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In Plain Sight: Countering Free Radicals & Oxidation in Macular Degeneration

Posted by Ian D. Ravensdale

July 4, 2017 at 10:55 AM

Yes Wellness Blog - In Plain Sight: Countering Free Radicals & Oxidation in Macular Degeneration

The majority of us will have all 5 of the senses at our disposal, and value each of them considerably. If there’s one of the 5 that most would deem absolutely indispensable,  it would be their sight. Responding to visual stimuli makes up a big part of the entirety of our human experience, and to lose that sense would be far more crushing than becoming deaf, for instance. Both would significantly troubling, and perhaps you’d feel differently, but we figure most would take their eyes over their ears if they had to choose.

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Topics: Vitamins and Minerals, Mind Body Spirit, supplementation, aging

Ashwagandha, The 'Indian Ginseng' for Well Being

Posted by Ian D. Ravensdale

April 18, 2017 at 10:55 AM

Yes Wellness Blog - Ashwagandha, The 'Indian Ginseng' for Well Being

It’s fairly easy to determine that your adrenal glands are responsible for the production of adrenaline. Most of us will have heard of the ‘fight or flight’ response that’s triggered in the body by the production of adrenaline. This process was a whole lot more integral to our survival thousands of years ago. Conversely, in the modern world it’s an unfortunate fact that your adrenal glands are going into action far more often than they should be, and almost always in situations where there’s really no fighting or fleeing to be done.

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Topics: Stress, Sex, Body, Mind Body Spirit

Kava Kava: Wonderfully Therapeutic, Infinitely Controversial

Posted by Ian D. Ravensdale

March 14, 2017 at 2:13 PM

Yes Wellness Blog - Kava Kava: Wonderfully Therapeutic, Infinitely Controversial

It's perfectly natural to find yourself 'wound up' and feeling tense, especially with the particularly hectic nature of modern life. Some of us relieve ourselves of stress and anxiety more effectively than others.

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Topics: Stress, Sex, Sleep, Wellness, Mind Body Spirit

8 Important Ingredients In Nootropic Supplements

Posted by Dr. Paul Zickler

February 14, 2017 at 10:17 AM

Yes Wellness Blog - 8 Important Ingredients In Nootropic Supplements


Recall a time when working, studying, or competing when you were exceptionally productive and try to imitate that feeling. It’s hard right? Reproducing this feeling is the premise behind a group of supplements whose roots come from the Greek words nous meaning “mind” and trepin which means to “bend”.

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Topics: Nootropics, Mind Body Spirit

The Quintessential Guide to Better Your Brain [Infographic]

Posted by Trevor Lau

August 9, 2016 at 9:19 AM

Yes Wellness Blog - The Quintessential Guide to Better Your Brain [Infographic]

 

Nootropics are commonly used for increased cognitive performance
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Topics: Products, Nootropics, Body, Mind Body Spirit

Your Mind Matters: The Links to Chronic Illness

Posted by Dr. Paul Zickler

May 2, 2016 at 1:51 PM

Yes Wellness Blog - Your Mind Matters: The Links to Chronic Illness

Stress is the single most important determinant of health.  Stress affects all aspects of your health from energy levels and focus to thoughts, feelings, and behaviour.  Stress can make it more likely you’ll develop chronic illnesses such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes, and it can also lead to mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.  Your mental and physical health are inextricable – if you’re not mentally well, you cannot be physically well and vice versa.  Long story short, your mind matters.  A lot.

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Topics: Wellness, Nootropics, Body, Mind Body Spirit

The 6 Benefits of Regular Exercise

Posted by Dr. Paul Zickler

March 29, 2016 at 11:07 AM

Yes Wellness Blog - The 6 Benefits of Regular Exercise

There may be more to life than exercise, but you’ll get more out of life if you exercise.  We all know it, and we all dread it…well, normal people dread exercise.  Still, if you want to feel better, look better, and have more energy there is absolutely nothing that compares to regular, vigorous exercise.  Let’s talk about the six main benefits of regular exercise.

