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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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Apple working on 'smart bands' for Apple Watch to add new health tracking functions

Apple working on 'smart bands' for Apple Watch to add new health tracking functions | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it

A new rumor claims that Apple will add capabilities to the Apple Watch, and sell upgrades without the need to buy an entirely new watch, in the form of "smart bands" that could launch as early as 2016.Citing unnamed sources, Czech website Letem Svetem Applem reported on Friday that Apple is planning to announce new bands that will connect to the hidden data port on the Apple Watch and add new functionality to the wrist-worn device. Specifically, it was said that bands will add blood oxygen, respiratory rate, blood pressure, and body temperature sensors.It was said that these sensors must be in the band anyhow and cannot be a part of the watch to give accurate readings. For example, a body temperature sensor would be affected by heat from the components inside the watch, and must be placed on the opposite end of the wrist.


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This is the way of the future, I guess.


While we might not become cyborgs, we will have a host of tools at our disposal. This watch might be able to replace that call button that summons help if you fall.


Funny, I used to read about this kind of stuff in the old Dick Tracy comic strips, and teachers would tell us that someday there would be 2-way wrist radios, just like in the funny papers.

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A Miracle Belt for ADHD

A Miracle Belt for ADHD | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it
A weighted belt that can help with symptoms of ADHD and other sensory disorders.
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I found this particularly interesting, as my grandson has ADD and a therapist suggested a similar article, a weighted vest, to his mother.


She bought the weights and material and made it herself, and it seems to work quite well.

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Natural Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Treatments

Natural Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Treatments | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic disorder characterized by recurrent abdominal pain and intermittent diarrhea, which often alternates with constipation.
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While the figures are a bit wobbly, experts estimate that somewhere between 25 million and 40 million Americans have Irritable Bowel Syndrome, also commonly referred to as IBS.


The worldwide estimate runs from 9% to 23% may have it.


For some, it is merely an occasional distress, for others, it is a constant, and sometimes debilitating problem. It can not only affect how you feel physically, but, can also create mental and emotional problems.


It is not directly caused by stress, but, can be made worse by stress. It may occur partly because of your diet, your exercise, and other lifestyle choices, and your genetics.


IBS is difficult to diagnose, and to treat, because the causes, and symptoms, can be so varied from individual to individual, and even within the same individual at various times. Also, many of the symptoms of IBS, such as bloating, gas, diarrhea, or constipation.


It is also difficult to come to terms with causes, diagnosis, and treatment of IBS because many people either "deal with it", or, are embarrassed to discuss their symptoms with their healthcare providers.


For the most part, since causes can be difficult to pinpoint, there is not as much a treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome, as there is treatment of the symptoms.


The best thing you can do on a day-to-day basis is exercise regularly, eat a well-balanced diet, drink plenty of water, and get the rest you need.


Learn more about IBS at http://nodiet4me.com/health_products/articles/ibs_treatment.html .

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Signs of Vicarious Trauma

Signs of Vicarious Trauma | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it
When we are experiencing overwhelming volumes of information—especially information that holds an emotional charge—our bodies, minds and spirit adapt to help us cope. At times, the way we cope may hel
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Medicare: Where Does U.S. Rank in Senior Health?

Medicare: Where Does U.S. Rank in Senior Health? | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it

Seniors in the United States, which make up the core population which is covered by Medicare, consider themselves to be in good health. This is based on the results of studies of self-reported health among seniors in several countries.


However, this does not mean that senior health actually is the best in the U.S. In fact, the United States is NOT at the top of the list when several factors are taken into consideration.


Senior health is not just about physical condition and medical care. It encompasses financial and emotional well-being, for example.


When viewed with a wider lens, U.S. seniors actually come in 8th in this study. So what's going on with senior health in the U.S.

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While we tend to view "health" as having to do with fitness, exercise, and diet, many other factors can become intertwined. Financial health, for example, can have a lot to do with physical, mental, and emotional health.


Exercise is still a key factor, however. you can learn more about exercise at http://nodiet4me.com/exercise/ .

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Kai Fitness for Golf | Golf Training Exercises

Kai Fitness for Golf | Golf Training Exercises | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it
Kai Fitness for Golf is the most efficient and comprehensive fitness program developed for golf by Kai Fusser.
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Regular exercise, in addition to preparing you for life, can also prepare you for specific activities, such as golf. However, devising an exercise program for golf can be a challenge. This program has done it for you.


If you don't yet play golf, you can learn a little more about the game at http://informationclickdepot.com/hobby/golf/ .

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Too Old to Exercise? What Over-50 Athletes Can Teach Us About Fitness

Too Old to Exercise? What Over-50 Athletes Can Teach Us About Fitness | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it
Baby boomers are more active than ever, but need be smart about it.


