The Joy Of Running, by Amateur & Pro Runners Alike

(freelance writer and editor) shared that running is one of the best things you can get into. She has been running on and off for years, and while she still struggles to discipline herself to put her shoes on and head out the door, she can 100% say that every single time she has come back from a run, she feels great and am glad she went.
Running for her really helps her clear her head and feel good about herself. But at least in Australia, it surprises her how few fellow runners she sees at the oval, even on weekends with perfect running weather.

In this piece, Katie has collected stories & comments from fellow runners and hope that it can inspire at least 1 more person to consider getting into running. Earlier, I had put out this query:

To summarize, these are the main reasons people enjoy running in the stories:

  • For mental health (running releases feel-good hormones like norepinephrine, serotonin, etc) and meditation
  • Unplug from work ordinary life
  • Let your mind wander
  • Get away from negative emotions like worry, stress, and anxiety
  • A sense of accomplishment, progress, and purpose
  • Feeling more positive
  • Runners high (yes, it’s a real thing)
  • Take in the fresh air, smells, and sights

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12 Proven Health Benefits of Chia Seeds

Anju Mobin, Managing Editor of BestofNutrition,,  shared with Healthy Lombard that everybody wants to follow a healthy diet and eat healthy food, but many people are unaware of some nutritious foods which are commonly available. Chia seeds belong to this category, which is most nutritious but less known to people around the globe.

Chia Seeds has a scientific name, Salvia Hispanica, derived from a flowering plant that belongs to Mexico, Central, and South America. This ancient grain is filled with nutrients and minerals that impart various health benefits. Generally, added in many recipes like smoothies, cereals, and salads to make a great healthy meal. In this blog post, we will discuss all the health benefits of chia seeds and the scientific evidence behind these claims.

Chia seeds make a great energy drink for athletes for more stamina and energy. Chia seed oil is extracted and used for its medicinal and health benefits. If you are looking for antioxidants with high fiber, chia seeds can be a perfect addition to your diet. Chia seeds are also called superfoods for their extensive range of benefits.

History shows a strong link between chia seeds and Mayan and Aztec cultures. It is believed that these warriors used chia seeds for its ability to increase endurance. In the Mayan language, the term chia means strength. In the olden days, it survived in certain regions of Mexico. Presently chia seeds are grown in several countries and are easily accessible. It is an unprocessed whole grain food that is absorbed from your body in the seeds form. Read more

The Ultimate Guide to Healthy Skin

Lydia here from Skincare Skills, a blog dedicated to helping people improve and maintain their skin, put together a really in-depth article on Maintaining a Healthy Skin.  Lydia shared that from eating an antioxidant-rich diet to practicing robust skincare regimens, achieving healthy skin is as easy as it has ever been.
So, Welcome to her ultimate guide to healthy skin, where she will be going through the actions you can take to make your healthy skin goals come true.
These will not only include the things that you can do to your skin to improve it, but also lifestyle changes that will improve your overall health, with your skin becoming radiant as a result. She will also be going into skin types and how they may affect which skincare methods you use, as well as our natural beauty tips, before finishing with a skincare FAQ.

Best Foods for Healthy Skin

Just as a poor diet will affect other parts of your body, your skin will also be affected in ways you may not have even noticed. Below are some examples of the foods you should be looking at if you want to improve the health of your skin.

Fatty fish like salmon and mackerel make great diet options for those concerned about healthy skin because they’re full of omega-3 fatty acids which aid in maintaining your skin. They keep the skin thick and moisturized, and so a deficiency of omega-3 fatty acids will cause dry skin that’ll lead to other skin problems. These omega-3 fats found in fish also reduce inflammation in the skin, fighting acne and even mitigating the damage done by the sun’s UV rays.

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How to Create a Space and Lifestyle for Better Sleep”

Rocio from shared that social distancing is stressful and some of us are experiencing some hard time falling asleep or enjoying a good night’s sleep.   He suggests that if you tend to toss and turn at night, your sleeping troubles could be due to stress, your health, or it may be the way your bedroom is currently structured. Whether you suffer from insomnia or experience occasional trouble getting a good night’s rest, there are some things you can do to enjoy a deeper, more restful sleep. One of the best things you can do for your health and well-being is to get adequate sleep each night. Read on to learn more about the importance of getting a good night’s sleep and how you can take proactive steps at home for a restful slumber.

