Do you ever go to bed and then just lie there and watch the minutes tick by? One of the reasons you may be having trouble sleeping is that your bedroom might not be a healthy sleeping environment. In fact, The Journal of the American Medical Association indicates that behavioral changes may treat insomnia better than drugs. Try making your bedroom a sleep only zone.
A lot of research has been done on the benefits of olive oil for healthy people. It lowers the chances of having a heart attack or stroke. New research is suggesting that it may benefit those who undergo heart bypass surgery by decreasing the chance that they will die in the month following surgery. It has been found that those who ate less than 1 tablespoon of olive oil a day were four times more likely to die from a heart attack or stroke than those who ate 3 or more tablespoons of olive oil a day. It is especially beneficial when it is used to replace other fats, such as other vegetable oils, butter and margarine.
Attitude really does make a difference in your health! In one of the largest studies on the impact of personality on health, it was found that not only does optimism have a positive impact on heart health, pessimism has a negative impact on it. Women who were the most hostile and cynical were more likely to die than those who had the cheeriest dispositions.
The study included 162,000 post-menopausal women and was conducted over a 15-year period. Women who were most optimistic had a nine percent lower risk of developing heart disease and a fourteen percent lower risk of dying of any cause than those who were least optimistic. Among the pessimistic women, they had a sixteen percent higher risk of death than those women who scored lowest for hostility and cynicism.
Do you ever notice that strong chemical smell when you print something? One-third of printers studied emitted toner particles, a report in Environmental Science and Technology found. These particles could be potentially harmful to your health. Some printers give off as much pollution as a burning cigarette! These particles are a problem because they are so small they are inhaled deep into the lungs. Depending on how well ventilated the area is, these particles can stay in the air from a few minutes to a few hours.
The best way to deal with this issue is to make sure the printer is in a well ventilated area. Try to keep the printer in a separate location than your workspace. The closer you are to the printer, the higher the concentration of the particles. If you don’t need to print something—don’t. Not only will you save some trees, you may save your lungs!
I am a Duke Integrative Medicine trained Health Coach located in Charlotte, NC. I hold a B.S. and M.A. in Wellness Management. I have a passion for health and for helping others achieve the healthy life they desire.