8 Types of Massage That Will Bring Relief From Back and Neck Pain Without Medicine

With an ever-growing body of scientific research showing the benefits of massage therapy for people of all ages, there has never been a better time to try this alternative to medication. With Americans increasingly aware of the danger of resorting to addictive opioids for managing pain, massage offers a low-risk solution for relief by stimulating the body’s ability

Is a Grudge Keeping You Up at Night?

Many of us have had the experience of tossing and turning at night, wishing we could sleep, watching the minutes tick by on the clock by our bedside. In fact, one-third of Americans say they lie awake at least a few nights a week. You may have tried counting sheep or listening to a bedtime meditation to help

Mental Health and Chinese Medicine

Mental illness is common in today’s fast-paced, lonely, nutrient-deprived world. It’s projected that one in five Americans will experience a mental illness, and most of us will experience a mental health problem at some time in our lives, with anxiety and depressive disorders being the most common ailments. In Chinese medicine, the key to treating mental ailments is

How Much Do Sedentary People Really Need to Move?

People who spend much of their day sitting may need to move around less than we thought to counteract their sedentary lifestyle, new research shows. Our research, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, found that about 20 to 40 minutes of physical activity per day seems to eliminate most health risks associated

Some Veggies Are Healthier When Cooked

Eating more vegetables, in any form, is a good idea. Whether you prefer them raw or cooked, they are a terrific source of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and plenty of healthful compounds. But sometimes cooking them can make a difference, turning nutrient-dense foods into superfoods. There are a few instances where heat activates antioxidants, making them more

If You’re Sweating the Small Stuff, You’re Not Alone

Bailey Jean Matheson recently died of cancer at age 35, touching people all over the world by writing her own obituary. Matheson expressed gratitude for her loving family and friends and for her beautiful, but short, life. She closed her obituary with this advice: “Don’t take the small stuff so seriously and live a little.” Some will

What Is the Best Diet for Mental Health?

It turns out that comfort food might be anything but comfortable if you suffer from common mental health issues. A growing body of research is discovering that food doesn’t just affect our waistline but also our moods, emotions, and even longer-term conditions like depression. Which makes sense, after all. Our brains are physical entities, running on

Coping Strategies for When Bad Things Happen

If you can’t control a difficult situation, how do you cope with it? Coping involves applying your mental and emotional energy to manage the strain associated with challenges. Psychologists have identified three coping strategies people commonly rely on. But before we get to those, consider the order in which humans normally make things happen. We

What Is a Citron? The Ancient Fruit You Should Be Eating Now

Before the lemon, there was the citron. This ancient fruit looks something like an overgrown, bumpy-skinned lemon, but is actually one of the oldest, original citrus fruits—from which all other types, including those more familiar lemons and limes, eventually developed. Thought to have originated in Asia, the citron has been used by cultures around the world for

When Is the Best Time to Take a Shower? Experts Sound Off

One doctor has suggested that the best time to shower is at night rather than in the morning. Dr. Leona Yip, a dermatologist, told the Daily Mail that nightly showering for four minutes is enough to remove the grime of the day and not cause any skin damage. “In the morning your skin hasn’t been exposed to any dirt

Eat This Crunchy Veggie To Fight Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome is on the rise due to processed food and inactivity, but you can fight back by adding more celery to your diet. This unassuming vegetable contains a surprising blend of antioxidants, flavonoids, and other phytochemicals that work together, tackling metabolic syndrome via multiple pathways. Nature is full of powerful compounds that can boost

Are You Mentally Well Enough for College?

Last spring an 18-year-old college freshman who got straight A’s in high school—but was now failing several courses—came to my office on the campus where I work as a psychologist. The student was seeking a medical exception so that he could withdraw from the classes he failed instead of taking the F’s and dragging down his GPA. I evaluated

The Unique Struggle Of Forgiving Yourself 

Forgiveness is the release of resentment in exchange for compassion.  It is a highly regarded pursuit in some religions, and research shows that it can improve our mental and physical health. But the benefits don’t come easy. Just try genuinely loving your enemies and praying for your persecutors. When resentment is tied to pain and

The Healing Powers of Blue and Purple Foods

Blueberries have long been identified as a top “superfood.” A rich source of anthocyanins—the pigment that gives them their deep purple-blue hue—blueberries have become a healthy diet staple. But there are plenty of other blue or purple foods that may also boost your health in a number of ways. Anthocyanins, a type of polyphenol, are

Pumpkin Seeds: 11 Evidence-Based Health Benefits

Pumpkin seeds, like all edible seeds, pack an immense nutritional and medicinal punch. After all, they contain future worlds within their compact structure. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “the creation of a thousand forests is within one acorn.” In order to prepare their “babies” for survival outside the pumpkin, Nature equips these seeds with an extremely

Anxiety And Headache Sufferers May Get Relief From This Lavender-and-Lemon Drink

Headaches, along with stress and anxiety, are widespread health issues that are all-too-often treated with medication when a more natural remedy is desired. We have a simple home remedy, backed by science, if that’s what you’re looking for. Here is a method to relieve pain and feelings of anxiety that doesn’t involve going to a

Say Goodbye to Mosquitoes With This Homemade 3-Ingredient Spray Repellent

Mosquitoes represent a pin-sized peril that we should all be aware of. Not only are mosquitoes incredibly smart (did you know they can even pierce your skin through your clothing?) but they are prolific; the United States alone hosts over 200 of the 3,000 species that exist on the planet today. It’s only the females

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