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An Ode to Laughter

Have you ever been in a situation brimming with a tense anxiety that evaporates the instant one person makes a joke or self-depreciating comment and everyone chuckles together?  That’s the magic of laughter. It eases tension and relaxes us - physiologically, psychologically and socially. It is often the glue that holds people and relationships together.  Being able to laugh and find humor in the challenges that face us all is a key component to maintaining an optimistic orientation to life and can be deeply healing on every level of existence.  In today’s culture, many people find themselves stressed, exhausted, disconnected…

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  • Date:09/20/2018

Gurmar: why this 'sugar destroying' herb should be part of your diabetes diet

Diabetes mellitus has become one of the most prevalent metabolic disorders across the world.

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  • Date:09/20/2018

How the psychedelics can help those with mental health conditions

The general view of psychedelics has been that they are potentially unsafe and medically useless. What has changed this conventional wisdom is deeper knowledge of the brain. Now we know that psychedelics allow for an opening to altering brain function among people with disorders, and can help people reach a level of self-awareness that they could not reach under normal conditions. Here’s what Deepak Chopra says about the healing powers of psychedelics.

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  • San Francisco Chronicle
  • Date:09/19/2018

Probiotics may help battle antibiotic resistance

Could probiotics help reduce our reliance on antibiotics? Added to a range of products, including yogurts, chocolate, and potato chips, probiotics are never far from the headlines. According to their proponents, these live strains of yeast and bacteria can help rebalance the bacterial flora naturally found in our gut, imparting a wealth of health benefits.

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  • Date:09/19/2018

This type of exercise burns the most calories in the shortest amount of time

For the most efficient exercise in terms of calories burnt, you need to do something that engages the most muscles at a time. The more muscles you use, the more energy you spend, which requires your body to rapidly burn calories. If you have little time and want to get the most out of your exercise, here’s are few exercise routines that are sure to burn a ton of calories.

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  • TIME
  • Date:09/14/2018

High levels of optimism may lead to a better diet, regular exercise and lower stress

Maintaining positive thoughts and feelings through intervention programs can help patients achieve better overall outcomes when it comes to their cardiovascular health, according to a review article.

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  • Date:09/14/2018

Here's what meditation can and can’t do for your health

You know you should meditate. You’ve probably had plenty of friends tell you so and seen plenty of headlines about the benefits of meditation.

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  • Date:09/14/2018

Why you might want to stop storing your food in plastic

Storing your lunches and leftovers in plastic containers may not be such a good idea. According to new research, there’s a good chance that those plastic containers are contaminating the food you eat, which can have unwanted effects on your body’s ability to regulate itself. Here’s what you should know about storing food in plastic.

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  • Vox
  • Date:09/12/2018

How giving help rather than receiving it can impact your health greatly

Helping others can help you live longer. That’s what researchers have concluded after a study which compared receiving social support and giving it as predictors of mortality over a period of five years. Whereas it would be intuitive to think receiving such support would be good for oneself, the results showed it was giving social support that predicted longevity. Apparently, helping behavior works to buffer against the negative effect that stress typically has on mortality.

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  • Salon
  • Date:09/11/2018

Seven ways to boost your gut health

Scientists have identified a few species among the many trillions of microbes that live in your intestines that play a crucial role in gut health and maintaining a balanced immune system. Your dietary intake is vital to allowing these species to flourish and to preventing imbalances that can lead to disease.

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  • Date:09/11/2018

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