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Helping Others Helps You to Live Longer

Helping Others Helps You to Live Longer | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it
Want a longer life?  Volunteer to do good and you might benefit at least as much.

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It has been shown by research, by the way, that personal connections and interactions are a great anti-aging tonic.

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Dr. Amy Fuller's curator insight, August 26, 2013 12:10 AM

Kindness to others is kindness to yourself...

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Review of Shaklee Meadow Blend® Soap-Free Cleanser

Review of Shaklee Meadow Blend® Soap-Free Cleanser | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it
Conventional soaps contain lye and tallow that can cause skin irritation and clogged pores. Meadow Blend® Soap-Free Cleansing Bar is scientifically formulated with natural, plant-derived ingredients and gently but effectively cleans the face and body. Contains no harsh ingredients and no added color.
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We are assaulted daily by chemicals, many of which have been shown to be potential health threats. Many of these chemicals are used directly on the body. Cleanse your body with this soap-free cleanser.

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5 Pain-Relieving Exercises for Arthritis

5 Pain-Relieving Exercises for Arthritis | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it

There’s no cure for arthritis, but sufferers have a powerful, cheap way to manage their achy joints: exercise. But where do you start if you’re a beginner? We have the 5 best exercises for people seeking joint pain relief, plus easy tips to get you started. And the best part? These workouts are fun and stress-relieving, will ease symptoms and help you lose weight...

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One of the recommendations is yoga. You can learn more about the benefits of yoga at http://nodiet4me.com/yoga/ .

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Autism & Exercise - WGN-TV

Autism & Exercise - WGN-TV | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it
Research has shown the tremendous and tangible benefits of exercise when it comes to minimizing certain negative behaviors associated with autism spectrum disorders.
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There are many health benefits of exercise, both physical Ito be expected), and mental (maybe not so obvious). Regular, moderate exercise has many of the same mental health benefits as yoga and meditation, which have long been known to improve focus, concentration, attitude, and self confidence.


You can learn more about yoga and meditation at http://nodiet4me.com/yoga/ .

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This Nursing Home Calms Troubling Behavior Without Risky Drugs

This Nursing Home Calms Troubling Behavior Without Risky Drugs | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it
The staff's goal was to reduce the prescription of antipsychotic drugs by 20 percent. In the first year, they cut use by 97 percent. How? By addressing the real reasons for agitation and aggression.
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Reading this article on alternative way of dealing with dementia made me think. In today's world, we "evolve" so rapidly as a society, with gadgets and gizmos, as the past is left behind, possibly one reason people lose at least part of their mental ability is that their mind, even their very beings, are torn away from the moorings which once held them fast to reality.

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Harvard Unveils MRI Study Proving Meditation Literally Rebuilds The Brain’s Gray Matter In 8 Weeks

Harvard Unveils MRI Study Proving Meditation Literally Rebuilds The Brain’s Gray Matter In 8 Weeks | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it

Test subjects taking part in an 8-week program of mindfulness meditation showed results that astonished even the most experienced neuroscientists at Harvard University.  The study was led by a Harvard-affiliated team of researchers based at Massachusetts General Hospital, and the team’s MRI scans documented for the very first time in medical history how meditation produced massive changes inside the brain’s gray matter.

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Stress has been classified by some researchers as possibly THE most dangerous risk factor for illnesses and health problems such as high blood pressure, poor heart health, and diabetes, just to name a few. Meditation has long been claimed to be a valuable tool in reducing stress, but, that has been either an opinion or a deduction. Now, there is medical evidence that actual changes occur in the brain which are directly involved in reducing stress.

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Health Articles - Constipation and Weight Gain

Health Articles - Constipation and Weight Gain | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it
People often notice that constipation and weight gain seem to be related. Many will try a colon cleanse to ease their situation, but is it really a problem and is a colon cleanse the answer?
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Which came first, the constipation or the weight gain?

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Jack LaLanne - Home

Jack LaLanne - Home | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it
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Jack LaLanne may be gone, but his ideas on health and fitness still go on.

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Texting Neck: Hunching Over Your Phone Stresses Your Spine

Texting Neck: Hunching Over Your Phone Stresses Your Spine | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it
That phone you can’t live without can be a pain in the neck, literally.

Via Troy Mccomas (troy48)
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But, it sails like a Frisbee if you throw it just right.

