Early Life Experiences Affect Risk of Cognitive Impairment at Old Age

By Amy Taylor on July 28, 2014

Our experiences early in life may influence our cognitive abilities in old age, new research suggests. In particular, childhood socioeconomic status and literacy are among the factors that affect the risk of cognitive impairment. Researchers from the University of California Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Centre and the University of Victoria, Canada, foun [Read More…]

5 Tips to Get into Meditation Easily

By Rebecca Lewis on July 28, 2014

For many of us – especially busy professionals as well as full-time mums – managing our daily routines can be stressful. Like everyone else, your mind could be filled with worries, to-do lists, and responsibilities. All these can get in the way of your mental and physical health and expose you to chronic illnesses. This is where meditation becom [Read More…]

Shift Workers More Prone to Type 2 Diabetes, Large Study Suggests

By Sharon Moore on July 25, 2014

A large-scale study of over 200,000 people found that men and women who work in rotating shifts are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Researchers at Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China analysed data of 226,652 people and found a 9% increased risk of type 2 diabetes among shift workers. In men however, the figure was 35%. For people [Read More…]

Allowing Yourself to Fall: 5 Uplifting Tips to Deal with Failure

By Lisa Franchi on July 25, 2014

Failure often serves as a path to success. As a toddler, we learn to stand and walk by falling. Even though it hurts, we strive to push ourselves up, take one more step again and again, even though we know anytime soon we will stumble and fall – again. Sometimes, it’s very difficult. Who among us didn’t cry the first time they fall? But for [Read More…]

8 Foods that Boost Longevity

By Amy Taylor on July 25, 2014

Recent research suggests that to live longer, we should strive to eat less. But what if we can eat a little more to add years to our life? According to a huge body of research, eating foods that are rich in antioxidants helps us fight free radicals – the unstable oxygen molecules that cause damage to our cells and expose us to a wide range of illness [Read More…]

Carrying Guilt Feelings? 4 Strategies to Feel Better

By Sharon Moore on July 24, 2014

Life’s not perfect. There’s no perfect human either. Sometimes we make things right, sometimes we don’t. Sometimes we make good decisions, other times we screw up. We all make mistakes and no matter how hard we try to avoid them, there’s always a chance of failure. And when we make something wrong (especially to others), we often en [Read More…]

Probiotics May Help Lower Blood Pressure, According to Study Review

By Lisa Franchi on July 24, 2014

Turns out, probiotics are not only good for your gut. They may also boost your heart health, according to a new study. Probiotics – the naturally occurring bacteria in the gut, has been long associated with a wide range of health benefits, particularly a strong immune system. In a paper reported in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension [Read More…]

5 Amazing Black Bean Benefits

By Rebecca Lewis on July 24, 2014

Beans are both nutritious and delicious. They are also very versatile that they can be added in a wide range of dishes, from soups to stir-fries and everything in between. They come in so many varieties and among those that stand out are black beans. Many health organisations, including the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association, and [Read More…]

Short Sleep = Poor Memory

By Rebecca Lewis on July 23, 2014

Numerous studies have shown that lack of sleep can lead to mood changes or irritability, a lack of energy or motivation, poor performance at school or work, tension headaches or stomach aches, and other health issues. Now, a new study found that sleep deficits can lead to errors in memory too. It is no secret that a good night’s sleep makes you feel b [Read More…]

Being Part of Your Support System: 5 Steps to Practicing Self-Validation

By Lisa Franchi on July 23, 2014

If you’ve been criticising yourself all these years and see no progress in your life, why not do the opposite? Try approving yourself and you might just get all the things you have been longing for. Emotional validation means acknowledging and expressing acceptance of someone’s thoughts, feelings and behaviours as understandable. We often valida [Read More…]

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