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Tracii H.

Las Vegas, Nevada
My name is Tracii Hanes and I'm from small-town Oklahoma but now live in Las Vegas. I have a passion for all things health-related, and believe it's the individual's responsibility to stay educated when it comes to health issues, hence my interest in this website...Wellsphere rocks! :)
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All About Adaptogens by Tracii H. 1 Comment Posted in: General Discussion in Vitamins & Supplements An adaptogen is any substance that normalizes bodily functions. For instance, if you have a lack of energy, the right adaptogen would give you energy, whereas the same substa ... Read on »
Solutions for Dysmenorrhea by Tracii H. 1 Comment Posted in: General Discussion in Stress Management Dysmenorrhea is painful menstruation and is the most common of all gynecologic complaints, and the leading cause of absenteeism from work, school, and other activities among ... Read on »
SAMe for Depression by Tracii H. 1 Comment Posted in: General Discussion in Stress Management Studies have shown that SAMe shapes the formation of brain chemicals and helps in the preservation of glutathione, a key antioxidant. In addition, SAMe is involved in the deve ... Read on »
Celiac Disease: Not as Rare as We Thought by Tracii H. 1 Comment Posted in: General Discussion in Weight loss Celiac disease is a growing problem, and nutritionists believe it's got something to do with our increasing intolerance to industrialized foods. But new research also bel ... Read on »
Helpful Pilates Tips by Tracii H. Posted in: General Discussion in Exercise Pilates can be a challenging workout for beginners. Keep these tips in mind so that you can get the most out of your pilates workout: Focus. Pilates is designed to combine ... Read on »
The Role of Diet in Autism by Tracii H. 2 Comments Posted in: General Discussion in Healthy Eating A pilot study of autistic children studied the effects of removing gluten from their diet (Autism, 1999; 3: 45-69). In the study, once gluten containing foods were eliminated, ... Read on »
The Wonders of Cayenne by Tracii H. Posted in: General Discussion in General Medicine The most important active ingredients in cayenne pepper is capsaicin, but also a number of other related compounds. Because capsaicin is very alcohol-soluble, tincture of caye ... Read on »
Detoxing from the Evil Nightshade: Tobacco by Tracii H. Posted in: General Discussion in General Medicine Tobacco comes from a large-leafed nightshade, or Solanaceae, plant. It is one of a few plants containing the psychoactive alkaloid, nicotine. In liquid form, nicotine is a let ... Read on »
Meditation...Steeped in Misconceptions by Tracii H. 11 Comments Posted in: General Discussion in Stress Management Many people who aren’t familiar with meditation believe that it’s an occult practice or that it has something to do with religion. That's Myth #1. While medi ... Read on »
Meditation: What's in It for YOU? by Tracii H. 2 Comments Posted in: Questions & Answers in Stress Management Meditation has many health benefits, many of which are likely not yet fully appreciated. Some of the positive effects we DO know about include the following:*Lowered oxygen c ... Read on »
Basil, Relaxation, and Well-Being by Tracii H. Posted in: General Discussion in Stress Management Did you know that the common herb basil is a relaxant and mood-enhancer? The plant has been known for centuries to have mild sedative and uplifting effects. You can eat it, ... Read on »
More Fruit, Please! by Tracii H. Posted in: General Discussion in Healthy Eating Always bring along a sturdy piece of fruit, like an orange or apple, for a quick snack when you're on the go. Serve fruit for dessert often. It helps to have fruits and ... Read on »
Calcium All Day Long by Tracii H. Posted in: General Discussion in Healthy Eating Breakfast is a great time to get your calcium. Fat-free or low fat milk, soy milk, or calcium fortified juices are great sources of the mineral, which plays an important role ... Read on »
Snack Smarter by Tracii H. Posted in: General Discussion in Weight loss Get organized. Plan snacks ahead so when the urge to eat hits you there is something to reach for. Convenience is a big factor when it comes to snacking. Peel carrots, and cut ... Read on »
Increasing Veggie Intake by Tracii H. Posted in: General Discussion in Healthy Eating Learn to steam vegetables the right way. Thicken soups, stews, and sauces with pureed vegetables for added zest. Use frozen veges instead of canned vegetables when fresh ones ... Read on »
Getting More Whole Grains in Your Diet by Tracii H. Posted in: General Discussion in Healthy Eating Substitute whole-wheat flour for bleached white flour any time. Switch to whole-wheat pasta and pizza. Serve bran-based or shredded wheat cereals.Serve creative whole-grain si ... Read on »
The Lowdown on So-Called "Digestive" Yogurts by Tracii H. Posted in: General Discussion in Vitamins & Supplements You’ve undoubtedly seen the ads for those digestion-promoting yogurts like DanActive® and Activia® that claim to aid in reducing constipation, bloating, and other intestinal s ... Read on »
Lose Weight Quickly By Eating More Slowly by Tracii H. 2 Comments Posted in: General Discussion in Weight loss It takes time for the body to realize that you have eaten and for the feeling of hunger to go away. Eating too quickly can cause you to eat more food over the same period ... Read on »
Caffeine...Not Entirely Bad by Tracii H. Posted in: General Discussion in Healthy Eating New research by French and Portuguese scientists in suggests that drinking caffeine may help protect memory in older women. Study author Dr Karen Ritchie, of INSERM, the F ... Read on »
8 Glasses a Day? It Depends by Tracii H. Posted in: General Discussion in Healthy Eating Is the “Eight Glasses a Day” theory about water intake right for everyone? The amount of water we need to drink each day can vary based on several factors: -- Increased act ... Read on »