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Everyone hates burpees: but where did they come from (and why do them)?

Everyone hates burpees: but where did they come from (and why do them)? | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it
Burpees: ugh! Here's a look at everyone's favourite love-to-hate bodyweight exercise, including why we should do them!
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Apparently these are popular with the CrossFit crowd. We used to do something similar, and a bit more intense, in the Army called an "8 Count Pushup".

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What is stress?

What is stress? | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it
It is a word that is bandied about these days, but what the heck IS stress anyway and what can you DO about it?
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One researcher has labeled stress as one of the biggest risk factors for almost every degenerative disease and condition, including heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. However, stress can be managed and controlled in most cases.

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The 20 Worst People at the Gym, According to Trainers

The 20 Worst People at the Gym, According to Trainers | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it
Are you the hoarder, pick-up artist, or know-it-all? Find out which bad gym behaviors are among these top trainers’ biggest pet peeves.

Via Peter Mellow
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Liked the article. Weight lifting, or just plain exercise, can be difficult, even dangerous in some instances. If you workout at a gym or use community exercise equipment, like I do, be considerate.

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Human body: The ‘ultra-athletes’ aged 60+

Human body: The ‘ultra-athletes’ aged 60+ | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it
When you grow old, could you run 20 marathons back-to-back? David Robson reports on the senior ultra-athletes who are defying the limits of aging and the body.

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Someone once said something to the effect that getting old is not for sissies. What we are actually able to do in our older years depends on a lot of factors. However, we are learning that aging does not have to be the terrible, debilitating experience we have historically believed it to be.

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Drop It Like a Squat | Elite Greatness

Drop It Like a Squat | Elite Greatness | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it

When it comes to leg workouts, many weight lifters would like to skip it. However, leg exercises, such as the squat, are incredibly important for so many reasons. Of course, HOW you do it is almost as important as DOING it.

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The squat is one of the main standbys of weight training and has many benefits...if you do it right. if you do it wrong...well...let's just say, learn to do it right and you won't go wrong.

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Older people should use social media to prevent decline in health, study finds

Older people should use social media to prevent decline in health, study finds | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it
The study, carried out among 65 to 95-year-old's by researchers at the University of Exeter, could help cope with the health issues of our ageing population, experts said.

Via illorem.com - Mark Merolli, Peter Mellow
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Keeping your mind active is one of the most important things you can do to help body and brain stay young.

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25th Anniversary America’s Health Rankings Finds Hawaii Ranks No. 1 Among All U.S. States in Overall Health

25th Anniversary America’s Health Rankings Finds Hawaii Ranks No. 1 Among All U.S. States in Overall Health | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it
25th Anniversary America’s Health Rankings Finds Hawaii Ranks No. 1 Among All U.S. States in Overall Health Hawaii’s strengths include low prevalence of obesity and low rate of preventable hospital...

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Congratulations to Hawaii. I would STILL rather be in Florida.

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Russell Roberts's curator insight, December 11, 11:51 PM

According to "West Hawaii Today" reporter Bret Yager, it's no surprise that Hawaii "came out on top of the rankings for the healthiest state." While Hawaii gets kudos for making strides in several areas, the 2014 rankings also show where health care can improve.  Hawaii State Senator Josh Green, an emergency room physician at the Kona Community Hospital and chairman of the Committee on Health said the state still has nagging financial and emergency care issues. "That said, we have a somewhat fractured hospital system and we got a poor grade in trauma access and hospital access just a few months ago."

Teddy Cole's curator insight, December 12, 9:05 PM

No surprise that people who live in paradise are overall healthier.

 

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Aging marathoner: Still running, but at a much slower pace

Aging marathoner: Still running, but at a much slower pace | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it
The 69-year-old author learned during the Marine Corps Marathon not to compete with her younger self.

Via Peter Mellow
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Dancer John W. Bubbles kept dancing into his senior years. He had a line of patter he used while dancing, and he would say something like this: People tell me I don't dance like I used to. I tell 'em I don't do NOTHIN' like I used to.


Point is, seniors can usually do the same things they did when they were younger, they just have to do it more slowly...and maybe less often.

