Serotonin and Dopamine: What Do We Know About the “Happy” Hormones?
Every one of us has our own individual concept of happiness, and no one has come up with a universal definition. Yet, all of us are capable of intuitively experiencing it, distinguishing between being happy and unhappy. It is common knowledge today that happiness depends not only on a capricious fate and some mysterious existential…
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Italy. The Homeland of Supercentenarians
In 2005 Dan Buettner published his article “The secrets of longevity,” where he first mentioned “blue zones.” This name he gave to places on Earth where people live longer and reach their 90s more often. In the world, there are five blue zones: the Italian island Sardinia, the Japanese island Okinawa, Loma Linda city in…
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Aging and Emotions: How to Cope with Inevitable Feelings
Just two hundred years ago, the world was pretty simple: people were born, grew up, created families, and grew older. Illnesses and external factors could intervene at any stage, so humanity wasn’t concerned with organizing a long and active life for aging. Today, medical advancements promise us long active years ahead, so it’s crucial to…
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Antioxidants: Why Everyone Is After Them and What They Are For?
If you take a look at the list of ingredients of any “healthy” or beauty product, especially with the brightly advertised anti-aging effect, you are sure to come across some antioxidants. Let’s sort out what they really are and whether they can do something about aging. Oxygen: friend or a foe? As we know, a…
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Mind and Emotions: How Psychosomatics Affects Your Body
The word “psychosomatic” is made of two Greek words: psykhē (mind) and sōma (body), and means “mind and body connected to each other.” A psychosomatic disorder is an illness caused or aggravated by psychological factors and can lead to feeling physical pain. Here is how it works. The close connection of mind and emotions was…
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