Treat #Depression With a Cold #Swim

If you live with depression and have always wanted to try one of those polar bear swims – here’s your reason! A new study finds that cold water swimming may effectively treat depression.

When figuratively slapped in the face with freezing cold temperature – our automatic response is to take a big breath. Imagine how your body response when it’s not air slapping you but frigid water.

Dr. Mercola explains that extreme cold temperatures benefit our health because they impact the mitochondria. These are the powerhouses in each of our cells. Extreme temperatures help catalyze the cell reproduction called mitochondrial bio-genesis. What does not kill us makes us stronger. It’s especially spirit-boosting when you have comrades for the chilly swim. It releases stress hormones, boosting sense of community,  and increases heart rate. Sounds like living intensely to me.

Fun fact is that this process of mitochondrial bio-genesis is also triggered by exercise (swimming), fasting, and a compound known as resverotrol. Of interest, intermittent fasting is shown to help prolong life expectancy. Exercise isn’t on the naughty list, either. Add some extreme variability to the climate and enjoy life to the fullest.

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#Fiber Reduces #Brain Inflammation

As we age, certain cells in the brain become inflamed, causing cognitive impairments. However a new study is finding remedy in adding fiber to the diet.

These cells that become inflamed are immune cells. Their inflammation is a natural part of the process of apoptosis. But rather than dying and being discarded, they hang around causing disruptions and impairment in the brain functioning.

Rather than helping the brain “flush” toxins from the organ, scientists find that dietary fiber helps promote the growth of a probiotic in the guy that allay the inflammation of the brain immune cells. Fast fact: sleep helps “flush” toxins from the brain BTW.

The actual molecule used in this study was sodium butyrate. But due to it’s noxious fumes, it’s intolerable to consume . But researchers hypothesize that adding fiber to the diet will achieve the same end-game.

Benefitber is an easy way to add fiber to your life without changing anything. It’s tasteless, equal parts soluble and insoluble fiber, and will do the trick for your head. Why not? You can mask it in just about any beverage!

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#Mindful People Feel Less #Pain

Being mindful has copious benefits. This study gives us one more reason to be mindful. It finds that mindful people feel less pain.

An MRI scan validates that mindful people feel less pain. Mindfulness is related to being aware of the present moment without too much emotional reaction or judgment. Isn’t it perplexing how if we take emotion out of the equation, we are less affected?

Many pain and mental health experts agree that emotional traumas can result in physical pain. It can impair your immune system, psychology, and overall health. Perhaps being aware of a mindful technique will ease or alleviate your pain.

Being more mindful may be more simple than we realize. I overthink everything and that may be why I’m challenged by this practice. But the trick is to block-out distractions and observe the moment. Perfecting this skill may prove to be the best secret pain killer.

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A #ThankYouLetter Is Powerful

The curious thing about expressing gratitude is that it makes us feel pretty good but the effect it has on the person being thanked may be more profound than we anticipated.

A more interesting effect of gratitude is that it’s even more compounded through the written word. Hmm. I text or email almost any correspondences I have in my life. Is technology corrupting my organic sense of appreciation? Apparently not.

That saying get out of your head is part of the reason why some of us don’t say or do what could ultimately spike momentary happiness for both parties. We think it’s more bothersome to the other person if we initiated the note of thanks.  No way, Jose.

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Is Your #JudgeofCharacter As Good As A #Baby?

If a baby cries when it’s around you – it might be trying to tell you something. A new study finds that infants have the uncanny intuition of being able to gauge if a person is a bully or a leader.

Researchers say that babies at the ripe age of 21-months can assess if a person uses fear-based or respect-based power. Babies don’t like the former. Infants stare longer at events that contradict their expectations. If a baby stares at you – you’re probably a bully or wearing something shiny. I’m sort of kidding.

Adults can assess if a person is a bully or a leader but it’s based on life experiences. Would you have thought this was based on a blueprint from when they were 2-years old? This study says it’s hardwired into us to know if something is dangerous and it’s for our survival. A baby’s pineal gland is pristine and unadulterated.

Life events can “calcify” our third-eye, or our special way of tapping our intuition. The part of the brain said to help refine our sense of intuition is our pineal gland. Of course it becomes calcified if you traumatize it enough. Our heart vessels can become calcified by toxic substances, too.

Of course we can’t undo age or remove certain toxins from our environment, whether it’s tangible (elements) or intangible (toxic behavior). However we can minimize toxins we ingest, ensure our iodine levels are healthy, or consume kelp.

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Get #Paid to Eat #Avocados

If you love avocados, this is your lucky day! A study is going to pay you to eat avocados every day for 6 months. To what do we owe this money-making, fruit-ingesting opportunity?

