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    The Dance of Sleep and Emotions

    Maybe you’ve noticed that everyone’s in a bad mood on days that follow a lousy night’s sleep. It could be that it’s your sleep deprived self that’s more aware of grumpy people-and your own grumpiness isn’t helping. Not getting enough sleep affects our health in many ways. Our immune system takes a hit, blood pressure is affected, and weight gain is a common issue. Another place we get off balance when we don’t get enough sleep is our emotional health. Katharina Lederle, who has her PhD in human circadian physiology and behavior—known commonly as the human body clock—is a specialist in human sleep and fatigue. In her new book Sleep Sense:…

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    How to Derail Our Self-Hatred Habits

    I met a man who kept apologizing. He apologized for arriving two minutes late. He apologized for the gift he brought, which he declared — while handing it to me — too cheap. He apologized for his clothes, for where we went, for the regional crime rate and the weather. He apologized while ordering in a café, then again when handed his drink. Pouring milk, he apologized. We’d just met, but I knew already: This man had low self-esteem. His compulsive apologies said so. I’ve wrestled with self-hatred all my life. I too have chronically apologized. To my parents, for every grade lower than A and for the bedroom they…

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    Taking Baby Aspirin Every Day Can Actually Have Serious Health Risks

    Three new studies found that taking low-dose aspirin daily did not result in health benefits, but rather some serious health risks. A daily low-dose aspirin regimen may be doing you more harm than good, it turns out. According to a trio of new studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine examined the benefits and risks of older adults taking baby aspirin daily. The primary study looked to answer whether or not 100 milligrams of aspirin a day really could help prevent everything from heart attacks to cancer. According to CNN, the study involved a  randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. It followed nearly 20,000 participants with a median age of 74. Half of the…

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    The Three Most Dramatic Changes to My Body From Whole30

    My Whole30 results were life-changing. Here are the recipes and tricks that got me there. Not until I turned 27 did I realize the gut-wrenching truth of what my mom had been squawking about for years. “Your body changes every seven years,” she frequently reminded me for what seemed like my entire childhood. “You’re not going to be able to eat that kind of stuff forever,” she harped. For the longest time, I was able to brush off her insanely irritating warnings, but then it happened. In what felt like an overnight transition, I began to see, distinctly, those unwelcomed developments. Just a few months before my 27th birthday (like clockwork. Thanks, Mom),…

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    8 Tips for Healthy Lungs

    How to get, and keep, your lungs in top shape We often don’t consider the important role our lungs play in keeping us strong and well. It’s not until we experience problems breathing that we take notice. But the truth is, like the rest of our body, our lungs need daily care and attention. Breathing feeds oxygen to every cell in the body. Without sufficient oxygen, people are more prone to health problems, including respiratory illnesses, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and even heart disease. But ordinary, everyday breathing isn’t enough to keep the oxygen flowing through the body at peak levels, experts at Rush University Medical Center say. “Lungs at rest and…