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What is Arthritis & How You Can Manage It?

By |2019-03-05T22:38:04+00:00June 22nd, 2019|Categories: Blog and News, NHIA Blog|Tags: |

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Arthritis is a condition that affects millions of Americans of all ages. This is an ailment in which an individual experiences inflammation of joints. There are several different types of arthritis based on which part of the body is affected along with its cause. The most common types of arthritis are rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.

Symptoms of Arthritis

Since it is an inflammation of joints or affected body parts, the most common symptoms of arthritis are

  • Stiffness
  • Joint pain
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Redness of skin around the affected part (joints)
  • Swollen joints

Causes of Arthritis

Human joints have a cushion named cartilage between joints. It is a connective tissue and is responsible for absorbing the shocks and pressure when you move your joints. A reduction in this connective tissue causes arthritis.

Some of the common causes of arthritis can be

  • Age and normal wear and tear of the connective tissue
  • Accidents affecting your joints
  • An autoimmune disorder where your immunity system attacks the tissue in your joints
  • Weight & Lifestyle
  • Genetic traits like having HLA class II genes


Arthritis is diagnosed with several physical examinations to check the level of fluids in your joints. Certain blood tests like anti-CCP and ANA helps in diagnosing if a patient is suffering from arthritis or not.

Additionally, common methods like X-rays, MRIs, and imaging scans can also be performed to check if the cartilage in the joint is worn out or not.


Once you are diagnosed with arthritis, you can take pain medications suggested by your doctor. Under normal conditions, analgesics, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can help. You can also take immunosuppressants to reduce the inflammation in your joints.

Other methods of treatment are surgery, physical therapy, and major lifestyle changes to cope with arthritis.

Lifestyle Changes You Can Try

Physical activity can be very effective in coping with arthritis. It can not only reduce pain but also improve your mood and prevent other health conditions. Make sure you prepare a routine and follow it based on your arthritis symptoms.

Weight management is another way through which you can cope with arthritis. More weight means you are putting more pressure on your joints. Additionally, when you reduce weight you reduce the risk of other chronic health conditions like diabetes.

Protecting your joints or affected areas are a common way by which you can keep your arthritis in check. If you have had a previous injury, make sure you consult with your physical therapist and choose any low-stress activities to keep them active. Some of the most common ones you can try are biking or swimming.

Final Words

One in every four US citizen suffers from arthritis. While you can control some risk factors, others cannot be controlled and need proper treatment. If you are suffering from arthritis, make sure you take the above-mentioned steps to lead a healthy lifestyle. The healthier you are, the better protected may be from arthritis and other progressive or chronic health conditions.

Rashes & What You Should Know

By |2019-03-05T22:36:05+00:00June 14th, 2019|Categories: Blog and News, NHIA Blog|Tags: |

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A rash is essentially a swelling and itchiness on your skin. It can be caused by different agents and combined with other symptoms like joint pain, nausea or fever, and they can be lethal. This is why you should pay proper attention to the rashes, and treat them when they appear.

Before you treat the rashes, you need to know the cause and symptoms of the most common rashes. Here they are for you.


This is common for kids, as well as adults. In this skin condition, the affected areas turn dry and chapped. It is generally caused in the areas around elbows and knees but can be found in other body parts too.

Rash by Lyme disease

A tick bite causes Lyme disease, and the onset of rashes mark that the person has been affected. It is not painful, but warm and develops in different parts of the body with the emergence of fever.


This is yet another rash that is caused when an organism enters the body. It starts as a rash, then develops to an ulcer, and swells depending on the exposure. Groins and/or armpits are the affected areas in this type of problem.


In the case of hives, you would see pale and red bumps of different sizes on your skin suddenly. It also causes swelling around the eye, the genitals, and the lips. Additionally, you might also experience swelling of the throat, the tongue, and problems with breathing. It is an allergic condition that needs medical attention but is not contagious.

