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8 Ways To Improve Your Mental Health http://b4in.org/hMC0

By Dr. Edward F. Group III

Our lives are so hectic that sometimes we look for anything that can help us cope. A busy, stressful life can not only affect you mentally, it can also begin to reduce your body’s defenses against disease and invading organisms. While reducing stress levels can go a long way in helping us manage our day-to-day lives, sometimes it’s more than just stress we have to deal with.

How to Improve Your Mental Health

In order to improve your mind, you must work in conjunction with your body. Everything is connected when it comes to health, and you simply can’t correct one aspect of your self and neglect the other. Here are 8 ways to improve your mental health that will also improve your overall energy and well being.

Exercise
Do you find yourself constantly putting off your exercise routine? Think about this: studies suggest aerobic activity—things like jogging, walking, cycling, and even gardening—can reduce feelings of anxiety or depression, improve mood, and raise self-esteem. [1] That sounds like a great reason to start back with that shelved plan!

2. Stop Consuming Caffeine

Sometimes, we drink something with a little caffeine to give us a boost; but please don’t forget, caffeine is a drug, and the “safe” dosage varies widely from person to person. [2] A stimulant that triggers alertness at low doses, high doses can cause anxiety and irritability; too much can prove toxic, even deadly. [3] With so many other options available, why not just cut caffeine from your diet altogether?


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Why Giving Up Sugar Can Be Really Good For Your Health http://b4in.org/tLO9

Many people have a sweet tooth. They enjoy foods that have sugar in them, including sweets, candy, and other treats. Sodas and even fruit juices sometimes have extra sugar added to improve the flavor. It turns out sugar is not good for a person’s health at all. Sugar does not contain nutrients, vitamins, minerals, or anything else that is good for the body. Sugar can add empty calories to the body and can harm overall health.

Why Sugar is bad

For years people have blamed cholesterol and saturated fats as the leading causes of heart disease. Heart disease is the number on cause of death in all of the world. While these things are not good for a person’s health, there is something that is worse. That something is sugar. Studies have shown that sugar can raise the oxidized LDL levels in the blood which is a leading cause of heart disease. Sugar can also raise insulin levels and increase the amount of fat that a person has. This can happen in as little as ten weeks. Sugar is the leading cause of obesity in adults as well as children.

Beverages that are sweetened with sugar can put a person at a 60% increase risk of becoming obese. If a person is looking to reduce their body weight they need to carefully monitor the amount of sugar they are consuming. Many people would not think this, but sugar can be addictive. It raises dopamine levels in the brain which makes people crave foods that are high in sugar. Consuming extra sugar changes the blood sugar levels in the body. While blood sugar level spikes it can affect how a person is feeling. Eating a diet high in sugar can increase the risk a person has for developing type 2 diabetes.

Sugar is said to release hormones in the brain that lead to fat building. Studies have shown that sugar increases the fructose levels in the body. This can lead to an increase in appetite which can lead to weight gain. Sugar also lowers the levels of the hormone ghrelin which leads to weight gain and makes it harder for the body to burn off calories.

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