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5 Habits Promote Longer Life

5 Habits Promote Longer Life

5 Habits Promote Longer LifeThe habits are not that hard and the longer life also promises higher quality. Unfortunately, so many Americans and others worldwide miss out on the opportunity for longer and more satisfying lives.

Unlike many items in the news there is no controversy that these 5 habits promote longer life. There is only controversy in how we pay for them and how we make healthy lifestyle choices available. Right now, we prefer to react to sickness instead of promoting prevention or addressing illness holistically. Change is in the air and we are glad to help!

Americans could add years to their lives with just a handful of healthy habits, a large, new study suggests.

Right now, the typical 50-year-old American can expect to live another 30 to 33 years, according to government statistics. But based on the new study, those who maintain five lifestyle habits could add roughly a decade to that life expectancy.

The key factors include the usual suspects: not smoking; eating healthy; exercising regularly; maintaining a normal weight; and drinking only in moderation.

But researchers said the new findings put those lifestyle choices in a different perspective.”

Our findings have significant public health implications, because they demonstrate the great potential of diet and lifestyle changes in improving life expectancy,” said senior researcher Dr. Frank Hu. He is chair of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, a spokesperson for the American Heart Association, agreed.

“These five things can empower every one of us to make a huge difference,” she said.The habits are also realistic, Steinbaum noted. For example, moderate exercise — such as brisk walking for 30 minutes a day — was enough.

“That isn’t a crazy amount of exercise,” Steinbaum said. “It doesn’t require you to join a gym.”

For the original article see: 5 habits that could help you live 10 years longer – CBS News

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Holistic mental health treatments can help, advocates say

Holistic Mental Health Treatments

Holistic mental health treatments

It is heartening to see that the stigma surrounding mental illness continues to dissipate and that there is more growing interest in holistic approaches to help those who suffer from mental illness. Holistic mental health treatments include a number of therapeutic approaches that do not promote pharmaceuticals. As the article points out, pharmaceuticals certainly have their place but it is a very individual decision.

While access to mental health medications abounds and that availability has helped break the stigma surrounding mental health care,

some patients are seeking out non-pharmaceutical approaches to mental health management — either with or without supplemental medication.

Mental health practitioners refer to these approaches as holistic, or integrative. They look beyond the diagnosis to other factors in a patient’s life, from relationship strength to diet, to form lifestyle changes for the better.

John Stiteler, the owner of Total Health Guidance in Orlando, says positive mental health takes practical and behavioral approaches.

“Medication can be part of that practical part, but it takes a much bigger outlook to really treat a patient holistically,” Stiteler said.

A doctor of naturopathic psychology, Stiteler and his staff analyze many angles of a patient’s life to discover what items may be causing issues in other areas.

“Often we see people dealing with the four big D’s — divorce, debt, depression, diabetes. We don’t just treat the most obvious thing because they are all related,” Stiteler said.

The practice offers services like acupuncture and detox massage, nutritional advice, relapse prevention and counseling.“We are by no means opposed to medication. In some cases, it’s needed. We try to educate and make medication a bridge and not a crutch,” Stiteler said.

For more please read: Holistic mental-health treatments can help, advocates say – Orlando Sentinel

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Eating the right kind of dark chocolate will improve your life

Dark Chocolate Improves Life

dark chocolate improves lifeIn the Perry household there is a 3 to 1 majority for dark chocolate… Mom is the holdout for milk chocolate. There are times when Science becomes our best friend. Recent research into how dark chocolate improves life is one of those times. For perhaps one of few times, Mom’s taste buds did not steer her the right way!

Scientists are finally confirming what dark chocolate lovers already knew — the sweet treats reduce stress and improve mood.

What the dessert food’s devotees might not have predicted, however, is that dark chocolate also shrinks inflammation while strengthening memory and the immune system, according to a new study from Loma Linda University.

These select types of dark chocolate are only truly beneficial if they’re rich in cacao — made with at least 70% — and made with organic cane sugar, according to the research presented Tuesday at the Experimental Biology 2018 summit in San Diego.

“For years, we have looked at the influence of dark chocolate on neurological functions from the standpoint of sugar content — the more sugar, the happier we are,” lead author, psychoneuroimmunology and food science researcher Lee S. Berk said in a release. “These studies show us that the higher the concentration of cacao, the more positive the impact on cognition, memory, mood, immunity and other beneficial effects.”

For the entire article see: Eating the right kind of dark chocolate will improve your life – NY Daily News

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Biphasic sleep: Should you sleep in two shifts?

Biphasic Sleep

Biphasic SleepWaking up in the middle of the night has always seemed like a special punishment.. something Dad might do when William left his shoes at the kitchen table. However, biphasic sleep (or splitting sleep into two sessions) might be just be part of how humans have adapted.

