Nature is powerful medicine for the body and brain

Have you ever wondered why a walk in the woods makes you feel so good? While that Zen feeling is partly about “getting away from it all,” studies show time in nature is also powerfully therapeutic for the body and brain.  More than half of the world’s population lives in an urban setting, and by…

Generosity and volunteering proven good for health

While volunteering is good for those in need, the giver cashes in big on generosity, too. Studies show the benefits of generosity and volunteering include a heightened sense of well-being, increased self-worth, and improved emotional and physical health.  How generosity makes you happier Generosity and volunteering produce hormones that relieve stress, promote happiness, cause a…

Want to be happier and lower disease risk? Hang out with a pet

Most pet lovers find their furry, feathered, hoofed, and scaly companions count among their best friends. But pets aren’t only good company — research shows they greatly benefit your mental and physical health.  Pets help the developing immune system A study in Finland showed that babies who grew up in a home with cats and dogs were…

Eat breakfast to lose weight

If you’re like most Americans, you eat a high-carb breakfast packed with grains, dairy, and sugar, or you don’t eat breakfast at all either because you’re too busy or you want to lose weight. Either way, you’re not doing yourself any favors. Breakfast is exactly what it sounds like — the breaking of a fast.…

Many girls’ ADHD misdiagnosed as depression, anxiety

When we think of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) we think of the boys — they’ve received the lion’s share of diagnoses and attention. But turns out we’re focusing mainly on characteristically boys’ symptoms, leaving a lot of girls in the dust with their symptoms and very bad outcomes in adulthood. While boys act out…

Busting the low-fat myth: Cholesterol is good for you

If you’re one of the many people with high cholesterol, you may have been prescribed statin drugs and told to eat a low-fat diet — the standard advice for decades. However, experts have now reviewed the research and found there is no link between heart disease and total fat, saturated fat, or dietary cholesterol. Statins made me…

Loneliness is bad for your health

Everyone feels lonely from time to time. Maybe you miss a party, move to a new city, or lack a close circle of friends. Ideally, loneliness is temporary, but when it becomes chronic, it can have far-reaching consequences for our health. While we’ve known for decades that perceived social isolation, or loneliness, is a major risk…

Is undiagnosed PTSD causing your chronic stress or fatigue?

Are you chronically stressed out, chronically fatigued, or both? Are you careful about your diet and lifestyle but nothing works? You may want to consider whether post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) plays a role in your poor stress-handling ability. Studies show PTSD alters the body’s ability to regulate cortisol, our primary stress hormone produced by the adrenal glands.…

Recovering from sugar and alcohol hangovers

With the promise of good intentions around the corner, the end of the year can turn into a downward spiral of too much sugar and alcohol. It’s hard to get back on the healthy eating wagon, but knowing a few things about how sugar and alcohol affect the body can help. Recovering from the sugar…

Don’t let travel derail your autoimmune management

Managing an autoimmune condition is hard enough. Throw in holiday travel, staying with relatives, meals out, and exhaustion, and autoimmune management goes to a new level of difficulty. However, failing to follow your plan can wreck the holidays with symptom flares or an energy crash. What to do? First, take a deep breath and adopt…