Meditation’s effect on key brain Chemicals

Meditation boosts Endorphins. Endorphins are a category of neurotransmitters that the body uses as an internal pain killer. These compounds are also responsible for the all-encompassing sense of happiness we sometimes feel. Endorphins are thought to reduce blood pressure and have been linked in the fight against cancer. People who Read More

The science behind meditation, and why it makes you feel better

Meditation yields a surprising number of health benefits, including stress reduction, improved attention, better memory, and even increased creativity and feelings of compassion. But how can something as simple as focusing on a single object produce such dramatic results? Here’s what the growing body of scientific evidence is telling us Read More

Calcium and Vitamin D: What You Need to Know

Getting enough calcium and vitamin D is essential to building strong, dense bones when you’re young and to keeping them strong and healthy as you age. The information included here will help you learn all about calcium and vitamin D – the two most important nutrients for bone health. What Read More

Be Mine Forever: Oxytocin May Help Build Long-Lasting Love

The hormone oxytocin increases empathy and communication, key to sustaining a relationship between mates Feb 12, 2013 |By Luciana Gravotta Two locks on a fence with a heart on each. Public Domain / Hans If cupid had studied neuroscience, he’d know to aim his arrows at the brain rather than Read More

Exercise and stress: Get moving to manage stress

Exercise in almost any form can act as a stress reliever. Being active can boost your feel-good endorphins and distract you from daily worries. By Mayo Clinic Staff You know that exercise does your body good, but you’re too busy and stressed to fit it into your routine. Hold on Read More

Exercise for Your Bone Health

Vital at every age for healthy bones, exercise is important for treating and preventing osteoporosis. Not only does exercise improve your bone health, it also increases muscle strength, coordination, and balance, and it leads to better overall health. Why Exercise? The Best Bone Building Exercise Exercise Tips A Complete Osteoporosis Read More

Can meditation really slow aging?

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Exercise and aging: Can you walk away from Father Time?

(This article was first printed in the December 2005 issue of the Harvard Men’s Health Watch. For more information or to order, please go to www.health.harvard.edu/mens.) The clock ticks for all men, and with each tick comes change. For men who manage to avoid major medical problems, the changes are Read More

Does Exercise Release a Chemical in the Brain?

Exercise is the best medicine for a healthy mind and body. Regular exercise will not only benefit you physically, it can provide emotional and psychological perks as well. During exercise, several different chemicals are released into the brain, with a broad range of positive effects. These chemicals are powerful mood- Read More