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Can social media increase well-being and reduce social isolation?

Social media and Isolation | SELF Principle
Whether we are standing in line at the grocery store or simply feeling bored, many of us have experienced that itch to check our Facebook or Instagram page.  Eagerness overcomes us as we check comments or likes from a recent post, maybe we feel...

A simple breathing technique to improve stress

Breathing and stress | SELF Principle
Just take a deep breath- Can diaphragmatic breathing techniques improve attention and mood while decreasing stress? If you have ever taken a yoga or meditation class, you may have noticed the emphasis on the breath.  In Vinyasa yoga, each movement is linked with an inhalation...

Can gratitude lead to increased happiness and improved well-being?

Gratitude and Wellness | SELF Principle
The bottom line:  Taking time out of your day for gratitude can lead to improvements in mood, sleep, and overall well-being. Most of us are accustomed to saying “thank you” throughout the day, but can we use the sentiment behind this simple phrase to improve...

Mindfulness Meditation may be the key to better Sleep!

Mindfulness and sleep | SELF Principle
Bottom Line: Learning and practicing mindfulness meditation techniques can significantly improve sleep quality and reduce daytime fatigue. Anyone who has experienced a blaring alarm clock after a night of minimal or restless sleep would agree- sleep is a deep-rooted bodily need, especially if you are trying...

Is being a Doctor bad for your health?

Physician Burnout | SELF Principle
I love being a Doctor. There isn’t anything else I could possibly imagine myself doing. It is an incredibly rewarding profession and I am honored that my patients entrust their health to me. That being said, there is another side to medicine. This is the issue...
Welcome to SELFPrinciple.org. I am a practicing nephrologist and obesity medicine specialist. I created this blog to provide evidence-based nutrition, health, and wellness research. My goal is to share all the wonderful research out there in a simple, easy to understand, manner. Living a full life should not be complicated. Simply sleep more, move more, love more and eat a plant-based diet. Thanks for visiting!

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