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Month: January 2017

8 Nutrients to Help Beat Anxiety

8 Nutrients to Help Beat Anxiety

Feeling particularly stressed? Here are some nutrients that may help ease your anxiety Anxiety can impact your health in numerous ways, from decreased productivity at work, to weight gain, and more. Luckily, a diet rich in these nutrients can help relieve some of the stress. In fact, research published as recently as this month, confirms the benefit of vitamin D for stress and anxiety. According to the findings of a preliminary study presented at the Society for Endocrinology annual conference…

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How to Listen with All Four of Your Ears

How to Listen with All Four of Your Ears

New research shows how to get your ears to listen through all their channels. When we think about communication, we generally divide it into two categories—verbal and nonverbal behavior. But, according to the “four ear” model of communication, we speak and listen through four separate channels. The question is, when you communicate through one of those channels, what will your listener hear? A new study that used behavioral neuroscience to investigate the factors that influence how your message is received…

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Outsmart The Food Companies To Become A Healthier, Savvier Eater

Outsmart The Food Companies To Become A Healthier, Savvier Eater

Like many people, I crave something sweet after every meal, no matter how full I am, to the point where it feels like an addiction. A colleague told me it wasn’t an addiction, but a habit. Still, the thought lingered: Do we experience true food cravings, perhaps as a result of an “addiction,” or is it simply out of habit? And who’s driving that habit — me or the food companies? It’s actually both: It’s human nature for consumers to…

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Tips For Beating Anxiety to Get a Better Night’s Sleep

Tips For Beating Anxiety to Get a Better Night’s Sleep

Many people with anxiety disorders have trouble sleeping. That’s a problem. Too little sleep affects mood, contributing to irritability and sometimes depression. Vital functions occur during different stages of sleep that leave you feeling rested and energized or help you learn and forge memories. Sleep usually improves when an anxiety disorder is treated. Practicing good “sleep hygiene” helps, too. Here are some steps to take:   Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, even on…

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Fun Fact Friday

Fun Fact Friday

More than one-third of married couples in Canada sleep in separate bedrooms.  Having a low opinion of yourself is not modesty. It’s self-destruction.  People who eat fish at least once a week have thicker, stronger and more resilient brains. 71% of breakups happen because of mood swings. Every year, about 86,000 people are injured by tripping over their pets.    Ranch dressing (and many other foods) contain titanium dioxide to keep it white – Titanium dioxide is also used in…

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Is Social Media Good For You?

Is Social Media Good For You?

Using social media can have benefits for your mental health, but only if you use it in the right way Whether I’m standing on the tram, sitting in a café, or walking down the street, I’m struck by the sight of so many people looking down at their phones, scrolling through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or a myriad of other social media platforms. I immediately ask myself, in this increasingly technological age, what is the impact of constant social media use…

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Canada Needs a Comprehensive Mental Health Strategy

Canada Needs a Comprehensive Mental Health Strategy

Mental illness is the most common illness found in Canada’s children and teens. We all know a young person who struggles with depression, anxiety, an addiction or a behavioural disorder. Mental illness causes high levels of distress in children and can significantly interfere with their lives. But mental illnesses can often be prevented from developing, or becoming more severe and difficult to treat. A new report from the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy found that 14 per cent of all…

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12 Fresh Foods You Should Never Store Together

12 Fresh Foods You Should Never Store Together

Your cart is bursting with colorful fruits and veggies, but days later, it’s all wilted and sad. Use these smart storage rules to keep foods fresher longer. Cucumbers stand alone Many fruits, such as tomatoes, bananas, and melons, produce ethylene gas, a ripening agent that speeds up spoilage. Cucumbers are super sensitive to this ethylene gas, so they need their own place or they’ll spoil faster. They’re actually more suited to hanging out on the counter than in the crisper…

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Hot Chili Peppers May Extend Life

Hot Chili Peppers May Extend Life

Eating hot chili peppers may extend your life, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed data from more than 16,000 Americans who were followed for an average of nearly 19 years and found that hot red chili pepper consumption was associated with a 13 percent lower risk of death, CBS News reported. The study was published in the journal PLOS One. Since this was an observational study, it offers no proof of a cause and effect relationship, but does add…

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10 Foods That Preserve Intelligence And Brain Health

10 Foods That Preserve Intelligence And Brain Health

A pigment in leafy vegetables stops the degrading of ‘crystallized intelligence’ by old age, new research finds. Crystallized intelligence is the ability to use knowledge, experience and skills which have been gained during the lifetime. Lutein is a yellow pigment and naturally occurring carotenoid that is produced by plants and so can only be obtained from the diet. Lutein can be extracted from marigold flower and is present in: spinach, kale, broccoli, cabbage, yellow carrots, mango, orange, papaya, red or…

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