Wellness Wednesdays – 8/28/19
WELLNESS AROUND THE WEB
Eat Your Veggies: Simple dietary changes may reduce cancer risk, increase lifespan
According to MedicalNewsToday.com, a new study that involved more than 50,000 participants over a period of 2 decades concludes that eating flavonoid rich foods, like fruits and vegetables, could stave off disease and extend life. Researchers have now firmly and scientifically established that eating more fruit and vegetables is associated with reduced cardiovascular and overall mortality risk.
A group of scientists from Edith Cowan University in Australia found that those who consumed around 500 milligrams (mg) of flavonoids every day had the lowest risk of cancer or cardiovascular disease-related deaths. Above the 500 mg threshold, there was no additional benefit.
To put this into perspective, a comprehensive intake of flavonoid could include a diet of one cup of tea, one apple, one orange, 100 grams of blueberries and 100 grams of broccoli. This would provide a wide range of flavonoid compounds and over 500 mg of total flavonoids.
It may take more than an apple a day to keep the doctor away, but a steady and consistent intake of fruits and vegetables will surely help fend off potentially life-threatening health complications down the road.
Developing a Journaling Habit Can Help Improved Mental and Emotional Health
Writing diary entries may seem childish to some, but according to InterestingEngineering.com, keeping a journal can promote a multitude of significant benefits for your mental and emotional health.
While there is a fierce debate about what constitutes intelligence, there is something that we can define as intelligence, relative to the individual, that we can understand as the quality of our thinking. One of the most important contributors to this is our capacity for language.
While a journal is meant for your eyes only, writing down thoughts, emotions, or anything else that comes to mind require you to extend your thinking to find the words that capture what you are trying to say. This can help build new neural connections, which can make you a better thinker overall.
Stress is meant to focus our attention on what we feel is the most important thing we have to deal with when there are hundreds of other things that might distract us. Prolonged stress, however, can be outright poisonous and lead to depression, anxiety and physical health consequences that can take years off of one’s life.
Sometimes, all you need to do to relieve stress is to talk about it, and journaling is precisely that, only you are talking to yourself. It can help you manage the emotional fallout from a stressful experience or event in a way that thinking about it for prolonged stretches never could. Sometimes writing about the events of a particularly stressful day can unintentionally reveal what is actually causing you stress.
As any author or journalist will tell you, the greatest challenge of any expressive writing is forcing oneself to sit down and start. The rust on the hinges of the door that is holding all of it in needs to be broken up, the door needs to be forced open, and whatever it was that was being kept holed up in the recesses of your unconscious and conscious mind must be let out.
The process for creating art and writing in a journal is essentially the same, and the experience gained from one translates to the other. That doesn’t mean that journaling will teach you to paint, but if you are a painter, journaling is a good way to get that rusty door in one’s mind opened up, which makes it easier for other things to come tumbling out. You don’t need to be an artist to benefit from increased creativity, either, everyone from engineers to software developers to accountants can improve their work by being more creative in their approaches — though you can keep the jokes about ‘creative accounting’ in the journal.
LOCAL HEALTH HIGHLIGHTS & UPCOMING EVENTS
27th Annual Golf Tournament
Join Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce in their 27th Annual Golf Tournament.
Haverhill, Mass. | HaverhillMa.ChamberMaster.com
Dinner and a Presentation: Current Research Tends for Parkinson’s, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease
Nurse practitioners and physician assistants are invited to a dinner and presentation, featuring geriatric neuropsychiatrist Robert B. Portney and the chief medical officer of New England PET Imaging, Ruth Lim, as guest speakers.
Methuen, Mass. | ActiveMedResearch.com
3rd Annual Pitch for Prevention of PTSD and Suicide
Join Hidden Battles for their Cornhole Tournament and Family Day at the Billerica Elks Club. This is a free event with food, games and plenty of fun family activities.
Billerica, Mass. | HiddenBattlesFoundation.org