15 Health and Wellness Use Cases for Virtual Reality

Virtual reality has moved from science fiction to marketable consumer product astonishingly quickly, partly because the incorporation of the smartphone into the technology makes it accessible, if not ubiquitous.

But what about in healthcare? Could a technology primarily associated with gaming turn out to be a serious therapeutic tool? In May, Kalorama reported that the virtual and augmented reality market in health care grew from $525 million in 2012 to an estimated $976 million in 2017.

Virtual reality is showing promise in treating pain, phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder, smoking cessation, and even at the dentist’s office. We’ve rounded up 15 VR use cases, read on for the whole list.

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Say Hello to New You this 2017!

Pursuing activities that nourish our minds and bodies will definitely be continuing in 2017. While some shifts are building on older trends, such as Athleisure aesthetic, others like medicinal mushroom supplements are entirely new. The heart of these trends, whether old or new, is all about reducing stress and cutting through anxieties to better concentrate on our overall health.

1. Wellness Retreats. Why go on vacation only to undo all your healthy hard work with a few too many margaritas? This is the theory behind the explosion of yoga, meditation, and wellness retreats popping up in all the most beautiful places around the world. Because people are eating cleaner, exercising more and catering to the health of their mind and body; they are also looking to extend their new healthy lifestyle into their vacations and leisure time.

2. Athleisure Moves into the Office. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, “Athleisure refers to casual clothing — like yoga pants, sweat pants, and hoodies — that are designed to be worn both for exercising and for doing (almost) everything else.” Now, the flood of athleisure companies on the market are pushing stretchy, washable, and wrinkle proof fabrics formerly restricted to the gym into the office.

3 Fringe Wellness becomes Mainstream. In the past decade, wellness has been taking a strong turn towards reducing stress and focusing on more holistic approaches that weave a variety of methods together. The shift towards more alternative therapies such as crystal ceremonies and sound bath meditation sessions are just some of the ways people will be trying to address increasing levels of stress and anxiety in our busy world.

4 Sobriety Goes Mainstream. This year is going to be all about sobriety to better focus on overall wellness. Since cutting sugars and carbs from our diet is commonplace these days, why not take it a step further and cut out booze? In New York and Los Angeles, there are already more events, dinners, and parties, which are alcohol free and this will surely spread.

5 Medicinal Mushrooms. No, this doesn’t mean magical mushrooms; 2017 is going to be talking about medicinal mushrooms. Long cherished in traditional Chinese medicines, medicinal mushrooms are gaining popularity. Chaga, reishi, Turkey tail and lion’s mane are becoming popular additives and supplements. Why are mushrooms suddenly gaining popularity? Partially this is because new research is finding out just how powerful they can be. There are incredible studies coming out showing results from fighting cancer, balancing blood sugar and reducing inflammation.

6 Kava Kava. As people move away from alcohol in 2017, a new social lubricator is taking its place. Kava root originates in the South Pacific and is still an important social ritual in many traditional cultures. The root powder is made into a beverage, and promotes mild feelings of euphoria, relaxation and happiness.

Because Kava’s effects are mild, and the hangover non-existent, it fits with the other trends in 2017 of move more towards an overall healthier lifestyle. It also is a good social lubricator and stress reliever, another plus when we consider the new trends moving towards less alcohol and more sobriety.

Business Mirror

2017: Wellness, Health and Happiness

After New Year’s, our attention turns towards our goals. It may be a cliché, but it’s also all too real. Here are tips from top wellness experts on how to successfully achieve health, healing, and happiness in 2017.

With indulgence over the holidays, it’s natural to let yourself to chill a bit more, but that can lead to self-sabotage. Holiday indulgences tend to make way for more of the same until one is totally off their path and barely being able to wake up without extra double shots of the espresso. In fact, people knowing that the “New Year” is around the corner often makes them want to grab that extra slice and or eat more pie. Eventually, too much time in the party scene, just like a crazy house where you can barely think in, leads to the need to create some clarity, freshen up and give yourself a new start.

