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Intermittent Fasting: How to Enhance Your Body’s Ability to Burn Fat:

Intermittent Fasting: How to Enhance Your Body’s Ability to Burn Fat: | SELF HEALTH |

"Intermittent fasting is a powerful approach to eating that is becoming very popular because it can help you lose weight without feeling hunger, and help reduce your risk of chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease. If done correctly, intermittent fasting can also lead to better sleep and lots of energy."


So far, research overwhelmingly supports this notion that ditching the “three square meals a day” approach in favor of intermittent fasting may do wonders for your health. This type of scheduled eating was practiced by our ancestors, since they did not have the frequent access to food that we have now.


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Have you tried acupuncture yet?

Have you tried acupuncture yet? | SELF HEALTH |


Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that has been practiced for thousands of years. Yet it has only been in the last few decades that it has started to gain a presence in the United States. And while there is still a relatively small number of American adults who visit acupuncturists — about 1.4% of adults make an appointment each year — alternative practices such as this are fast-becoming an accepted supplement to western medicine.


In recent years, thousands of physicians have started to incorporate acupuncture into their practices. Researchers have also followed the shifting tide, and every year, a number of new studies are published documenting acupuncture’s efficacy in treating everything from depression to fertility issues. Acupuncture is now even covered by many insurance policies as a viable option for treating pain.

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Why Flatulence Is Simply A Sign Your Bacteria Are Doing Their Job

Why Flatulence Is Simply A Sign Your Bacteria Are Doing Their Job | SELF HEALTH |

Farting. There, I said it.


Here at uBiome we often refer to the microbiome as the bacteria that live in and on your body, but according to a paper co-authored just last month by James Meadow, a former University of Oregon researcher, we really ought to add a third microbial environment to this – the space around the body.


You see, according to Meadow each of us is surrounded by a personal “cloud” of bacteria, at least some of which is generated in the form of flatulence.


And when you fart, your emissions contain a cocktail of different gases accompanied by a liberal side-order of gut bacteria.

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How to Use a Rowing Machine

How to Use a Rowing Machine | SELF HEALTH |
Your fear of the rower ends now. Hop on for a killer strength and cardio sweat session.


When you think about rowing, the first things that probably come to mind are prep school crew teams and Ivy League regattas—not a hardcore workout. And while strapping yourself into that boat-like contraption may be intimidating, there are plenty of reasons you should give it a go. 


For one, "rowing is a total-body workout that works 84 percent of the muscles in your body," explains Annie Mulgrew, certified fitness instructor and program director at City Row in New York City. There's a common misconception that it's all about upper-body strength, but it's really about pushing with your legs and engaging your core.

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6 Ways To Fight Inflammation

6 Ways To Fight Inflammation | SELF HEALTH |
Inflammation, or your body's response to injury or infection, has been associated with arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer. So what can you do to fight it? Exercise, finds a new study the first objectively measured study published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science In Sports. In the study, nearly 5,000 men and women took a physical exam that measured their levels of the inflammation marker C-reactive protein (CRP), which is a recognized marker for cardiovascular disease. Adults who were physically active had 33% lower CRP levels than inactive adults.
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Inflamed and Untamed?? Beat the swelling with these quick tips on taming inflammation.

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Mediterranean Diet: 4 Incredible Facts to Know

Mediterranean Diet: 4 Incredible Facts to Know | SELF HEALTH |
The Mediterranean diet offers many benefits to personal health as well as our environment. It is a lifestyle that enhances the quality of our lives.


While I usually maintain a very healthy eating regime (organic whenever possible, superfoods, and I steer clear  of gluten, dairy and sugar cane), I vowed to adopt a Mediterranean diet once back in the United States. I say “adopt” because the Mediterranean diet is not a diet in the traditional sense at all, but more of a lifestyle.


Traditionally characterized by vegetables, legumes, fruit, nuts, seeds, olive, and lots of extra virgin olive oil, and fish, this way of eating not only involves a low consumption of processed food, processed carbohydrates, sweets, chocolate, and red meat, but a state of being. The atmosphere and mind set are equally important. People enjoy long relaxed meals instead of fast food, warm climate, a sea breeze full of negative ions, and blue skies full of potential with stupendous clouds, worthy of Instagram. The pace of life in the region differs considerably from the ‘western world.’