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Resveratrol in red wine could help cut alcohol-related cancer risk

Resveratrol in red wine could help cut alcohol-related cancer risk | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it
With the festive season upon us, many people will indulge in more alcohol than usual. Alcohol consumption is a major risk factor for some cancers – however, a recent study shows that the chemical ...

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In the saloons of the old west, this was known as "coppering your bet". You hope to win either way. Bottom line; if you don't drink, don't start...too many health issues. However, if you DO enjoy the occasional tipple, stick to red wine, which contains resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant.

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Choosing the right exercise program for you!

Choosing the right exercise program for you! | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it
Here's a little discussion on choosing the right exercise program for you.
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Actually, exercise is just another word for activity. While you might NOT want to spend time at the gym, or lift weights, or run, there are lots of things you can have fun doing while getting the "exercise" your body needs for good health and long life. 

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10 Reasons Why We Need at Least 8 Hugs a Day

10 Reasons Why We Need at Least 8 Hugs a Day | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it
Hugging therapy is definitely a powerful way of healing. Research shows that hugging (and also laughter) is extremely effective at healing sickness, disease, loneliness, depression, anxiety and
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I posted about kisses and health the other day, so, thought I would see what hugs are good for. After reading the article, bring it on!

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What 200 Calories of Every Food Looks Like

What 200 Calories of Every Food Looks Like | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it

The Calorific app makes you weep salty truth tears. It starts with 3/4 of a chocolate donut and goes down hill from there.

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It's not always the size of the serving that matters, but what is IN the serving.

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4 Reasons to Stay Hydrated

4 Reasons to Stay Hydrated | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it

Most people are familiar with the health dangers of extreme dehydration. Less well-known is chronic mild dehydration. This can have a measurable negative effect on both mental and physical performance, muscle growth and even long-term health.

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In many ways, drinking water is one of the most important things you can do for your health.

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8 health benefits of kissing

8 health benefits of kissing | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it
Did you know that the health benefits of kissing include stress relief and calorie burning? See eight health benefits of kissing to learn more.
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Apparently, kissing can also rev up your immune system. So, for a longer, happier, healthier life, pucker up and pass your sweetie some goodness!

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Surprising Health Problems that Come from Working Too Hard

Surprising Health Problems that Come from Working Too Hard | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it
Is your job making you sick? The root of many maladies stemming from overwork is stress.
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Not TOO surprising in some cases. Stress of any kind, whether it is work stress, family stress, or just life stress can cause ill health in many ways. Even too much GOOD stress can cause health issues. Stress is stress, whether you just got fired or are getting married to the love of your life. Wherever stress comes from, the methods for managing stress; exercise, life style, relaxation, diet, etc., will still work.

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10 Things You Don't Know About Sugar (And What You Don't Know Could Hurt You)

10 Things You Don't Know About Sugar (And What You Don't Know Could Hurt You) | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it
If you've ever said, "I'm completely addicted to sugar," you may actually be correct. A recent study showed that those who had genetic changes in a hormone called ghrelin consumed more sugar (and alcohol) than those that had no gene variati...
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Some tests have shown sugar to be possibly more addictive than cocaine. Although this is one article from one popular news source, it echoes what I have found in many other, higher up the food chain (joke) sources. Many people have praised the results of going on a sugar detox program.

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Researchers question long-term benefits of popular diets

Researchers question long-term benefits of popular diets | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it
Researchers find insufficient and conflicting data to determine if popular Atkins, South Beach, Weight Watchers and Zone diets are beneficial for both weight loss and heart health.
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It should also be remembered that, while what you eat IS important and has a huge impact on overall health, other lifestyle choices, such as activity, i.e. exercise, are also of great importance. Additionally, genetics plays a strong role in health, and not everyone, no matter how healthy their lifestyle, is going to have a bikini body or look like a champion bodybuilder in his prime.

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The No. 1 Reason Women Skip the Gym

The No. 1 Reason Women Skip the Gym | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it

Have you ever planned to hit the gym and then didn't? Research tells us that 75 percent of women want to exercise more, but are not making it to the gym for a small group of related reasons, according to a new survey by Sport England...and, it's NOT because of fear of hard work.

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It's often easier to come up with a reason NOT to exercise than to find the motivation TO exercise. However, sometimes the reasons not to do things is so deeply embedded in who we are that we don't realize that we are being led astray by assumptions that should not be interfering with our intention to do the right thing.

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