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It’s Natural to Crave Sugar! – 4 Tips for Managing Sugar Intake

December 6th, 2018
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Sugar is both a delightful treat and the bane of our existence because, while it is delicious, it also seems to be addictive. Scientific evidence is mounting to suggest that too much added sugar in our diets could lead to true addiction. Sugar is linked to addiction because when we eat it, dopamine and opioids are released into the bloodstream. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that creates a reward associated with addictive behavior. Once dopamine is released into the system, it gives us a pleasurable “high.” Why do we crave sugar? The main natural source of sugar is fruit. Thousands of years... Read More

An Inspired Wellness Wishlist

December 5th, 2018
Wellness wishlist

What better gift than a gift of wellness? What better reason to treat yourself to a gift than simply because you deserve it? There’s no need to wait for your birthday or the holidays to roll around, especially when the reward is good for your well-being — good for your mind, your body, and your soul. We all deserve to treat ourselves now and again, and the fact that we are doing it for the sake of own health minimizes the guilt and maximizes the benefits. The following are just a few suggestions for wellness items to add to your personal wishlist. Your mind Of course, you want to take care... Read More

3 Tips This Holiday Season To Do Less, And Enjoy More

November 29th, 2018
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Thanksgiving kicks off weeks of eating, shopping, parties, and family gatherings. Most people feel a mix of joy and anxiety right before and during the holidays. Statistics show that up to 69 percent of people are stressed by lack of time, 69 percent are stressed by a lack of money, and 51 percent are stressed out about the pressure to give or get gifts. A British study examined people’s stress levels and other behavior during the holiday season. For anyone feeling less than on top of things, the turning point from mild to severe stress comes on December 18 and peaks on Christmas Day. According... Read More

Is Eating Your Placenta Beneficial?

November 15th, 2018
Placenta pills

Over the past decade there has been growing interest in natural childbirth. As part of that debate many have questioned whether doctors should dispose of a placenta after birth. Many mammals consume their placenta — referred to as placentophagy — and there are proponents who argue that humans should also engage in this practice. What is the science of placentophagy? Is it safe to consume a placenta? Is it beneficial? The placenta is an organ shared by a pregnant mother and her growing fetus, functioning as the lungs, gastrointestinal system, liver, and kidneys of the developing child. Proponents... Read More

5 Ways to Improve Quality of Life While Living with Lung Disease

November 10th, 2018
Battling Lung Disease

Millions of people living with lung disease experience symptoms that diminish their quality of life. From shortness of breath and difficulty breathing to persistent, painful coughs, and recurrent pneumonia, the symptoms of lung diseases like COPD and emphysema make it hard to complete the simplest daily tasks. However, people living with lung disease don’t have to accept their symptoms lying down. With good self-management practices, lung disease patients can significantly improve their quality of life. Here are five practices that improve daily life for people with lung disease: Getting Vaccinated Contracting... Read More

Celebrate Movember By Getting A Check Up!

November 8th, 2018
Movember

It’s Movember, the time when men grow mustaches to raise awareness for prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health, and big health issues for men. The Movember Foundation is dedicated to improving quality of life for men, 60% of whom don’t go to the doctor and only 7% of whom actually talk about their health. Men still die an average of six years earlier than women, due to health conditions that are largely preventable. Compared to women, men are more likely to: Smoke and drink Make unhealthy or risky choices Put off regular checkups and medical care If you have family and friends,... Read More

iGen More Likely Than Other Generations To Be Depressed

November 1st, 2018
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A 2015 survey found that two out of three U.S. teens owned an iPhone. For this reason, the generation of kids born after 1995 is called iGen, coined by author Jean Twenge, author of a book on the subject. According to the Pew Research Center, smart phone ownership crossed the 50 percent threshold in late 2012 – right when teen depression and suicide began to increase. These increases in depression, suicide attempts and suicide appeared among teens from every background, across all races and ethnicities, and in every region of the country. The bottom line:  iGen teens are much more likely to... Read More

How a Mammogram Can Save a Life

October 31st, 2018

Mammograms are a type of x-ray that has the ability to analyze breast tissue and detect breast cancer in its earliest stages. The process will show lumps in the breast before they can be felt and can illuminate tiny calcium clusters that may be indicators of breast cancer or other life-threatening conditions. Women age 40 and older should get a mammogram every 1-2 years. It is advised that if a woman younger than 40 has a history of breast cancer in her direct family, she should talk to her healthcare provider about the benefits of the x-ray.      How Mammograms Are Performed In order to... Read More

Drink Some Joe To Get Out of the Red

October 25th, 2018
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Rosacea is a skin condition characterized by redness and often small, red, pus-filled bumps on the face. Over 3 million people are estimated to have rosacea and the signs and symptoms may flare up for a period of weeks to months and then diminish for a while. Rosacea can be mistaken for acne, an allergic reaction or other skin problems. The cause of rosacea is unknown, but it could be due to a combination of hereditary and environmental factors. A number of factors can trigger rosacea by increasing blood flow to the surface of your skin. Some of these factors include: Hot drinks Spicy foods Alcohol Temperature... Read More

4 Ways to Help a Loved One Who Is Going Through Cancer Treatment

October 24th, 2018
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Helping a loved one get through cancer treatment is never easy. They may be experiencing physical, emotional, or mental pain; they may be worried about what the near future will bring, not only for themselves but for the people they love. Living with a cancer diagnosis can bring on stress, anxiety, and depression, and those are not easy things to cope with. It’s important to help your loved one find ways to relax and ease stress, so they can improve their quality of life and help their bodies and minds heal. One of the best ways to start is by helping your loved one focus on their mental health.... Read More