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5 Tips for How to Reduce Inflammation

5 Tips for How to Reduce Inflammation | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
Want to start connecting the dots in your own life? First, let’s learn about acute and chronic inflammation, since they play very different roles in our everyday health.

 

When I started connecting the dots between my diet and lifestyle, chronic inflammation and disease, I felt empowered to take charge of my health. Why? Because our daily choices are the root of chronic inflammation.

 

Over the past decade, I’ve renovated everything from my grocery cart to my makeup bag to my mind in an effort to upgrade my immune system. And as I moved from a stressful life full of fast food, toxins, and bad boyfriends to a more balanced existence filled with plant-passionate nourishment, inner growth and conscious living, I started experiencing the perks — chronic inflammation decreased and my body started working with me to heal and rebuild.

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The BioSync Team's curator insight, January 18, 2014 10:02 PM

Inflamation can silently affect every cell in our body! Over time, a chronic /acute inflamation cycle negatively impacts every aspect of health and wellness.


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How to balance stress with your breath 

How to balance stress with your breath  | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it

Your breath is a powerful healing tool that can help you balance stress in any situation. Read on and get your free audio practice inside!


BRING YOUR AWARENESS TO YOUR BREATH Without doing anything to change the breath, simply find a comfortable seat and either close your eyes or divert them downward. From that place notice the breath. Pay attention to its rhythm, the sensations of the breath against your nostrils, and any other experiences you may encounter by bringing your awareness fully to the breath. Does the breath make a sound or create a feeling? Does it have a particular quality? Is the inhale or exhale naturally more easeful? Take a minute or so to breathe, noticing these sensations, and a minute to journal about what you experience. You may choose to journal a little after each modification to the breath to notice how these practices impact your inner state. Just noticing may help you to feel more present, easeful in the moment, and less stressed.

 
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Food As Medicine: It's Not Just A Fringe Idea Anymore

Food As Medicine: It's Not Just A Fringe Idea Anymore | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it

"Treating people through nutrition is not a new idea, but it's making inroads as more medical professionals make meals a formal part of care, rather than relying solely on medications."


 Nadeau is part of a small revolution brewing across California. The food-as-medicine movement has been around for decades, but it's making inroads as physicians and medical institutions make food a formal part of treatment, rather than relying solely on medications. By prescribing nutritional changes or launching programs such as "Shop with Your Doc," they're trying to prevent, limit or even reverse disease by changing what patients eat.

 
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The Ketogenic Diet 101: A Detailed Beginner's Guide

The Ketogenic Diet 101: A Detailed Beginner's Guide | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it

The ketogenic diet (keto) is a low-carb, high-fat diet that causes weight loss and provides numerous health benefits. This is a detailed beginner's guide.


The ketogenic diet is a low-carb, high-fat diet that offers many health benefits. Over 20 studies show that this type of diet can help you lose weight and improve health (1). Ketogenic diets may even have benefits against diabetes, cancer, epilepsy and Alzheimer’s disease (2, 3, 4, 5). This article is a detailed beginner’s guide to the ketogenic diet. It contains everything you need to know.

 
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15 amazing ways you can use Himalayan salt you’ve never heard before (and no, it’s not a salt lamp!)

15 amazing ways you can use Himalayan salt you’ve never heard before (and no, it’s not a salt lamp!) | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
"Himalayan Crystal Salt is unlike any other salt. It is unique in flavor and in the benefits it provides. This salt contains the same 84 natural minerals and elements found in the human body. Himalayan salts minerals exist in a colloidal form, meaning that they are tiny enough for our cells to easily absorb."
 
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How to Find Your Ideal Carb Intake

How to Find Your Ideal Carb Intake | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it

Learn the secrets to carbohydrate intake and timing for better performance and increased energy with these Bulletproof carb hacks.


Low-carb, high-fat diets have a number of known benefits for your body and mind. They keep you lean, support your hormones and brain, regulate your blood sugar, stop food cravings, keep you full for hours, and give you license to put bacon on everything. For the vast majority, a low-carb, high-fat diet is miles ahead of a low-calorie, low-fat one. But within the realm of low-carb, there is no one-size-fits-all. Instead, it’s important you find your body’s sweet spot for carb intake and timing.

 
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This Diet Burns Fat Like No Other — What You Need To Know.

This Diet Burns Fat Like No Other — What You Need To Know. | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it

It's controversial...which is why you'll want to read this.


The ketogenic diet is a low-carb, adequate-protein, high-fat diet. It’s also surrounded by controversy. However, in healthy individuals it is proving to be one of the most efficient ways to burn fat. In the past, the ketogenic diet has been used in the medical profession to treat specific conditions, like seizures in children, but it’s making its way into the mainstream now, thanks to its fat-burning, muscle-building potential.




