Having a ‘Life Purpose’ Is Linked with Better Brain Health, Study Shows

Having a ‘Life Purpose’ Is Linked with Better Brain Health, Study Shows

New research shows that positive mental well-being may help protect brain health as we age. The findings strongly linked having purpose and meaning in life with a reduced risk for mild cognitive impairment and dementia. Meaningful activities that engage the mind, body, and spirit may help prevent Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. The meaning of life might just be about finding meaning in life itself. A new meta-analysis in Ageing Research Reviews suggests that a life lived with purpose and…

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9 Simple Ways To Be Happy Every Day

9 Simple Ways To Be Happy Every Day

Cloud 9 isn’t as far out of out of reach as you might think. We asked the experts for simple strategies to wake up with a smile each and every day. Sure, life is filled with ups and downs. Who doesn’t feel sad, anxious or a little bit lost every now and then? But these feelings don’t define us—and they don’t define our year, our week or even our day. The ability to change our thoughts, moods and, in effect,…

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How To See Through The ‘Health Halo’ That May Be Hiding Ultra-Processed Foods

How To See Through The ‘Health Halo’ That May Be Hiding Ultra-Processed Foods

The main issue is finding time to read labels and figuring out what they really mean, experts say. Most of us have probably heard that food marketers play it a little fast and loose with health claims. So how much of what we read on a label can we trust? What, exactly, makes my bag of cereal clusters “lean,” for example? We asked two Toronto registered dietitians to separate fact from fiction to make it easier for us to navigate…

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Dirty Dozen 2022: Produce with the most and least pesticides

Dirty Dozen 2022: Produce with the most and least pesticides

Strawberries and spinach continue to top the annual list of the “Dirty Dozen” fruits and veggies that contain the highest levels of pesticides, followed by three greens – kale, collard and mustard – nectarines, apples, grapes, and bell and hot peppers, according to the Environmental Working Group’s 2022 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce. Cherries came in eighth this year on the list of the 12 most contaminated foods, with peaches, pears, celery and tomatoes rounding out the list. But…

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10 Ways to Ease Stress

10 Ways to Ease Stress

Stress refers to your body’s reaction to challenges and demands. Stress can be positive or negative and there are healthy ways to deal with it. Sleeping well is important in stress management. What is stress? Stress is the body’s response to a challenge or demand. Everyone experiences stress, which can be triggered by a range of events, from small daily hassles to major changes like a divorce or job loss. The stress response includes physical components such an elevated heart…

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If You’re Going To Google Your Health Symptoms, Here’s How To Do It Right

If You’re Going To Google Your Health Symptoms, Here’s How To Do It Right

Here’s how to spot bad medical information — and how to stop freaking yourself out as you do your research. Researching what’s going on with your body can quickly turn from empowering to frightening. Here’s how to make sure you’re getting the correct information. If the first thing you do when you feel a sniffle or twinge is head to the internet to try to figure out what’s going on, you’re in good company. Surveys suggest about 90% of patients…

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World Health Day

World Health Day

Are we able to reimagine a world where clean air, water and food are available to all?   Where economies are focused on health and well-being?   Where cities are liveable and people have control over their health and the health of the planet? What can you do to protect our planet and our health? Governments: Prioritize long-term human wellbeing and ecological stability in all decision-making. Prioritize wellbeing in all businesses, organizations, social and ecological goals. Keep fossil fuels in…

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5 Foods For a Strong Immune System

5 Foods For a Strong Immune System

There are a number of ways your lifestyle can enhance your immune system, but one of the most important is eating the right foods. So how do we choose? It seems like every few weeks there is a new immune-boosting superfood on the scene. But as an immunologist and functional medicine doctor, I’m here to tell you that any nutrient-dense food that’s rich in vitamins and minerals is an immune superfood. However, some foods seem to stand out from the…

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This Personality Trait Boosts Happiness

This Personality Trait Boosts Happiness

Acting out this personality trait makes people feel happier. Acting like an extravert makes people feel happier — even natural introverts, research finds. Both extraverts and introverts report greater well-being after a week spent being more talkative, assertive and spontaneous. It is the first study to report the benefits of acting like an extravert over such an extended period. The study also demonstrates that people who are naturally introverted can enjoy this exercise as much as extraverts. ‘Faux’ extraverts (people…

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