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Month: February 2016

Sleep Apnea Takes Toll on Brain

Sleep Apnea Takes Toll on Brain

By Janice Wood A new study shows that people with sleep apnea show significant changes in the levels of two important brain chemicals. This could be the reason so many people with sleep apnea — a disorder in which a person’s breathing is frequently interrupted during sleep, as many as 30 times an hour — report problems with thinking, such as poor concentration, difficulty with memory and decision-making, depression and stress. Researchers at the University of California Los Angeles School…

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The Scientifically Proven Mental Shift That Makes You Physically Healthier

The Scientifically Proven Mental Shift That Makes You Physically Healthier

by Dr. Patricia Thompson    February 4, 2015  In this day and age, you would have to be living under a rock not to have heard about the powerful mind-body connection. For example, we know that exercise helps alleviate depression, yoga is great for stress management, eating vegetables and other superfoods can make you happier and the way you walk can boost your mood. So, for your overall mental health, you should definitely be exercising, eating right and engaging in…

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Poor REM Sleep, Higher Risk for Depression?

Poor REM Sleep, Higher Risk for Depression?

Preliminary study suggests that emotional stress builds when this phase is disturbed, creating a ‘vicious cycle’ By Alan Mozes   HealthDay Reporter     WebMD News from HealthDay MONDAY, Feb. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) – REM (rapid eye movement) sleep is the phase when dreams are made, and a lack of good REM sleep has long been associated with chronic insomnia. But new research is building on that association, suggesting that the bad and “restless” REM sleep experienced by insomnia…

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92 Percent Of All Restaurant Meals Have Crazy Calorie Counts

92 Percent Of All Restaurant Meals Have Crazy Calorie Counts

No, not just fast food restaurants. All restaurants. Kate Bratskeir    Food and Health Editor, The Huffington Post    01/25/2016 You probably don’t expect every meal you eat at a restaurant to contain a large number of calories. Sure, the occasional fast food cheat meal might be excessive, but your local farm-to-table place feeds you well, right? According to new research from Tufts University, nearly all restaurant meals – whether from a fast food joint or the luxurious confines of…

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10 Surprisingly Simple Happiness Tips

10 Surprisingly Simple Happiness Tips

Tell the truth, avoid narcissists, and stay focused on the future. Dec 29, 2015  Linda Esposito LCSW  We all want to be happy. Our search leads us to seek advice from mental health professionals, clergy, best-selling authors, and Buddhist monks. But despite the wealth of available information, two constants remain: One, there is no recipe for happiness. We’re all unique with different biology, childhoods, life experiences, and support systems. Two, happiness is a habit—and that’s good news, because you can…

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Tips for Coping with Loneliness on Valentine’s Day

Tips for Coping with Loneliness on Valentine’s Day

By Nancy Schimelpfening    Depression Expert    Updated November 12, 2015 I’m afraid I was a bit insensitive with my Valentine’s Day newsletter last year. Here’s some reader feedback that I received: Oh, right, a depression newsletter talking about Valentine’s Day and promoting the sending of Valentines. I would think that there could be one oasis where my grumpy, depressed self could be free of that crap. I’ll admit my first reaction was, “How rude! If you don’t like the…

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25  Quotes From Carl Jung

25  Quotes From Carl Jung

Carl Jung was a psychological genius who expanded on our understanding of the mind, and his writings contain some of the most thought-provoking ideas you’ve read recently. Jung expanded on the ideas of Sigmund Freud and developed his own psychological theories. Carl Jung also pioneered the thought-provoking concept of the introvert and extrovert personality types, which you can read more about in our articles Are You an Introvert or an Extrovert? and 7 Life Changing Lessons to Learn From Introverts….

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Do Vegetables Lose Their Nutritional Value When Heated?

Do Vegetables Lose Their Nutritional Value When Heated?

Frying these foods will give you a major boost in important disease-fighting vitamins Jessica Orwig    Feb. 1, 2016 While frying can reduce the nutritional value of most foods, there’s an exception to the rule: It’s a group of foods that contain significant amounts of the organic pigments called carotenoids, which studies indicate can help reduce the risk of several chronic diseases in humans, like heart disease, eye disease, and certain cancers. When you expose carotenoids to high temperatures, energy…

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The Dried Fruit That Could Prevent and Reverse Bone Mass Loss

The Dried Fruit That Could Prevent and Reverse Bone Mass Loss

by Shubhra Krishan       Follow Shubhra at @eskrishan Think prunes and the first word that pops into the mind is probably something along the lines of “digestion.” For centuries, grandmas have encouraged us to eat prunes for keeping things smooth and regular. Besides, this dried and wrinkled avatar of plums is quite delicious, too. But their ability to strengthen bones should make you reach out for prunes more often. A research study conducted at the Florida State University…

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Why Trash Talking Sugary Food Makes You Want It Even More

Why Trash Talking Sugary Food Makes You Want It Even More

February 2, 2016   By Rozalynn S. Frazier When you were a kid and your mom told you not to touch something, what was the first thing you wanted to do? Touch it, right? Now apply that theory to your eating habits. If someone tells you to steer clear of the cookie jar because those little morsels of goodness are chock-full of calories, aren’t you even more tempted to grab one (or three)? Rest assured, you’re not the only one….

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