Olive Oil is found to Nourish the Brain and May Protect Against Alzheimer’s

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As if we needed more reasons to follow a Mediterranean style diet, while many diet trends come and go, the Mediterranean diet is an original, and to this day is still praised and followed for its inclusion of plant-based foods, omega-fatty acids and filling fiber coming from legumes.  However it’s one specific ingredient that gets…

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5 Painfully True Reasons Why an Empath’s Dark Side Is Extremely Heavy To Carry

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Empaths do not have an on/off switch on their abilities. They can’t just decide to not feel or immerse themselves in other people’s emotions. Empathy is the ability to relate to the feelings and emotions of others beyond your perspective, or outside your own reference. [1] It’s more complicated than merely “understanding” other people’s joys…

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The Best Things You Can Do to Optimize Brain Function Now

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Mental Health

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Biohacking is all the rage right now, from ketogenic diets and intermittent fasting to ice-cold plunges and brain-stimulating supplements. People are eager to optimize performance, resilience, and health. And why shouldn’t they be? Our ingenuity as human beings is what has propelled us throughout history! If we can figure out how to do it better,…

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6 Ways to Instantly Stimulate Your Vagus Nerve That Could Help Manage Depression, Inflammation, and More

Pierre Van ZylEvidence Based, Health Awareness, Men’s Health, Mental Health, Women’s Health

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The vagus nerve is something that is becoming more appreciated all the time as scientists continue to research it. This nerve could be an answer to reducing chronic inflammation in the body. While some research has focused on stimulating it through implants, there are actually less invasive and more natural ways to stimulate the vagus nerve.  …

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When Manipulation Erases Your Reality: How to Survive Gaslighting

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Mental Health

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We’ve all probably been in that “light-hearted” situation where we caught someone doing something unpleasant, and they try to convince us that it’s all in our heads. As a kid, you may have caught your older sibling sneaking in at night, and they vehemently tell you that it was the wind moving the window, that…

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Nursing Home Lets You ‘Virtually Adopt’ a Lonely Grandparent in Isolation to Keep Them Company over Video Calls

Pierre Van ZylCovid19, Heal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Mental Health

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This is straight-up one of the best ideas anyone has come up with to cope with the recent coronavirus crisis plaguing the world.  Before the pandemic broke out, loneliness had been a major cause for concern among the elderly [1].  Chronic loneliness in elderly people potentially can lead to a decline in physical health and…

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Do You Have Pandemic Anxiety? Tips to Cope If You may be Sleepless, Forgetful and Angry.

Pierre Van ZylCovid19, Heal, Health Awareness, Mental Health

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Stress is a major part of people’s lives, with about 77% of people experiencing stress that affects their physical health and 73% with stress impacting their negative health, according to the American Institute of Stress. [1]  Then the coronavirus pandemic began. With schools and establishments closing down, people are losing their income and are unsure…

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Having Weird Dreams Since The Pandemic Began? You’re Not Alone

Pierre Van ZylCovid19, Heal, Health Awareness, Mental Health

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If you’re in one of the countries currently experiencing life under lockdown, or just generally feeling stressed about the ongoing pandemic, you might have noticed your dreams have gotten a little strange lately. A myriad of factors can impact your sleep and with a smorgasbord of triggers such as stress, loss of routine, and alcohol to choose from…

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Coconut Lime Bread (Gluten & Dairy Free)

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Many of us are spending much more time at home, and it’s practically pointless to say why (hint, we all know why). In the spirit of positivity, being at home means time for the activities we’ve always wanted to do. It can also mean spending more time with the kids. Alternatively, it means Netflix and…

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A therapy dog brings comfort to ER doctors battling coronavirus in the US

Pierre Van ZylCovid19, Heal, Mental Health, Pets

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Every battle has front-liners who give the best, the hardest and risk their lives the most – true warriors who are fully aware of the dangers ahead, yet they walk in headfirst.  All over the world, medical professionals are the unsung heroes in the battle against the recent coronavirus outbreak. In some countries such as…