Be ready to go through a break up…with your old patterns.
Every step we take to move forward is essential. With the welcome of ‘the new’ comes the ability to let go of the many threads of the past woven into the fabric of who we are. As we create space in our lives for the present by freeing ourselves from “it’s just what I’ve always done,” our life goals become more than a piece of paper with unattainable words. We start replacing the spaces of what could be by filling them with the dreams that can become reality.

Huffington Post

7 Winter Wonder Foods to Stay Naturally Warm

Every food ingredient has a natural property and there are some specific foods that help keep your body warm so as to combat the cold weather so that you don’t easily fall ill. Check these foods that you should definitely include in your diet this winter season:

Ginger – reduces high cholesterol level and is a great option to keep the body fit during winters.

Honey – also keeps the body warm and combats cold, flu or cough during winters.

Buts – some of the best sources of good cholesterol, vitamins, fibre and Omega-3 fatty acids.

Cinnamon – a wonderful spice to shield you from the dipping temperatures.

Garlic – has antibacterial properties to keep one away from the common winter diseases such as cold, cough and throat irritations. It keeps the cholesterol level in check.

Whole Grains – during winters, they keep the body warm. These grains give you extra energy during the winters to keep you going

Turmeric – it tends to generate heat once consumed.

Indian Express

Oral Health: These 6 Foods can Whiten your Teeth Naturally

Yellow teeth are a major turn off; it’s something everyone wants to avoid. Here are some foods which you can include in your diet to maintain the whiteness and shine along with a beautiful, healthy smile.

Nuts – Nuts comprise of proteins, which aid in teeth whitening. Also, munching them helps in rubbing the stains off and scraping the plaque away, thanks to their coarse texture.

Apple – natural ingredient called malic acid leads to salivation in our mouth which aids in maintaining teeth’s cleanliness and removing any stuck food particles and stain

Strawberry – contains malic acid as well.

Pears – neutralize the stains on the teeth caused by the germs

Broccoli – protects teeth and gets rid of the germs and bacteria that generate because of the enamel-harming acid.

Carrots – triggers the production of saliva which clears the food debris away and whitens the teeth

International Business Times India

Here Are 11 Everyday Superfoods That Won’t Break The Bank

So what are these everyday superfoods that are kind to our diet and wallet? And what do they have in common? Here are 11 everyday superfoods that won’t break the bank.

1. Broccoli

Broccoli is rich in vitamins A, K, and C, and is high in folate, potassium and fiber. Broccoli is also a good source of minerals like calcium, manganese, iron, magnesium, selenium, zinc and phosphorus.

2. Walnuts

“Walnuts are a rich source of polyunsaturated fats, vitamin E, folate and dietary antioxidants,” Bingley-Pullin said. “It’s recently been studied for their benefits on mood.”

3. Quinoa

“Quinoa is a complex carbohydrate and is higher in protein compared to other grains,” Bingley-Pullin said. Although quinoa is slightly more expensive than regular rice or barley, it’s now available at every supermarket and is becoming increasingly affordable.

4. Avocado

Avocados are a rich source of monounsaturated fatty acids, vitamin E, potassium, and fiber, and are definitely one to add to your shopping trolley (if you don’t already).

5. Olive oil

Like nuts, extra virgin olive oil is heart healthy and is perfect for salads and cooking.

6. Blueberries

Now in season, blueberries are rich in the antioxidants pterostilbene and resveratrol. They’re also high in vitamins K and C, as well as manganese, copper, and fiber.

More at the HuffingtonPost Australia

Sunlight – The Health Secret We All Overlook

Sunlight is crucial to health — it boosts metabolism, increases alertness and elevates the mood. Here’s more on the benefits of sun exposure and health:

Sunlight can lower blood pressure
Researchers at the University of Edinburgh found that a compound called nitric oxide (released into the blood vessels as soon as sunlight touches the skin) can help lower blood pressure.

