3 August 2021

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Want probiotics but dislike yogurt? Try these foods

Want probiotics but dislike yogurt? Try these foods

by Geoff Beaty
The top item on my grocery list is always yogurt: unsweetened, organic, made with almond milk. I'm always afraid I'll run out since I use it all the time. I put two tablespoons in every smoothie, and nothing beats a cool cup on a hot day as an afternoon snack. Besides healthy doses of calcium and protein, yogurt is a prime source for probiotics, the "good" live bacteria and yeasts. Why are these helpful?  Having a proper balance of bacteria in your gut improves ...

3 August 2021

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Hope: Why it Matters

Hope: Why it Matters

by Geoff Beaty
From the tenuous bonds that connect us with one another to the ever-present vulnerability we share as humans in a chaotic world, our lives are forever saturated in the possibility of catastrophe. Bad things often really tragic things like accidents, illness, and untimely death happen to people every single day. We know this, yet we are tasked with finding ways of moving forward in a world where nothing is guaranteed. But how? Mainly, we find ways to oppose the dread of life's danger...

3 August 2021

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Stories Connect Us

Stories Connect Us

by Geoff Beaty
Storytelling is an inherently social practice, one that fosters intimacy and connection with others. Research has consistently shown that relationships are good for us and social isolation is bad clearly linked to earlier cognitive and physical decline and increased mortality. Research on the mortality risk of loneliness suggests it is equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes a day, and commensurate with other well-established health risk factors, such as inactivity, obesity, substance abuse...

3 August 2021

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Vegan or Paleo: What you Need to Know for Good Health

Vegan or Paleo: What you Need to Know for Good Health

by Geoff Beaty
You may be surprised to learn that both diets can offer good health benefits, provided you curate them carefully and consider possible pitfalls. That's because a healthy diet can take many forms. There is no single way to eat for good health, and people respond to diets differently. Some people may feel great on a vegan diet, while others prefer a paleo diet. But you do need to consider what's excluded on each diet if you follow it strictly: Traditionally, the paleo diet all...

31 July 2021

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How Much Sleep Do You Really Need?

How Much Sleep Do You Really Need?

by Geoff Beaty
Skimping on sleep increases risk of cancer and infections. Increased rates of breast cancer are linked to chronic lack of sleep. For that matter, insomnia, difficulty getting to sleep and staying asleep, also leads to the very same risks. Cancer patients are often challenged and wake due to pain, hot flushes, anxiety and drug side effects. Sleeping at the wrong time confuses your immune system and puts you at risk not only of cancer, but also anxiety, depression and impaired memory. A...

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