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Gut feelings: the future of psychiatry may be inside your stomach

Gut feelings: the future of psychiatry may be inside your stomach | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it
Her parents were running out of hope. Their teenage daughter, Mary, had been diagnosed with a severe case of obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD), as well as ADHD. They had dragged her to clinics...

 

The provocative idea — that psychiatric woes can be solved by targeting the digestive system — is increasingly reinforced by cutting-edge science. For decades, researchers have known of the connection between the brain and the gut. Anxiety often causes nausea and diarrhea, and depression can change appetite. The connection may have been established, but scientists thought communication was one way: it traveled from the brain to the gut, and not the other way around.

 

But now, a new understanding of the trillions of microbes living in our guts reveals that this communication process is more like a multi-lane superhighway than a one-way street. By showing that changing bacteria in the gut can change behavior, this new research might one day transform the way we understand — and treat — a variety of mental health disorders.


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What we eat, and when and how we eat it, influences our health and happiness in so many ways.

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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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Alzheimer's Prevention for 30-Somethings With No Symptoms

Alzheimer's Prevention for 30-Somethings With No Symptoms | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it

Max Lugavere, who is 32 and healthy, exercises, cuts out shellfish and takes cocoa supplements on the advice of a specialist.


The fit, 32-year-old, dressed in Converse All-Star sneakers and a white T-shirt, eats a carefully calibrated diet and exercises regularly. He takes supplements of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins B and D. He also has zero symptoms of memory or cognitive loss.


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Like retirement, one of the best things you can do for old age is to start investing in yourself while you are still young. Exercise, proper nutrition, stress reduction, mental activity, socialization and relationships, and proper rest, can all be used to combat Alzheimer's and other age related conditions...both physical and mental. A great start is the practice of an activity such as yoga, which is both mentally and physically stimulating, can be done with a group, and which reduces stress and promotes more productive rest.

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How to Increase Serotonin Levels Naturally

How to Increase Serotonin Levels Naturally | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it

Serotonin helps to keep us feeling better about ourselves and using a 5-HTP supplement is how to increase serotonin levels naturally. There are few 5-HTP side effects, and is like a food that helps you lose weight. What you can do to decrease your appetite is to take a 5-HTP supplement regularly.

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Older Men Living with Stress Die Younger

Older Men Living with Stress Die Younger | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it
Sept. 10, 2014 - Older men who lead high-stress lives, either from chronic everyday hassles or because of a series of significant life events, are likely to die earlier than the average for their peers, new research from Oregon State University shows. Taking things in stride, however, appears to offer some protection.
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Stress is a major health risk at any age. Exercise is a great way to relieve stress. Activities such as yoga and meditation are good too. Simply staying connected and a part of life works well.

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Fatigue & Fibro Fog: Could You Have a B-12 Deficiency?

Fatigue & Fibro Fog: Could You Have a B-12 Deficiency? | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it

Are you tired all the time? Do you regularly experience problems with memory and concentration, or have trouble sleeping, diarrhea and/or constipation? 


These can all be important signs of that your body needs more vitamin B-12. 

Vitamin B-12 (cobalamin) is considered an essential nutrient, meaning it is required for normal body functioning but cannot be produced by the body.

Therefore, it is necessary to obtain the B-12 our bodies need through the food we eat and/or dietary supplements.

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Vitamin B-12 is mainly available from meat and is hard to get from plants. Therefore, many vegetarians suffer from a deficiency of this important nutrient. Lack of Vitamin B-12 can be devastating, causing blindness and other problems such as those outlined in the article.

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Eating a High-Protein Diet Is Linked to Lower Blood Pressure

Eating a High-Protein Diet Is Linked to Lower Blood Pressure | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it

People who eat a lot of protein seem to have a lower risk of high blood pressure, according to a Boston University study published recently in the American Journal of Hypertension. 


For this study on high blood pressure, researchers tracked the blood pressure of 1,361 subjects for an average of 11.3 years. At the end of the study, they found that, those who consumed the most protein — about 102 grams per day, from both plant and animal sources — consistently logged the lowest blood pressure. The high-protein group also had a 40 percent lower risk of developing hypertension over the course of the study, compared to people who consumed the least protein, about 58 grams per day.


Apparently, it’s not just because people who pack in protein are gym rats: The blood pressure levels of both those considered overweight, and, those considered normal-weight people, benefited when they consumed higher amounts of the nutrient. 

