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Proper hydration is important throughout the year but it becomes even more critical during the hot summer months. Water is our most important nutrient since it is the basis for the aqueous medium in which all living processes occur. The adult human body is typically between 55-60% water (babies are about 75% water). Men have higher amounts than women due to their greater muscle mass (muscle tissue is 75% water). Even human bone surprisingly contains about 20% water. An average person can live up to three to four weeks without food but only three to five days without water. How...

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The majesty of May is upon us- the pure essence of a season concentrated into one glorious month. John Muir, the famous naturalist and explorer, stated that “the clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness”. I would propose that a woodland walk in May might be the surest way of getting a prescient glimpse into the mysteries of life Mr. Muir was referring to. If you go hiking early in the month you will be treated to the blooming of the spring ephemerals, small herbaceous plants that flower briefly in the spring before the trees fully leaf...

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The fierce lion of March never transmogrified into the gentle lamb we had all hoped for. We are now into April and spring is really here, at least according to the astronomical position of the earth in relation to the sun. While the deciduous trees have already leafed out in the likes of Savannah and Charleston, we New Englanders have to be patient and wait until early May for the miracle of nature to bless us with all its splendor and greenery.  Now is the time for spring cleaning- not just the windows and roof gutters but also the inner...

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Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. (Ralph Waldo Emerson) Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. (Lao tse) March is the month that teaches us patience. While we yearn for lush, leafy trees, golden daffodils and warblers singing their hearts out, March meanders to its own rhythm and time table. One day it is regressing back to February and on another day it boldly leaps toward April. We admire the plucky perseverance of the crocuses poking up through the frosty ground and the resilience of the wood frogs breeding in icy-cold ponds, making their appearance known...

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 As the Patriots are gearing up to bring their “A” game to the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI, I’ve compiled an “A” team of nutritional supplements to help cope with the health-compromising vicissitudes of winter’s second half. These star nutrients include two adaptogenic herbs and two very potent antioxidants. Some common threads running through all four of these supplements are that they stimulate the immune system and also exhibit anti-inflammatory properties- two extremely important factors in combatting the stressors of life and thwarting the invasion of microbial pathogens. Astaxanthin- This red-pigmented member of the carotenoid family is found primarily...

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