For most of us, breathing is nothing more than an automatic function that keeps us alive, a steady flow that brings in vital oxygen and expels carbon dioxide. But unlike heartbeat or digestion, breath is a bodily function we can consciously control. If you’ve ever taken a deep breath to keep a panic attack at bay, then you already know the wonders breathing can have on your … [Read more...] about Are You Breathing the Right Way?
While it may be good motivation, rocking a beach-worthy bod isn't the only reason to get your torso in shape. After all, your core is about more than just your ab muscles—it’s your body’s powerhouse. Not only does it facilitate movement, but it also houses your inner organs and central nervous system. In other words, it helps you do just about everything. Here are five reasons … [Read more...] about 5 Reasons to Strengthen Your Core
There’s no denying that we live in anxious times. Whether you’re worrying about how your kids are doing at school, the state of the environment, or losing your job in an uncertain economy, our hectic lives give us ample opportunity to fret about the future. Though anxiety is a relatively normal reaction to stress, if it’s creeping into your life regularly, it may be time to … [Read more...] about Dealing With Anxiety: Coping Tips to Feel Calm Again
From time to time, we all experience the odd bout of loneliness. Sometimes it can creep up on us during periods of change (like a move or the end of a relationship, for example), and leave us feeling physically or emotionally distanced from other people. Loneliness doesn’t just strike when we’re by ourselves, either. It can be just as easy to feel lonely in a throng of people … [Read more...] about 5 Ways to Beat Loneliness
1. Brush your teeth regularly (and properly!) Though it may sound obvious, the best way to keep cavities at bay is to keep your teeth clean. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, ideally after every meal—and be thorough! Harry Höediono, president of the Ontario Dental Association, says that while most people spend about a minute brushing their teeth, the ideal should be three … [Read more...] about How to Prevent Cavities: 6 Simple Strategies Everyone Should Follow
1. Keep your regular fitness routine When you’re juggling social obligations, shopping and cooking, it’s tempting to let your exercise sessions fall to the bottom of the list. Instead, make physical fitness a priority. (Need some inspiration? Try our quick and easy holiday workout routine). Besides burning off extra calories, working up a sweat will leave you glowing and … [Read more...] about 8 Ways to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain
Music can be a magical thing. The right melody can get us out of our chairs and onto the dance floor, or can help us relax and recharge. Hearing a particular song can whisk us back into the past, enable us to tap into deeply held emotions, or help us find the space to dream. And while researchers have long grappled with how exactly music works with the human mind, one thing … [Read more...] about How Music Helps Your Brain
Why Is Brain Fitness So Important? It’s obvious that our bodies need exercise to stay happy and healthy—especially as we age. And like with our bodies, our brains can lose some of their pep as we get older. In some cases, however, that brain deterioration becomes a disorder known as dementia—and its most widespread form is Alzheimer’s disease. As the nerve cells in the brain … [Read more...] about Brain Workouts: 5 Proven Tips to Stay Smart for Life
Why is my stomach hurting? Your digestive tract is one of your body’s most vital systems—it takes your food on an amazing journey once your lunch leaves your lips. First, it travels down the esophagus to the stomach, where acids start breaking it down so your body can use it. After a few hours of digestion, your food then moves through the small intestine, where most of its … [Read more...] about 5 Reasons Your Stomach Hurts and How to Decode Your Symptoms
1. Slow down By slowing down to enjoy our meals we don’t only improve our digestion, we also improve our oral health. “The mouth is a gateway to the body,” explains dentist Christine Botchway. She says that when we eat too quickly—wolfing down a meal while driving or standing by the fridge, for example—our food doesn’t have a chance to break down properly before continuing on … [Read more...] about 6 Eating Habits That Are Healthy For Your Teeth
If you’ve ever watched a child splashing in a puddle, or laughing at the top of her lungs at something as simple as a silly hat or a goofy dance move, then you’ve seen fun in action. In our busy world, kids are the keepers of fun, finding joy in the little things that make worth living. As we get older and busier, however, fun can sometimes elude us. Our lengthy to-do lists … [Read more...] about Fun And Health: What’s The Connection?
What is mouth breathing? Though mouth breathing happens for different reasons in adults and children, the culprit is usually a nasal obstruction. When we breathe normally through the nose, the air we take in is warmed and moistened before it gets to our lungs. If a person has difficulty breathing through the nose, however, he or she is forced to take in cold, dry air through … [Read more...] about What to Know if You’re a Mouth Breather
If you’re obsessed with counting calories or dropping a dress size, you may be inadvertently passing those attitudes on to your kids. Instead, teach your kids to be healthy and to love their bodies. Here's how: 1. Avoid criticizing your own body It may sound simple, but the best way to build healthy attitudes is to model them. If you’re constantly complaining about your … [Read more...] about 6 Things Parents Can Do to Build Healthy Body Image in Their Kids