How Neuroendocrine Balance Can Improve Your 2014
The beginning of the year is an ideal time to set new resolutions and goals for the rest of the year and for the rest of your life. January brings with it an overcrowding of the gym (and no available treadmills!) by those individuals inspired to make a change in light of the new-year. The regular gym go-ers know the overcrowding will subside in February: Resolutions are often hard to sustain in the long haul. Studies from the past year, however, show us that you may have more incentive than just ‘getting fit’ to keep up those New Years resolutions. Implementing new habits surrounding diet, exercise and vitamin supplementation can have positive effects on all areas of our lives (not just weight, but sleeping and energy too!).
Start 2014 with less stress and a better mood:
[row][col-1-2] The effect of vitamin and mineral supplementation on mood and stress was evaluated in a meta-analysis study. Supplementation resulted in lower perceived stress, fatigue and confusion.4
What this means for you: The resolve to start taking supplements is an easy commitment to make in 2014, especially when the benefits of improving stress and mood are taken into account.
Stop forgetting your keys, supplement with melatonin:
The learning and memory deficits associated with aging can be contributed in part to neurodegeneration. Studies have shown that melatonin acts as an antioxidant in the brain to protect neurons against this degeneration…2,6 Translation: More brain-power! Cognitive function and memory are better maintained because melatonin will act as a buffer against neurodegeneration. Supplement with melatonin and sign up for French classes (ohh la la)!
Say goodbye to sickness in 2014 (and hello to a little sunshine!):
[row][col-1-3] Vitamin D3 is the most active form of Vitamin D and acts as a regulator for immune function and responses. Add some Vitamin D3 to your diet and you may notice that you are fighting off sickness much better than in 2013!1 Sources of Vitamin D3: Supplementation, egg yolks, wild-caught fatty fish, and a healthy amount of sun exposure.
Starting at the gym this year will not just help you lose weight:
Symptoms associated with hypothyroidism, such as apoptosis (cell death) and learning and memory deficits, were relieved in rats that were required to run on the treadmill for 30 minutes a day. We know that exercise can result in a host of benefits, but relieving the learning and memory symptoms of hypothyroidism (which is thought to affect 4-10% of Americans) is an added bonus for sufferers.7
For those of us who do not suffer from an underactive thyroid, exercise can still improve functions of the brain such as learning and memory. It is also associated with up regulation of feel-good neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin. 3,5
Translation: Hit up the treadmill or gym and you will remember your second cousins boyfriend’s name at the family reunion this year. Also, you will be feeling so good from all that dopamine and serotonin that you won’t have to leave early because of annoying Uncle Steve.
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1)Hossein-nezhad, A., Spira, A., &Holick, M. F. (2013). Influence of Vitamin D Status and Vitamin D3 Supplementation on Genome Wide Expression of White Blood Cells: A Randomized Double-Blind Clinical Trial. PloS one, 8(3), e58725.
2) Lui, X. J., Yuan, L., Yang, D., Han, W. N., Li, Q. S., Yang, W., …& Qi, J. S. (2013). Melatonin protects against amyloid-β‐induced impairments of hippocampal LTP and spatial learning in rats. Synapse, 000-000.
3)Lin, T. W., &Kuo, Y. M. (2013). Exercise Benefits Brain Function: The Monoamine Connection. Brain Sciences, 3(1), 39-53.
4) Long, S. J., & Benton, D. (2013). Effects of Vitamin and Mineral Supplementation on Stress, Mild Psychiatric Symptoms, and Mood in Nonclinical Samples: A Meta-Analysis. Psychosomatic medicine, 75(2), 144-153.3)Lin, T. W., &Kuo, Y. M. (2013). Exercise Benefits Brain Function: The Monoamine Connection. Brain Sciences, 3(1), 39-53.
5)Meeusen, R. (2013). EXERCISE, NUTRITION & THE BRAIN.Sports Science, 26(112), 1-6.
6) Sarlak, G., Jenwitheesuk, A., Chetsawang, B., &Govitrapong, P. (2013). Effects of Melatonin on Nervous System Aging: Neurogenesis and Neurodegeneration. Journal of pharmacological sciences.
7) Shin, M. S., Ko, I. G., Kim, S. E., Kim, B. K., Kim, T. S., Lee, S. H., … & Lim, B. V. (2013). Treadmill exercise ameliorates symptoms of methimazole-induced hypothyroidism through enhancing neurogenesis and suppressing apoptosis in the hippocampus of rat pups. International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience, 31(3), 214-223.