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Taking a bath isn’t just relaxing. It could also be good for your heart, study says – CNN

It could also lower your risk of heart disease and stroke, a new study finds.

They discovered this after tracking the bathing habits and cardiovascular disease risk of more than 61,000 Japanese adults for 20 years.

Bathing linked to heart health

Participants ages 40 to 59 with no history of heart disease were followed from 1990 to 2009. At the start of the study, they were separated into groups by how often they took a bath in a tub on average: less than once a week, one to two times per week, almost daily or every day.

The researchers also gathered information on potentially influential factors, such as the participants' weight, smoking status, how often they exercised, alcohol intake, job status, education, how long they slept, perceived mental stress and life enjoyment.

By the end of the follow-up period in 2009, out of more than 30,000 final participants, the researchers documented 2,097 cases of cardiovascular disease, including 275 heart attacks, 53 sudden cardiac deaths and 1,769 strokes. They found that the more the participants bathed, the lower their risk was for cardiovascular disease.

The temperature of the water, based on participants' descriptions, also mattered. There was a 26% lower risk for heart disease with warm water, and a 35% lower risk of cardiovascular disease for hot water.

Why bathing could help the heart

Tub bathing is considered to have a preventative effect against heart disease by improving what's called "hemodynamic function," the report said. This describes the way that blood is able to be pumped efficiently through the body, said Dr. Eric Brandt, a cardiologist and lipidologist at the Yale School of Medicine's Yale New Haven Hospital, who wasn't involved in the study.

Good hemodynamic function would mean that the heart is able to efficiently pump blood without having to fight against conditions such as high blood pressure.

"Good hemodynamic function translates to a low blood pressure or normal blood pressure states, where the heart is able to pump efficiently and get blood to all the organs," Brandt said. "Bad hemodynamics are either extreme high or low blood pressure states where the heart has to work harder, essentially.

"It seems like tub bathing is similar to exercise in that it increases the heart's work, [but] it does so by relaxing the blood vessels and getting blood pumping to other parts of the body. So it creates this extra temporary work for the heart, but not one that's a negative consequence."

Sudden death associated with hot baths is common in Japan, where the study was conducted, but frequency of bathing wasn't associated with a higher risk of sudden death in this study.

Other factors for consideration

While the study suggests that daily baths could help lower your risk for heart disease, that isn't the only factor to consider.

Brandt isn't convinced that bathing alone is the main reason for the study's findings of lower heart disease risk; it's more likely, he said, that regularly taking a warm or hot bath "can have a temporary physiological change that's similar to exercise," and that other healthy lifestyle factors came into play.

"Our population is so different than the Japanese, and lifestyle especially," Brandt said. "The risk might be different for Americans compared to Japanese in the context where we carry a heavier burden of chronic lifestyle-related illnesses. I would say that among patients where this could apply is that among people up to their 70s, with tub bathing at least there wasn't a signal in the study of cardiovascular harm."

While there's only a link between bathing and a lower risk of heart disease, bathing likely doesn't lead to any kind of cardiovascular harm if done safely, Brandt said.

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Natasha Kanade has helped many achieve their fitness goals – The Statesman

The biggest challenge for any individual to become fit is to understand where to start from. Many people suffer from obesity, PCOS, diabetes and other health issues which are major concerns. Amidst such health issues, Natasha Kanade, a fitness expert is bringing a wave of change with her health and fitness centre, Transform With Natasha. It has helped many people with insane body transformation.

She says, Everyones body reacts differently and therefore my programs are customized according to the requirements of the clients. Laying more emphasis on diet, she believes that the perfect diet exists.

With proper guidance about diet and nutrition, Natasha has given everyone a new meaning on how to live a healthy lifestyle. Many of her clients are praising the health expert for her incredible work. Heres what her clients have to say after following the guidance given by TWN.

Manish Mehta

A doctor by profession, he suffered from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and was overweight. Under Natashas guidance and proper diet, he lost 15 kgs in 4 months.

He says, Due to diet, exercise and weight loss, I think my thought process has become completely different. Now I try to see the positive side of everything before coming to any conclusion. I have become very calm and confident and small adversities dont disappoint or even bother me. Thanks to Natasha for her support and great guidance. I am still able to maintain my weight and feel confident and more energetic.

Seetha Narayan

Seetha who has been a corporate employee had a very hectic job with no time to focus on her health. It led to a lot of weight gain. However at TWN, she started her journey with mild cardio and resistance training and 6 months down, she has shed 15 kgs.

