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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 | Scoop.it

"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.

 

Intermittent Fasting Infographic.

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5 Daily Habits to Improve Brain Growth

5 Daily Habits to Improve Brain Growth | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
FORGET CROSSWORD PUZZLES AND BRAIN-TRAINING APPS. TRY THESE DAILY PRACTICES TO TRULY GROW YOUR BRAIN.
BY LISA EVANS


We’d all love our brains to process information faster and have better memory recall. While you might think doing crossword puzzles, math puzzles like Sudoku, or brain-training apps will keep your brain in top shape, Dr. Jennifer Jones, a psychologist and expert in the science of success, says there’s no real proof that these can improve your mental acuity. She offers some daily practices that can truly grow

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Lung Power - Need more air? Deep breathing can help you run longer with less effort

Lung Power - Need more air? Deep breathing can help you run longer with less effort | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
Just before you crest a hill or reach the end of a speed interval, your lungs go into overdrive. Your breath becomes shallow and rapid. You think if only you could pull in more air, you could surge up that hill or maintain your pace. But the more your chest heaves, the more you struggle. You may even end up exhausted, bent over, gasping for air.

"Runners think about training their heart and legs, but they rarely think about training their lungs," says Mindy Solkin, owner and head coach of The Running Center in New York City. "A strong respiratory system can improve your running. It's a simple equation: Better breathing equals more oxygen for your muscles, and that equals more endurance."
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The Spine - How it Works, What Can Go Wrong and How To Make It Stronger.

The Spine - How it Works, What Can Go Wrong and How To Make It Stronger. | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
Our backs are amazing, complex structures.

The spine alone houses the spinal cord and nerves that control our every movement and process the sensations that allow us to connect with the world around us. It’s also part of a system that both absorbs and distributes force, such as lifting and carrying loads through our shoulders and arms, while our legs move us around.

In order to accomplish the many tasks it’s supposed to, the back has to be flexible enough to move in every direction, while remaining rigid enough to transfer heavy loads through our arms and legs, whether we are sitting, standing, or lying down.
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5 Habits for a Healthier Brain (and Life)

5 Habits for a Healthier Brain (and Life) | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
I started having seizures when I was around 5—the kind of seizures you see in the movies: fall-flat-on-the-ground-shaking-like-you’re-electrocuted-eyes-rolling-to-the-top-of-your-head seizures. These kind of seizures are now called tonic-clonic seizures, but when I was a little girl, they were called “grand mal” seizures, which means “the big bad.” Perhaps they changed the name because calling something “the big bad” isn’t very hopeful for patients. No one is really sure why I started to have them, but it made me curious at an early age to figure out how this mushy mass inside our skull works.
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Top 15 Anti-Inflammatory Foods

Top 15 Anti-Inflammatory Foods | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it

"In an anti-inflammatory diet, we primarily move away from the overly processed, unbalanced diets of the West and toward the ancient eating patterns of the Mediterranean."

 

When we look at the diseases that plague our society — arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) — we see that long-term lifestyle changes are needed. What might not be as obvious is the common denominator tied to all of them and more: inflammation is at the root of most diseases

By addressing the inflammation with anti-inflammatory foods, not only can the symptoms of these diseases be alleviated, but we could even see them cured.

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Eric Larson's curator insight, May 18, 1:49 PM

Sounds like a plan.

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8-Step Daily Routine for Hip Mobility

8-Step Daily Routine for Hip Mobility | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
Our hips and the muscles that surround them are the base for most of our movement.

They propel us in walking and going up stairs, as well as supporting us in kneeling and squatting. And in pretty much all sporting activities, good hip strength and flexibility is one of the keys to good performance.

Unfortunately, the necessities of daily life can make our hips less functional than we’d like. Sitting most of the day stiffens the hips and can make them weaker from prolonged positioning.
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Detox Your Mouth: 9 Holistic Treatments For Oral Health

Detox Your Mouth: 9 Holistic Treatments For Oral Health | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
Dirty mouth? Clean up your act with these 9 treatment ideas you may not have thought of...

