5 Things You Can Do To Make Your Microbiome Healthier

5 Things You Can Do To Make Your Microbiome Healthier
It’s common for people to focus on their health at the start of the year. But few consider the well being of the microbes that live inside the human gut – the microbiome – which are vital to an individual’s good health.

5 Nutrients That Can Boost Your Mood

5 Nutrients That Can Boost Your Mood
Though winter may bring you down, the food you eat can play a significant role in how you feel emotionally, dietitians say.

Can You Die From A Common Cold?

Can You Die From A Common Cold?
Most people know that the flu can kill. Indeed, the so-called Spanish flu killed 50 million people in 1918 – more than were killed in the first world war.

Will You Gain Weight This Christmas?

Will You Gain Weight This Christmas?
For most of us, Christmas and its festivities revolve around consuming tasty food and drinks with colleagues, friends and family. Between work Christmas parties, Christmas lunch or dinner, edible presents and New Year’s Eve, it can be an effort not to gain weight.

How Mindfulness Can Give You The Gift of a Calmer Christmas

How Mindfulness Can Give You The Gift of a Calmer Christmas
In the run-up to Christmas we find our to-do lists bloated with added chores: present shopping, card writing, preparing to travel or receive guests. We are bombarded with adverts telling us what to buy and where. We tackle the shopping crowds searching for the perfect gift

Healing Essential Oil Recipes to Cope With and Eradicate Anxiety and Anger

Healing Essential Oil Recipes to Cope With and Eradicate Anxiety and Anger
Coming from a family of high-strung, addictive, compulsive, and emotionally wounded members, I have thought, studied, and researched mood-enhancing and emotional healing methods all of my life. Learning how to cope with and eradicate cer­tain negative influences and to promote positivity has been at the forefront of my brain since I was a young girl.

Should You Avoid Meat For Good Health?

Should You Avoid Meat For Good Health?
More than half of Americans who make New Year’s resolutions resolve to “eat healthier.” If you’re one, you might be confused about the role meat should play in your health.

Why Nurses Sleep 83 Fewer Minutes Before Work Days

Why Nurses Sleep 83 Fewer Minutes Before Work Days
Nurses sleep nearly an hour and a half less before work days compared to days off, according to a new study which suggests tired nurses may hurt patient care and safety.

Good Vibes and Bad Vibes are Contagious

Contagious Love
Everything is contagious -- not just germs, but good vibes and bad vibes, too. When a person begins laughing hysterically, watch how others laugh or at least smile. When someone is expressing hatred, notice how those in the vicinity tighten their bodies, develop a defensive posture, and maybe clutch another's hand.

Qigong: Energy Medicine and Antidote to Stresses

Qigong: Energy Medicine and Antidote to Stresses
Qigong has helped me understand and connect with myself as an energy being. Different forms of qigong emphasize different qualities, from meditative and healing to medical and martial arts; some incorporate branches of philosophy, such as Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism.

Understanding and Managing Your Energy Container: “Shields Up, Mr. Sulu”

Understanding and Managing Your Energy Container: “Shields Up, Mr. Sulu”
Quite simply, you are more than just your physical being. You have a field of energy that surrounds you—your personal energy field. It is unique to you, just like a fingerprint or a snowflake pattern. Basic physiology teaches us that each cell in our body has a charge.

The Dark Side of Plant-Based Food

The Dark Side Of Plant-Based Food
If you were to believe newspapers and dietary advice leaflets, you’d probably think that doctors and nutritionists are the people guiding us through the thicket of what to believe when it comes to food.

The Healing Power Of Dance

From Depression To Parkinson's Disease: The Healing Power Of Dance
Why do we stop dancing when we grow up? Why do we disconnect and alienate ourselves from the body? It is surprising to me that dance/movement therapy (DMT) is not more popular within the fields of psychology and psychotherapy globally.

The Survival Instinct and The Two Ways Of Fighting

The Survival Instinct and The Two Ways Of Fighting
The survival instinct is the fundamental component of the sacred. It is not to be confused with the fear of death. The fear of death arises out of a lack of love. The fear of death is tied to the deceptive idea of oneself as an indi­vidual separate from the whole. One’s fear of death diminishes as the illusion of being separate from the All dissolves.

What You Can Do To Make Yourself Feel More Peaceful

Healing through Sleep and Surrendering into Rest
There is a cultural shame that is implied when an individual has the need for too much sleep or feels tired without having a good reason. You have thoughts such as God, I don't know why I'm so tired! or What's wrong with me? And these very thoughts and attitudes negate a simple, natural flow...

Self-Healing: Returning to Your Natural State of Health and Happiness

Returning to Your Natural State of Health and Happiness
You can either choose to allow yourself to be healed by another, or to do the healing yourself. Do whatever is necessary to release yourself from the symptom, and return yourself to the state of being in which you are happy and healthy. It’s your natural state.

