Smokers up to 80% more likely to be hospitalized with Covid-19

(Linda Geddes/ The Guardian) — Smokers are 60%-80% more likely to be admitted to hospital with Covid-19 and also more likely to die from the disease, data suggests. A study, which pooled observational and genetic data on smoking and Covid-19 to strengthen the evidence base, contradicts research published at the start of the pandemic suggesting that […]

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The 15 best meditation podcasts of 2021

(Emma Caplan/ Healthline) –– Meditation is the way of habitually training your mind to redirect its thoughts and focus. It has become increasingly popular because of the many health benefits it offers, like: reducing stress and anxiety improving moods and attitudes increasing clarity, discipline, and concentration Using meditation, you can even achieve a better sleep routine, a calm state, […]

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How mindfulness can bring relief with chronic pain

(Aryanna Denk/ Healthline) — If you live life with chronic pain, you’ve probably gotten some unsolicited advice. “Have you tried meditation?” your hairdresser asks. “Having a positive mindset changes everything,” says your co-worker. Of course, this type of comment usually has the opposite effect. These well-meaning words can make it seem as though the pain […]

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Always want to sleep in? 7 things your body is telling you

(Emma Lowe/ NBG Health) –– I knew I had a morning problem when I read through my phone’s screen-time report. My most-used app wasn’t Instagram, Photos, or Chrome—it was my clock. “How could that be when I only set two alarms a day max?” I wondered. Then it hit me: It was all those times […]

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14 brain-healthy foods that will help protect your memory and cognition

(Kaitlyn Pirie/ Prevention) — What you choose to fuel your body with affects more than the number on the scale and how your jeans fit. Everything from your bone density to your memory can be supported by what you put on your plate. Specifically when it comes to brain health, the foods you eat have a major impact, […]

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15 natural ways to lower your blood pressure

(Atli Arnason/ Medical News Today) — High blood pressure is a dangerous condition that can damage your heart. It affects one in three people in the US and 1 billion people worldwide. If left uncontrolled, high blood pressure raises your risk of heart disease and stroke. But there’s good news. There are a number of things you can […]

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12 mantras for anxiety: harness the healing power of chanting

(Healthline) — Mantra is a form of meditation using a sound, word, or phrase. The oldest known mantras can be found in the Vedas, which are ancient religious texts from India. Mantras are continually recited silently or aloud and are often combined with breath and rhythm. The practice of mantra meditation is said to help […]

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4 simple breathing exercises to beat anxiety

(Natalie Morris/ Metro) — Being at work can be stressful at the best of times. But if you’re navigating a return to the office after a long time away, starting in a new role with more responsibility, or going through something difficult in your personal life, you might find your workplace anxiety is spiking. Feeling […]

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7 ways to relieve menopausal hot flashes

(Tracee Cornforth/ Very Well Health) — If you’re approaching or in the midst of the “change of life,” or menopause, hot flashes are probably an unwelcome visitor. Hot flashes can include a feeling of intense heat, sweating, flushed cheeks, increased heart rate, and even tingling. These symptoms are often the bane of menopausal people everywhere. Due […]

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Number of people with high blood pressure has doubled globally

(Maggie Fox/ CTV News) — A giant global study finds the number of people over 30 with high blood pressure has doubled over the past 30 years, and more than half of them are not being treated for it. That’s even though many cheap and easy treatments exist — from healthier diet and exercise to […]

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