WHILE YOU CANNOT feel, see, or even taste them, your mouth is the permanent residence of a multitude of microorganisms. These microorganisms are teeny, tiny bacteria – and, similar to those that live in your gut, can be both beneficial and harmful to our health. The beneficial bacteria, which are also known as probiotics, aid in the digestion of foods, and protect our teeth and gums from the bad bacteria, which can easily grow out of control. Bad bacteria is disease-causing and leads to an array of oral health conditions such as bad breath, gingivitis, periodontitis, cav

 

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Eric Larson's curator insight, May 18, 1:50 PM

Probiotics.

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Hormones 101: Everything You Need To Know With Dr. Sara Gottfried

Hormones 101: Everything You Need To Know With Dr. Sara Gottfried | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
Our March Guest Editor breaks down everything you every wanted to know about your metabolic hormones. All of them.

 

WE’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT hormones all month and, as we’ve said a few times now, hormones are not just about sex. They’re not just a system that goes crazy when you’re pregnant or that is depleted when you reach a certain age. We all have functioning hormones – a vital and complex system kept in balance by some of the most basic tenets of good health. 

 

This list below is from our March Guest Editor Dr. Sara Gottfried‘s new book The Hormone Reset Diet. Here Dr. Sara outlines each of the twelve metabolic hormones, how they function, and which aspects of our health they affect. We found this basic snapshot of our twelve hormones so useful, we wanted to share the excerpt. Read it through and share with your friends and family…

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Eric Larson's curator insight, April 1, 10:05 AM

We are what we eat.

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Hormones regulate every system in our bodies. There are multiple natural methods for keeping our hormone levels balanced including nutrition as well as #Bioidentical hormone therapy.

Eric Larson's curator insight, May 18, 1:51 PM

Hormones are more than just about sex.

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13 Hacks To Help You Give Up Soda For Good

13 Hacks To Help You Give Up Soda For Good | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it

By Amanda MacMillan You know soda's not exactly good for you -- but at the same time, it can be hard to resist. Its sweet taste, pleasant fizz and energizing jolt often seems like just what you need to wash down your dinner, get you through an afternoon slump or quench your thirst at the movies.

 

But the more soda you consume (regular or diet), the more hazardous your habit can become. And whether you're a six-pack-a-day drinker or an occasional soft-drink sipper, cutting back can likely have benefits for your weight and your overall health.

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Complete Guide to Perfect Teeth

Complete Guide to Perfect Teeth | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
Your teeth can tell you a lot about your health. From cardiovascular health to inflammation, your teeth and gums have a direct impact on certain organ systems. The reverse is also true, certain issues or symptoms you are experiencing systemically, can also be a sign that something is up with your teeth.

We often don’t relate the health of our teeth to the health of our overall body, but the reality is, we build up hundreds of bacteria on our teeth and gums on a daily basis simply by what we eat and drink. By not caring for this regularly, infection can occur, causing your immune system to go to work and attack the infection to keep it under control, before it becomes a serious issue.
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Eric Larson's curator insight, April 1, 10:06 AM

My mother has almost perfect teeth at 84

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You’re thinking about fitness all wrong

You’re thinking about fitness all wrong | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
It’s mid-January, and you may feel like a fitness failure.

Join the gym, find a yoga class or lose 10 pounds?

Not a chance.

Go from couch to 5K?

Still on the couch.

Achieve that feeling of euphoria your friends say they get after SoulCycle?

It’s still Greek to you.

Instead of calling it quits for the year, what if you resolved to change your mind-set about fitness?

In his book “How to Think About Exercise,” Australian philosopher Damon Young offers a foundation to fulfill that resolution. As part of the School of Life book series that had its U.S. release this month, Young uses philosophical inquiries to explain how we in the West came to think about exercise and fitness and how that way of thinking is a major barrier to being fit.
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13 Reasons To Start Lifting Weights

13 Reasons To Start Lifting Weights | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it

Maybe you're convinced you shouldn't lift weights because you prefer not looking like The Hulk. Maybe you figure you just wouldn't like it, since you're not one of those CrossFit types.

 

We hate to be confrontational about it, but frankly, you're wrong. Despite a prevalent allegiance to cardio machines for things like weight loss and overall health, strength training not only builds muscle but can prevent disease, improve mood and -- really! -- help you lose weight.

