(NEWS): Eat Your Fruits and Veggies — Your Mental Health Might Depend on It

Fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet, but now there may be another reason to load up on fresh produce — it helps boost mental health, clarity and motivation, according to a study published in the journal PLOS One.

Up until now, there has been inconclusive research to support the theory that fruits and vegetables can be beneficial to mental health. A team of researchers from the University of Otago in New Zealand set out to investigate the possible connection even further.

The scientists studied 171 young people between the ages of 18 and 25. They split the large group in three and asked each group to follow a specific eating routine for two weeks.

The first group was instructed to continue with their normal diet, while the second group was encouraged through texts and pre-paid vouchers to eat more fruits and veggies. Finally, the third group was given extra servings of fresh produce everyday, including carrots, kiwis, apples and oranges.

In just two weeks, the third group of participants, who consumed an average
of 3.7 servings of produce a day, reported a significant improvement to their mental well-being and a boost in their motivation.

The second group, who received text reminders and vouchers, did not report a similar improvement. The researchers also noted that this group was more likely to eat their vegetables cooked in a casserole or with their meal, whereas the third group ate their vegetables and fruits raw.

“The message from this study is we should be giving people more fruits and vegetables to eat, not simply reminding people to eat their 5+ a day,” Dr. Tamlin Conner, lead researcher and professor in the university’s Department of Psychology, said in a statement. “People in dormitories, children in daycare centers, patients in hospitals, employees in the workplace, could be provided with fresh fruits and vegetables on a regular basis.”

The United States Department of Agriculture recommends eating two servings of fruit per day and three servings of vegetables. Although the participants ate just under four servings of fruits and vegetables, eating the daily amount of recommended servings may also lead to improved mental well-being.

What Is Functional Medicine and How Can It Help You?

When you have an illness, the typical scenario goes something like this: You notice some symptoms, visit your primary care physician, and he or she attempts to get rid of your discomfort by prescribing you medication. You take the pills as instructed, and, after some time, the symptoms disappear. Functional medicine, on the other hand, approaches disease by finding – then remedying – the underlying cause, as opposed to only managing and masking symptoms. Continue reading “What Is Functional Medicine and How Can It Help You?”

Boswellia Serrata Extract – Reduce Pain with Tree Sap?

In the rolling deserts of West Africa and India lives a type of tree that doesn’t look like much on the outside. It’s neither majestic nor too colorful. Frankly, it’s kind of drab. But, inside its trunk, it holds a powerful secret – the ability to help reduce your pain. Continue reading “Boswellia Serrata Extract – Reduce Pain with Tree Sap?”

The Healing Power of Turmeric (+ 2 recipes to get more in your diet!)

There’s a bright orange, natural food making lots of headlines lately. In fact, some experts say it’s as strong as any medicine you might find in a pill, bottle, or even injection – especially when it comes to helping relieve inflammatory health issues.

It might even be one of the great secrets to promoting better health all around. But, what is it?

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NEWS: Energy Drinks Related to Mental Problems, New Study on Teenagers Says

If your teen consumes energy drinks as a way to stay ahead or gain some extra energy, they may be causing more harm than good.

Recently, a study looked into the effects of caffeinated energy drinks on Korean adolescents. Researchers investigated the association of an intake of energy drinks with mental health problems in teenagers, along with the effects of the drinks in combination with junk food consumption.

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3 Detox Drink Recipes (that actually taste delicious!)

It’s a new year, and there is absolutely no reason why this year can’t be YOUR year! We all struggle to uphold resolutions and make lasting healthy changes in our lives. Why? Because it’s darn hard to do! But, that doesn’t mean healthy living can’t be enjoyable…and actually taste good.

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6 Amazing Health Benefits of Lemon (and how to get more in your diet)

Lemons have been used in homes all over the world for centuries as a household cleanser. Able to clean surfaces and kill bacteria, lemons aren’t just great for cleaning up a dirty house! They are also good for many different areas of your health. Here are just 6 of the most amazing health benefits of lemons.

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4 Simple Sleep Better Tips

Sleep is one of the most important components of overall health, but most Americans don’t even know it. In fact, it’s estimated that over one third of all American adults do not get enough sleep.

Adults need a full 7-9 hours of sleep every night for optimal health; teens need 8-10 hours.1 A hectic schedule and a fast-paced lifestyle doesn’t exactly lend itself to optimal sleep. This is where we often cut corners. What’s an extra hour of sleep when you have XYZ to do today!?

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5 Ways to Boost Your Work Productivity (and job contentment!)

If you want to succeed at work, you need to be both efficient and happy, among other things. But simply walking in with a general idea of what’s on your calendar won’t cut it. Check out our not-so-obvious tips that will help you boost work productivity and your job contentment:

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8 Ways to Lower Risk of Heart Disease

Life’s tough. You spend most of it figuring out what it is you need to do just to get through it. And, by the time you’re nearing retirement, your habits are pretty much set in stone. You’ve earned them, right?

But, does it always pay to be stubborn? To stick to your regular patterns? It might not … especially when it comes to heart health. The truth of the matter is, your body is changing – so adjusting your habits to accommodate these changes is a must.

When it comes to caring for your heart, you really want to do everything you can to keep the flow of blood to it constant, to make sure it doesn’t decrease. Diminished blood flow can cause several health issues.
And frankly, nobody wants to have their life interrupted if they can prevent it. By now, you must be wondering if there is anything you can do to up your chances of avoiding heart trouble?

Of course there is.

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