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Why New Years Resolutions Fail. How to Stick to Your New Years Resolutions in 2020

December 30, 2019 | 10:42am

With the new year almost upon us, you probably have started to reflect back on this past year. Did you accomplish everything you set out to do? Were you able to follow through with any of your New Year's resolutions? Chances are that the answer is no. Studies have shown that while nearly half of Americans make New Year's resolutions, a whopping eighty percent abandons them during the first 30 days of the year. A mere eight percent of the population will actually continue to follow through with their end of the year promises. People have been making – and breaking – New Year’s resolutions for thousands of years. Archeological findings have shown that ancient Babylonians, who inhabited Mesopotamia nearly 4.000 years ago, celebrated the new year and made promises to the gods for the upcoming year. Ancient Romans made promises to Janus, the god of beginnings, and ancient Egyptians made sacrifices to Hapi, the god of the Nile river, at the beginning of their new year in July. There is a reason why setting...

Migraines and Hormones – Is there a connection?

December 12, 2019 | 11:05pm

If you are reading this, you or someone you know probably struggles with migraines. In fact, migraines are so prevalent that they affect nearly 40 million people in the United States and 1 billion worldwide – that’s an astonishing 14% of the entire world’s population! But even though migraines don't discriminate when it comes to age, race, or social status, there is a clear gender divide among migraineurs. According to the Migraine Research Foundation, 85 percent of all chronic migraine sufferers are women, and females also report having longer and more severe attacks than their male counterparts. But why are women three times more likely to experience these debilitating headaches – and most types of headaches for that matter – than men? In an interview with the Washington Post, Janine Clayton, director of the Office of Research on Women’s Health at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), explains that “we don’t have the answer for why migraines are more common in women than men, but women are more susceptible to every pain condition than men.”...

Sweetness Without the Blood Sugar Impact?

December 3, 2019 | 2:26pm

New Study Offers A Zero-Glycemic Index Value Alternative to Table Sugar and Sugar Substitute Do you often find yourself craving something sweet after every meal or at the same time every day? You are not alone – 97 percent of women and almost 70 percent of men report experiencing sugar cravings frequently. These cravings respond to psychological and physiological triggers like lack of sleep, stress, and even certain nutritional deficiencies. Most of us know that when a sugar craving hits, resisting the urge to reach for the nearest cookie or soft drink seems close to impossible. However, the adverse health effects of a high-sugar diet have been well documented. In a recent study published by the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN), researchers analyzed the effects of a new sweetener containing erythritol, stevia, and xylitol. Erythritol, xylitol, and stevia are naturally-occurring chemical compounds that have become popular sugar alternatives because of their sweet taste and low glycemic index. Other artificial sweeteners like aspartame and dextrose are also widely used in commercial foods and...

Avoid Common Thanksgiving Migraine Triggers

November 24, 2019 | 2:06pm

    Common Thanksgiving Migraine Triggers and How to Avoid Them It seems like only yesterday we were ringing in the new year, and now we're getting ready for Thanksgiving and holiday season all over again!  Naturally, the last few months of the year should be filled with joy and happiness, with delicious food, family gatherings, and cozy weather reminding us of what's really important in life. But when you suffer from migraines, it's easy to miss out on the fun. For migraineurs, many of the things that people love the most about the holidays – comfort food, scented candles, Christmas lights, etc. – can also set off a migraine attack.  The good news is that knowing what might trigger an attack can give you an upper hand against your migraines this holiday season. There are four major migraine triggers to look out for during Thanksgiving: Stress Most migraine sufferers know that it's not uncommon to get a headache at the end of a particularly tough day.  In fact, according to the American Headache Society,...

What Are Essential Oils and Why is Everybody Using Them?

November 24, 2019 | 2:43pm

What Are Essential Oils and Why is Everybody Using Them?   Over the past few years, essential oils have taken the alternative medicine market by storm. Available at pharmacies, grocery stores, yoga studios, and everything in between – these little vials of concentrated aromas have hundreds of thousands of people sniffing their way into wellness and relaxation. But contrary to popular belief, essential oils are not a recent discovery. Humans have used distilled botanicals for a variety of purposes for thousands of years. In fact, the history of essential oils dates as far back as 5,000 years to Egypt. Ancient Egyptians used essential oils for a variety of purposes that ranged from embalming mummies to cosmetic and healing practices. The modern term “aromatherapy” was used for the first time in the early 1900s by Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, a French cosmetic chemist known for his essential oil research. Nowadays, we know that botanical oils can help treat skin conditions, inflammation, stress, and much more. What Are Essential Oils Essential oils are highly concentrated botanical extracts. To make...

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