Want to boost your immune system? Eat organic, protein-rich foods and avoid sugary treats

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Flu season is just around the corner, but it should be nothing to fear if one’s immune health is in tiptop shape. If it isn’t, don’t fret. Numerous studies and past research confirm that it’s possible to boost the immune system for better protection against infection and disease. Continue reading

Getting Back to Nature Boosts Natural Killer Cells

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  • Spending time in the woods, called forest bathing, may boost your ability to fight viruses and infections
  • Data revealed the same effects are not experienced by being outdoors in an urban environment; diffusing cypress stem oil indoors produced similar but weaker results
  • Spending time in green spaces has additional benefits, including blood pressure reduction, cortisol secretion and lowering the incidence of diabetes
  • Other healthy habits that support your immune health include taking care of your gut microbiome, exercising, getting quality sleep and maintaining adequate vitamin D levels

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6 Natural ways to strengthen the immune system amid the coronavirus outbreak

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The immune system is the body’s first line of defense against infection and disease. A healthy immune system can identify pathogens and distinguish these from the body’s cells. However, a weak immune system caused by poor nutrition and lifestyle choices can make the body susceptible to infections, like the coronavirus that is currently ravaging the world. Continue reading

New Study Sheds Light on Stroke Recovery

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  • Stroke occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery or blood vessel, cutting off blood flow to your brain. As a result, brain cells die and brain damage can occur. Without proper and timely treatment, a stroke can be lethal
  • Estimates suggest 10% of all strokes occur in people under the age of 50, and 2.5% of strokes occur in those under the age of 20
  • Studies have shown that, surprisingly, blocking inflammation after a stroke isn’t beneficial. Recent research demonstrates brain inflammation following a stroke actually plays a beneficial role in neuroplasticity and recovery of function
  • It’s imperative to rapidly implement neurocognitive training after a stroke, as your brain circuits need the proper stimulus to reroute
  • Education appears to play a role in stroke recovery by acting as a cognitive reserve against poststroke cognitive impairment. Getting the proper nutrition after a stroke is also crucial for optimal recovery

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Regenerative Fitness with Hamad Shirazi

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What is Regenerative Fitness?

Regenerative fitness is a foundational program that will empower you with simple tools and practices that can be applied to instantly improve health and vitality. Using movement as medicine, we will cultivate an optimal environment for our bodies to harmonize and create a more youthful presence. This movement-centered program will include principles of infant development and natural movement patterns, all with the intention of total body integration. Continue reading

What to Do if You’re Diagnosed With Breast Cancer

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  • Having tools to effectively address the emotional trauma caused by a cancer diagnosis is an important first step. The Emotional Freedom Techniques is noninvasive and easy to learn, and can be done just about anywhere, at any time
  • When faced with a cancer diagnosis, consider finding a qualified holistic cancer treatment expert that can help guide you through the options. Resources are included
  • In order for holistic cancer treatment to work, it needs to be done first. Once you’ve done chemo or extensive radiation, your chances of remission through alternative methods are slim, as the damage done is too great
  • Foundational basics of many holistic cancer treatment plans include nutritional ketosis, intermittent fasting and vitamin D optimization. Other helpful adjuncts include hyperbaric oxygen, cryotherapy, exercise, detoxification and avoiding toxic exposures of all kinds
  • When speaking to someone who is suffering, don’t try to relate to their suffering by comparing it to something you’ve experienced, don’t offer solutions and treatment strategies unless asked, and don’t tell them their suffering has some greater purpose. Instead, make yourself available, be present with them and let them express how they feel about their diagnosis

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Should you exercise if you have high blood pressure?

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  • Exercise is one form of treatment to reduce high blood pressure and help prevent it from developing; inactivity is a risk factor for it. If you are inactive and have heart disease or another medical condition, check with your health care professional before starting a new exercise program
  • Blood pressure is the measurement of the force of your blood against the walls of your arteries. Primary, or essential, high blood pressure has no underlying cause, while secondary high blood pressure is related to another health condition
  • African-Americans are most vulnerable to high blood pressure; a study with 1,311 African-American participants found moderate to vigorous activity may help reduce the risk of high blood pressure in men and women in this population
  • One study found the combination of endurance and dynamic resistance training most effective in reducing systolic blood pressure. While exercise protects your heart, it is vital that you stop if you feel weak, dizzy or lightheaded, or experience pressure or pain in your chest, neck, arm, jaw or shoulder

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No Time For The Gym? Eat An Orange!

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New research suggests that vitamin C may give you some of the same heart benefits as regular exercise.  Continue reading

Change the Game by Taking Control of Your Health

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Conventional medicine is excellent at diagnosing disease, but where it fails miserably is in the treatment approaches. It only treats the symptoms, not the cause, typically using toxic drugs Continue reading

Your Brain Is Capable of Producing New Cells through Neurogenesis; Here Are FIVE Ways to Improve Cognition

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Prior to about 20 years ago, it was believed that the human brain was incapable of producing new brain cells after reaching maturity. But scientists now widely accept the fact that the human brain can undergo neurogenesis, in which new neurons are born, even into adulthood, and that this process can be helped along through certain dietary and lifestyle changes. Continue reading

Boost Your Brain Health by Developing a Higher Purpose in Life, and Other Simple Brain-Boosting Strategies

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Personality traits like optimism and having a sense of purpose can benefit your health in a number of different ways, and ultimately help you live longer

One recent study found that having a sense of purpose reduced odds of Continue reading

Exercise—an Important Component of Cancer Treatment and Dementia Prevention

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Exercise can help slash your risk of cancer; help cancer patients recuperate faster; and diminish your risk of cancer recurrence. It also helps diminish your risk of dementia Continue reading

Study Identifies Top Six Factors Predicting Heart Attack Risk

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A 20-year long study involving women uncovers the top six lifestyle factors that predict heart attack risk, and several relate to diet and exercise Continue reading

Protein and Strength Training—Two Important Components for Healthy Aging

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 According to recent research, current dietary guidelines on protein intake may be too low for health, particularly if you’re over 50 Continue reading

How Exercise Affects Your Genes, and More

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Brief, vigorous exercise causes immediate structural and chemical changes in the DNA molecules within your muscles that benefit your health Continue reading