Ashwagandha Pumps Up Testosterone

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Low testosterone levels can be problematic for men as they age. Fortunately, Mother Nature produces her own form of testosterone booster: the herb ashwagandha. Research published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition tested 57 men between the ages of 18 and 50. They were divided into two groups—one was given 300 milligrams of the herbal extract twice a day for eight weeks; the other ingested a placebo for the same period.

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New Home-Delivery Meal Service: Sue Sheff Offering Healthy, Seasonable Ready-to-Cook Meals for Busy Families

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If you’ve tried—or wanted to try—Plated or Blue Apron home delivery meal services, there’s now a local home-delivery option that focuses healthy, seasonal, local fare. Sue Sheff offers the convenience and quality of Plated and Blue Apron but adds a focus on local, sustainable options.

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POSITIVE POWER: Four Practices to Help You Combat Negativity and Focus on the Positive

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Positive Psychology techniques have been shown to combat depressed and anxious feelings nearly as well as—and sometimes even better than—antidepressant medications.

Here are four positive power techniques that have proven effective for many people:

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Art in the Dark Returns on June 23: Annual Event Benefits San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind & Vision Impaired

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Art in the Dark, San Antonio’s unique art experience benefiting the San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind and Vision Impaired, celebrates its sixth year on Thursday, June 23. This year the event takes place at the newly renovated La Quinta Inn & Suites Riverwalk Hotel and will offer a unique evening celebrating “The Touch,” “The Sense” and “The Feel” of art.

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Live Comedy Evokes Trust and Empathy

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Research from the UK University of Surrey has found that witnessing live comedy increases emotional interaction and bonding between the spectators and performer and enhances a general feeling of trust and intimacy among participants through the shared experience.

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BENEFICIAL PLANTS: Our Hill Country Area is Filled with Amazing Native Plants That Can Benefit Your Health

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by Margaret Elizabeth Johnston

We are so blessed here in San Antonio and the Hill Country to have some fabulous medicinal plants that grow wild near where we live. The Prickly Pear, Aloe, Yucca and Agave are four plants that spring to mind. These four plants are incredibly versatile and are available to anyone who cares to go searching for them. The Native Americans enjoyed the healing quality of these plants and put them to good use, and we can learn to do the same.

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PROTECTING THE GOLDEN GOOSE: Determining a Financial Strategy to Manage Your Risk is Key to Financial Well-Being

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If you were asked, “Which is more valuable, the golden eggs or the goose that lays them?” What would your answer be? Common sense would tell you the goose of course! And why is that? Because the goose will provide a continuing supply of golden eggs for as long as it lives. The same could be said of you. Think about it. Each of us provides a financial benefit to someone. That someone could be a spouse, child, family member, company or friend.

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Swedes’ Solution: Six-Hour Workday Reaps Benefits

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Many Americans work 50 hours a week or more because they think they’ll get more done and reap the benefits later. However, according to a metastudy published in The Lancet, people who clock a 55-hour week have a 33 percent greater risk of stroke and 13 percent higher risk of developing coronary heart disease than those who maintain a 35- to 40-hour work week.

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Summer Jazz & Lunch Series Kicks Off June 19 at the McNay Museum

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The hot summer months get a cool dose of jazz at the annual three-part concert series featuring San Antonio’s finest jazz performers. Head to the McNay Art Museum on Sunday, June 19, for the first concert—you’ll hear the sounds of the Dirty River Dixie Band performing authentic dixieland jazz.

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Gay Hendricks on Nurturing Love in Midlife: Why Growing Up Can Mean Loving Better

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by S. Alison Chabonais

Gay Hendricks and his wife, Kathlyn, have discovered through working on their own relationship and counseling hundreds of other couples that the time from midlife onward offers the greatest opportunity of any other period to grow love. At a mutual low point, they made the life-changing decision to rebirth their marriage, tapping into a new source of energy and rejuvenation that’s producing extensive and surprising benefits.

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