Gut health isn't just about keeping tummy troubles away. While improving your gut health can reduce gastrointestinal issues, it is also key in supporting and regulating body functions and keeping your systems running healthily.
Simply put, your gut, also known as your gastrointestinal tract, breaks down food to provide essential nutrients throughout the body. Your GI tract is also essential in fighting off infectious agents and is linked to a healthy immune system, endocrine system and cardiovascular system.
The health of your gut also impacts the health of your brain. A healthy gut supports a healthy mood and promotes mental wellness. In fact, research has shown that gut bacteria may be associated with your risk of depression.
Natural Grocers, the largest family-operated organic and natural grocery retailer in the U.S., released on Monday its Top Trends for 2024.
The company's experts predict the most anticipated products and practices for 2024 in the categories of Health and Wellness; Body Care and Beauty; Food and Beverage; and those that are Ecologically Thoughtful.
To accurately pinpoint the 2024 predictions, Natural Grocers' Nutrition Education team, including our knowledgeable Registered Dietitians and Certified Natural Foods Chefs, collaborated with the retailer's purchasing, marketing and analytics teams. Each year, these specialists study consumer-shopping preferences, dig into the latest research to predict these rising and shifting trends.
This Sunday morning we will be working out on South Beach. This will be our first of many beach workouts this year.
The workout will focus on cardio, agility, balance and will conclude with a 20 minute meditation by the water.
If you are interested in joining us for this free workout, fill out the form below and the details of the exact location will be sent to you the morning of the workout.
12 healthcare trends and issues we are following for 2024 by Scott Becker and Molly Gamble (www.beckershospitalreview.com)
The year begins with a number of challenges that have only intensified for U.S. healthcare providers.
Below are a dozen trends and issues that commanded our attention throughout 2023 and hold our curiosity in the year ahead. These patterns and shifts directly or indirectly influence how healthcare providers fare in 2024, and ultimately affect how Americans access, afford and receive care.
1. Healthcare has a worsening numbers problem. The estimated 30,000 physicians who join the U.S. workforce will not be enough to meet the growing demand for care and number of doctors retiring, reducing clinical hours, or planning to exit the field each year. Keep in mind that an estimated 71,309 physicians left the workforce from 2021 through 2022 alone. These supply disruptions unfold as the nation as a whole continues to grow and age, intensifying demand for physicians even amid a growing pipeline of advanced practice providers. It's a fairly finite pool of doctors, APPs, nurses and all types therapists and techs to take care of a larger and older population. All in all, the U.S. faces an estimated shortage of between 37,800 and 124,000 primary care and specialist physicians by 2034.
We have all been hurt by others. Sometimes those wounds last for a long time.
It can be difficult to know how to deal with such hurts, or with those who have inflicted them. One approach is to bury and suppress the wounds, but often they then remain with us and re-emerge. Another approach is to let the wounds fester, to ruminate upon them and upon anger, and possibly seek revenge. Sometimes that revenge may help pacify one’s outrage; at other times it may not. An alternative approach to dealing with the hurts we all experience is forgiveness.
We might define “forgiveness” as the replacement of ill will towards an offender with goodwill. Conceived as such, forgiveness is distinct from excusing or condoning the action; it is distinct from reconciliation; and it does not require foregoing justice. Forgiveness does not entail ignoring issues of responsibility and accountability. One can forgive an offender and hope for his or her ultimate good, while also pursuing a just outcome. One can also forgive an offender without necessarily seeking a restored relationship. This point is especially important in cases, say, of repeated violence or abuse, wherein the ending of the relationship may be best for the victim and offender alike. Likewise, because forgiveness and reconciliation are not identical, one can also forgive even if the offender has passed away. In conflicts, often both parties are hurt, and forgiveness can be helpful in both directions.
If you are a caregiver for someone suffering from Alzheimer's disease (AD), you may face difficult challenges as you try to provide care and understand the behavior changes of the person you are caring for. Understanding the behavior of a person with AD can help lessen these difficulties.
People with AD may exhibit the following behaviors:
You know the importance of weight training, cardio workouts, and stretching, but how often do you think about improving your agility?
Agility is the ability to move quickly on your feet, and incorporating this kind of training into your workout routine can help improve your speed, strengthen your lower body, and reduce your risk of injury.
Plus — like high-intensity interval training (HIIT) — it seriously ups your calorie burn, thanks to all the extra muscles it calls into play.
Another benefit: Agility training is fun.
When you hear the term “hand eye coordination” most people immediately think of catching and throwing. How many times have we all heard a coach, parent, or teacher exclaim “keep your eye on the ball!”? While catching and targeted throwing are excellent examples of hand eye coordination, they are not the only ones!
5 Hand-Eye Coordination Exercises
As we’ve already discussed, catching is the ultimate eye hand coordination activity. If your child has difficulty coordinating their movements to catch something thrown to them, consider starting somewhere a little easier. Did anyone else spend PE classes in grade school playing with brightly colored scarves, learning to juggle them (poorly) and just goofing off?
Can't find your car keys? Forget your grocery list? Can't remember the name of the personal trainer you liked at the gym? You're not alone. Everyone forgets things once in a while. Still, memory loss is nothing to take lightly.
Although there are no guarantees when it comes to preventing memory loss or dementia, some activities might help. Consider seven simple ways to sharpen your memory. And know when to get help for memory loss.
The Healing Power of Community and Connection by Adrian A. Fletcher Psy.D., M.A. (www.psychologytoday.com)
For most of my life, I felt like I was different and that I didn’t belong. I felt defective, stupid, lonely, unwanted, and less than. As a child, and especially during my adolescent years, I was sometimes described as unusual, weird, cute, funny, mysterious, angry, oppositional, and sweet.
I went up and down in my physical size, my interests changed a lot, and people…well, they were not to be trusted. Based on having experienced extreme trauma as a young child when I was sex trafficked by my own father and my mother's emotional unavailability due to her own history, I was left with a complete lack of trust in people and the world around me.
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