Techniques for Practicing Mindfulness and Meditation

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Meditation helps you take a deliberate break from the stream of thoughts that are constantly flowing in and out of your mind

Practicing “mindfulness” means you’re actively paying attention to the Continue reading

Tai Chi and Other Low-Impact Exercises May Be Ideal for Elderly People with Chronic Health Problems

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For the elderly and those struggling with chronic health problems, low impact exercises like Tai Chi, yoga, and walking can give you the physical benefits of exercise Continue reading

5 Health Tips if You Sit at a Computer All Day

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There are at least 24 different chronic diseases and conditions associated with excessive sitting

A natural healthy amount of sitting is about three hours a day; the average American office worker sits for Continue reading

7 Natural Alternatives Better than Drugs for Health and Healing

Natural medicine is an amazing field, full of inspiring stories and an ever-accumulating body of scientific research to support its increasingly popular view of health.  

In fact, at GreenMedInfo.com we specialize in dredging up from the National Library of Medicine’s 23-million citation deep, Continue reading

Beat the Holiday Bloat with these Five Essential Natural Remedies

Unless you’re a monk in a monastery or living in an ashram, the temptation to indulge more than usual may be too much to pass on all you’re offered. After all, you don’t want to be a spoiler among your peers as they celebrate with cakes, processed foods, and alcoholic beverages.

If you’ve been good with your diet while waiting for Santa, Continue reading

Dramatically Effective Natural Treatment Found for Stroke-Caused Brain Damage

Research findings just announced at the Canadian Stroke Congress provide hopeful news for stroke victims. A treatment has been documented that can improve memory, language, thinking and judgment problems by almost 50 percent — all within about six months after a person suffers a stroke. The therapy isn’t a new Big Pharma drug or surgical treatment. Instead, Continue reading

Cross Crawl Exercise Easiest Way to Activate Brain and Nervous System

crisscrawlDid You Know… … that cross crawl exercise is one of the easiest ways to activate your brain and nervous system to give it the proper motor and sensory stimuli it needs to take control of your bodily functions—thereby preventing or rehabilitating health problems?Until a baby learns to crawl she moves in a homolateral pattern.  This means that the right hemisphere of the brain controls the right side of the body and the left hemisphere of the brain controls the left side of the body.  If we failed to mature past this pattern of movement, Continue reading

7 Easy Exercises You Can Do Before Work

Exercising before work helps wake you up, gets you mentally prepared for the day, and jump-starts your metabolism, but we can’t all be freak-of-nature morning people. Getting some exercise in before heading to your job doesn’t have to mean waking up at the crack of dawn, though. Even just doing some simple exercises, Continue reading

How to Stop Your Brain from Shrinking

Do you know why you lose some of your memory function when you age? It’s because the brain actually shrinks. This, you are no doubt thinking, is something that most definitely can’t be reversed. Everyone should just accept that an agile brain and an excellent memory are things of the past once they hit middle age. But not so, according to a recent study done by researchers in Columbus, Ohio. Results show that a one-year period of exercise doesn’t only slow down brain shrinkage — it could also actually reverse it! For the study, Continue reading

Why you’re Probably at Risk for Blood Clots

The latest health news around inactivity is not pretty. In fact, researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital say that sitting too much could up your risk for a potentially deadly blood clot by as much as three-fold. The researchers say that their study is the first to prove that an inactive lifestyle increases the risk of developing a “pulmonary embolism.” A pulmonary embolism happens when Continue reading

Walking through Doorways Causes Forgetting, New Research Shows

We’ve all experienced it: The frustration of entering a room and forgetting what we were going to do. Or get. Or find.

New research from University of Notre Dame Psychology Professor Gabriel Radvansky suggests that passing through doorways is the cause of these memory lapses.

“Entering or exiting through a doorway serves as an ‘event boundary’ in the mind, which separates episodes of activity and files them away,” Radvansky explains.

“Recalling the decision or activity that was made in a different room is difficult because it has been compartmentalized.”

The study was published recently in the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.

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Getting a Grip on Childhood Obesity

American adults are overweight and obese, which is a huge problem for our healthcare system, tax dollars, productivity and quality of life. But the fact that our kids are increasingly obese means we may be dooming the next generation to an unhappy lifetime of chronic disease. We have to take action now to halt the juvenile obesity epidemic, or the consequences will be tragic.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), “Obesity now affects 17 percent of all children and adolescents in the United States — triple the rate from just one generation ago.” That 17 percent equates to 12.5 million obese children, ages 2 to 19.

In its 2011 “Children’s Food Environment State Indicator Report,” the CDC blames a good part of this problem on the serving and advertising of “sugar drinks and less healthy foods on school campuses.” Ads sell junk foods to kids, while parents feed their children what they ask for instead of providing balanced meals. Added to that, kids are eating supersized portions of foods containing too much sugar and fat.

If we consider the alarming numbers of inner-city children with weight problems, it’s obvious that kids don’t get enough exercise and don’t have access to safe places to play. Even for those interested in outdoor activity, finding a safe place or even getting to one is an issue. In its “State Indicator Report on Physical Activity,  Continue reading

One Step at a Time can keep your Brain Sharp

Step by step by step by step. Walking, as it turns out, just might keep your brain sharp well into retirement age. So slip on those sneakers and read this.

New research shows that walking about six miles per week may protect brain size and, in turn, preserve memory in old age. The study was published in the latest online issue of “Neurology.” And what jumps out about that finding is that six miles a week is not an awfully significant distance!

The size of your brain shrinks in late adulthood. This can trigger problems with memory. Age-related memory loss is a common problem in society, but one misconception is that it’s something we all have to live with, because it happens naturally. In fact, this isn’t correct at all. There are many ways to help protect your memory as you age. And this study focuses on one: the exercise option. Continue reading

Exercising Less Important than Lifestyle Movement

The idea that exercise is good for us is constantly pummeled into our brains by the medical community, by health coaches and by the mass media. And while certain types of exercise can certainly be beneficial in context, placing too much emphasis on formal exercise may be highlighting the wrong issue and contributing to long term health problems–because it`s movement rather than exercise that has the most dramatic impact on our health.

What Makes Us Sedentary?

Who is more sedentary: the person who exercises for one hour several times per week or the one who never exercises at all? Conventional wisdom says the second person is sedentary and will probably experience negative side effects from it. This, however, is an incomplete picture and may in fact be completely wrong if other  Continue reading

Time to Spring into Action and Shape Up

Swimsuit season is not as far away as you think! These longer, sunnier spring days are the perfect time to start fresh with a new fitness program. So shake off the winter lethargy, dust off those sneakers, and spring into action! This season, focus on having fun with fitness: whether you enjoy a brisk walk or prefer to dance the night away, your mind, body, spirit, and waistline will all reap the benefits

Get Inspired with Fun

If going to the gym is on par with doing your taxes, it is just not going to inspire you to get moving every day. The good news is that you don’t have to join a gym to get your body in motion. Choose an activity that you enjoy and chances are you will look forward to doing it every day. The examples that follow  Continue reading