More Than a Quarter of Canadians Get Fewer Than 7 hours of sleep

More Than a Quarter of Canadians Get Fewer Than 7 hours of sleep

Canada loses 80,000 working days a year to lack of sleep, and sleep deprivation costs the economy $21B More than a quarter of Canadians get fewer than seven hours of sleep every day, and it’s harming their health and the economy as a whole. According to a report published Friday by the Rand Corporation, the situation isn’t as dire in Canada as it is in some other developed economies, but it’s nonetheless a matter of public concern. Health experts recommend…

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Fun Fact Friday

Fun Fact Friday

Coffee improves short term memory, creativity and alertness. Bees are directly responsible for the production of 70% of fruits, vegetables, seeds, and nuts that we consume on a daily basis. Faking a smile will actually boost your mood.   Chocolate, sex and laughter are all key to a healthy brain. North American school buses are yellow because humans see yellow faster than any other color, which is important for avoiding accidents. Eating strawberries can improve vision and also help to…

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Link Between Vitamin D Treatment and Autism Prevention

Link Between Vitamin D Treatment and Autism Prevention

Giving vitamin D supplements to mice during pregnancy prevents autism traits in their offspring, researchers have discovered. The discovery provides further evidence of the crucial role vitamin D plays in brain development. In human studies, researchers recently found a link between pregnant women with low Vitamin D levels and the increased likelihood of having a child with autistic traits. Giving vitamin D supplements to mice during pregnancy prevents autism traits in their offspring, University of Queensland researchers have discovered. The…

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Targeting Gut Bacteria May Be The Key To Preventing Alzheimer’s

Targeting Gut Bacteria May Be The Key To Preventing Alzheimer’s

Diet could be a powerful mode of prevention. A new study suggests that a gut-healthy diet may play a powerful role in preventing one of the most feared diseases in America. Mounting research continues to show the links between the health of the gut and that of the brain. Now, a new study from Lund University in Sweden finds that unhealthy intestinal flora can accelerate the development of Alzheimer’s disease. The report, published Feb. 8 in the journal Scientific Reports,…

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Beating Depression May Be All About Learning to Ignore Negative Thoughts

Beating Depression May Be All About Learning to Ignore Negative Thoughts

A promising type of therapy focuses on quitting the worry cycle. People who struggle with anxiety or depression often ruminate on negative thoughts, like past missteps or feelings that they’re not good enough. The secret to better mental health may be learning how not to dwell on these thoughts, according to new research by a group of British and Norwegian researchers. Their study focuses on a technique called metacognitive therapy, or MCT, which was developed in Europe in the 1990s….

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13 Things You Should Give Up If You Want To Be Successful

13 Things You Should Give Up If You Want To Be Successful

Somebody once told me the definition of hell: “On your last day on earth,  the person you became will meet  the person you could have become.”    -Anonymous Sometimes, to become successful and get closer to the person we can become, we don’t need to add more things — we need to give up on some of them. There are certain things that are universal, which will make you successful if you give up on them, even though each one of us could…

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How a Lack of Touch is Destroying Men

How a Lack of Touch is Destroying Men

Why Men Need More Platonic Touch in their Lives In preparing to write about the lack of gentle touch in men’s lives, I right away thought, “I feel confident I can do platonic touch, but I don’t necessarily trust other men to do it. Some guy will do something creepy. They always do”. Quickly on the heels of that thought, I wondered, “Wait a minute, why do I distrust men in particular?” The little voice in my head didn’t say,…

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Are You Ready For A Relationship?

Are You Ready For A Relationship?

10 Ways to Know You’re Ready for a Relationship When speaking about relationships, we often discuss what would make someone a good man or what would make them a good woman in terms of being a partner. I think what often goes overlooked, is the introspective aspect of building a solid foundation with someone, and what it really means to be “ready” for a relationship. It doesn’t matter if you find the man or woman of your dreams if you’re…

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Fun Fact Friday

Fun Fact Friday

People who enjoy helping others and or spending money on others tend to be less stressed, happier and live longer. Extroverted people are likely to overlook typos and grammatical errors that would cause introverted people to negatively judge the writer.  Studies show those who don’t eat breakfast, or eat it only sometimes, are twice as likely to be overweight as those who eat two breakfasts. Women cry on average between 30 and 64 times a year, while men cry between…

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This Little-Known Supplement Improves Sleep

This Little-Known Supplement Improves Sleep

Supplement found to buffer the body against stress and improve sleep. For a long time probiotics — the so-called ‘good bacteria’ in fermented foods and elsewhere — have been linked to all sorts of physical and psychological benefits. Now the lesser-known prebiotics are getting in on the act. Prebiotics are dietary fibres found in foods such as: Onions, leeks, artichokes, and chicory. Prebiotic fibre — also available as dietary supplements — can improve the health of your gut by helping…

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