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High blood pressure is considered a "silent killer" and should be tracked and treated by medical personnel and tests. However, it is always a good idea to live in a healthy manner and make lifestyle choices which seem to have the best outcome. There are many ways to lower high blood pressure, but, no matter how you choose to handle it, you should always seek the help of medical science.


Creating a diet high in protein may lure some into the situation where they eat more calories than they should. You can get high protein with fewer calories either by means of a protein supplement or by changing your diet to include specifically designed low calorie, high protein foods and meals.

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Dr. Manny: Can the Apple Watch make you healthier? Yes!

Dr. Manny: Can the Apple Watch make you healthier? Yes! | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it
The old adage “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” took on new meaning when the technology giant revealed the many health features included in their new platforms Tuesday.
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One of the most important aspects of health and longevity is being checked regularly by medical professionals for a small group of important issues. This technology allows some of that to be done without a trip to the doctor's office.

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How a banana a day can keep strokes at bay

How a banana a day can keep strokes at bay | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it
A daily banana is a good way of warding off strokes, scientists have found. An eight-year study found those with the least potassium in their diet were more likely to have a stroke
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My wife and I have a homemade fruit and protein smoothie every night, and almost always include a banana as one of the ingredients. She has had bariatric surgery and this makes it difficult to get some of the nutrients she needs. She takes so many pills for her health that it is difficult for her to take bariatric supplements as she should, so, by adding a protein smoothie mix, I can give her a helping of the nutrients she badly needs.

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Diet Foods for Easy Weight Loss

Diet Foods for Easy Weight Loss | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it
A wide range of foods to help you lose weight while eating delicious, healthy meals.
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One of the hardest aspects of weight loss is "dieting". With these healthy, nutritious, and delicious meals, snacks, and drinks, "dieting" can be the most enjoyable part of your weight loss program

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The Ways to Avoid Feeling Off During Workouts

The Ways to Avoid Feeling Off During Workouts | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it

Having a bad exercise day? Wish you could have a better workout? The success, and pleasure, of your workout depends to a great extent on how you eat, drink, sleep and think.


Via Seth Bilazarian, MD
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 You always don't feel like you are getting your best from your workout...or doing your best. There can be many reasons for this. One of these might just be a lack of motivation. Check out these Reasons to Exercise, to remind yourself of the many benefits of exercise and have a better workout.

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Wine only protects against CVD in people who exercise

Wine only protects against CVD in people who exercise | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it

Apparentlly, wine only protects against cardiovascular disease (CVD) in people who exercise regularly.  This seems to be the finding of the In Vino Veritas (IVV) study presented at ESC Congress 2014.


IVV has the honor of being the first long-term, randomised trial comparing the effect of red and white wine on markers of atherosclerosis. The study included 146 participants with mild to moderate risk of cardiovascular disease. Subjects were randomised to one year of moderate consumption of red (Pinot Noir) or white wine (Chardonnay-Pinot) from the same year and wine region of the Czech Republic.


The definition of moderate alcohol consumption was that of the World Health Organization...of 0.2 L for women and 0.3 L for men, a maximum of five times a week. The primary endpoint measurement was the level of HDL cholesterol at one year. Participants consumed their usual diet.


Researchers found that there was no difference between HDL cholesterol levels at the beginning of the study compared to one year in either the red or white wine groups.


LDL cholesterol was lower in both groups at one year while total cholesterol was lower only in the red wine group.: "The only positive and continuous result was in the subgroup of patients who took more exercise, which means regular exercise at least twice a week, plus the wine consumption.


In this group HDL cholesterol increased and LDL and total cholesterol decreased in the red and white wine groups. There may be some synergy between the low dose of ethyl alcohol in wine and exercise which is protective against CVD."


Via Seth Bilazarian, MD
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Interesting article. I have always said that most of these things, supplements, red wine, massage, weight loss products, diet pills, whatever...would probably only have a significant effect if they were a part of a healthy lifestyle, which includes exercise, nutrition, and rest.

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Seth Bilazarian, MD's curator insight, September 1, 8:23 AM

American patients often seize the results of population based dietary studies and often take them out of context.  French populations drink more red wine and have lower rates of cardiovascular events so Americans may add wine to their diet without considering the many other potential contributors to the good outcome.  The French ,in addition to consuming more red wine. also exercise more, eat less processed foods, have lower rates of obesity and eat less fast foods and snack less.  False conclusions are often made also made about fish eating populations such as Eskimos.

The IVV study brings to light these other important added contributors to health.