Segmented sleep—also known as broken sleep or biphasic sleep—worked like this:

  • First sleep or dead sleep began around dusk, lasting for three to four hours.
  • People woke up around midnight for a few hours of activity sometimes called “the watching.” They used it for things like praying, chopping wood, socializing with neighbors, and for sex. A 1500s character in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales posited that the lower classes had more children because they used the waking period for procreation. In fact, some doctors recommended it for making babies. Ekirch found a doctor’s reference from 16th century France that said the best time to conceive was not upon first going to bed, but after a restful first sleep, when it was likely to lead to “more enjoyment” and when lovers were more likely to “do it better.”
  • “Second sleep,” or morning sleep, began after the waking period and lasted until morning.Why and when it ended

Given that we spend a third of our lives in slumber, it is odd that so little is known about our early sleep habits, though Ekirch says that writings prove people slept that way for thousands of years. If for no other reason, someone had to wake in the middle of the night to tend to fires and stoves.

Author Craig Koslofsky suggests in Evening’s Empire that before the 18th century, the wee hours beyond the home were the domain of the disreputable, and so the watching was all the nighttime activity anyone wanted. With the advent of modern lighting, though, there was an explosion in all manner of nighttime activity, and it ultimately left people exhausted. Staying up all night and sleepwalking through the day came to be viewed as distastefully self-indulgent, as noted in this advice for parents from an 1825 medical journal found by Ekirch: “If no disease or accident there intervene, they will need no further repose than that obtained in their first sleep, which custom will have caused to terminate by itself just at the usual hour. And then, if they turn upon their ear to take a second nap, they will be taught to look upon it as an intemperance not at all redounding to their credit.” Coupled with the desire for efficiency promoted by industrialization, the watch was increasingly considered a pointless disruption of much-needed rest.

For more please see: Biphasic sleep: Should you sleep in two shifts? | Big Think

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Artificial Sweeteners Are Bad — Linked to Diabetes, Obesity

Artificial Sweeteners Are Bad

Artificial Sweeteners Are BadA recent study has linked artificial sweeteners to diabetes and obesity… they conditions these sweeteners are supposed to eliminate. The Perry household has had its own experience with artificial sweeteners… none of it good. Not even the taste. We have found that a smidge of honey, a pinch of brown sugar, or unsweetened apple sauce are great substitutes for the… ummm… substitutes. Not only do artificial sweeteners fail to keep us slim, they actually contribute to diabetes and obesity. It’s simple… artificial sweeteners are bad.

A new study presented Sunday at the 2018 Experimental Biology meeting examined the biochemical effects of artificial sweeteners in rats and cell cultures. Researchers fed one group of rats a diet high in glucose or fructose, different types of sugars, and another group a diet with aspartame or acesulfame potassium, common zero-calorie artificial sweeteners. After three weeks, researchers observed “significant differences in the concentrations of biochemicals, fats and amino acids in blood samples,” according to a press release.

The study also examined how artificial sweeteners affected vascular health by looking at how they impacted the lining of the blood vessels.”

As diabetes and obesity become a rising worldwide health concern there has been an increased awareness of environmental factors, such as diet, that are contributing to the problem,” the study says. “However, it was not until recently that the negative impact of consuming non-caloric artificial sweeteners in the place of sugar had been increasingly recognized as a potential contributor to the dramatic increase in diabetes and obesity, along with the associated complications.”The results of the study suggest artificial sweeteners alter how bodies process fat and obtain energy. Additionally, researchers discovered acesulfame potassium appeared to accumulate in the blood, with increased amounts having more harmful effects on cells that line blood vessels

For the full article read: Study: Artificial Sweeteners Linked to Diabetes, Obesity | Health Care News | US News

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Six simple ways to start your well-being journey

Six Simple Ways

Everyone has his / her own thoughts about well-being. One thing that seems to be a common theme is that well-being has many dimensions. These six steps are not just about exercise but social interaction, mental relaxation, positive self image, financials, and more. Use these six simple ways for your well-being and add / subtract so that you are engaged in your own well-being as well as loved ones and friends.

Six simple ways to start your well-being journey

  1. Find a fitness buddy. Just knowing a friend is waiting for you at the gym early in the morning helps you get out of bed and in shape. Plus, everything is better with a partner.
  2. Find a class or sport that energizes you. Exercise is more than just burning calories — it has mental benefits. I’ve had students tell me that being in my class for an hour was the one time of day they could forget about their troubles. Some even say it’s like a therapy session. Find that for yourself!
  3. Take advantage of technology. From Apple Watches to FitBits, these tools keep us accountable and help motivate. Walk 25 flights of stairs in a day and you get a “badge.” It may sound silly, but those little things keep us going. IBX members can also use the Achieve Well-being program to set goals and track progress. It integrates with the apps and wearables you already use to give you a great snapshot of your health and progress.
  4. Accept a challenge. Who can get more steps in a day — you or your spouse? A simple competition can be just the thing to help you squeeze a little more wellness into your day.
  5. Use your health insurance benefits. As we approach a new year, see what your health plan offers and make sure you use every benefit available. IBX members can get free visits with a nutritionist to reset their eating habits, and reimbursements on weight loss programs, gym memberships, and tobacco cessation.
  6. Take care of yourself. Exercise is only a small part of really taking care of your body. Drink water. Get your eight hours of sleep. Listen to any aches or pains in your body so you know when you’re pushing too hard.

