There are two primary concerns I have about this finding. 1) The average number of side effects for a prescription drug is 70, but for those listed above can range from 100-500 side effects. 2) Studies have been shown that lifestyle changes and healthier habits can do nearly as much or even more to combat the original condition.
So, why on earth are we spending so much money and putting ourselves at risk of side effects (some are pretty darn unsavory and quite scary), when all we have to do is take better care of ourselves – lose weight, exercise, eat well? Here’s some proof in black-and-white that with a little effort, we could reduce our dependency on the script pad.
· Exercise stimulates the brain and releases endorphins – the feel-good chemicals that leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. A 20-minute sweat session can be enough to perk up your mood for a whopping 12 hours, reports a University of Vermont study. It may also be as effective as medication for treating depression. And exercise can lead to changes in the brain that strengthen your resolve against stress.
· Research from Florida State University reports that pectin (found in apples, carrots, plums, citrus, cherries, & strawberries) reduces the body’s absorption of cholesterol. In fact people who ate the pectin found in two fresh apples each day for a year saw a 23% drop in LDL (bad) cholesterol.
· Regular physical activity boosts HDL (good) cholesterol while decreasing triglycerides (fatty blood lipids).
· Findings in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health show that just 30 minutes of walking three or more times a week can lower your blood pressure by five points.
· A recent study followed 32,000 subjects for 18 years and found that those who ate the most whole grains (about 46 grams per day) were 19% less likely to be diagnosed with hypertension than those who ate the least.
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