New Research Shows Why Chronic Stress Leads to Heart Attack

By Amy Taylor on June 26, 2014

Scientists may have figured out why chronic stress leads to heart attack. In a new study, a group of researchers from Harvard Medical School in Boston found that stress triggers overproduction of disease-fighting white blood cells which can be harmful in excess. Doctors have long known that chronic stress leads to cardiovascular disease, but have no [Read More…]

5 Signs You’ve Reached Emotional Maturity

By Sharon Moore on June 26, 2014

In life there are many crosswords to navigate. Among the usual part of the norm are education (what degree you want to take and where you want to take it), career (what you want to pursue – employment or business), marriage (whether you’re ready to settle down and accept the responsibilities of a wife/husband), and parenthood (whether you are r [Read More…]

5 Easy-to-Grow Garden Herbs that Can Truly Benefit Your Health

By Rebecca Lewis on June 26, 2014

There are many reasons why you should consider creating your own garden. One – gardening is really a relaxing activity. Two – it spurs your creativity. Three – you get to have a stable source of fresh produce you can use for cooking! There are many herbs that are easily grown in gardens and don’t necessitate a huge space. Most o [Read More…]

What Resilient People Can Teach You about Life

By Lisa Franchi on June 25, 2014

How do you deal with difficult situations? Do you face it with courage or do you walk away from it? Are you able to move forward and carry on with life, or does your whole world stop and you just let yourself get drowned in the deep? Resilience, or the ability to bounce back from life’s adversities, is an on-going process that requires time and effor [Read More…]

Best Sources of Vitamin A (Aside from Carrots!)

By Amy Taylor on June 25, 2014

Vitamin A is one of the most popular and overrated nutrients. It refers to a group of fat-soluble antioxidant compounds, and is considered an essential vitamin. Vitamin A plays an important role in many bodily processes, especially in maintaining eye health, supporting the immune system, and enhancing gene transcription. Despite its importance and the v [Read More…]

The Bugs on Our Body End Up in Our Mobile Phones, Scientists Say

By Sharon Moore on June 25, 2014

More than 80% of the common bacteria that make up our personal bacterial "fingerprints" end up on their screens, a study suggests. They reflect our microbiome – the trillions of different micro-organisms that live in and on our bodies. Mobile phone users have been found to touch their devices on average 150 times a day. Scientists have f [Read More…]

6 Tips to Stay Calm and Cool During Difficult Moments

By Sharon Moore on June 24, 2014

  Just because you’re not depressed doesn’t mean you are happy. According to a renowned psychiatrist, Peter Kramer, the opposite of depression is not happiness, rather, resilience. It is the ability to bounce back from tragedy, and regain a healthy sense of perspective after traumatic or stressful experiences. When we are stressed, it is [Read More…]

Why You Should Add More Thrill to Your Life (And How To)

By Lisa Franchi on June 24, 2014

Most, if not all, of us have embraced adventure once in our life – back when we were still “young and wild and free”. Maybe in your youth you have tried sneaking out of the house in the middle of the night to go out with friends and watch a concert, or maybe you have tried surfing in big crazy waves, holding a cold blooded reptile (and ta [Read More…]

UK Health Experts Propose ‘Sugar Tax’ to Curb Obesity

By Rebecca Lewis on June 24, 2014

Action on Sugar, a group of specialists concerned with sugar and its effects on health, proposes a 7-point plan to discourage children from consuming foods and soft drinks with high levels of added sugar. They want measures brought in to cut added sugar in food by 40% by 2020, to cut fat in foods and to ban sports sponsorship by "junk food" co [Read More…]

Prolonged Stress Causes Memory Loss among Older Adults

By Rebecca Lewis on June 23, 2014

A new study suggests prolonged stress causes a surge in the hormone cortisol, which can result in short-term memory loss among older adults. Short-term increases in cortisol are critical for survival as it helps prepare our mind and body against potential threat by activating our flight or fight system. But prolonged high levels of cortisol, which happe [Read More…]

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