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Month: November 2015

7 Spices Loaded with Serious Flavor—And Incredible Health Benefits

7 Spices Loaded with Serious Flavor—And Incredible Health Benefits

by Michelle Pellizzon for Thrive Market    November 9, 2015  Cayenne pepper really hit its prime in the early aughts. When Giselle Bundchen credited cayenne with helping maintain her slim, Victoria’s Secret-worthy figure, the spice was suddenly stylish. It’s almost too easy—just a pinch of some magic powder and suddenly you’re a fat-burning machine? Well maybe not a machine, but fiery cayenne does seem to have an effect on increasing the metabolism. It’s well documented that turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties…

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The Art of Now: Six Steps to Living in the Moment

The Art of Now: Six Steps to Living in the Moment

We live in the age of distraction. Yet one of life’s sharpest paradoxes is that your brightest future hinges on your ability to pay attention to the present. By Jay Dixit,        published on November 1, 2008 – last reviewed on August 11, 2015 A friend was walking in the desert when he found the telephone to God. The setting was Burning Man, an electronic arts and music festival for which 50,000 people descend on Black Rock City,…

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7 Things Truly Kind People Do EVERY Day That Make Us Adore Them

7 Things Truly Kind People Do EVERY Day That Make Us Adore Them

By Jan Bowen It’s hard not to love a person this great! Have you ever noticed that kind people are also incredibly content in their life? That’s because being kind literally increases our levels of health and happiness. Research shows this impacts our relationships positively, as well. Kindness helps keeps couples together. The more your partner is on the receiving end of your goodwill, the more likely they are to shower you with love in return. Kindness is pretty awesome….

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Weight Controlled by What We Put in Our Mouths, Not Exercise

Weight Controlled by What We Put in Our Mouths, Not Exercise

People don’t always appreciate how easy it is to consume calories vs. working it off CBC News Posted: Nov 12, 2015  People often overestimate the number of calories they’ve burned by exercising, and underestimate how many calories are in the food they eat, experts say. Exercise is important for many reasons such as cardiovascular fitness, but long-term studies have shown the amount of weight loss specifically from exercise programs is modest. After burning off calories during exercise, the body tends…

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Counting Your Blessings Can Improve Your Life

Counting Your Blessings Can Improve Your Life

Health Benefits of Gratitude: 5 Ways Counting Your Blessings Can Improve Your Life Thanksgiving will come and go, but the positive effects of gratitude can last all year.  by Beth Dreher Gratitude can help you sleep better In a study from Grant MacEwan University in Alberta, Canada, anxious students slept better when they jotted down a list of things they were thankful for before bed every night for a week than when they didn’t do the writing exercise. Study authors…

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Could the 'Stress Hormone' Affect Weight and Memory?

Could the 'Stress Hormone' Affect Weight and Memory?

Cortisol Controls Stress, but What Else? By Matt McMillen      WebMD Health News      Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD Nov. 9, 2015 – Although cortisol is known as the “stress hormone,” researchers suspect it plays a much larger role in our health. A recent study, for example, linked cortisol to memory in older adults. People with unusually high nighttime cortisol levels had reduced brain size and did more poorly on cognitive tests. Scientists are also investigating the hormone’s…

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Stuff You Should NEVER Cook In A Cast-Iron Pan

Stuff You Should NEVER Cook In A Cast-Iron Pan

By LAURA SANT      FOR RODALESORGANICLIFE.COM       NOVEMBER 9, 2015 Cast-iron pans are great for cooking lots of things. Their ability to get and stay really hot makes them ideal for searing meats and cooking stir-fries, and they can go straight from stovetop to oven, which makes them perfect for baked goods like cornbread. But the trick to great results is knowing when to use them—and when another pan might be better for the job at hand….

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The Fermented Food that Helps Protect against Dementia

The Fermented Food that Helps Protect against Dementia

Michelle Schoffro Cook   November 7, 2015 When we think of dementia—or the loss of memory we typically associate with aging—it’s unlikely that most of us think of fermented foods. But probiotic-rich foods, which are foods that contain naturally-beneficial microorganisms like bacteria and certain yeasts, may have an important role in the prevention, and even treatment, of this brain disease. For many years, science led us to believe that we had little control over our brain health and its functioning….

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13 Incredibly Smart Tips To Be Happier From Mental Health Experts

13 Incredibly Smart Tips To Be Happier From Mental Health Experts

Genius tips from people whose job it is to make you feel better. Jul. 9, 2015      Anna Borges It’s pretty safe to assume that you want to be happy, because…well, who doesn’t? But how to actually make that happen is a little more elusive. BuzzFeed Life talked to a bunch of experts to get their best tips. Of course, everyone brings their own set of experiences to the table and some people might be living with mental illnesses…

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The 7 Surprising Ways Being Kind Makes You Healthier and Happier

The 7 Surprising Ways Being Kind Makes You Healthier and Happier

By: Diane M.     November 16, 2015      Follow Diane at @DianeMacEachern Being nice or kind is often touted as a way to do something good for someone else. But in addition to helping others, being kind turns out to be just as good for the person extending the kindness as for the person receiving it, if not more so. Here are 7 surprising ways being kind is so good for you, it makes you healthier! 1) Being…

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