More of us older folk, aged between 51 and 70, are engaged in regular physical exercise than any previous generation. This is true particularly in endurance events like marathon and ultra-marathon running. In the US, alone, about 20 per cent of all ultra-distance race finishers last year were 50 and over.

Donovan Baldwin's insight:

There's nothing wrong with senior exercise programs, as long as they are well thought out, and planned with the individual in mind. You could get away with a lot when you were younger, but, once you achieve "senior" status, and, I don't mean high school, you can't just take an exercise book off the shelf and copy some exercise author's fitness plan.


The more you know about exercise, and yourself, the better off you will be and the more health benefits of exercise you will enjoy.


Yoga is a great exercise program for people of all ages. Learn more about yoga at http://nodiet4me.com/yoga/ .

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8 Time Management Tips to Help You Achieve Your Health and Fitness Goals

8 Time Management Tips to Help You Achieve Your Health and Fitness Goals | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it

To get to a fitness or health level you really have to have a good idea of what your goals actually are. One of the hardest things to do once you have the goal or goals planted firmly in your mind, and, hopefully, somewhere on paper as well, is to stay on track as you progress towards your health and fitness goals,...especially when life gets busy...as it usually does.


This brief article offers 8 simple, sensible ways of managing your time to help you achieve the health and fitness goals you have set for yourself.

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One of the first steps of any exercise program is to set the goals you hope to achieve. The next step is to stay on track as you progress towards those goals. There are a lot of distractions these days, and, "staying on track" can be a problem....unless you have a plan.


Exercise is an important part of any health and fitness plan, and yoga is an excellent fitness method with many benefits. Learn more about the benefits of yoga at http://nodiet4me.com/yoga/ .


Yoga not only can help keep you physically fit, but, can also help you relax. Consider it meditation in motion.

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5 Gym Rules Every Exerciser Should Know

5 Gym Rules Every Exerciser Should Know | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it
If you're new to the gym you may be intimidated, but if you follow these simple guidelines, it will ease your transition from couch potato to gym rat.

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These are not rules for exercising at the gym, but, they are good tips for those who DO work out at a public exercise facility.


Learn more about exercise at http://nodiet4me.com/exercise/ .

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200 Expert Tips for Weight Loss

200 Expert Tips for Weight Loss | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it

There's plenty of advice out there on how to lose weight. No doubt about that!


But, if you've tried out any of the fad diets, miracle pills or countless other things claimed to help with weight loss, then you realize that where you get your advice - and who is paying the advisor - matters a lot.

 

With that in mind, it is high time someone wrote up, and you read, a definitive list of ways that anyone can get on the right track to lose weight and feel great. Not one item per page with thirty blinking banner ads, either - but an honest-to-goodness list that you can actually get some use out of!


Start reading and start losing weight today!

 

 

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Two hundred weight loss tips may seem like a lot, but, you don't have to do all 200, and, maybe there are many you are already following, or which don't apply to you or fit your lifestyle. That's fine. Just take what you need, because, in this area, every little bit counts....whether you are doing things that cause weight gain, or weight loss.


Learn more about why diets don't work at http://nodiet4me.com .

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Request a FREE Diet Direct Catalog

Request a FREE Diet Direct Catalog | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it
The free Diet Direct print catalog showcases best selling weight loss products, programs, and portion controlled diet foods, including Diet Direct house brand products (WonderSlim and BariWise).
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The Right Dose of Exercise for a Longer Life

The Right Dose of Exercise for a Longer Life | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it
Two new studies suggest that the ideal dose of exercise for a long life is a bit more than many of us currently believe we should get, but less than many of us might expect.
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In the final analysis, exercise is an individual thing. While studies and tests may show the "best" amount of exercise after testing groups of people, each person will need to work out what is best for them. Learn more about exercise at http://nodiet4me.com/exercise/ .

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Even 2 hours a day of standing instead of sitting is good for you, study suggests

Even 2 hours a day of standing instead of sitting is good for you, study suggests | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it

Seems like you can’t read anything about health and fitness on the Internet these days without coming across a new piece of evidence that sitting down too much can kill you . Not only does it lead to all sorts of physiological problems , but the evidence suggests it can be a factor in psychological problems as well.


There's no need to rush out and buy a standing desk or special exercise equipment just yet, however.


Recent research, from the University of Queensland in Australia, seems to support the idea that just 2 hours a day of standing, instead of sitting, could offer major physical, and mental, health benefits  This means that people might not have to make massive changes to their lifestyle to counter some of the adverse effects which are the result of too much sitting.

Donovan Baldwin's insight:

Live involves action. Our bodies are designed to move, not to sit or lie down for long periods.


While years of research shows that there are many health benefits of exercise, there is a lot of discussion about how much of it to do, when to do it, how to do it, etc.


