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Write Your Way to Better Health: the Physical Benefits of Journaling

Write Your Way to Better Health: the Physical Benefits of Journaling

How can we improve our health and heal our diseases? After studying this question for a number of years, I’m convinced that two key factors are effective stress management and recovery from emotional trauma. Fortunately, both of these issues can be tackled with a scientifically-proven, drug-free approach: writing therapy. Expressive, pen-to-paper journaling reduces stress, boosts the immune system and helps the mind to process emotional trauma. Its positive effect on immunity helps people with many different chronic illnesses and reduces the severity of symptoms.Julia Cameron’s iconic work on creativity, The Artist’s Way, introduced the concept of Morning Pages, the daily practice of off-loading worries and preoccupations onto the pages of a journal.But many scientists have also investigated the power of expressive writing in the past 30 years...

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Buteyko Breathing Technique

What is Buteyko Breathing Technique?The Buteyko (pronounced bew-TAY-ko) Breathing Technique was developed by Russian-born researcher Konstantin Pavlovich Buteyko.It consists of shallow-breathing exercises designed to help people with asthma breathe easier.The Buteyko Breathing Technique is based on the premise that raising blood levels of carbon dioxide through shallow breathing can treat asthma. Carbon dioxide is believed to dilate the smooth muscles...

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Less Than A Teaspoon Of This Food Could Help You Breathe Easier

By CAROLINE PRADERIO You know olive oil comes with an array of health benefits, including slashing cancer risk, lowering blood pressure, and fighting wrinkles, to name a few. Now, new evidence published in Environmental Health Perspectives shows that it can also protect your body from the effects of air pollution. Researchers at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recruited three groups of middle-aged people to test whether eating different types of oil could fight the health risks linked to air pollution—a real concern since breathing polluted air can increase blood pressure, impair blood vessel function, and even trigger strokes and heart attacks in people with heart problems.The first group in the study supplemented with three fish oil pills daily, the second swallowed three olive oil capsules (the equivalent of...