The notion that laughter is the best medicine has probably existed for years, but the first real proof surfaced in the 1970s when Norman Cousins, a writer and magazine editor of the popular Saturday Review, was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. He believed that if stress could worsen his health, which was known at the time, than laughter could improve it. With the approval of his doctor, he tested the theory on himself, by prescribing funny videos, and his disease went into remission. He wrote a paper about his experience, published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine, as well as a best selling book, Anatomy of an Illness: A Patient’s Perspective, and opened our eyes to the connection between laughter and wellness. Since that time dozens of formal studies have been published, and the findings are amazing: Laughter boosts hormones, including beta-endorphins, which elevate mood and human growth hormone, which helps boost immunity. In one study, just anticipating watching a funny video sent the hormones surging by 27% and 87% respectively. A good belly laugh can also lower harmful stress hormones, including cortisol, which triggers an increase in belly fat, and adrenaline, which can weaken the immune system when it remains…
I'm a former runner turned walker, and in my opinion, walking is the perfect exercise. Here are 10 reasons why I hope you'll fall in love with walking too:10. Walking has been shown to boost your immunity, open up circulation, and improve digestion, all of which play a role in preventing cancer.9. Regular walks boost bone density, and protect against the loss of bone tissue as you age.8. Walking lowers blood pressure, "bad" or lousy LDL cholesterol, and blood sugar levels.7. Walking is versatile - you can walk alone, with your family, your dog, or with a friend.6. All it takes is a good pair of shoes – no gym membership or special equipment needed.5. You already know how. It's second nature - after all, you've been doing it since you were about one year old!4. Walking improves mental and physical stamina. Instead of draining you, a brisk walk can actually help your energy level soar and boost your productivity.3. A single walk can transform your body image. Research shows that all forms of exercise improve personal body satisfaction, even without weight loss. That means in one 30 minute walk, you can return home feeling entirely different in your own…
When it comes to getting enough sleep, I have to admit that I struggle with my goal of clocking eight hours every night. And according to the National Sleep Foundation, I’m in the majority – over 60% of Americans miss the mark. But I’m fully aware that making sleep a priority is one of the most important things I can do for my health, and I encourage my clients to do the same.  Too little sleep has been shown to rev up hunger hormones, increase inflammation (a known trigger of premature aging and disease), up the risk of obesity, depression, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease, and negatively impact emotional well-being, mental abilities, productivity, and performance. Yikes!If you’re like me, you may think, “I don’t have time to sleep!” but getting even a little more can result in a big health pay off (including weight loss results). Inadequate sleep creates a "sleep debt," which is much like being overdrawn at a bank. Eventually, your body will demand that the debt be repaid, and until then, a cascade of side effects continue to wreak havoc on your health.Despite how normal you may feel, research shows that the human body isn’t very good…

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