Can What You Eat Impact How You Think and Feel?

mixed fruitPeople generally understand that eating healthy is beneficial to physical health.  Healthy eating can lower the risk of developing diseases such as cardiovascular disease, obesity and diabetes.

According to Roger Walsh in the October 2011 issue of The American Psychologist, there is now a sizable body of evidence indicating the importance of nutrition for mental health. A review of over 160 studies suggested that diet and nutrition can impact the mental health of nations (Gomez-Pinella, 2008).

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How Exercise Impacts Your Mental Health

joggerMost people living in a modern world understand that regular exercise is beneficial to physical health.  And many people recognize that exercise makes them “feel better.”

In fact, incorporating exercise into a sedentary lifestyle can have significant physical and mental health benefits. Exercise is healthy, inexpensive and, according to Roger Walsh in the October 2011 issue of The American Psychologist, underused to treat psychiatric disorders.  In his review, Walsh found that exercise reduces the risk of multiple diseases, including cancer, and improves physical disorders such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Last week I discussed how unhealthy lifestyles can contribute to an array of physical problems and can play can an equally important role your mental health and maintaining a sense of well-being.

This week, I will review exercise specifically.  I summarize, below, some of Walsh’s findings in his review of the literature exploring how exercise impacts mental health. Continue reading “How Exercise Impacts Your Mental Health” »

How Your Lifestyle Impacts Your Mental Health

cyclistUnhealthy lifestyles contribute to multiple psychopathologies, according to an article in the October issue of The American Psychologist.

Cardiovascular disorders, obesity, diabetes and cancer are strongly determined by lifestyle.  Smoking, physical activity, alcohol intake and diet have a major impact on physical health and the development of disease.  Lifestyle factors such as lack of exercise and overeating are increasing to such an extent that the World Health Organization has warned that “globesity”—a global epidemic of overweight and obesity—is taking over the world.

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4 Holiday Health Strategies: How to Maintain Your Well-Being During the Holiday Season

novermber calendarAlthough the holidays can be a time of happiness and joy, they can also come with a multitude of stressors.  Finances are often a stressor during the holidays, particularly for parents.  Memories of loved ones we’ve lost, a demanding schedule of activities and being alone can all increase feelings of stress at this time of year.

When you’re likely to be faced with a multitude of stressors, it can be helpful to implement a few strategies early in the season that can pay off, in terms of lower stress levels, all season long. Continue reading “4 Holiday Health Strategies: How to Maintain Your Well-Being During the Holiday Season” »