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Walking barefoot, or earthing; is no longer something “only hippies do”. Research is showing that earthing can have many benefits such as pain relief, improved fitness and balance, lowered stress and increased immune system. Fitness and Balance Our feet are responsible for a large portion our balance, support and mobility and there are over 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments in our feet alone. How many of those muscles are immobilized by tennis shoes? When you run, do you think your feet are doing as much work as they were designed to do? Many studies have shown that barefoot training has...

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 Have you ever been stung by a bee? Maybe when you were a kid, running through fields and picking flowers, you looked down and saw a black and yellow bee perched on your arm. The next second pain blossoms under your skin and the bee disappears. You cry and your mom puts honey or baking soda or toothpaste on the tender skin and maybe you have a fear of bees for the next ten years. Then you find out that the bee probably died after stinging you and maybe you thought “karma” or maybe you cried over the loss of...

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Written by Haley Cottey Every hike requires preparation. Most of the time, you will only need your clothes, shoes and some snacks and water. However, just in case you get lost or a big storm blows in and you’re miles from the trail head, you want to be ready. Many hikers will refer to the “10 essentials” when hiking. Well what are they? (Preorder your set of 10 hiking essentials reminder cards here) Will you have to pay a fortune for them? Thankfully, no. These items most people already own and if not, they are easy to come by. Will...

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Written by Madison Lawson Opossums get a bad rap, seen as giant, disgusting rats or just another piece of roadkill. But the truth of the Opossum is so much better. This (arguably cute) creature is the only marsupial of North America and are the superheroes of the American backyard. Let’s start off with some cool facts about the Opossum. First, did you know they have the equivalent of opposable toes, or “hallux,” on their back feet? They share this fact only with primates, pandas, and rats. Not even humans have opposable toes. Plus, their tails are pretty impressive. Many refer...

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Written by Haley Cottey On April 22nd, 1970, millions of Americans rallied on the first Earth Day from coast to coast to demonstrate their shared value for a healthy and sustainable environment. Organized protests took place all over the country to protest businesses, factories and power plants that were polluting and contributing to loss of wildlife and wilderness. Those with few other commonalities stood side by side to show that our earth is for us all no matter our political, spiritual, or economic alignment. In 1969, Santa Barbara, California suffered from a massive oil spill which led US Senator Gaylord Nelson...

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