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Archive for the ‘ Stress ’ Category

13 Aug

How Stress Can Make You Fat

O.K., we acknowledge the title is a bit over the top, but didn’t it get your attention? No, stress alone won’t pack on the pounds, but there’s still truth in them thar’ hills. We thought we’d dig up some of the dirt on stress – fat and otherwise. The fact is we think stress gets […]

23 Jul

Relaxation Response

In the last few months we’ve been highlighting new research that illustrates the power of individuals to influence their genetic expression through basic lifestyle choices, whether through diet, exercise, or avoidance of pollution. The message, as always, is that we aren’t passive victims to aging or any propensities in our genetic heritage. How we live […]

17 Jun

10 Ways to De-stress

It’s been several decades since Bobby McFerrin (Yes, Bobby McFerrin, not Bob Marley) wrote the hit song “Don’t Worry be Happy” and yet we still can’t, well, quit worrying and get happy. Whether it’s the kids, work, or a to-do list that simply won’t quit, the reality is there are hundreds of sources of stress […]

28 May

Sensible Vices: Round 2

What can we say? We love our vices: those delightful, scrumptious, indulgent little morsels of gratifying transgression. O.K., this isn’t really how we look at it, but it’s kind of fun (and relatively harmless) to linger for a moment in imagined decadence. In reality, our vices are simply healthy pleasures, satisfying and rather sensible indulgences. […]

19 May

Dear Mark: Decline in Mental Energy

Dear Mark, Have you noticed a decline in mental energy or focus since not doing “cardio”? I have read several reports that indicate that aerobic exercise is best for mental performance. Any thoughts? Thanks to reader Phillip for his question on the comment boards. I’ve talked a lot over the course of the last few […]

29 Apr

10 Ways to “Get Primal”

Here at Mark’s Daily Apple, we advocate the Primal Blueprint Lifestyle, that is, a health philosophy that in large part acts to mimic the diet and physical activity of our pre-agricultural ancestors. And, while we’ve explained in the past what it means to “Get Primal,” we figured what’s not to love about a bulleted list […]

15 Apr

The Benefits of Short Breaks

It’s a long afternoon in the office, and your focus is waning. After staring out the window for a few half-conscious minutes, you tell yourself, “Maybe I’ll just get up and take a lap. I’ll get some water or see what my buddy is doing down the hall.” It turns out your break is more […]

11 Apr

Antioxidants and the Stress of Eating

Sorry, we’re not talking about how to politely show your Aunt Mildred how much you appreciate her tomato jello mold. Research from the Agricultural Research Service suggests that eating antioxidant rich foods such as berries with each meal can neutralize the free radicals inevitably created by the oxidative stress of regular digestion. As if you […]

21 Mar

Meditation Contemplation

Meditation isn’t something we normally cover here at MDA, but we’re always looking for easy, safe and affordable ways to enhance total health. With that in mind, a meta-analysis out of the University of Kentucky caught our attention recently and got us pondering the meditation question. The meta-analysis evaluated nine randomized, controlled trials using Transcendental […]

20 Mar

Caffeine Talk

Got your morning (or afternoon) joe in hand? For many readers, this would be a yes. Even if you said no, it might just be because you’ve joined ranks with the tea crowd. And, while cultural practice (a mug on the work desk being as American as apple pie) and taste are undoubtedly big draws, […]

3 Mar

No Advantages from Aromatherapy?

Study results released just today from the Ohio State University Medical Center suggest that, while people may “feel better” with the use of aromatherapy, the physical evidence doesn’t stack up. A team of scientists from the medical center traced heart rate, blood pressure, stress hormones and immune function in a group of 56 study volunteers. […]

29 Feb

A Salad With Your Sorrow?

A pint of Ben & Jerry’s. That whole freaking bag of potato chips. A box of donut holes. No, it’s not the MDA trifecta of evil (although it could be). Sure, they’re among the proverbial symbols of “mood food,” and the saying about Ben and Jerry’s is true: ice cream tops the list, according to […]

29 Jan

10 Things You Can Do Today to Feel Better Tomorrow

Rough day? Here’s 10 simple things you can do to unwind, recharge and give yourself a boost! 1. Laugh it Off: According to experts, laughter really is the best medicine. Not in the mood for a giggle? Consider this: In several studies, laughing – even for a few minutes – can lower stress hormones, boost […]

24 Dec

10 Last Minute Holiday Health Tips

Thanksgiving may be tucked under your belt, but Christmas and New Year’s are still right around the corner. If you’re feeling a bit fatigued, bloated, or otherwise run down, here are some simple holiday health tips to feel better this week: 10. Veggie Cleanse Do a one-day vegetable cleanse at some point this week. Load […]

19 Dec

Face It: Massage Points to Do Yourself

Do you know what the most stressful thing in your life is? The chair. Most of us sit strapped into to our office chairs for a good portion of our waking hours. Hunched over a computer, our bones and backs begin to ache. Then what do we do? Why, we sit in a car for […]

11 Dec

Herbalicious: Rhodiola Rosea

I’ve reported the health benefits of rhodiola rosea before, but this recent study has brought it into the spotlight once again: Flies that ate a diet rich with Rhodiola rosea, an herbal supplement long used for its purported stress-relief effects, lived on an average of 10 percent longer than fly groups that didn’t eat the […]

5 Dec

Anxiety Relief

Anxiety Culture has a great piece on worry that really stirred my pot. Anxiety is a persistent problem in our culture, and it seems to strike the affluent and poor, healthy and unhealthy, male and female, young and old alike. Anxiety is a particular breed of that umbrella term we toss around, stress, and it’s […]

3 Dec

Migraine News and Tips

Did you know migraine sufferers have different brains from other people? It’s true. The latest neuroscience reveals that those who experience migraines have marked differences in their brain structures. Migraine-prone individuals experience sensory input – including pain – differently from those who never get migraines. Their brain matter in the area that counts, the somatosensory […]

27 Nov

Guest Post: Conquer Restless Nights with This Simple Sleep Cure

A 3-Step Cure for Poor Sleep By Nick at Health Hackers I always had a creeping feeling that this modern life I live has negative side effects on my sleep, but I was shocked to learn the extent of it. I never really worried about it too much – that was until something terrible started […]

21 Nov

Healthy Holiday Survival Guide, Part 2

1. Body Winter time and the holidays bring a unique range of stresses to your body. Try out these tips to stay energized and fresh. – Tend to your skin: cold temperatures and dry air indoors can contribute to skin discomfort. We like glycerin and rosewater or shea butter for extra-rich moisturizing during this time […]

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