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Poor Sleep Linked to Weight Gain

Poor Sleep Linked to Weight Gain

in 2-year smartphone sleep tracking study   Not sleeping enough or getting a bad night’s sleep over and over makes it hard to control your appetite. And that sets you up for all sorts of health problems, including obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes. The link between poor sleep and a greater body mass index (BMI) has been shown in study after study, but researchers typically relied on the memories of the participants to record how…

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The 4 Best Ways To Live Longer

The 4 Best Ways To Live Longer

The main lifestyle factors that increase your life expectancy are reducing stress and avoiding smoking, heavy drinking and type 2 diabetes, a study reveals. Type 2 diabetes can be prevented naturally by doing regular physical activity, healthy eating, and getting enough sleep. A person’s quality of life, such as poor sleep and lifestyle risk factors such as obesity will all influence longevity. Researchers found that diabetes and smoking are the leading causes of life shortening for both men and women….

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This Popular Vitamin Is Linked To Weight Loss

This Popular Vitamin Is Linked To Weight Loss

High levels of this vitamin are associated with 20 pounds more weight loss. Higher levels of vitamin D are linked to more weight loss, research finds. People who are dieting have been shown to lose 20 pounds more when they have high vitamin D levels. Vitamin D at higher levels in the body is also associated with burning belly fat. The conclusions come from a study of 4,421 people whose total body fat and belly fat was measured. Across men…

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13 Reasons To Exercise That Have Nothing To Do With Losing Weight

13 Reasons To Exercise That Have Nothing To Do With Losing Weight

Your workout has so many benefits for your mental health, longevity, immune system and more. Many people who loathe exercise arguably feel that way because of how the activity has been marketed to them. For too long, exercise and weight loss have been indivisibly bound, leading many to fall into the comparison trap, experience shame or engage in negative self-talk. But moving your body grants so much more than a fit figure or relief from the guilt of indulging in…

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Bibliotherapy Proves Reading Is More Than A Cure For Boredom

Bibliotherapy Proves Reading Is More Than A Cure For Boredom

Grief, fear, heartbreak, depression — book therapy promises to treat it all. Eight months ago, when his father died suddenly of a stroke, the last thing on James Mitchell’s mind was literature. There were, of course, far more pressing matters to consider, far more natural instincts to confront than the strange impulse to seek refuge in a novel. The dimensions of grief are always unimaginable, and a desire to see reading, of all things, as the logical solution to its…

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How To Get a Good Night’s Sleep Right Now

How To Get a Good Night’s Sleep Right Now

“Doesn’t it feel like the zombie apocalypse?” I recently asked my boyfriend. We were taking our daily sanity stroll when suddenly the sleep-deprived eyes peeking over surgical masks started to feel extra eerie. I may have even traumatized a small child in a window when I waved excitedly, forgetting a big black piece of fabric was covering half my face and I hadn’t bothered with concealer. Honestly, the lack of concealer is probably what drove the poor thing to run….

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3 Mental Techniques That Boost Your Immune System

3 Mental Techniques That Boost Your Immune System

Lack of sleep, loneliness and stress are the main psychological factors that make people more vulnerable to infection, research finds. However, loneliness can be combated by speaking to others using apps like FaceTime, Skype, Viber, WhatsApp and Google Duo. Stress can be reduced with simple psychological exercises and sleep can be improved by following sleep hygiene guidelines. Dr Christopher Fagundes, an expert on how mental health affects the immune system, said: “We’ve found that stress, loneliness and lack of sleep…

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7 Elements of Wisdom That Can Make You Happier as You Age

7 Elements of Wisdom That Can Make You Happier as You Age

Despite aches and pains, the wisdom that comes with age can make you happier. Despite more physical aches and pains as we age—the ‘paradox of aging’ suggests that older people are generally more comfortable in their own skin, feel better about themselves, and grow happier in their lives year after year…decade after decade. Nora Ephron once said, “Looking back, it seems to me that I was clueless until I was about 50 years old.” As someone who just entered my…

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How to Stay Calm and Healthy During a Pandemic

How to Stay Calm and Healthy During a Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic is understandably causing panic in many people. Yet, fear doesn’t help anything. So how can you remain calm—and healthy—and help others in the process? How can you be a positive emotional contagion that helps not only yourself but others feel better about the global situation? Buying six months’ worth of toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning goods, and food won’t help. Really. Yes, it might give you a little peace of mind. I know my full pantry, refrigerator,…

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Mindfulness and Anxiety

Mindfulness and Anxiety

Mindfulness practice, at its core, is the opposite of an anxious mind. What Is Mindfulness? “There have been many tragedies in my life, but most of them have not happened.” —Mark Twain Anxiety lives in fears of the future that haven’t happened yet. How often does what you worry about actually happen? Take a second to reflect on the last spiral of worry that took over you. While bad things do happen, the odds are that it was much worse…

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