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“Having good friends and a close family may prolong life according to an analysis of 148 studies that focused on relationships. The studies assessed the strength of a person’s social ties by looking at factors including marital status, household size, participation in group activities, number of social contacts, and self-reporting levels of support or isolation. Overall, participants (average age: 64) with strong social ties increased their odds of survival by 50 percent, over an average 7 year period, compared with those who were more isolated. The authors found that healthy social relation relationships are as good for you as quitting smoking and better for you than exercising or losing weight. Of course, doing all those health promoting things while friends and family support you would be better still.” source: PLoS Mdicine, July 27, 2010
“Walking for 45 minutes a day, three times a week, helped pre- and postmenopausal women physically and mentally, a study found. After four months of regular walking, the women felt healthier, had less pain, and were more capable of physical activity. While the premenopausal women lost weight, the postmenopausal women slimmed their waist sizes and gained lean muscle mass. Both groups of women benefited mentally; walking boosted energy levels and mad work less emotionally taxing.” Source: Menopause, April 2010
“Both short bursts of exercise and lengthy endurance tests can boost cell health, two studies report. Stress can shorten bits of DNA called telomeres, which cap and protect chromosomes. In one study, short telomeres were observed in sedentary postmenopausal women who reported being stressed out, but those who vigorously exercised for 40 minutes over three days had long, healthy telomeres despite high stress. Another study showed that cells may live longer in marathon runners. Researchers found that a natural process called apoptosis, or programmed cell death, was suppressed in men who had just run a morning marathon.” Sources: PLoS ONE, May 2010; BMC Physiology, May 12, 2010
“Feeling down? Go outside. Researchers analyzed 10 studies involving 1,252 people and learned that five minutes of light exercise outdoors can boost self-esteem and brighten mood. The effects were even greater if the time was spent over water. All participants–but especially kids and the mentally ill–benefited from walking, gardening, biking, or other outdoor activities.” Source, Environmental Science & Technology, published online March 25, 2010
“To maintain a healthy weight, women need to exercise more than current recommendations suggest, say researchers who studied more than 34,000 middle-aged women for 13 years. Normal-weight women who gained less than 5 pounds during the study did moderate-intensity exercise, such as running, for an hour a day, seven days a week. Even as little as 5 pounds of weight gain, the researchers say, is enough to worsen health. Still, if you can’t commit to stepping up your workout schedule, the researchers noted that the recommended 30 minutes of exercise, five days a week, is enough to reduce the risk of many chronic illnesses.” -Source: JAMA, March 24/31, 2010
“Men who skimp on sleep may be sabotaging their fitness goals. Researchers who studied the eating and sleeping habits of 15 men learned that after a couple of nights getting only four hours of sleep, the men were less physically active–and worked out at a lower intensity–than when they logged eight hours. But contrary to the researchers” hypothesis, the sleep-deprived men didn’t eat more.” Source: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Dec. 1009
“The older you get, the harder it is to fall asleep and stay asleep. But that’s completely normal, according to researchers in the United Kingdom. They studied 110 people who had no sleep disorders and found that adults ages 66 to 83 slept 43 minutes less per night than 20 to 30 year olds. How often participants woke up during the night increased and how much time the spent in deep sleep decreased, with age. despite getting less sleep, older adults were less likely to be drowsy during the day than the young participants. According to the study’s authors, knowing daytime sleepiness isn’t normal in seniors could help doctors spot sleeping disorders.” Source: Sleep, Feb 1, 2010 – for information regarding natural sleep inducing herbs click here.
“They may drive you nuts at times, but a study says kids may drive down your blood pressure, too. Researchers asked 198 married men and women to wear a blood pressure monitor for 24 hours. They found that parents’ systolic blood pressure (top number0 was 6 points lower than that of non-parents, while their diastolic blood pressure (bottom number) was 3 points lower. The link was strongest in women: Mothers scored nearly 12 and 7 points lower in systolic and diastolic pressure, respectively, compared with women without children. The researchers hypothesize that parent derive meaning and purpose from life’s little stressors.” Source: Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Jan. 14, 2020
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There are some specific things you can do to support your body when dealing with anxiety and stress issues. Here are some specific to decrease or eliminate:
- blood sugar fluctuation
- possible triggers: allergies, sensitivities; toxic household cleaning, laundry and personal care products; poor air quaility
- sugar and chemical laden junk & processed foods
- caffeine; alcohol
Here are some things you should increase or improve:
- Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily
- Omega-3 essential fats required for nerves
- Stress relief/relaxation techniques
- Consider herbs (ex. chamomile, valerian)
- Deep-breathing techniques
- Stress “burns off” vitamins and minerals, more may be needed
- Exercise, activity, sunshine, outdoors, fresh air
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