Doctors Explain How Hiking Can Actually Change Our Brains

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While it may seem obvious that a good hike through a forest or up a mountain can cleanse your mind, body, and soul, science is now discovering that hiking can actually change your brain… for the better!

Hiking In Nature Can Stop Negative, Obsessive Thoughts

Aside from the almost instant feeling of calm and contentment that accompanies time outdoors, hiking in nature can reduce rumination. Many of us often find ourselves consumed by negative thoughts, which takes us out of the enjoyment of the moment at best and leads us down a path to depression and anxiety at worst. But a recent study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that spending time in nature decreases these obsessive, negative thoughts by a significant margin. Leer Más


Study finds ‘fasting-mimicking’ diet has major health benefits

Scientists have found a five-day fasting-mimicking diet once every few months can have significant health benefits.
Researchers have found that periodic fasting-mimicking diets have significant health benefits. Photo by pelambung/PixaBay

Feb. 16 (UPI) — Researchers at the University of Southern California Leonard Davis School of Gerontology showed a periodic fasting diet can reduce cardiovascular risk factors, among other health benefits.

The study consisted of 100 adults ages 20 to 70 who were placed on three cycles of a low-calorie, fasting-mimicking diet from April 2013 to July 2015.

 

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Dietary prebiotics improve sleep, buffer stress

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But rats on the prebiotic diet were buffered from these impacts, maintaining a healthy and diverse gut microbiota and normal temperature fluctuations even after stress exposure.In recent years, reams of research papers have shed light on the health benefits of probiotics, the “good bacteria” found in fermented foods and dietary supplements. Now a first-of-its kind study by University of Colorado Boulder scientists suggests that lesser-known gut-health promoters known as prebiotics – which serve as food for good bacteria inside the gut – can also have an impact, improving sleep and buffering the physiological impacts of stress.

 

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Could learning the Iceman’s mind tricks make us all immune to arthritis? The ‘human miracles’ whose bodies remain a mystery to doctors

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A man who swims naked in Arctic seas, a girl born with her heart on the outside of her chest, a boy with unbreakable bones.

Wim Hof (pictured), from Sittard in the Netherlands, claims his ability to withstand freezing conditions without developing so much as a sniffle is down to ‘meditation and breathing techniques’

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