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How physical exercise makes your brain work better

How physical exercise makes your brain work better | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
Research shows different activities have quite specific mental effects – here’s how moving your body could sharpen your ideas

The brain is often described as being “like a muscle”. It’s a comparison that props up the brain training industry and keeps school children hunched over desks. We judge literacy and numeracy exercises as more beneficial for your brain than running, playing and learning on the move.

But the brain-as-muscle analogy doesn’t quite work. To build up your biceps you can’t avoid flexing them. When it comes to your brain, an oblique approach can be surprisingly effective. In particular, working your body’s muscles can actually benefit your grey matter. Brain training: should you believe the hype? 

Scientists are showing that the runner’s high and the yogi’s tranquility have profound effects on your brain. Moreover, specific physical activities can markedly alter its structure in precise ways.
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Christopher Zubiate, MSW's curator insight, August 31, 2016 8:40 PM
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Signs Of a Clogged Lymphatic System And 10 Ways To Cleanse It

Signs Of a Clogged Lymphatic System And 10 Ways To Cleanse It | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
If you suffer from any of the following, it may be a sign your lymphatic system needs a serious cleanse:

A major part of being healthy is to ensure that any toxins that enter our system are effectively identified by the body and escorted out in a harmless fashion. There are many systems, organs, and glands in place to make sure this occurs, but unfortunately, many of them have become clogged and compromised to the point of complete dysfunction. One of those important systems that aid in the removal of toxins and has become incapacitated in many ways, is the lymphatic system.

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Why You Should Eat Dirt - Yes, Dirt!

Why You Should Eat Dirt - Yes, Dirt! | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it

Eating dirt may sound gross, but getting your daily dose could do wonders for your health, including easing symptoms associated with leaky gut.


Is eating dirt part of your diet? Before you get a bad taste in your mouth, consider this: If you were to take away the water in our bodies, you’d be left with mostly dirt. It’s true.

We’re made of 60 of the most abundant elements in the Earth’s crust, an amalgam of its elements, including oxygen, hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen, calcium and phosphorus, with traces of potassium, sulfur, sodium, iron and magnesium. All of these elements come together to make a living, breathing human being.

Now, when I say “eat dirt,” I’m not ordering you to actually scoop up a handful of soil and eat it. (Well, not exactly.) True, ensuring you get daily micro-exposures to soil-based organisms in dirt and other plant life is important for your health. But I urge you to embrace the idea of “eating dirt” as a broader philosophy, an overarching principle I teach my patients when I talk to them about how to heal leaky gut syndrome and feel better again.

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10 bodyweight exercises you can do without the gym

10 bodyweight exercises you can do without the gym | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it

"Bodyweight exercises are a simple, effective way to improve balance, flexibility, and strength without machinery or extra equipment."


Who needs a gym when there’s the living room floor? Bodyweight exercises are a simple, effective way to improve balance, flexibility and strength without machinery or extra equipment. From legs and shoulders to chest and abs, our friends at Greatist came up with 50 exercises that cover every part of the body that can get stronger with body resistance alone. Here are 10 of our favourites.

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Which Type of Exercise Is Best for the Brain?

Which Type of Exercise Is Best for the Brain? | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it

For the first time, scientists compared the neurological impacts of different types of exercise in rats: running, weight training and high-intensity interval training.


Some forms of exercise may be much more effective than others at bulking up the brain, according to a remarkable new study in rats. For the first time, scientists compared head-to-head the neurological impacts of different types of exercise: running, weight training and high-intensity interval training. The surprising results suggest that going hard may not be the best option for long-term brain health.


As I have often written, exercise changes the structure and function of the brain. Studies in animals and people have shown that physical activity generally increases brain volume and can reduce the number and size of age-related holes in the brain’s white and gray matter.

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The Only 7 Gym Machines Worth Using

The Only 7 Gym Machines Worth Using | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
Repeat after us: There is nothing wrong with using weight machines.

 

Despite the fact that kettlebells and bodyweight workouts might win the gym popularity contest right now, fitness pros agree: Not only are exercise machines totally fine to use, they might be especially helpful if you’re new to working out.

 

“It’s true that if you’re using free weights you have to recruit so many stabilizing muscles,” says Shannon Fable, certified trainer and programming director for Anytime Fitness. “But when you’re getting started, using selectorized equipment (the machines with weighted plates) and just learning the movement pattern is OK.”

 

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carol b's curator insight, February 16, 2016 4:53 AM

The gym... It really is underrated!

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The Quick Workout That Helps You Avoid Winter Bod

The Quick Workout That Helps You Avoid Winter Bod | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
Get rid of that extra layer of insulation we all seem to put on this time of year.

