Week Ending September 12, 2022

These Unhealthy Workout Habits Can Increase Your Risk of Death
“Exercising on a routine basis is a huge contributor to your overall wellness. After all, getting in regular physical activity can improve the health of your brain, help you maintain a healthy weight, lessen your risk of disease, and strengthen your muscles and bones, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).”

Can the sights and sounds of nature make you feel better? These ‘forest bathers’ say yes
“Every Thursday for the past several months, a small group of people has set out from a little building in Flagstaff to soak in the sights, sounds and smells of nature.”

How To Do the 4-7-8 Breathing Exercise
“The late Buddhist monk Thích Nhất Hạnh once wrote, “Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment, I know this is the only moment.”

Who’s Who on My Health Care Team
“I was lucky to land in the hands of an MS-specialized neurologist from the get-go. This saved me time and ensured that my health was being overseen by a doctor that was familiar with my disease and could guide me accordingly, answer all my questions, and make sure I was on the best disease-modifying therapy possible.”

How To Eat Healthy On A Budget
“Food is more expensive than ever before. In fact, grocery prices jumped 12.2% from June 2021 to June 2022[1]. The cost of food has increased for several reasons, including inflation, labor shortages and pandemic-related supply chain issues.”

6 exercises that keep your brain active and help reduce the risk of dementia
“Physical exercise may be helpful in lowering the risk of the onset of dementia, and experts say the best time to start adding them to your routine is now.”

Diet change may return bigger heart health rewards than other lifestyle changes
“Lifestyle changes are known to reduce the risk for heart attacks and strokes. A new study that simulated the effect of lifestyle change on future cardiovascular risks for people with high blood pressure suggests one change – adopting a heart-healthy diet – may do more than others.”

What To Know Before You Try A Sound Bath
“Contemporary culture seems fascinated by alternative spiritualities and wellness regimens. From reading up on crystal healing and astrology to infusing moon water, people are lapping up practices that can help them feel more grounded, centered, and self-aware. But among these various rituals and habits, one mindful self-care staple continues to reign supreme: meditation.”

How and Why To Try Alternate Nostril Breathing
“How often do you stop to think about your breath? Probably not very often, if you’re like most people. In, out, in, out … as long as your body is doing what it’s supposed to do, you’re likely not giving much thought to this particular bodily function.”

Can Exercise Strengthen Your Immunity?
“You’ve probably heard the advice: One of the best things you can do to keep healthy — especially as cold and flu season creeps up — is stay physically active.”

What Is Protein? A Complete Scientific Guide
“Protein needs no introduction. You likely already know it as one of the three major macronutrients that make up your diet (the other two being fat and carbohydrates), according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). “

New Study Shows the Power of Reading First-Hand Stories in Reducing Suicidal Thoughts
“Social media is often criticized as harmful to mental health. But new research shows that reading one story a day online, written by someone with lived experience managing suicidal thoughts, can reduce suicidal thoughts and behaviors (STB) in the reader.”

Treatments for anxiety
“A person’s anxiety treatment depends on the nature of the anxiety disorder and their individual preferences. Often, treatment will combine different types of therapy and medication.”

6 Foods That Heal Your Body
“Even if laughter is, as they say, the best medicine, when you have diabetes, the long-prescribed drug metformin may be a far better choice for lowering your blood sugar.”

1-hour walk through nature lowers stress, research shows
“A new study found that a 60-minute walk in nature decreases activity in brain regions involved in stress processing.”

What Happens To Your Body When You Listen To Music
“Music can make a difference in all aspects of your life. It can help calm you when you’re nervous. It helps power you through your workout. Music can even be a great friend to get you through a breakup.”