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Posts Tagged With ‘ health ’


Boulder’s Secret to Gut Health & Happiness: Eat Plants!

February 29th, 2024

Boulder is famous for its natural beauty, outdoor activities, and healthy lifestyle. But did you know that Boulder is also home to one of the largest and most comprehensive studies on the human gut microbiome? The American Gut Project, led by researchers at CU-Boulder and UC-San Diego, has analyzed the stool samples and dietary habits of over 10,000 volunteers from around the world and found some fascinating links between what we eat, how we feel, and what’s going on in our guts. The Gut Microbiome: Linking Your Food to Your Mood The gut microbiome is the collection of trillions of bacteria,... Read More

Boulder Blues? Antioxidants to the Rescue!

February 28th, 2024
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Antioxidants are like the superheroes of your body.  They’re tiny molecules that protect your cells from harm caused by toxins and stress like midterms, air pollution, poor sleep, and even too much exercise. How does this happen? Toxins and stress can produce free radicals, unstable molecules that wreak havoc in the body.  But what are these free radicals? Think of them as little troublemakers – they’re unstable compounds that can mess things up inside your body, including your skin, cells, organs, and even your DNA! Never fear though, antioxidants – which we consume through... Read More

Boulder’s Diverse Mosaic: Exploring the Multifaceted Faces of the City

February 27th, 2024

As one of Colorado’s most vibrant and diverse cities, Boulder offers a multifaceted tapestry of experiences that cater to a wide range of interests. From its stunning natural landscapes to its thriving cultural scene, Boulder has something for everyone. In this article, we’ll delve into the various faces of Boulder, exploring the different facets that contribute to the city’s rich and diverse mosaic. Faces of Boulder One of the most captivating aspects of Boulder is its people. The city is home to a diverse community of individuals from all walks of life, contributing to its... Read More

Blueberries: Boulder’s Tiny Powerhouses

February 27th, 2024
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We’ve all heard blueberries are good for us, but are they really? And if so, why? Here’s the skinny on one of Boulder’s favorite berries. Blueberry’s Health Benefits Heart Health: Blueberries’ antioxidants may reduce the risk of heart disease by improving cholesterol levels and blood pressure. Brain Boost: Regular consumption has been linked to improved cognitive function and memory. Blood Sugar Regulation: The low GI and fiber content help stabilize blood sugar levels and manage diabetes. Metabolism & Bone Health: The manganese and Vitamin K1 in blueberries... Read More

How Clean Do We Need To Be?

February 25th, 2024

When I was young, my mother went to the beauty salon to get a wash and set every week.  In between salon visits, my mother did not wash her hair.  These days, Americans seem to be almost obsessed with being clean, showering one or more times per day and washing their hair daily or almost daily.  To be sure, there are circumstances when washing daily is warranted.  If you have a job that is dirty or causes you to be exposed to toxins or disease, or if you are intensely physically active on a daily basis, you probably need to shower daily. For many of us, particularly in Colorado where the arid... Read More

Self-Care: Your Secret Weapon For Acing Mid-Terms & Stress

February 25th, 2024
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Stress is inevitable. This is especially true for the 50% of the Boulder population who are college students dealing with exams, assignments, deadlines, and – this week – midterms. While some stress can be beneficial and motivating, too much can have negative impacts on physical and mental health. With mid-terms upon us, it can be tempting to compromise physical and mental health practices in exchange for some extra time in the library. However, research finds that students who take the time for self-care perform better on examinations, overall course grades, and physical and mental... Read More

Boulder’s Oasis of Wellness: A Blueprint for Vibrant Health and Happiness

February 24th, 2024

Welcome to Boulder, Colorado, a vibrant and diverse city known for its beautiful landscapes, outdoor activities, and thriving health and wellness scene. From yoga studios to organic cafes, Boulder is a hub of wellness-focused activities and resources. Whether you’re a local or just visiting, this guide will help you explore and take advantage of the city’s many offerings for staying healthy and happy. So put on your walking shoes and let’s discover the vibrant health and wellness scene in Boulder! Discovering the Health and Wellness Hotspots of Boulder Boulder, Colorado is a... Read More

