Healthy soil is fundamental to a thriving garden. Soil requires renewal with fresh organic matter to help your garden reach its full potential, so give your spring plantings an advantage by rooting them in a rich environment.  Read more information on building up organic matter, improving nutrients, and balancing pH. The temperatures are warming up,…

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All our favorite trails have been covered by snow for the past few weeks, but as the snow melts, take advantage of the warmer temperatures and find new places to explore. A few of our favorite are below, but explore more with our outdoor activity finder. Monocacy Hill Recreation Area: There are miles of trails…

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Shoveling snow can be a workout—literally.  A 155 pound person burns over 450 calories in an hour of shoveling. It’s a full-body cardiovascular exercise, so take your time, warm up, and stay hydrated as you’re clearing off the sidewalk this winter. Each year, an average of 11,500 people end up in the emergency room as a…

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I got home last night and had a few surprisingly uncharacteristic minutes of nothing to do. My wife was picking up the kids from school and my parents, with whom we are temporarily residing as we purchase a new home, had dinner prepared. And so I stood uncomfortably in the living room before collapsing on…

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Some believe dementia is a normal part of the aging process – it’s not. Dementia is a syndrome that is typically progressive, deteriorating cognitive function beyond what is expected from healthy aging. Many people live their whole lives without exhibiting signs or symptoms of dementia. In the United States alone, approximately 5 million people are living…

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While running isn’t the only way to keep your heart healthy, for weekend warriors and moderate everyday athletes, it is one of the most accessible. To reap the cardiovascular benefits of running, all you need is an inexpensive pair of quality running shoes and a track, trail or treadmill. But how far or how long do you actually…

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Yoga has grown so common that 14.3% of U.S. adults have made the exercise part of their fitness routine. Whether it’s for your physical or mental health—or just a way to relax—it seems we’re always learning more ways yoga can positively affect our bodies. But yoga is more than just stretches and poses. These three types of…

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There’s nothing like the fall air. Here are the health and wellness events happening around the Pottstown area this month so you can get your outdoor time in before winter arrives. Lundale Farm to Feet 5K, Dog Walk + CelebrationFriday, September 135:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.Lundale Farm Inc.Friday the 13th is your lucky day this month,…

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The strain of everyday stress can lead to headaches, heart disease and high blood pressure. But did you know stress can alter your gut bacteria, and ultimately harm your immune system? The gut microbiome in your digestive system includes a diverse collection of bacteria, viruses, archaea, protozoa and fungi. These are not invaders; they are an important…

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When we looked at the top 100 foods as ranked by scientists, several peppers and pepper-derived foods made the list. But chili powder and chili peppers ranked higher than the others. Why? Peppers have a combination of nutrients like vitamin C, ascorbic acid, beta carotene, potassium, folic acid and fiber. Some extra benefits might come from a chemical…

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