Choose gratitude everyday and you will see improvements in mind, body, and soul.

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ADHD Nutrition | Wellness Connections

By Linda Wilcox / October 2, 2022

October is ADHD Awareness Month! Research shows a direct connection between food & brain function. Diet isn’t a cure all for ADHD & doesn’t cause ADHD, but proper nutrition can improve symptoms of ADHD including hyperactivity, concentration, and impulsivity. 8 guidelines to support children & adults with ADD/AHDH.

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7 Wellness Books To Transform Your Health

By New Life Counseling / May 9, 2022

Wellness and nutrition should be a balanced approach that focuses on what feels good to your body and what is good for your health. Being in charge of your health and well-being not only benefits you physically but mentally too. If you are struggling to break some of your eating habits or are wanting to…

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