Beyond the heart-healthy, overall goodness packaged into these beautiful little green-blackish nutrition bombs, researchers are looking for people looking to prove the weight loss potential of eating avocados regularly.

The high potassium, high fiber fruits on a daily basis for 6-months may or may not lead to weight loss. But the beauty of your avocado toast habit or guacamole obsession can get you paid.

The name of this study is “The Habitual Diet and Avocado Trial”  and you could earn up to $300 at the end of the study. To qualify you cannot be pregnant, you must have a wait circumference of 35 to 40 inches, and you must be over the age of 25.

Not ready to enroll in the study? No worries, we can still score you some deliciousness at a good price! Checkout Amazon’s options on California Haas Avocados.

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#CBDOil May Treat #Psychosis Symptoms

Every day, more people are warming-up to the idea of medical marijuana. The FDA is finding undeniable benefits to the non-psychotropic aspect of cannabis known as cannabidiol or CBD. A new study has found that CBD oil has effectively treated psychosis-like symptoms in people.

Young participants who experienced psychosis-like symptoms were shown to be effectively treated with just one dose of CBD. The brain abnormalities like delusions were alleviated. Participants who took the dose of CBD also had better cognitive functioning compared to those who received the placebo.

Researchers hypothesize that CBD inhibits abnormal brain activity interfering with cognitive functioning. Psychosis and the symptoms related to it are more common than we realize. The World Health Organization estimates that 100,000 young adults live with psychosis and 33% of the population will experience a psychotic episode in their lifetime.

We already know that severe childhood epilepsy is treated effectively with CBD. A list of conditions are approved to be treated by medical marijuana. Why are some of the most difficult to treat yet silent conditions being swept under the rug despite clear evidence that it can change lives? Let nature run the show and reclaim balance where it has been disrupted.

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#Timing Is Everything for #WeightLoss

Intermittent fasting has proven to be a good method for weight loss but many of us cannot commit to the discipline required to do it. Never fear, ladies and gentlemen, it appears we can achieve the same benefits with 90-minutes! What!?!

A new study has found that moving the times at which we eat breakfast and dinner ahead by 90-minutes  can achieve the same metabolic goals as seen with intermittent fasting.

Intermittent fasting is said to increase the human growth hormone. This increases our energy, ability to repair and regenerate, and minimizes the effects of aging. The beauty of simplicity if waiting to eat your first meal.

Can waiting to eat breakfast and dinner really sensitize our bodies to insulin, normalize hormones, and slow the aging process? According to this study, absolutely. In 10-weeks, participants body weight decreased nearly 2%. They didn’t eat different foods. They didn’t exercise more. They just changed the time they ate.

If you’d consider a cross between intermittent fasting and changing of the times you eat, how about the touted 5-2 Diet? It’s a combination of Intermittent fasting for 2-days and 5-days of whatever your heart desires. The kicker here is shifting your meal times by 90-minutes. Good luck!

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#OliveOil Better Than #Viagra

Let food be thy medicine. Bypass the Viagra and pile in the olive oil, gentlemen. If regular consumption of olive oil proves to be healthy for circulation and erectile health – why wouldn’t you prefer the dietary route over pharmaceutical intervention?

A study found that men who consumed 9 tablespoons of olive oil weekly  had better circulation and higher testosterone levels than men who ate less olive oil. The Mediterranean Diet won a great deal of praise for the health of the men in this study.

You’d be hard pressed to find a dietitian who  advises against the Mediterranean Diet for overall health. Heart health? Check. Blood pressure? Check. Now sexual health is earning its stripes in the natural produce, fish-rich, nuts, grains, and olive oil cornucopia.

If you haven’t dipped your toe into the pond yet – what’s keeping you? Ladies, if you’re looking for a long-term companionship to go the extra mile, do both of you a favor and try your hand at the Mediterranean cuisine. Eat to be sexy, fit, and fabulous!

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Understanding How #Consciousness Works

Have you ever meet somebody and wonder what makes them tick? The vast study of consciousness has stymied researchers until now. Researchers have discovered a new type of neuron in the brain called the rosehip cell. She’s a bute with all her might and magic.

The study finds that the rosehip cell is a star player in the stream of consciousness. The exciting thing about this study is that it did not translate to rats. In other words these cells for our conscience are unique to humans.

Researchers think the rosehip cells have something to do with “wrangling reality” into the mind. If that’s the case, I wonder how active they are at night, when we hit REM sleep. That’s when our brain takes inventory of the days activities, discards to useless ones, stores the others in our consciousness.

Another fun fact: researchers are looking closely at newly discovered tunnels in the skull. These tunnels connect the brain to the rest of the body. Isn’t that an abstract way of explaining consciousness? They should name these special tunnels rosehip channels.

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