10 Tips For Coping With Wildfire Smoke

10 Tips For Coping With Wildfire Smoke

Wildfires have burned millions of acres in the western United States this year. Tens of thousands have been evacuated and thousands of buildings and other structures destroyed.

5 Cost-Effective Ways To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint At Home

5 Cost-Effective Ways To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint At Home

Since the pandemic struck, most people have been spending the majority of their time in the house. Those working from home have become ever more reliant on electricity for running office essentials, including computers, printers, phones and broadband.

What A Smoky Room Teaches Us About The 6-Foot Rule

What A Smoky Room Can Teach Us About The 6-Foot Rule

It’s true that staying 6 feet from other people can reduce the chance of a coronavirus-laden respiratory droplet landing in your eyes, nose or mouth when someone coughs, but...

Does A Face Shield Protect Against Covid-19?

Does A Face Shield Protect Against Covid-19?

For several weeks, Victorians (the state of Victoria is home to four of Australia's 20 largest cities) been required to wear a face covering when they leave home. And while we now have a clearer path out of lockdown, it’s likely masks will be around for a while.

How Crowded Restaurants May Have Driven UK Coronavirus Spike

How Crowded Restaurants May Have Driven UK Coronavirus Spike

England is about to re-impose nationwide restrictions on gatherings to control the spread of COVID-19. This comes less than two weeks after the end of the government’s half-a-billion-pound scheme to get people to eat out in restaurants

How Biodiversity Loss Could Be Making Us Sick

How Biodiversity Loss Could Be Making Us Sick

By 2050, 70% of the world’s population is expected to live in towns and cities. Urban living brings many benefits, but city dwellers worldwide are seeing a rapid increase in noncommunicable health problems, such as asthma and inflammatory bowel disease.

Why Sleep Is So Important For Losing Weight

Why Sleep Is So Important For Losing Weight

When it comes to weight loss, diet and exercise are usually thought of as the two key factors that will achieve results. However, sleep is an often-neglected lifestyle factor that also plays an important role.

You Can Reverse Aging Now with the Antioxidant Glutathione

You Can Reverse Aging Now with the Antioxidant Glutathione

Aging is the result of oxidative stress in which the production of free radicals is out of balance with the more protective antioxidants. And the more oxidative stress we have the quicker we age. It damages our cells and...

Should I Stop Running If My Knee Hurts?

Should I Stop Running If My Knee Hurts?

The most common site for pain in recreational runners is the knee. For some, especially older runners, the pain can be a symptom of osteoarthritis. But does running worsen knee pain and osteoarthritis?

8 Ways The Coronavirus Can Affect Your Skin

8 Ways The Coronavirus Can Affect Your Skin

As the pandemic progresses, we’re growing increasingly aware COVID-19 affects multiple parts of the body beyond the lungs. That includes the skin.

Constant Dieters Might Be Choosing The Wrong Way To Lose Weight

Constant Dieters Might Be Choosing The Wrong Way To Lose Weight

Dieters looking for a healthier substitute of their favorite high-fat food – such as a bag of potato chips – typically have two choices in the grocery aisle: a smaller package of the exact same food or a larger portion of a “light” version.

Your Menopause, Your Future, Your Choices

Your Menopause, Your Future, Your Choices

As women at midlife, we understand our priorities. We’ve demonstrated how good we are at problem-solving, over and over again. Many of us find midlife to be a time of reinvention, starting new careers or businesses, or diving into new volunteer endeavors.

How to Seek Healing Guidance from Dreams and Dream Prescriptions

How to Seek Healing Guidance from Dreams and Dream Prescriptions

In the ancient world, people routinely sought healing guidance from dreams and from the divine power that showed itself in dreams. In the original Hippocratic oath, doctors swore by gods of healing, including the god Aesclepius.

How to Heal Your Gut After Antibiotic Use

How to Heal Your Gut After Antibiotic Use

If you’ve ever taken a course of antibiotics, then you’re probably familiar with some of the side effects of these drugs, including gastrointestinal distress, overgrowth of harmful bac­teria in the intestines, and the resulting diarrhea. For many people the aftermath of taking antibiotics is...

How To Use Color, Nature, and Sound for a Harmonious Home

How To Use Color, Nature, and Sound for a Harmonious Home

Color can be a tremendous Ch'i enhancement when you love it, or cause a real depletion in energy if you don't. If a color bugs you, get rid of it. Removing offensive colors can make a positive change in the entire house -- and in your moods!

A Truly Alternative, Alternative Medicine: Ayurveda

A Truly Alternative, Alternative Medicine: Ayurveda

America is reeling from an epidemic of ill health that drives people to despair and to doctors. The litany is ­familiar: cancer, heart disease, autoimmune diseases, and digestive disturbances, with the latter two often one and the same.

