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The Depression Exercise Link: You Can Run Away From Depression

July 30th, 2010

Research shows a positive depression exercise link. Every year Americans spend millions and millions of dollars on many different medications to help their depression. Although at times these medications can become very helpful, they are often only useful for a short period of time and can have negative side effects that come along with it. One natural and inexpensive way shown to relieve depression symptoms is exercise.

Obviously exercise is good for your physical health but it is also very good for your mental health as well. Research has shown that those who exercise often have a much better self esteem and are much less likely to be or become depressed then those who do not. Some studies have also shown that treating depression with aerobic exercises is just as effective as taking some depression medications. Exercise can help relieve things like anxiety and panic attacks with are possible triggers of depression as well. Not only can exercise relief some of the symptoms of depression but it can also help to keep signs of depression from coming back.

Exercise, though simple, can be the answer to many, if not all the problems one has from depression. So if exercise is such a great thing for your health why is it not being advocated more and more by doctors? Well, many mental health physicians also work with pharmaceutical companies which pay them very large amounts of money to sell their products instead. Unfortunately some people are also not willing to take the time and effort to develop an exercise routine and would rather pay for drugs that will give them an immediate change and answer to their problems.

Although exercise does take discipline and effort it can help you in the long run in so many ways and save you money in the long run.

Recipe for Pesto Sauce: Walnut Basil Pesto

July 28th, 2010

Pesto is an Italian sauce made from pine nuts, basil, olive oil and garlic. In this recipe for pesto sauce you have the opportunity to substitute walnuts for pine nuts, which makes this an affordable recipe for pesto sauce. A few tablespoons is all you really need to make that plate of pasta delicious.

What you need:
2 cups of toasted or plain walnuts
2 cups of basil
1 tablespoon of crushed garlic
½ cup of olive oil
Salt and/or pepper, to taste

1. Grind the walnuts
2. Blend the walnuts, basil, garlic and olive oil in a blender or food processor
3. Add the salt and pepper

In addition to using this as a sauce for pasta, you can use this sauce when baking fish or chicken or for stir fries and wraps. You can also water down the mixture and use it as a salad dressing.

ADHD Medication Alternatives

July 26th, 2010

Although many parents pay for medication for their child’s ADHD there are also many people going for a more natural approach to their child’s problems. Out of the 4.4 million children in the U.S. diagnosed with ADHD from ages 4-7 only 2.5 of them are on a prescribed medication. Parents can help their child find relief from their symptoms by simple thing such as change in diet, homeopathy, and taking nutritional supplements instead of having to take prescribed medication that can have bed after effects and cost much more. It is obvious that a more natural approach to ADHD can have equally, if not better healing effects than expensive prescribed medication.

Tips for Relieving Stress

July 23rd, 2010

If you stress throughout the day, get headaches, lose energy or concentration?  Here are some easy tips for relieving stress that will help you relax. 

Take breaks throughout your day. Stop and take a moment to do some meditation, breathing exercises, or just laying down. Anything that can help you relax can also improve muscle tension and strengthen your health and immune system.

Reflexology can also help you relax. First just massage in inside of your right palm with your left thumb. Then find the spot between your thumb and your forefinger that feels sensitive and hold it tight for about 10 seconds.

When you get home at the end of the day make it a relaxing place for you.  Dim the lights down, listening to some favorite music of yours and light some aromatherapy candles.

Make sure to laugh everyday! Laughing can help to lower blood pressure and help circulate oxygen to the blood. So watch some funny movies or hang out with people who make you giggle because laughing is the best medicine.

Walnut Recipe: Cilantro Walnut Sauce

July 21st, 2010

Try this walnut recipe for a great tasting way to reap the health benefits of the walnut. Walnuts are a great source of those all-important omega-3 fatty acids and happen to be a tasty way to add extra nutrition, taste and texture to meals. In fact, 1/4 cup of walnuts provides 90% of the daily value for omega-3 fatty acids – the all-important nutrient for better cognitive function.

What you need:
2 cups of walnuts
2 cups of cilantro
6 cloves of crushed garlic
1/3 cup of olive oil
Some lemon juice or water

1. Grind up the walnuts and toast them
2. In a blender, mix the walnuts, cilantro, crushed up garlic and olive oil together
3. Add the lemon juice or water into the mixture until the consistency is how you prefer
4. Add the salt or pepper if it is needed.
5. Put in the fridge or use right away.

Long Term Problems from Ritalin

July 19th, 2010

A recent study has made parents second guess their child’s use of Ritalin. Until recently the only known side effects of Ritalin were only short-term side effects. However, since a new study has been done it has been thought that Ritalin may have an effect of the long term structure of the brain and its cell structure.

The study was conducted on children with ADHD who had been on Ritalin for the past five years and group of children with ADHD who had never used the medication. Although it did show that the children on Ritalin became easier to manage they were still the same in others. The children on Ritalin did not seem to improve in their emotional or social struggles and more than the children taking no Ritalin.

Many parents have been taking their children off this drug in the past few years when Ritalin’s abusive and negative side effects for both short term as well and long effects term have been realized.

Lock Down Your Ritalin

July 16th, 2010

Ritalin has become the top stolen of any controlled drug in the country and where problem is really growing is our schools. There have been more and more middle school students dealing this drug and it has become very common for high school students to use while they’re stay up late studying. Some students have even been reported using Ritalin as an appetite suppressant for girls and boys who are trying to lose weight.

Those who take their Ritalin medication at school could easily have it stolen by others because of the lack of security the schools have in their nurse offices.

Recipes for Tuna: Deep-Dish Tuna pie

July 14th, 2010

There are many recipes for tuna that bring out the full flavor and health benefits of this fish. Tuna is an excellent source of high quality protein that is also nutrient-dense in a variety of important nutrients including B vitamins, selenium, magnesium, and potassium and perhaps most important, the beneficial omega-3 fatty acids. I have tried a number of recipes for tuna. This is a favorite.

What you need:
1/2 of an 11 once package of piecrust mix (1 1/3 cups)
1 cup of chopped onion
1 cup of diced and peeled potatoes
1) 10 ¾ once can of condensed cream of mushroom soup
1/3 cup of milk
1/3 cup of grated parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
¾ teaspoon of dried and crushed dill weed
¼ teaspoon of black pepper
1) 16 ounce package of frozen mixed vegetables
1) 9 ounce can of water pack tuna, drained and broken up into chunks.

1. Make the pie crust according the package except do not roll it out, just cover it and set it aside.
2. In a large skillet cook the onions and potatoes with a little bit of water for about 7 minuets.
3. Drain the water and add in the soup, milk, lemon juice, cheese, dill weed and pepper. Stir until it boils and then add in the vegetables and tuna and then stir.
4. Put the mixture into a two quart casserole dish.
5. Roll out the dough on a slightly floured surface. Make it into a circle about 2 inches longer then the casserole dish and about 1 inch thick.
6. Cut a few one inch slits in the center of the crust and then place it over the top of the casserole, allowing the edges to hang off. Trim one inch of the pastry. Turn pastry under, flute to the casserole edge, pressing gently.
7. Set the oven at 400 degrees and bake the casserole for 45 minutes.

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