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Month: August 2016

Allergic to flossing? It can happen, small study finds

Allergic to flossing? It can happen, small study finds

A Winnipeg researcher says that some people actually have a flossing allergy that affects the gums, but it’s very rare. Many Canadians like to joke that they are “allergic to flossing,” which is why they never do it. A report earlier this month seemed to let them off the hook, revealing there wasn’t a lot of evidence to support the practice. Many dentists immediately scrambled to insist that flossing is as important as ever for preventing gum disease. But a…

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Is Your Diet Making You Aggressive?

Is Your Diet Making You Aggressive?

Do you find yourself angry and irritable more often than you’d like? Does your mood swing out of control at certain times of day? While larger issues could be at play, the cause of your increase in agitation and aggression could be your diet. Let’s take a look at the foods that are most likely responsible for an increase in aggression: Unhealthy fats Studies have shown that consumption of trans fats interrupts fat metabolism in the brain, leading to aggressive…

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What Self-Care Is — and What It Isn’t

What Self-Care Is — and What It Isn’t

When asked the question: “Do you take care of yourself?” most of us will answer yes — we’d even think, “What kind of question is this? Of course I care about myself.” When asked, “In what ways do you take care of yourself?” — well, that’s where the tricky part begins. What is self-care? Self-care is any activity that we deliberately do in order to take care of our mental, emotional and physical health. Although it’s a simple idea in…

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Does Your Gut Bacteria Affect Weight Loss? Simplifying The Science

Does Your Gut Bacteria Affect Weight Loss? Simplifying The Science

Researchers have learnt so much about our gut bacteria in the last decade. The potential effects they have on health is quite extraordinary. Some suspect they may have a strong influence on metabolic diseases, including obesity. This article looks at how gut bacteria may affect weight, as well as what you can do about it. The potential effects they have on health is quite extraordinary. Some suspect they may have a strong influence on metabolic diseases, including obesity. This article…

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The 12 Laws Of Karma

The 12 Laws Of Karma

What is Karma? Karma is the Sanskrit word for action. It is equivalent to Newton’s law of ‘every action must have a reaction’. When we think, speak or act we initiate a force that will react accordingly. This returning force maybe modified, changed or suspended, but most people will not be able eradicate it. This law of cause and effect is not punishment, but is wholly for the sake of education or learning. A person may not escape the consequences…

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What Are the Building Blocks of a Good Life?

What Are the Building Blocks of a Good Life?

These 5 elements can change your life for the better. I spent years studying damage, deficit and dysfunction in the human mind. I don’t remember once in my training hearing the words “joy,” “awe” or “wellbeing.” We talked about “happiness” but only in a negative sense. During a manic phase of bipolar illness, patients may experience excessive happiness. The diagnostic criterion of mania includes a persistently elevated or expansive mood and inflated self-esteem. This is a bad thing. It has…

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How Many Fruits and Vegetables to Eat to Boost Your Mood?

How Many Fruits and Vegetables to Eat to Boost Your Mood?

New study finds eating more fruits and vegetables improves happiness. A new study published in the American Journal of Public Health has found that eating more fruits and vegetables can boost your happiness as much as going from being unemployed to employed. This research is one of the first and largest studies illustrating the power of nutrition, fruits and vegetables in particular, to improve mood and psychological well-being. Only one in four Americans eat the recommended amount of daily fruits…

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The Best Relationship Advice I Know

The Best Relationship Advice I Know

Learning to “fight better” is a common theme in couple’s therapy. Don’t use the phrase “you always…” stick to the issue at hand, and by all means avoid saying anything negative about the other person’s mother. Less focused upon and, in fact, a more effective strategy is learning how to celebrate one another. According to research, how we respond to our loved one’s good news is a better predictor of relationship quality than how couples handle disagreements. In her research,…

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7 Simple Ways to Make It a Better Day

7 Simple Ways to Make It a Better Day

When someone visits a psychiatrist for the first time, it’s usually at an inflection point: Something big has happened, is happening, or is about to happen. Helping patients navigate their way through such transitions is the goal. Over the years I have learned an important lesson. In addition to discussing the “big issue” that brings a patient through the door, it is equally important to focus on the everyday. Talking about how the person spends their time and conducts their…

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This One Shift Will Change The Way You See Yourself (& Others!)

This One Shift Will Change The Way You See Yourself (& Others!)

The Challenge: We often assume our abilities and behaviors cannot (or are too hard to) be changed. The Science: You are, indeed, capable of change! It’s all about the way we look at it! The Solution: Cultivating a growth mindset can create positive change and new opportunities in your life! We are often taught from a young age and through a variety of influences that ability is fixed. Either we’re smart or we’re not.  We’re athletic or we’re not. We’re…

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