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Month: May 2013

The Power of Affirmations

The Power of Affirmations

By Remez Sasson Affirmations are positive statements that describe a desired situation. When these statements are often repeated, they get impressed on the subconscious mind, and conequently, trigger it into positive action. In order to ensure their effectiveness, they have to be repeated with attention, interest, faith and desire. When you know how to use them, you get a great tool for achieving success, and for improving your life. Imagine that you are swimming with your friends in a swimming…

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Improve Your Self-Esteem

Improve Your Self-Esteem

You can’t be happy and healthy if you don’t feel good about yourself. To be productive and feel life is worth living, we must first be at  peace with ourselves and the world. Many people are too hard on themselves, battered and bruised from other damaged people around them. It is crucial to find a way to be joyful and focus on your strengths. 6 Tips to Improve Your Self-Esteem By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. People are often confused about…

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The Dark Side of Food Colors

The Dark Side of Food Colors

Michelle Schoffro Cook    May 10, 2013The next time you’re at a child’s birthday party, notice the beautiful array of cakes, cookies, and cupcakes, all showcasing a rainbow assortment of artificial colors.  While they may make these sweets look appetizing to children, these synthetic ingredients often take the place of nutrition in foods.  For example, fruit juice that contains colors is typically devoid of any fruit, making it artificially-colored sugar water.  Worse than that, many food colors are linked to…

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The Biology of Kindness: How It Makes Us Happier and Healthier

The Biology of Kindness: How It Makes Us Happier and Healthier

By Maia Szalavitz   May 09, 2013There’s a reason why being kind to others is good for you — and it can now be traced to a specific nerve.When it comes to staying healthy, both physically and mentally, studies consistently show that strong relationships are at least as important as avoiding smoking and obesity. But how does social support translate into physical benefits such as lower blood pressure, healthier weights and other physiological measures of sound health? A new study…

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Curb junk food ads aimed at children, group says

Curb junk food ads aimed at children, group says

Current generation may live ‘shorter, less healthy lives’ as a result poor diets CBC News Posted: May 9, 2013 Canadian children under 13 shouldn’t be exposed to marketing of unhealthy foods and beverages, a coalition of medical groups says. Thursday’s policy statement from the Canadian Medical Association, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Hypertension Canada, College of Family Physicians of Canada and others calls on food companies to immediately stop marketing foods high in fats, added sugars or sodium to children. Federal,…

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Gluten-free not just a fad for some

Gluten-free not just a fad for some

A gluten-free diet is the only medical treatment for two health conditions By Lee Marshall, CBC News Posted: May 1, 2013 When arm pain made it difficult for Victoria Yeh to play her electric violin, she decided to make a change. Yeh suffered from chronic headaches, nausea, sinus inflammation, stomach pain, gas and digestive issues for several years. But the pain was Yen’s biggest motivation to follow her doctor’s advice to avoid gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and…

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Pets a Boon for the Human Heart, Cardiologists Say

Pets a Boon for the Human Heart, Cardiologists Say

American Heart Association cites stress-busting, dog-walking benefits of companion animals WebMD News from HealthDay   By Robert Preidt   HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 9 (HealthDay News) – That four-legged friend of yours may be more than a companion – he also may be boosting your heart health, experts say. An official statement released Thursday by the American Heart Association says there is evidence that having a pet, particularly a dog, may lower your risk of heart disease. Cardiology specialists weren’t all that…

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Healthy foods that can help lower blood pressure

Healthy foods that can help lower blood pressure

16 April, 2012    By Staff Writer    NYR Natural News If you are suffering from mild to moderate high blood pressure there are some very effective dietary regimes that can help lower blood pressure. Amongst them is the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) Diet which is low in fat and meat and high in fresh fruits and vegetables. One advantage of including more fruit and vegetables in your daily diet is that you are more likely to be eating a…

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Perform Better Under Stress Using Self-Affirmation

Perform Better Under Stress Using Self-Affirmation

Can thinking about what’s important to you improve your problem-solving powers? Have a look at the following list of values and personal characteristics. If you had to pick just one, which most defines who you are and what matters to you?     Your family     Being good at sports     Belief in a higher power     Your friends     Your creativity     Aesthetics     Your job Perhaps what matters most to you isn’t there (this isn’t a comprehensive list!), in…

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Relax: It’s Good For Your Genes

Relax: It’s Good For Your Genes

By Maia Szalavitz   May 03, 2013 While it might seem that your body and brain aren’t doing much when you’re on break, relaxing triggers a flurry of genetic activity that is responsible for some important health benefits. When you really relax —  using any type of meditative technique such as deep breathing, yoga or prayer — the genes in your body switch to a different mode. Genes that counteract the chemical effects of stress kick in, while those responsible…

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