It’s incredible to think about how well connected the brain is to the rest of the body. How and what we think all directly impacts our health. For example, high levels of stress that escalate and grow to chronic levels affects brain function and connectivity in such a way that there is a physiological domino effect that can lead to disease. Anything from obesity to chronic inflammation, digestive problems and many other illnesses can occur due to the level of interconnectivity between the brain and every part of the body. Continue reading
As we’ve discussed in previous blogs, gratitude not only helps us appreciate what we have, but it also helps to relieve stress. As a thank you for all of your support here are some free printables for this Thanksgiving! Use them to show your gratitude to others and you’ll be surprised to find how much you really have to be thankful for. You can also use them to hang on your walls to get into the Thanksgiving spirit! So this season let’s stress less by giving more by showing gratitude for all our many blessings!
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Exercise has been promoted and marketed successfully throughout the world. In a report published in 2013, the health and fitness industry generates 75 billion per year on a global level. Anything from walking, dancing, zumba, home based workouts, polaris, aerobics and yoga all promote a healthy lifestyle. To say the benefits of exercise are strictly physical however would be an understatement. The benefits of exercise go beyond physical appearance – they impact and benefit brain function as well. Continue reading
The body has the remarkable ability to regenerate. In a very literal sense this means our body is constantly rebuilding itself. As we all know however, the body’s ability to rebuild and regenerate is finite. We all age and eventually die. Natural aging occurs as our body goes through mitosis. Mitosis is the process by which cells divide, creating a new cell to replace a dying or damaged one. Each time cells divide an extension at the chromosomes called the telomerase shortens each time mitosis occurs. Eventually the telomerase is reduced to such a minimal size that cells can no longer regenerate and we die. Although this is how our bodies were designed to age, there are other factors that accelerate telomerase reduction, leading to premature aging. Continue reading
When you are grateful, the stress mechanism is less likely to remain on in your body. This leads to less worry and more happiness. If you feel overwhelmed, stressed or overworked, take a few minutes to list the things you are thankful for. You will be amazed at how this can decrease your stress levels.