Week Ending June 27, 2022

A Heart Healthy Diet: Food Lists, Diet Tips, and More
“Your heart is a complex organ that works continuously to provide your body with a constant supply of oxygenated blood. It’s part of the cardiovascular system, which also includes arteries, veins, and capillaries.”

Plant power: Using diet to lower cancer risk
“The choices you make at the grocery store have a bigger impact than just your dinner plans. Filling your plate with foods that are grown in the ground may be the best diet for cancer prevention.”

Too Many of Our Plates Are Missing Immune-Boosting Microbes
“What we eat affects the trillions of bacteria, fungi, viruses, and other germs that live in our digestive tract, referred to as our gut microbiome by scientists. Some of the many roles of theses microbes inside our bodies include changing how the immune system functions and influencing physical and mental health.”

What’s the Best Time of Day to Exercise? It Depends on Your Goals
“For most of us, the “best” time of day to work out is simple: When we can. Maybe that’s before or after work. Or when the gym offers free daycare. Or when our favorite instructor teaches our favorite class. That’s why we call it a “routine.” And if the results are the same, it’s hard to imagine changing it up.”

Integrative & Lifestyle Medicine: Supportive Treatments for Cancer Patients & Families
“Integrative medicine, a blend of complementary and lifestyle medicine, is often added to a comprehensive treatment plan alongside modern medical methods of diagnosis and treatment, said Eric Secor Jr., ND, PhD, LAc, associate medical director of integrative medicine at the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute.”

Doctors increasingly prescribe time in nature to promote mental and physical health
“Combining greek prefix -bíos (“life”) with suffix -philía (“friendship and affinity”), German physiologist Erich Fromm first coined the term biophilia in 1973: “the passionate love of life and of all that is alive.”

Why Creating Micro-Routines Is Key To Reaching Your Maximum Wellness Potential
“When Haute Beauty expert Dr. Deepa Verma counsels her patients on overall wellness, she always emphasizes the four pillars of a healthy lifestyle: clean diet, restorative sleep, exercise, and stress reduction. To benefit our overall health and wellness, we must take these four pillars and make them habits. To do so, discipline, which is something that we do not have to think about doing because it has become engrained in the fiber of our being, is needed. Here Dr. Verma shares how she makes wellness optimization attainable both for herself and for her patients.”

How to Use New FDA Guide for Dietary Supplements
“More than half of Americans use dietary supplements, according to national surveys, fueling a billion-dollar industry. Yet studies show that many people don’t know enough about supplements’ active ingredients, recommended dosages, possible side effects and drug interactions.”

Practical Types Of Self-Care You Can Do Today
“Self-care is a buzzword that may conjure images of cucumber slice-covered eyes or a long soak in a candle-lit bath, but the meaning is much deeper than that. Nurturing yourself involves paying attention to your body as well as your emotional and mental well-being. And while it goes beyond pampering yourself, it doesn’t always mean a trip to your therapist is in order, either.”

The New Age of Naturopathy – How Integrative Medicine Works There
“A branch of complementary medicine known as naturopathy draws its therapeutic cues from nature and the cosmos. Within our bodies, there is an inherent harmony but also intrinsic chaos. Naturism stresses the need to return the body to a state of homeostasis to recover from any ailment. Unprecedented treatment that doesn’t need any medication! To fully appreciate the benefits of naturopathy, it’s essential that we first define what it is.”

3 Surprising Things That Affect Your Gut Health, From The Father Of Functional Medicine
“Your gut influences everything from your digestion to your mood to your immunity—it’s the foundation of your health, many would say. But because your gut touches so many functions in your body, it can be difficult to know what exactly triggers any gut issues you may have. Is it inflammation? FODMAPs? A lack of sleep? Yes, your diet can play a huge role, but other less obvious factors can wreak havoc on your gut without you even knowing it.”

What is reiki and does it work?
“The term reiki has been bandied around in wellness circles for years, but you’d be forgiven for tentatively uttering the question – what is reiki? A practice that’s been steadily growing in popularity, reiki is a safe and non-invasive form of energy-based healing that can promote relaxation and reduce stress through gentle touch.”

3 Ways To Address Mental Fatigue & How To Identify It, From A Health Coach
“Mental fatigue. Burnout. Exhaustion. Different phrases all describing the end result of pushing your body and mind too far. It’s a pervasive idea in today’s society that if you’re not hustling then you’re lazy, but it’s this exact mindset that can put your health at risk—particularly if you’re ignoring the signs your body is trying to send you.”

Energy therapy: What to know
“Energy therapies are healing techniques that treat the mind, body, and spirit. Doctors sometimes refer to them as alternative or complementary therapies. There is a growing interest in using energy therapies for a variety of health conditions.”