One thing overlooked in all these discussions, are that most of us simply spend too much of our time sitting...at desks, at computers, in front of the TV. Almost everything we do in our modern society can be done sitting down...except for those times we choose to stand up and get moving.


I have seen other studies which seem to indicate that doing as little as standing up and stretching once an hour can help counteract many of the negative aspects of sitting too long.


However, simply getting out of the chair is not really "exercise" that improves your body. Mainly, it just counteracts many of the negative results of too much time spent sitting.


Learn more about exercise at http://nodiet4me.com/exercise/ .

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Fitness Success After 40, Part 1: Know Your Body Type! - Bodybuilding.com

Fitness Success After 40, Part 1: Know Your Body Type! - Bodybuilding.com | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it

Just as when you were younger, your body type will determine how easily - and just how much - muscle you can add. See what you should be doing.


This is the first in a series of articles on getting fit after 40.

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Being physically fit after 40 requires essentially the same tools and actions as being fit and strong at any other age.


However, after we pass the "big 4-0", our bodies do change, and, taking these changes into account can make our fitness programs more effective...and, less painful.


We lose muscle mass as we age, our bodies become stiffer, our energy decreases, and, we stop doing some of the things we enjoy doing...in part, at least, because of these changes.


A good program of regular, moderate exercise can do a lot to slow down, and, in some cases, even reverse, the aging process. This program will be more effective with the knowledge contained in this series of articles.


You can learn even more about fitness after 40 at http://fitness-after-40.ws .



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Exercise helps the aging brain

Exercise helps the aging brain | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it

It's not surprising to learn that another study shows that exercise helps with mental acuity in seniors.


What IS surprising in this study is how much exercise is really needed to have a strong affect on the senior brain.


As it turns out, not as much as you might think!

Donovan Baldwin's insight:

We've known for a long time that exercise at any age has a large number of health benefits. It has also been known for a long time, that one of the health benefits of exercise is a healthier brain.


Plenty of studies of the effects of exercise on the brain have shown that. In fact, LACK OF REGULAR EXERCISE is one of the major risk factors in almost every age related illness and condition, such as heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes, just to name a few.


What IS surprising in this study by researchers at the University of Kansas Alzheimer's Disease Center, is how LITTLE exercise it actually takes to provide significant mental health benefits in seniors.


This is another argument for regular senior exercise. Learn more about exercise at http://nodiet4me.com/exercise/ .

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What Is Caregiver Burnout?

What Is Caregiver Burnout? | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it
Learn more from WebMD on recognizing -- and preventing -- caregiver burnout.
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Do you take care of someone who is unable to care for themselves? Are you finding yourself more irritable, less interested in life, and, maybe even having your own health problems?


You may have "caregiver burnout". Learn more by reading this article at WebMD.

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More older folks reaping benefits of exercise, dieting

More older folks reaping benefits of exercise, dieting | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it
Middle and post-middle age people are taking up exercise routines, going against the common wisdom that you need to start in your early years.
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For decades, the belief was that exercise was only for the young, and, generally, mainly for athletes.


Then, along came Dr. Kenneth Cooper, with his book, Aerobics, in which he showed that exercise could benefit anybody...but, mainly the young.


Now, we are acutely aware, as the result of many studies, that exercise can be important and valuable at any age. In fact, senior exercise is one of the most important things that we can concentrate to on to "live long and prosper".


Learn more about exercise, including exercise for seniors, at http://nodiet4me.com/exercise/ .

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Review of Shaklee Vita-D3

Review of Shaklee Vita-D3 | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it
Add some sunshine to your day and your health! Vitamin D plays a major role in protecting your health and is vital for overall well-being. Boost your level of vitamin D with Shaklee Vita-D3.
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Vitamin D, the Sunshine Vitamin, is essential for many operations of the body. While it has long been known that Vitamin D aids in the absorption of the calcium needed for strong bones, more recent studies have linked it to the production of energy in the body and perhaps even the prevention of cancer.


However, many people today do not get enough of this valuable vitamin.


Learn more about Vitamin D at http://nodiet4me.com/supplements/vitamin_d.html .

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21 Day Sugar Detox

21 Day Sugar Detox | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it
An easy-to-follow three week program to help break your addiction to sugar and carbs. Stop sugar cravings naturally.
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One of the best things you can do for your health is to remove sugar and simple carbs from your diet. Eating them not only adds useless calories to your diet, most of which wind up being stored as fat, but, eating them also starts a cycle of cravings for more simple carbs and sugary foods.

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Can I use yoga for weight loss? - Mayo Clinic

Can I use yoga for weight loss? - Mayo Clinic | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it

While any kind of exercise or movement is probably going to be good for health, fitness, and weight management, yoga is not necessarily "good" for weight "loss".


There are many reasons for this, and this article goes into the whys and wherefores as to yoga not being your first choice of exercise if your goal is weight loss.

