We say it at MOBE over and over again: the things you think about matter. Your thoughts and feelings, which you ultimately control, directly affect your physical well-being. That’s because happiness, positivity and all those other things that make your day better impact your whole body through the release of hormones and brain chemicals. A University of Michigan study found that optimistic retirees had a 73% lower risk of heart failure compared with those who were pessimistic.
An optimistic perspective naturally encourages people to adopt healthier habits like eating right, managing their stress and exercising. That’s not always easy, but that’s also why we have each other. Turning to friends or family and forging happy, healthy relationships cause your body to produce more cytokines—powerful natural healing compounds.
So whether the sun is shining outside your window, or the view is blocked by drifting snow…. you can choose to smile. It’s contagious and it looks good on anyone.
Just imagining a stressful event or situation may make your heart beat faster, your palms sweat and your mind kick into high-alert mode. But what if that stress response isn’t always bad? What if it can actually be beneficial? And what if there is actually a difference between a good stressor and bad stressor? Researchers are finding that there is more to the story than you might expect from all the bad press about stress.
Medicine isn’t perfect. For every breakthrough that cures a disease (or makes it easier to live with one) there are many more treatments that only help a little. And there are many more that may have no effect or that may actually cause a particular person more harm than good. So, it’s important to approach any decision that affects your health, or the health of someone you love, with eyes wide open.
Ever wondered whether it’s better to see the glass as half empty or half full? There’s a growing body of research that has your answer...
Stories aren’t just for Oscar-winning movies or best-selling novels. They’ve been at the heart of human communication from the beginning. Before Snapchat, email, or snail mail, our survival depended on remembering the stories told around the community fire. And now, researchers are discovering that storytelling can be transformative for personal health.
There is no doubt that prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications can come with tons of confusing directions, warnings, disclaimers, and information on the paperwork. So, we’re digging into what some of these often-confusing terms or sections of a label mean. Because we believe, the more you know about your medications, the more you can make sure they are working for you.
The role of the supplement is just that – to supplement the levels of a nutrient already found in your body. Some supplements are more beneficial than others, and some are absorbed better than others. Today we’ll walk through what you need to know about supplements so that you can have an informed conversation with your doctor about whether or not they’re right for you.