Health

For individuals who are struggling with mental health issues, medication and therapy are the two treatment options most commonly recommended by medical professionals. Patients, however, are often overwhelmed by the numerous drug and therapeutic treatment options that are available to them. Cognitive-behavioral therapy, often known by the abbreviation CBT, is one particularly effective form of psychotherapy. For patients seeking a structured, goal-oriented path to better mental health, CBT may offer valuable solutions. What is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy? Cognitive-behavioral th... more ...
Fasting, the act of avoiding or limiting one’s food and beverage intake for a given period of time, is a practice that has long been associated with health and religion. In recent years, however, fasting has become an increasingly popular trend in the world of dieting and wellness. According to proponents, fasting offers many health benefits. Nevertheless, undertaking a fast isn’t for everyone and must be carefully planned to avoid potential health risks and complications. Would you benefit from fasting? If so, which kind of fast should you undertake, and for how long? Read on... more ...
Chronic low libido impacts men and women of all ages. More formally known as hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD), the condition is estimated to affect nearly 20% of adult men and 30% of women. Though levels of sexual desire fall within a range and naturally fluctuate over time, a perpetually low sex drive may ultimately take a toll on one’s self-esteem and intimate relationships. Is hypoactive sexual desire disorder affecting your life? Read on to learn more about common causes and potential treatment options. Low Sexual Desire: Common Causes Why is your libido low? T... more ...
For those who have never practiced it, the concept of meditation can sound intimidating. How exactly does one meditate? How do you know if you’re “doing it right?” Practicing meditation has been scientifically proven to benefit both the mind and the body, boosting immunity, reducing blood pressure and inflammation, and improving mood and focus. Follow these simple tips to get started with meditation for yourself!  Start small and begin early. When picturing someone meditating, we often imagine a blissed-out hippie sitting on a mountaintop for hours on end.... more ...
Getting back to a healthy diet after the holidays can be tricky! With leftover cookies sitting on the counter and half a bottle of eggnog still in the fridge, it can be tempting to drag out the holiday dining for a few days or weeks longer than planned. Though indulging during the holidays is perfectly normal, studies show that the pounds most adults put on between November and January never come off. Instead of letting those extra slices of pie hang around your hips, get back on track with your health in the new year! Follow these simple tips to get back to your pre-holiday baseline... more ...
Most of us don’t spend much time thinking about our healthcare providers. By the time we’re contemplating a doctor’s visit, most of us are already in need of an examination or a prescription renewal. When it comes to seeking out a new doctor, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. Almost all of us have had negative experiences with dismissive, patronizing, or misguided medical professionals in the past. How can we improve the odds of finding a fantastic physician on the first try? Though there’s no simple way to guarantee success, these simple guidelines may a... more ...
The state of our sleep is becoming an issue of global concern. In 1942, adults were averaging a healthy 8 hours of sleep per night; today, that average has dropped to just 6.8. Studies reveal that sleep disorders are on the rise, with factors like growing obesity rates and nighttime technology use accelerating these trends. Poor sleep quality may ultimately lead to reduced cognitive function, decreased sex drive, heart conditions, mental health issues, weight gain, and more. If you’re practicing good sleep hygiene and still experiencing frequent sleep disturbances, you may be strugg... more ...
Our oral health can have an impact on our well-being at any age. As we grow older, adhering to good dental hygiene practices becomes even more important. Oral conditions like gum disease and dry mouth affect well over a third of seniors over the age of 60. Whether you have a complete set of dentures or all of your natural teeth, it is important to keep an eye on your oral health. Follow these simple hygiene guidelines to ensure the health of your mouth and body!  Cavities & Tooth Decay Cavities can form at any stage in our lives. When acidic plaque builds up on the teet... more ...
When we picture assisted living homes, many of us imagine older seniors being wheeled around by caregivers. In countries like Japan, Germany, and the United States, rapidly aging populations are quickly outpacing the number of individuals entering caregiving professions. Social isolation, physical handicaps, and mobility issues challenge many individuals during their twilight years. Impressive developments in robotics, however, will likely alleviate many of these problems, likely within the coming decades. The following projects offer a few interesting insights into the rapidly-changing world ... more ...
Most of us dream of living long and healthy lives. Reaching one’s 100th birthday, however, is easier said than done! Maintaining the right attitude and habits can play an important role in boosting our longevity. In addition to standard beliefs regarding health and wellness, certain less conventional practices have been shown to elongate the average lifespan. Do you dream of becoming a centenarian? Follow these tips to extend your life while aging gracefully! Don’t Eat Quite So MuchJapan’s Okinawan populace is known for having some of the lowest obesity rates and lo... more ...