Meditation and Yoga Can ‘Reverse’ DNA Reactions Which Cause Stress, New Study Suggests

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Mind-body interventions (MBIs) such as meditation, yoga and Tai Chi don’t simply relax us; they can ‘reverse’ the molecular reactions in our DNA which cause ill-health and depression, according to a study by the universities of Coventry and Radboud.

The research, published in the journal Frontiers in Immunology, reviews over a decade of studies analysing how the behaviour of our genes is affected by different MBIs including mindfulness and yoga.

Experts from the universities conclude that, when examined together, the 18 studies — featuring 846 participants over 11 years — reveal a pattern in the molecular changes which happen to the body as a result of MBIs, and how those changes benefit our mental and physical health. Continue reading Meditation and Yoga Can ‘Reverse’ DNA Reactions Which Cause Stress, New Study Suggests

No Pain, No Gain? 5 Myths About Muscle Soreness

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You just crushed a really hard workout. You upped the load of your training, or you stepped out of your routine and tried a new activity. You feel great — until you wake up the next morning, barely able to move.

Enter delayed onset muscle soreness, better known as DOMS. It’s an acronym that athletes and fitness buffs wear with pride.

As its name suggests, “DOMS is muscle soreness that becomes evident six-to-eight hours following activity, peaking around 24 to 48 hours post-training,” says Jon Mike, CSCS, NSCA-CPT and PhD candidate in […]

The Scientific Secret To Having Tons Of Energy Every Single Day

Article by Dr. Kim Crawford | Found on MindBodyGreen

Isn’t “high energy” a genetic thing? As a medical doctor specializing in aging and regenerative medicine, I get this question a lot. And it does seem like high energy levels are a part of certain people’s personality or DNA, doesn’t it? But in reality, energy comes from our mitochondria—the small energy factories in our cells that produce ATP. So even if we inherit a given amount of mitochondria, there’s no reason to think that we cannot produce more and have less mitochondrial death as we age. There’s also no reason to […]

Another Reason to Exercise: Burning Bone Fat a Key to Better Bone Health

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It’s a fat-burning secret anyone interested in bone health should know. For the first time, UNC School of Medicine researchers show that exercising burns the fat found within bone marrow and offers evidence that this process improves bone quality and the amount of bone in a matter of weeks.

The study, published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, also suggests obese individuals — who often have worse bone quality — may derive even greater bone health benefits from exercising than their lean counterparts. […]

Get Better Quality Sleep With Daily Yoga and Meditation

Article by David Gutierrez | Found on

Do you have trouble sleeping, or do you sleep poorly? You might go a long way to fixing these problems simply by implementing a daily yoga and meditation practice.

Trouble sleeping or poor sleep can be caused by many lifestyle factors, which are the first thing that should be addressed. For example, consumption of alcohol or caffeine, or use of back-lit screens (such as TVs, computers or smartphones) too close to bedtime causes physiological changes that make sleep more difficult.


Massage: Get in Touch With its Many Benefits

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Massage is no longer available only through luxury spas and upscale health clubs. Today, massage therapy is offered in businesses, clinics, hospitals and even airports. If you’ve never tried massage, learn about its possible health benefits and what to expect during a massage therapy session.


6 Emotional Wellness Tips That'll Help You Age Well

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ACCORDING BOTH TO SCIENCE and general life experience, getting intentional about emotional wellness is key to living longer, looking younger and feeling our absolute best.

This month’s Guest Editor, Dr. Sara Gottfried has been schooling us in her holistic approach to anti-aging for weeks — from healing nerves we’ve never heard of to collecting tools to combat rapid aging. Below, we’re learning a few fun ways to amp up our emotional wellness, and finding out why it’s important that we do. Grab a girlfriend, take a diaphragmatic breath and let’s get to work…

There’s a benefit to aging well emotionally. […]

The Unexpected Benefit Of Exercise We All Need Right Now

Article by Leigh Weingus | Found on MindBodyGreen

Have you ever been to a yoga class where everyone is constantly refreshing their Instagram, responding to texts, and checking email to see if they’re missing anything urgent at the office? If so, it’s probably time to find a new yoga studio. For most people, yoga is the one time of day when they have no choice but to store their phone in their bag for an hour or more. For once, it seems like any urgent calls, emails, or texts can wait.

This phenomenon is hardly limited to yoga classes. You’ll […]

4 Things You Can Do This Week to Be a Happier Person

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There’s more to leading a healthy lifestyle than following an eating and exercise plan. Finding happiness in your everyday life can also make a positive impact on your overall health. According to a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, happiness has a positive effect in lowering cortisol levels, the stress hormone that is related to health conditions like type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and autoimmune diseases. But if you aren’t feeling that happy on a daily basis, what can be done to change that?

Gabrielle Bernstein, New York Times […]

The Physical Side of Stress

Article by Clare Kittredge | Found on

Although female sex hormones and brain chemistry offer some protection from stress, women are more deeply affected by the physical and emotional effects of stress than men.

Women’s reactions to stress are rooted in their body chemistry. Men have higher androgen levels, while women have higher estrogen levels, says Paul J. Rosch, MD, FACP, president of the American Institute of Stress (AIS).

“Their brains are also wired differently,” says Dr. Rosch, who is also a clinical professor of medicine and psychiatry at New York Medical College, and honorary vice president of the […]