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How to Finally Start Working Out (Even If You Hate It)

How to Finally Start Working Out (Even If You Hate It) | SELF HEALTH |
Hating exercise isn’t the same as being lazy. Exercise motivation is a complicated subject, but if getting off the couch is the hardest part for you, we’ve got you covered. Here’s how to finally start working out, no matter how much you might hate it.


There is actually evidence to suggest that your innate enjoyment from exercise may be determined by your genes. Relatively recent research from The Journal of Physiology selectively bred mice based on their predisposition to exercise. After a few generations of breeding (or shall we say inbreeding like Lannisters), brain activity showed that one group of mice found exercise to be rewarding—and thus voluntarily exercised more—while the other group did not.

Ellen Diane's curator insight, September 10, 11:09 AM

thanks- my job is to motivate:)

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The Key to a Healthy Brain Is a Healthy Digestive System

The Key to a Healthy Brain Is a Healthy Digestive System | SELF HEALTH |
Scientists are becoming increasingly certain that all the stuff we put through our digestive system is making a major impact on our state of mind. 


The basic gist: There's a keen physiological link between the brain and digestive system. Here's how Dr. Helene M. Savignac, an expert in neuropsychology, cognitive, and behavioral science, explains it:

“Scientists are now revealing that there is a strong link between what happens in the gut and the brain. The bacteria that reside in the gut appear to play an important role and are able to communicate with the central nervous system notably through neural, endocrine, and immune pathways. By influencing the balance and types of bacteria present, studies show that it may be possible to lower stress, [and] affect cognition/brain processes and mood.” 

Ellen Diane's curator insight, September 6, 8:19 AM

thank you Pat- We are what we eat;)) the old adage still rings true;)

Donovan Baldwin's curator insight, September 6, 10:32 AM

What you put into your body not only "becomes" you, in the sense of repairing and making tissue, but, also defines you.

Life is about choices, and, the choice to put good food in your body says that you are already not only thinking about being healthy, but, are willing to do what is necessary.

While the article tends to deal with the internal workings of the body as they relate to health, and are influenced by the types of food made available to the body. The types of food will determine the basic makeup of the body, and, provide the "quality" of building materials, energy, and total function.

GIGO, or, garbage in, garbage out, is a well known phrase in our modern, computer driven world, but, it applies here as well.

Learn more about the various vitamins and minerals, what they can do for your body, and, what a vitamin deficiency can do as well at

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Top 5 Reasons To Do More High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

Top 5 Reasons To Do More High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) | SELF HEALTH |
HIIT workouts are more effective in less time. High-intensity interval training revs your metabolism and helps you burn post-workout calories!

High-intensity interval training (also known as HIIT): You’ve been hearing about it everywhere but you still don’t understand what’s so great about it. Maybe you think it’s only for uber-athletes (false), maybe you think you’re better off sticking to your tried-and-true steady cardio routine (nope), or maybe you just don’t know enough about HIIT yet to know what to think. Here are the top 5 reasons to do more HIIT.

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5 outdoor exercises to tone your body

5 outdoor exercises to tone your body | SELF HEALTH |
Don't have the time or money to join a gym? That's okay, because exercising outdoors is the new big thing.


On the ground
Squats are a great way to strengthen your thighs and buttocks. Start in a standing position, with shoulders broad and back straight, feet at waist width and toes aiming slightly towards the outside. With your body weight on your heels, bend your knees and lower your body, making sure your knees do not pass your toes, until your legs form a 90-degree angle. Do five sets of 10 reps with a 30-second rest in between.

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6 Foods that Naturally improve the Health of your Eyes

6 Foods that Naturally improve the Health of your Eyes | SELF HEALTH |

"One of the most vital and delicate organs in our body is our eyes – it’s a scary prospect to think about losing your vision."

Typically, a lot of the natural degenerative processes in relation to the eyes are irreversible. But there are some important things we can do to maintain eye health and avoid problems down the road. As with a lot of common health issues, your diet and nutrition are essential steps to preventing future problems.


So, here are the foods you’ll want to focus on if you’re interested in improving the health and functioning of your eyes.

