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WORKPLACE POSTURE Concentrated Businessman Working On Computer In Office

For those of us who spend too much time in a sedentary workplace and suffer from poor posture as a result, Structural Integration therapist Anna Collins (UK) presents a range of advice on how to improve and maintain our posture in the workplace.

 

 

 

SEVEN STEPS TO BETTER SLEEP  Young couple sleeping in bed

Regular contributor Sherry Brescia (USA) has some useful suggestions for those of you who have trouble getting a sound night’s sleep. Firstly, she explains the health effects of chronic insomnia and the reasons that might lie behind it. She then offers some suggestions on how to address it.

 

uterus & types of fibroidsFIVE TIPS ON MANAGING FIBROIDS

Naturopathic doctor Lisa Watson (Canada) offers some practical suggestions on how women can address the issue of fibroids, non-cancerous growths in the lining of the uterus that affect large numbers of women across cultures. Dr. Watson has dietary and other suggestions.

 

 

 

BIODIVERSITY AND OUR HEALTH Tropical jungle

In this interesting article by Holly Mueller (USA) we learn how maintaining a healthy level of biodiversity is critical to the survival of the human race. Dr. Mueller points out that “Nature is a rich source of prospective medicines for us because the existing richness of life is the product of natural selection, the process by which life evolves. Long before humans appeared on the planet, fungi began fighting a chemical war with bacteria”.

 

 

 

 

Grandfather and grandson playing guitar outdoors

MUSICIANSHIP FOR BRAIN HEALTH ACROSS ALL AGE GROUPS

If you have never learned to play a musical instrument, chances are that you will be inspired to do so after reading this article. Assistant Professor Gavin Bidelman (USA) presents convincing and well-referenced information on the beneficial cognitive effects of exposure to musical training: “Several studies have … revealed that brain changes with musical training extend beyond hearing and the auditory system. Neuroimaging studies demonstrate that key areas of the brain responsible for motor planning and transferring information between hemispheres (among others) are structurally different in the musical brain.” The benefits extend across all ages and have been associated with neuroplasticity in the older age brackets.

HOW LOVE AFFECTS OUR NEUROCHEMICALS Couple playing around

Dr. Loretta Breuning (USA) explains how and why love affects the release of our “happy” chemicals, namely dopamine, oxytocin and serotonin.

 

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