If sound can be healing, and healing sounds help us improve our physical, emotional, and spiritual selves, what is noise? How does noise differ from healing sounds and from music we don’t like? In addition to music, what noises are present in people’s homes and the everyday workspace of most health-care environments? Finally, what impact does noise have on health?
Our advancing civilization has gotten noisier over time. Human hearing evolved in a relatively quiet setting where very loud noises were the exception.… Read more »
While many people use supplements, self-help books, or health care providers to help them stay healthy, they often overlook a powerful tool that is right at their disposal–friends!
Did you know that friendships and positive social networks can have a major impact on your health and well-being? It’s true. Good friends are good for your health. Friends help you celebrate the good times in your life and they support you when times are tough.
Friends may even have a great effect on health than a spouse or family member.… Read more »
Now that the weather is warming up, it’s time to get outside and get moving! While many people think that the only beneficial exercise is strenuous exercise that leaves you breathless, sweating, and exhausted, that is no longer true. Any form of movement, whether it is gardening, dancing, playing sports, swimming, jogging, walking, yoga, tai chi, or engaging in many other activities, is beneficial. Physical activity and movement is essential for our health and well-being no matter what our age.
Physical activity is usually classified as either aerobic or anaerobic.… Read more »
The La Alma/Lincoln Park neighborhood in Denver is undergoing a bit of a revolution. The city’s housing authority is using a relatively new decision-making tool called a health impact assessment to design a redevelopment plan that encourages physical activity and environmental sustainability. The new project, known as Mariposa, will incorporate ecological construction materials and practices (such as solar power and geothermal energy) in an effort to create and support a healthy, vibrant community.
Doctors, nurses, community groups, and social agencies have long felt that environmental conditions contribute to such health conditions as heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.… Read more »
A recent report commissioned by the Bravewell Collaborative surveyed 29 prominent integrative medical centers in the United States. The report, entitled Integrative Medicine in America (2012), revealed that in more than half the hospitals surveyed, these therapies help reduce anxiety, nausea, and pain levels, as well as increase patient engagement. With the advent of value-based reimbursement, in which payments to hospitals are tied to patient satisfaction, integrative health therapies may improve bottom lines, as well.
The hospitals in the survey used many types of integrative therapies, such as food/nutrition, supplements, yoga, acupressure, guided imagery, aromatherapy, massage, expressive arts, medical clowns, meditation, sound therapy, and Reiki.… Read more »
You’ve probably heard about meditation and may wonder, What is meditation, and what can meditation do for me? Doesn’t it mean sitting all day in silence? Isn’t it for monks in far-away countries who can chant for hours?
Meditation is actually becoming quite popular in the Western world, among people from all walks of life, as a powerful and effective practice for reducing stress and creating relaxation. By quieting your mind, and becoming mindful of thoughts, feelings, and sensations while observing them in a nonjudgmental manner, meditating can help you become tranquil, and many aspects of life become clear.… Read more »
The Nurses’ Health Study (NHS) is one of the longest and largest ongoing investigations regarding factors that influence women’s health. The NHS began in 1967 and expanded in 1989. Over 238,000 nurses have participated in the research which focuses on the impact of diet, physical activity, and lifestyle on the prevalence of cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and other health conditions. Visit the Nurses’ Health Study website for complete information or to join the study.… Read more »
Mindful eating has the potential to transform our relationship to food and eating, and to improve our overall health, body image, relationships, and self-esteem.
Over the past 25 years, mindfulness practices have had a positive impact on many areas of psychological and physical health by reducing stress, depression, anxiety, chronic pain, and heart disease. More recently, evidence supports the benefits of mindful eating for the treatment and prevention of obesity.
Based on the Buddhist concept of mindfulness (which involves being aware of what is happening in the present moment) and mindfulness meditation, mindful eating is a slow, thoughtful way of eating and can help people make healthy food choices.… Read more »
With almost two-thirds of adults and one-third of children in the United States now considered overweight or obese, the potential effects on health, health costs, and our nation’s productivity could be catastrophic. Obesity currently costs us over $190 billion each year in obesity-related illnesses. Prevention is at the cornerstone of strategies to decrease the spread of this national epidemic.
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has evaluated previous strategies to address obesity. In its 2012 report, “Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention,” the IOM provides new recommendations to meet the goals of incorporating physical activity into our lives every day, strengthening the health of school-age children, making healthy foods and beverages available everywhere, and expanding the role of employers and health care providers in obesity prevention.… Read more »
To get a great balance of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other essential nutrients, try eating a “rainbow diet.” When you choose foods at the produce aisle, think about choosing from the colors of the rainbow. Remember “ROY G. BIV,” the acronym many of us learned in school? Use it as your guide to choosing a colorful palette of healthy, organic foods.
Try some of these new and old favorites to liven up your menu while you improve your health!… Read more »