Seetha was all praises for Natasha and she said, I am going to lean towards you for any advice and guidance I would require in future as well. You have helped me with a very big lifestyle change this diet for the last 6 months has not only resulted in weight loss but it has helped me to get healthier, gain confidence and slay it! I cant express how much you have been incredibly supportive during this process.

Grusha Mandhyani

A BMM student in Mumbai, Grusha most of the time ate junk food from the college canteen as she stayed away from home. She suddenly started gaining weight until she realized that she has PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome). It started to take a toll on her health and soon she joined TWN after which she lost 10 kgs in 3 months.

Speaking about how Natasha Kanade changed her life, she said, Months after I went back to my home, my family members were surprised and happy to see my transformation. I can manage my diet even after juggling between shoots, college and personal life which worked for me. Of course, tough times are there but I can maintain my diet. A big thank you to Natasha for bringing a huge change in my life.

If you are someone who is dealing with health and body-weight issues and want to get into perfect shape, Natasha Kanade is the name you can rely on. She has not only brought drastic change among people but also helped them achieve their fitness goals.

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Coconut oil has several health benefits | Read here in detail – Republic World – Republic World

Many healthcare reports haverevealed that coconut oil has numerous health benefits. From treating heart-related diseases to healing life-threatening disease like Alzheimer's, there are numerous health benefits of coconut oil. In times, when people are switching to a healthy lifestyle, coconut oil is reportedly one of the preferred oil for its innumerable health benefits. Check them out.

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According to a professor from theCornell University Medical School, coconut oil hasmedium-chain triglycerides, which reportedly helps in weight loss. According to the professor's report, eating medium-chain triglycerides also increases the rate of metabolism.A research study published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information Pharmacology believes one ounce of coconut oil per day will help in reducing the waistline, and abdomen fat.

Also Read |Richa Chadha Shuts Down Harvard Professor Who Called Coconut Oil 'Pure Poison'. Here's How She Did It

Reports reveal that coconut oil has Vitamin E, which reportedly helps in moisturizing skin. Dr Cynthia Bailey, a diplomat of theAmerican Board of Dermatology, in a media interview, revealed that there are numerous health benefits of coconut oil, especially to one's skin. According to Bailey, apart fromskin moisturizing, coconut oil alsoprevents acne, eczema andpsoriasis.

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Reports claim that the medium-chain triglycerides in coconut oil are the 'secondary fuel of the brain'. The intake of medium-chain triglycerides can reportedly be helpful formilder Alzheimer's patient. Researchpublished in the journal Neurobiology of Ageing, believed the intake of MCTs had greatly improved in the memory of the Alzheimer's patients.

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According to reports, Coconut oil ensures the smooth functioning of the body and mind.The rich ingredients of Coconut oil make it an ideal oil for everyone.According to an online portal, thefatty acids and medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) in coconut oil make it an anti-oxidant.

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The Pros and Cons of Veganism, According to a Dietitian – Yahoo Lifestyle

If the surplus ofvegan-friendly restaurants, dishes, and meal kits are any indication,veganism has gone mainstream. But dietary changes largeand small should never be taken lightly. Your body, brain, and lifestyle will undergo seismic shifts as you add and remove foods from your diet. It's always best to conduct your own research and consult a doctor or nutritionist before taking the leap.

We tappedTracy Lockwood Beckerman, a registered dietitian and the author ofThe Better Period Food Solution, about the pros and cons of veganism. Before we dive in, keep in mind that a vegan dietisn't for everyone. "People who have a history of disordered eating or a disordered relationship with food are not good candidates for a vegan diet," Beckerman said. "Also, those with food allergies or intolerances, or thosewho are low in nutrients like iron, B12, and zinc, should talk to their doctor before going vegan."

Below, start your research phase by reading up on the pros and cons of veganism, according to Beckerman.

1. Community. Roughly1.6 million adultsin the U.S. follow a vegan diet. "The social aspecteither online or in-personallows people to connectwith one another and share tips, meal ideas, and advice throughout their vegan journey," notes Beckerman.

2. Environment. Many people choose to adopt a vegan dietfor environmental reasons. "Because animal products generate more greenhouse gas emissions than plants, going vegan helps decrease the amount of these harmful substances in the atmosphere," she explains.

3. Water conservation."It takes a substantial amount of water to produce beef, as compared to grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables," explains Beckerman. "Animal agriculture is a more water-intensive process, so going vegantremendously reduces the amount of water used."

