Top 5 Ways To Improve Your Mental Wellness

mental_health_greenmedinfoWhether we acknowledge it or not, healthcare as we know it is in the midst of radical change. More and more patients are demanding answers to the root cause(s) of their symptoms, not wanting merely a suppressive ‘band-aid’ approach. One major area of medicine that has patients, doctors and researchers scrambling for more answers is in the field of psychiatry. Research and awareness of psychiatric conditions have been making great strides as of late, but it has not always been the case. Continue reading

The Importance of Intermittent Movement for Longevity

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Sitting for extended periods of time is an independent risk factor for poor health and premature death

Even if you exercise regularly, if you uninterruptedly sit for a great percentage of the time, you’re still at an increased risk of dying prematurely Continue reading

Reversing Leptin Resistance Naturally

leptinThe foods we eat and sedentary lifestyles have left our bodies reeling with a plethora of avoidable ailments and conditions. One such condition is leptin resistance which contributes significantly to weight gain and ultimately diabetes. It most certainly does not have to be like this, however, and once recognized for what it is, reversing leptin resistance becomes a manageable and beneficial endeavor.

What is leptin resistance and what causes it? Continue reading

What You Can Learn About Your Health by Analyzing the Color and Smell of Your Urine

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  • Urine has been an important diagnostic tool for 6,000 years, as well as having some surprising historical uses
  • You can learn a great deal about your overall health by examining your urine and noting its color, odor, and consistency; your urine can be a powerful window into your overall health
  • Urine color and odor can be altered by your diet, medications, Continue reading

Olive Oil Helps Prevent Visible Facial Skin Aging

A recent study on over 1,900 French men and women analyzed diet, sun exposure, physical activity, age, and geographic location. The study followed participants for over two and a half years and found that those with the lowest levels of monounsaturated fatty acids in their diets displayed the greatest likelihood of photoaging and being classified among Continue reading

New Research Supports Early To Bed Adage

“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise,” Benjamin Franklin famously said.

Researchers aren’t sure whether an early bedtime will influence intelligence or income, but a new study suggests that it may make a significant difference for children in maintaining a healthy body weight.

A team of scientists at the University of South Australia conducted a study on 2,200 children aged 9 to 16, analyzing their bedtimes, wake times, physical activity levels and body weight. They discovered that while kids who went to bed late and slept in got the same amount of rest as their counterparts who hit the sack early, those who followed Franklin’s advice tended to get Continue reading

Century-Old Man Completes Marathon

At the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on Oct. 16, a 100-year-old man was the last to cross the finish line, breaking a world record as he completed his eighth 26.2-mile run, according to media reports.

Fauja Singh began running marathons at age 89 after the passing of his wife and son. He attributed his fitness to a healthy lifestyle of abstaining from alcohol and tobacco, eating a vegetarian diet and running or walking 10 miles per day, according to NBC Chicago.

“I have said it before: that I will carry on running, as it is keeping me alive,” said Singh, quoted on the Toronto marathon’s website.

A recent study that was conducted at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology supports the idea that exercise contributes to longevity. In a trial, a team of researchers showed that regular physical activity can help a 50-year-old reach fitness levels of a 20-year-old.

While many older individuals may fear that exercise can trigger cardiovascular events, the Norwegian research revealed that activity actually strengthens the heart and improves oxygen uptake. Continue reading