 

Winter bod: The softer shape we take on when daylight feels in short supply and the weather calls for comfy layers. You haven't stopped working out; it's just that you have a little less motivation than you did during, say, the summer, and a lot more desire for, say, carbs-and-couch time.

 

This workout, from Tamara Pridgett, NASM certified personal trainer, can help counteract that. "You're targeting the four areas of the body that tend to soften up the most -- the abs, upper legs, butt and arms. You'll get your heart rate up to burn calories, too," says Pridgett, head coach at Tone House gym in New York. So, grab a small towel and a timer and get started.

 

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How to Heal Yourself by Talking to your Body

How to Heal Yourself by Talking to your Body | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it

Unlock the extraordinary Healing Capacity of the Human Body by learning to Communicate with your Cells.


 Your Cells are Listening


Every part of your body has its own consciousness or its own soul. These transformative words, spoken by indigenous medicine women, began my journey within to discover the extraordinary healing capacity of the human body. When this perspective was introduced to me, I was suffering from a severe chronic pain disorder. I suddenly imagined incorporating this concept into my meditation routine. I thought, can my body hear me… can I talk to it to gain its cooperation in healing this condition?

 
 
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Change Your Breath, Change Your Life: The Daily Routine Athletes Love

Change Your Breath, Change Your Life: The Daily Routine Athletes Love | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it

"Wim Hof says his breathing technique—which involves a series of deep, rhythmic inhales and exhales, followed by breath holding—can strengthen the body."


Hof credits much of his success to his breathing exercises, a practice he began five years ago. And he says his technique—which involves a series of deep, rhythmic inhales and exhales, followed by breath holding—can strengthen the body, improve the immune system and circulation, prevent disease, and help with focus, confidence, and mindfulness. Surprisingly, research backs up many of those brash assertions.

 
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Spirulina Benefits

Spirulina Benefits | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it

The sea is filled with beautiful animal and plant life, some of of which can also be incredibly nutritious for humans. One such creature is spirulina.


What’s fresh and colorful and lives under the sea? A lot of really good-for-you food sources. For years, nutritionists have touted the health benefits of eating iodine-rich seaweed and consuming the brain-boosting omega-3 fatty acids found in high concentrations in fish oils. But spirulina is the latest one that’s grabbing people’s attention. This dark bluish green algae is common in freshwater ponds and other large bodies of water; in particular, it flourishes in warm climates with alkaline water, such as Asia, South America, and Africa. It’s considered by many researchers to be a true superfood, defined as “a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being.”

 
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Fats in the Kitchen -The fats you WANT to have in the kitchen.  

Fats in the Kitchen -The fats you WANT to have in the kitchen.   | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it


"If you're not sure which healthy fats to keep on hand, this helpful guide will make selection a snap."


To enjoy the healthiest results, choose organic, unrefined fats. Think about the flavor you want, and choose the appropriate fat for the cooking heat. Experiment with our experts’ favorites, listed here by cooking-heat recommendations — or keep things simple and stick with extra-virgin olive oil, butter or ghee, and coconut oil.

 
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Transforming Lives's curator insight, November 27, 2016 7:46 PM
Great reminder and list of good fats to include in our life.
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Understanding the Relationship Between Your Diet and Inflammation 

Understanding the Relationship Between Your Diet and Inflammation  | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it

"Learn more about the relationship between diet and inflammation. What you eat can help keep your body to ward off chronic diseases."


With autoimmune diseases on the rise and the connection between inflammation and leading causes of death becoming clear in recent years, more attention has been focused on inflammation in the body and how it can be controlled. While the occurrence of chronic inflammation and related diseases are somewhat mysterious and can be quite serious, the good news is that some of the most powerful tools for managing it are completely in your control.

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A Yoga Sequence to Build Strength in the Shoulders 

A Yoga Sequence to Build Strength in the Shoulders  | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
Explore how shoulder stability and strength can make inversions feel more approachable. 

To support ourselves upside-down, we need strength in our shoulders. This sequence is designed to open up energy lines in the arms, neck, collarbones, and shoulder girdle to prepare the body for flight. Just as we need to be sturdy in our legs to stand up and walk around, we need stability in our upper bodies when we invert. Practice the sequence below to help you build up to handstand and other inversions, and don’t forget to have fun!
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How to Alkalize Your Body in 10 Steps 

How to Alkalize Your Body in 10 Steps  | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
Learn how to alkalize your body in 10 easy steps. A balanced pH can increase your energy, improve your skin and help you lose weight.

