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Probiotics = Less Sad Thoughts?

Struggle with the “the cup is half empty” voices in your head? Tend to focus on unpleasant thoughts or feelings continually looking at the negative side of life? Besides snapping a rubber band on your wrist for each negative thought, there’s an easier way to set the foundation for more optimistic thoughts and conversations going on throughout your day.

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Probiotics Make You Happy Inside and Out!

Probiotics

Probiotics are live microorganisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, are fundamental in improving digestion and immune function. Steenbergen and her fellow researchers (Psychologists Laura Steenbergen and Lorenza Colzato from the Leiden Institute of Brain and Cognition published their findings in Brain, Behavior and Immunity) were the first to investigate whether the administration of multispecies (containing different strains) probiotics for at least 4 weeks has a beneficial effect on rumination (i.e., recurrent thoughts about possible causes and consequences of one’s distress). “Rumination is one of the most predictive vulnerability markers of depression” says Steenbergen. “Persistent ruminative thoughts often precede and predict episodes of depression.”

Compared to subjects who received the placebo intervention, participants who received the  multispecies probiotics intervention showed significantly reduced ruminative thoughts. Colzato: “Even if preliminary, these results provide the first evidence that the intake of probiotics may help reduce negative thoughts associated with sad mood. As such, our findings shed an interesting new light on the potential of probiotics to serve as adjuvant or preventive therapy for depression.””

How interesting the “gut” – brain connection. Seems a healthier the gastrointestinal tract can benefit even our thought processes, which is so amazing to me. I take probiotics in a daily meal supplement shake. I have used the Vega brand shakes, and have just recently switched to Phood brand (MUCH better taste). Both have a generous probiotic supplement. I don’t find that I have constant negative thoughts, may still get upset over circumstances, but get over it quickly. 

If you’re not taking a probiotic now, do a little 4 week test and see what happens when you do – what do you notice in your thoughts? Very interesting!

Journal Reference:

  1. Laura Steenbergen, Roberta Sellaro, Saskia van Hemert, Jos A. Bosch, Lorenza S. Colzato. A randomized controlled trial to test the effect of multispecies probiotics on cognitive reactivity to sad mood. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 2015; DOI: 10.1016/j.bbi.2015.04.003

What is a Concierge Nurse?

Have you experienced concierge services when you’ve traveled and stayed in a hotel? The concierges are sharp, and have a world of information at their fingertips – or in their heads, and can “Connect the Dots” for you in no time at all. Make a reservation, direct you to an unknown destination, arrange transportation or book a tennis partner for a quick set!

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Hello! I’m your Concierge Nurse!

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Social Jetlag

How does Social Jetlag affect you?

We know not getting enough sleep, having poor quality sleep, awakening unrefreshed while still tired is not healthy. If your poor quality and lack of sleep is caused by working hours that don’t match the natural rhythms of your internal body clock, this is being referred to as ‘Social Jetlag.’

Now, researchers report in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on March 12 that sleep and workers’ general well-being could be improved if work schedules took workers’ biological clocks into account.” [Read more…]

New Targeted Approach to Acne

There's a new targeted approach to acne treatment...and here's the scoop!

Researchers at UC Santa Barbara have created a three-pronged approach to treating acne. This novel process includes low frequency ultrasound which pushes very tiny gold and silica particles deep into the skin, followed by the application of laser. The laser shines light onto the particles which generates heat and pushes the particles into the sebaceous glands, which deactivates them. [Read more…]

Beautiful Memory

Taking a breath or two, enjoying the beauty around me, and recalling found memories again of when I lived in Lausanne 35 years ago. This is pretty close to the view from my window, (without the steeples) of the majestic French – Swiss Alps in the spring.

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Where does your mind wander to when you think of a place of beauty?

Thinking thoughts of peace, beauty, and nature calms me and makes me smile.

Happy Spring!

Personal Tissue Regeneration Options are Coming Soon!

Personal Tissue Regeneration Options Coming Soon.

Recent findings in the field of tissue regeneration research may be life changing for many. Those  with damaged tissues such as diabetic foot ulcers, burns, loss elasticity in tissues providing structural support of internal organs, or even loss of organ tissue, have hope for regenerative options from manipulating their own tissue cells. [Read more…]

Why Night Skin Cleansing is a Must

Why is night cleansing a must?