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Guy Sets Up A Dog-Walking Group For Men Who Need A Companion To Open Up About Their Problems

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Mental Health, Pets

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Rob Osman of Bristol, England, suffered from anxiety and depression since his 20s. The 38-year-old had hit rock bottom when he had no choice but to live in his sister’s basement. There were no windows, only enough weed for Osmond to forget his troubles. He managed to pull himself out of this descent and has…

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Supermarket Introduces Unique Initiatives To Help Fight Loneliness

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Mental Health

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Loneliness is a global problem that affects the physical, emotional, and mental health of people. According to a study conducted by researchers at Brigham Young University in Utah, USA, loneliness can increase the risk of death by up to 32% [1]. Loneliness may even rival obesity and smoking, according to a survey conducted by health…

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One man turned nursing home design on its head when he created this stunning facility

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Learn, Mental Health, News + Discoveries

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Anyone who has worked in long-term care or has cared for an aging parent or grandparent knows how difficult the process of getting older can be. Diseases such as Alzheimers and dementia make caring for those people an even bigger challenge. Most often, a point is reached where family members are no longer capable of…

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A psychologist explains what happens when you embrace your dark emotions

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Mental Health

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Frustration, disappointment, anger, jealousy, grief, despair, vengeance, guilt, fear and other negative emotions are all part of the human experience. Dark emotions aren’t merely the occasional pang of short-lived anger you feel when a person cuts in front of you at check-out. Dark emotions represent deep-rooted negative feelings that cause mental stress or emotional breakdowns…

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Going to bed at 9:45pm is the key to looking attractive, study finds

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Mental Health

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According to science, the secret to looking good and feeling good is not a product found in a health food store or makeup boutique. It’s something everyone already has access to, a tool that people often neglect and dismiss: sleep. That’s right. Beauty sleep has been proven to be a legitimate thing. The Sleep Survey…

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Antidepressants Make it Harder to Empathize, Harder to Climax, and Harder to Cry

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Mental Health

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Women are often sensitive and moody — and that’s a good thing, according to Dr. Julie Holland. Yet many women choose to medicate themselves to get rid of their moodiness, because they are told it’s an issue that must be fixed. However, overprescribed medications create many consequences for its users in matters of sleep, sex,…

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Antidepressants Make it Harder to Empathize, Harder to Climax, and Harder to Cry

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Mental Health

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Women are often sensitive and moody — and that’s a good thing, according to Dr. Julie Holland. Yet many women choose to medicate themselves to get rid of their moodiness, because they are told it’s an issue that must be fixed. However, overprescribed medications create many consequences for its users in matters of sleep, sex,…

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Neuroscientists have identified how exactly a deep breath changes your mind

Pierre Van ZylHealth Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Mental Health

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Yogis have been preaching about deep breaths for years, and this recent study finally backs them up. However, most people are already aware of the positive effects of taking a deep breath when they feel angry, scared, or frustrated. Breathing helps center and calm a person, and brings the situation into perspective. This new research…

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I Have an Anxiety Disorder, and I’m Begging You: Please Stop Telling Me to Relax

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Mental Health

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Mental illness has come to the forefront of discussion in recent years, but many misconceptions still thrive. Historically speaking, people with severe mental disorders were labeled as ‘insane’ and were often isolated. They were believed to have been possessed by evil spirits. The idea that mental illnesses could have the pathology as physical illnesses came…

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According to Dr. Phil, smoking weed will lower your IQ and make you violent

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Learn, Mental Health, Opinion

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On Tuesday, October 29, American psychologist/TV personality, Dr. Phil released a rather disputable teaser for an upcoming episode on his YouTube channel, Dr. Phil [1].  As usual, he stirred up certain controversies that have attracted the attention of medical experts and actually licensed practitioners from around the world. Remember, Dr. Phil has a Ph.D. in…