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4 Ways to Use a Foam Roller for Full-Body Relief

4 Ways to Use a Foam Roller for Full-Body Relief | SELF HEALTH |

"You know that feeling you get after a massage? Your body is better aligned, your muscles are looser, your mind is clearer? You can get that same feeling on your own with a foam roller."


Foam rollers, slightly soft cylinders of foam that are typically 36 inches long and six inches in diameter, are the go-to tool for self-massage. And we’re not just talking about athletes who need to iron out post-exercise kinks. Rolling is for everyone: It “allows the body to release long-held tension and improve ailments such as chronic pain, joint compression, posture, digestion, sleep problems, stress, and anxiety,” says Sue Hitzmann, creator of the Melt Method, a foam rolling technique taught in gyms and fitness studios across the country.

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How Alkaline Foods Can Save Your Life

How Alkaline Foods Can Save Your Life | SELF HEALTH |

Would you like to know how alkaline foods can save your life and possibly prevent terminal and chronic diseases? Acidic foods are slowly, or not so slowly deteriorating your health right now. In fact the could be setting the perfect environment for chronic inflammation or cancer cells to grow.


The more you are concerned with having a healthy ageless body as part of your ageless lifestyle after 50, the more you will want to educate yourself on the power of alkaline foods. As you change your eating habits and move toward healthier eating and more vegan dishes you’ll notice that most of those foods are alkaline.

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Say Goodbye To Cellulite and Improve Your Lymphatic System With This Easy And Effective Technique

Say Goodbye To Cellulite and Improve Your Lymphatic System With This Easy And Effective Technique | SELF HEALTH |
Want to get rid of cellulite? Have silky, drool worthy, smooth skin? A firm and tone badonkadonk? The JLO glow? Of course ya do. Not only can dry body brushing help you with all of this, but it also increases lymphatic drainage and boosts your lymphatic system which will do wonders for your skin and internal health.
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Post-Exercise Dos And Don’ts

Post-Exercise Dos And Don’ts | SELF HEALTH |

Want to truly see and feel the physical benefits of your gym session? Swap your post-work-out beer for a buck’s fizz and sweatpants for Lycra


Forr many of us, exercise is a quid-pro-quo contract we enter into with ourselves. Had a big blowout dinner? Better do a spin class the next day to work it off. Been for an early-morning run? That fry-up breakfast has got your name on it. Just played an hour’s five-a-side football? Sounds as if you’ve earned yourself a couple of guilt-free post-match beers. 

You can have your cake and eat it – so long as you burn it off afterwards. If the exercise equalises the excess, you shouldn’t put on weight or keel over from over-indulgence. That’s the theory, anyway, and it sounds like a vaguely healthy, sort-of-balanced and broadly logical one.

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Do You Really Need to Drink More Water?

Do You Really Need to Drink More Water? | SELF HEALTH |
You can eat well and exercise, but to round out your identity as a Person Who Makes Healthy Choices you may feel like you need to drain a large water bottle a few times a day. The benefits of chugging H2O are myriad and legendary, but are they real?


It seems every week somebody is proposing a new gadget or app to track how much water you drink (and prod you to drink more). Maxing out your water intake is a simple and actionable thing to do, but we know that focusing on small easy changes can backfire if they’re a distraction from the meaningful improvements you want to make in your life.

Carlos Silva's curator insight, October 7, 11:06 AM

añada su visión ...

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Watered Down??

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Clean Eating and Weight Loss: What You Need To Know

Clean Eating and Weight Loss: What You Need To Know | SELF HEALTH |
There are so many opinions when it comes to clean eating. We break it down for you with a few important and key points. Such as should protein be cut out?


When it comes to diet and fitness, one of the most popular terms you hear is eating “clean.” 

This term means more than just washing off your fruits and veggies.

Clean eating means you’re supplying your body with nutritious, healthy foods in order to keep vitamins and minerals in your body. And doing this is obviously healthy. After all, you’re giving your body exactly what it needs.

However, this isn’t a for sure way to building muscle or even to lose fat. In fact, you could eat only clean foods your entire life and still have that skinny fat look, with minimal muscles.

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Creative Ways To Add Exercise Into Your Daily Life

Creative Ways To Add Exercise Into Your Daily Life | SELF HEALTH |
Sometimes people are so against the word exercise. Well we tell you what are some interesting ways to switch up your exercise routine to get you motivated.


