Cutting out junk food may improve mental health in these 3 areas

Here at Truehope, we’ve been saying for over 20 years that nutrition and mental health are tightly linked, and improving nutrition can improve mental health.

Related to that is the idea that poor nutrition can lead to poor mental health.

Several peer-reviewed studies have shown that consuming high amounts of junk food can negatively affect our mental health. Here are 2 studies showing how junk food affects mental health in 4 areas: depression, stress, ADHD and general mental health.

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Study: EMPowerplus may help children with stress & anxiety

New Zealand researchers recently published a study where they found that EMPowerplus may help alleviate stress and anxiety in children.

The researchers designed a multiple-baseline trial to see what effect micronutrients — EMPowerplus specifically — could have on children experiencing stress and anxiety 2–3 years after a traumatic event, in this case, the 2010 earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand.

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Find your stress score with our 2-minute test

Those aggravating things that go wrong in the day, those irritating things that go bump in the night – disrupting routines and interrupting sleep – all have a cumulative effect on your brain, especially its ability to remember and learn.

As science gains greater insight into the consequences of stress on the brain, the picture that emerges is not a pretty one. A chronic overreaction to stress overloads the brain with powerful hormones that are intended only for short-term duty in emergency situations.

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Laughing might reduce stress

American researchers published a paper in 2008 showing that a hearty laugh can reduce stress hormones.

The researchers studied 16 men for cortisol and catecholamine blood levels while they were fasting. They were split into two groups randomly: one for control and one for the experiment. They took blood from all the participants before the trial, 4 times during, and 3 times after.

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10 natural ways to beat stress during the holidays

What is stress?

It’s perfectly natural to feel stressed now and then; it’s our body’s way of dealing with things it sees as threats. It’s how we prepare to run away from or confront danger.

Unfortunately, many things that trigger stress during the holidays aren’t things that we can fight or flee. Unwelcome guests appear, work parties demand attending, shopping overwhelms, and baking becomes insurmountable

Why is stress a problem?

Stress isn’t a problem, per se, but if stress continues,

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How to deal with stress: 10 important tips

What is stress?

It’s perfectly natural to feel stressed now and then; it’s our body’s way of dealing with things it sees as threats. It’s how we prepare to run away from or confront danger. Unfortunately, many things that trigger stress in our lives today aren’t things that we can fight or flee.

Why is stress a problem?

Stress isn’t a problem, per se, but if stress continues, it can become chronic and can lead to other problems, including anxiety,

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Stressed out? Maybe you need a hug.

Did you know that frequent hugs can help us beat stress?

University of Carolina researchers studied 59 women to see how their bodies would respond to hugs from their partners.

Participants reported how frequently they received hugs from their partners. Then, researchers measured oxytocin and blood pressure levels. The participants received a hug from their partner, and researchers measured oxytocin and blood pressure levels again.

What the researchers discovered was that the single hug didn’t seem to affect oxytocin or blood pressure levels.

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10 top tips for dealing with everyday stress

What is stress?

Stress is our body’s way of dealing with thing it sees as threats. It’s how we prepare to run away from or confront danger. Unfortunately, many things that trigger stress in our lives today aren’t things that we can fight or flee.

Why is stress a problem?

Stress isn’t a problem, per se, but if stress continues, it can become chronic and can lead to other problems, including anxiety, depression, and even physical ailments.

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What you need to know about stress

It’s perfectly natural to feel stressed occasionally. It’s entirely appropriate to be stressed in certain circumstances. Your “stress response” can actually be a life-saving resource, helping you fight or flee from threatening situations.

However, chronic stress — being stressed constantly — can be physically and mentally harmful.

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10 tips for dealing with stress

Stress is our body’s way of dealing with thing it sees as threats. It’s how we prepare to run away from or confront danger. Unfortunately, many things that trigger stress in our lives today aren’t things that we can fight or flee.

If stress continues, it can become chronic and can lead to other problems, including anxiety, depression, and even physical ailments.

You can take some practical steps to prevent, combat, and cope with stress, as well as maintain physical and mental health.

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