Health

When it comes to daily habits, many of us focus on the ways in which we can improve our overall well-being. We strive to drink enough water, eat healthy foods, exercise, and sleep deeply. Unfortunately, many of us neglect one of the most important aspects of our health: having a peaceful mind.  Just as physical exercise trains the body to be better both in action and at rest, daily meditation trains the mind to function better throughout the day. A growing body of research now suggests that meditation benefits the body in a number of other ways, too, leading to lower blood pressure, ... more ...
As we age, making sure our bodies receive all of the nutrients they need becomes increasingly important. As we enter our 50s and beyond, changes in the body make it more difficult to hit our daily vitamin quotas.Though we would ideally have all of our nutritional needs met by our diets, pills and supplements are often valuable in ensuring our bodies are receiving a full spectrum of nutrients. Is your daily diet packed with vitamins and minerals, or is there some room for improvement? Consider making the following dietary changes and including the following supplements in your diet to keep... more ...
Anger is a natural emotional response to frustrating and upsetting situations. Though everyone experiences bursts of anger from time to time, chronic frustration and extreme rage can have long-term consequences for our mental and physical well-being.  Constantly experiencing high levels of stress and anger can make you more susceptible to conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and insomnia. Anger can lead to poorer mental health as well, worsening anxiety and depression. A hot temper can also damage your interpersonal relationships, making it difficult to ma... more ...
In recent months, cannabidiol, more commonly known as CBD, has become a buzzword in the health and wellness community. If you’ve heard of CBD, you likely know that this compound comes from the cannabis (hemp) plant. Unlike the compound tetrahydrocannabinol, better known as THC, CBD is not a psychoactive cannabinoid compound. If you can’t get high from CBD, why is everyone talking about it? Though the compound has not yet undergone extensive clinical testing, preliminary studies suggest that cannabidiol is useful in treating some types of seizures, and may be useful in managing... more ...
Dr. Brené Brown, arguably the world’s leading expert on vulnerability, defines being vulnerable as setting ourselves up for “uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure.” In our everyday lives, as well as in romantic relationships, being vulnerable can be highly uncomfortable, if not downright terrifying! Brown, however, emphasizes the fact that vulnerability is at the core of many positive emotions, including love, courage, empathy, belonging, hope, and joy. If you’re feeling unhappy and disconnected from both yourself and others, there’s a good chance ... more ...
Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition that is defined by widespread musculoskeletal pain and other mental and physical symptoms, such as sleep problems, fatigue, stiffness, and cognitive difficulties. The condition affects millions of individuals worldwide, with about 80% of sufferers being female. If you’ve been experiencing pain throughout your body along with a myriad of other symptoms, it is possible that you’re suffering from fibromyalgia. Read on to learn more about the ways in which fibromyalgia is identified, diagnosed, and treated. Symptoms Though there a... more ...
Sexual abuse has plagued society since the dawn of time. Recently-reported cases of sexual abuse from high-profile individuals have brought discussions of abuse and trauma to the forefront. Despite being more openly discussed, sexual harassment and assault continue to be major problems today, leading many individuals to suffer from long-lasting trauma. Have you, or someone you care about, been the victim of sexual abuse? Though the past cannot be erased, you can take steps to help yourself and others heal. By extending care and compassion to yourself and others, you can reduce the negativ... more ...
The pancreas, a gland located just below the stomach, plays an important role in regulating many bodily functions. This important organ secretes hormones such as insulin, which regulates blood sugar levels, as well as enzymes that affect digestion. Serious conditions such as diabetes and pancreatitis can negatively impact the functioning of the pancreas. The most serious condition affecting this gland, however, is pancreatic cancer. According to recent statistics, roughly 1.5% of adults will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer during their lifetimes. With just 8.5% of patients surviving 5... more ...
Diabetes is a chronic health condition resulting from the body’s inability to effectively produce or process insulin, a hormone that regulates blood sugar levels. High blood sugar, formally known as hyperglycemia, results from unmanaged diabetes. If left untreated, diabetes has the potential to damage nerves, blood vessels, and organs throughout the body. The condition is one of the leading causes of heart attacks, strokes, blindness, organ failure, and limb amputation worldwide. Unfortunately, the prevalence of diabetes is on the rise. In 1980, 4.7% of the global population suffere... more ...
For individuals who are struggling with mental health issues, medication and therapy are the two treatment options most commonly recommended by medical professionals. Patients, however, are often overwhelmed by the numerous drug and therapeutic treatment options that are available to them. Cognitive-behavioral therapy, often known by the abbreviation CBT, is one particularly effective form of psychotherapy. For patients seeking a structured, goal-oriented path to better mental health, CBT may offer valuable solutions. What is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy? Cognitive-behavioral th... more ...