Donovan Baldwin's insight:

There are many health benefits of exercise, including weight loss, but, it has to be the right exercise, done regularly, and combined with a sensible eating plan.


There are many benefits of yoga, including what you get from many other forms of exercise, and, the mental and emotional benefits which may help you control your lifestyle choices...including eating.


However, on a calorie burning basis, aerobic activity appears to be a better exercise choice for weight loss.


Learn more about the benefits of yoga at http://nodiet4me.com/yoga/ .

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Does Yoga Have Any Real Fitness Benefits?

Does Yoga Have Any Real Fitness Benefits? | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it

Take a look at someone performing the Scorpion Pose (shown in image), and you will agree that yoga apparently can build strength and balance.


But, you might wonder; just how does it stack up to traditional strength training...and, what can’t yoga do for your body...not to mention your mind?


In this factual article on yoga realties, the author gives a pretty accurate overview of the benefits of yoga.

Donovan Baldwin's insight:

Yoga has a great many benefits for the regular practitioner of the method. However, like most other forms of fitness and exercise, there are some great benefits, and some not-so-great benefits


Learn more about some of the benefits of yoga at http://nodiet4me.com/yoga/ .

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Millions of people bend and twist their bodies for Yoga Day

Millions of people bend and twist their bodies for Yoga Day | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it

Millions of yoga enthusiasts across the world bent and twisted their bodies in complex and simple postures Sunday (June 21) to mark International Yoga Day.


Even Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi spread his mat among rows of people, which included his Cabinet members and foreign diplomats, on New Delhi’s main thoroughfare, which was transformed into a sprawling exercise ground.


Around the world, thousands of people dressed in white sat on yellow mats under the Eiffel Tower, and similar events were held in Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Beijing, Manila and other places.


Modi had lobbied the U.N. to declare June 21 as the first International Yoga Day.

Donovan Baldwin's insight:

People think of yoga as being some exotic form of exercise program. Actually, it is a multi-faceted way that almost anyone can improve their mental and physical health.


Learn more about yoga at http://nodiet4me.com/yoga/index.html .

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The Shoulder Stand - Salamba Sarvasgasana

The Shoulder Stand - Salamba Sarvasgasana | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it
The Shoulder Stand, or Salamba Sarvasgasana, is considered to be one of the best and most effective yoga asanas and it is very popular with yoga practitioners.
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Yoga is not as complicated or as difficult as it appears to the beginner. Just as a beginning golfer may not shoot par from the first day, or ever, for that matter, the beginner at yoga is not expected to duplicate the poses as demonstrated by people who have been practicing yoga for years.


Learn more about the basics, and benefits, of yoga at http://nodiet4me.com/yoga/index.html .

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One Twin Exercises, the Other Doesn't

One Twin Exercises, the Other Doesn't | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it

"Identical twins who shared the same sports and other physical activities as youngsters but different exercise habits as adults soon developed quite different bodies and brains, a new study from Finland found..."


"...It turned out that these genetically identical twins looked surprisingly different beneath the skin and skull. The sedentary twins had lower endurance capacities, higher body fat percentages, and signs of insulin resistance, signaling the onset of metabolic problems. (Interestingly, the twins tended to have very similar diets, whatever their workout routines, so food choices were unlikely to have contributed to health differences.)


The twins’ brains also were unalike. The active twins had significantly more grey matter than the sedentary twins, especially in areas of the brain involved in motor control and coordination.

Presumably, all of these differences in the young men’s bodies and brains had developed during their few, brief years of divergent workouts, underscoring how rapidly and robustly exercising — or not — can affect health, said Dr. Urho Kujala, a professor of sports and exercise medicine at the University of Jyvaskyla who oversaw the study."

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I mentioned the other day that exercise, despite being studied extensively in groups, with conclusions being reached about exercise in general, exercise was a very personal thing. Even in twins, the individuality of choice and result is evident. Learn more about exercise at http://nodiet4me.com/exercise/ .

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5 Simple Steps to Living a Healthy Life

5 Simple Steps to Living a Healthy Life | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it

By JAY BRADLEY 

 

We all want to get healthier. We all want to feel better. But life has gotten so busy that even with the best of intentions, our priorities often get jumbled. The busier we get, the more our health, fitness routines and healthy habits get overlooked.

 

Having a to-do list is a great idea to keep yourself on track. This simple checklist includes things that you can do at home to help you become focused, less burdened and more motivated to take care of yourself.



Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/blog/5-simple-steps-living-healthy-life#ixzz3X7VDcOTZ


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These days, articles about living a long, healthy life often are centered around exercise and nutrition. However, there are other things you can do as well. Get more anti-aging tips at http://nodiet4me.com/aging/ .

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Versatile Vitality's curator insight, April 22, 9:00 AM

Our routines dictate our direction in life. Having health and productive daily routines make all the difference in the world.