How Massage Can Help Keep Your Heart Healthy


As with most things having to do with your health, knowledge is power. And more than that perhaps, knowledge helps you better understand what health conditions you are at particular risk for and then, from there, make informed decisions about how you might mitigate those risks.

Risk Factors

Knowing what puts you at risk as well as how you can control some of these factors—is empowering and allows you to better manage your health and well-being, which is something you strive for with your massage therapy clients and need to do for yourself, too.

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How the Right Bedroom Setup Can Help You Sleep Better

The street I live on is extremely noisy and has a lot of light. And as much as I want to control this, 95% of it comes from the busy NY streets. Add in a noisy AC and heating unit, and my husband and I are left in a game of constant compromising.

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After two years working on my sleep tech company, I learned that external factors – including those in the environment we sleep in- have a significant impact in the quantity and quality of our sleep, particularly limiting the depth of sleep. If you can get these factors under control, you can significantly improve your sleep.

We’ve been able to make differences in our home that have allowed us to finally sleep through the night and optimize our bedroom, and here’s the seven steps to achieve the same in your own home.

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When it comes to your bedroom, most of it does come down to having the right bed setup – and it starts with the mattress.

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7 Nutrition Secrets to Live a Longer and Healthier Life

Let’s face it. We all want to live a longer — and healthier — life. Aging is inevitable but there are healthy habits we can create and foods we can enjoy to help prologue our lives. A nutrient dense diet along with a stress-free lifestyle goes hand in hand to promote longevity.

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As a nutritionist, I regularly get asked how to help slow the aging process. Below are some simple tricks to help stop the clock.

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5 Simple Greens to Add to Your Smoothies Today

Green smoothies are everywhere, from your local Starbucks store to your favorite smoothie shop, and with good reason. Green smoothies are a super addition to your daily routine and an easy way to sneak in ton of veggies and nutrients, without having to eat a bowl of salad.

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But while they are super healthy, they can also be super intimidating.

Green is not the usual color of something you might drink. The idea of drinking a leafy green veggies, like kale, can be a little off-putting to many people. Without the right recipe, that drink might be healthy, but it might not be very pleasing to your tastebuds. In the wrong combination, greens can make your smoothie taste bitter, leave a funky texture or even make it taste a bit sour.

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Natural Ways to Beat Belly Bloat

If you’re often feeling bloated or gassy, there are simple things you can do to help. These tips and tricks will help you alleviate your tummy troubles naturally. Read on to find out how you can beat your bloat today.

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Examine Which Foods Might Contribute

While it might seem that feeling bloated happens at random times, it’s important to try and look for patterns. Often difficulty digesting certain food types can contribute to a feeling of being bloated by increasing gas production in the intestines. Dairy is the classic example. While you might not be outright lactose intolerant, you may have a mild intolerance that leads to bloating. Take notice and reduce or cut out the foods you find.

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5 Reasons To Get Yourself A Workout Bestie ASAP

Celebrity besties like Reese Witherspoon and Naomi Watts have paired up to practice yoga together and we wholeheartedly applaud them. Working out with a pal is a great way to stay motivated, achieve your fitness goals and most importantly, make working out fun.

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So do as the stars do and schedule a workout date with your bestie:

1. You’ll get fit faster

Don’t worry if your workout buddy is in better shape than you. Working out with someone who’s at a higher fitness level than you can cause you to push yourself harder, meaning you’ll see results faster. According to a small 2012 study, published in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine, college women performed better on aerobic tasks, like bike riding, when they were told stopping early would hurt their partner’s performance.

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7 Things People With Emotional Control Don’t Do

We’ve all been there; that moment when we calm down and realize that our emotions just completely took over our bodies and caused us to behave in a way that we now regret.

While this is natural and human, the frequency of this experience is completely contingent upon how we’ve learned to regulate our emotions on a regular basis.

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The reality is that how we identify, accept and overcome emotions is entirely within our control. We don’t need to become slaves to our feelings—riding the unpredictable waves of emotional highs and lows. Instead, we can reflect on some of the things that people with more emotional control don’t do — and try to stop doing these things ourselves.

Here are seven things that people with emotional control simply don’t do:

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How to Become a Morning Person

Photo: Tara Moore / Getty
Photo: Tara Moore / Getty

We all have that friend that somehow jumps out of bed at the first chime of her alarm, and gets started with her packed day with a perky attitude. If she does it without a drip of coffee, it’s even more maddening.

For the rest of us, productivity before noon feels like an impossible goal, and the snooze button is at once our arch nemesis and savior. We dream of what life would be like if we could actually get stuff done before heading into the office—imagine how many more happy hours you could make it to if you got your workout in before the day started.

If you’re naturally a night owl, there’s a chance you may never love the morning. “But you can stop hating the morning,” says Norman Rosenthal, M.D., clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine and author of The Gift of Adversity. “You can stop being dysfunctional in the morning,” which for many people, is a necessity to keep their jobs, or get up and tend to their young kids.

To help you start your mornings on a happier note, we talked to experts to learn how we can do as the mythical morning people do.

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Do Probiotic Products Live Up to Their Promises?

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A daily dose of good bacteria can boost your health, but not all foods containing probiotics are created equal. Find out which are the best to add to your diet.

You’ve probably heard the term “probiotics” thrown around in your doctor’s office or grocery store, especially regarding some staple foods in your kitchen, includingyogurt, kefir, and kimchi. You might’ve also caught wind that probiotics are living microorganisms (including common bacterial strains like Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium as well as yeast), but not the scary kind that make you sick. It’s the opposite: Probiotics support proper body function by stimulating the immune system, promoting digestion, inhibiting growth of potentially harmful bacteria that lead toinfections, and producing key nutrients, such as B vitamins and folate. That’s not all: Probiotics have also shown to alleviate diarrhea and constipation, decrease the duration of colds, aid weight loss, and lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels.

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What is a Naturopathic Doctor?

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Naturopathic physicians combine the wisdom of nature with the rigors of modern science. Steeped in traditional healing methods, principles and practices, naturopathic medicine focuses on holistic, proactive prevention and comprehensive diagnosis and treatment. By using protocols that minimize the risk of harm, naturopathic physicians help facilitate the body’s inherent ability to restore and maintain optimal health. It is the naturopathic physician’s role to identify and remove barriers to good health by helping to create a healing internal and external environment.

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