Vagus Nerve Stimulation: 9 Ways to Quickly Calm Body and Soul

Vagus Nerve Stimulation: 9 Ways to Quickly Calm Body and Soul

If nothing else, this difficult time has shown us just how important it is to protect and preserve both physical and mental health. One silver lining to emerge from the last 18 months: we’re now more aware of what sends our stress levels into the stratosphere. The tricky part? How to bring them back down to earth fast. The good news is that inside every one of us in an actual nerve whose job it is to do exactly that -- the vagus nerve (VN) – and you have the power to tap into its calming power, with ‘vagus nerve stimulation’ (VNS).
5 Things to Know About Cultivating Your Gut Diversity to Upgrade Your Health

5 Things to Know About Cultivating Your Gut Diversity to Upgrade Your Health

When feeling well is the goal, it pays to focus on your gut microbiome, the trillions-strong community of bacteria whose job it is to keep you healthy. By now, you may be aware of your microbiome and the need to protect it. But, you may not know that microbial diversity – having lots of different, health-supportive strains of bacteria inside you – is another key element of a healthy gut, and a healthy body. What does microbial diversity do for you? How to protect it and how to enhance yours every day? Here are a few ways to do it.
7 Ways Tracking Your Heart Rate Variability Can Save Your Health

7 Ways Tracking Your Heart Rate Variability Can Save Your Health

One often overlooked but extremely helpful health marker I encourage everyone to track is their heart rate variability or (HRV). Learning more about your HRV can give you a better picture of your cardiovascular fitness and your over-all resilience, as well as helping to steer you toward more health-supportive daily behaviors and lifestyle tweaks. Think of HRV as a sort of on-demand monitoring and feedback system for doing stuff that keeps you well.
7 Ways to Let Go of Artificial Sweeteners — and Why You Must!

7 Ways to Let Go of Artificial Sweeteners — and Why You Must!

Millions of people who are hooked on the sweet stuff often turn to non-sugar, ‘non-nutritive’ artificial sweeteners to enable them to have their cake and eat it too, so to speak. Not a wise move. In fact, most, if not all, of the chemical sweeteners out there are as just as rotten for your body as sugar, only in different ways. Swapping one bad habit (sugar) for another (fake stuff) can make cravings worse, mess with your microbiome and even damage your brain. Now, that’s a lousy trade-off! In short, nobody should be using artificial sweeteners and I encourage you to redline them (and sugar, too) without delay.
A Simple 3-Month Muscle-Building Plan

A Simple 3-Month Muscle-Building Plan

Truth be told, just about everyone’s fitness slipped a bit as we all tried to muddle through. Granted, though we aren’t totally out of the woods just yet, now that the ground feels less shaky, it’s time to find our footing and start moving forward once again. In other words, it’s time to pull ourselves – and our fitness acts – back together. Here’s your slow and steady muscle-building roadmap

10 Daily Habits to Live to 100

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