Less Talk, More Do: How Personal Growth and Technology Can Play Together

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MacLain Christie, COO of Self Spark

This is a contributed blog post from MacLain Christie, COO of Self Spark. Self Spark is a lifehacking lab on a mission to create a healthier, happier, and more effective world.

Christie is a strategist and builder for high-impact projects. You can learn more about MacLain at http://www.maclainchristie.com/, and more about Self Spark and Spark Weekend San Francisco at sparkweekend.com

 

Stop for a second and think about the areas of your life you want to improve but haven’t. Maybe you’re still not getting enough sleep, your social life could use a boost, or you just can’t stick to the optimized lifestyle you want. Why is this?

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4 Digital Health Apps That Will Change Your Life

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JoshTrentThis is a guest post by Josh Trent, NASM-CES, CPT, HLC. Trent is a corrective exercise specialist and participatory sports technology expert with over 9 years in the fitness industry. His passion is to accelerate wellness evolution through the power of the Digital Health and Quantified Self movements. You can follow him on Twitter @wellnessforce, or through his website www.wellnessforce.com.

 

With the IOT projections of over 4.9 billion connected devices globally in 2015, we’ve created more bytes of data than every spoken word in the existence of the human race.

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Is Weight Gain Connected to Your Gut Health?

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A 32-year old woman received a FMT (Fecal Microbiota Transplant) to treat Clostridium difficile and experienced rapid and unexpected weight gain. Having never been overweight prior to the transplant, the woman became obese in a 16-month’s span and, despite diet and exercise to lower her weight, remains obese today, three years post-transplant.

The suspected culprit? The FMT used donor stool from the woman’s overweight but otherwise healthy teenage daughter. Continue reading

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On Medication? You’ll Need to Know These 6 Steps

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Carolyn Bradner Jasik, MD, Medical Advisor at Mango Health

This is a guest post by Dr. Carolyn Bradner Jasik. Based in San Francisco, Dr. Bradner Jasik is a pediatrician and researcher of preventive health and behavior change. She is also a medical advisor at Mango Health, a free smartphone app that helps to manage medications and develop good habits around daily health management. Learn more at mangohealth.com.

 

In theory, there’s nothing so hard about following instructions for taking your medicine. But in the often-crazy reality of everyday life, it’s pretty easy to forget your medication or do things that compromise its safety and effectiveness. Here are the six important rules to stick with when taking any medication:

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The Truth About Chocolate and How You Actually Benefit From It

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Junk food is a slow killer. It’s making you diabetic, raising your blood pressure, and threatens to shut down your heart before the age of 50. No one really argues with how important diet is to long-term health. You are what you eat.

The question is, then: What is junk food?

Think about five foods you consider junk. Was chocolate one of your choices?

Should it be?

More and more we are learning that it’s less the what of the food we eat, but the how in the way it’s prepared. A hamburger from McDonald’s is bad, but what about a homemade grass-fed burger with gluten-free bread, and organic cheese? French fries are the worst, right? How about some sweet potato strips baked to a crunchy crisp in the oven?

Maybe it’s time to have another look at chocolate. While a Snickers bar a day won’t keep the doctor away, could this ‘guilty pleasure’ food be misunderstood?

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6 Protein Bar Trends (and What to Look Out For In Yours)

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Credit: Flickr Creative Commons, Roswitha Siedelberg

They are the brightly colored enticements at the entrance and exit of most gym chains. They’ve expanded in convenience store chains over the years, driving major sales. They’re within arm’s reach at grocery store checkout lines:

The Protein Bar.

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