Category Archives: HEALTH

Job Stress Is Harmful Because You Make It That Way

Stressed at work? Take a closer look at your thinking. (FS Stock/Shutterstock)

BETTER LIFE

We often think our job situation causes our stress, but it’s usually our thoughts about our job situation that are to blame

BY JEFF GARTON

August 1, 2019 Updated: August 1, 2019

A recent study by Korn Ferry found that job stress is on the rise. This is partly the result of people being misinformed about stress and its prevention.

Google the term “job stress” and you’ll see that it’s defined as an emotional reaction to the misery caused by your difficult circumstances. But don’t be fooled by this misleading definition that is missing a crucial bit of reality.… READ MORE...

Plastic: What You Didn’t Know You Were Eating Every Day

Drinking water was found to be the largest global source of microplastics. (Ivanko80/Shutterstock)

BETTER LIFE

Researchers find plastic is common in the water we drink and the air we breath with unknown effects

BY GINA-MARIE CHEESEMAN, NATURALLY SAVVY

July 18, 2019 Updated: July 18, 2019

You are likely unknowingly eating a credit card’s worth of tiny pieces of plastic every week. A new study for World Wildlife Fund (WWF) conducted by the University of Newcastle, Australia found that people consume about 2,000 pieces of microplastic every week (or five grams), which amounts to about 21 grams a month and just over 250 grams a year.… READ MORE...

Look at how to let go of stress, whenever we notice it.

What You’re Struggling With

Why do we get stressed out, or feel anxious and overwhelmed?

Often it is because we want the world to be calm and comfortable—and it isn’t cooperating. Things are out of control, complicated, and rarely go as we imagined.

But this is the way of the world. Stress comes, not because the world is messy and chaotic, but because we desire it to be different than it is.

We have ideals for how other people should be, how we should be, how everything around us should be. These ideals aren’t a problem—the problem is that we are attached to them.… READ MORE...

Say Goodbye to Your Joint Pain in 1 Hour with This ‘Cabbage Bandage’ Hack

BY LOUISE BEVAN

March 19, 2019 Updated: March 19, 2019

Some vegetable-averse kids may screw up their noses in disgust, but cabbage is a miracle food. Packed full of anti-carcinogenic properties, rich in vitamins C and B6, low in calories, and an effective anti-inflammatory, cabbage has been a dinner plate staple around the world for centuries. Interestingly, Russia has the highest annual per capita consumption of cabbage in the world.

But did you know? Cabbages can also relieve joint pain!

Easy-to-make cabbage compresses can reduce swelling and ease chronic pain. They can also be used to treat the more severe pains caused by arthritis and sports injuries.… READ MORE...

13 Cancer-Fighting Foods According to Science–#10 Kills Tumor Cells Without Damaging Healthy Ones

Illustration (Africa Studio, Photographee.eu/Shutterstock)

BY RUBY MEY

March 1, 2019 Updated: March 1, 2019

The link between food and cancer has been an inseparable part of oncological research since long ago.

In fact, an American Cancer Society (ACS) study on nutrition and physical activity confirms the well-known adage—you are what you eat. Subsequently, foods packed with anti-cancer properties can have a deep impact both as prevention and as treatment of cancer.

But, what is the right food? The abundance of information, some accurate and some erroneous, makes it hard to distinguish truth from shady endorsements. Before anyone makes drastic changes to their diets, it’s important to look into scientific research done in the field.… READ MORE...

Woman Lost 125 Pounds by Changing One Tiny Thing a Week: Small Steps To Transformation

Keely Dellit (Keely Dellit/Instagram)

BY RUBY MEY

February 7, 2019 Updated: February 7, 2019

If you feel like you’re always hearing about your friends or family members trying to lose weight, the reason might be because about half of American adults are trying to lose weight, according to a study.

After writing about the boiled egg diet, I tried it myself and lost 7 pounds in 7 days—which may not sound like a lot, but I was satisfied with the results as I reached my goal. However, for many people weight loss can be difficult, and some people would rather resort to surgical fat removal than starting diets and regular workouts.… READ MORE...

New Blood Test Could Detect Alzheimer’s Over a Decade Before Symptoms Show, Scientists Say

(L) A nurse holding a test-tube with HIV positive blood in an infectious diseases hospital in Moscow. (Maxim Marmur/AFP/Getty Images) (R) An Alzheimer patient (C) is helped by relatives at their house in Yarumal, north of Antioquia department, Colombia on Dec. 3, 2014. (Raul Arboleda)

BY TOM OZIMEK

January 22, 2019 Updated: January 23, 2019

Researchers say a new test could potentially detect Alzheimer’s disease in patients many years before any symptoms arise, sidestepping complicated detection procedures with a simple blood test.

Scientists have long known that a certain protein marker is produced in the body as brain cells die. Current procedures to detect the biomarker involve tapping the spine to access cerebrospinal fluid, which is invasive and expensive.… READ MORE...

How to Eat and Cook Like the Ancient Greeks for a Healthier, Happier Life

Agape, or unconditional love, is the most important ingredient in the kitchen. (Shutterstock)

BY MARIA BENARDIS

January 16, 2019 Updated: January 16, 2019

The ancient Greek father of medicine, Hippocrates, penned that “all diseases begin in the gut,” and that for true healing and optimum health, we need to exercise, “let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food,” and understand that the “natural forces within us are the true healers of disease.”

The word “diet” comes from the ancient Greek “diaita,” which means “the way of life.” In ancient Greece, a diet was about good health, which required the nurturing of the mind, body, and soul.… READ MORE...

Former Mobster Overcomes Drug Addiction After Taking up Meditation

Steven Lancione with his wife, son, and daughter (Courtesy of Steven Lancione)

Steven Lancione had fled the mob, but drugs proved much harder to leave behind

BY NTD INSPIRED

October 28, 2018 Updated: October 28, 2018

Steven Lancione, 61, speaks passion and sincerity. To look at him, you would never suspect he once had a secret life working for the mob and a drug addiction that controlled him for decades.

Born to a hard-partying mother and absentee father, Lancione grew up lonely and neglected. Left largely to his own devices, by age 15 he discovered drugs. It was that same year that his mother started using him as a drug mule.… READ MORE...

Ego Dropping: The Magic of Breaking Free From Self-Concern

A moment of peace can open a world within us. (Nathan Guzman/Unsplash)

Letting go of our selfishness gives us a chance to connect with something larger

BY LEO BABAUTA, WWW.ZENHABITS.NET

January 7, 2019 Updated: January 8, 2019

There’s a mindfulness technique I’ve been practicing for a number of years now, and when I can do it, it’s like magic.

The practice is dropping the ego—my self-concern and sense of being separate from everything else. I can then return to a mindful state of wholeness with everything.

While that can sound a bit new age-y, what I’ve learned is that almost all of our problems are caused by our self-concern.… READ MORE...