4. Health. Generally speaking, it can't hurt to increase your intake of plant-based proteins like beans, legumes, and tofu while reducing meat consumption. "Cutting back on red meat, in general, has been linked to a bevy of health benefits, like reduced risk of chronic disease, cancer, and cardiovascular illness," she notes.

1. Nutrient restriction. Like any diet, veganism restricts your intake of certain foods. This isn't ideal for someone with a food intolerance, as your nutritional profile may already be limited. Furthermore, someone with aniron or calcium deficiency may struggle to meet their nutritional needs without animal products. "Because veganism requires an all-or-nothing approach, I have hesitations about recommending it to clients," adds Beckerman.

2. Physical health. We currently lack convincing, long-term researchabout the health benefits of veganism. "Of course, it's better for the environment short- and long-term, but the short-term health benefits uncovered in recent research do not speak tothe diet's long-term effects," she explains. "For that reason,I wouldnt recommend following a vegan diet indefinitely."

3. Psychological health.As with any diet, you risk placing too much emphasis on appearance and not enough on health. "The healing benefits of a vegan lifestyle may not be applicable to all," says Beckerman. "Veganism or dieting, in general, can disconnect someone from the health benefits of eating and redirect their attention to body image."

4. Lack of education. "Without proper education and guidance, it may be difficult to get all of the wholesome nutrients found in a non-restrictive diet," she explains. "Because you're excluding the vitamins and minerals found in animal products, like zinc, vitamin B12, iron, calcium, and vitamin D, its important to find equivalent plant-based sources elsewhere."

If you're still on the fence about adopting a vegan diet, you can always test the waters with a few substitutions. "Even if you dont want to follow a 100% vegan lifestyle, you can try more plant-based options and vow to go animal-free on certain days of the week," she suggests. "For example, you can eliminate red meat and supplementthat protein, zinc, and iron with plant-based products, like chickpea pasta or lentils.

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PETA Takes A Dig At Animal Crossing: New Horizons With ‘Vegan Guide’ To The Game – Nintendo Life

When you start your island life in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you're immediately tasked with gathering resources by picking fruit from trees, fishing, bug catching, and more. These activities help your island to grow thanks to Tom Nook's Nook Miles scheme, but should players be a little more concerned about their actions?

PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has issued a 'Vegan Guide to Animal Crossing', listing all of the things you can and can't do to keep up with a vegan lifestyle. It kicks things off by saying that you shouldn't fish, describing it as "cruel" and "bad for the environment"; you shouldn't catch bugs; you shouldn't work towards the Museum, because "bugs dont belong in tiny cases in a museum for other villagers to gawk at"; and that you shouldn't dig up clams.

In a shocking section titled 'Is Tom Nook Exploiting you?', the guide explains that Tom is a racoon dog, an animal often killed for fur. It says you should probably "cut him some slack" because his family may have been beaten, electrocuted, gassed, or skinned alive. Sheesh.

So what can you do? Well, you can eat fruit. PETA uses the added abilities you gain when eating fruit to bolster its point on why this is a good thing, and goes on to say that you can help promote veganism with banners and the like.

It's worth noting that the guide appears to be something of a publicity stunt and not entirely serious; the promotion of animal welfare is obviously a wonderful thing, but we dare say that most Animal Crossing players wouldn't actually go and rip hermit crabs from their homes to sell them in real life.

What do you think? Do you think PETA has a point, and that we should reflect on our actions in games like Animal Crossing: New Horizons, or do you think this is all a little out of proportion? Have your say in the comments.

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Do you know…the benefits of Veganism? – The Star Online

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These 5 Documentaries and Films Will Inspire You to Go Vegan – The Beet

Whether youre consideringswitching to a plant-based diet or youve just recently made the decision to go vegan, its easy to feel a little lost or stuck with all of the information thats available out there. From endless advice articles online to stacks of books on the subject, how can you decide if and why its right for you? One easy way to ease yourself into veganism is to simply watch a movie or two.

Conveniently, Netflix has a nice selection of vegan-related films for you to stream right now from the comfort of your home. Depending on your motivation for pursuing this lifestyle change, you may find yourself more drawn to one movie over another, but theres bound to be at least one that whets your appetite. Grab some popcorn, get cozy, and press play on one of these movies on Netflixor keep them going for a mini-movie marathonso you can get a better idea of what being vegan is all about.

For those who: are curious about how diet affects disease management.