How to Alkalize Your Body in 10 Steps While our bodies’ systems contain some acid naturally, we are meant to be slightly alkaline (in the 7 to 7.4 range) in order for our immune system, digestion and plenty of other functions to work properly. Alkalinity means there’s more oxygen present—so when we eat alkaline foods our blood takes in more oxygen. When we consume too many acidic foods and drinks (including sugar, caffeine, dairy and glutinous grains), or overexercise to the point of dehydration, or have chronic stress, it can disrupt our balance and cause our pH level to become too acidic.
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Eric Larson's curator insight, May 15, 2016 8:51 AM
pH in your body out of balance?
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11 Tips For How to Reduce Sugar Intake (from Beginner to Advanced)

11 Tips For How to Reduce Sugar Intake (from Beginner to Advanced) | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
Wondering how to reduce sugar intake? Whether you decide to make a small or big change, we've rounded up our best 11 tips to get you there. 

WE WON’T SUGARCOAT it. Sugar is one of the most addictive substances out there – as addictive (if not more so) than drugs such as cocaine and morphine. In fact, our brain reacts quite similarly when we consume it, which can wreck havoc on our overall health, not just our waistlines. It’s no wonder the world has a growing health epidemic on its hands; as a nation, we are heavier than we have ever been, and we are being diagnosed with chronic illnesses such as Type II Diabetes, heart disease and mood disorders earlier and earlier in our lives. From excess fat, increased cravings for sugar and carbohydrates, high blood sugar and high blood pressure, and diabetes, to mood disorders, brain fog and energy issues, sugar could be at the root of our problem.
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Donovan Baldwin's curator insight, April 17, 2016 2:40 PM

Want to learn to live without sugar?

 

There is an easy-to-follow, three week program which will help you break your addiction to sugar, and carbs, and help stop sugar cravings naturally. The 21 Day Sugar Detox program ncludes informative guides as well as 20 pages of recipes which can help you break your addiction to sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and other sweeteners and sweetening agents.

 

The information in the 21 Day Sugar Detox wil be a great addition for low-carb, primal or paleo diets...all of which try to get you off sugar and other sweeteners.

 

Read a review of the 21 Day Sugar Detox at http://nodiet4me.com/review/sugar_detox.html

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7 Ways To Boost Your Testosterone

7 Ways To Boost Your Testosterone | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it

Low testosterone is more prevalent in the Western world than ever before (for both men and women). Here are 1 medical and 6 natural ways to boost your T.


There are a ton of short articles telling you to eat some kind of new superfood to boost your testosterone, but there is a surprising shortage of real talk about how normal people (men and women) really change their lives by gaining control of their testosterone levels. Here is my story, and some real info for both men and women.


I used bioidentical testosterone replacement therapy for almost a decade because I had a medical need for it, then stopped it a few years ago to make sure that it was not a confounding factor during the development of The Bulletproof Diet. I verified that I had found a way to raise my natural production with biohacking.

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Learn how to build the 4 kinds of strength

Learn how to build the 4 kinds of strength | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
Strength Training Basics – 4 Kinds of Strength and 3 Rules to Develop Them

"Not All Strength is the Same – the 4 Types of Strength

Strength in and of itself doesn’t mean a lot. It can mean a lot of different things to various people. The question then is what are you building strength for? How much strength do you need to accomplish what you want and need in your daily life?

Strength can be split into several different forms, and the type of strength training you will want to do depends on what kind of strength best suits your needs."
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Must-Have Foods That Can Help Lower Blood Pressure Naturally

Must-Have Foods That Can Help Lower Blood Pressure Naturally | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
These foods can help decrease the risk for heart disease.

 

Foods high in sodium and saturated fats, although tasty, can be responsible for heightened blood pressure, according to the World Health Organization. Pizza, fried meals, cakes and bacon are just a few of the many types of foods that contain high levels of saturated fats.  

 

"You eat those things, and the particles of saturated fat get into your blood and make it thicker – more like grease and less like water," Neal Barnard, founding president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, told U.S. News and World Report in 2014. "So the heart has to push to get this sludgy blood moving, and that's why blood pressure goes up." 

 

Fortunately, foods that can help reduce blood pressure naturally exist, and they're all around you. 

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The Functional Fitness Approach To Get Lean & Strong

The Functional Fitness Approach To Get Lean & Strong | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it

"For most of my life, I followed a bodybuilding approach to fitness based on aesthetics, frequent eating, and targeting 1-2 muscle groups each workout."

 

My fitness bible was “Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Guide to Modern Bodybuilding” and I “chased the pump” for many years. I worshipped hugely muscular dudes with 20-inch biceps, so of course I did their 20-set arms routines, which I read in Muscle & Fitness magazine to get my 12-inch teenage guns bigger.

 

After over 10 years of following the bodybuilding path, I realized my athleticism and overall health were declining. I was tighter than Tin Man, I lacked the balance and coordination I enjoyed as an avid athlete growing up, my frequent eating schedule created unnecessary anxiety in my life, and finally, I had an unhealthy focus on how I looked.

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