Irritant-Based Rash

This type of rashes is caused when the skin is exposed to some chemical or artificial irritants. It can be soap, skin lotion or even a piece of fabric. It doesn’t cause much problem if the contact agent is removed, although the affected area can remain itchy and swollen for a few hours.

Allergen-Based Rash

It is a rash that is caused when your skin is exposed to something you are allergic to. It can be something normal like a rubber band or even something complex like nickel. For people who suffer from metal allergy, exposure to that specific metal can cause rashes and itching.

Rash Prevention & Treatment

When you are suffering from a rash, it is most likely caused due to physical contact with something. In most of the cases, removing the irritant object or material cures you of the problem. However, in severe cases like eczema, tularemia or a bug-based rash, you might need medical attention.

If you have sensitive skin, you should always apply sunblock lotion when you are moving out. It is the case with allergens. You should cover yourself and try not to expose yourself to the allergic materials. At times anti-irritant skin cream might help you with the rash. Additionally, make sure that you keep your house clean and free from bugs and ticks. Certain ticks are known to cause severe health problems like the Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.


The Top 5 Deadliest Diseases

By |2019-03-05T22:34:13+00:00June 5th, 2019|Categories: Blog and News, NHIA Blog|Tags: |

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When we think about the world’s deadliest diseases we immediately jump to those that are fast-acting and incurable. The ones that get our adrenaline going when we realize we are running out of time, and fast. The sad truth is, many of the deadliest diseases are actually those that progress slowly. In this article, we are going to review the top 5 diseases that have caused the most worldwide deaths, listed by the World Health Organization.

Ischemic heart disease also known as coronary artery disease

The top deadliest disease in the world is CAD, or coronary artery disease. This disease involves the blood vessels around the heart, causing them to become narrowed and thus lessening the blood supply. If left untreated, CAD will lead to chest pain, arrhythmias, and heart failure.

Despite its status as the top deadliest disease, mortality rates have lessened in both the US and many European countries. The main cause for this decline is due to public education, various forms of prevention, and widespread healthcare.

Risk factors for CAD include:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity

CAD can be prevented with proper health and sometimes medication.


Strokes take place when an artery in the brain has been either blocked, or broken. The lack of oxygen causes the brain cells to begin dying in mere minutes. Stroke causes numbness, confusion, with issues walking and seeing. An untreated stroke can result in long-term disability.

Risk factors for stroke include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Smoking
  • African-American race
  • Female gender

Stroke can be prevented with proper health and some medications.

Lower Respiratory Infections

Lower respiratory infections typically involve both the airways and lungs. Common illnesses include:

  • Influenza or flu
  • Pneumonia
  • Bronchitis
  • Tuberculosis

Viruses and bacteria both can cause LRI’s, symptoms include breathlessness, wheezing and a tightness in the chest. If left untreated, LRI’s may lead to lung failure and death.

The best preventative one can take against all respiratory infections is to stay vaccinated, wash hands regularly, and stay home when feeling ill.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, also known as COPD, is typically a lifelong lung disease that progressively gets worse over time and makes breathing difficult. Two types of COPD include chronic bronchitis and emphysema.

Risk factors of COPD

  • Smoking and secondhand smoke
  • Inhaling of lung irritants such as chemical fumes
  • History of respiratory infections

Currently there is no cure for COPD and the progression of this disease can only be slowed by medication.


Trachea, bronchus, and lung cancers

There are a variety of cancers that affect the respiratory system, including cancers of the larynx, bronchus, lungs, and trachea. The most common causes of these cancers include:

  • Smoking and secondhand smoke
  • Environmental toxins
  • House chemicals
  • Household pollutants like molds

Diabetes mellitus

Type 1 and type 2 diabetes affect how the body produces and reacts to insulin. In type 1 diabetes, insulin is unable to be produced, causing those afflicted to have to supplement their insulin through use of pens, pumps, or both. The cause for type 1 diabetes is unknown, as it can affect both children and adults alike.

