Health and Wellness

Sage Advice for Living through Chemo

No Comments 25 July 2014

Being able to prepare for side effects can be empowering. If your side effects are as bad as mine were (I sure hope not!), do whatever it takes to create the time and space to allow your body to heal. And remember these few tips. The Silver Lining: A Supportive & Insightful Guide to Breast Cancer.

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The Surprising Physical Benefits of Mindful Awareness

No Comments 16 July 2014

Practicing mindfulness is its own reward, since it helps you enjoy life by being fully present instead of just going through the motions. But did you know it can actually improve the effectiveness of your flu vaccine? From The Four Virtues.

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Why You Involuntarily Twitch in Your Sleep

1 Comment 30 June 2014

While winding down to sleep, sometimes people startle themselves (and their bedmates) with a massive, involuntarily jerk. Here's the science behind this curious behavior–and why you may often dream of falling. From The Secret Life of Sleep.

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Why You Should Junk Your Juicer

3 Comments 26 June 2014

Juice from a juicer is not the same as eating nutritious whole foods. Juice is processed, because the fruit or vegetable's fiber, with its phytonutrients, has been removed. When people say that juicing transformed their health, they are really saying it distracted them from eating junk food. From A Short Guide to a Long Life.

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How to (Finally!) Remember People’s Names

No Comments 23 June 2014

Before you greet your new neighbor or coworker with "Hey… you!" again, try one of these memory tricks from The Working Memory Advantage.

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Is Your Sunscreen Toxic?

1 Comment 20 June 2014

Wear sunscreen with at least 30 SPF every single day. That is what we are told from the moment we can ask our mothers at the most awkward and public moment possible, "Mommy, why is that lady all brown and wrinkled?" We are told it protects us and our children from harmful UV rays, minimizing our risk for skin cancer as well as premature aging.

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Could Dancing the Night Away Ward off Alzheimer’s?

1 Comment 04 June 2014

It's common knowledge that dancing is a great form of exercise, offering cardio benefits as well as training in flexibility and balance. But studies have recently proven another, less expected benefit.

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8 Coping Strategies for Needle Phobia

2 Comments 27 May 2014

If you hate needles but need blood drawn, here's how to make the task less cringe-worthy. From The Silver Lining: A Supportive & Insightful Guide to Breast Cancer.

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15 Ways to Eat More Fruits and Vegetables

No Comments 16 May 2014

A diet rich in fruits and vegetables is your best bet for preventing virtually every chronic disease. Here are 15 tips for working them into your diet, from What the Drug Companies Won’t Tell You and Your Doctor Doesn’t Know: The Alternative Treatments That May Change Your Life—and the Prescriptions That Could Harm You.

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Why You Should Stop Taking Vitamins

1 Comment 25 April 2014

Studies show your multivitamin may actually be doing more harm than good. Here's why getting your nutrients from fresh, whole food is vastly preferred. From A Short Guide to a Long Life.

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Cramming for an Exam? Take a Nap!

No Comments 22 April 2014

It may seem counterintuitive, but after an interval of sleep, we improve our memory and our abilities to perform tasks, while sleep deprivation impairs learning and memory. Researchers have even prompted students to take naps while studying. From The Secret Life of Sleep.

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Conquering Jet Lag… with an App?

1 Comment 18 April 2014

Travel is one of life's great experiences, but the accompanying jet lag is not. We all know the drill: desperately trying to sleep on the plane with a stiff neck pillow, unsatisfying naps, and lots of melatonin. But nothing ever really seems to work. Enter Entrain, a new iPhone app to help you get your body on a fast track to the circadian rhythm of your new environment. It aims to predict a cycle of light exposure and wakefulness vs. sleeping in the dark that will get you walking tour-ready after just a few days.

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E-Cigarettes: Healthy Alternative or Toxic Fire Hazard?

No Comments 31 March 2014

Are e-cigarettes the answer to every smoker's quitting dreams? Or are they just as bad as their non-electronic counterparts? No one seems to know for sure at this point, as the unregulated product has federal agencies, lawmakers and corporations debating its pros and cons.

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Rest Areas at Work: The New Perk?

No Comments 24 March 2014

A few employers have woken up to the fact that sleep deprivation takes a physical toll on your body that, in turn, can cost society in terms of lost productivity and increased medical expenses.

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