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Boost Your Opportunities for Happiness

Happiness improves health. The effect of happiness on longevity is comparable to the benefits of not smoking. Happiness does not extend the length of life in seriously ill people but it increases longevity in healthy individuals.

Genuine happiness can protect us from some of the detrimental effects that the sympathetic nervous system and stress, in general, have on our cardiovascular system.

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Six Weight Loss Tips: What Your Doctor Probably Won’t Tell You

You hear a lot about weight loss. Low carbs, plant-based, Keto, and exercise! Here are some tips that often get overlooked in the discussion!

Cultivate Regular Schedule for Meals, Bedtime, Rising

Disturbed circadian rhythms may encourage obesity and discourage appropriate weight loss.  Your metabolism works better when it is in synch with your body clocks. Light and dark signals control these circadian rhythms. Circadian rhythms help to influence compounds from your gut bacteria. These biorhythms affect your liver’s metabolism and how your body stores fat. Friendly gut flora or bacteria increase production of energy from the food. In contrast, unfriendly gut bacteria cause subclinical inflammation seen in metabolic disorders such as obesity and diabetes. Upset body clocks also increase the risk for complications that result from obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

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Citrus: Brain Boosters and Mood Enhancers

Flavonoids, such as those found in citrus and kiwi, have been shown to be highly effective in preventing age-related cognitive decline in both animals and humans.Besides protecting brain cells from free radical damage, they provide multiple ways of protecting brain cells from inflammatory assaults commonly seen in Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Kiwifruit contains several useful compounds that promote sleep.

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Stories of Hope: The Case of Confused Labels

Perhaps you have heard the story, but I want to give it a different slant with a new and (I hope) inspiring story. When Thomas Edison was a boy, his teacher sent his mom a letter informing her that since her son was addled (mentally retarded), there was no further need of him attending school. When young Thomas queried his mother about the letter, she replied that the teacher wrote that since her son was a genius; it was beyond their capacity to teach Thomas. Years later as he was sorting through his deceased mother’s belongings, the world- renowned inventor found that letter.

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Coconut Ice Cream

This recipe makes a very creamy textured ice cream that is guaranteed to please anyone!

1 can coconut milk (or use 3 cups soy milk instead and omit the 1 cup water)
1 cup water
½ cup raw cashew nuts

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Mental Strategies for Overcoming Anxiety

You don’t have to get stuck in your anxiety. Change the way you think and tackle your anxiety with four easy steps.

Anxiety disorders are the most common form of mental disease in the United States. In 2015 more than forty million Americans suffered from some form of anxiety disorder. Worldwide, one in thirteen individuals experiences an anxiety disorder.

The Brain in Anxiety

Unfortunately, anxiety disorders change the brain’s hierarchy. Ideally, the brain should govern from the top down. The anterior portion of the front brain (prefrontal cortex) should determine what is good and bad, and discern and define legitimate fears and concerns from ungrounded ones.

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