Happy National Dog Day!!! – Share your dog stories

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4 Best Scientifically Proven Benefits Of Meditation (Science is Awesome)

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1. MEDITATION SPEEDS UP BRAIN PROCESSING POTENTIAL

According to a research journal article published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience in February 2012, meditation can alter the geometry of the brain’s surface. There was a study done at the University of California in Los Angeles involving 50 meditators and 50 controls that addressed a possible link between meditation and cortical gyrification, the pattern and degree of cortical folding that allows the brain to process faster. This study showed a positive correlation between the amount of gyrification in parts of the brain and the number of years of meditation for people, especially long-term meditators, compared to non-meditators.

This increased gyrification may reflect an integration of cognitive processes when meditating, since meditators are known to be introspective and contemplative, using certain portions of the brain in the process of meditation. Despite articles written from this journal article, more research is still necessary to…

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Happy National Watermelon Day!!! – The Amazing Health Benefits of Watermelon

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Summer is the time to indulge in fresh, succulent juicy melon when they are in season and deliver an array of nutrients, vitamin and minerals. It is also incredibly hydrating (up to 92% water!) and is naturally low-fat. Make this melon a part of your daily diet and you will reap amazing benefits that range from improving cardiovascular health to nourishing your eyes and revving up your immune system. Read on to discover 8 amazing health benefits of watermelon!

Cardiovascular & Bone Health

The lycopene in watermelon is especially important for our cardiovascular health and is now being recognized as an important factor in promoting bone health. Consuming large amounts of watermelon has also been correlated with improved cardiovascular function because it improves blood flow via vasodilation (relaxation of blood pressure). Dietary lycopene (from foods like watermelon or tomatoes) reduces oxidative stress which normally reduces the activity of osteoblasts and…

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The Flat 6 Effect (BLW Contributor)

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ehmike

That 2 bedroom flat with a medium-sized living room, a small kitchen and that place where bad things come out of people’s backsides. Flat 6 is where two of my best pals reside, also my second home as I visit Bristol quite often on the weekends to get out of London’s chaos and also chill out in my beloved Flat 6, not to see my mates.

Anyway, originally I was meant to live there this year but life happens and things change so now you can find me in south-east London jammin’ in my single bedroom. It’s September and I’ve just got back to rainy Bristol after a long summer holiday in Cyprus, the island of love.. also the island of inefficiency, which is part of its beauty.  My friend Moik(his name’s Michael but that’s our code nickname – real fam) decided on transferring to one of the Bristol universities, without…

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A fur baby joins the family (BLW Contributor)

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ExplorerMama

Four years ago, my husband started talking about getting a dog. I didn’t object – I grew up on a farm and I love animals. I know how important it is for kids to grow up with animals too, but I was a little concerned. With both of us working full time far from home, and our boys still not old enough to take care of a dog on their own, I wanted to make sure Alex knew what we were getting into. Dogs are work, and we were already really busy. He assured me he was up for the challenge.

Choosing a breed

We started our research and found a few breeds that seemed to align with our lifestyle (Iams has a quiz that we did a few times, just to make sure). My pick was a Berger Picard, and Alex favoured the Newfoundland and the Bernese Mountain Dog.

Personally, I would happily open our home…

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Happy Easter Sunday!!! – Meet Joe the Paraplegic Easter Bunny ;)

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Happy Puppy Day!!! – What’s your favorite puppy?

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Get off your ASS!!! – How sitting for long periods is killing you? (Science is Awesome)

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Thought you had problems? They will never be as big as these planets – Star Size Comparison (Science is Awesome)