How To Talk To Your Functional Medicine Doctor About Your Labs – Happiness Article

We in functional medicine know that health is a complex and dynamic force. Someone who appears to eat a junky diet may have glowing health because of the positive influences of a low-stress lifestyle, a supportive social group, and lots of exercise. Someone else may eat like a health rock star, throwing back kombucha and kale salads on a daily basis, but may be withering from loneliness or the crushing stress that can trigger serious health issues. Even if we…

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Tom Hanks And The Afternoon Crash – Meditation Article

The Event: The David Lynch Foundation’s (DLF) annual benefit dinner and gala honored General (ret.) Stephen Rippe and Ken Falke, founder of Boulder Crest Retreat, with the DLF 2017 Resilient Warrior Awards. The evening featured musical entertainment from Grammy-Award-winning violinist Miri Ben-Ari, and a conversation with Tom Hanks and Mary-Louise Parker on the benefits and impact of the Transcendental Meditation technique. Proceeds from the event helped support the David Lynch Foundation’s Resilient Warrior Program which brings the TM technique to…

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Ed Sheeran, Prince Harry team up in video for World Mental Health Day – Positivity Article

Please share our story on:England’s two most popular redheads, Prince Harry and Ed Sheeran united in a video to raise mental health awareness. In celebration of World Mental Health Day, the two collaborated to discuss mental health issues and reminded everyone to look out for anyone who might be suffering in “silence.” Though the video has a deep and serious message, it starts very light and actually humorous, where Sheeran is talking while a makeup artist is shaving his beard.…

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11 Things You Can Do to Detox Your Liver – Positivity Article

Getting rid of toxins in your system is an essential function of decelerating aging, preventing illnesses and diseases, and decreasing allergic reactions or immune system responses.  Your liver plays a large part in that role.  Therefore, it stands to reason that keeping your liver healthy is quite important.  There are 10 things you can do to detox your liver.Your liver and all that it does for youYour liver is the largest organ contained within your body. It also acts as…

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6 Ways to Adopt a Holistic Approach in Your Everyday LifePick the Brain – Personal Development Article

The ways we say, eat, think, practice, and believe and the impacts we make on the lives of others are all reflections of how we choose to live our life. A holistic approach to our mind, soul, and body cannot just transform our well-being and health, but it can bring benefits to our relationships. It is because a holistic approach keeps us more patient, loving, understanding, and stress-free.  Below are six simple ways you can do every day to add…

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Brain Fog, GI Issues & Skin Problems – Personal Development Article

Mast cells serve to protect the central nervous system. They live on the inside of the blood-brain barrier and interact with the cells of the barrier, namely, the astrocytes, microglia, and blood vessels. This is one of the critical ways the immune system interacts with the central nervous system. And this interaction can lead to vascular inflammation and neuroinflammation. When mast cells suspect danger, they degranulate, which means they release stored chemicals, as part of the cell danger response. These chemicals…

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Loneliness, Stress, Depression – Positive Psychology News – Positivity Article

Marie-Josée (MJ) Salvas Shaar, MAPP ’07, CPT, has studied, tested, coached, and taught smart health habits for over 13 years. Combining positive psychology with fitness and nutrition, she created a coaching method that builds better sleep, food, mood, and exercise habits, as described in her book, Smarts and Stamina: The Busy Person’s Guide to Optimal Health and Performance, which includes 50 practical health-building activities. Today MJ gives keynotes for corporate wellness programs and offers continuing education for wellness professionals, who…

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Living at the Speed of Life – Meditation Article

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson Let’s face it—we live in a world where everything seems to be moving fast. It can all start to pass us by in a bit of a blur. How often do we say or hear, “where did the week go” or “oh my gosh it’s October already. What happened?” Life in the ‘Giant Particle Accelerator’ of Our Culture We feel like this perhaps, not because time is…

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The Best Iced Tea on The Planet – Lifestyle Article

Alright guys, this tea is blog post worthy & something that has been on my mind for SO SO SO SO SO LONG. Funny back story: When I first started The Skinny Confidential, before it was even anything, I had this pink trapper keeper where I kept all my ideas for the blog. A lot of the ideas had to with  food & fitness. Anyway, when I was little I used to do tap & ballet classes in Solana Beach…

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3 Myths About Health You Should Stop Believing » – Positivity Article

Few aspects of life are as confusing as health in this day and age. Every time we turn on the TV, commercials for different weight loss programs fill our ears with conflicting information. Wellness “gurus” on social media all claim to have the secret formula as a way to attract followers.Luckily, health is much more ambiguous than we’re often led to believe. Despite what your favorite influencer might have to say, no magic superfood exists that has the power to…

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A Great Tool for Habit Change and Motivation – Self Improvement Article