“Exercise kind of sucks.”


Is this something you find yourself saying on a regular basis? I mean, does anyone like exercising? We like how it makes us look, and how it makes us feel (sometimes), but do we honestly like spending hours sweating on the treadmill? Do we honestly like spending money on different fitness classes and gym memberships?


It’s the second biggest excuse for why people don’t exercise – because they don’t like it. The first excuse is that they don’t have time for it.

Eric Larson's curator insight, September 24, 11:01 AM

Critical for our health.

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Six Amazing Health Benefits of Eating Beets

Six Amazing Health Benefits of Eating Beets | SELF HEALTH |
Beets provide many health benefits -- beet roots help lower blood pressure, while beet greens may strengthen your immune system.


Beet This
FORGET FANCY fruits grown in remote rain forests: Turns out good
old beets are packed with nutrients that can help give athletes an added
edge. “Beets are high in nitrates, which can assist in speed and
performance,” says Jessica Crandall, a Denver-based dietitian and a
spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “Nitric oxide
can improve blood flow, reduce oxygen cost to exercise, enhance muscle
contractions, and help with glucose stability.” One study in the Journal of
the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found eating a 7-ounce serving of
cooked beets an hour before running can “acutely improve running

Eric Larson's curator insight, September 24, 10:59 AM

Beets have their health benefits.

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4 Exercises to Lift Your Boobs

4 Exercises to Lift Your Boobs | SELF HEALTH |
Nothing short of surgery or gaining body fat can actually increase the size of your breasts. As for making them look bigger, well, that's why the chunk of change we spend on bras each year is larger than the GDP of Iceland. Push-ups and padding aren't your only options, though.


"Developing the muscles underneath your breasts will enhance the look of your breasts and make them appear larger," says Jen Comas Keck, a certified personal trainer and former figure competitor. Let's be honest: This workout won't turn A cups into Bs or beyond. But if—like most women—you rarely train your chest, then you're missing out on a natural way to add a little extra oomph. 


Shirely Knaga's curator insight, September 7, 1:44 PM

Good article on how to life your titos

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7 Ways to Beat Sugar Cravings

7 Ways to Beat Sugar Cravings | SELF HEALTH |
Simple and natural ways to beat sugar cravings with l-glutamine, b-vitamins, chromium, sleep, meal planning, protein & exercise.


Based on the number of candy bar commercials that exploit apparently insurmountable sugar cravings that can only be alleviated with the help of a candy bar… sugar cravings seem to be a big problem. After all, you aren’t yourself if you don’t eat a packaged candy bar. (sarcasm)


Sugar cravings can certainly be a problem, and many people struggle with them. With a modern lifestyle that often includes processed foods, irregular sleep schedules, artificial light and lack of movement, hormone imbalance is a growing problem and cravings are a growing symptom.

Marty Roddy's curator insight, September 3, 2:45 PM

Reading at 2 in afternoon.

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5 Ways To Hack Your Testosterone Levels

5 Ways To Hack Your Testosterone Levels | SELF HEALTH |
Combatting declining testosterone is easier than you think.

Testosterone does a lot of good stuff for you. It helps you burn fat and build muscle, increases sex drive, and keeps your cardiovascular system healthy. It also improves mood, according to several recent studies. 


It’s more important than ever to keep your testosterone up these days. The average testosterone level of American men has decreased dramatically over the past 30 years, by an average of 1% a year. It appears that the modern world is rough on us men. 

Fortunately, there are ways to combat declining testosterone. Here are 5 hacks to boost your testosterone naturally.

Warren Broad's curator insight, August 31, 9:40 AM

Once again another article that points to exercise as the way to increase highly important and beneficial chemicals in the body. 
If you have a mindset issue that is keeping you from getting the exercise you need working with an accountability partner or coach  is essential. Hypnosis and meditation is also a great way to keep the drive required to make sure you stay motivated. Get motivated and get moving!
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Age Is Irrelevant When It Comes to Fitness

Age Is Irrelevant When It Comes to Fitness | SELF HEALTH |
Want to continue to crush well into your 80s? Here’s how.


