9 Surprising Benefits Of Meditation

 

1. Reunites You with Your Car Keys
Memory-training exercises? Sure — or you could meditate/visualize/yoga your way to improved cognition, according to a small study of older adults.

2. Turns Your Frown Upside Down
Meditation curbs activity in the brain’s amygdala, which helps govern anxiety, stress, and anger. Translation? You’re less likely to wig the hell out.

3. Provides TLC for Your IBS
In one study, eight weeks of mindfulness-based stress reduction tempered tummy turbulence by a whopping 26.4 percent.

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Cannabis: A Future in Treating Cervical Cancer

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Recent research from South Africa has highlighted the potential cannabis has to treat cervical cancer, a disease that kills over a quarter of a million women annually. This latest study was not conducted on humans, but is the first of it’s kind and shows promising results.

Cervical cancer used to be the leading cause of cancer death among women in the United States, but those rates have gone down by almost 50 percent due to the widespread use of the Pap test for cervical cancer. In South Africa, however, over 80 percent of the population still relies on medicinal plants, which begs the question: do these women have the same access to the Pap test as American women do? Not likely.

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Balsamic Glazed Chicken

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This sweet, tangy chicken is the perfect weeknight dinner.

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SERVES: 4

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 c. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. whole-grain mustard
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 2 c. baby red potatoes, halved (quartered if large)
  • 1 tbsp. chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3-4 rosemary sprigs, for skillet
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What are the Side Effects of High-THC Cannabis?

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Like all virtually all medicines, cannabis can induce its own unique set of side effects. Although not everyone’s experience comes with a side of adverse reactions, it’s worth knowing what you may be at risk for, especially if you’re a new user. Keep in mind, these cannabis side effects are caused by its main psychoactive ingredient, THC (we’ll get to the side effects of other cannabinoids in future articles). Although this list doesn’t include all side effects of THC, it cites the most commonly experienced.

There are a few ways to help you dodge the not-so enjoyable effects of THC:

  • Try a strain that is high in CBD like ACDC, Cannatonic, Harlequin, or Canna-Tsu. CBD is not psychoactive in the same way as THC, and it can help curb the side effects of THC for a more relaxed, mellow experience.
  • Start with a very low dose when using high-THC strains. Adverse side effects tend to set in with continued or heavy consumption, so start with just a puff or two and see how you feel. You’d be surprised how much fun you can have with minimal amounts of cannabis.
  • If you’re sensitive to smoking or edibles, consider using an oil-filled vape pen. These allow a great deal of dosing control with mild effects, which has made them incredibly popular choices among newbies and older generations jumping back into cannabis.
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20 Ways To Get In On The Cauliflower Trend

As soon as the world figured out that cauliflower can make a fairly adequate replacement for gluten-laden pizza dough, all hell broke loose. Cauliflower is enjoying a renaissance these days.

And pizza isn’t the only thing cauliflower can stand in for. Rice, tater tots and even cheese are all getting a veggie-loaded makeover with cauliflower. Since cauliflower is one of the great vegetables out there, we think it’s time everyone got on board. We’ve got the recipes to help you do just that.

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4 Ways To Improve Your Mood Instantly

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Happiness is one of the most talked-about emotions – behavioral scientists study it relentlessly, meditation experts teach several techniques and social psychologists comes up with various explanations for how our brain tricks itself into believing various things. And of course, there are countless books on the subject.

Yet, being happy is one of the most elusive emotions. Understandably, it’s not easy being upbeat all the time. We are humans, and no matter how much we try, we are bound to have our low moments. Although this could be normal, prolonged periods of time feeling depressed can be detrimental to health.

Here are a few ways to shake off the bad mood and get back on track to positivity.

Work out

Exercising regularly helps build a resilient mindset. The physical benefits are obvious. Exercise also releases the happy hormone called dopamine which improves our mood immediately after a great run or a sweaty, hard workout.

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