Gamification is the process of using “gaming elements” in non-gaming situations. The basic idea is that by making an activity seem more like a “game,” individuals will be more motivated and focused to continue that activity and stay committed to it. One of the most common examples of this is when businesses use rewards and badges for customers who have been loyal to their company. The more products you buy, the more you work your way to different “reward tiers,”…

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what we’ve learned … so far – Meditation Article

This post by sleep scientist Dr. Jason C. Ong is part of our Sleep Health course. You can experience the full 14-day course with a subscription to the Headspace app. Well done on making it all the way to the end of the Headspace Sleep Health course. I really hope that it’s helped you to reframe your approach to sleep. Let’s take a moment just to recap all that we have learned: Awareness is everything Looking for that sleepy feeling,…

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The Mind and Body Connection; How Posture Affects Your MoodPick the Brain – Personal Development Article

We all have heard the phrase, Mind, Body, and Soul, but very few people understand how they all work together. Most people believe the phrase “I can achieve anything I put my mind to”. In some cases this is true, however, when it comes to physical well-being and posture, the body plays a huge role in how we feel. The body sends messages known as “somatic markers” through neurotransmitters in your brain letting you know that you are not well.…

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Devotional Self-Care – Self Improvement Article

I live in a very secular city. The notion of entering into a house of worship isn’t necessarily frowned upon, but it certainly isn’t encouraged. I truly believe this subtle contempt is only made out of a place of ignorance and fear. We are a passive group who like to go about our days without stepping on the toes of others, and bringing up the taboo topic of divinity is sure to maim, so we navigate our cordial greetings wide…

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8 Nootropics to Stimulate Your Brain This FallPick the Brain – Self Improvement Article

Nootropics is a term coined by Dr. Corneliu E. Giurgea to describe a class of drugs, supplements, and other synthetic and naturally occurring compounds that improve cognitive function in our brains. They’re often called “smart drugs,” as they can help us think faster and more efficiently. Although used by pretty much everyone, these nootropic supplements are especially popular among younger and older generations. Students use nootropics as performance-enhancing drugs to enhance the benefits of a late-night study session or improve…

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Can’t Shake the Feeling You’re Not Enough? Here’s Why – Meditation Article

In today’s world, sadly, I think most of us feel that we are not enough. We believe our worth is conditional so it needs to be constantly earned. When we operate from this paradigm much of our behaviour can become driven by feelings of shame. We get caught in striving to do more, be more, get more and achieve more because secretly we believe we are not measuring up yet. Living like this is tiring, stressful and unfulfilling. I know…

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Early Experiences That Influence Mental Health – Self Improvement Article

Psychology research is clear that our childhood and early experiences can have a massive influence on our happiness and well-being later in life. While most of this research has focused on how negative experiences can impact our mental health into adulthood (such as poverty, abuse, or neglect), a new study published in the scientific journal JAMA Pediatrics looked into how early positive experiences can influence mental health in a good way. First, this article will review the key findings behind…

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Science Explains Menstrual Cycles | Power of Positivity – Positivity Article

It’s safe to say that very few, if any, women look forward to the arrival of their menstrual cycle. Between the cramps, mood swings, cravings, headaches, and other PMS symptoms, periods are the bane of most women’s existence.Despite periods being anything but pleasant, a natural monthly bleed is vital to a woman’s health. They really shouldn’t come with many side effects, but that’s a tangent for another day. Whether or not you’re currently trying to conceive, consider your cycle to…

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Easy Ways To Add More Fiber To Your Diet – Lifestyle Article

SUPER excited for this post. Today Danielle Hamo is on The Skinny Confidential. I initially met Danielle through my friend Neda of Healthy With Nedi & I wanted to follow her immediately. She is beautiful, smart, has a charismatic energy ( through Instagram ), is always looking to better herself &!!! she is a Registered Dietitian & Licensed Nutritionist. Her tips on Instagram Stories are INSANE. & I feel like she has some really unique hacks when it comes to…

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3 Ways You Can Biohack Safely, According To Molly Maloof, M.D. – Self Improvement Article

These days, it’s not uncommon for people to strive to be more proactive about their health and prevent diseases before even the preliminary signs of an illness arise. Molly Maloof, M.D., a personalized medicine physician and one of our speakers at this year’s revitalize event, works with the top Silicon Valley investors and executives on how to seek empowerment and prescribe health in all aspects of life—not just for the body but for the mind and community around us.On this…

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“Ever Since I Nearly Died, I’ve Lived with a Sense that I’m in ‘Overtime’ and Every Second Counts.” – Self Improvement Article

