Worst Foods to Eat When You’re Stressed

When you’re stressed out, your body craves food – and usually it’s not the healthy kind. A recent study found that most people gravitate toward high-fat, sugary foods. In fact, recent research from Ohio State University shows that regularly eating high-calorie and high-fat foods when you’re stressed also slows your metabolism, a double whammy that… Read more »

Stress and Food Cravings

  Ever wonder why you tend to crave certain foods or can’t stop eating when you’re stressed? In a recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, researchers found that 80 percent of people report eating more sweets when they are stressed. Turns out there are biological reasons for your food cravings. When… Read more »

Probiotics and Depression

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), roughly 18 percent of American adults summer from an anxiety disorder and about seven percent suffer from major depression. Recent research has focused on substantiating inflammatory models of mental illness, including markers that indicate immune distress. That research has led to the conclusion that “good” bacteria found… Read more »

The Calming Effects of Calcium and Magnesium

Does March Madness get you all worked up? The game ends and you just can’t seem to fall asleep as you run your own play-by-plays through your head. You need to relax and calm down. But it seems almost impossible. Let’s talk about the calming effects of calcium and magnesium. Calcium is an essential nutrient for maintaining total… Read more »

How Reading Before Bed Improves Sleep

According to a recent study, reading before bed can help you sleep better.  In fact – just six minutes with a good book can improve your sleep quality. How? Scientists believe that reading is the best way to help you relax before bed because immersing yourself into another world takes your mind off of the stress in… Read more »

Stress and Your Digestive System

If you’ve ever been stressed, you know it can do a number on your digestive system. Whether it’s nervous stress (that feeling prior to a public presentation) or life stress (paying those monthly bills), it can really tie your stomach in knots. However, the impact of stress on the stomach goes far beyond indigestion. In… Read more »

Rethink Your Comfort Foods

When you’re stressed, you crave foods that you believe will make you feel better. It’s time to put down the chips and chocolate and rethink your comfort foods. Try these stress-relieving food choices instead. Avocados – These creamy fruits stress-proof your body. Rich in glutathione, a substance that specifically blocks intestinal absorption of certain fats… Read more »

Stress and Cholesterol

Stress can impact your health in a number of ways – from sleep disturbance, to weight gain and more. Recent studies have examined the relationship between stress and cholesterol levels, according to a June 2014 review in Endocrine Connections. These studies have suggested a link between stress and cholesterol, but the exact nature of the… Read more »

Four Steps to Reduce Stress at Work

According to the experts at Forbes, the average business professional has 30 to 100 projects on their plate at any given time. Modern employees are interrupted seven times an hour and distracted up to 2.1 hours a day. Plus four out of 10 people working at large companies are experiencing corporate restructuring, and are facing… Read more »

Six Calcium Rich Foods

Calcium is important for optimal bone health throughout your life. Your body needs calcium to build and maintain strong bones. Your heart, muscles and nerves also need calcium to function properly. Many Americans don’t get enough calcium in their diets. Children and adolescent girls are at particular risk, as well as adults age 50 and… Read more »