Men Have Body Issues, Too!
I wrote last week about how women are plagued on a daily basis with body image issues. And the fact is, women have been judged extremely harshly for decades about their appearance whereas, until very recently, men weren’t nearly as scrutinized. But all of that is now changing.
Make up Your Mind to be Well
I will never forget the day I was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, malignant melanoma that had metastasized to my lymph nodes, and was given only 3 months to live. That was 25 years ago. I was a terrified young woman in my early 20s and after several surgeries and no promising allopathic options, I decided to turn to ‘alternative medicine’ to find the thing that would cure my cancer. That thing turned out to be my own mind.
Gifts in Wolf’s Clothing
Most people know that Napoleon Hill is the author of the self-empowering book “Think and Grow Rich,” written back in 1937. The personal development book is not just about acquiring financial wealth but how to be successful in general as a human being, and it has helped countless people reach their wildest dreams. It was one of the books that helped me many years ago realize that my mind held the power to transform my health and my life. When I read his profound message I was not looking to make a million dollars, I was looking to beat my cancer and stay alive.
You Can Totally Trust What Food Advertisements are Telling You – April Fools!!
In honor of April Fools’ Day, I wanted to talk about something that is a complete joke. Only it’s not in the least bit funny. And that is that we are constantly being lied to by marketers who trick us into believing numerous popular name brand foods are a healthy choice, when in actuality they are loaded with things that are causing dis-eases.
Science is Finally Catching On to the Health Benefits of Meditation
If you’ve read my blog for any length of time now you know that I am a firm believer in the power of meditation. I’m not a believer because meditation is really “in” right now, I believe in meditation because it helped me beat cancer nearly 25 years ago.
Are You Reading Those PLU Codes?
You’ve probably mumbled a few choice words under your breath when you’ve attempted to peel those little PLU code stickers off of your apple or other items of produce, but have you ever really looked at that sticker and do you know all of the reasons why it’s there? From a super market’s standpoint, those codes, which are typically 4 or 5 digits long, are there to make inventory and check-out faster and more accurate. They basically help the cashier know exactly what you’re purchasing without having to look up your item and type a code (possibly the wrong one) into the cash register.
Did you know that today March 4th is Hug a G.I. Day? It’s a day that was started as a way to show our appreciation to all the men and women who serve in the U.S. Armed Forces. No one really knows the origin of the holiday or who started it, but most people think the date, March 4th, was chosen because March Forth! is a military order.
5 Ways Love Makes Your Heart Healthy
February is the month to embrace love in all its glory, which makes the shortest month of the year one of the healthiest – at least for your heart. That’s because the act of loving someone else, whether it’s your boyfriend, mother, spouse or dog, actually and quite literally improves the health of your heart. And yes, this is backed by science.
Here are 5 ways good lovin’ helps your ticker.
Your Blood Pressure Dips
As if spending time with the one you love wasn’t fantastic enough…
According to a study in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine, our blood pressure actually dips more when we are around our loved ones than when we are around strangers. Researchers believe this effect is most likely due to the fact when we are around those we love, we feel “perceived emotional support” which calms us and gives us a profound sense of well-being.
Hugs Are Better Than Drugs
Or at least as good anyway…
When you hug someone you really love, your body releases that feel-good hormone oxytocin which helps the body reduce stress hormones, so says a study conducted by researchers at the University of North Carolina.
When Your Heart Beats Faster – it Literally Gets a Workout
You know when you’re standing really close to the one you love, whether it’s your partner of 15 years or a new crush, and you look in their eyes and you feel… a rush? Well, this happens because your brain releases the hormones adrenaline, dopamine, and norepinephrine, which make your heart beat faster and stronger. Have these pitter-patter sessions enough times and you can train your heart to be more efficient at pumping your blood just like aerobic exercise does. Although, isn’t making googly eyes much more fun?
Laughter Fights Atherosclerosis
Research from the University of Maryland School of Medicine has revealed that the very act of laughing with friends and other loved ones can reverse the effects of atherosclerosis, which is the narrowing of the blood vessels. How does this work exactly? Well, atherosclerosis has been linked to mental stress, and laughing has a way of releasing that stress. So, if you haven’t laughed lately, get together with someone you love and rent a funny movie – STAT.
Holding Hands or Valium?
According to a study published by Psychological Science, holding hands with someone you love reduces anxiety and has a very calming effect on your entire body. Get this – they had wives lie inside an M.R.I. scanner and prepared them to get a mild shock on their ankle. Knowing what was coming made the women very anxious. But when their husbands reached into the scanner and held their hand, the imaging showed a reduction in activity in the area of the brain associated with anticipating pain.
High levels of stress and anxiety can lead to increased blood pressure and heart disease. So, if you want to keep your heart healthy, better start holding hands with that special someone more often.
If you want a healthier heart, better invite as much love into your life as you can!
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