Are You Exersizing Your Mental Health?

As we grow older, one of the biggest concerns people face is deteriorating mental health

More older adults report experiencing some sort of psychological distress as they age. Thankfully, a new study out of Australia has found that those who stay physically active as they age have a far greater chance to stay mentally sharp as well.

Dr. Gregory Holt of the University of Sidney School of Science and Health and his team analyzed data from over 100,000 Australian men and women age 65 and older. In the study, psychological distress scores determined by researchers showed that 8.4% of all participants were currently experiencing at least some level of psychological distress. It also showed that those experiencing psychological distress were almost seven times more likely to experience a functional limitation.

Similar psychological distress has been linked to reduced physical activity in previous studies across a broad range of age groups.

“Our findings can influence the emphasis that we place on older adults to remain active,” Kolt notes. “With greater levels of physical activity, more positive health gains can be achieved, and with greater physical function (through physical activity), greater independence can be achieved.”  The study also found that older adults who stayed more physically active were far less likely to experience functional limitations.

So get out there and stay active folks! Stay active to stay sharp!

Trying To Lose Weight? -There’s a Tea for That!

Green Tea Helps To Shed Those Extra Pounds

Millions of Americans struggle with weight gain on a daily basis. Though it has been theorized that green tea may help with weight loss, a new study shows promising results in the ability of the natural tea to help slow weight gain in the first place!

Obese mice were given a daily dose of a compound found in green tea called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG). When compared to a control group of mice who were fed the same amount of the same food without the EGCG compound, the results showed that the mice who received the compound gained weight 45% slower than the control mice. Once more, the mice that received the compound also exhibited a 30% increase in fecal lipids.

These results suggest that EGCG not only helps reduce the body’s ability to absorb fat, but also helps enhance its ability to actually use the fat. 

Unfortunately, in order to receive the same dosage of EGCG that the mice did, a person would need to drink nearly 10 cups of green tea per day. But not all is lost. The scientists encourage that even just a few cups of tea per day can still show a marked improvement in slowing weight gain. So go put on the kettle and get ready to keep those extra pounds at bay!

Hormone Imbalances Can Cause Weight Gain

Why Hormone Imbalances Cause Extra Pounds

Hormone imbalances can have a very dramatic effect on our daily lives. They can lead to countless unfortunate side effects, including mood swings, loss of libido, loss of energy, depression, and even weight gain. That’s right. If you have suddenly started to put on a lot of weight for no apparent reason, it may because your testosterone levels are low.

Weight gain from hormone imbalance can be particularly dangerous, as the weight most often gathers in your mid section, which can greatly increase your risk of diabetes and heart disease. It is of course important to consult with your doctor as to the cause of your weight gain, but if it does end up being due to hormone imbalance, Vitali-T can help get your hormones back in check, and help reduce your weight gain.