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Syncing your body with sunlight: How to undo chronodisruption this fall and winter

Chronobiologists study how bodies can fall out of sync with the natural world’s circadian rhythms, a phenomenon called chronodisruption. Modern humans experience chronodisruption on a massive scale, thanks to artificial light pollution, social jet lag, late-night electronics, and other factors.  This misalignment of natural cues can have adverse consequences for…

Improving your diet (even slightly) can reduce depression symptoms (Video)

Improving your diet, even slightly, can reduce depression symptoms. This, according to a study from University of Manchester that analyzed data from 46,000 people. Read: Back to Basics, Depression 101 Researchers investigated the effects of dietary interventions and found that making simple changes can benefit your mental health. For example,…

Choosing a high-calorie dessert first might lead to your choosing an overall healthier meal, research says

A new study, after conducting four experiments, says that choosing an indulgent dessert first could help you eat an overall healthier meal. In a cafeteria experiment, a dessert option (cheesecake or fresh fruit) was placed at the beginning or end of the cafeteria line; the online experiments replicated this design….

Does my friend have an eating disorder? If you’re concerned about a friend’s eating habits, educate yourself and be compassionate when opening up about your suspicions

Educate Yourself First, Talk to Your Friend Second If you suspect a friend or loved one has an eating disorder you should first educate yourself about the disorder. You want to familiarize yourself with the signs of an eating disorder, gain a better understanding of why people develop eating disorders…

How can I develop a healthy relationship with food? Eat mindfully, enjoy your food, and focus on quality not quantity

We’re bombarded with information about food and dieting on a daily basis—this can cause one to be overcritical about their eating habits and ultimately develop an unhealthy relationship with food. Instead of focusing on the latest diet craze, losing weight, or crunching numbers, we should put our energy into cultivating…

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