 

Here are 13 smart reasons to include a little work with the weights into your fitness repertoire.

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UCanRow2's curator insight, June 3, 9:17 AM

The best combo is intervals that include cardio and weights.  If indoor rowing or SkiErging are your thing, and we hope they are, we've got workouts for you here: http://ucanrow2.com/indoor-rowing-workouts/

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Why We Sign Up For Gym Memberships But Never Go To The Gym

Why We Sign Up For Gym Memberships But Never Go To The Gym | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
Gyms have built their business model around us not showing up. Gyms have way more members than they can actually accommodate. Low-priced gyms are the most extreme example of this. Planet Fitness, which charges between $10 and $20 per month, has, on average, 6,500 members per gym. Most of its gyms can hold around 300 people. Planet Fitness can do this because it knows that members won't show up. After all, if everyone who had a gym membership showed up at the gym, it would be Thunderdome. If you are not going to the gym, you are actually the gym's best custom
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Donovan Baldwin's curator insight, January 4, 7:37 AM

For the $10 a month mentioned in the article, for 10 months, you can buy a set of adjustable dumbbells and a good exercise bench that will last for years and allow you to do all the strength training you need at home. For cardio, open your door and take a walk...or get a pound puppy to force you out the door. Learn more about dumbbell weight training at http://nodiet4me.com/exercise/dumbbell_weight_training/index.html .

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8 Proven Colloidal Silver Benefits and Uses

8 Proven Colloidal Silver Benefits and Uses | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
If you haven’t heard of colloidal silver, you will soon enough if you’re on the lookout for alternative therapies to common health issues, such as a sinus infection or a cold.

Most health food stores and pharmacies stock several brands of colloidal silver, and, of course, you can find a find a vast amount of information about colloidal silver benefits on the Internet. Unfortunately, the information out there is confusing as many sources have conflicting opinions.
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What is Adrenal Fatigue and Do I Have It?

What is Adrenal Fatigue and Do I Have It? | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
Considered the “stress syndrome” of the 20th century, adrenal fatigue is still an under-diagnosed and little understood condition. More people than ever before are battling with chronically depleted adrenal glands, yet it is unrecognized by most doctors.

Perhaps you have struggled for a long time with always being tired, for reasons you just can’t quite understand. Maybe several years of stressful circumstance after stressful circumstance have left you frequently sick, irritable, worn out or depressed. You might have pushed yourself physically too hard for too long, and found yourself suddenly unable to push anymore, your reserves completely drained.
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How the fitness industry turns people off exercise

How the fitness industry turns people off exercise | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
"You'll never have sex again if you look like that!" screamed the personal trainer. His abuse was targeted at a woman who had made the mistake of entrusting him to help her exercise.

This story came from a client of clinical psychologist Louise Adams. "She was in pieces after that comment. It took her weeks to recover," Adams says.

This anecdote is just one of many examples that confirmed what Adams, who runs a weight management clinic, has long suspected. People don't avoid exercise because they don't like exercising. They avoid it because they don't like their bodies - and they fear the way other people will judge their bodies. 
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The Best Foods for Your Brain (And Why We Might Owe Fat an Apology)

The Best Foods for Your Brain (And Why We Might Owe Fat an Apology) | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
Believe it or not, eating fat is essential for short- and long- term brain health. Here's the real deal on how fat benefits our brains, which types of fat are best, and the best foods to eat for the most brain-boosting benefits.

 

Fat: What was once the ugly stepchild of the dietary world is now being heralded as the savior of humankind. Okay, so maybe that’s taking things a little too far. But fat does offer great benefits for our bodies—and our minds. Read on to learn how to make fat work for your brain.

 
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Eric Larson's curator insight, May 18, 1:48 PM

Fat for the brain???

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Acupuncture and Pain: Magic or Science?

Acupuncture and Pain: Magic or Science? | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
Acupuncture helps to improve blood flow, increases range of motion through connective tissue mobility, and affects pain perception in the brain.

 

It is important for the future of integrative medicine to demystify acupuncture, and start discussing its physiological properties in a way that the modern person with a basic understanding of human anatomy and physiology can understand. Acupuncture often gets lumped into a general category of “Energy Medicine”, which for some, equates to non-scientific woo-woo therapies that must operate through placebo effect...

