How Listening to Music Makes You Healthier

How Listening to Music Makes You Healthier

It can make you dance, it can make you cry: music is powerful stuff. But did you know that it’s likely that music makes you healthier, too? The research on music has shown some exciting, and surprising, evidence: music has some profound effects on our bodies and our minds.

So go ahead and crank it up, and check out these five ways you can use music to improve your health!

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Quick Summer Salad

Quick Summer Salad

My house gets ridiculously hot in the summer when I cook, and it doesn’t matter if the air is on or not. For that reason, I try to rely on things that don’t require turning the oven on for hours, and depending on how hot it is outside, I don’t even like to turn the stove on.

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Soothe Your Soul with Your Very Own Sacred Space

Soothe Your Soul with Your Very Own Sacred Space

Sacred space … is it in a church? An ancient temple? The woods? The cemetery where your grandparents are buried? What’s sacred to you depends on your values and, for many, your religion—but that’s not to say that people who don’t identify with any particular faith are less likely to have a sense of the sacred. In fact, if you don’t have a religious tradition to define what’s sacred for you, you have even more reason to create it for yourself.

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Browned Butter Lemon Gnocchi with Fried Leeks and Sage

Browned Butter Lemon Gnocchi with Fried Leeks and Sage

I like to cook, obviously, and am pretty adventurous in the kitchen. A recipe that has a mile long list of ingredients usually doesn’t scare me off, and I’m not afraid of spending hours in the kitchen if the promise of delicious meal awaits.

However, sometimes, those long cooking times and super long ingredients lists are not worth the trouble. Sometimes, you just end up with something that’s not worth it. I’ve learned that good recipes don’t require a lot in the way of time or ingredients, and in fact, sometimes, the best meal can be comprised of only 6 ingredients, and can come together in 15 minutes.

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The Health Benefits of Eating Spicy Food

The Health Benefits of Eating Spicy Food

I’ll admit it, I’m a bit of a spice junky. I love jalapeños, red chilies, and even the occasional habanero-spiced hot sauce. It turns out, there are some great reasons why many people crave spicy food. The components in spicy food, particularly capsaicin in hot peppers, have some interesting health benefits, and research is showing that this is one taste you can indulge on a daily basis for optimum health.

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Blackened Salmon with Avocado Oil

Blackened Salmon with Avocado Oil

I eat a lot of salads for dinner, especially when the weather warms up and veggies are fresh. It’s an easy way to load up on vegetables without having to spend a lot of time cooking.

Most of my dinner salads start with a base of Romaine and shredded kale. From there, I add whatever I have on hand, usually cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and bell peppers. And I always without fail make my own salad dressing. It’s so easy, and it always tastes way better than anything in a bottle.

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