Last February, 59-year-old Ned Overend, aka “The Lung,” aka “Deadly Nedly,” won the first National Fatbike Championships, held in Ogden, Utah. Fat Bike Nats isn’t exactly the Tour de France, but it’s no charity ride, either. Overend had to compete against a field of much younger pros, including former national mountain bike champion Travis Brown, 46, on a tough 19-mile course.


It’s tempting to dismiss Overend as a genetic freak, an outlier who defies comparison with the rest of us. He has dominated nearly every sport he’s entered since the early ’90s, from cross-country mountain bike racing to off-road triathlon. But even among the genetically gifted—and many elite athletes are—Overend is unique in his competitive longevity. Which is the reason he’s also one of the dozen or so athletes spotlighted in Joe Friel’s latest book, Fast After 50 (Velo Press), part of a growing library devoted to salt-and-pepper chargers past (and occasionally well past) the half-century mark.

Ricardo Tubino's curator insight, August 31, 12:37 PM

As a Physical Therapist dealing with multiple patients over 60, it is obvious to me that lifestyle has  much to do with how active you will remain into your later years. Active lifestyle leads to fit seniors. And it also my experience that  it is never really too late.

Julianna Bonola's curator insight, September 2, 1:52 AM

Ah ha! So being older can actually be to our advantage - all we have to do is 'do' whatever it is we do, diligently to get great long term results.  Of course that we have more time to 'do' once we retire is the key.  So don't just sit there, get up and 'do' something for your health.

UCanRow2's curator insight, September 13, 9:16 PM

Our UCanRow2 workouts are designed to achieve exactly what they're talking about here, using the rowing machine and SkiErg to get the heart rate high.  "Friel believes the key lies in intensity—that is, consistently jacking your heart rate into the upper echelons of its potential peak ... all those intervals you did in college? You never should have stopped. If anything, they become more vital as you get older."


Go ahead, steal one of our workouts:

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How Setting Intentions Can Revolutionize Your Workout

How Setting Intentions Can Revolutionize Your Workout | SELF HEALTH |

"If you find yourself dreading an activity that you once looked forward to, here's how to get back that feel-good motivation that inspired you to move in the first place."


Right from the first step, I could tell today’s run wasn’t going to be easy. My limbs were heavy and my mood was as gloomy as the overcast skies above. Pulling off my planned 90-minute interval run seemed like an impossible task.


“You’re so lazy. What’s wrong with you?” I thought. Feeling defeated, I eased my jog down to a walk. Thoughts of next month’s race did nothing to motivate me. I just didn’t care. No vision of my future running greatness could get my legs moving.

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Is This Weird Vegetable Part Going To Be The Next Kale?

Is This Weird Vegetable Part Going To Be The Next Kale? | SELF HEALTH |

Introducing the BroccoLeaf, a waste part of broccoli repackaged for your superfood consuming convenience.


People started predicting peak kale in 2012. The number of farms growing the leafy green had more than doubled; Bon Appetit named it the Year of Kale. But we keep eating more. Sales went up another 31% last year. Peak Kale is nowhere in sight. But Big Produce is not resting on its kale laurels. Instead, it's on a quest: Creating the next kale.

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Your Ultimate Guide to Leafy Greens

Your Ultimate Guide to Leafy Greens | SELF HEALTH |
Once you experience all the different ways that greens can be delicious, no one will ever have to remind you to eat your greens again. There was a time when the only greens I ate were lettuce and even then, only iceberg and romaine. Later, I came to like spinach. To me, everything else looked like it was spewed out of a lawn mower. Boy, did that change. Today I eat all kinds of leafy greens; in fact, they happen to be my favorite veggies. Good for me because leafy greens are packed with vitamins A, B, C, E and K, minerals like magnesium, iron and calcium, and a bunch of flavonoids and phytochemicals. Greens benefit our health in so many ways including strengthening our immune system, cancer prevention, lowering cholesterol, and improved blood circulation. Find out about the 5 Health Ailments That Can be Treated by Eating More Greens.
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Eric Larson's curator insight, August 5, 11:00 AM

I enjoy my greens.

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ELANVEDA's curator insight, August 14, 9:13 PM

Why not harvest some great greens fresh from the garden this time of year!??!!!