Dopamine Fasting: An Expert Reviews The Latest Craze

Dopamine Fasting: An Expert Reviews The Latest Craze
It’s the latest fad in Silicon Valley. By reducing the brain’s feel-good chemical known as dopamine – cutting back on things like food, sex, alcohol, social media and technology – followers believe that they can “reset” the brain to be more effective and appreciate simple things more easily.

Could You Be Addicted to Coffee, Sugar, and Caffeine?

Maybe You're Addicted to Coffee, Sugar, and Caffeine?
Current estimates suggest that addictions affect one-third of the population in the United States. Of course, when most of us hear the word addict, we think crack, or cocaine, or heroin... Certainly we don't think about, say, sugar -- and yet sugar is the most prevalent addictive substance in the world!

How Does A Piece Of Bread Cause A Migraine?

How Does A Piece Of Bread Cause A Migraine?
Migraine is the third most prevalent illness in the world and causes suffering for tens of millions of people. In fact, nearly 1 in 4 U.S. household includes someone with migraines.

What Causes Parkinson's Disease?

What Causes Parkinson's Disease?
Parkinson’s disease is the second-most-prevalent neurodegenerative condition in Australia, with an estimated 70,000 Australians living with the disease.

Cannabis Shows Potential For Treating PTSD

Cannabis Shows Potential For Treating PTSD
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a psychiatric condition linked to surviving or witnessing a traumatic life event, will affect around one in 10 Canadians at some point in their lives.

Is It Better To Exercise Before Breakfast?

Why It's Better To Exercise Before Breakfast
Exercise is recommended for people who are overweight or obese as a way to reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease

Is It Possible That Fear Accelerates Death and Words Cause Disease?

Can Words and Fear Cause Cancer?
Is it possible that people who are diagnosed with cancer die of a sophisticated form of voodoo? Does the victim's belief in the power of vicious cells, like belief in the power of a hex, lead to his death? 'Cancer' is a demon word -- the destructiveness of cancer begins as soon as the diagnosis is uttered. The word strikes terror to the heart...

Why Cancer and Exercise Do Mix

Why Cancer And Exercise Do Mix
When you hear the word “cancer” probably the last thing that you think of is physical activity.

How To Be Fit In Your 60s and Beyond

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Ageing is inevitable and is influenced by many things – but keeping active can slow ageing and increase life expectancy.

How To Start Exercising If You're Out Of Shape

How To Start Exercising If You're Out Of Shape
Perhaps your GP has recommended you exercise more, or you’ve had a recent health scare. Maybe your family’s been nagging you to get off the couch or you’ve decided yourself that it’s time to lose some weight.

Why More Kids Don’t Play Outside

Why More Kids Don’t Play Outside
Moms in low-income neighborhoods say physical and social barriers in their neighborhoods discourage them from allowing their children to play outside, according to a new study.

Boost Your Immune System: Getting Started

Boost Your Immune System: Getting Started
You've probably noticed that there's a healing side to exercise: It can chase the blues, help fight stress, and raise your energy. Qigong, t'ai chi, and yoga were used purposefully in ancient cultures as a complement to medical treatment.

10 Stretches To Keep You Limber Throughout Your Life and Overcome "Inflexibility"

10 Stretches To Keep You Limber Throughout Your Life and Overcome "Inflexibility"
Most people -- men especially -- tend to skimp on the stretching facet of their workouts. By committing to a flexibility routine, however, you can actually prevent injuries that can sideline you in later years and instead continue to use your body more fully, because you'll maintain greater range of motion in your muscles and joints.

Why Pizza Tastes So Good

Why Pizza Tastes So Good?
Pizza is one of the world’s most popular foods. In the U.S., 350 slices are eaten every second, while 40% of Americans eat pizza at least once a week.

What's Made Of Legumes But Sizzles On The Barbecue Like Beef?

What's Made Of Legumes But Sizzles On The Barbecue Like Beef?
There is a revolution taking place in burger joints and supermarkets across Australia. Plant products that taste and behave like meat are increasingly making their way onto the plates of consumers as concern grows over the environmental impact of food production.

Benefits Of Raw Milk vs. Dangers Of Raw Milk

Why The Benefits Of Raw Milk Are Unclear But The Dangers Are Real
According to some of its online proponents, unpasteurised or “raw” milk can “heal the gut”, boost the immune system, prevent allergies, give you healthier skin and even contribute to bodybuilding.

Why Americans Are Embracing Plant-based Meat Products

Why Americans Are Embracing Plant-based Meat Products
By 2050, many scientists estimate that the world food supply will have to increase sharply from today’s level to meet anticipated demand from a global population of 9 to 10 billion people.

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