Play and Health

I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth, Internet friends.  I’ve been mom-napped.  Summertime is here, and I swear my daughter knows exactly when I need a minute because she always gets into something or makes a mess.  Or dresses the dog up like a princess.

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Music, Mood, and Health

Do you ever hear a song that just “does it” for you?  Music can be incredibly therapeutic and is one of many behaviors we can use to stay happy and healthy.

Music with a regular beat can increase serotonin, the neurotransmitter (serotonin) associated with mood, sleep, satiety, and feelings of safety.  Remember that serotonin is usually the neurotransmitter targeted by antidepressants. Continue reading “Music, Mood, and Health” »

Running=Prozac, Ritalin

You know that exercise is an excellent way to improve your mood and health, but there is much more to know.  Did you know that going for a run is like taking a little bit of Prozac and Ritalin at once?  Here’s how:

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Addiction and Exercise

Are you trying to quit smoking or stop drinking alcohol?  Are you recovering from a drug addiction?  Do you struggle with prescription drug abuse or a gambling problem?  The best approach to addiction recovery may have been right under our noses all along:  exercise.  What you don’t know about this topic might just surprise you.

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The Real Story on Chocolate and Depression

A new study has linked chocolate with depression once again.  The article merely tells us what our intuition already knew, and the fact that chocolate makes us feel better at some point in our lives isn’t exactly news.  But how does chocolate make us feel better?  Why?  What’s the reason we tend to crave chocolate more during PMS?  The article was so unbelievably incomplete that I felt compelled to provide additional information.

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Alcohol Abuse or Sugar Addiction?

All of us know those moms who like to throw a few back.  Some of them openly have a few libations and the closet drinkers carry their own sippy cups around town.  Motherhood can certainly drive us to irrational behaviors, but it’s not the best idea to abuse alcohol.  Before you have your next 12 noon happy hour, take a look at this information.

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