6 Pressure points to activate for a good night’s sleep

Acupressure is a traditional Chinese practice that is often used to address minor health complaints. It’s even used to relieve sleep disorders like insomnia. If you are having trouble sleeping, try activating the six acupressure points listed below for better sleep. Acupressure and qi Some studies show that acupressure can be used as an alternative treatment for sleep disorders. Acupressure was developed to … Continue reading 6 Pressure points to activate for a good night’s sleep

Carbs significantly relieve PMS symptoms in women and an increase in serotonin production could explain why

Controlling your intake of carbohydrates is an important part of a healthy weight management plan. But for women who suffer from mild or severe premenstrual syndrome (PMS), increasing their consumption of carbohydrates may give them relief from PMS symptoms because of its effect on serotonin production. Dr. Judith Wurtman, former director of the Research Program in Women’s Health at the Massachusetts Institute … Continue reading Carbs significantly relieve PMS symptoms in women and an increase in serotonin production could explain why

Study: Ashwagandha extract can be used to improve sleep quality and relieve stress

Finding it hard to fall asleep? Ashwagandha root may be for you. Ashwagandha, also known as Withania somnifera or Indian ginseng, is a medicinal herb native to India and North Africa. It has been used for over 3,000 years to relieve stress, as well as to increase energy levels and improve concentration. A recent study published in the journal Cureus suggests it … Continue reading Study: Ashwagandha extract can be used to improve sleep quality and relieve stress

Here’s how you can boost your dopamine levels naturally

When it comes to the brain’s chemical messengers (neurotransmitters), nothing compares to dopamine. A neurotransmitter that activates the brain’s pleasure and reward centers, dopamine plays an important role in stimulating motivation, mental energy and drive. Because of its effects on the brain’s pleasure centers, it’s not surprising that many unhealthy and even dangerous habits, such as drug use … Continue reading Here’s how you can boost your dopamine levels naturally

Can abdominal pain affect brain function?

Brief pain is something your brain and body can handle with ease. But chronic pain, especially if it is originating from the abdomen, is an entirely different story. Chronic abdominal pain can have complex and lasting effects on your brain. It changes how the brain responds to pain signals. Eva Szigethy, a professor of psychiatry and medicine and the … Continue reading Can abdominal pain affect brain function?

Here are 7 signs you’re AGING faster than you should be and what you can do to address them

Aging is a natural and inevitable process that changes the body at the cellular level. It is an integral part of all living organisms’ cycle of life, including that of humans. But several environmental and lifestyle factors may trigger this process too early, hence the term “premature aging.” This event negatively impacts a person’s quality of … Continue reading Here are 7 signs you’re AGING faster than you should be and what you can do to address them

Exercising helps prevent and reduce an angry mood: Study

The next time you find yourself feeling intense bouts of anger, try doing a couple of jumping jacks or a round or two of cycling. This is according to a team of researchers who found that acute aerobic exercise, such as jumping jacks or brisk walking, can help minimize or even dispel feelings of anger. The … Continue reading Exercising helps prevent and reduce an angry mood: Study

4 Nights of sleep deprivation can change how your body metabolizes fat, causing weight gain

Lack of sleep is thought to cause weight gain. This new research shows how. Published in the Journal of Lipid Research, it showed that participants who slept no more than five hours each night for four consecutive nights reported feeling less satisfied after eating a high-fat, calorie-dense meal. Blood samples showed that sleep restriction led to higher … Continue reading 4 Nights of sleep deprivation can change how your body metabolizes fat, causing weight gain

Performing aerobic exercises can improve overall endurance, even after a stroke

Stroke is the second leading cause of death worldwide, according to recent reports from the World Health Organization (WHO). A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is blocked or interrupted. As a result, brain cells begin to die just minutes after the blockage or interruption has occurred. Stroke survivors can experience a wide range of disabilities, … Continue reading Performing aerobic exercises can improve overall endurance, even after a stroke

The stigma around mental health is KILLING men: How to care for someone who is struggling with mental illness and addiction

According to Mental Health America, at least six million men in the U.S. are affected by depression annually. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention reports that compared to women, men died by suicide at a rate of 3.54 percent higher in 2017. In the same vein, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism notes that 62,000 men die due to alcohol-related … Continue reading The stigma around mental health is KILLING men: How to care for someone who is struggling with mental illness and addiction