You should set aside: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Taking a close look at the idea of food as medicine, Forks Over Knives (directed by Lee Fulkerson) promotes eating a whole-food, plant-based diet as the solution for reversing certain chronic diseases. Much of the movie centers on the work of two scientists, nutritional biochemist Dr. T. Colin Campbell and physician Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn. Using the fact that health issues like obesity and diabetes affect a significant portion of the countrys population, this documentary wants viewers to see that theres a clear path toward a healthier tomorrow: leaving behind the consumption of animal products and processed foods.

For those who: want to understand how diet relates to health and the healthcare industry.

You should set aside: 1 hour and 37 minutes

Co-directed by Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn, What the Health takes a look at how consuming animal products correlates to various health issues, such as diabetes and cancer. Taking things a step further, the investigative documentary explores how big industries (like food and pharmaceutical companies), as well as the government, might be invested in people eating meat and dairy. This approach is what gives the movie its sensational tagline: The Health Film That Health Organizations Don't Want You To See. Overall, What the Health is an invitation to reassess what you eat in light of alarming chronic diseases sweeping the country and the major players who are involved.

For those who: are interested in sustainability and environmental concerns.

You should set aside: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Cowspiracy also comes from the same director team behind What the Health (Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn). With this documentary though, the focus isnt on the health implications of eating animal products, but the impact farming animals has on the environment. Touching on deforestation, greenhouse gas emissions, and other important environmental concerns, Cowspiracy argues the devastating extent of destruction caused by the animal agriculture industry. It also investigates what environmental organizations, such as Greenpeace and Sierra Club, might be sidestepping or trying to cover up about the issue and how we can create a more sustainable future.

For those who: want to see veganisms relation to human performance and strength.

You should set aside: 1 hour and 48 minutes

The Game Changers is the work of Louie Psihoyos, the director behind the Academy Award-winning documentary The Cove, and it was an official selection at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Mainly following UFC fighter James Wilks journey of recovery, this film zeroes in on top athletes who have found benefits in plant-based eating. As a whole, it challenges the common misconception that consuming animal protein is needed to have elite physical performance. The film features a number of high-profile individuals, including one youre sure to recognize: Arnold Schwarzenegger.

For those who: want to watch something thats not a documentary.

You should set aside: 2 hours

Documentaries arent the only way to explore veganism through film. A Netflix original film and official selection of the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, Okja tells the story of young Mijas fight to save her best friend Okja, a genetically modified super pig that was created by a powerful corporation to fight world hunger and given to her family to raise. The movie is a star-studded affair with a cast that includes Tilda Swinton and Jake Gyllenhaal. Its also important to note that its directed by Bong Joon-ho, who recently won multiple Academy Awards for his hit film Parasite. With its heartfelt story and harsh portrayal of the meat industry, Okja effectively incites a conversation on going vegan.

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HEALTHY LIVING: Rewire your thoughts to improve your biology, excite your biography – The Bakersfield Californian

Lets talk about rewiring your thought patterns. Did you know that your thoughts can change your biology? I believe our brain (how we think) impacts our biology and our biology impacts our biography. Want to put this theory to the test?

Think of a lemon. Close your eyes and envision yourself cutting a lemon wedge and then bringing it up to your mouth. Now smell it. Put the lemon between your teeth and hold it there. Imagine biting down on that lemon. What did you experience? Did your salivary glands start salivating? Mine did just writing this. You just changed what was going on in your biology by thinking of this lemon in your mouth.

Now think of the most joyous time in your life. What emotions come up? The emotions that came up with that thought also impact your biology. What about a sad or hard time? The emotions that come up all change the direction and information of your biology.

Its been proven time and again. Simply thinking about something causes your brain to release chemicals that affect how you act and how you feel.

Now that we know this, its easy to see how important positive thinking is to our health and well-being.

So, lets rewire your thoughts to improve your biology and excite your biography! Here are some simple affirmations to help reset your thought patterns. Feel free to make up your own, but if one of these speaks to you, grab it, repeat it, feel it and love it.

I am important, loved, wanted and welcomed.

I willingly let go of all that does not serve me, and I choose to step into my greatness with an open heart.

I claim my own power and lovingly create my own reality. I am strong and loved.

I am safe, calm, and the universe loves and approves and supports me.

I release the past. I cherish myself and my beautiful sexuality. I am safe. I am loved.

I love who I am. I am grounded in my own power. I am secure on all levels.

I am the power and authority in my life. I release the past and claim my good now.

These affirmations come from the groundbreaking work of motivational author Louise Hay. Ms. Hay is a perfect example of the mind-body connection, having overcome a violently traumatic childhood to become a New York Times bestselling author.

