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Tips for Healthy Looking Skin, Hair and Nails, Image: Each person is unique when it comes to diet. Foods that create problems (food sensitivities) for some can be good for others. For example, grains such as wheat and corn can trigger inflammation...

Exercise Boosts Good Gut Bacteria, Image: Africa Studio/Shutterstock.comCardiovascular exercise improves a person’s healthy gut microbes even without making dietary changes, University of...

Facial Exercises Ease Midlife Signs of Aging, Image: Maksym Povozniuk/Shutterstock.comIn the first scientific study of facial exercise, 27 middle-aged women that performed specific facial muscle movements looked an average of...

Choosing Happiness, Image: Now, more than ever, people are concerned about wellness of mind. Mental wellness is a conscious effort to maintain a positively healthy...

Healthy Oils Improve Good Cholesterol, Image: kellyreekolibry /Shutterstock.comA spate of recent worldwide studies reveal several cholesterol-healthy alternatives to olive oil...

Body Makeover Trends, Image: Holly Cutler, America's Skin Saint®We caught up with Holly Cutler, America's Skin Saint™, about some of the trends and less-invasive therapies she's seeing today in Body Makeovers...

Third Person Self-Talk, Image: MaxFX/Shutterstock.comAs reported in Scientific Reports, two studies of 37 and 52 people at Michigan State University have discovered that talking to ourselves in the...

Eye Contact Syncs Baby and Adult Brainwaves, Image: Alexey Saxarov/Shutterstock.comWhen an adult looks into the eyes of a baby, a synchronization of brain waves occurs that could indicate an intention to communicate, concludes...

U.S. Midlife Women Choosing Natural Health Care, Image: SvetlanaFedoseyeva/Shutterstock.comIn a survey of 171 midlife American women, more than 80 percent reported using complementary and alternative medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine...

Lowering the Bar for Risky Blood Pressure, Image: Africa Studio/Shutterstock.comNew guidelines that change the criteria for healthy blood pressure mean that nearly half of U.S. adults are now considered to have...

Young Women Outdo Male Peers in Oxygen Uptake, Image: Young women process oxygen about 30 percent faster and more efficiently than men when they begin exercising, according to...

Acetaminophen Linked to Delayed Language Skills, Image: Maridav/Shutterstock.comGirls born to 754 Swedish mothers that used acetaminophen during pregnancy showed less ability in acquiring...

Plant-Based Diet Good for Seniors, Image: Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock.comSeniors that ate a Mediterranean diet high in vegetables, fruit, whole grains, nuts and legumes were able to live independently longer, had fewer...

Yoga Soothes the Blues, Image: Lev Kropotov/Shutterstock.comTaking a 90-minute hatha yoga class twice a week for eight weeks steadily lowered symptoms of depression in all 20 men and women with...

Health Detectives, Image: Functional Medicine (FM) seeks to identify where the breach in the immune system occurred (or is more likely to occur if you are looking at well-care), that in time leads to...

Naturopathic Medicine , Image: Naturopathic medicine is foundational medicine and a must for anyone seeking optimal health. It seeks to find the root cause of a person's illness and imbalance, and connects...

Whole Grains Help Us Eat Less, Image: DeryaDraws /Shutterstock.comWhen overweight adults exchange refined grain products such as white bread and pasta for whole-grain equivalents, they tend to...

Herbs Ease Polycystic Ovary Symptoms, Image: ZenFruitGraphics/Shutterstock.comIngesting a combination of five herbs while making healthy lifestyle changes significantly reduced symptoms of...

 

High-Fat Diet Risks Multiple Sclerosis Relapse, Image: A high-fat diet increases the risk of relapse of multiple sclerosis in children by as much as 56 percent, reports...

 

Nature Videos Calm Prisoners, Image: Maximum-security prison inmates in Oregon that spent an hour a day for a year watching nature videos were involved in 26 percent fewer violent acts compared with...

 

Less REM-Stage Sleep Linked to Dementia Risk, Image: exopixel/Shutterstock.comPeople that get less rapid eye movement (REM) sleep may have a greater risk of developing dementia, according to a new...

 

Fruit Pesticides Lower Fertility in Women, Image:  All kind of people/Shutterstock.comA Harvard study of 325 women undergoing fertility treatments found that those consuming the most produce high in pesticide residues, such as...

 

4 Tips for Fighting Food Boredom, Image: Do you ever feel that the food choices this time of year seem boring? There is no local produce, the varieties of food are limited due to the seasons and you feel like you are eating...

 

 

Leafy Greens Lower Risk for Heart Disease, Image: StudioPhotoDFlorez/Shutterstock.comLeafy greens, which are rich in vitamin K, have again been shown to provide outsized benefits for heart health. Researchers from...

Gooseberries are Good for the Gut, Image: Anna_Pustynnikova/Shutterstock.comResearchers from Malaysia’s Islamic Science University tested 30 patients with gastrointestinal issues, dividing them into...

Physical Activity Deters Alzheimer's, Image: stockyimages/Shutterstock.comAccording to a study in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, researchers discovered the risk of dementia can be halved by engaging in physical activities like...

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