Interview: David Fajgenbaum. Dr. David Fajgenbaum has undergone an extraordinary medical experience. During medical school, he had his last rites read in 2010 and nearly died four more times as he battled a rare and incurable illness. Thanks to a drug that he discovered in his lab—and began testing on himself—he’s now in his longest longest remission ever (5.5 years). He leads the effort to cure his disease—idiopathic multicentric Castleman disease—as a physician-scientist at Penn and co-founder of the Castleman…

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Researchers Are One Step Closer To Eliminating The Common Cold – Happiness Article

“Our grandmas have always been asking us, ‘If you’re so smart, why haven’t you come up with a cure for the common cold?’” senior author of the study Jan Carette, Ph.D., revealed in a news release. While much more research is needed in order for this science to be deemed a cure, it’s especially interesting that a protein that’s so significant for blocking viruses is seemingly noncritical for our daily lives. Now that they’ve identified the gene that could stop these…

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5 Simple Ways To Knock Out Stress – Self Improvement Article

Stress. One of the most commonly used words in our everyday vocabulary. It almost feels natural to say, “I’m so stressed!” or “This is stressing me out!” since every one of us experiences varying levels of stress at different points in our lives. If you’re not sure how stressed you are, check out the 7 signs that show you have way too much stress in your life. A lot of us will be able to relate because 9 out of 10 Indians suffer…

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6 Reasons Why Smart, Hardworking People Aren’t Always SuccessfulPick the Brain – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

Did you ever look at someone and think, “Wow, this person’s going to do great things someday.” The person stood out amongst his or her peers. She got straight A’s on her report and was praised by all her teachers. He was charismatic and held major leaderships at school. The individual had the entire package. Now fast forward to the present day. You haven’t seen or heard anything spectacular about the person. In fact, there’s just radio silence. Maybe you…

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I’m Slowly Learning To Make Peace With My Body – Self Improvement Article

Chances are, you’ve been hard on your body before. Perhaps you’ve had an up and down relationship with your body and food for years. Perhaps you’ve cycled between diets in an attempt to feel better about your body and ultimately about yourself. Perhaps you’ve struggled with bingeing or over-exercising. Perhaps you’ve struggled to accept your body, no matter how much it weighs. Perhaps you’ve even struggled with an eating disorder, or with disordered eating. I hope you know that you’re…

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5 Wellness Products A Holistic Psychiatrist Recommends – Personal Development Article

Portable Squatty Potty Far and away my No. 1 wellness product is the Squatty Potty. It’s safe, noninvasive, inexpensive, and has high potential benefit. Basically it facilitates pooping with an anatomically correct position. It’s kind of wild and crazy that we don’t squat—we evolved to do this, but instead we sit on these thrones. Some people’s bodies aren’t as affected, but for many people, this means we spend our whole lives pushing against a crimped colon to poop, and it…

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HOW TO HAVE AN EPIC 4TH OF JULY WITH SKINNY MARGS, GUACAMOLE, ZUCCHINI BROWNIES, & MORE – Lifestyle Article

Turn on your JavaScript to view content   HAPPY 4TH OF JULY to the most insane & amazing community ever. This 4th of July I will be relaxing on the rooftop enjoying pizza on our new outdoor pizza oven, sipping spicy, skinny margs & reading my new book Unbreakable by Sharon Osbourne. I wanted to give you a quick little 4th of July resource for how to throw together some fun, last-minute shit for the 4 day weekend. Each of these…

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Preventative Wellness Tips for a Happier Life – Self Improvement Article

There’s no doubt that health plays a huge factor into a person’s overall quality of life. Even the happiest, most neurotypical person will feel weighed down eventually by chronic illness or pain, which affects about 20 percent of Americans. If you’re a person who is in good health, it’s best to not only be grateful for it, but to actively work to prevent illness from coming into your life. Here you will find tips for a happier life. Tips for…

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Superfood Recipe: MĀNUKA HONEY + LAVENDER LEMONADE – Lifestyle Article

* Thank you to Flora Health for sponsoring this post! They’re an amazing source for super high-quality and natural health promoting foods and supplements, including authentic, potent, and sustainable Manuka Honey. The content and information presented here is all our own.   Lemonade is timeless. It’s sweet, citrusy and there’s nothing that refreshes quite like it when the heat sets in. That being said, there’s nothing wrong with modifying the classic traditional lemonade recipe—made with lemons, sugar and water—into something…

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15 Delicious Recipes That Will Make You Fall In Love With Brussels Sprouts – Positivity Article

Brussels sprouts have gained a bad reputation that has made them one of the most hated vegetables among children and many grownups. However, this cute looking vegetable can be very delicious. The trick to getting someone to fall in love with them is to create a meal made from Brussels sprouts that are prepared in the right manner. Besides, once you have mastered Brussels sprouts, it becomes easy for you to make a variety of dishes with the vegetable. Also, with…

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