Source: Six simple ways to start your well-being journey | PhillyVoice

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Pew Survey Shows Technology Impacts Well-Being

Technology Impacts Well-Being

Technology Impacts Well-BeingTechnology is everywhere. We have even seen it (and used it) on camping trips. However, people seldom seem to think about how technology impacts well-being until something specific happens that gives us pause. The public generally views technology as good but when we peel back the layers, there are concerns.

When the Pew Research Center asks American internet users for their bottom-line judgment about the role of digital technology in their own lives, the vast majority feel it is a good thing.

Yet, over the past 18 months a drumbeat of concerns about the personal and societal impacts of technology has been growing – and it crescendoed last week in the congressional grilling of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about his company’s power and impact on American life. More broadly the concerns are highlighted by headlines about the “Heavy Toll of ‘Always On’ Technology,” the emergence of a “techlash” driven by people’s disillusionment with the online environment, and worries over digital dystopia. There has also been commentary and research about the effects digital technology usage can have on people’s well-being, their level of stress, their likelihood of committing suicide, their ability to perform well at work and in social settings, their capability to focus in an era of information overload, their capacity to modulate their level of connectivity, and their overall happiness.

Source: The Future of Well-Being in a Tech-Saturated World | Pew Research Center

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Mind Body Approaches Help Substance Use Disorders

Mind Body Approaches Help Substance Use Disorders

Mind Body Approaches Help Substance Use DisordersAt a time when the US faces a crisis of opioid abuse, it is refreshing to see that mind body approaches help substance disorders. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) has pulled together research specific to a number of mind body approaches.

Mindfulness-based approaches have shown some success when applied to the treatment of substance abuse and addiction. Mindfulness-based approaches for substance abuse treatment, in part, attempt to decrease the impact of negative affect, which is thought to serve as a trigger for substance use. Improving distress tolerance is an important aspect of mindfulness-based substance abuse treatment. These approaches can be part of a comprehensive addiction treatment plan that includes behavioral modifications, and may include pharmaceuticals to decrease cravings, group therapy, or counseling.

This issue of the digest provides a summary of current research on mind and body approaches, such as acupuncture, hypnotherapy, mindfulness meditation, music therapy, and yoga for substance use disorders.

For the full article see: Mind and Body Approaches for Substance Use Disorders | NCCIH

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Payers Add Preventive Care, Wellness to Holistic Health Solutions

Payers Pursue Holistic Health Solutions

Payers Pursue Holistic Health SolutionsIn a sign of the times, insurers are adding more preventative care and wellness options to their plans. When we stop and think about it this really makes good business sense. People do not want to be sick. People do not want to pay huge insurance premiums from which they derive little benefit (until something catastrophic hits them). Payers do not want to lose dollars and customers to avoidable illnesses. It really makes sense that payers pursue holistic health solutions that can keep customers healthy and engaged. It is increasingly clear that Lifestyle is a major health determinant. Nutrition, social interactions, housing, education and so many non-clinical factors weigh heavily on our health. Even small investments in holistic approaches will produce manifold returns for payers, employers, and consumers.

Payers have developed several initiatives to incorporate preventive care and wellness as part of their larger holistic health solutions.

Adding wellness and preventive care can help payers keep their beneficiaries from developing costly chronic conditions and improving their overall health.

Employers recently expressed high interest in wellness and preventive care investments. Wellness and preventive care programs could also provide added value to payers that sell employer-sponsored insurance options.

Aetna, BlueCross BlueShield, and Kaiser Permanente have recently contributed research, digital, and fiscal resources towards developing novel wellness and preventive care programs for health plan members.

For more read the original article: Payers Add Preventive Care, Wellness to Holistic Health Solutions

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Pet Holistic Health Market

Pet Holistic Health Market

Pet Holistic Health MarketMore consumers are taking an active interest in pet nutrition and the pet holistic health market has recognized that. It is wonderful to more people not only thinking and acting holistically for their own health but also for loved ones, including pets.

 

Much like with other consumables—especially food—pet parents are turning a critical eye on ingredient labels for healthcare products and seeking out natural alternatives to prescriptions or products that are perceived as harsher or potentially dangerous. Draeger notes that prescriptions are often expensive and might come with unwanted side effects, giving pet owners two reasons to look for and learn about other options.

“People are educating themselves down to an ingredient level, and that is showing in the growth of the natural products industry,” he says. “As the parent of their fur baby, they want only the best, especially when it comes to consumables.”

However, pet owners still want to know that the products will be effective, so they are looking for companies that can provide evidence to back up any health claims.

“Products that are backed by science and clinical studies are gaining popularity among pet owners,” says Sarah Batterson, director of marketing at H&C Animal Health, based in Parker, Colo. “Pet owners want to know they are spending their money on products that actually work.”

To see the original article read: Holistic Health – Pet Business Magazine – April 2018

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