POSITIVE EMOTIONS AND YOUR HEALTH
Positive emotions like love, compassion, gratitude, joy and laughter have a positive effect on health by increasing endorphins, reducing blood pressure, reducing cortisol, reducing insulin, and improving blood flow to the inner organs, digestive system, reproductive system, and immune system. To maximize health, focus on positive emotions, and improving health intentionally throughout the body.
DO VEGETARIANS HAVE LESS FAT ON BONES?
A recent study, posted in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, has proven that vegetarians have a lower BMI (body mass index) than other diets. And it’s not that they eat less: Eating similar number of calories as meat and fish only eaters – 33% of meat eaters were obese, compared with only 18% of fish eating vegetarians, and 9% of vegans. Less obesity = less heart disease.
EXERCISE TO PREVENT DEPRESSION
A study found that 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week can lower your risk of ever (yes, ever) getting depressed by up to 63%. That’s just 20-30 minutes a day of walking, workout, gardening, etc.
STRENGTH TRAINING AND AGING
Strength training helps prevent age related muscle wasting, and increases metabolism since muscle tissue burns more calories per hour than fat tissue. Consider adding weight and core strength training routines 1-3 days per week to maintain muscle strength and promote healthy longevity.