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During an asthma attack you can have difficulty catching your breath. In fact, at times it can feel like you are suffocating. Asthma comes from the Greek word for “panting.” If you have had an ...

Can Yogic Breathing Help with Asthma?

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Suffering from allergies or asthma can be an uncomfortable situation with many different symptoms. Allergy symptoms can be triggered by outside sources like pollution or pollen. They can also be ...

How You Can Reduce Asthma and Allergy Triggers in Every Room

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Anxiety is a normal part of human emotional experience. However, when your anxious thoughts begin to interfere with sleep, work or daily activities, you need to seek professional support. ...

14 Secrets of People Who Live With Anxiety

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Yoga can be a powerful way to remove stress from the body and the mind. Here are a few great poses to help you relax and relieve stress. 1) Balasana (Child's Pose) Via Wikipedia Start ...

5 Best Yoga Poses for Stress Relief

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Being an expert on lifestyle medicine I tout the importance of sleep and exercising, along with stress management and using food as medicine. Both sleep and exercise are important. When I ...

What's More Important: Exercise or Sleep?

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When I was in naturopathic medical school I decided to take yoga because everyone talked about it being such a great stress-relieving activity. I signed up for a 12-week series, excited to find a ...

How Yoga Affects Your Brain Chemistry and Relieves Stress

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“Let’s get a drink” is a common phrase used by friends, family and colleagues as part of being social. However for 18 million Americans2, alcohol abuse is a problem invading not only their bodies ...

How Growing up With an Alcoholic Parent Shaped Me as an Adult

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Stress causes our bodies react by releasing hormones and chemicals that set us on alert. This is sometimes called the stress response. You may have also heard this called the fight-or-flight ...

Try These 5 Deep-breathing Exercises to Relieve Stress

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Eating fruits and vegetables every day is one of the most important things you can do for your health. In fact, research shows that increasing your fruit and vegetable intake reduces your risk ...

You Can Fit 10 Servings of Fruits and Vegetables Into Your Meals

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Sleep is one of the most important things you need to make sure your body is rejuvenated and restored. Sleeping problems impact more than 60 percent of Americans, according to the National Sleep ...

5 Signs You're Not Getting Enough Sleep

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In the last few months I have thought a lot about happiness. More specifically, I have been thinking about how to get it and how to keep it as part of my daily life. It has become such an ...

10 Questions to Ask Yourself if You Aren't Happy

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A new study shows that a messy kitchen can cause people to eat more junk food than a clean kitchen. Looking at a messy space may cause people to feel out of control, and the state of your ...

Stressed Out in a Messy Kitchen: Is It Making You Overeat?

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Planning is the key to success in every area of your life. Healthy eating is no exception. I’ve learned that a few minutes of meal planning every week can completely transform getting food on ...

10 Tips to Help Your Meal Planning Become Easy and Fun

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Do you masturbate? For many women this can be a deeply taboo subject. I remember the first time my mother and I had a conversation about masturbation, it was during a women’s retreat weekend. ...

Masturbation Can Be A Healthy Part of Life for Women

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What do you do to love yourself? What does it mean to take time to love yourself? What is self-love? According to “A Seven-Step Prescription for Self-Love,” a Psychology Today article, ...

Self-Love: Taking Time to Love Yourself

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Have you ever talked with your girlfriends about your sex life? Ever talked about the nature of orgasms? While it might seem like a straightforward conversation, women can experience different ...

The Big 'O' Orgasm: What Is Happening in Your Body?

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Food is one of the most important medicines for heart health. So I’m going to give you my top five food groups for heart health, and one of my favorite recipes for each group from my book "Eat ...

5 Healthy Recipes That Will Make Your Heart Happy

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Obesity in teens and young adults is increasing at an alarming rate. It has tripled since 1980 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2008, 18 percent of young adults ...

Overweight and Obese Teens at Greater Risk of Cardiac Arrest

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Sex is a pastime that so many people engage in. It's so important to know how to have sex without being afraid of getting pregnant. This article focuses on contraception that prevents pregnancy, ...

9 Top Contraception Myths You Should Know

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Whenever you decide to have unprotected sex, you run the risk of either getting pregnant or transferring a sexually transmitted disease. The human papillomavirus is the most common sexually ...

HPV: The Most Common STI in the United States

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Breakfast is a very important meal to eat every day. According to Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, “breakfast provides energy for the activities during the morning and helps to ...

10 Healthy Breakfast Casseroles You'll Want to Make This Year

Are you a woman in your forties who is feeling irritated, with no energy, and with changeable periods in the last several months? When you look at those symptoms, do you automatically assume ...

Menopause or Low Thyroid? How to Find Out What's Really Going on

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Do you know what your thyroid does, or why you should care about it at all? If you've heard of it before, you probably recognize it as the hormone responsible for our metabolic rate. It actually ...

12 Foods to Eat for Good Thyroid Health and a Few to Avoid

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Did you know that your everyday behaviors can boost your immune system? By that same logic, there are everyday behaviors that can weaken your immune system, making you more susceptible to getting ...

6 Immune-Boosting Behaviors You May Not Know About

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Do you ever blame stress for causing your brain to not work properly? Maybe you say something like, “I I weren't so stressed, I wouldn’t have forgotten to do that.” At the University of ...

