Working from home and steering clear of social gatherings can crush your mood and your motivation to eat healthy foods and exercise. A survey of more than 1,000 adults by supplement manufacturer Optimum Nutrition found that since the pandemic began, 62 percent of Americans have become concerned about their overall health, 51 percent are exercising less, and 42 percent are eating less healthy food— a situation that can have profoundly negative effects on mood.
Given the suffering and loss of life during this pandemic, as well as the financial hardships experienced by many people, it may be hard to believe that what you eat today, tomorrow, and the next day can make a difference in the way you feel and how you cope—but it definitely can.
The Diet-Depression Link
Numerous studies have found a correlation between depression and ultra-processed food—food that has been substantially altered from its natural state. In Spain, more than 15,000 adults were tracked for over 10 years, and researchers found that those who ate the most ultra-processed foods were almost twice as likely to develop depression. And a 5-year French study of more than 26,000 people found that for every 10-percent increase in ultra-processed foods consumed, there was a corresponding 21-percent higher likelihood of depression.
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Natural Rx for Covid Long-Haulers
Around 10 percent of Covid patients continue to experience symptoms long after they’ve beaten the infection. Here’s what you need to know about these lingering issues.
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Skin in the Game
Let us introduce you to Goodfi sh, a sustainable snack company where salmon skin is the star (and super healthy!) ingredient.
Must-Know Facts About Nutritional Yeast
This vegan-friendly and B vitamin-packed ingredient adds a cheesy flavor to everything, from popcorn to potatoes.
Moringa – Cook With Color
In India, moringa has long been used medicinally. This nutrient-dense green food, best known for its energy-boosting and anti-inflammatory properties, adds a mild spinach flavor to recipes like this delicious dip.
5 Reasons to Go Dairy-Free
Most of us grew up with the idea that milk and other dairy products were key to strong bones, sturdy muscles, and robust health. But as we learn about the health risks associated with dairy, more people are ditching it. If you’re one of them, here’s what you need to know about a dairy-free diet.
Eat to Keep Your Spirits Up
When it comes to staying motivated and keeping a positive outlook, diet can make all the difference.
8 Bad Seed Oils You Should Replace
Low energy? Brain fog? Mood swings? It might be the oils you’re eating.
12 Powerhouse Nutrients for a Healthy Heart
Whether you have some form of cardiovascular disease, a family history of it, or just want to prevent future problems, these science-backed supplements can help strengthen and protect your heart.
3 Herbs for Better Sex
A low sex drive affects both men and women for a variety of reasons. But you can recharge your libido with these botanicals.
WINTER WELLNESS: 5 TIPS FOR PROTECTING YOUR Gut and Brain Health THIS NEW YEAR
This new year may look socially different than years past, and considering the added stress, limited sleep and typical holiday overindulgence most of us experienced last month, it’s even more necessary than usual to let our bodies recover and regenerate in this post-holiday season.
4 EXPERT TIPS FOR Men to Age Gracefully
We all want to believe that we get better with age, but growing older can often make a man feel more like a broken-down beater than a classic car. Luckily, it is possible to handle the process with strength and integrity. Try a modern approach to aging gracefully with these four steps,” says Dr. Spar.
“Take Two Kittens and Call Me In the Morning”
Can Cats Help Humans Be Healthier?
4 TIPS FOR IMPROVING MENTAL HEALTH during quarantine
HEALTH NEWS & TIPS
Lift Your Own Spirits
We all feel down now and then, especially lately. These techniques can help you bounce back.
Do You Need Stress?
“The ways and means are available to me...The only question to be asked then is: ‘How much discomfort am I willing to sit with before I invite the answer to be revealed?’”—Dale Jukes
“Can you perform a hymn for us next week?” my pastor asked me after Sunday service.
How to Fix Your 2020 Brain
Want to get back to feeling good? We asked mental health experts to share their steps for lowering your anxious feelings and upping the optimism.
WHAT ARE COGNITIVE DISTORTIONS ANYWAY?
What are cognitive distortions and why might you be interested in them?
This Moment in Time
As we move through these darker winter months let us remember that we are stronger than we think.