Discovering the Beauty of the Indian Peaks Wilderness: A Boulderite’s Guide

February 22nd, 2024

As a Boulderite, you are surrounded by some of the most breathtaking natural beauty in the world. From the Rocky Mountains to the Great Plains, the area offers a wealth of opportunities for exploration and adventure. Among the many gems in the Boulder area is the Indian Peaks Wilderness, an area of stunning alpine lakes, jagged peaks, and lush meadows. In this guide, I will share some of my favorite ways to explore the beauty of the Indian Peaks Wilderness from Boulder. Whether you are looking for an easy day hike or a multi-day backpacking trip, this guide will help you find the perfect adventure.... Read More

Reduce Inflammation By Igniting Your Passion for Healthy Eating

February 22nd, 2024

The word inflammation is derived from a Latin word meaning “to kindle” or “to ignite”.  Inflammation is part of your immune system,  the body’s attempt at self-protection, and is designed to remove harmful stimuli and begin the healing process.  There are two kinds of inflammation, acute and chronic.  Acute inflammation starts rapidly and quickly becomes severe, and includes symptoms such as pain, heat, redness, swelling, and loss of function.  Injury, irritation such as a sore throat, surgery, and even exercise, are examples of acute inflammation. Without inflammation,... Read More

Boulder’s Best-Kept Secret: Exploring the Enchantment of Bear Mountain

February 22nd, 2024

Nestled in the heart of Boulder, Colorado, lies a hidden gem waiting to be discovered – Bear Mountain. This enchanting destination offers a unique blend of natural beauty, outdoor adventure, and tranquility, making it a must-visit for nature enthusiasts and explorers. As you embark on a journey to uncover the secret charms of Bear Mountain, prepare to be captivated by its rugged terrain, breathtaking vistas, and rich biodiversity. A Natural Wonderland Upon setting foot on Bear Mountain, you’ll find yourself immersed in a natural wonderland unlike any other. The landscape is characterized... Read More

Good Health off the Rack…The Spice Rack

February 21st, 2024

Eighty percent of all people use plants as medicine to treat everything from digestive distress and fever to muscle pain and asthma, according to the World Health Organization. Did you know that eating spices like garlic, ginger or paprika can reduce the number of free radicals in your body? Free radicals are organic molecules responsible for aging, tissue damage, and possibly some diseases. These molecules are very unstable and look to bond with other molecules, destroying their health and further continuing the damaging process. Antioxidants, found in many spices and herbs, are molecules that... Read More

Boulder, Bouldering, and Beyond: Why CU Students Love Their Rocky Mountain Playground

February 20th, 2024

The University of Colorado Boulder, nestled at the foothills of the majestic Rocky Mountains, offers an academic experience unlike any other. Students who choose to study here not only receive a world-class education but also have the unique privilege of calling Boulder their home. There are several compelling reasons why University of Colorado students in Boulder love the city and the opportunity for bouldering in the Rocky Mountains right in their backyard. First and foremost, the natural beauty of Boulder and its surroundings is truly awe-inspiring. The city is known for its striking views... Read More

7 Pawsome Reasons Why Having a Dog in Boulder Will Make Your Life Better

February 19th, 2024

Are you considering getting a dog in Boulder, Colorado? There are countless reasons why having a furry companion in this older, aura-filled city can significantly improve your life. From the breathtaking natural beauty to the dog-friendly culture, Boulder offers a unique and enriching environment for both you and your canine friend. In this article, we’ll explore 7 pawsome reasons why having a dog in Boulder, Colorado, can make your life better. Boulder’s Dog-Friendly Community Boulder, Colorado, is renowned for its welcoming and inclusive community, and this extends to our four-legged... Read More

Let’s Talk About Smoothies!

