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Articles June 2013

It’s time for this month’s dose of new research, health foods, and exercise tips. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I do! The summer is very close to being here. My top summer tip: stay hydrated.


Top 5 Fat-burning Yoga Poses

Slimming Summer Recipes (plus fruit guide)

Sunscreen/Sunblock Essentials

Diastasis Recti

Nurturing a Whole Food Habit

Mindfulness Meditation May Help Chronic Inflammation

Tai Chi/Yoga Benefit Women with Prenatal Depression

Acupuncture for Athletic Performance?

Surprising Vegan Finds at Mainstream Grocery Stores

The #1 Way to Make Sure You Eat Your Greens First

How to Stay Injury-Free During CrossFit-style Workouts


4 thoughts on “Articles June 2013”

  1. Could you share the full article on mindfulness meditation for those of us NOT members of that site? I think it’s good and I’d like to read it. Thnks.

    1. You should have been able to read it, I believe. I wasn’t logged in when I posted it, but here it is:

      Mind-Body-Spirit News:

      For people who suffer from inflammation—for example, those with rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease or asthma—mindfulness practice may be a key to reducing both stress and inflammation.

      Researchers from the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, compared an 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program with a control intervention without a mindfulness component to determine the effectiveness of mindfulness on measures of inflammation and stress. While both activities successfully reduced stress, only mindfulness practice significantly reduced inflammation.

      Investigators randomly assigned 49 volunteers to either mindfulness training or a health education program. The mindfulness group focused on breath, bodily sensations or mental content while seated, walking and practicing yoga. The Health Enhancement Program participants practiced walking, balance, agility, core strength, nutrition education and music therapy. Researchers stimulated stress and inflammation in participants by applying capsaicin cream to forearm skin. (Capsaicin is the naturally occurring compound that makes some peppers “hot.”) All subjects were tested for stress levels and inflammatory response.

      Stress levels dropped in both groups, but participants in the mindfulness group also had less inflammation. This study was conducted on healthy individuals; study authors recommended that future research focus on individuals with chronic stress and inflammation.

      Lead study author Melissa Rosenkranz, assistant scientist at the center, said in a press release, “This [mindfulness approach] is not a cure-all, but our study does show that there are specific ways that mindfulness can be beneficial, and that there are specific people who may be more likely to benefit from this approach than other interventions.”

      The study appeared in Brain, Behavior, and Immunity (2012; doi: 10.1016/j.bbi.2012.10.013).

      1. Fascinating information. I use cayenne tablets for reducing ulcers. There has to be a reason why so much of the world uses hot peppers in their cooking! Maybe red pepper along with turmeric will reduce inflammation more than turmeric alone. Just a thought. Is mindfulness about listening to the body as well as strengthening physically?

      2. You can use mindfulness while strengthening physically. It’s just about listening to the body, and then eventually what’s going on within us mentally and emotionally. You could also focus on a set of thoughts, ideas, emotions, etc., and figure out what they’re saying or what they mean. Basically, it’s becoming more aware of who you are on all levels.

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