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DECREASING STRESS WITH NUTRIENTS

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An article in the March/April 2020 edition of Psychology Today magazine presented information regarding how nutrients can help lower stress. A wave of worry seems to be washing over the United States, according to a Gallup 2019 Global Emotions Report. And nearly 50 percent of people believe they are more stressed now than they were five years previously, reports the American Institute of Stress. 
 
Stress is often tied to pillars of life—jobs, relationships, finances—that are difficult to change or adjust. However, there is a domain in which it is possible to exercise more control over our anxiety—diet. Food containing specific nutrients can strongly influence mental health. Some nutrients may even contribute to stress resistance. Recent research suggests that these include Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B, and vitamin C, consumed in food or supplements.

Omega-3 is a class of polyunsaturated fat that delivers health benefits to many body systems. They are critical for the development of the nervous system and insulate pathways of neural communication. Greater aggression, depression, and anxiety are linked to an Omega-3 deficiency.  

The eight B vitamins are chemically related, and all eight often occur in the same foods. Vitamin B contributes to gene regulation by DNA methylation. It clears excess levels of the amino acid homocysteine, which has been linked to heart disease when high. Creation and regulation of the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin rely in part on vitamin B.
 
The brain is the body’s greatest consumer of vitamin C. Vitamin C is essential to cognitive performance, as it helps form the neural sheath that surrounds nerves and speeds the signaling process. 
 
Since I am on a ketogenic diet, many of these nutrients are in the food I eat. Dear reader, what experiences have you had regarding the relationship of foods you eat affecting your level of anxiety? All comments are most welcome.

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THE NONLINEAR LIFE

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A recent Psychology Today article addressed “lifequakes,” when humans experience major disruptions to daily living. This is also referred to as nonlinear life. These days, transitions are becoming more plentiful. We typically experience one disruptor every one to two years. One in ten will be so big that we will undergo a major challenge to how we perceive, adapt, and understand the pillars of life transitions.

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GOOD THINGS HAVE HAPPENED DURING THE PANDEMIC

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The coronavirus pandemic has made life difficult for everyone. However, people have proven they are resilient, kind, and good-humored throughout the many challenges. Here are some examples from residents of Milwaukee, Wisconsin: 

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MEDITATION AND MINDFULNESS

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In the United States, the number of people practicing meditation more than tripled between 2012 and 2017. Meditation has a rich cultural history in countries like India, China, and Japan, and it is becoming increasingly popular in the Western world, with good reason: meditation can have extensive mental health benefits, and a person needs less than ten minutes alone each day to do it. Very significant to the times we are in right now, some studies have found that meditation may reduce implicit bias and fight against racial prejudice.

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WHITE NEIGHBORS WALK WITH BLACK MAN

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Shawn Dromgoole is a twenty-nine-year-old black man who has lived in the same Nashville neighborhood his entire life. His family has been in the neighborhood known as 12 South for fifty-four years. Ever since he was a child he felt unease in his home town, acutely aware that few people looked like him.

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