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 10 Simple Tips for Healthy Relationships 
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7. Nutritional Supplements can support you with a greater health and physical energy to support your personal relationship and intimacy. Sexual energy nutrients include the B vitamins, most minerals, the amino acids and essential fatty acids; these support healthy tissues and body function. All of these can be derived from a good diet or enhanced with the right supplement program. Additional antioxidants, such as vitamins C and E, selenium, and the carotenes protect the tissues and vessels and support circulation, so important to staying young and healthy.

8. Many HERBS are useful to support love. Fragrant herbs like lavender and rose petals are nice. Wonderful aromatherapy and massage oils are available in most natural food and specialty stores. These can enhance all levels of the love connection. Intake of herbs such as ginseng supports the physical, mental, and sexual energies; Siberian ginseng is great to help combat stress. Dong quai supports the female energy, and damiana is believed to arouse the senses. Have fun and experiment safely.

9. Use the spring months to CLARIFY YOUR GOALS in your relationship. Keep a journal to create the reflection and clarity that will serve your seasonal enlightenment. Where and how are you now? Where do you wish to be in a couple months? What will it take for you to move in that direction? Change can be difficult, yet it doesn’t really have to be if you will allow the inspiration and motivation to arise from within and fill your cells and body, your brain and heart. Just make a start, take ca few steps, and see new spaces opening up for your enlightenment! This means shedding light on dark places within us and seeing them clearly.

10. Above all, give yourself the time to truly experience Nature and your close friendships. Begin with yourself; knowing and loving oneself is a necessity to being able to fully love another. There are many therapists who can help along this avenue and many books like Self Matters by Dr. Phil McGraw. The time and energy you invest in your own healing will carry into your relationships as well. Also, take some time to be outdoors and play. Enjoy the Spring winds and breezes. Rekindling your Earth connection has benefits that last beyond this season, continuing to enrich the whole of your life. This can happen, even in a city. And remember to smell the flowers.

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My ideal relationship involves supporting each other in our decisions,trust,and enjoying the changes in our life as we age.
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Elson M. Haas, MD is founder & Director of the Preventive Medical Center of Marin (since 1984), an Integrated Health Care Facility in San Rafael, CA and author of many books on Health and Nutrition, including ...moreElson Haas MD
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