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Month: February 2017

7 Proven Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

7 Proven Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate is loaded with nutrients that can positively affect your health. Made from the seed of the cocoa tree, it is one of the best sources of antioxidants on the planet. Studies show that dark chocolate (not the sugary crap) can improve health and lower the risk of heart disease. 1. Dark Chocolate is Very Nutritious If you buy quality dark chocolate with a high cocoa content, then it is actually quite nutritious. It contains a decent amount of…

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Self-Guided Cognitive Behavioral Therapy May Help Depression

Self-Guided Cognitive Behavioral Therapy May Help Depression

Online programs offering cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) without the therapist can reduce depression symptoms for some, according to a new review of existing research on the topic. Automated CBT programs, or iCBT, which work to change a patient’s non-productive thoughts, attitudes and beliefs, are designed to make it easier for people to get therapy at low cost and with less fear of stigmatization. But recent large trials have produced conflicting answers about whether such self-guided internet-based therapy is effective. In…

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Are Prebiotics the Stress Reliever You Never Heard Of?

Are Prebiotics the Stress Reliever You Never Heard Of?

Before you spend another night tossing and turning from stress, a new study shows that the secret to peaceful Z’s starts with what you’re eating. There are traditional methods for coping with stress, from relaxing in the tub to keeping a bullet journal, but according to the newest study, an effective way to bounce back from stress is to get your fill of foods rich in prebiotics. While probiotics—those friendly gut bugs—are often lauded for their digestive benefits, prebiotics are…

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Reading On A Screen Before Bed Might Be Killing You

Reading On A Screen Before Bed Might Be Killing You

You’ve heard that using screens before bedtime can mess with your sleep, but new research suggests the problem is even more serious. Reading from an iPad before bed not only makes it harder to fall asleep, but also impacts how sleepy and alert you are the next day, according to new research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on Monday, said the findings could impact…

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Fun Fact Friday

Fun Fact Friday

Our brains do not recognize people by their entire face, but from their eyes and other key features on the person’s face. Chocolate is good for your teeth. It can help fight against bacteria in the mouth and stop dental decay. People who laugh more are able to tolerate pain better, both physical and emotional. A study has confirmed that British people have the world’s sexiest accents.   Chocolate is good for your teeth. It can help fight against bacteria…

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Is Hummus Good For You?

Is Hummus Good For You?

6 Health Issues The Superfood Dip Can Treat The creamy and decadent taste of this Middle Eastern dip has become a healthy kitchen staple in the homes of millions of Americans. Hummus’s ingredients, including mashed chickpea, tahini, oil, lemon juice, and garlic, load the thick paste with vitamins, antioxidants and minerals. The superfood is not only heart-healthy, it delivers a myriad of benefits for the mind, body, and soul. In the U.S., hummus can be found in about 20 percent…

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8 Things Mentally Healthy People Do Differently

8 Things Mentally Healthy People Do Differently

“Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others and make choices. Mental health is importance at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.” – U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Most times when we hear something, anything, being discussed about mental health, the context is usually negative. For example, we’ll often watch news anchors explain that…

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The Sleep Cure: The Fountain of Youth May Be Closer Than You Ever Thought

The Sleep Cure: The Fountain of Youth May Be Closer Than You Ever Thought

Mark Zielinski knew he was onto something when his mice stopped sleeping. Normally, the animals woke and slept on a 12-hour cycle. When the lights were on in the lab, the mice were active. When it went dark on a timer, down they went. But Zielinski, who teaches psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, had recently tweaked their schedule to keep the mice up past their bedtime. Zielinski and his colleagues would rustle the bedding in the mice’s cages to keep…

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How To Beat Major Depression With The Right Diet

How To Beat Major Depression With The Right Diet

World-first study reveals how diet can treat major depression. Improving dietary quality successfully treats major depression, a large new study finds. The three-month study recruited people with major depressive disorder. One group were given support from a clinical dietitian. A control group were given access to social support, which is also beneficial for depression. Those in the dietary group saw great improvements in depressive symptoms. At the end of the study one-third of people who had changed their diet were…

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 Your Doctor Wishes You Would do These 8 Things

 Your Doctor Wishes You Would do These 8 Things

We polled family doctors from across the country, and they laid down the law on eight things they wish we’d do—or stop doing. According to our panel of general practitioners, Canadians aren’t always doing what they should to make the most of doctor visits—and skipping out on these crucial tactics could lead to a delay in diagnosing serious conditions. Here’s what our experts say you should add to your patient checklist. 1. Stop feeling shy Many of us hesitate to…

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