It’s late, your exhausted, and just want to jump into bed and fall asleep. “I’ll wash my face in the morning and put on fresh makeup then,” you say to yourself. You think it’s not a big deal, probably because you don’t see the results of your inaction immediately. In reality, it IS a big deal. Over time not washing the day’s “soil” from your face will lead to all kinds of not so pretty results!

In the pictures below you can see how beautiful and healthy a clean, open pore is on the surface and underneath your skin. You can see the blood vessels that bring oxygen and nutrients to your skin to give it a vibrant, healthy glow. [Read more…]

Spring Summer 2015 Fashion

For your fashion enjoyment, here is the Spring Summer 2015 Chanel Haute Couture Fashion Runway!

Thank goodness for longer jackets finally!

 

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Sun Damage Continues On After Exposure

A recent study has demonstrated that UV damage continues on for hours after exposure to the sun.  Once you come into the shade, you are not safe, it seems. There appears to be a cellular process which begins with the sun’s rays shining down upon your skin, and then keeps going for hours, even increasing the damage over time.

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Sun Damage even in the Shade

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Excellent Natural Oil Hair Treatment

Does your hair fly away when you want it to stay down, or feel dry and “crunchy” between your fingers? You may enjoy a special oil treatment for your scalp and hair which will bring back a smooth, silky texture to your hair strands and supplement the moisture in your scalp without making it greasy.

Beauty magazines and sites recommend Olive Oil, Mayonnaise, Eggs and a whole host of other food items from your kitchen to be applied and left on for a time to treat dry hair. Some advise leaving it on overnight, while sleeping with a shower cap on. Okay, I can’t even begin to imagine what kind of night I would have if I did that! The crunching of the plastic cap, the smell of the oil or eggs, a slimy feeling and potential for oozing is NOT attractive to me at all.

How we suffer to be beautiful, right? [Read more…]

Two Tips for Healthy Hearts!

The Simple 7 from the American Heart Association makes heart health so easy! If we make it a priority, we can all squeeze a little more exercise into each day, while eating better and controlling our sugar all together will help us lose weight. If you are a smoker, you may need some support from your doctor to help you put aside this one heart unhealthy activity. When it comes to managing our cholesterol and blood pressure, we might need a little more assistance understanding exactly what these two factors are all about to know better how to manage them.

 

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Braces vs Invisalign in Later Life

Braces vs. Invisalign

Raise your hand if you had braces on your teeth when you were growing up. Both of my hands are raised because I had braces – the metal bands with metal brackets, and headgear. For 10 years. My teeth were just fine for 35 plus years after, until my jaw began to hurt, click, and give me earaches and headaches. Once, when I had my teeth cleaned, my jaw locked for 5 months afterward from keeping my mouth open during the hour long procedure. Five specialists later, with no real diagnosis, I just let it go, and got used to the pain…..until I noticed my teeth were moving, and fast.

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New Imaging Technique Better at Detecting Breast Cancers

New Imaging Techniques Better at Detecting Breast CancersHaving Fibrocystic Breast Disease for years has produced dense breast tissue with age for me. My annual mammogram usually goes into an added ultrasound in order to visualize densities with greater definition. Now the Mayo Clinic has developed a new breast imaging technique that can detect breast cancers with much greater accuracy. [Read more…]

Sometimes, You Must Ask for a Biopsy.

Do you know when to ask for a biopsy?

Several years ago I went to my Dermatology office to seek an opinion on a red spot / bump that was slowly growing on my right shin. It didn’t look like a mole, or anything else I could find within the medical sites on the internet – Mayo Clinic, and the like. (I do check my skin for anything unusual every month or so, using a method I’ve shared in a previous post Are You Regularly Checking Your Skin for Skin Cancer?.)

Wanting to get in as soon as possible, I was told my Dermatologist was booked for at least a month, but they did have an opening right away with one of the Dermatology Physician”s Assistant (PA) who does skin cancer screenings routinely. Feeling a sense of urgency, I booked with the PA. [Read more…]

Healthier Hearts Come from Being Optimistic

Good news for everyone who sees the cup as half full – your heart is healthier than those who see it as half empty! A new study from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign published in Health Behavior and Policy Review which looked at the relationship between optimism and cardiovascular health found there to be a positive correlation. A correlation of as much as  double the chance of being heart healthy than their pessimistic friends.

http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/3418-entrepreneurs-healthier.html

Healthy Heart – Healthy You!

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