Links I Like

Hello, gentle readers. Here’s a little link goodness to help inspire you to be healthier on this fine Thursday:

  • Depressed? Put down that burger and fries! No, I’m not making light of depression, a serious health condition that affects both mind and body. New research has found that eating foods high in trans fats and saturated fats can increase your risk of depression. This isn’t the first study that’s found a link between depression and junk food, either. Just one more reason to avoid or seriously limit these kinds of foods if you want to be optimally healthy.
  • Our life expectancy here in the U.S. isn’t a high as it should be. Why? Smoking and obesity. Just having read a detailed description in my biochemistry textbook about how smoking contributes to buildup of plaques in our arteries, I don’t doubt this for a minute. For the love of whomever, if you smoke, find a way to stop! Seriously!
  • Ladies, if you want to reduce your risk of breast cancer, you need to get moving. There are certain risk factors that we have no control over (like genetics), but a German study has found that of all the risk factors that we do have control over (modifiable risk factors), hormone replacement therapy and lack of physical activity do the most to put us at risk.
  • Here’s a weight loss aid for you: Ruin your appetite by reading about how one school employee ate 162 school lunches and lived to tell about it (blogging along the way).
  • Do you regularly eat while watching TV? Were you planning to buy bigger pants? No? Well, odds are you’ll need to.

Happy healthy reading!