It boosts immunity
Vitamin D is also important in activating the body’s immune defences

Increases bone health
Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) is formed when sunlight hits the skin and is responsible for stimulating the absorption of calcium and magnesium in the body.

Battles skin disorders
Has a beneficial effect on skin conditions such as psoriasis, acne, eczema and fungal infections

Reduces the chance of respiratory illnesses
Vitamin D-deficient kids are more likely to develop asthma and allergies

Beats depression
Affects emotional well-being and help you ward off depression and stress.

The Times of India

10 Natural Hair Ingredients for a Healthy Mane

Are you are a label reader? It is the best way to guarantee you are purchasing a healthy product. Here is a breakdown of harmful ingredients to look for in hair conditioners and why you want to steer clear.

1. Sulfates
2. Dimethicone
3. Ethanolamines
4. Polyethylene glycol (PEG)
5. Synthetic fragrance
6. Synthetic preservatives

It’s crazy to use any of the junky ingredients above when natural ingredients give you gorgeously healthy hair without the health risks. Plant oils, nut butter, essential oils, and other naturals hydrate, smooth, and repair hair. Here are a few you’ll find in natural hair conditioners.

1.Coconut Oil – the best at not only hydrating hair but getting to the root of hair damage. The oil has the ability to penetrates the hair shaft better than any other oil and repairs damage where it starts.

2. Aloe – A super gentle ingredient that offers light hydration, removes excess oil and calms irritation

3. Green Tea – An antioxidant powerhouse, that strengthens hair, reducing split ends and promoting healthy hair growth.

4.Rosemary Oil – Perfect for very dry or over-processed hair.

5. Tea Tree Oil -. The oil unclogs hair follicles and rids the scalp of built-up sebum

Organic Authority

Natural Colors: An Array of Options and Health Effects

Consumer demand has driven numerous manufacturers to reformulate their products to remove many synthetic colorings, regardless of their proven safety. Global sales of natural colors have been projected to be more than US$600M annually, up approximately 29 percent from 2007; natural colors now account for over 40 percent of the global color market.As the demand for natural colors increases, manufacturers must increase development efforts to ensure the variety, versatility, tinctorial strength and stability of these value-added functional ingredients.

Clinical studies demonstrate the health-promoting potential of natural colors such as anthocyanins, carotenoids, turmeric and others. Since fruit and vegetable intake is suboptimal for most of the U.S. population, the addition of natural colors as value-added ingredients in food products has the potential to help increase consumption and offset a number of diet-related chronic diseases.

A study at George Mason University recently showed that anthocyanins, the blue-violet to red-orange colors in many flowers, fruits and vegetables, have significant effects on prevention and progression of cardiovascular disease (CVD). It is interesting to note that consuming the daily recommended intake of fruits and vegetables equals an intake of 30 to 35 mg of anthocyanins per day—the same amount that have been shown to have beneficial effects on CVD.

With a plethora of natural color options accessible on the market, one must be knowledgeable of both their chemical properties that influence the ability to replace synthetics as well as their health-promoting properties, which may have a lasting effect on consumers.

Natural Products Insider

How Essential Oils and Aromatherapy Help Cancer Survivors

RiverBend Cancer Services in South Bend offers several programs and support services to those with cancer and survivors, most of which are free.

Kris Losch, one of the teachers that offer Living Well with Cancer Educational Series and is a certified aromatherapist talked about how these oils can help fight off fatigue, headaches, other pain, anxiety, and depression. These are things that tend to come up during cancer treatment.

Losch’s mom is currently going through cancer treatment so she has some first-hand knowledge.

“For the most part, she uses our headache relief oil. Right now, she is using a hair stimulant oil blend that created for her and some lip support because she is having some mouth sores. The pain relief has been real, really great for her and definitely happy,” says Losch.

WNDU.com