Ellen Diane's curator insight, September 4, 11:00 AM

thank you Seth:)

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Top 6 Fitness and Nutrition Articles

Top 6 Fitness and Nutrition Articles | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it
It's National Senior Health and Fitness day, the nation’s largest older adult health event. How can you stay happy and healthy? Learn more.
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Although National Senior Health and Fitness Day was three months ago, these articles are still of value.

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Breastfeeding 'cuts depression risk'

Breastfeeding 'cuts depression risk' | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it
Breastfeeding can halve the risk of post-natal depression, according to a study of nearly 14,000 new mothers.
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We have known for years about the health benefits of breastfeeding for both mother and child...mental and physical. It's no surprise that, in addition to the bonding and pleasure inherent in the activity, there is a specific benefit which can be seen and measured.

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I'm fat and I'm an athlete. You shouldn't be surprised.

I'm fat and I'm an athlete. You shouldn't be surprised. | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it

"We can't harp on people to move their bodies when we live in a society that shames and judges us for our attempts."


"There are no plus-size athletes adorning the glossy pages of magazines, very few fitness books speak on this subject, and in movies fat people are commonly portrayed as dorky and comedic, not strong and capable. Seldom in advertising do we see products and services aligning themselves with body diversity. In fact, the only visual cues we receive that include plus-size representation in workout gear are generally the "before" pictures in weight loss or gym advertising."


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There are many "overweight" athletes, and, while there can be health risks associated with obesity, studies have shown that an "overweight" person who exercises regularly can be just as healthy as a person of normal weight.

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Blood pressure seems to stay lower longer in fitter men

Blood pressure seems to stay lower longer in fitter men | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it

One study suggests heart-healthy exercise may keep blood vessels more flexible.


Aerobic exercise leading to strong heart fitness can delay a man's onset of age-related high blood pressure by nearly a decade, a new study suggests.


Blood pressure naturally increases as people grow older and their arteries become stiffer with age.


But, men with strong cardio-fitness don't start moving toward high blood pressure until their mid-50s. On the other hand, largely sedentary men usually experience the early signs of high blood pressure in their mid-40s,

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While it is not the only means of keeping blood pressure under control, exercise has long been recommended for heart health and as a means of managing blood pressure. This is another study which hammers home that point.

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5 ways to think yourself well

5 ways to think yourself well | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it

Having good, positive, thoughts is just like medicine, Positive thinking can extend your life and make you happier and healthier. Five experts offer tips on how to boost your positive thinking.


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The mind-body connection is much stronger than most people believe. They work together to make you who, and what, you are.

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Larisa Ens's curator insight, September 15, 11:36 AM

Great ideas to keep you from grumbling even when your day does not start out right. Your outlook on life makes a difference not only for others around you, but your health as well.

Julianna Bonola's curator insight, September 16, 1:10 AM

How happy are you?  Did you know that you can think yourself happy, and extend your life at the same time?  Well read on to find out how!

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Types of Contact Lenses

Types of Contact Lenses | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it

When you have properly selected and fitted contact lenses, your eyes will have the appearance of the lady's eyes in the picture. You will hardly be able to tell you are wearing contact lenses and other people won't be able to either.


However, many people hesitate to check out contact lenses because it seems there are so many different types of contact lenses.


In this little article, I want to de-mystify the subject of the many different types of contact lenses, but, maybe you want to know who I am first. My name is Donovan Baldwin, and, after retiring from the U.S. Army several years ago, I became an optician.


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7 Ways To Make Your Fat Burner More Effective - Bodybuilding.com

7 Ways To Make Your Fat Burner More Effective - Bodybuilding.com | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it

Simply taking a fat-burning pill won't necessarily make your fat go away, but, taking it with these simple steps will optimize a good fat burner's effects!

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As I have often said, while some diet and weight loss products may "work", in most cases, they are not really effective for burning body fat, or whatever their particular function is, unless the are combined, at the minimum, with regular exercise and proper nutrition. It is sad that so many people buy these in hopes that the particular weight loss products will produce weight loss by themselves. They are supplements, and most will state on their label, or, in their advertising, that in order to be most effective, they need to be taken as part of a comprehensive weight loss plan...which includes proper nutrition and exercise.

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Acai Berry Best Weight Loss Program

Acai Berry Best Weight Loss Program | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it
Despite all the claims, there are not many effective weight loss supplements. Acai benefits the best weight loss program and acai weight loss cleanse benefits make programs using it effective weight loss programs.
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While the acai berry is mainly effective as a diet aid, still, any little bit helps, and it can help those who have trouble exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet. However, it is most effective when made a part of an overall weight loss program combining exercise, nutrition, and rest.

