Could Intermittent Fasting Improve Your Mood?

In the past decade, intermittent fasting has become very popular. Many of us have heard about the purported health benefits from adopting these practices, including benefits to fat loss, muscle gain, insulin sensitivity, and cellular repair. Recently I’ve come across several studies that show the method might be as good for the mind as it…

Free Health Handout: Diabetes and Fatigue

There are many reasons that individuals with diabetes often complain of feeling tired and sluggish. Some of these reasons are physical, such as the side effects of medication or erratic blood glucose levels; other causes are psychological, like the exhaustion that can result from the constant vigilance that diabetes demands. This handout provides various considerations…

How Having a Broken Heart or Being Angry Can Kill You

Working in hospitals, it is common to see that when one spouse passes away, the surviving spouse goes downhill rapidly and often dies shortly after. Obviously, this isn’t always the case, but anyone who has worked in a hospital for a while can tell you that it’s not uncommon. This doesn’t always occur with spouses,…

Happy Thoughts Lead to a Healthy Heart

There is a strong link between optimism, hope, and overall satisfaction with life and a lower risk of heart disease and stroke. In fact, people with the highest levels of optimism have twice the likelihood of having ideal heart health compared to their more pessimistic peers. Research has shown that individuals who are the most…

Are You an HSP (Highly Sensitive Person)?

Can you imagine how overwhelming a simple shopping trip would be to someone who is overstimulated by sounds, smells, and other environmental conditions? The bright lights, the crowds of people talking to one another and into their cell phones (and yelling at their kids and fighting with their spouses), the sounds of shopping carts being…

The Goal of Contentment

During the Holiday season, the pressure is on to be happy, happy, happy at all times. I personally prefer the word “content” to “happy,” and feel that it better describes how we should strive to feel on Thanksgiving Day and throughout the season. Although these words are used interchangeably, and it might seem to be…