Is Talking on Your Cell Phone Bad for You?

We talk on cell phones all the time, but we haven’t had a long enough time period to study the effects these devices have on our bodies. Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains in this video how putting down your cell phone can increase your chances of living to reach 100.

5 Mood-Boosting Diet Tips

Healthier foods have been proven to have an impact on our moods in research done over the past several years. People who have diets rich in heavy foods like deserts, fried foods, processed meats, alcohol, etc. are more likely to have an increased risk of depression.

Choose to eat healthier foods that could help fight against depression. Here are five tips, originally found at appforhealth.com, to take into consideration:

  1. Eat some kind of seafood at least twice a week. Omega 3 fatty acids in oily fish help reduce depression risk.
  2. Avoid fast foods. The loaded additives and preservatives, highly refined carbs and excess calories are not good for the body’s health and are likely linked to depressive symptoms.
  3. Try a Mediterranean diet. Studies suggest that means in the likeness of living in the Mediterranean reduces the risk for depression.
  4. It should seem obvious, but eat more fruits and veggies. Recent research suggests that those who ate more fruits and veggies were about 45 percent more likely to not have a risk of depression symptoms.
  5. Find more zinc for your diet. Foods like spinach, beef, shellfish, beans and seeds that are rich in zinc have also been found to help fend of symptoms of gloom.

Visit here for more ways to help fight depression risk with your diet.

3 Tips on How to Make the Most out of Your Labor Day

So many people take the smaller holidays and choose to work even more than they are already doing. Make the most out of your holiday and be sure to use it to your advantage to get the most out of it in the long run.

Take the advice here and don’t work this year on Labor Day.

  1.  Rest! – Catch up on sleep if you haven’t been sleeping well, or just sit down for a while.
  2. Take a mental break – Make sure your thoughts are not focused on work or stressful events in your life the entire day. Watch a movie, read a book, listen to music, or pick up an old hobby to keep your mind occupied but peaceful.
  3. Spend time with loved ones – Whether you live alone or not, spend an hour or two letting off some steam with the people you care about. There is something about spending a holiday alone that can have a negative mental effect. Avoid that by conversing and having fun.

Aging is More than Coping

Not many people enjoy getting old. Aging means the preconceived notion of gaining weight, contracting diseases and losing mobility. People in societies like America have this fetish with staying young as long as possible. They do whatever they can to look young; whether that be Botox, lipo-suction or excessive working out. It seems though that those who are able to stay looking young are those with the money to do so.

To prove this wrong and to help edge away from this mind set, let’s look at another culture that is not used to instant gratification. Many of the third world countries with indigenous tribes revere their elders as something to aspire to. Old age is a trophy; a sort of accomplishment saying “we look up to you because you survived this long.” Aging here in America is different. Having grey hair isn’t necessarily frowned upon, but keeping the body healthy and young is chased after.

Your body getting older is simply a part of life. It is nothing to be ashamed of. But what about all those risks and things that naturally deteriorate in your body? Well, I’ll be honest there will always be some things that cannot be helped nor prevented, but most of them can be.

Exercise: that’s the key. It’s never too late to start. Your body will react to vigorous activity at any age, although it takes a bit longer to react at an older age. Eating healthy and working out regularly will change your body for the better and could actually become a natural fountain of youth.

If you are younger, start treating your body better now. Find a workout routine that works best for you and keep it up as you age.

If you are already over the hill and up the next one, don’t worry so much. Start your workout in intervals. Take one minute every five minutes to walk at a high intensity rate for about a 20 minute walk and move on from there. You’ll get there! Just keep with it! If you need motivation, drag your partner or friends along!

Aging does not have to be “the plague.” Learn to exercise and be proud of moving your body when you reach 100!

Stressed Women and Weight Gain

According to research, going through a stressful situation will cause cravings for less-healthy, high-fat foods. Ironically, stress also causes women to metabolize these types of unhealthy meals much more slowly. It is a lot harder to want to eat healthier foods when the stress of the day weighs down. This especially happens when there is no energy for making a healthy meal and fast food becomes the quickest option.

On average, women who are under stress can gain up to 11 pounds per year than a woman not under stress and eating the same thing.

For more on health and stress studies, visit cnn.com