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Berry Good for You!

Cullman County is an agricultural hub mostly known for sweet potato and chicken farming. However, as the months become warmer, the strawberry becomes a celebrated commodity among producers and consumers in this close-knit community. The strawberry has a pretty impressive résumé when you lay out all of it’s known health benefits. You may not have to be convinced to eat this super fruit, but here are some heath and wellness facts about strawberries that could surprise you! •Strawberries protect your heart, increase HDL (good) cholesterol, lower blood pressure, and guard against cancer!
•Strawberries contain vitamins, fiber, anti-oxidants, magnesium, potassium, vitamin C, vitamin B6, Folic acid, and amino acids.
•Vitamin C in strawberries is not only considered an immune booster, but it helps to ward off histamine that causes runny nose, itchy eyes, and sneezing fits. One study has shown that vitamin C supplementation decreased histamine levels by 38%, while other studies have shown tha…

Featured Activity of the Month: Yoga

These days if you are looking for a physical activity to meet specific emotional and physical needs, you are in luck! Even though yoga has been practiced for thousands of years, many individuals are just now discovering the physical and mental health benefits of this exercise. Yoga is used as a complementary and alternative medicine that is centered around a mind-body intervention that is used to reduce health effects of generalized stress. Those who have been diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) reported having reduced depressive symptoms after participating in yoga and breathing practices 2 to 3 times a week in 90 minute classes. Those who suffer with depression should participate in yoga and deep breathing classes at least twice a week, plus at-home practice to significantly reduce symptoms. According to the American Osteopathic Organization, “yoga focuses the body’s natural tendency toward health and self-healing”. Yoga can also help with the following: ·Calm the nervous sy…

Featured Activity of the Month: Gardening

In case you haven’t noticed, society as a whole is busier than ever. Myriads of articles are published on a daily basis about how Americans are stressed out and need to take time to slow down, unplug, and appreciate the little things. Studies show that getting outside and enjoying nature is therapeutic, and helps you to reset and reboot. Gardening is a great outdoor activity that everyone should give a try! Gardening has a therapeutic quality that can decrease stress, increase physical activity, and improve mental health. Need a little more convincing to get out and get your hands dirty? Check out the known physical and mental health benefits of gardening. ·Stress Relief – we live in a society that is requiring directed attention to technology. This capacity gets used up and we become irritable, error-prone, distracted, and stressed out. However, this type of fatigue is reversible. When outdoors the rhythms of a natural environment and soothing nature of gardening tasks are sources of…