Mind Over Healthy Life Choices

A new study published in Molecular Psychiatry, sheds some light on the way our brain can override the intended effects of healthy life choices. It turns out, how we take care of our mind may influence how our body reacts to the food we consume. 

Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, director of the Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research at the Ohio State University, conducted a study where women consumed two types of meals (one healthy and one rich in saturated fats) during different periods of time. The results showed that women who suffered from stress prior to consuming the healthy meal showed similar results to women who didn’t suffer from any stress and consumed the fattier meal.

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The study pointed out that even though the subjects were eating a healthy meal, their mind and bodies were still under stress. This means that regardless of the type of food we consume, our bodies will respond to the stress when it is present. The mind has a powerful impact on our body so it is just as important to have a healthy mind as it is to have a healthy diet.

What was interesting about the study was that the stress that the participants experienced was not life threatening. The stress was from everyday tasks that seemed stressful, like taking care of children or work related issues.

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Healthy living should include a mind-body-spirit approach. You might be thinking “how can I avoid stress?” Well, you can’t. The key is learning how to manage and control it through meditation, mindfulness exercises, and developing close personal relationships which is “perhaps the world's greatest stress reducer there is" according to Kiecolt-Glaser.

By Amit Louis| September 28, 2016
Categories:  Restore

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Amit Louis

Amit Louis

Amit is the founder of ALT-EDUCATION and The Web 3. He has an MA in Communications from the University of Tel Aviv and a BA High Honours in Mass communication from Carleton University. Amit's passions include teaching, storytelling, all things media, and people!

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