Sunday, May 5, 2013

A Healthy Brain as You Age

A study has shown that a healthy adult loses about 15 percent of brain tissue between between the ages of thirty and ninety. Raz, N., et al.(2004). It has been found that age related decline caused by shrinkage or death of brain cells or changes in the blood supply to the brain can be slowed down with exercise - especially aerobic exercise during early and mid life. In fact, studies have found that people who exercised had more brain volume in the areas that are affected by age related brain atrophy.

So, if you are not already hitting the gym, it is never too late to start. I know some do not like the gym environment, and I am one of them - but do not let that stop you. You can start by making up an at home workout schedule and looking up some exercise videos on YouTube - there are many amazing videos of aerobic and even yoga sessions on YouTube. Below, I have posted links to my favourite exercise videos for you.

Yoga: http://youtu.be/PL9m8spuMQ4
Aerobics: http://youtu.be/u4kZumpBvzE

Sources:
Weinstein, A. M., & Erickson, K. I. (2011). Healthy body equals healthy mind. Generations, 35(2), 92-98. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/906523148?accountid=14771


Saturday, January 5, 2013

Preventing Depression Naturally

Your happiness and sense of well being is all in your own hands. Yes, life has its ups and downs but we must not let those control our happiness and life satisfaction. Here are some natural and simple ways to keep the sunshine of happiness always bright in your life.

Exercise regularly...it does not have to be a marathon. Just walking or running 20 minutes a day will boost your mood. This is because exercise releases feel good chemicals in your body.

Maintain a daily a routine...a routine makes you feel that you are in control of your life and thus prevent you from feeling helpless.

Have a well balanced diet and avoid fatty and sugary foods

Supplements such as omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin D, and vitamin B have been implicated in maintaining good mood.

Plan something fun or enjoyable everyday, it could be something as simple as going to a coffee shop and people watching.

Write a gratitude journal every night before you go to bed.

Additionally, from my own experience, happiness does not come to you from an external source. Happiness comes from within you. Happiness is learned, and its a choice. Cultivate the happiness from within by being grateful for everything you have and choosing to focus on the things that make you happy.


Sources:
http://www.webmd.com/depression/features/natural-treatments
http://www.naturalnews.com/020611_depression_nutrition.html