Each week, our talented writers produce informative and thought-provoking content for our readers. Below, I’d like to highlight our Top 3 articles from last week. The articles listed below contain many helpful recommendations for healthy living in these strange and uncertain times. These include tips on stress relief, exercise, and natural wellness. Read on for what you may have missed.
We already had a mental health crisis in this country before the pandemic. Coronavirus has only magnified the effect. Polls show that roughly half of Americans feel the crisis is negatively impacting their mental health. A national emergency call center for those in distress saw a greater than 1,000 percent increase in April compared to the same period in 2019. A suicide prevention hotline in Los Angeles reported an 8,000% increase in calls between February and March.
Americans need all available resources to help them cope with the loneliness, fear, and anxiety they’re experiencing in these unprecedented times. Mental health professionals are available for virtual counseling sessions, but music therapy is an option for treating less severe issues. Not only does music provide a much-needed distraction, but research shows it can also improve mood by helping us to express our emotions. Please read this article by Shridhar Vatharkar to see why music therapy is becoming more mainstream and why you should add it to your mental wellness toolbox.
Plant-based diets are all the rage these days, and for good reason. If properly implemented, they can lead to some pretty impressive health benefits. Plant-based eating can also help with weight loss, assuming you’re not replacing meat with excess grain and sugar. To be clear: plant-based eating doesn’t mean converting to veganism. You don’t have to give up meat entirely, nor is that necessarily advisable.
Most Americans have at least one nutrient deficiency and nearly all of us fall below the recommended daily fiber intake. Eating more plants—particularly in the form of non-starchy vegetables, legumes, nuts, and seeds—can help us fill in some of those gaps.
Transitioning to a plant-based diet can be overwhelming at first. Many wonder where their protein will come from, for example, and whether their food will be bland and tasteless. Our resident plant-based eating expert, Sarah Sabourin, shares some tips on avoiding common pitfalls associated with this diet. Be sure to check out Sarah’s recipes at the start of each week as part of our Meatless Monday series.
According to survey results, a majority of Americans are fearful of contracting COVID-19. While social distancing and frequent hand-washing remain the most effective strategy to prevent infection with coronavirus, recent studies have suggested that those with a vitamin D deficiency have worse outcomes if they do get the disease.
Previous research had demonstrated a protective effect of vitamin D supplementation against other types of respiratory infections. Most Americans are deficient in vitamin D, which happens to be one of the smallest, cheapest, and safest nutraceuticals on the market. There’s very little downside to supplementing with it. Read George White’s article to learn more about the link between vitamin D and COVID-19.
I look forward to being educated and entertained by our dedicated writers each day. I hope you can share in that enjoyment as well, as you read (or re-read!) the articles I’ll be showcasing here every week.
Each of our writers has a genuine interest and passion for health and wellness. I urge you to read these articles to gain insight into today’s hottest topics, as well as how to implement and benefit from them.
Maybe you’ll be inspired to try a new exercise routine or mood-boosting technique. Perhaps you’ve been considering a dietary switch but aren’t sure where to start. Whatever your goal, our aim on this page is to share our love of healthy living and to be your partner in wellness, now and for many years to come.
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