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Natural Awakenings Magazine Daytona | Volusia | Flagler

November 2022 Edition

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Before directing you to the many valuable articles about living a healthy, balanced life, I want to remind you to support local businesses.

   A healthy network of local businesses has never been more important. Money spent locally is an investment in our community. Lives are directly impacted by every dollar spent with independent businesses. I urge you to choose locally produced goods and services during the holiday season, and hope you’ll continue this practice into the new year.

    Canal Street in New Smyrna Beach invites you to shop the historic district and enjoy the holiday-themed events beginning on Nov. 25. A community tree-lighting ceremony, live entertainment and a winter wonderland are just a few of the special events planned. Read more on page 6 and visit

    We congratulate Empower Solar Solutions on being named a top solar provider in national magazine, The Solar Power World’s 2022 list of top solar contractors. This local, woman-owned company’s mission is to make solar energy effortless and affordable by providing homeowners with turnkey, renewable energy. They handle the entire process from concept to completion. See the article and ad on page 4.

    Local Acupuncture Physician Lisa Sweeters is featured on page 7 for her win at the 24th annual Sisters of the Sea Surf Classic in Jacksonville Beach.  Sweeters recently resumed competitive surfing after a maternity/postpartum break.

    The gut health and mental health connection is explained in conscious eating on page 16. We’ll all heard the phrase, “you are what you eat.” About 90 percent of serotonin is produced in the cut and carried to the brain, not the other way around. Imbalances in gut bacteria can lead to depression and other psychiatric issues. Learn about mood-lifting foods and identifying bio-markers for inflammation. Be sure to try the gut-healing recipes following the article.

    Mental health issues continue to rise due to the prolonged state of anxiety caused by economics, politics and the perceived climate emergency. Twelve strategies for overcoming anxiety are offered in our healing ways section on page 22. Whether for yourself are a loved one, you’ll derive many benefits from this five minute read.