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A New Way To Measure Stress… Your Hair

  We all know someone’s who’s hair has literally seemed to turn grey overnight from stress… …it’s a very real thing.   I know during the time when, years ago, my kids and I were unexpectedly abandoned by my then-husband who disappeared one night (and the stressful subsequent divorce that ensued) I got my fair share of grays that seemed to pop up daily and have remained in place right now, even 5+ years later. We also know during times of chronic stress, hair can become markedly thinner, falling out strand by strand or in clumps, even clogging your shower […]

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Ease Holiday Stress With This Essential Supplement + 10 More Ideas

Have Black Friday, Cyber Monday, holiday music piping in to every grocery store and gas station and holiday travel plans have you feeling frazzled and overwhelmed? Me too. So today, here’s 10 effective ways to ease your stress and feel naturally relaxed as you face the hustle and bustle of the holidays.   1. The easiest way to become stress-proof: take probiotics.   I’ve blogged in the past about how probiotics are so powerful in stabilizing the mind that they are actually a treatment for depression. In today’s new study, researchers show that taking probiotics for only one month reduces

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Improving Gut Flora = Huge Benefits In Autism

I’ve already written extensively about the power of the gut-mind axis and how probiotics have been able to dramatically support brain function, treating everything from mood disorders to cognition.   One study showed depression improved when participants received probiotic supplements for 30 days, and another study reported clinically significant improvement in mood when participants ate probiotic-containing yogurt for 3 weeks.   Yet another study showed that participants with chronic fatigue syndrome who consumed probiotics three times a day reported significantly less anxiety compared to those who did not.   Another study assessed cognitive performance, mood, memory, acute stress (both subjectively

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Emotional Stress Directly Predicts Heart Attack… 10 Ways To Prevent It

  Finally, a medical study explains why there is a direct correlation between stress and heart attack. It turns out, increased brain activity in the area of emotional processing (the amygdala) directly increases the risk of cardiovascular events.   This study is the first to show that increased amygdala activity in humans strongly predicts cardiovascular events such as stroke, heart attack and angina. The amygdala is responsible for processing emotions, survival instincts and memory. That about sums up how stress feels: it’s an increased emotional load, a feeling of being overwhelmed when trying to navigate the situation, and traumatic memories

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OCD May Stem From Birth Trauma

A new study (published in JAMA Psychiatry Oct 5, 2016) reveals that the more stressful the birth is on the baby, the higher the risk that baby has for developing Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) decades later.   Children who were born prematurely and children who experienced stress during delivery both had statistically significant increases in the rates of developing OCD during adolescence and young adulthood. Stressful birth circumstances included: maternal smoking during pregnancy, cesarean section delivery, preterm birth, low APGAR scores, unusually low or high birth weight, breech presentation at labor and more.   The Study: Researchers looked at a 2.4

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Anxiety Doubles Cancer Mortality. It Doesn’t Have To… Here’s How.

  Presented Sept 20, 2016 at the 29th European College of Neuropsychoparmacology Congress, the largest study to date looking at patients with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) reveals that anxiety more than doubles the risk of a mortality from cancer. Even after adjusting for smoking, alcohol intake, sedentary lifestyle and other co-morbid disease conditions, just having anxiety independently increases cancer mortality rates.     The Study: Looking at over 15,000 patients older than 40 years old from 1993 through 1997, researchers followed the participants through 2015. Participants with a diagnosis of Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) were followed for cancer diagnosis and

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6 Questions To Ask Yourself Before December Gets Here

It’s time to post my annual winter checklist of all the crucial health tips I have collected that keep me feeling my best during the darkest month of the year.     The end of fall is the perfect time to make sure we are doing all we can to feel our very best… to slow down and care for our inner spark while the earth prepares for winter. It’s okay to take these upcoming winter months slower, to tend to our inner needs more, and to make sure we are getting lots and lots of sleep. It’s not only

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