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Archive for the ‘ Stress ’ Category

14 Aug

Best Brain Foods

Nourish your noggin. Here are 10 excellent foods that enhance hormone production, brain chemistry, memory, mood, and cognition. Think of these foods as brainiac batteries. (Solutions to Sudoku not included.)

17 Jul

Sugar Still Bad; Remembering a Little Thing Called Silence

News links worth noting today: Dietary Sugar and Macular Degeneration Starchy, sugary fare that rates high on the glycemic index increases your risk for macular degeneration (our leading cause of vision loss). Aside from reducing – or eliminating – your refined carbohydrate intake, focus on prevention as well. For example, antioxidants can help keep your […]

5 Jul

The Definitive Guide to Stress, Cortisol, and the Adrenals: When ‘Fight or Flight’ Meets the Modern World

One of my goals with this weekly column is to make significant human health issues easy to understand and discuss. I was pleased that last week’s piece, the Definitive Guide to Insulin, Blood Sugar & Type 2 Diabetes, garnered some rave reviews. The Case Against Cardio piqued some great conversation and interesting criticisms (one soul […]

26 Jun

Ooh! I’ll Have the Stress, Please

We talk a lot about hot topics like Big Pharma and carbs. But today we’re going to share some of the best tips for both preventing and addressing stress. Stress is ultimately at the root of many, if not all, of our most pressing health issues, including aging. Of course this depends on your understanding […]

20 Jun

A Case Against Cardio (from a former mileage king)

We all know that we need to exercise to be healthy. Unfortunately, the popular wisdom of the past 40 years – that we would all be better off doing 45 minutes to an hour a day of intense aerobic activity – has created a generation of overtrained, underfit, immune-compromised exerholics. Hate to say it, but […]

21 May

Weekly Health Challenge: Stop Tastebud Death

This week, save your waistline and your palate: avoid the take-out and restaurant fare. If you typically go out to lunch, consider brown-bagging it. (Exception: if going out to lunch serves a healthy and important social function for you, just be sure to stick with sensible salads.) If you order pizza for dinner or rely […]

14 May

Banish Nervousness Forever in 1 Easy Step

A Monday Moment You’re about to pitch the boldest idea of your life to the board of directors. You’re going to ask your boss for a raise. A big one. You’re giving a speech at the upcoming fundraiser. It has to be memorable and inspiring. You know all eyes will be on you as you […]

8 May

The Secret to Health & Longevity: Are You Following the 10/90 Rule?

I have a little saying: if you’re doing 10 things right, you’re 90 per cent of the way there. The details are important, of course. Potatoes and broccoli are both vegetables, but the green stuff is a lot better for you. Walking and taking a kick-boxing class are both heart-pumping activities, but you’ll get a […]

7 May

Ye Ole Weekly Health Challenge

This week’s challenge: Increase your flexibility. You know you should. I’m not a betting man, but I’d be willing to be at least, say, a dollar that you’re not as flexible as you could be. This week, spend five or ten minutes a day stretching and releasing any muscle tension that’s been building up. Stretching […]

25 Apr

Are Men the Weakest Link?

Why do women outlive men? There are plenty of theories about this. The pat answer from the Angry Guys Crowd is often, “Well, duh, we work harder and are more stressed out.” Aw, grow up. I’m certainly not the most politically correct of men, and I think the wave of feminism in the early 90s […]

17 Apr

10 Quick Tips to Boost Your Serotonin

This week’s Tuesday Ten features simple tips to make your brain hum. You’ll feel so great, you’ll be looking down on Cloud 9. Before we get to it, a word to the wise about serotonin: There is quite the plethora of mood-elevating, serotonin-enhancing products and drugs available. If you don’t want to go the Prozac […]

16 Apr

Have a Blissed-Out Monday

Take this moment to make the rest of your Monday nothin’ but bliss. You’re just 3 steps away – how easy could it get? 1. Resolve to let the little stuff slide. Be a duck and just let the little irritations slip right off. People can be grumpy on Mondays, and we never get as […]

12 Apr

Web It Out

Worker Bees’ Daily Bites: Catch the latest clickativity, Apples! “Cocaine” Found To Be Illegal The FDA is calling for the energy drink Cocaine to be banned, saying it’s a drug. Offensive, sure. Drug? Nope. Your tax dollars at work! Frenemies: Stress and Cancer A link between stress and prostate cancer has been identified. And on […]

9 Apr

Thoughts on the Rocks

Worker Bees’ Daily Bites Radical thoughts to shake you up…or stir you into action. That’s Bee, Worker Bee. #1: Feeling Restless? The news out today is that restless leg syndrome increases the risk of heart disease. Ready for this? We say baloney. Restless leg syndrome is a curiously modern phenomenon that seems suspiciously correlated to […]

9 Apr

The Weekly Health Challenge

Arlete Flickr Photo Here’s your weekly challenge from Mark: Immerse yourself in something you find beautiful (and tell us about it this week in the Forum). It’s gonna be a great week!

5 Apr

The Only Proven Way to Gain Weight: Go on a Diet!

Worker Bees’ Daily Bites: Dieting doesn’t work, “they” tell us. But wait, the Mediterranean diet prevents health problems in the tiny tots! What gives? We’re here to help you sort through the confusion: Want to Gain Weight? Go on a Diet You’ve probably heard that many people gain back any weight lost during dieting. It […]

4 Apr

News Worth Clicking

Worker Bees’ Daily Bites: Here’s the roundup! Stress and Baby Stress is perhaps the single most important factor in your health – and your baby’s. Be sure to read up on what the latest study has to say about stress, depression and healthy pregnancies. More important pregnancy tips. Want to Quit Smoking? Don’t let Big […]

4 Apr

Websites That Make You Feel Great!

As we always say, there is more to living life healthily (there is that funny word again) than diet and exercise. A daily dose of humor goes a long way to squashing stress and building wellness. The Cold, Hard Facts: Laughter is the best medicine. Apparently, those old wives we are always hearing about got […]

3 Apr

Controversy? Us?

Worker Bees’ Daily Bites: Okay, okay, we admit it. We think health is fun and worth arguing, talking and laughing about endlessly. Everyone’s Favorite Superbug The flu (actually an umbrella nickname of sorts for several variant influenza viruses) is developing resistance to drugs. Though no natural method can completely prevent your risk of flu, there […]

2 Apr

Taxes, Holidays & Spring Fever: Also Known As April

With holidays, taxes and spring fever upon us, April is a hectic time for all of us – to say the least! April showers? More like April avalanche. My challenge to you this week: get organized now so that you don’t shortchange yourself in the exercise and sleep departments this month. We all have our […]

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