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Spiritual Gemstones And Their Meanings

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Many people, including myself as of recent, turn to crystals for their healing properties. I'm a firm believer that gemstones and crystals are full of elemental energy. These precious stones help channel our true intentions and when placed in certain areas of the body, can provide mental and physical benefits. I personally use my crystals when I need to create alignment and balance within my body's energy field. I keep two jade stones in my office for focus and to help reduce stress. I recently went to a cool shop along the beach in Monterey, CA. There were crystals and gemstones everywhere and I was so overwhelmed. I picked a few that stood out to me and decided to study what their meaning and intentions were. Amethyst This is one of my favorites aesthetically. Amethyst is a spiritual healing stone widely used in meditation. It can help reduce anxiety, protect against fear, instill calmness and alleviate feelings of guilt. Amethyst stones tend to be lilac or purple in color. H

The Benefits Of The Fodmap Diet

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                                  (Phot credit: Thegeriatricdietician.com)                               I came across the FODMAP diet when I was googling stomach symptoms I had been having suddenly for a couple of weeks. I was experiencing cramping, dull pain, and constipation only after I ate certain foods. After a lot of research, I self-diagnosed myself with irritable bowel syndrome or IBS. I started keeping a journal of everything I ate to see what was affecting my stomach. Most of the irritation came from sugar and foods high in fat. I later saw my doctor who confirmed I have IBS. The diet plan she came up with turned out to include everything recommended on the FODMAP diet.  FODMAP stands for  fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols. These are sugars or short-chained carbohydrates that the small intestine can't absorb correctly.  The FODMAP diet was designed for those who experience IBS and gastrointestinal issues. The plan is meant to be tem