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Whoever told you exercise could help you avoid depression? They were right!!

Can exercise help you avoid depression?

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 The answer is yes, according to research.   These studies on depression, anxiety and exercise have shown that the physical and psychological benefits of exercise can help reduce anxiety, depression and improve mood.
The modern world leads to stress and depression is more and more common. There are many factors that influence a person’s chances of experiencing depression, including one’s genes. There are always going to be certain people and situations where medication may be necessary for combating depression.
Increasingly, mental health experts are looking for ways to treat depression without costly prescription medication. There is a greater need for a prevention strategy today, for ways to fend off depression from the start. Physical activity is being recognized as an effective tool for treating and preventing depression. Over 26 years’ worth of scientific research concludes that even moderate levels of physical activity—like walking for 20-30 minutes a day—can ward off depression in people of all ages.
Why Exercise?

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This means that, if you’re currently active, you should sustain it. If you’re not physically active, you should start the habit.
In the long run, people stick to a workout regimen, not because of willpower, but because they realize how much better they feel after a workout!  Our bodies and minds are programmed to feel good when we work out. This is a biological design  necessary for our survival. Everything humans need to survive—food, water, sleep, social connections, sexual contact, breathing deeply, and physically working our bodies and sweating—are all designed to release rewarding neurochemicals that leave us feeling good.
Exercise Depression

Depressed?

Swedish researchers have demonstrated how changes in muscles makes them perform similar functions to the liver or kidneys by cleaning up the blood. The protein PGC-1α1 increases in skeletal muscle with exercise, and this leads to higher levels of  an enzyme called KAT. This enzyme purges the body of harmful substances.
Promoting physical activity is a valuable public mental health strategy too, reducing the risk of developing depression and its personal, social, and economic repercussions. The conclusion is that moderate exercise can replace expensive medications which also have negative side effects.


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How essential are Essential Oils to your Life?

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What are Essential Oils?

First off, they are not really ‘Oils’!  They are in fact the natural, distilled essence of plants that contain fragrant elements. Plus, they are not even ‘oily’! They are called ‘essential’ because they contain the unique fragrance of the plant they are taken from.

What is most attractive about essential oils, apart from their very obvious perfume, is that they are possibly the most potent source of natural medicinal inputs your medicine cabinet can have! They are also used in cosmetics & foods, but that’s another story.

As a firm believer in holistic living and a healthy lifestyle, you would really benefit from getting to know more about these ‘oils’.

Let’s look at some popular Essential Oils & their Uses

Natural Essential Oils are refreshing and fragrant. They are known to support the respiratory system and to soothe muscles after exercise. Used in potpourris, diffusers or in bath water, they also stimulate the brain and reduce stress and fatigue.

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Lavender Oil is used in perfume and in aromatherapy. It has a calming effect which aids in relaxation and is good in the treatment of respiratory infection.

Used in aromatherapy, Rose Oil has healing properties that include decreasing of blood pressure and breathing rate, which is good for stress and anxiety relief.

The exotic and sweet Jasmine Oil is great for a number of health uses including childbirth, depression, respiration and fertility!

Rosemary Oil is used in perfumes, as food flavoring and improves memory.

Its use as a tonic, tranquilizer and digestive aid makes Cinnamon Oil a very popular essential oil.

Frankincense Oil is a very healing essential oil used for depression, infection and to boost the immune system.

Peppermint Oil is a fresh boost to use in alleviating indigestion, colds, stress, headaches, low energy levels and sore muscles.

The strong, sweet, woody scented Eucalyptus Oil is used in antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties uses.

As you can see, the uses of Essential Oils are many. They certainly make life much more painless and easier. If you do not have a good range of essential oil based products in your medicine chest, it’s time you looked to Natural Mantra’s treasure trove.

Check out our wide array of offerings – 15 different brands and over a 100 essential oil offerings & aroma candles at www.naturalmantra.com/!

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