Chronic Stress Can Change Structure and Function of Your Brain

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Stress is a term that is thrown around all the time! The research involving stress shows that stress impacts many areas of our lives. Stress has become such a pervasive component in our ...

Getting Rid of 4 Types of Stress for Ourselves and Our Teens

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How many serving of fruits and vegetables do you eat a day? Are you getting enough? Do you know how many servings you should be eating every day for optimal health and to reduce disease? Take a ...

The Many Benefits of Drinking your Fruits and Veggies

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Have you ever heard someone say, “I am so stressed!” Or perhaps you have been the one to say it. It is a very common term that is thrown around in conversation these days. Most of the time ...

Stress: It's Not Just Psychological!

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Gratitude has brought great love and joy into my life. I have increased my gratitude just by small acts of remembering to thank people for being in my life. This year I turned 45, and on my ...

My Journey Toward Gratitude in a Season of Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is a huge food holiday! So it can be a tricky holiday for people who have diseases which are affected by food like diabetes or prediabetes. And it's tricky for those who are obese ...

Healthy Holiday Meal Alternatives for People With Diabetes

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Gratitude! Oprah made the concept of gratitude very popular when she did a show on it and featured Sarah Ban Breathnach in 1995. She had written a book called "Simple Abundance: A Daybook of ...

Expressing Gratitude Is Linked to Reducing Heart Disease Risk

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Food is universal! We all need to eat, and every culture has its own special dishes that are prepared for holidays and other important occasions. Every culture has its own comfort foods, too. ...

Why Do We Crave Comfort Foods So Much?

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Most people love to eat fruit. But when you are a diabetic, eating fruit can be hard because sugar found in fruits can raise blood sugar levels. Here are fruits that research has shown to ...

The 6 Best Fruits to Eat if You Have Diabetes

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Depression is a disease that robs people of their energy, dreams and motivation, and replaces it all with a persistent feeling of sadness and lost of interest. Depression can insidiously impact ...

How to Treat Depression using Holistic Medicine

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Isn’t it fun to wear your favorite outfit? Getting all gussied up makes us woman feel confident, doesn’t it? Well, during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, why not wear your favorite pink outfit, and ...

Sport Pink this October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

During menopause, many women feel like they are losing control of their bodies and their emotions. A series of symptoms that impact a women’s physical and emotional health can result from a ...

Is Menopause Causing Your Depression?

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Do you know what is special about October? It is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! It is a time to spread the word about symptoms of breast cancer, prevention strategies, and stories of surviving ...

4 Ways to Raise Awareness About Breast Cancer

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Healthy eating can change the lives of college students. Healthy eating can improve focus, clear up skin, prevent obesity, reduce cold and flus, and improve athletic performance. Heck, it can ...

Calling All College Students! Eat Healthy on a Budget

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If you are like many Americans you don’t want to age at all! Since we will age regardless of what we want, the next best thing is to age gracefully and continue to do all the things we love in ...

5 Things that Can Make You Age Faster

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Are you ready to be shocked and appalled? Then look in your cabinets and read the food labels for sugar. In 1822, Americans ate 45 grams of sugar during the entire year — that equates to ...

10 Surprising Foods that Have Sugar in Them

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Imagine you hear someone say "Let’s go eat healthy foods!" Does this excite you? If you are like most people, the truthful answer is NO! People get excited about high-fat, high-calorie and ...

Healthy Foods: Can We Train Our Brains to Want It?

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When you decided to start a weight loss program, your goal was to lose weight. You committed to making changes and you started to see progress. The best thing about weight loss is achieving ...

Why Has My Weight Loss Plateaued?

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Do you live with pain and stiffness in your joints, especially in the morning? When it rains is it worse for you? You could be suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. The classic symptoms of RA ...

Living With Rheumatoid Arthritis? Ways to Reduce the Pain

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Rheumatoid arthritis affects 1.3 Americans. It can be a debilitating disease. Sixty percent of people who are not adequately treated will not be able to work 10 years after being diagnosed, ...

Rheumatoid Arthritis: 4 Warning Signs to Look Out for

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As we move into the end of August, we start thinking about getting back into fall routines. For families that means back to school. You and your kids will be trying to navigate things like ...

Get Kids' Sleep Schedule Back on Track for School with Our 5 Tips

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One of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves in the morning is time! When we are trying to get out the door, anything that saves time is a blessing. And anything that creates and generates ...

Healthy Breakfasts You Can Prepare the Night Before

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When you think of Memorial Day, you think of the beginning of summer. Most people think of fun and vacation. When you think of Labor Day, you think of the end of summer, or back to work or ...

Keep the Back-to-School Frenzy Level Down for You and Your Kids

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When you sleep can you remember your dreams? Do you even know if you are having dreams? Have you ever wondered if dreams are beneficial and support your health? According to the ...

Dreaming Has Its Health Benefits

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Zzzzzzzz ... Have you ever heard a weird sound in the middle of the night? Perhaps it was coming down the hallway from a family member's room, or maybe it was from someone next you in the ...

How Can Snoring Affect My Health?

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Getting a good night's sleep is one of the most important things we can do for our health. Great sleep can give us great energy and refresh us for each day. Yet the CDC estimates that “70 ...

Have Trouble Sleeping? Protect Your Dreams from These 6 Things