20 Minute Contact with Nature Reduces Stress Hormone Cortisol






The data revealed that just a twenty-minute nature experience was enough to significantly reduce cortisol levels. But if you spent a little more time immersed in a nature experience, 20 to 30 minutes sitting or walking, cortisol levels dropped at their greatest rate. After that, additional de-stressing benefits continue to add up but at a slower rate. The image is in the public domain.

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Intermittent fasting: Surprising update








There’s a ton of incredibly promising intermittent fasting (IF) research done on fat rats. They lose weight, their blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugars improve… but they’re rats. Studies in humans, almost across the board, have shown that IF is safe and incredibly effective, but really no more effective than any other diet. In addition, many people find it difficult to fast.

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The plastic plague: Hormone-disrupting chemicals in everyday things like water bottles DO cause cancer, diabetes, ADHD and autism – and cost US $340 BILLION a year


  • Endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are in thousands of products
  • Products range from plastic water bottles to cheap toys and cosmetics
  • Study warns they cause neurological damage and behavioral problems
  • Exposure to these chemicals cost the US at least $340bn in health a year 
  • The NYU study looks at bisphenol A in polycarbonate plastic (used for hard reusable bottles) and phthalates (in many US disposable plastic bottles)
  • Phthalates are banned in the European Union and wouldn’t be in Britain
  • Critics have hit out at the NYU study for being ‘selective’; European Commission questioned the validity of their calculation methods

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