Health Benefits of Owning a Pet

For the most of us, a friendly fido usually makes us feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside, and according to research, there’s no surprise why. Studies show that living with pets provides health benefits such as boosting a person’s immune system, lowering chances of depression and even calming Alzheimer’s patients. To learn more about the health benefits of owning a pet, click here.

 

Health Benefits of Owning a Pet

Go Nuts for Nuts

If you’re looking for a quick snack that has heart-healthy fats, protein, vitamins, and minerals, look no further than nuts. In moderation, nuts like almonds, cashews and pistachios are excellent for curbing your appetite while providing much-needed nutrients. The best part? They’re super easy to pack and are friendly for those who are vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free. To learn more about the health benefits of nuts, and what traps to avoid when buying them, click here.

 

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Reading: Improving Brain Connectivity and Function

When was the last time you read an entire book cover to cover? For some, it’s probably been a while, especially since turning on the TV for entertainment seems a lot easier. Astonishingly, 80% of U.S. families did not buy a single book in 2016, and this is a shame! Particularly when considering that reading fiction has shown to improve brain connectivity and function. According to a 2013 study, reading novels exercises the left temporal cortex, an area of the brain that processes language and visualization. Along other cognitive benefits, reading has a way to make us imagine a whole new world and experience things we may only ever dream of. So what are you waiting for? Pick up a book and start now! For the full article on the benefits of reading fiction, click here.

 

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What Happens When You Quit Smoking?

Ask any smoker and they will tell you that quitting their bad habit is one heck of a trial. And it’s no wonder why! The nicotine that’s found in all cigarettes is not only highly addictive, but it actually boosts a person’s dopamine levels, making them feel happier. So when it comes time to putting out that last cigarette, withdrawal symptoms may deter some people from quitting. However, there’s no denying that stopping is better for an individual’s health in the long run. Watch the video below to learn about all the short- and long-term benefits of quitting smoking.

 

Schizophrenia and Dissociative Disorders

Stigmas relating to mental health issues are slowly breaking down, but nowhere else do we see such fear and misunderstanding than in cases of Schizophrenia and Dissociative Disorders (previously known as Multiple Personality Disorder). Although Schizophrenia only impacts 1% of the population, popular media has labeled sufferers of this chronic disorder as crazed lunatics. To learn more about these rare conditions, watch the video below.

 

The Psychology of Self-Esteem

Many people are under the impression that achieving set goals in life will lead to improved self-esteem. While this may be true for some, it is believed that factors from childhood – namely, a person’s relationship with their parents and peers as well as their socio-economic status – appear to be more influential. Watch the video below to learn more about how an individual’s self-esteem develops, and why some have more than others.

 

The Science Behind E-Cigarettes

E-Cigarettes have become increasingly popular over the past few years. With flavours like coffee, peppermint and even piña colada, it’s easy to see why they may be more appealing than a smelly cigarette. Some claim that E-Cigs are a healthier alternative to smoking a regular cigarette, some believe that it helps individuals quit smoking altogether, but the truth is, the science isn’t conclusive on either front. To learn (what we don’t know) about E-cigarettes, watch the video below:

 

What is OCD

Many people associate Obsessive Compulsive Disorder with hyper cleanliness, an obsession with organization or the inability to just “let go”. However, OCD is a serious neurological disorder that can be debilitating if not properly treated. Watch the video below to learn what OCD is, what causes it, and what is actually true regarding this commonly misunderstood condition.

 

What Causes Cavities?

From a young age, we’ve all been told from our parents and dentists that eating sweets can lead to cavities. But what is it about sugar that causes this pesky problem? And are there other factors that play a role? Watch the video below to learn what causes cavities. Enjoy!

 

The Mozart Effect: Fact or Myth?

The Mozart Effect is the belief that if a child listens to Mozart over an extended period of time, they will become smarter. After all, if Mozart was a genius, maybe some of his music will boost a person’s IQ. But is this phenomenon true, or simply a hoax for parents to buy more CDs for their toddlers? Does listening to Mozart, or even classical music, improve cognitive function? As it turns out, yes and no. For the full article, click here.

 

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