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9 Ayurvedic secrets to great digestion

9 Ayurvedic secrets to great digestion | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it

"The world's oldest healing science holds the secrets to better digestion. And guess what? Most of us aren't practicing them."

 

Sure, you make good-for-you smoothies in your NutriBullet, frequent Hu Kitchen and The Butcher's Daughter, and generally go for natural desserts over fake ones, but you've stillgot digestive drama.

And that, according to Larissa Hall Carlson, an expert in Ayurveda—the five-thousand-year-old Indian medicinal practice—is because what you put in your body is only half the story.

"In Ayurveda, the mindfulness of eating is more important than what we eat," she says. "Changing the way people approach food really affects gas, bloating, and indigestion."


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Keeping the body fit takes more than just good genes and medicine. The choices you make have a lot to do with it as well, and the wisdom of the East contains a great many gems of truth.

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H2O Alkalizer's curator insight, September 10, 9:40 AM

Did you actually smell and taste your last meal?

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Number of smoke-free homes has doubled in 20 years

Number of smoke-free homes has doubled in 20 years | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it
Comparing data from the 2010-11 and 1992-93 Current Population Surveys, a new CDC report finds that twice as many homes in the US are smoke-free now compared with 20 years ago.

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Good news. While quitting smoking, or not starting, is an excellent way to reduce health risks, those who are not able to take the ultimate step, the new electronic cigarettes are a choice which can lead to better health without having to give up the pleasures of nicotine.

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Strength training builds more than muscles - Harvard Health Publications

Strength training builds more than muscles - Harvard Health Publications | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it

We know that strength training (with free weights, weight machines, or resistance bands) can help build and maintain muscle mass and strength. However, many of us don’t know that strong muscles lead to strong bones. And strong bones can help minimize the risk of fracture due to osteoporosis.


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At age 69, I use a combination of weights, treadmill, yoga, and resistance bands for my own personal workouts. I am pleased, not only with the results in strength, but in cardiovascular ability as well.

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The Pushup Is The World's Greatest Exercise. Here's Why

The Pushup Is The World's Greatest Exercise. Here's Why | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it

If I only had time for one exercise, it would be the pushup.

Maybe you hate them or you think you can't complete a single rep or you think being a runner (or a cyclist or a walker) means you only need to focus on your lower bod...


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Senior Exercise: Learn About Health Benefits and Workouts

Senior Exercise: Learn About Health Benefits and Workouts | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it
Read how exercise can improve senior citizens' health (flexibility, balance, strength) and reduce the risk of injury and symptoms of depression and arthritis.
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Good information on exercise for seniors.

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Research: 7 Nutritional Deficiencies That Cause Depression & Mood Disorders

Research: 7 Nutritional Deficiencies That Cause Depression & Mood Disorders | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it

Do you suffer from depression or mood disorders? It is possible you may be deficient in one of many essential nutrients."

 

Depression and mood disorders are becoming more common health problems today. When you ask for help from your doctor, their answer is often a prescription for one of the various popular anti-depressant drugs.

 

Many doctors today do not investigate for metabolic or nutritional deficiencies that may be the real source of your depression. Patients have no idea why they feel so awful or where to start looking for the answer. They expect their doctor to give them real solutions. Instead they get drugs as the easy fix, when good nutritional choices may be a better, more natural solution. 


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What we eat has a major effect on how, and who, we are. Simply taking a daily multivitamin can help "fill in the blanks" if you feel your nutritional choices are not a good as they could be.

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Eric Larson's curator insight, August 28, 6:52 AM

Important for us who suffer from this.

H2O Alkalizer's curator insight, August 28, 9:53 AM

Just another example of where nutrition should be considered before medication.

Ellen Diane's curator insight, August 28, 6:09 PM

thanks;)

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Fiber Supplements - Shaklee Fiber Plan®

Fiber Supplements - Shaklee Fiber Plan® | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it
Among the health benefits of fiber, is that it is one of the best heart health supplements. Fiber supplements help keep your weight down and your heart healthy. Shaklee Fiber Plan® is a kosher fiber supplement.
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While getting your fiber from foods you eat might be the best choice, if, for some reason you cannot do this, a high quality fiber supplement, such as the Shaklee Fiber Plan, may be the answer.

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