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July 2018

Finding Connection with Horses

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by Kelly Jones

Social connection improves physical health and psychological well-being. One telling study showed that lack of social connection is a greater detriment to health than obesity, smoking and high blood pressure. On the flip side, strong social connection leads to a 50 percent increased chance of longevity. Social connection strengthens your immune system (research by Steve Coles shows that genes impacted by social connection also code for immune function and inflammation), helps us recover from disease faster, and may even lengthen our life. People who feel more connected to others have lower rates of anxiety and depression. ~Psychology Today
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Obtain Better Health Through the Anti-Inflammatory Diet

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by Matthew McCurdy

The anti-inflammatory diet harnesses the power of phytochemicals in plant-based foods to reduce chronic inflammation. It is a pattern of eating, not calorie-counting or food restriction, that promotes vitality, optimizes weight and prevents many diseases including diabetes, heart disease, many cancers and Alzheimer’s. The diet incorporates raw, cooked, mashed and ground foods that humans have eaten for thousands of years, and it excludes foods with added sugar, salt and oils high in omega-6 fatty acids. The whole food, plant-based, Mediterranean and Asian diets are examples of anti-inflammatory diets. High fat, high carb, Atkins and Paleo can be anti-inflammatory diets when they employ plant-based proteins, low glycemic carbs and healthy omega-3 fats. Read More