Having Closer Friends Long-term Keeps Cortisol Levels Low for Life
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Having Closer Friends Long-term Keeps Cortisol Levels Low for Life

According to former Beckman Institute postdoctoral researchers Michelle Rodrigues and Si On Yoon, there is a tie between female friendship and cortisol response. Their study looked at how age and familiarity with those we interact with impacts a conversation, reviewing the effectiveness and stress responses generated from those conversations. Friendship Health Benefits: What Are Friends…

Can’t Sleep? Have You Tried Working Out?
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Can’t Sleep? Have You Tried Working Out?

Nothing can be more frustrating than lying down for a good night’s sleep only to find yourself tossing and turning. You might also find you fall to sleep right away, but then wake in the middle of the night. However, poor sleep is not just frustrating. It can also interfere with your health. According to…

Here Is Where Spirituality Lives in the Brain
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Here Is Where Spirituality Lives in the Brain

What happens in the brain during a spiritual experience? New research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital shows that humans do indeed have a spiritual region in the brain. The study showed that spirituality resides in the periaqueductal grey (known as PAG). This centralized location is also where the brain conditions fear, altruistic behaviors, and unconditional…

Experts Weigh In On The Best Techniques To Keep Your Stress Levels In Check
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Experts Weigh In On The Best Techniques To Keep Your Stress Levels In Check

The modern world is fast-paced and societal pressures can lead to increased feelings of stress that cause physical, emotional, or psychological strain. Stress affects everyone and is the body’s normal reaction to warning signs or challenges identified by the central nervous system.  When the body identifies stress, hormones and chemicals are released that trigger the…

What Stress Does To The Immune System
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What Stress Does To The Immune System

Human diseases appear to progress more quickly in stressful situations, and studies show we are better able to fight disease, pain, infection, or illness when we are not constantly worried. (1) Chronic stress has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease, weight gain, digestive issues, headaches, muscle pain, and, of course, mental health…

What Is The Link Between Anxiety And Gut Health?
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What Is The Link Between Anxiety And Gut Health?

Nowadays many people exposed to constant or high stress develop and live with anxiety. Without a doubt, it’s a challenge to maintain our emotional and mental equilibrium in today’s stress-filled culture.  Questioning the relationship of how different parts of our bodies respond after a stress response is sensible. Our human bodies really do know how…

Not Having Sex For a Long Time, Are There Side Effects?
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Not Having Sex For a Long Time, Are There Side Effects?

Throughout our lives, nearly all of us will have a sexual encounter with another person. As Individuals, we feel attracted to people of the opposite or the same sex. Friendships occur, and sometimes it will lead to an intimate connection that becomes sexual.  To do so is all perfectly natural, and it is how many…

Why IBS Diets Do Not Work For Everyone
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Why IBS Diets Do Not Work For Everyone

There’s no denying it – relationships with food can be complicated. By reflecting on your current relationship with food, you can identify factors affecting your health and improve the role that diet plays in your life. This is especially important if you feel like something is not right with your digestive system.  Gastrointestinal disorders can…

Grape Seed Compound Showing Antiaging Potential by Taking Out Tired Cells
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Grape Seed Compound Showing Antiaging Potential by Taking Out Tired Cells

It is undeniably true that we live in an ever-increasing population where people are enjoying a longer and more active retirement. Well-known words from the Irish author Jonathan Swift spring to mind – Everyone wants to live longer, but no one wants to grow old! According to the Population Reference Bureau, the number of Americans…