February 19th, 2024
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Smoothies are all the rage these days, but are they really all they’re cracked up to be? From the green vegetable variety to the more-like-milkshake fare, we’ve got the skinny on smoothies here.     Do you want to boost your health, energy, and mood with a simple and delicious drink? If so, you might want to try smoothies! Smoothies are not only tasty, but also packed with benefits for your body and mind. In this column, you will learn how smoothies can help you improve your nutrition, digestion, immunity, cognition, and more. You will also discover how to avoid... Read More

Healthy Camping Strategies

February 18th, 2024

Planning a camping trip requires thought and preparation.  After ticking off the items on your gear checklist, take some time to think about some other important checklist items before you pitch your tent. Taking Fido? If you are taking your dog on a camping trip, don’t forget these things to make the trip safe and healthy for him. Dog first aid kit. Just like you, your dog may have a minor emergency. Consider butterfly bandages, tweezers and a muzzle. Make sure your dog’s tags and microchip are up to date. Know basic facts about dog first aid, like when to induce vomiting and when not to... Read More

Let’s Talk About Inflammation!

February 18th, 2024
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Inflammation is your body’s natural response to injury, infection, or stress. It helps to heal and protect you from harm. However, when inflammation becomes chronic or excessive, it can cause more harm than good. Chronic inflammation is linked to many health problems, such as: Weight gain and obesity. Cardiovascular disease. Mood and depression. Cognitive function (focus, ADD, and ADHD). Brain health (e.g., Alzheimer’s disease). Sports recovery (more inflammation = longer recovery). Immune compromise. Irritable bowel disease and gut problems. Any disease ending in “itis”... Read More

Type 2 Fun: Boulder’s Favorite Pastime Isn’t Just for Climbers

February 17th, 2024
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Have you ever done something that was hard, uncomfortable, or even painful in the moment, but rewarding and satisfying after? If you live in Boulder, you probably have. You might even be that person who wakes up before dawn to engage in some epic all-day (and sometimes all-night) climbing, skiing, running, or cycling adventure. You might also be familiar with the hipster term for this Boulder staple – “type 2 fun,” which refers to an activity that is fun only in retrospect, but hateful (and hurtful) while it’s happening.1 But why do Boulderites love type 2 fun so much, and what are the... Read More

Unveiling Boulder’s Finest Running Trails

February 15th, 2024

Are you a runner looking for the perfect place to get your exercise? Look no further than with its stunning mountain views, picturesque trails, and diverse terrain. From the winding paths meandering through the foothills to the rugged trails of the Flatirons, Boulder has some of the finest running trails in the country. In this article, we’ll be unveiling Boulder’s best running trails and exploring what makes them so special. So lace up your running shoes and let’s get started! Uncovering Boulder’s Most Spectacular Running Trails Boulder, Colorado is a mecca for outdoor... Read More

Are Optimists Healthier Than Pessimists?

February 15th, 2024

Are you a glass half-full person? In other words, are you hopeful and confident about the future?  If so, you might be healthier than your friends who believe that the worst will happen. Many studies have reported that optimism influences health. Among the findings:   Highly pessimistic men were three times more likely to develop hypertension. People with positive emotions had lower blood pressures. The most pessimistic men were more than twice as likely to develop heart disease compared with the most optimistic. It is hard to know if optimism is the result of good health, or if good health... Read More

The Science of Hugging for Health

February 14th, 2024

From birth to death, one of the most important parts of being human is the need for physical contact. Did you know that a firm hug can make you feel less negative emotion? Scientists found that getting a hug on the day of a conflict was linked to a slight rise in positive emotions and a comparable drop in negative ones, and appeared to linger into the following day. Evidence suggests that close physical contact — such as a hug — can play a part in reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases, blood pressure, stress, loneliness, aggression, anxiety and depression. When you hug someone, you release... Read More