Write your way to health
According to a study published in Psychosomatic Medicine, revisiting your childhood ‘Dear diary’ habit may have more benefit than simply allowing you to express your crushes, your dreams and your wrongdoings. Turns out that journaling about thoughts, feelings and emotions of upsetting events can lower stress hormone levels and help your body heal 4.4 times faster.
But baring your soul to paper isn’t the only pen exercise that can give you benefits. According to a study published in the Journal of Health Psychology, adults who wrote about personal life goals experienced lower levels of stress hormones.
In this issue Dr Sandi Nye takes a look at the often contentious debate about which fatty acids are actually ‘essential’. Dr Arien van der Merwe recommends what supplements to take during pregnancy and she also suggests following simple steps to promote bladder health and reduce the risk of recurrence of infection. Her article is entitled That Burning Feeling. With blood clots on the rise, we take a look at the role of vitamin E and how it reduces the tendency for platelets to stick together, helping further to reduce risk of heart attack and stroke.
One of the first steps in dealing with addiction is to discover the emotional cause of it. Read Dr Ronald Alexander’s article on Mindfulness Meditation and Addiction. He is a mind/body psychotherapist, international trainer, and the Executive Director of the OpenMind Training Institute in Santa Monica, a leading edge organisation that offers personal and professional training programmes in mind-body therapies, transformational leadership, and mindfulness. He is the author of the widely acclaimed book Wise Mind, Open Mind that provides practical and innovative applications to help us through today’s challenging times.
Bonus content, we include a recipe on how to make salad jars – the perfect lunch box snack.
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