Sleep, nutrition, and movement.
Most adults are pretty craptastic at accomplishing these sustainably.
So many enter adulthood at a breakneck pace of ‘do all the things NOW’ and stop practicing the foundation pieces of sustainable health. And then…. They wonder where it all went wrong and why they’re so anxious and depressed.
Yet…. They’re sleeping 4 hours a night.
They’re eating McDonalds, Panera, or Starbucks at every meal.
They never exercise, or if they do, it is inconsistent.
Hmmm. Let’s break this down.
The human body has this cycle called the Circadian Rhythm. If you’ve never heard of it, look it up. When we sleep, the body makes Melatonin. It helps us rest. When we wake, the body makes Cortisol. It’s a stress hormone, and keeps us going through the day… but if we’re not resting enough, cortisol levels wont drop enough, we end up storing too much, and VOILA! Here’s how we make a bunch of stressed out, overweight (because cortisol increases belly fat, ya’ll), neurotic humans.
Americans have become awesomesauce at creating Highly Processed, Hyperpalatable food. McDonald’s, anyone? Panera? Starbucks? It’s made to taste good and be convenient af too. Here’s the problem. This food seriously lacks nutrients we need to be healthy. Take broccoli. Broccoli is high in Vitamins C and K, along with fiber, potassium and folic acid. Folic acid, otherwise known as Folate, has a huuuuge impact on brain cell health and functioning. There’s a reason why pregnant women are told to take prenatal vitamins with extra folic acid….. The moral of the story here, is eating better can heal anxiety and depression, by getting the body and brain the nutrients they need for basic performance.
Exercise has positive impacts on brain function, reduces stress and anxiety, improves sleep, and helps release growth factors, which impact the health of brain cells, repair blood vessels, and grow new brain cells.
So let’s leave it at this.
If you want to be equipped emotionally and physically to handle life’s curveballs, and to just be a better functioning human…
You need to sleep enough, eat whole, minimally processed foods, and move your body. ‘Nuf said. - 1 hour ago