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Friday's Top 5 Tips and Trends

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Friday's Top 5 Tips and Trends

Happy Friday! Learn about the latest natural health tips and trends making news this week.

It’s that time again! Before we roll into the weekend, let’s recap some of the natural health news making headlines.

1. Your pearly whites can help prevent heart disease

Well, brushing them, that is. According to a new study, regular brushing, flossing, and dental visits can help reduce our risk of cardiovascular disease. It’s a complicated connection, but it seems that as gum health improves, the progression of atherosclerosis (the hardening of arteries due to plaque buildup) slows. Read up on more benefits of brushing, plus natural tooth care tips in our article “Keep Smiling.”

2. Gentlemen, start your ‘staches—it’s Movember!

If you see more men sporting moustaches these days, it’s because Movember is back in full swing. This clever campaign is based on the idea of men signing up and pledging to grow a moustache during the full month of November, and raising money toward prostate and testicular cancer research, awareness, and education in the process.

Wondering how to get involved? Sign up or learn more at Movember’s Canadian website. Plus, learn more about preventing men’s cancers and protecting prostate health with alive articles.

3. Electronics contributing to “Gameboy back”

More and more children are experiencing spinal problems these days, and the culprit is their electronic gadgets, according to a new report. “Gameboy back,” as orthopedic surgeons from the Netherlands call it, is caused when youngsters spend too much time hunched over gadgets, forcing their spines into an abnormal “C” position. The problems they’re facing don’t normally show up until much, much later in life.

This isn’t the first time electronics have been associated with aches and pains—computer vision syndrome is another example. Help your kids limit screen time (perhaps leading by example!) and learn how to improve your posture with these exercises.

4. Work smart, not hard

Calling all workaholics—you may not be doing yourself any favours. More hours spent working doesn’t necessarily lead to better work, says a new study. In fact, high mental and physical strain often means that job performance suffers.

Take a few moments to evaluate your work-life balance and stress levels. Is it time to reprioritize, and shuffle your schedule or responsibilities?

5. More sleep = less food intake for kids, too

Previous studies have shown that the less sleep we get, the more we tend to overeat. Now, a new study has found that the same might go for our little ones. The researchers found that children who slept more ate 134 fewer calories during the day, and said that only good can come of promoting a good night’s sleep. Well said!

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