How Diet and Exercise Protect the Brain

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A number of researchers have studied the link between diet, exercise, and brain health. Among other things, they found that when we exercise, the brain produces more of a special brain-growth repair hormone called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) that stimulates the increase in brain connections — dendrites and synapses — especially in the hippocampus. There […]

Can Fruit Make Us Fat?

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By now, most folks are aware that high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) was a bad idea for a country suffering from an obesity epidemic. Even the food industry has gotten the memo loud and clear, and the HFCS in soft drinks and sweetened comfort foods is being replaced by cane sugar. What many of us […]

Dosha Think It’s Time You Learned About Ayurveda?

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If you’ve been around Joyful Yoga for any length of time, you’ve probably heard words like “dosha” and “Ayurveda” within our classes or spa rooms. Do you REALLY understand what they mean? Why they are important to you and your life? Come to find out more about this ancient science and how it affects your […]

Top Four Reasons Why Diets Fail

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The battle of the bulge is on — any movement on the scale yet? “Losing weight is one of the top resolutions made every year, yet only 20 percent of people achieve successful weight-loss and maintenance,” says Jessica Bartfield,MD, internal medicine who specializes in nutrition and weight management at the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery […]

The Magic of Midlife – Body Balance for Women in their Prime!

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As women, we are pressured to keep our figures intact and the world around us supports our desire to be thin and svelte. At the same time, we are watching our bodies change – most of which is beyond our control. Midlife hormonal changes take precedent to our old ways of eating what we want […]

10 Simple Rules to Lose 5 Pounds

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Losing those last irritating 5 pounds can be the hardest part of your weight-loss journey. Kick things up a notch without depriving yourself. These 10 easy rules will help you finally hit your goal weight and allow you to maintain your healthy new physique. 1. Practice Portion Control Over the years, portions have become supersized. […]

Ayurveda At Home: Watching Your Weight During The Holidays

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In Ayurveda, not only is eating in accordance with your constitutional type important, but developing balanced behavioral tendencies surrounding food can be the most valuable tool to understanding nutrition and controlling weight. Your yoga practice will help you effortlessly bring mindfulness to your eating habits and improve your relationship with food. During the holidays, it seems we are bombarded […]

Dr. Oz Reveals How to Rev Up Your Metabolism All Day Long

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A good friend in her late 30s was recently telling me about her struggle to lose the five pounds she’d put on last winter. It wasn’t unusual for her to gain a little weight during the holidays, she said, but in years past, it would melt off by spring. This year was different. She was […]

A Must Read! The Island Where People Forget to Die

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In 1943, a Greek war veteran named Stamatis Moraitis came to the United States for treatment of a combat-mangled arm. He’d survived a gunshot wound, escaped to Turkey and eventually talked his way onto the Queen Elizabeth, then serving as a troopship, to cross the Atlantic. Moraitis settled in Port Jefferson, N.Y., an enclave of […]

Lose Weight Naturally with Ayurveda

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I wish that I could offer you a tiny magic pill so that you would automatically feel younger, look sexy first thing in the morning even after a bad sleep, and always have your ideal body weight. I can’t do that, but what I can offer you is a way to eat, live, and understand […]