What the Heck is Mercury Retrograde?

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Although it sounds like the title of a Sci-Fi movie, Mercury Retrograde is an astronomical term for when the planet Mercury appears to be moving backwards in the sky (but isn’t really). All planets can appear to be moving backwards and stationary but Mercury is retrograde most often in a single year and when it [. . . more]

Valerian Combats Anxiety and Insomnia

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Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) is a tall, flowering perennial plant, native to Europe and Asia. Its root extracts have widely been used as a natural remedy to treat anxiety, insomnia and other ailments since ancient times and references to valerian are found as early as 1st century AD Ancient Greek medical texts. Valerian root has a [. . . more]

Passionflower for Anxiety and Insomnia

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A 2017 Statistics Canada report reveals that one-third of Canadian adults have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep throughout the night. The study looked at over 10,000 Canadians aged 18 to 79 over a six-year period. Overall, one-third of adults are not sleeping the recommended amount, with 55% of women aged 18 to 64 and [. . . more]

Physical Fitness Lowers Risk of Dementia

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Health experts agree that lifestyle plays an important role in whether or not a person develops dementia. Two recent scientific studies further support evidence that living a healthy, active life and being physically fit can reduce the risk of developing dementia in later life. An English study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics [. . . more]

Aerobic Exercise Can Increase Brain Size

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In a new study, researchers from Australia’s National Institute of Complementary Medicine at Western Sydney University and the Division of Psychology and Mental Health at the University of Manchester in the UK examined the effects of aerobic exercise on the brain. Their study showed that aerobic exercise increased the size of the left region of [. . . more]