3 Easy Ways to Spark Joy Without Cleaning a Thing

In a culture where we often glorify being “busy,” pay more attention to our phones than friends, and celebrate retail therapy, it’s no wonder Marie Kondo’s bestselling book and binge-able. Netflix show about sparking joy to reduce clutter continue to be skyrocketing successes. We’re collectively clamoring for more joy, and here’s the good news: It can be simple to cultivate. The even better news: It’s contagious. In a Harvard University study, researchers discovered what they dubbed the “Mother Teresa Effect”: Simply witnessing acts of kindness (such as those performed by Mother Teresa) may have a positive physiological response, even potentially improving immune function. Who knew kindness could be such a fulfilling spectator sport?

AIP Stories of Recovery: Maureen’s Recovery from Psoriatic Arthritis

AIP Stories of Recovery is a success story series about regular people from the Autoimmune Protocol community who are changing their lives using the protocol. Each month a new person is featured and readers have the opportunity to discover all the different health challenges that are being overcome by folks just like themselves on the same path. At Autoimmune Paleo we hope you’ll be inspired by, empathize with, and learn from these stories. If you are interested in sharing your story, please let us know by filling out our interest form.

Do You Have Dysmorphia?

Do You Have Age Dysmorphia?

You’ve likely heard of body dysmorphia, but do know what age dysmorphia is? And is it causing you to irrationally act from fear? Different types of body dysmorphia. How fear is an intentional control mechanism The two types of hard work we choose between, in our body relationship.

Study links irregular sleep to diabetes and obesity

Understanding the reasons we sleep has been a subject of study for years. Although scientists haven’t yet discovered all that occurs during sleep, there have been unique discoveries leading to a better understanding of cognitive and physical health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds 1 in 3 Americans doesn’t get enough sleep and note insufficient sleep is linked with a wide variety of health problems. For example, getting less than five hours of sleep each night may double your risk of heart disease or stroke.6 Researchers have also found a persistent link between sleep deprivation, weight gain, and insulin resistance.
Sleep deprivation also influences your mental and cognitive abilities and emotional well-being. In fact, one of the reasons sleep deprivation is so detrimental is it doesn’t impact just one aspect of your health: It impacts many.

Depression Pill Epidemic

The Depression Pill Epidemic

According to the World Health Organization, depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide, and increased 18% between 2005 and 2015.1 In the U.S., an estimated 17.3 million American adults, or 7.1% of the adult population, experienced at least one major depressive episode in 2017.2 The highest rates are reported among those aged between 18 and 25.3. Questions abound, however, over whether clinical depression is actually increasing, or whether people are simply being inappropriately diagnosed, and even more importantly, what the best treatment might be. With regard to treatment, my review will focus primarily on exercise which, rather overwhelmingly, appears to have a solid scientific basis of support.

meditation posture

Everything You Need to Know About Meditation Posture

Meditation is incredibly versatile. You can practice it anytime, anywhere. However, according to the ancient texts, there is a preferred way of positioning your body during meditation for the best possible results. Here are the four main elements of proper meditation posture to maximize the benefits of your practice.
Meditation Posture Tip #1: Keep your back straight

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