In the happiness world, there’s a lot of talk about “committing random acts of kindness.”
As I wrote about in Happier at Home, I’m a bigger fan of non-random acts of kindness — but there is one random act of kindness that I absolutely believe in.
If you support organ donation, please speak up about it.
Take a moment to sign the donor registry. That way, everyone can easily know your wishes, should the need arise.
Also, let your family and friends know that you’d want to be an organ donor. Post a message on Facebook or Twitter, send out a blast email, talk about it over dinner. If and when they had to make a decision on your behalf, in a time of grief and shock, it would be a tremendous comfort to them to know what you would want. To make it easy to find what you wrote, add the hashtag #organdonor.
This issue is particularly close to my heart. For decades, my husband had hepatitis C, which attacks the liver (he got hep C from a blood transfusion during a heart operation when he was eight years old). Well, it turns out the liver is a very, very important organ to have. A liver transplant was definitely a possibility for him, so I became very interested in this issue of organ donation.
By a miracle of modern science, my husband is now cured. Yes, CURED. Tears well up in my eyes, even just typing those words. (If you want to read more about one of the happiest days of my life, go here.) Continue reading
October is a month known for sweaters, pumpkins and fall leaves. It is also Breast Cancer Awareness month, a time when we rally around survivors, family, friends and remember those who lost their battle to the most common form of female cancer. So what do we need to be aware of?
1. Mammograms and other early detection methods can save a life.
The American Cancer Society says, Continue reading
By Dr. Keith Scott-Mumby
When it comes to killing germs, healing the body, and preventing future illness, you have two powerful “natural antibiotics” available to you without a prescription, no doctor’s appointment necessary, no cost, and no risk of dangerous pharmaceutical side effects.
Can you guess what they are? Plenty of sunshine and fresh air. Does it sound too good to be true?
These two alternatives to antibiotics are some of the oldest concepts in health and prevention of disease. Florence Nightingale actively promoted them as an effective way to save her patients. Her well documented measures of airing out sick wards, exposing patient rooms to sunlight, and many other changes in hygiene drastically improved how many of her patients lived! Continue reading
For most if not all of human history, people have recognized the importance of nutrition in healthy living. What we put into our bodies has a clear effect on how feel, how we look, and ultimately how healthy we are. However, while this has always been apparent, we face unique challenges today. We’ve developed and created so many different foods, drinks, supplements, etc. that in ways it’s more difficult than ever before to figure out what’s truly healthy.
Fortunately, along with a more complicated diet, the modern era has introduced social tools that help those spreading strong nutritional strategies and values to reach wider audiences. For this reason, even though nutrition has long been emphasized among the health-conscious, the 21st century has begun to feel like the most nutritionally focused era in history.
Some of this is because of the prevalence of independent nutrition blogs and fad diets across the Internet, some of which make it big for a short time. But for the most part, it’s due to the rise of professional health and nutrition coaches, which is something the Intent Blog covered a few years ago in the article The Coming of the Health Coach Revolution.
In this article I wanted to take a more in-depth look at what it means to be a professional health coach, and what a thorough nutritional education can allow such a person to accomplish. In doing some research, I came across the success story of Jil Larsen, a paralegal-turned-small business owner who opened the Magic Mix Juicery in New York City. Continue reading
Nutritionists first suggested avoiding foods with gluten when it started to become known that they were harmful to people with Celiac disease. Indeed, medical researchers discovered that when glutens are ingested, this serious autoimmune disorder, affecting the small intestine, causes the body to mount an immune response that can trigger such side effects as unexplained iron-deficiency anemia, fatigue, bone or joint pain, arthritis, osteoporosis, depression or anxiety and migraines, to name a few.
From that dietary acorn a giant oak of abstinence has grown. For some, it’s due to the fact that non-Celiac disease sufferers have milder but still unpleasant reactions to glutens. Call them gluten-sensitive, if you will. However, a greater and greater number of people also don’t eat anything containing gluten and it has nothing to do with a medical condition. They claim that by avoiding this latest “don’t-eat-du jour,” pain, skin rashes, acne, anxiety and depression, are said to magically disappear. And in their place is increased weight loss and energy, even happiness. Continue reading
We took a break from hard work this morning and in our internet wanderings found this quick and weird breathing exercise on HuffPo! Belly ache? Brain need a rest? If so, you can try this tip from literally anywhere (except underwater. Don’t try this underwater.) Continue reading
New news in the world of rest and rejuvenation! After two years of intensive study, the National Sleep Foundation just released modified recommendations for sleep by age group. All children categories (with the exception of newborns) and teens had their sleep hours widened by at least an hour, though all of these statistics ultimately depend on the individual. Continue reading
Thanksgiving is usually when we’re reminded about thankfulness and to consider the things we can often times take for granted in our lives. But gratitude and thankfulness are not only cute for crocheting sweet messages on pillows. Studies show that the importance of gratitude is such that it affects stress levels, depression and an increased quality of life. Gratitude is good for you. Continue reading
Yesterday we were swimming in mashed potatoes and gravy. Now it’s the day after Thanksgiving and John Green is running through interesting facts about our favorite dinnertime menu items!
Most of us start every year trying to lose a few pounds.
It’d always be nice to run faster, jump higher, lift heavier.
Whether it’s finally having those six pack abs or faithfully sticking to a healthy diet, getting healthier and staying there can be a lifelong process, so what are the best ways to do that? And are our best laid plans helping or hurting our goals?
1. Diet sodas aren’t helping your diet. The easy solution to losing weight while still fulfilling those carbonation cravings seems like switching from your favorite full calorie drinks to the diet version. Sad news: one study showed that the greater the number of diet sodas consumed, the greater the chance of being overweight. Another linked it to higher risks of metabolic syndrome.
2. Get a little extra shuteye. Sleeping the day away may feel lazy to us but the truth is a difference of even 16 minutes can show big differences in the health of test subjects. Feeling tired throughout the day might be an indication of not enough hours of sleep but it can also indicate a variety of disorders that could be keeping you from sleeping soundly through the night. A little tired? Take a nap. Persistent tiredness? Time to do some investigating.
3. Packaging Promises. The grocery store is bursting at the seams with good that will lower your cholesterol, boost your metabolism, gives you extra calcium to prevent osteoporosis, everything but a granola bar that will make you live forever! Who knows. It could be around the corner…
Recently, it seems the hot topic is probiotics and yogurt. It appears not all bacteria is bad for you and the microorganisms commonly associated with yogurt can help get your digestive system back in order after being ravaged by stress or a potato chip diet. They can also help with gas and bloating so you’re feeling good throughout the day.
The thing to know is some food products are vague about revealing how many bacteria are left in the product after processing. It may not be enough to make a difference unless you’re consuming it in bulk. In addition, the key to probiotics is delivery to the intestines which means they have to be strong enough to survive stomach acid. Most packaging has less to say about that, so do your research on bacteria counts and what is actually being promised. A cup of yogurt every now and then may not be enough to really affect your digestive health so consider natural probiotic supplements. One product, SCD Essential Probiotics, contains 11 strains of probiotics grown together and designed to survive stomach acid to actually do what you’re hoping. It’s also all natural and made with organic ingredients. Good news all around.
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