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Month: September 2013

25+ Vegan Sources of Calcium

25+ Vegan Sources of Calcium

Alisa Rutherford-Fortunati    September 24, 2013 We have all been taught that calcium is an essential nutrient for maintaining bone health (although it has many other uses, including balancing body pH.) There are also a number of other factors that influence bone health, such as an individual’s level of physical activity. What I want to talk about today though is the myth that animal milks (especially cheeses) are the optimal source of calcium. As explained by The Physicians Committee for Responsible…

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Positive outlook in heart disease tied to fewer deaths

Positive outlook in heart disease tied to fewer deaths

By Genevra Pittman    NEW YORK     Fri Sep 20, 2013 (Reuters Health) – People with heart disease who are more upbeat and excited tend to live longer than those who don’t have such a positive outlook, a new study suggests, possibly because they are often more active. Researchers surveyed people with ischemic heart disease – when the heart doesn’t get enough blood due to narrowed arteries – and found earning a high score on measures of “positive affect”…

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The Best Way to Conquer Fear? Sleep on It

The Best Way to Conquer Fear? Sleep on It

By Maia Szalavitz     Sept. 23, 20130     A new technique makes it possible to sleep away your fears. The research, which was published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, showed for the first time that the power of emotional memories — specifically, fearful ones — can be weakened with sleep-based tactics, which offers hope that something as simple as a good night’s slumber may reduce phobias and symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Researchers led by Katherina Hauner, who conducted the…

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Coping with depression

Coping with depression

By Mayo Clinic staff Coping with depression can be challenging. Talk to your doctor or therapist about improving your coping skills, and try these tips:     Simplify your life. Cut back on obligations when possible, and set reasonable goals for yourself. Give yourself permission to do less when you feel down.     Consider writing in a journal. Journaling can improve mood by allowing you to express pain, anger, fear or other emotions.     Read reputable self-help books and websites. Your…

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Peppermint Oil

Peppermint Oil

Peppermint oil is derived from the peppermint plant – a cross between water mint and spearmint – that thrives in Europe and North America. Peppermint oil is commonly used as flavoring in foods and beverages and as a fragrance in soaps and cosmetics. Peppermint oil also is used for a variety of health conditions and can be taken orally in dietary supplements or topically as a skin cream or ointment. Some evidence suggests that peppermint oil may help relieve symptoms…

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10 Magical Effects Music Has On the Mind

10 Magical Effects Music Has On the Mind

Music can improve verbal IQ, aid in heart disease treatment, evoke colours in the mind and even help you see happy faces all around. Every fan of music knows the tremendous power it can have over both thoughts and emotions. Great music can transform an ordinary day into something magical, even spiritual. It can provide solace, release, strong sensations and more. But music’s influence spreads further still: right up from our genetic code, through our thoughts and bodies and out…

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Top 10 Genetically Modified Food Products

Top 10 Genetically Modified Food Products

By Diana Bocco Like humans, all organisms have genetic material. When scientists alter genetic material, or DNA, it’s called genetic modification (GM). Genetically modifying foods or food crops can enhance taste and quality, increase nutrients or improve resistance to pests and disease. In some cases, GM foods help conserve natural resources, because the altered version might require less water or energy for processing. The first genetically modified food to reach our tables was the Flavr Savr tomato. Grown in California,…

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Healthy living tied to less cell aging

Healthy living tied to less cell aging

Study participants highly motivated to stick with diet, exercise and stress relief changes CBC News       Sep 17, 2013 An intensive plant-based diet, exercise and meditation regime could hold the potential to reverse cellular aging, a pilot study in the U.S. suggests. The five-year study of 35 men with early stage prostate cancer explored the relationship between lifestyle changes and telomere length. Telomeres are protective caps on the ends of chromosomes. The length of telomeres shrinks every time…

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5 Simple Ways to Live a Healthier Lifestyle

5 Simple Ways to Live a Healthier Lifestyle

Dr. Neala Peake, selected from AllThingsHealing.com  September 16, 2013 by Drew Kobb, Contributor to Integrative Medicine on AllThingsHealing.com We all want to improve our lives, to feel better — so why don’t we make the necessary changes to improve our lives? Probably because it seems a little daunting, especially when we compare our current lifestyles with where we want to be. It would be a huge adjustment for most of us to start eating as healthily as Gwyneth Paltrow or…

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Tired of worrying about what’s really in your food? There is an answer: Go organic

Tired of worrying about what’s really in your food? There is an answer: Go organic

By Organic Week   Posted Aug. 31   By Matthew Holmes, Executive Director, Canada Organic Trade Association When you ask people what’s special about organic food, they generally say organic farmers do not use toxic chemical pesticides or synthetic fertilizers, hormones, antibiotics or genetically modified organisms (GMOs). That’s part of the picture, but there is much more to it. Organic agriculture offers compelling answers to the complex issues facing the world today – whether hunger, land sovereignty, environmental degradation or the threat…

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