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‘The Restaurant Of Order Mistakes’ Serves Up Awareness for Those Living With Dementia

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Mental Health

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Service can make or break a dining experience. The restaurant might have everything, delicious food, ambiance, free breadsticks, but if the waiter tarries getting your order, leaves you waiting to get your food, and when he finally serves it — with a bored frown — it’s the wrong order. You don’t need to worry about…

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The music therapy that helped Gabby Giffords speak again is helping dementia patients moving

Pierre Van ZylHealth Awareness, Mental Health

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After politician Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head at a Tucson grocery store on a January day in 2011, her road to recovery wasn’t easy. She had to re-learn how to walk, move, and talk. (CNN) But four years after the incident, Giffords was able to post a special video to Facebook, showing her…

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Dr. Oz’s Mother Has Alzheimer’s and He “Completely Missed” the Signs—Here’s What You Need to Know About Alzheimer’s

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Mental Health

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Dr. Oz, known for his role as the host of The Dr. Oz Show, says his mother, Suna Oz, 81, was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. He says that he didn’t recognize the symptoms, even as his mother’s behavior changed. He and his sisters noticed some odd things—their mother was struggling to find her words, and…

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New Mom Takes Her Own Life: This is Her Friends Plea

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Learn, Mental Health, Opinion, Pain Management, parenting

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Many women silently battle with postpartum depression, and this story should remind us that not every mother’s journey is joyful, happy and bright. Sometimes it gets dark, lonely, scary, miserable and uncertain.  In Montgomery, Alabama, lived Allison and Julie – neighbours, and lifelong friends. Allison and Julie were both Army wives, and when Julie moved in…

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New Mom Takes Her Own Life: This is Her Friends Plea

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Learn, Mental Health, Opinion, Pain Management, parenting

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Many women silently battle with postpartum depression, and this story should remind us that not every mother’s journey is joyful, happy and bright. Sometimes it gets dark, lonely, scary, miserable and uncertain.  In Montgomery, Alabama, lived Allison and Julie – neighbours, and lifelong friends. Allison and Julie were both Army wives, and when Julie moved in…

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“Am I Invisible?” A Mom Shares a Powerful Story That Portrays the Importance of Human Acceptance

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Mental Health, Opinion, parenting, Personal Growth + Development, Women’s Health

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“The deepest desire of the human heart is to belong … to be welcomed … to know that you are seen and worthy of kindness,” Rachel Macy Stafford. Isolation and marginalization are some of the worst social situations a person could go through. The feeling that you are alone and rejected, coupled with outright avoidance…

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Mommy Burnout Is Real, Psychologists Suggest a ‘Momcation’

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Learn, Mental Health, parenting, Personal Growth + Development, Women’s Health

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“A mother is she who can take the place of all others, but whose place no one else can take,” – Cardinal Mermillod. Moms are arguably the most overworked people on earth, especially working moms. With having to shuttle between keeping her home in one piece, staying ahead of her children’s career, being a partner…

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9 Popular Drugs Linked to Dementia and Memory Loss

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Mental Health

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Any time you take a medication, weighing the risks and benefits of the drug is a must. And now we must ask ourselves, “Is this one of the drugs linked to dementia and memory loss?” Emerging research is finding disturbing connections between anticholinergic drugs and negative brain effects. This drug class includes popular medications used for…

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Playgrounds For Seniors Improve Fitness, Reduces Loneliness

Pierre Van ZylHealthy Aging + General Wellness, Learn, Men’s Health, Mental Health, Move, News + Discoveries, Women’s Health

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 Parents are advised to take their children to the playground regularly to improve the kids’ motor skills and coordination. They also need fresh air, sunshine, and interaction with their peers, necessary for building socialization and communication skills.  However, the idea of playgrounds shouldn’t be limited to kids only. Tender children and elderly adults have more…

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Scientists Say That This Song Reduces Anxiety By Up To 65%

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Mental Health

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Music is an analgesic for the mind. Sound therapy has been used for ages to help treat stress, anxiety and improve a person’s physical and emotional wellbeing. While anxiety is a normal emotion to experience in stressful situations, causing increased alertness, fear, and usually a rapid heart rate [1], when it becomes excessive, consuming, and…

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What Is Oppositional Defiant Disorder?

