Kris Wiltse

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5 Scientific Ways to Build Habits That Stick

<i>“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.”</i> Sobering words from Aristotle, and an astute reminder that success …

Barack Obama

Love Me: The Cross-Cultural Manufacturing of Beauty

The “beauty industry.” The glaring oxymoron of this very term — standardizing and industrializing something that’s supposed to be abstract and subjective and “in the eye of the beholder” — aptly reflects its status as one of the most controversial yet ubiquitous facets of culture. We’ve all read …

How Yoga And Meditation Can Supercharge Your Health

With the benefits of holistic health and mindfulness practices finally starting to be recognized by mainstream medical institutions across the country, it's only fitting that the first major symposium on yoga and medicine is taking place this weekend in the nation's capital.<p>In conjunction with the …

7 Ways Noise Affects Your Health

We are surrounded by sound. From coworker chit-chat to the sounds of traffic outside to that tinny trace of music coming from a co-commuter's earbuds, we often don't consider the noise that makes up our daily environments. But the truth is that the distant jackhammers, incessant elevator bells and …

The Brain

The 15-Minute Back Workout

When checking out your reflection, you likely give a quick spin to see how your butt looks, but barely notice your back muscles. That's a shame, because they're crucial to getting a healthier body (and can look damn sexy too). A strong back not only improves posture but also lets you do more …

2014: A Year to Celebrate Imperfection

An immaculate home. A toned body. Wrinkle-free skin. Shiny hair. Straight, white teeth. A certain amount of calories per day. A number on the scale. A color-coordinated closet. The "right" number of children. The perfect job. Being available for everyone at all times. Completing every task on your …

Intestinal Flora and Mental health

The size and complexity of the human brain is what separates us from lower animals. However, for several hundred million years in the early evolution of life on earth, animals did not have brains. Then, the gut was the most important and complex part of the body. The gut determined when the …

Patience Is Painful

"You just have to have patience."<p>"Patience? What are you talking about? I don't have time for patience! I want what I want, and I want it now! In fact, I don't want it now. I need it now!"<p>Sound familiar? Stuff to do just seems to keep piling up and yet time just keeps moving. There's not enough …

Mindfulness

The Scary Thing That Happens to Your Body After a Weekend of Drinking

Aside from getting the urge to inhale the greasiest brunch ever<p>If you often knock back a few too many margaritas on Saturday night, you may be risking more than just a wicked hangover. Even moderate drinking over the weekend can lead to oxidative stress, or damage to your DNA, according to a new …

Move More -- All Day -- To Get Fit

<i>Co-authored by Andrew Heffernan, CSCS, co-author of The Exercise Cure, by Rodale, 2013.</i><p>One of the more interesting insights in <i>The Blue Zones</i> by Dan Buettner -- a book about the world's longest-living sub-populations -- is physical activity is <i>built into</i> the everyday activities of long-living …

Caffeine May Improve Memory

That cup of coffee in the morning may improve long-term memory, according to a new study.<p>The study, published in the journal <i>Nature Neuroscience</i>, …

Pain In The Back? Exercise May Help You Learn Not To Feel It

More than 1 in 4 adult Americans say they've recently suffered a bout of low-back pain. It's one of the most common reasons people go to the doctor. And more and more people are being treated for it.<p>America spends more than $80 billion a year on back pain treatments. But many specialists say less …

My Brain Implant Saved Me From Depression

"My first depressive episode was at 19," said Brandy Ellis, a participant in the clinical research trial studying the safety and efficacy of Deep Brain Simulation (DBS) for patients with treatment-resistant depression at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga.<p>I was sleeping 20 out of 24 hours a day. I was …