4 Scientific Reasons Why Hugging Is Good For You

A recent study, as reported by the Daily Mail, found that hugging on the regular is correlated with a lower risk of heart disease, can fight stress and fatigue, boosts your immune system, fights infections and can reduce depression. A study by psychologist Dr. Jan Astrom, published in the journal Comprehensive Psychology, found that hugging for a mere ten seconds has health benefits. A ten-second-hug can increase “feel-good” hormones like oxytocin. This, in turn, causes stress chemicals like cortisol to drop. “The positive emotional experience of hugging gives rise  to biochemical and physiological reactions,” said Dr. Astrom in an interview. A study from the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill found that the “heart rate increased 10 beats a minute for those without contact compared with five beats a minute for huggers.” The study looked at 100 subjects. Psychologist Karen Grewen also found that hugging reduced blood pressure. The School of (Read More)

Why Beer Could Be Good for Your Health

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That beer belly of yours might not be associated with beer at all, according to a Czech Republic study cited recently by Harvard’s Harvey B. Simon, M.D. Though most of us can agree that drinking copious amounts of beer will more than likely result in negative health effects, scientific research suggests that consuming beer in moderation can actually improve your health. Take heart, beer lovers, and consider the following rewards of kicking back with your favorite brew. Lowers Risk of Cardiovascular Disease A lower risk of cardiovascular disease has been observed in men and women who drink beer. The higher HDL levels (known as “good cholesterol”) in alcohol can be linked to this, according to Harvard researchers, who observe a consistent 25-40% reduction in risk. Having high levels of good cholesterol can be a big health boost for your heart, especially if you are able to keep levels of “bad” (Read More)

Comparing Differences Between Methylcobalamin and Cyanocobalamin B12

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There are two forms of vitamin B12 that you’re likely to come across – methylcobalamin and cyanocobalamin. The latter is much more common in multivitamins and B12 supplements, but there are many strong arguments to replace this ingredient with methylcobalamin, which is slowly gaining popularity and will surely one day dominate the industry. But what is it that makes methylcobalamin a superior health supplement? The two different B12 forms are very similar, and the only chemical difference between them comes down to one small part of the molecule, where the names give it away: where methylcobalamin has a methyl group (just carbon and hydrogen), cyanocobalamin has a cyanide group. And obviously cyanide isn’t something you normally expect or want to find lurking in your multivitamin. In fact, cyanocobalamin isn’t something nature ever intended your body to deal with – it exists only as a chemical synthesized in laboratories and doesn’t occur (Read More)

Let’s Give Thanks

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  Thanksgiving is almost here, and all of us at Let’s Talk Health couldn’t be more thankful. Since we officially launched our Facebook page in 2012, we have been so touched and pleased by the numerous Facebook recommendations you have posted. Without us doing anything to encourage you to spread the news, we’ve been thrilled to see how many of you took the extra effort to recommend us to your friends. Due to the endless support we’ve received from you, we have been fortunate enough to acquire nearly 15,000 Facebook fans! As a token of our gratitude, we are giving away products the Let’s Talk Health Facebook page. From Monday, November 25 until Thursday (Thanksgiving Day), we will post 1 “Let’s Give Thanks” photo a day (seen below) — a total of 4 photos. For a chance to win the free giveaway, follow the instructions listed on the Facebook post. (Read More)

Find Your Healthy Mix!

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Win a FREE Vitamix Turboblend Two-Speed (retail value $479)! How? From May 20-30,  we’ll be mixing things up on the Let’s Talk Health website! Every few days, we’ll be hiding a new piece of fruit within our website! In order to sign up for the drawing, you must find the fruit! Look through our website, find the fruit, and click on it to unlock the entry form! All participants are granted three (3) chances of entry over course of the contest (one entry per hidden fruit). The fruits will be mixed up during the following dates… Fruit #1 May 20-23 Fruit #2 May 24-27 Fruit #3 May 28-30 *Winner will be announced Friday, May 31st on the Let’s Talk Health Facebook page!   CONTEST RULES 1. Must be 18 years of age or older. 2. No purchase necessary to win. Purchases will not increase your chances of winning. Odds of winning based (Read More)

Numerous Health Benefits of Coffee & How it Can Save Your Life

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America’s love affair with coffee is no secret. Many cannot imagine beginning their day without the morning pick-me-up from the nearest Starbucks. The legal addictive stimulants offer us a boost on our way to work, when we’re flagging at break, and get us home from work. As Tom Hanks states in the 1998 cult-classic You’ve Got Mail, our coffee offers us an “an absolutely defining sense of self.” Lately, coffee has been getting a different kind of attention, as green coffee bean supplements seem to be the latest weight loss craze. Dr. Oz hails the new supplement as a ‘miracle pill that can burn fat fast for anyone.’ Weight loss isn’t the only health benefit that can be found in coffee. Read on to discover 6 health benefits to consider when brewing your next cup of joe.