Earlier this week, U.S. News & World Report placed the Mediterranean diet at the top of its list of 40 best diets for 2019. But when it comes to health, the science shows that there’s something even better: a plant-based, or vegan diet.
We’ve all heard that the Mediterranean diet can boost longevity. But why is that? Mediterranean diets are typically rich in vegetables and fruit, low in meat, and relatively low in fat. This is a healthy approach – to the extent that it emphasizes these plant-based foods.
One study in the British Medical Journal showed that certain components of the diet, especially high vegetable consumption and low meat consumption, were more strongly linked to longevity than other components, such as fish consumption. High fruit, nut and legume consumption also contributed to longevity. Continue reading “Is a Vegan Diet Healthier than a Mediterranean Diet?”
Tell me who you spend your time with and I’ll tell you how you feel. What? No…really, I can and here’s why:
We often take on the feelings, behaviors and attitudes of those we spend time with, like the co-worker or friend who’s always complaining and speaking negatively about her body, job, relationships – and basically, her life! Do you know why she looks forward to spending time with you? Because it’s her opportunity to vent about it all and find relief. Afterwards, she feels better, much lighter, freer and ready to get on with her day, but how do you feel?
I’m guessing that you probably feel drained, deflated and uninspired. Although your intention was to be a good friend and listener, once you became involved emotionally in your friends negativity, you were brought right down with her, right?
Negative relationships affect your health and happiness
Now, what about the friend who is lighthearted and enthusiastic, embracing life with eagerness and zest. Just thinking about the time you spend together brings a smile to your face because it’s always fun, relaxing and enjoyable. The relationship is easy, which makes it easy to be excited about the rest of your day. When you hang out with this person, you’re able to: Continue reading “Unhealthy Negative Relationships: Why Positive Thinkers Feel Better, Live Longer”
The results are in. Studies have found that people with fulfilling relationships live longer, healthier lives. They’re also more likely to have higher self-esteem, feel more valued, and take better care of themselves, promoting wellness, immunity and longevity. Social connections may even influence longevity “in ways every bit as powerful as adequate sleep, a good diet, and not smoking.” Good relationships help you live longer.
In a 13-year study of 2,761 people over the age of 65, tracking all areas of activity, it was found that those who spent time in social activities “fared just as well as those who spent the time exercising.” How? Exercise releases endorphins; neurotransmitters which promote a feeling of well being. Strong ties, a sense of connection and support flood our bodies with endorphins in much the same way that exercise does. Also, positive, loving, nurturing and supportive relationships strengthen and boost the immune system, providing protection against illness and disease. Continue reading “Lengthen Your Life: Good Relationships Help You Live Longer”
The results are in. Studies have found that people with fulfilling relationships live longer, healthier lives. They’re also more likely to have a higher self-esteem, feel more valued, and take better care of themselves, promoting wellness, immunity and longevity.
Social connections may even influence longevity “in ways every bit as powerful as adequate sleep, a good diet, and not smoking.” In a 13-year study conducted on 2,761 people over the age of 65, tracking all areas of activity, it was found that those who spent time in social activities “fared just as well as those who spent the time exercising.” (No, this is not an excuse to stop exercising, just sharing the results of the study 😉 ).
On the other hand, a lack of social fulfillment is tied to depression, premature cognitive decline and increased mortality. Here are a few studies that demonstrate this link. Continue reading “Strong Relationships for Sturdy Health”
I came across these 10 tips while sitting in the waiting room at my son’s last doctor appointment. I thought they were simple targets to aim for.
1. FLOSS! Flossing is so important because it prevents gingivitis. Gingivitis can age your arteries and lead to heart disease and decrease your immune system. Studies show that people with gum disease have an increased risk of heart disease and higher mortality rate.
2. LAUGHING! When you laugh your body produces less aging stress hormones. According to a 2006 Norwegian study of critically ill patients, odds of survival increase by 31 percent if you laugh a lot. Continue reading “10 Tips to Live Longer and Healthier”