Avoiding ‘Inflam-aging’

Avoiding ‘Inflam-aging’

Dampening inflammation is a must for people with chronic inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis. But you can be exposed to damaging inflammation without having a specific medical condition. Inflammation prevents the body from adequately reacting to stressors and puts the aging process on an unwanted fast track, increasing the likelihood of problems like heart disease. The […]

Protect Your Heart and Your Brain

Protect Your Heart and Your Brain

“It’s never too late to improve your brain health,” says Lainey Younkin, MS, RD, LDN, registered dietitian and founder of Lainey Younkin Nutrition. These tips may help improve your physical health, your brain health, and your cognitive abilities, they are as follows. Aim for 150 mins or more of aerobic exercise each week. If you have […]

Transform Stressful Thoughts into Healthy Productivity

Transform Stressful Thoughts into Healthy Productivity

Below, some mental health experts share their strategies for shifting our stress, anxieties, worries and concerns into something healthier and more productive. With the fervor of the midterm elections, the barrage of tragic news stories in addition to just, you know, normal life stuff, many of us are feeling more anxious than usual. Though some of us suffer […]

The Beginners Guide to Meditation

The Beginners Guide to Meditation

By Lou Kavar Ph.D While there are many books written on meditation, some from particular religious traditions and others based on individual experience, it’s challenging to find a simple, practical guide for meditation. There are many people who just want to know how to meditate. For them, here is a brief introduction to the process. […]

Entering the Stress Free Zone

Entering the Stress Free Zone

It’s becoming more and more difficult to exist within society today without dealing with some form of stress on a daily basis. Between family drama, money issues, and demanding businesses and jobs, it makes sense that you may wish that there was truly a body wash that could take it all away and make you […]

‘Alternative’ Addiction Treatments

‘Alternative’ Addiction Treatments

Most of us are familiar with the 12-Step program to addiction treatment, as it is the cornerstone to the treatment and recovery methodologies used by Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and many other organizations. While these programs are generally effective and accepted by the professional psychological and recovery community, the 12-Step program is not the only […]

Love: the 4-Letter Word in Medicine

Love: the 4-Letter Word in Medicine

Dr. Dean Ornish, Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), is perhaps best known for his pioneering work in how to use food and simple lifestyle strategies to improve health. And for 40 years, Dr. Ornish has directed clinical research showing you can reverse not only Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, but […]

Handling Holiday Stress

Handling Holiday Stress

Handling Holiday Stress Manage Holiday Stress with these Healthy Habits 1.Exercise — A quick high-intensity workout may be the thing to boost your mood and relieve stress. Anandamide is a neurotransmitter and endocannabinoid produced in your brain that temporarily blocks feelings of pain and depression. It’s a derivative of the Sanskrit word “bliss,” and a deficiency is […]

Mindfulness is Becoming Mainstream in the US

Mindfulness is Becoming Mainstream in the US

Mindfulness is Becoming Mainstream in the US Breathing exercises, mindfulness meditation and yoga are making their way into schools where they are sometimes offered as an alternative to detentions and punishments. Yoga and meditation are becoming increasingly mainstream according to a new report issued by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As […]

Increase Your Level of Pain Tolerance

Increase Your Level of Pain Tolerance

Increase Your Level of Pain Tolerance Some people have a higher pain tolerance than others, do you wonder Why? Researchers at Wake Forest School of Medicine have found 1 answer: mindfulness. And that is good news, because experts say you can increase your mindfulness and pain tolerance. Lead author Fadel Zeidan, Ph.D., assistant professor of neurobiology […]

This is the Practice of Yoga

This is the Practice of Yoga

This is the Practice of Yoga Of the activities available in the pursuit of fitness, the beginning and the end are relaxing the muscles. Stretching is the usual way to prepare for strenuous exercise, and the best way to cool down afterward. Ad for sure, extending and flexing all parts of your body will keep […]

Bringing the Mind, Body and Soul Together takes Practice

Bringing the Mind, Body and Soul Together takes Practice

Bringing the Mind, Body and Soul Together takes Practice How we feel physically, mentally, and spiritually all play a role in our overall well being. The Big Q: What steps are you taking daily to ensure you are balanced? Our thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and attitudes can positively or negatively affect our biological functioning. Simplyput, our […]

Meditation: The Mind-Body Connector

Meditation: The Mind-Body Connector

Meditation: The Mind-Body Connector I believe meditation practice can be an important part of health and well-being. Because, not only is a powerful means of relaxing, but also useful for relieving stress, anxiety, managing pain, and preventing disease. There is growing scientific evidence that demonstrates the human mind and body are intricately connected, and wide […]

The “Marshmallow Test” and Your Mind

The “Marshmallow Test” and Your Mind

The “Marshmallow Test” and Your Mind Your unconscious mind needs direction, is most comfortable with emotions and symbols, deals with positives only and stores, organizes and surfaces your memories Expressing yourself artistically, meditating, rehearsing desired outcomes and using positive self-talk are some of the ways you can begin to harness the power of your unconscious […]

Using Meditation to Prevent Heart Disease

Using Meditation to Prevent Heart Disease

Using Meditation to Prevent Heart Disease Meditation may help reduce some risk factors for heart disease, according to a new statement from the American Heart Association. The statement, released Thursday, noted that a healthy lifestyle and medicines to control high blood pressure, high cholesterol and other heart threats are the most effective ways to prevent […]

Healing: Tap into the Mind Body Connection Along with Conventional Medicine

Healing: Tap into the Mind Body Connection Along with Conventional Medicine

Healing: Tap into the Mind Body Connection Along with Conventional Medicine Conventional medicine is necessary to treat disease, but if you really want to prevent health problems and stay well, do consider integrating practices from holistic medicine too. “The field of integrative, or complementary, medicine, grew out of what used to be known as ‘alternative […]

Yes, Meditation Does Mitigate Stress

Yes, Meditation Does Mitigate Stress

Yes, Meditation Does Mitigate Stress Meditation helps us take a deliberate break from the stream of “monkey” thoughts that are constantly running and jumping in and out of the mind. Some people use it to promote spiritual growth or find inner peace, others use it as a powerful relaxation and stress reduction tool. Beyond mental […]

People who are Thankful are Healthier

People who are Thankful are Healthier

People who are Thankful are Healthier “If thankfulness were a drug, it would be the world’s best-selling product with a health maintenance indication for every major organ system,”– Dr. P. Murali Doraiswamy, an expert in brain and mind health So, if you are serious about your wellbeing increase the frequency at which you feel and express […]

Practice Meditation for a Happier, Healthier Life

Practice Meditation for a Happier, Healthier Life

Practice Meditation for a Happier, Healthier Life There is growing evidence revealing that meditation can make us healthier and happier. For example, brain imaging technology suggests meditation actually changes the human brain in a number of beneficial ways. MRI scans have shown that long-term meditation can alter the structure of the cerebral cortex. Additionally, brain […]