Source: Meditation’s Calming Effects Pinpointed in Brain – Scientific American “During yoga pranayama exercises people practice controlling the breath, or prana, to induce a state of calm and focus. Paying attention to breathing and slowing down respiration is a core component of many mindfulness practices. Research suggests the practice has multiple benefits—it induces an overall sense of well-being while reducing anxiety and improved sleep.” Recommend on Facebook Tweet about it

“Could there be a connection between depression and autoimmune disease? Paul Whiteley takes a look at one of the latest studies that drew on 8100 participants from England, Scotland and Wales. More evidence of the connection between the mind and the gut.” -Chris Kresser Source: Questioning Answers: On a ‘bidirectional relationship’ between depression and autoimmune disorders Recommend on Facebook Tweet about it

In young, sexually active women, about 80 percent of UTIs are caused by E. coli. Conventional thinking holds that recurrence occurs when E. coli is reintroduced into the urinary tract. But the new research suggests another way for a subsequent UTI to develop: The vaginal bacterium Gardnerella vaginalis triggers E. coli already hiding in the bladder to cause another UTI. G. vaginalis also may be a contributor to more serious — and potentially deadly — kidney infections, the study suggests. “We found tha Source: Vaginal bacteria can trigger recurrent UTIs, study shows: Findings help explain UTI link to sexual activity — ScienceDaily Recommend on FacebookRead More →

Anxiety softens when we can create a space between ourselves and what we’re experiencing. Stephen Covey reiterates Victor Frankl’s powerful insight and possibility: “Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space lies our freedom and our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our happiness.” Source: Calming the Rush of Panic in Your Body – Mindful Recommend on Facebook Tweet about it