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35 Awesome Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar

35 Awesome Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it

Apple cider vinegar is truly one of the most versatile & useful household items. From aiding digestion to adding sparkle & shine to your home, there's little this wonder substance can't do.

 

One can benefit from having in their homes at all times. It is truly one of the most versatile and useful household items you can have. From aiding digestion, healing skin issues to adding sparkle and shine to your home without the need for chemicals, there is very little this wonder substance cannot do.

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Ron Collins's curator insight, May 3, 12:38 PM

Apple cider vingegar a must have for better health.

Eric Larson's curator insight, May 18, 1:50 PM

Wow!! Didn't know this.

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5 Simple Steps to Living a Healthy Life

5 Simple Steps to Living a Healthy Life | SELF HEALTH | 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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Donovan Baldwin's curator insight, April 13, 9:53 AM

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/ .

Functional Family Medicine'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.

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Cardio vs. Weightlifting: How To Use Both To Reach Your Summer Body Goal.

Cardio vs. Weightlifting: How To Use Both To Reach Your Summer Body Goal. | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
Summer is right around the corner, which means your gym is probably packed to the gills with people who put off their New Year’s resolution until the weather got a little warmer. As you get your own beach body ready for the warm summer months, you may be wondering where you should place the majority of your focus: cardio or weightlifting. Before you decide which type of activity your workout routine will emphasize, it's best to know how much goes into this decision.
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Eric Larson's curator insight, April 1, 10:05 AM

Good ideas?

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Animal Flow - A Bodyweight Training System.

Animal Flow - A Bodyweight Training System. | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it

Animal Flow is a great example of a bodyweight training program that draws from many disciplines, to address strength, flexibility, and body control.

 

Beautiful, fluid movement comes from a foundation of strength, flexibility, and body control, combined with a playful exploration of what your body can do.

 

Mike Fitch is a great example of someone who has built up those foundational elements through years of training in various movement styles. His program, Animal Flow, is a movement system designed to help people improve strength, flexibility, body control, and coordination. These movements and transitions fit together in a way that emphasizes artistic, fluid practice in an easily understood package.

 

In this post, we’ll take a look at what Animal Flow is all about, and how it complement your training to help you move better.

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Guide to Losing Fat While Building Muscle

Guide to Losing Fat While Building Muscle | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
Is it possible to burn fat and build muscle at the same time? This post explores the truth behind a very common question asked by the fitness community.

 

When it comes to fitness goals, most of us want to build muscle lose fat and look great. 

It’s a common theory that you can’t build muscle while burning fat, or that you cannot do both optimally at the same time. Really this depends on the person, how you train and how you eat. Today, we’ll look adjusting your workouts and eating for your specific goals and key in on how to lose fat and gain muscle.

 

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Top 10 Fundamental Bodyweight Exercises

Top 10 Fundamental Bodyweight Exercises | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it

Top Ten Fundamental Bodyweight Exercises to Get Strong, Flexible, and Coordinated.

There are countless bodyweight exercises to choose from. While they may all have a specific value, in general some are better than others. The sometimes overwhelming variety of exercises is why people ask questions like,

If you could only choose one (or two or three) exercises to do, what would they be?

This question has been posted in every fitness forum or group dozens of times, and while I don’t think you should limit yourself to one or two exercises, it can be valuable to analyze which exercises are the best use of your time to meet your goals. It’s good to be able to pare down the fluff and concentrate on what will really make you better.

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Coffee and Tea May Protect the Brain

Coffee and Tea May Protect the Brain | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
Daily drinkers have lower rates of depression and cognitive decline

 

Coffee and tea may do more than just jolt you awake—they could also help keep your brain healthy, according to a slew of recent studies. Researchers have linked these beverages with protection from depression, Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease.

 

 

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Donovan Baldwin's curator insight, January 8, 9:34 AM

Ah. Vindication at last....


Seriously, add some exercise into the mix and keep your mind active and your social interactions happening...

Eric Larson's curator insight, April 1, 10:07 AM

Do you need this? Maybe we all do.