Take care of yourself this summer by making healthy summer lifestyle choices. You can take several simple steps this season to care for your mind and body and become healthier.Wear Sunscreen
Protect your skin this summer and make the single most important healthy decision you can make this summer by wearing sun screen. Skin cancer rates are on the rise and wearing sunscreen is a proven way to help protect your skin from the harmful effects of the sun. Eat Seasonally
This season offers the perfect chance to add a wide variety of fruits and vegetables to your diet. Make the healthy summer lifestyle choice to add in season fruits and vegetables to each meal and for snacks and desserts. Farmer's markets, local grocery stores and even larger chains now offer a wide variety of locally grown, organic produce. Get Out and Move
While the sunshine and great weather may tempt you to laze about in a lounge chair, the summer months offer the perfect opportunity to get outside for exercise. Working out wont' feel like a chore while the sun shines on a morning walk or jog. Or, take advantage of the great outdoors and try something new, like hiking, biking, or a new sport, like kayaking. A lot of what we do in the summer already like hitting the local pool, also counts as exercise.
In just a few simple steps, you can live a healthy summer lifestyle while still enjoying fun in the sun.
One of the many benefits of massage therapy is its ability to lessen feelings of depression. When someone is depressed, their brain either inefficiently utilizes or produces less of the naturally occurring hormones serotonin, dopamine and endorphins. These hormones are responsible for the transmission of messages along neural pathways and are the brain chemicals that help people “feel good.” Prescription antidepressants affect the levels of these hormones. However, using massage to treat depression is a safer alternative and one without the side effects or contraindications of pills or capsules.
The right side of the brain is more active during periods of sadness while the left side of the frontal lobe is more active when someone is feeling happy or joyful. Massage therapy stimulates activity in the left side of the brain, thereby increasing feelings of well-being and happiness and acts as an antidepressant.
The efficacy of massage therapy as a powerful antidepressant has been shown in clinical studies. Massage is known to release both serotonin and endorphins from the brain into the body. Although the exact mechanism for this activity is under study, studies show that therapeutic body massage increases serotonin levels by about 28 percent and dopamine levels by approximately 31 percent.