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Healthy Living

The magic of mushrooms

“Mushrooms are packed with pure protein, have the ability to lower cholesterol, combat bad cholesterol, support heart health, and have a few if any calories,” said Andy Walke, Omaha-based mushroom farmer.

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Easing into a plant-based diet

Maybe you’ve heard all about the many benefits of a plant-based diet and have dabbled a bit here and there. It is also likely you may know someone who has made the switch and experienced huge improvements in their physical health. The claims are bold, saying that a plant-based diet can decrease your risk of chronic diseases, such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

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Staying grounded on Mount Kilimanjaro

The first glimpse of light rose above the clouds in a dark pink hue. My eyes watered from the wind, from the cold, from the adjustment to the new light — from the sheer awe of it all. There I was at the highest point in Africa, in the midst of a dream turned reality.

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5 tempting teas from Des Moines’ Gong Fu tea shop

Downtown Des Moines’ Gong Fu tea shop stocks its shelves with around 150 teas sourced from around the world. Here are five stand-out offerings, each filled with complex goodness that will conjure memories of cozy holidays and Seinfeld episodes past.

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Top 10 coffee shops around the world

I’ve visited 13 countries in the past year and enjoyed countless cups of coffee and tea while working on my first feature documentary The Connected Cup. From Ethiopia to Iowa City, here are 10 of my favorite coffee shops.

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Recipe: Kundalini Yogi Tea

In 1969, Yogi Bhajan began offering his students a blend of spices brewed into a tea after class. This tea included five spices traditional to Ayurvedic medicine: cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and black pepper. The students lovingly nicknamed the tea “yogi tea” and continues to be a staple of Kundalini yoga practices today.

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The yoga challenge that wasn’t

I scheduled classes, I canceled most of them and I carried through in being a bad vegan. What I hadn’t been doing during this challenge was remembering that yoga is so much more than showing up on your mat. While that’s an important step, it’s likewise important to remember the tenets of yoga.

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Treating a herniated disc with yoga

Particular poses, when done carefully, can aid back pain sufferers and help prevent problems in the long run. If you’re embarking on the uphill climb toward recovery, here’s a few reasons why you might plan on starting a morning Sun Salutation (and how it may help you wake up pain-free).