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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 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.

Functional Family Medicine's curator insight, April 22, 1:15 PM

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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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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Why Grass-Fed Butter Is Really Good For You (Infographic)

Why Grass-Fed Butter Is Really Good For You (Infographic) | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it

Butter, in its true form, is rich in fat-soluble vitamins, healthy saturated fats and fatty acids. However, not all butter is created equal.

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An Unexpected Exercise That Targets Belly Fat

An Unexpected Exercise That Targets Belly Fat | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
By now, you probably know that upping the ante on your core workouts won't unveil the six-pack abs of your dreams. It's simply impossible to reduce body fat in a specific area, no matter how much you curse that little something extra around your middle.

However, that doesn't mean that strength training doesn't have a benefit for that belly. In a new study, Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers found that men who completed 20 minutes of weight training a day saw a smaller increase in belly fat than men who spent the same amount of time sweating it out in a cardio workout.
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Neuroscience: How to Become Immune to Stress

Neuroscience: How to Become Immune to Stress | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it

Most people intuitively understand that exercise can improve your mood, but it was only last week that scientists figured out how it works. Their findings are of enormous importance to everybody who experiences stress at work.

According to a recent article in the New York Times, exercising causes your muscles to release a set of chemicals that block other chemicals the body releases in response to frequent stress.

In other words, constant stress brings you down, but consistent exercise lifts you up.

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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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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.

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The Most Important Thing You Can Do In The New Year To Lose Weight, Get Sharper And Live Longer

The Most Important Thing You Can Do In The New Year To Lose Weight, Get Sharper And Live Longer | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
Everyone wants to start the new year off on the right foot. But, as many of us know all too well, the best New Year's intentions to get fit, lose weight, eat more nutritiously, stress less and save more money can easily fall to the wayside. (And often do, considering only about 8 percent of people successfully achieve their resolutions, according to University of Scranton Research, Forbes reported.)

However, it could be that the reason all your other resolutions are failing -- and the reason you're having trouble making sound food choices or keeping weight off to begin with -- is you're ignoring a simple yet powerful component of total health: sleep.
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Squats for Dummies 101

Squats for Dummies 101 | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
Squats are often referred to as the King Shit of leg and ass exercises – they do not have a fancy name or take a lot to master – they are simple and basic but also are, what a lot of us in the fitness industry can attest to, the best exercise for building your lower body to where you want it. Along with looking FABULOUS, they also help to improve your balance and your bone density!

Once mastered this move is easy. That being said it does require you to focus because it can move from good to bad in seconds of losing your form, and can hence cause terrible injuries. Note that its best to get the technique and form mastered with light or no weight before adding heavy weights.
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In Defense Of Leg Day

In Defense Of Leg Day | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
“Never skip leg day” is a long-standing inside joke among trainers. Image-search this meme and you will be bombarded with photos of large, muscularly developed upper bodies atop thin, spindly legs.

“Many people focus on the ‘vanity muscles’ at the front and top of your body, the muscles you can see,” explains Justin Jacobs, Tier 4 manager at Equinox TriBeCa. And oftentimes this is achieved by dedicating entire sessions to one particular (vanity) muscle group. "Split routines—chest Mondays, back Tuesdays, and so on—were created for bodybuilders who spent 1-2 hours a day in the gym, 5-6 days a week," explains Jacobs. "For most of us, this isn’t realistic, and so this routine may not be the best choice. Additionally, a true bodybuilding split would always include at least one leg day. Somehow this often gets lost in translation,” says Jacobs.
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