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Top Ten Anxiety Fighting Foods

The foods you eat play an important role in how effectively your nervous system operates and consequently how relaxed or stress you feel throughout the day. High sugar and refined grain foods negatively affect your blood sugar levels and can generally be considered stress promoting. Conversely, natural foods like vegetables, nuts and healthy protein sources are much slower digesting and usually provide a calmer and significantly more stable energy. Even eating a healthier diet though, there a certain anti-anxiety foods that are particularly good at reducing stress levels and relaxing your body and mind. Ahead are ten of the best and what makes them so good for relieving anxiety and tension. 10 Foods That Naturally Reduce Stress 1. Raw Pumpkin Seeds Raw and importantly unsalted pumpkin seeds are an amazing source of anti-anxiety nutrients. They are particularly effective if you replace sugary or salt laden junk food snacks with a small handful of pumpkin seeds (perhaps mixed with the two nuts coming up ahead). Pumpkin seeds are rich source of magnesium, a mineral vital for maintaining a healthy nervous system, regulating energy production and relaxing your body’s muscles. Many people are at least mildly deficient in magnesium as it is often processed out of packaged foods and soil levels are low in most Western countries. Magnesium deficiency may well contribute to anxiety and is known to stimulate food cravings...

Three Ways To Stay Healthy For The Year, Even During Exam Week

I begin MCAT preparation in a few short days and have been told overwhelmingly the importance of mental, physical, and social health as this intense period of study begins (along with classes, work, and leadership involvement starting back as well). In an effort to be healthier, I’ve refocused my efforts and considered exactly how I hope to implement a lifestyle of balance throughout this season! While some of these are specific to me, I think they are universal enough to be shared. These are some ways I hope to stay healthy in the new year! Eat a healthy breakfast Breakfast has always been important to me! I have never been one to skip breakfast, but sometimes I do find myself running out the door and grabbing a granola bar and banana along with my prized and cherished morning coffee! However, I find it better for my energy throughout the day and overall start to the day whenever I have a healthy, filling breakfast in the mornings. Some examples include whole grain oatmeal with bananas, Greek or French-style yogurt with granola, avocado toast or toast with a low-sugar spread such as almond butter or jam, or cereal with nut milk and fresh fruit. These are some of my favorites that are filling, full of nutrients and most importantly, delicious to eat! I’ve always been a morning person, so waking up a few...

The Pros and Cons of Medical School Dating

Most people are under the notion that choosing to opt for a medical profession is more of a social suicide. However, it certainly has a set of its own avails that await you in the future. One of the reasons that people tend to opt for fields other than medical is because this particular line of work has the tendency of taking over your personal, social, as well as your love life. With the never-ending work and studies, finding the right partner can be quite troublesome for many. Is medical school dating possible without much risk? What’s your solution? While you may not have much time on your hands, keeping your love life alive is a necessity. Most students directly to opt for choosing partners who work in the same class or residency but the question still remains, “Are you doing the right thing?” Let’s first look at a few pros and cons of medical school dating before coming to a conclusion. Pros 1. Everyone knows that medicine is a difficult field but no one is aware of the true struggle you have to go through. All those long hours are wasted away and at the end of the day you just want to lounge out and relax your mind. Dating someone who has no interest or knowledge of how medicine works, you’ll miss out on the opportunity of...

How to Be The Best Intern At the Office

Being an intern can be really tough sometimes, you’re the bottom of the ladder and the lowest ranking member of the workforce, but it’s not all bad. Here are 4 tips to being a the best intern so you can step up your game in the office. Be a “Guy” No I don’t mean be a literal male, being a “guy” can apply to anyone. Basically it means be known for something in the office, you don’t have to have a large following but maybe just a few people. For example, I brought gum to the office everyday throughout my internship. I would offer it to other people and after awhile they would start to come to me when they wanted gum. I became “Gum Guy.” Being some type of guy, “sports guy,” “wacky tie guy,” creates a differential from you just being a normal intern. In my case I kept things interesting by changing the flavor of gum brought in everyday. Doing small things like this can make you more liked and more fun in the office. Always Ask If Anyone Needs Help This can be a feared question, you don’t want to seem to pushy or like you have no work to do, but you also want to be helpful. I say just go for it, ask as many people in the office if they need help as you...

Here’s How To Deal With Hospital Bullies

Individuals often need to develop stronger self-esteem and be more accountable for their words and actions; both can feel emotionally risky since they each require assuming more power and personal agency. Dealing with hospital bullies can be scary if we lack confidence; it can also exacerbate other insecure feelings (eg: being uncertain whether we’re right, or worrying about someone judging us). In addition, the workplace culture needs to be a safe environment for speaking up. Related: Five Ways To Keep Social Media From Hurting Your Career A confident person in a safe culture will feel comfortable saying, “I don’t know,” whereas a person with low or fragile self-esteem working in a culture where blaming or bullying exist may feel intimidated. For better or worse, this combination of individual and organizational behavior are ongoing and interrelated phenomena that impact communication. I’m always amazed at how powerful some toxic behaviors are and how unaware some professionals are of how their behavior impacts others. In my classes or workshops on organizational conflict, communication, and leadership, there always seems to be one or two notorious people; everyone in the organization knows them. They may be physicians, nurses, or administrative leaders; they may have a tendency towards aggressive or passive-aggressive behaviors, and no one knows quite what to do in response. Generally, such individuals constitute a relatively small number of people with a disproportionate amount of power....

My Thoughts on Fluoride

We live in one of the freak towns that doesn’t have fluoride in the water. My kids have both already had cavities, so I want to make sure to follow our pediatrician/dentist recommendation to get them fluoride pills, but it hasn’t been so easy. So we don’t have to wait in line at the pharmacy every month, we had been getting our pills from Express Scripts, but we changed insurance, so now we can only use Walgreens online pharmacy. This has proved to be quite the challenge. Walgreens would not allow me to add the kids to my pharmacy account until I placed an order with physical pharmacy, so I did this first. The local pharmacy would not fill the medication because they covered only drops but not pills unless they got “extra info” from our pediatrician. After a week, this was not received. Our giant peds practice did not know somehow that this info was being requested. Finally, we just paid $11 each out of pocket for the month’s worth of pills. I was still unable to add the kids online to the pharmacy and had to call to do it. I then asked the pediatrician to call in the pills to Walgreens online. They assumed that was the same as Express Scripts and called it in there. I assure you, they are not the same. I called...

Learn How to Workout Like Tom Brady

Are you starting to think that your fitness goals are out of reach? You’ve read so many articles and tried all the tips, but you can’t achieve your goals. It’s rough, especially if you are competitive … so much effort with so little success. But maybe there is a more simple way to achieving peak fitness and performance: Tom Brady, the football quarterback for the New England Patriots, wants to share his 5 step winning fitness routine with you. These five simple steps are guaranteed to improve your fitness and performance. Nothing complicated, no additional expense – just focus and commitment. Nothing else! That’s all you need to achieve your goals. Learn how to workout like Tom Brady. Hiw success comes down to to five simple steps, and they’re all about lifestyle. It’s about dedication to your goal every day. No days off. But once you buy into Tom’s fitness routine you won’t want days off because this is really a way of life rather than a routine. This is how Tom Brady does it: 1. Muscle pliability training 2. Go vegan! Plant protein is best 3. Rehydrate … drink water, water and more water 4. Get 9 hours sleep every night 5. Play sport and work out daily If you also want to improve your fitness, turn it into a game! Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and Boston...

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