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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.
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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/!

Healthy Shopping!

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Pass the sea salt please!

Sea salt is sourced naturally from the sea, and does not go through any chemical or artificial processing that alters the natural make-up of the salt. It contains many essential trace minerals that the human body needs in order to be healthy. Naturally, sea salt is healthier than the iodized table salt available in stores as it goes through multiple processing methods. Sea salt has gained popularity in restaurants and supermarket aisles worldwide. Gourmet chefs prefer it over table salt for its coarse, crunchy texture and stronger flavor. Manufacturers are using it in potato chips and other snacks because it’s all natural and not processed like table salt. But it is for its health benefits that sea salt is widely preferred over table salt.

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Some of the main benefits of adding sea salt to your daily diet are:

  • Strong Immune SystemSea salt helps in building up a strong immune system naturally so that the body can fight off cold viruses,  fever and flu, allergies and other auto-immune disorders.
  • AlkalizingSea salt is alkalizing to the body, as it has not been exposed to high heat and stripped off its minerals, nor does it have any harmful man-made ingredients added to it. Thus, it helps prevent and reverse high levels of acids in the body, which in turn eliminate the risks for serious and life-threatening diseases.
  • Weight Loss – Believe it or not, but sea salt does aid weight loss. It helps the body to create digestive juices so that the foods you eat are digested faster and it helps to prevent buildup in the digestive tract, which eventually can lead to constipation and weight gain.
  • Skin Conditions – A warm sea salt bath can help in relieving dry and itchy skin as well as serious conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. The bath naturally opens up the pores, improves circulation in the skin and hydrates the tissues so that the skin can heal.
  • AsthmaSea salt is effective in reducing inflammation in the respiratory system. It can decelerate the secretion of phlegm or mucous during asthma and reduce the inflammation a lot. As a result, it is easier to breathe. Some say that sprinkling sea salt on the tongue after drinking a glass of water is just as effective as using an inhaler. But the great thing about sea salt is that it has no side effects when taken in moderation.
  • Heart Health – When sea salt is taken with water, it helps in reducing high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure and in regulating an irregular heart beat. Thus sea salt can help prevent atherosclerosis, heart attacks and strokes.
  • DiabetesSea salt can help in reducing the need for insulin by helping to maintain proper sugar levels in the body. Sea salt is an essential part of the diet if you are diabetic, or at risk for the disease.
  • Osteoporosis – More than 20% of the entire sodium content of your body is accumulated in your bones, which get damaged during the lack of the mineral in the bloodstream as well as the body fluid. When the body lacks salt and water, it begins to draw the sodium from the bones, which then eventually can lead to osteoporosis. So, by drinking plenty of water and consuming sea salt in moderation the onset of osteoporosis can be prevented.
  • Muscle Spasms – Being a good source of potassium, sea salt can also be used as an anti-spasmodic agent. Potassium facilitates the functioning of your muscle fibers. In addition to it, sea salt helps the body to absorb it better from other foods. Thus, the muscular tissues remain sound and healthy and you can stay away from acute muscle spasms, cramps and pain.
  • DepressionSea salt has shown to be effective in treating various types of depression. Sea salt helps to preserve two essential hormones in the body that help you to better deal with stress. These hormones are serotonin and melatonin, which help you feel good, relax and sleep better at night.