Would one of these affirmations work for you? Take some time to really listen to your language. Listen to the words you say over and over, the ones you say aloud and the ones you repeat in your head. Write down any words or beliefs you keep repeating. Then take some time to dissect them and rewrite them. Changing your language and your thinking will change your physical being, daily activities and life experiences.

Give it a try. What do you have to lose?

Anna Marie Frank is a brain health and wellness expert, author, lecturer and human-potential coach. The views expressed are her own.

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HANAPEPE Physician, nutritionist and author Steven Masley was planning to be at Talkstory Bookstore in Hanapepe on Friday, signing copies of his latest book The Mediterranean Method.

With recent COVID-19 stay-at-home rules and travel quarantines, however, the Pacific Northwest resident is postponing his book signing.

A trained chef, European sailboat captain and the creator of a health program for public television, 30 Days to a Younger Heart, Masleys newest book promotes an eating style that some studies show leads to a healthier life.

He is a fellow with the American Heart Association, the American College of Nutrition, and a former fellow with the American Academy of Family Physicians. He is also an affiliate clinical associate professor at the University of South Florida.

He has appeared on over 700 media interviews, including public television, The Today Show and the Discovery Channel.

His newest book looks at the advantages to the philosophies of The Mediterranean Diet, and provides recipes and practical ways to make the diet work for the average person.

The Mediterranean Diet has been rated as the overall No. 1 diet on the planet three years in a row by US News and World Report. Masley says these honors should not be too surprising, as Mediterranean countries have some of the longest life spans on the planet and they have lower rates of heart disease, diabetes, memory loss, cancer and obesity than nearly all other western countries.

The meals are simple to prepare, Masley says. It has also been ranked as the easiest diet to follow long-term.

The diet itself is based upon the eating habits of people living around the Mediterranean Sea: Spain, France, Italy, Greece and Turkey, as well as Middle Eastern and northern African countries.

Masley says what these cuisines have in common is the consumption of fresh, seasonal, whole foods featuring vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts, herbs and spices; the predominate use of extra-virgin olive oil; moderate amounts of seafood and poultry; and the moderate consumption of red wine.

What the Mediterranean diet specifically has avoided is processed foods, sugar, sweeteners and artificial flavors. Red meats are rarely on the menu or are used sparingly to flavor a dish.

Considering all these benefits, Masley said he felt compelled to write a book, The Mediterranean Method, to help promote this eating plan and to make it simple to follow.

To do background research for this book, I read nearly 1,000 scientific journal articles, plus, my wife Nicole and I bought a sailboat and sailed from Spain to Turkey during 2018 and 2019. We visited small ports, food markets, family-run restaurants, and searched for regional recipes that were easy to prepare, delicious and healthy.

Let me share my version of the food and lifestyle pyramid of a low-glycemic Mediterranean diet, adapted from my book, The Mediterranean Method, Masley said.

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Healthy Living: Staying connected in the age of social distancing – Q13 News Seattle

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SEATTLE -- A lot of us are working from home and basically eliminating human interaction, which can bring on feelings of isolation, loneliness and depression. So how can make sure that we are prioritizing our health during this time, while staying connected?

Dr. Oliveira is the senior medial director at Regence BlueShield, and he says it is so important to stay social in a social distancing world.

Use the technology that you have available to you. Many of us have the ability to do video chatting with a friend, a family member, such as I did with my son today. Chat, text, send messages, even do a neighborhood email chains if you can. Worst case scenario, just pick up the phone and call someone," he said.

Dr. Oliveira says if you start to feel depressed or sick, there are resources available.

Telemedicine is a great solution for you, not only for primary care services. If youre worried about that you may have the flu or COVID-19, but also if you need behavioral health services as well," he said.

Myths about coronavirus are spreading like wildfire across the internet. Dr. Oliveira says don't buy into those rumors. It is best to just go straight to the source.

Read reliable resources, your health department, the CDC, those are places to get information on COVID-19, not necessarily your favorite ad coming through Facebook or other social media sites," he said.

As always, there are the tried and true methods to health and wellness, even if it looks a little different this day and age.

Get enough sleep, eat well and exercise! And exercise may have to take different paths given where you are in your social distancing standpoint, working out at home or taking a hike, all are important things.

Dr. Oliveira says because a lot of us don't have to commute right now, it offers up some extra time to pick up an old hobby. Maybe it is painting, playing the piano or just hunkering down with a good book. All of these things can help you stay connected while staying healthy!

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