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How Flotation Therapy May Help Your Mental Health

Flotation therapy — which involves floating in a tank of warm, salt-saturated water — is a popular and often expensive form of relaxation. Now, a small but growing body of research suggests it may also reduce symptoms of a variety of mental health conditions. Most float tank sessions last about an hour. During a typical experience, a person disrobes in a private room and enters the pod, which may resemble an oversize hot tub. The pod is filled with shallow, body-temperature water that is saturated with Epsom salts to buoy your body. You can leave the pod open or close the lid to be cocooned in an environment devoid of light and sound. Experts say float therapy seems to work on several levels, heightening the senses, aiding relaxation and soothing the body and mind.

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Wellness

Melatonin Use in Children: Is a Sleep Aid Supplement Safe?

Melatonin is a hormone naturally produced in the brain that’s linked to your body’s sleep and wake cycle. The natural release of melatonin is stimulated by darkness and suppressed by daylight. It’s also available as a supplement that you can take as a pill or chewable gummy. As a supplement, a small dose can trigger your body to produce melatonin that makes you feel sleepy and helps you fall asleep. More people are asking their healthcare team about melatonin and report using it, including parents giving it to children. Here’s what you need to know about melatonin use in children and how to improve sleep hygiene without a sleep aid.

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Study: Familiar Scents Unlock Memories In People With Depression

In a recent study, people with depression recalled more specific memories when they were exposed to familiar scents — such as ground coffee or tobacco — than when they heard words that corresponded to those smells, such as “coffee” or “cigarette.” The findings suggest that smell therapy could help people with depression avoid overthinking

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Nutrition

5 Foods to Boost Brain and Hearth Health

Healthy fats, such as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, are associated with reduced risk for Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and even better gut health. They can also help with weight management by increasing satiety and slowing down digestion. The bottom line is that healthy fats boost your health and keep you fuller for longer. Consider thee 5 foods rich in omega-3s.

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Nutrition

Eating and Drinking well with ME/CFS and Long COVID

For most people living with ME/CFS or Long COVID there is no specific or different advice regarding diet. In order to feel healthy, it is important to drink enough fluids and have a diet that contains enough nutrients. It is also beneficial to have a regular eating pattern. This will mean you will have more energy, and you will be supporting your immune system to prevent further illness and infections.  

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How Can ChatGPT Be Used By Those Caring For Older Adults

If you haven’t yet heard bout ChatGPT, Bard, or the other AI tools that have recently taken the world by storm, well, there is no time like the present to get yourself acquainted. Not only have these new AI tools become game changers for students, engineers, and really anyone trying to cut down on the amount of work that they need to do with their own skills and brainpower, ChatGPT can also be a powerful tool for those caring for older adults (or caring for children or spouses for that matters). In this article we’ll do our best to quickly cover the basics of using a tool like ChatGPT as well as provide a few ideas on how you might use ChatGPT to help you care for a loved one.

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