Health + Wellness

  • 11 WAYS TO BECOME AN OPTIMIST

    11 WAYS TO BECOME AN OPTIMIST

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    Positive thinking brings with it a whole host of benefits, such as better wellbeing and better sleep. To start reaping these benefits, check out these 11 ways to become an optimist. 1. Create Some Positive Mantras While many of us believe our happiness – or lack thereof – is based on external things, we’re often the ones holding ourselves back. Many of us go through our days feeding ourselves negative messages we may not even be aware of, convincing ourselves we’re “not good enough”, “not clever enough” or “not attractive enough”. To start thinking more positively, you need to change...

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  • 7 WAYS SLEEP CAN HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT

    7 WAYS SLEEP CAN HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT

    If you're trying to lose weight, the amount of sleep you get may be just as important as your diet and exercise. Unfortunately, many people aren't getting enough sleep. In fact, about 30% of adults are sleeping fewer than six hours most nights, according to a study of US adults. Interestingly, mounting evidence shows that sleep may be the missing factor for many people who are struggling to lose weight. Here are seven reasons why getting enough sleep may help you lose weight. 1. Poor Sleep Is a Major Risk Factor for Weight Gain and Obesity Poor sleep has repeatedly...

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  • 4 SIMPLE WAYS TO PROTECT YOUR ENERGY

    4 SIMPLE WAYS TO PROTECT YOUR ENERGY

    Cassie Mendoza-Jones is a kinesiologist, naturopath and author of You Are Enough and It’s All Good. She works with women who feel stuck, unworthy and disconnected to themselves. She shows them how to increase their self-care, self-worth and self-acceptance on every level, while making it all feel like it’s the most natural thing in the world. (Truth: it can be.)  Looking after our energy is so important, and it’s not just about your physical energy, but the energy you’re containing and managing across your four bodies; the parts that make up your mental, emotional, physical and spiritual self. It’s not just our food and exercise that impacts...

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  • RESTORING GUT HEALTH AFTER ANTIBIOTIC USE

    RESTORING GUT HEALTH AFTER ANTIBIOTIC USE

    The first antibiotic, Penicillin, was discovered in 1928 by a Scottish biologist named Sir Alexander Fleming while he was experimenting on influenza virus. He found that a common fungus, Penicillium notatum, can control the growth or kill certain kinds of bacteria. He named this newly discovered substance Penicillin, which successfully treated some deadly bacterial infections like syphilis, gangrene, and tuberculosis. These days, most antibiotics are synthetic though they are usually chemically related to natural antibiotics. Antibiotics are of great value because they combat infections, save millions of lives, and are not harmful to normal body cells. However, they have their...

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  • WHY SELF CARE CAN HELP YOU MANAGE STRESS

    WHY SELF CARE CAN HELP YOU MANAGE STRESS

    Many of us have so many responsibilities in life that we forget to take care of our personal needs. This is particularly true for mothers, who have many caregiving responsibilities, but moms certainly don't have a monopoly on letting life get in the way of taking care of themselves. And while it’s hard to prioritize something like taking a bath when you have so many other items on your to-do list, self-care is an important aspect of stress management. How Self Care Benefits You We are all less able to handle the stresses that come our way when we're already depleted...

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  • FOR MANY PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY WOMEN -- WEIGHT LOSS IS NOT ALWAYS A HAPPY ENDING

    FOR MANY PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY WOMEN -- WEIGHT LOSS IS NOT ALWAYS A HAPPY ENDING

    Losing weight can cause people to stop trusting their bodies. From diet plans, pills, fitness packages, and juice cleanses, Americans spend millions of dollars on weight loss products each year. Unfortunately, our culture’s pervasive message that a smaller body shape and size can make us happier, more attractive, and more confident causes many of us to romanticize the upsides of weight loss. People often imagine that by losing weight, they’ll magically transform their lives. But, believe it or not, research suggests there’s a dark side to dieting. One 2013 study, conducted by researchers at North Carolina State University, found that...

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