The benefits of fasting: More than just a fad

You may have heard about it. You may have even tried fasting. You might even be the one who's tried fasting and who's been so successful at it and you are now a huge proponent of it. But did you know that researchers are busy studying whether is a good thing or just a fad, and are fast concluding that fasting benefits you in more ways than one? For example, one small study shows that the oxidative stress of fasting may have a positive effect on your body, from producing antioxidant compounds in response to the stress, to protecting your body from aging and enhancing mitochondrial activity. According to Inverse, identifying all the benefits of fasting is still in its infancy, but one thing researchers are sure of so far is that "fasting really changes the body" and that science...

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Want to stop a headache? Try using essential oils

The dull throbbing pain associated with headaches is enough to ruin a perfectly good day. But before you reach out for a bottle of painkillers, why not try safer natural alternatives like essential oils? Since not all headaches are the same, here are some of the most common types of headaches and the most suitable essential oils for treating them. Tension headache Approximately 78 percent of the world's population suffer from tension headaches, making it the most prevalent type of headache. It is often associated with mild to intense pain around your head, neck, or behind your eyes, and it could make you feel like there's a tight clamp around your head. There are different reasons for tension headaches including alcohol, eye strain, dry eyes, fatigue, colds, the flu, caffeine, or poor posture. If you are suffering from a tension...

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The Transcendental Treasure of Truth, Beauty, and Goodness Flies in The Face of Materialism And Postmodernism

If you want to cultivate a spirit of gratitude, I'd like to suggest that you spend some time in meditation on truth, beauty, and goodness. They each represent gifts to us, things that make life possible, intelligible, and worth living. They are such essential qualities that we call them transcendentals. They transcend our everyday knowledge and point toward a source that is at least capable of truth, beauty, and goodness. Why do we value them? They are the foundations on which a life worth living is built. They enable discovery, creation, and nurturing of others. They are not wishful thinking. They are transformative. They are indicators that the world is rich, purposeful, and meaningful. They are the product of a designer who knows truth, beauty, and goodness. ...

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Timing is everything: New discoveries in circadian rhythms provide insight into cancer treatment

In a recent paper in Science Signaling, associate professor of cell and microbiology Carla Finkielstein, of the Department of Biological Sciences, and her collaborators identified an alternative mechanism to control circadian rhythms in normal cells that is driven by oncoproteins. This discovery places molecules involved in monitoring and calibrating the response of cells to genomic damage at the center of the machinery driving circadian rhythms. Anyone who has ever experienced jetlag is familiar with circadian rhythms. Various processes in the human body are governed by circadian rhythms, even down to the individual cell. These processes are tightly controlled by a variety of molecular mechanisms and feedback loops that help the body self-regulate in response to external cues like sunlight and temperature. ...

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Green chiretta (Andrographis) functions as a natural remedy for the treatment of the common cold

In Scandinavian and Asian countries, green chiretta (Andrographispaniculata) is a common remedy for common cold, fever, and noninfectious diarrhea. In a study published in the journal Planta Medica, researchers have found that multiple oral dosing of green chiretta (Andrographispaniculata) at the normal therapeutic dose for the common cold and uncomplicated upper respiratory tract infections regulates various clinical parameters within normal ranges. A team of researchers from Thailand looked at the physiological effects of short-term multiple dose intake of a standardized green chiretta capsule used for the treatment of the common cold and uncomplicated upper respiratory tract infections. For the study, the Thai research team recruited 20 healthy participants, who were then given 12 capsules or 4.2 grams (g) of a standardized green chiretta crude powder per day. For three consecutive days, the participants took four green chiretta capsules (amounting to...

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