How Cloth Masks Protect The Wearer

How Cloth Masks Protect The Wearer

Masks slow the spread of SARS-CoV-2 by reducing how much infected people spray the virus into the environment around them when they cough or talk.

Fitness Levels In Teenagers Linked To Where They Grow Up

Fitness Levels In Teenagers Linked To Where They Grow Up

The places and communities that we live in play an important role in our physical health. What we have access to on our doorstep is important to motivating – or preventing – our physical activity levels.

Is Body Weight Affected By When You Eat?

Most diet and health advice is broadly based on the assumption that a calorie is a calorie (and it doesn’t matter when they’re consumed).

What Will Happen If We Can't Produce A Covid-19 Vaccine?

 What Will Happen If We Can't Produce A Covig-19 Vaccine?

Even in the most promising cases, we can’t yet be sure that any vaccine will permanently prevent people from catching COVID-19 and enable the disease to be gradually eradicated or at least contained to limited outbreaks. 

Does The Common Cold Protect You From Covid?

Does The Common Cold Protect You From Covid?

An article in Science recently generated a lot of interest by providing a possible explanation of why COVID-19 can be deadly to some yet go virtually unnoticed in others.

How Do I Know If My Mask Actually Works?

How Do I Know If My Mask Actually Works?

With mask wearing in public compulsory in Victoria and recommended in New South Wales, many Australians are buying, wearing or making face masks for the first time.

Healing With Love and Finding Answers Through The Heart

Healing With Love And Finding Answers Through The Heart

We do not have to become monks in order to lead spiritual, healthy lives. We do not have to be vegetarians, or wear flowing robes, or sit in meditation for hours each day. There is no spiritual 'path' because everything is spiritual and all choices are equal. We can work and be parents, husbands, wives, daughters...

How Should I Clean My Cloth Mask?

How Should I Clean My Cloth Mask?

Face coverings, such as cloth masks, are mandatory for all Victorians and are being recommended for public use in some other parts of the country.

Are You Your Personality? Is Your Personality Flexible or Inflexible?

Are You Your Personality? Did It Come From Your Parents?

Consider for a moment the possibility of your personality acting as your mask, as the protection you don for the world. Like performers, each of us presents ourselves as having certain personal characteristics. We may be aggressive or meek, loud or soft-spoken, dominating, loving, inquisitive, or good-natured...

Here's How The Body Reacts To One-off Overeating

Major Depressive Episodes Are Way More Common Than We Knew

Whether it’s a summer barbecue with friends, your favourite fast food takeaway, or Christmas dinner, we can probably all recall times when we’ve eaten more food in one sitting than we needed to.

Why Body Mass Index May Not Be The Best Indicator Of Our Health

Why Body Mass Index May Not Be The Best Indicator Of Our Health

The simple formula is widely used to classify whether our weight falls within a “healthy” range for our height. BMI provides an estimate of a person’s overall disease risk, and is used around the world to measure obesity.

What Is Known About Coronavirus And Children

What Is Known About Coronavirus And Children

We are asked almost daily about children and COVID-19: Do they get COVID-19? Should they attend day care or school, play sports, see friends and attend summer camps? What are the risks to themselves and to others?

Nearsighted People Have Common Personality Traits and Patterns

Nearsighted People Have Common Personality Traits and Patterns

From interviews of tens of thousands of nearsighted patients, I've been able to catalog patterns of personalities and their potential behaviors that can present clues to direct you into a deeper self-understanding, helping you to know who you are behind the illusionary perceptions and beliefs of your present way of seeing.

Why Do People Get Ill? Shedding Light on the Shadows

Why Do People Get Ill? Shedding Light on the Shadows

You are a vibrating mass of particles. You are energy. You are light. Energy is continuously moving through form, into form, out of form and back again. Energy is expansive and is always on the move.

Does Your Homemade Mask Work?

 Does Your Homemade Mask Work?

If a surgeon arrived at the operating theatre wearing a mask they had made that morning from a tea towel, they would probably be sacked.

Love Avocados? Thank The Toxodon

 Love Avocados? Thank The Toxodon

Given avocado’s popularity today, it’s hard to believe that we came close to not having them in our supermarkets at all.

How Much Exercise Is Too Much?

How Much Exercise Is Too Much?

The COVID-19 pandemic has made many of us reevaluate our health and take up new exercise regimes.

Are Your Food Cravings Based on Emotional or Physical Needs?

Food Cravings Based on Emotional & Physical Needs?

Food cravings often stem from basic unmet needs for fun, excitement, or love -- issues most would consider "normal" and within our power to self-heal. Some people's food cravings remain constant; for example, they always crave ice cream. Other people go through "food kicks" in different weeks.

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by InnerSelf Staff
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