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Learn, Mental Health, News + Discoveries

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I was a nanny for seven years and have never heard of oppositional defiant disorder.  I’ve taken care of children from six months old to twelve and even older, and while I’ve had my share of disagreements with my kids, I don’t know if anything I experienced would classify as oppositional defiant disorder. Colleen Dilthey…

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Images Show The Shocking Effect Of Emotional Trauma On A Child’s Brain

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Mental Health

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Take a look at the image of two brains above. Although they belong to children of the same age, you’ll notice that the one on the left is much bigger and has fewer blurred structures than the one on the right. This radical difference is not caused by disease or physical injury, it’s actually the result of…

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Here’s Why We Should Ditch Throwing New Moms Baby Showers For Postpartum Parties

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Mental Health, Women’s Health

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The term ‘postpartum’ doesn’t always spark feelings of merriment or good tidings, in fact, it sounds downright depressing which is how many women feel soon after childbirth. The lack of support for new parents is a sad situation. Most employers are not required to provide paid parental leave, and the federal Family and Medical Leave…

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Having a Sister Is Beneficial To Your Mental Health, Studies Show

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Mental Health

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Let’s get the common knowledge out there before anything else. Sisters are straight-up annoying (I know. I’m one). They act like they are in charge all the time and always try to have their way. Deep down, you love them fiercely and you would go to the ends of the earth to protect them, but…

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7 Signs That You Are Lonely – And 10 Things You Can Do About It

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Mental Health

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Loneliness is a strong feeling of abandonment or rejection, an unpleasant emotion that arises in response to isolation [1]. It manifests as feelings of anxiety due to a lack of human connection or social interaction, usually leaving a person feeling detached, vulnerable and distressed. Loneliness is a normal human emotion, such as anger or happiness,…

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7 Soothing Yin Yoga Poses to Calm Anxiety

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Mental Health

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Wind down with this intensely soothing yin yoga routine. When you’re stressed to the max, it’s time to drop down to your mat and engage in some seriously calming yin poses. Yin is a type of yoga that targets the deep muscle tissues of the body called fascia where trigger points (or knots) can form…

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Parkinsons and the Gut-Brain Connection

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Mental Health

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We may have been wrong about Parkinson’s. New studies show the disease may stem from the gut, not the brain. If this theory proves correct, new treatments may be discovered to prevent symptoms and even degeneration. “That would be game-changing,” states David Burn at Newcastle University. “There are lots of different mechanisms that could potentially…

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Top 5 Natural Remedies for ADHD + Key Lifestyle Changes

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Mental Health

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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and attention deficit disorder (ADD) are neurological and behavior-related conditions that cause difficulty in concentrating, impulsiveness and excessive energy. Individuals with ADHD symptoms not only have a challenge in concentrating but have a challenge sitting still. Those with ADHD are typically more disruptive than individuals with ADD. ADHD often has an onset…

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Blood Tests Could Replace Biopsies and MRIs for These Conditions

Pierre Van ZylCancer, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Mental Health

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Although our blood contains a huge amount of information, technology seems to be still catching up to what we can learn from this lifeforce. In the past, blood tests could only reveal so much about the internal state of our bodies. Now, technology has and continues to emerge that allows us to get even more…

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Deep Brain Stimulation: Adelaide Man Receives ‘Pacemaker for the Brain’ To Combat Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Mental Health

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Todd Murfitt hadn’t been expecting to sit 20 minutes at the doctor’s office and be diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s disease. The high school principal at St John the Baptist Primary School in Adelaide, Australia, was 35 when he received the shocking news. He’d suddenly began to notice violent and unusual tremors in his fingers…

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