The Importance and Benefits of Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

Lack of deep sleep can have a major negative impact on your health. When you don’t get a good night’s sleep, you’ll feel sluggish and moody the next day. Some side effects of missing out on sleep include fatigue, an inability to focus, and overeating. Some studies have shown that lack of sleep can actually contribute to obesity since it increases your levels of cortisol, a stress hormone that makes you feel hungry during the day. If you get enough hours of sleep each night, you’ll be more focused and alert. Lack of sleep can cause serious safety issues, such as car accidents or injuries at work. REM sleep provides plenty of benefits that can improve your health, including:

  •    1. Improved learning and better brain function
  •    2. Steady mood (no mood swings)
  •    3. More energy – both physical and mental
  •    4. Healthy heart and lung function
  •    5. A stronger immune system

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The effects of E-Cigarettes

College of DuPage Nursing Student Amy Walsh researched that electronic cigarettes have become an increasingly popular trend in countries all around the world as a way to limit tobacco smoking. The first electronic cigarette (e-CIG) was developed in China in 2004 where it was claimed that while using an e-cig simulates tobacco cigarette smoking but the odor and risks associated with tobacco smoke were eliminated since there were no combustion products or tobacco toxins inhaled.1 However, even though smoking e-CIG products were initially thought to be less harmful than tobacco smoking, e-CIG are in fact far from harmless or the lesser of 2 evils. Nicotine is harmful and highly addictive regardless of the delivery method and causes tachycardia, high blood pressures, seizures, comas, and even death.2

Furthermore, the variable doses of nicotine as a base liquid in different flavors typically include propylene glycol (PG or polyethylene glycol 400 [PEG400]) and/or glycerol (vegetable glycerin [VG]), widely used as additives in foods and personal care products, such as toothpaste.1

The FDA also reports detecting cancer-causing chemicals known as nitrosamines and flavorings such as diacetyl, which is a chemical linked to serious lung disease in the majority of electronic cigarette products.3 According to the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, e-CIG devices can explode causing burns or projectile injuries especially when batteries are of poor quality, due to improper storage, or if the device is modified by users.4 There is also evidence indicating an increased rate of infections from sharing vaping devices or improper cleaning of the mouthpiece.5

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Foods that Help Promote Productivity

With most people working from home and having to deal with many more distractions, it’s often hard to stay productive throughout the day. Whether you’re having to take care of your kids, deal with roommates, or simply avoid being tempted to turn on your favorite show, staying focused on the task at hand can be challenging. It’s also important to note that managing work and personal projects while dealing with the mental and physical drain the current crisis can cause, makes taking care of our health even more imperative than ever before. 

To help, we thought we’d share this guide on some healthy snacks that promote productivity. In the visual, you’ll find simple energy-boosting foods that we typically have in our kitchens or are easy to obtain during your next visit to your local grocery store. Since getting a good night’s sleep also helps us stay focused, the guide includes nutritious snacks that promote sleep as well as a few expert tips on how you can help your body stay healthy through the foods we eat.  Read more

Chronic Pain Information

a Registered Nurse and a Patient Advocate shared information about Chronic pain, defined as persistent pain that lasts at least three months — affects one in five U.S. adults.

In her article, 32 Chronic Pain Statistics to Help You Understand Your Health, she writes that it’s the number one cause of disability globally.

If you’re coping with chronic pain, you’re no stranger to the everyday challenges that come along with it. Chronic pain is typically caused by an underlying condition. The four most common sources of pain are:

  • Back pain: 80% of U.S. adults will experience back pain at some point in their life.

  • Neuropathic pain: Chronic neuropathic pain affects 3–17% of adults.

  • Headaches and migraines: More than 5 million people have daily chronic migraines.

  • Joint pain and arthritis: About 15 million adults report severe joint pain due to arthritis.

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Coronavirus Care

Dr. Sylvia, from Natural Paths for Lymphatic Wellness, in Aurora, IL  shared in their newsletter that they know things haven’t been same lately. With the change and disruptions to our normal lives and daily routines, it is important to focus on self-care and love ourselves.

Here are some top healthy daily habits that can keep you staying sane, fit, and healthy in these times:
Are you partaking in daily health habits to keep you illness-free? Diet and exercise are part of that, but habits extend beyond this that can result in feeling great inside and out. Here are a few of our suggestions to help you apply to your own life.
Meditation – You might think this is an odd habit to reduce illness. However, it can be connected to your emotional and overall health, as it assists in slowing your body down. You can focus on root issues and garner yourself more emotional control. You can calm down from life’s daily issues or problems with work, children, or anything upsetting.
When you don’t deal with issues, your body can become tensed and stressed. This, in turn, increases blood pressure, causes headaches, and leads to a lowered immune system. Simple daily meditation habits can help keep you illness-free.

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Are your spring allergies affecting your energy bill?

Caitlin Cosper shared with Choose Energy that after the cold winter months, spring has finally arrived. Spring brings us warmer weather and blooming flowers, but many also find it ushers in allergy season. In fact, more than 50 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies.

There are several steps you can take to help your allergies, but could your allergies also lead to higher energy bills? Read on to learn about how you can avoid itchy eyes and sneezes without sacrificing your energy cost.

HVAC maintenance

As we move into spring, it’s important to give your HVAC system some attention. About half of your home’s energy usage comes from heating and cooling, so an efficient HVAC is crucial. Your indoor air quality can feel the negative effects of a neglected HVAC, leading to worsened allergies and less efficiency.

For starters, be sure to dust out the registers and air return vents with a damp cloth. It’s especially important, to begin with, this step – if the vents and registers in your HVAC are dusty, that dust will be spread throughout your entire home.

Spring is also an opportune time for you to schedule an appointment with an HVAC technician. Experts recommend having a professional inspect your HVAC at least once a year to ensure it’s running efficiently and isn’t encountering any problems.

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