Sad Man in HospitalThere have been past studies that have found strong correlations between chronic infections (or even just chronic inflammation) and depression. Now, researchers have discovered a strong correlation between suicide and hospitalization for infection—it may in fact account for 1 in 10 suicides.

For healthcare workers, it means that mental health needs to be a bigger priority, especially for patients with physical maladies.

For everyone else, there’s lots you can do to take care of yourself: Read more about depression…

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Bring Gold Home

August 11, 2016

Underwater Swimmer SHotAmerica is piling up gold medals down in Rio as the 2016 Olympics continue, thanks to our swimmers, divers, and gymnasts (with other events on-going as this is written). What might be more impressive than the amazing physical feats that they are accomplishing (and record smashing) is the mental endurance. It’s not just strong bodies, it’s passion, focus, and clarity that they’ve held strong in their minds for years to get to this point. Read more about improving focus…

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Hospital CorridorMost people implicitly trust hospitals. But do they deserve that trust? A few do. Some hospitals are working hard to reduce hospital acquired infections (HAIs) with what probably seems like extreme measures, a mix of signs and disinfectant everywhere, constant verbal reminders at meetings, and technological reminders from cameras to badges that chirp when doctors walk in/out of rooms or past soap dispensers.

But HAIs are still a growing issue. Washing hands is the biggest factor (in fact, a few observant doctors figured out the correlation between hygiene and illness centuries ago, but it didn’t really catch on until there was irrefutable proof, and even then many people, even doctors, fall into an attitude of exceptionalism). But buildings are a problem, too. Innovators (who are arguably looking back through history for ideas) are using nano silver to help, coating neglected and hard to clean surfaces (walls, curtains, interior windows, etc.) as well as objects used in the body. Read more about HAIs…

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Seniors Hanging in NaturePretty much everyone agrees, we should all be taking a daily multivitamin. Those few dissenters seem to only disagree when they look at the stuff sold in grocery stores: they often don’t have the ingredients listed on the labels, are plumped up with fillers, and are in the cheapest, least usable by the body form of any nutrients they manage to actually have in them. It’s no wonder studies using cheapo vitamins get poor results.

What should we all be taking? A high-quality daily multivitamin like Vita One. Made with fresh ingredients in the form best suited for humans, Vita One is a filler-free alternative to those other brands.

But why does everyone need a multivitamin? I eat healthy food!

There are some big, common reasons that multivitamins get recommended, like getting a boost of Vitamin D in winter to help prevent SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), making sure women of childbearing age are getting enough folic acid, regardless of their current intent, and making sure women (and even some men) are getting calcium as they age, or just getting an extra bump of nutrients as their bodies start to slow down their ability to process them. Read more about a daily multivitamin…

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Calm Your Aches

August 8, 2016

Man bending over with back painFrom tension to post-work out cramps, there are a lot of natural ways you can ease the ache of sore, cramped muscles.

Prevention, of course, is always better than trying to solve a problem later (like when you’re trying to sleep but can’t relax or get comfortable). Drinking lots of water (especially if you’re outside, or being active, or both!) probably makes the biggest difference.

Another thing you can do? Stretch. The current wisdom is that stretching is good, but it’s best when it’s done independently of your workout. Yoga is a good way to give stretching the attention it deserves (and to keep it both thorough and deep with a myriad of options that keep joint pain away) since it’s a practice unto itself. In addition to keeping things limber, it can even help improve balance, leading to fewer injuries. Read more about muscle aches…

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