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Topics: Diet, Fitness, Wellness, Body, Mind Body Spirit

Natural Depression Remedies

Posted by Dr. Paul Zickler

March 1, 2016 at 10:30 AM

Yes Wellness Blog - Natural Depression Remedies

 

Mental illness is shocking pervasive in North America and affects each of us either directly or indirectly.  Current estimates suggest that one-fifth of Canadians will suffer some kind of mental health issue during their lifetime; and since mental illness can strike any demographic, it is a health topic that rightly garners a great deal of attention.  Nevertheless, despite extensive research into various treatments for mental health problems such as anxiety and depression, mental illness continues to be very difficult to treat. 

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Topics: Stress, Wellness, Mind Body Spirit

Self-Prescribing a Good Dose of Laughter

Posted by Razina Patel

January 19, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Yes Wellness Blog - Self-Prescribing a Good Dose of Laughter

 

Start the New Year by committing to some new behaviors that get you laughing. Share a joke with a co-worker or tell a story that makes you chuckle. Laughing in a social environment or by yourself stimulates an internal and external response that contributes to feelings of pleasure, enjoyment, mirth and relief to name a few.

Why is laughing so important?  We often catch ourselves laughing in a social situation, but hardly do we find ourselves laughing when we are alone. The fear of having someone walk in on you while you laugh hysterically by yourself may be terrifying for many; this includes me! Although, it is worth a try. Several studies have presented varying beneficial health outcomes linked to a good laugh.

Aerobic exercise

Just like working out, laughing can recruit facial, respiratory and laryngeal muscles. The expanding and contracting of these muscles during episodes of laughter result in energy expenditure that over time will replicate the effects of a low-intensity workout. According to a study conducted by Bukowski and colleagues (2007), "…laughter causes a 10-20% increase in energy expenditure and HR above resting values". Which means that 10-15 minutes of real laughter every day may increase the total energy expenditure by 10-40kcal per day. Not the ideal method for losing weight, but it certainly does not hurt to laugh off an extra pound or two.

Reduce the feeling of stress

Cortisol, epinephrine, and norepinephrine aka “the stress hormones” are activated when our bodies natural "flight or fight" response kicks in during certain stressful situations. Elongated periods of elevated stress hormones can present many adverse health effects including the development of chronic stress, depression, diabetes, high blood pressure and anxiety to name a few. Alleviating these stress hormones not only enhance your mood, but it can also lessen the effects of chronic health outcomes related to ongoing stress. Dunbar (2012) found that laughing can offset the impact of elevated stress hormones by increasing the level of endorphins that trigger positive feelings. The firing of endorphins, increases your heart rate, respiratory depth and oxygen consumption followed by a period of muscle relaxation that can make you feel at ease and even motivate you to share a good laugh. So, try it! The next time your boss approaches you with your new project, crack a joke and laugh it off with him. That is after you see his initial reaction. 

A Key in social bonding

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Topics: Stress, Fitness, Wellness, Mind Body Spirit

Imagine This: Getting Naked Often & Loving It

Posted by Ashlynn D.

July 28, 2015 at 3:23 PM

Yes Wellness Blog - Imagine This: Getting Naked Often & Loving It

How often do you get naked in front of the mirror? I suggest getting naked all the time. It may sound funny and seem uncomfortable at first—but you’ll get the hang of it. Spending time naked in front of the mirror or walking around your apartment in the buff will make you more comfortable with your body. When you are comfortable being naked in your own skin, you’ll become more confident and happier – this will be noticeable by others, not just yourself.

Most of us grumble how we don’t like our bodies in the nude. We focus on what’s wrong with our bodies rather than seeing the beauty of our unique curves. You need to learn how to judge your body less. Take small steps like:

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Topics: Beauty, Fitness, Wellness, Mind Body Spirit

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