Living healthy by eating healthy is very different from how we did it more than 20 years ago, the time when our parents would cook French fries for us for our snack because they said it was good for our body. They would tell us that it was the healthiest and most delicious food ever invented in the kitchen of Belgian families in the late 1600s – the crispy, golden potato fries that tasted like heaven in every bite.
Eating nuts is healthy for the heart. Walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, and other nuts are rich in mono and polyunsaturated fatty acids which keep blood vessels healthy and help improve blood cholesterol level.
Aging is inevitable but as long as we stay healthy, we can age gracefully and will be proud of every gray hair and wrinkle on our face. It is never easy to maintain our well-being, but there are tips I want to share with you. These are simple tips, but I can never say they are easy to follow.
John Duffy, PsyD said “Exercising and eating well provide nearly instant benefits, helping the body and the mind to manage most any difficulties, including anxiety and depression.”
I was excited. It was our first trip as a couple. I made sure I prepared everything and checked the calendar that it was not my time of the month. But no matter how much ready you think you are, something will always come up, and there will still be some flaws.
Menopausal women tend to lose confidence in themselves because of how their skin turns dry and wrinkled. They sometimes feel uncomfortable undressing in front of their spouses as they feel disgusted with the imperfections brought about by menopause on their skin. According to psychologist Kristina G. Gorbatenko-Roth, “The skin is the most noticeable part of our body that could be impacted by psychological factors, yet very few psychologists are studying it.”
(Enjoy The Life You Deserve)
We all have the right to feel good about ourselves. Each day is an opportunity to make things better and feel good about life. But sometimes due to neglecting our diet, we deprive ourselves of this and deny ourselves with the life we deserve.
According to Sona DeLurgio, Psy.D, LMFT, “Struggling with food and body appearance and becoming highly focused on changing it can lead to shame, depression, and unhealthy relationships with food and exercise.”
Do you know that the brain requires some exercises as well? It’s because we know that just as the body gets stressed, so does the brain. There are many brain activities that could relieve stress and keep our minds healthy. Stress has its way of taking a toll on our lives. And sometimes, it seems so hard to put an end to our stress because we have developed an addiction to it. We try to equate our level of stress as a gauge of our success, while in all actuality, stress blocks our happiness and wellbeing. According to Laurie Leinwand, MA, LPC, “Psychological resilience is the ability to adapt to life’s constant changes and cope with stress or adversity, such as a major tragedy, trauma, health problem, or some other life difficulty.” Jeremy Savage, MA, LPC said “The good news is that we can learn how to minimize and navigate stress by adopting specific skills.”
The Power Of Apple Cider Vinegar And How Did I Apply It
I was told that apple cider vinegar helps ease my depression. I have made some digging. Let’s find out how it elevates the feeling of happiness and how it helps the body heal.
I’ve been undergoing counseling for quite some time now for my depression and passive suicidal ideations, and one thing the counselor told me is that all men, without exception, are in search of happiness according to Blaise Pascal. People may have different ways, may take different paths, have different views about it, but their desire is just the same. It is the reason for our every action, even those who end up taking their own lives. Dr. Barbara Fredrickson has concluded that “positivity helps “broaden our ideas about possible actions, opening our awareness to a wider range of thoughts and actions than is typical.”
Some people try to look for happiness in their work, relationships, in school, in achievements, in the family, in religion, in spirituality, and those who failed to find it sometimes just give up out of feeling tired and frustrated. “Even when we have the things that “make us happy,” it’s a fragile happiness because we’re always at least half-aware that we could lose the basis of our happiness,” shares Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D.
I am no different, for I too am in search of this elusive happiness. I have tried many ways to find it. Now that I’m in my menopausal age, happiness has become harder and harder to find.
Happiness In My Brain
Our brain produces four essential chemicals that are said to influence our happiness.
- Dopamine makes us high and happy, responsible for that “love at first sight” feeling.
- Serotonin puts us in a good mood, makes us feel good about ourselves, controls our appetite, memory, and sleep.
- Oxytocin is the love hormone, responsible for maternal-infant bonding, regulates our ability to empathize, makes us feel generous. It increases when we are hugging, kissing, and especially during orgasm.
- Endorphins reduce our perception of pain and lessen stress, inducing feelings of pleasure or euphoria.
The release of these chemicals makes us happy which keeps us coming back and wanting more of the same feelings.
Apple Cider Vinegar For A Healthy Body And Mind
Apple cider vinegar is known to do a lot for our body, the very reason why many people make it a part of their daily diet.
It aids in weight loss, improves digestion, helps sustain bone mass to prevent arthritis and osteoporosis, relieves constipation, eradicates hiccups, and helps reduce inflammation. But besides your body benefits from the consumption of apple cider vinegar, it is also very beneficial to feeling happy and alleviating depression and stress.
Apple Cider Vinegar Cracks Chemicals For Our Happiness
Apple cider vinegar consumed before meals helps break down proteins into amino acids. These amino acids are responsible for the formation of hormones in our body, the tryptophan. Tryptophan plays a significant role in the release of our serotonin in the brain – remember our feel-good neurotransmitter mentioned earlier.
Serotonin enhances our mood and makes us feel relaxed. Serotonin is best in warding off the symptoms of depression and anxiety. The more serotonin is released, the lesser is our tendency to be depressed, the lesser tendency to have suicidal ideation and aggressive behavior.
Apple Cider Vinegar For Menopausal Women
According to my counselor, Eastern medicine believes that menopausal women (like me) experiencing depression is an indication of an immobile liver. Life is under stress when a woman reaches her menopausal stage, so it is essential to make sure that it is in its best condition to ward off depression, and a daily dose of apple cider vinegar is one best way to detoxify and cleanse it.
“Working effectively with stress requires taking control of our responsibility and our attitude,” says Alicia H. Clark, PsyD
An annoying cough that keeps you awake all night can cause you to be more irritable and stressed. Adding honey to apple cider vinegar can assist in decreasing the irritation caused by this tickling cough.
Put together two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar and two teaspoons of honey and place it on your bedside at night. You take a sip once you feel a tickling cough and feel instant relief.
Since counseling has introduced to me the many benefits of apple cider vinegar, I have been stirring in two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in my water which I drink before my meals, and I can say it benefited me a lot. The feeling of happiness may come and go, and it may not only be because of the apple cider vinegar but there are also other things that contribute to my happiness now. Nonetheless, I can say that it gives a kick in my mood when I don’t feel like doing things.
Apple cider vinegar may have tons of benefits to having a healthy body and mind, but its use should be in moderation. Because like any other, it also can have negative effects, especially if you have other diseases. Before considering using apple cider vinegar, be sure to consult your doctor first.
The trick is not what you take, but how much you take it.
What do France, Korea, and Japan have in common? Aside from having exquisite and delectable menus, these countries are said to have the lowest numbers of heart diseases all over the globe.