Type 2 diabetes is when the pancreas either does not produce enough insulin, or the insulin produced is ineffective. Type 2 diabetes has several causes, including an unhealthy diet, obesity, and lack of exercise.


The Difference Between Type 1 & Type 2 Diabetes

By |2019-03-05T22:31:17+00:00May 29th, 2019|Categories: Blog and News, NHIA Blog|Tags: |

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Diabetes is a chronic disease, which impacts the blood sugar level of your body. Glucose is the driving force of your body, which gives you the ability to continue. This is why diabetes is a serious ailment, which needs proper care and treatment.

There are two types of diabetes, namely diabetes type 1 and type 2. So, what’s the difference between type 1 & 2? Patients suffering from type 1 diabetes cannot produce insulin in their body. On the other hand, patients suffering from diabetes type 2 don’t respond to insulin and thus has abnormal blood sugar level. Both are chronic conditions, which can lead to death, if not treated.

Risk Factor or Causes

The causes or risk factors of diabetes type 1 are

  • Age – It is found predominantly in children
  • Family history – People with a sibling or parent suffering from type 1 diabetes are more prone to suffer from the same

The risk factors of type 2 diabetes are

  • Elevated blood sugar levels before diagnosis for a prolonged period
  • Overweight
  • Aged above 45
  • Physically inactive or have belly fat

Diagnosis of Diabetes

The test for determining if a patient is suffering from diabetes or not is a blood test termed as a glycated hemoglobin test. It tests for your blood sugar level over a period of two weeks to two months.


Diabetes is an incurable medical condition. For patients suffering from type 1 diabetes, insulin injection or an insulin pump is a solution, which helps to control the blood sugar level.

As for patients suffering from type 2 diabetes, maintaining a healthy lifestyle along with a balanced diet and regular checks for blood sugar levels is a good treatment. You should also visit your physician to make sure that you are on the right track.

Living With Diabetes

Unlike other health conditions, you can manage diabetes with some help from medical professionals or caregivers. Some of the steps that you can undertake are

  • Eating a balanced diet
  • Having a healthy and regular lifestyle
  • Avoiding smoking and alcohol
  • Consuming enough fluids
  • Exercising
  • Checking your blood sugar level regularly
  • Manage stress levels
  • Take care of yourself and check for any changes in health to identify the onset of other health issues

Support Groups

There are different support groups for people suffering from diabetes, of which you can be a part. You can also be a part of a diabetes education program in your area, helping other people learn about diabetes and ways of controlling it.

This helps when you are away from home or don’t have a permanent caregiver. Speaking with health professionals and making sure that you stay on track is the most effective way in which you can deal with diabetes.

Final Thoughts

If you have health insurance, you might be covered for diabetes, especially if it is diabetes type 2. However, make sure that you speak to your insurance provider, and clear your doubts about the coverage and benefits.

Sugar: Not As Sweet As You Think

By |2019-03-05T22:29:31+00:00May 21st, 2019|Categories: Blog and News, NHIA Blog|Tags: |

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Sugar might taste sweet, but it also causes obesity, and it is not an unknown fact. However, do you know that it also increases the triglyceride level of your body? This is why you should start looking for sugar alternatives if you have a sweet tooth. Moreover, the artificial sweeteners do more harm to your body than natural sugar.

So, the next time you are trying out the pie or even the cake, make sure to ask someone what it contains. Here are some facts about sugar, which might surprise you.

Honey Is Not A Good Alternative

Yes, honey comes from a natural source. However, if you really check the calorie and mineral content, you will notice that it contains more minerals and vitamins than even refined sugar. What’s more, honey is a wee bit more calorific compared to plain old sugar, and you should cut down the carbs.

No Brown Sugar

While brown sugar contains minerals like magnesium, calcium, and potassium that white sugar doesn’t, it comes in really low content. So, you’d have to use a lot of brown sugar in your dishes to actually benefit from it. This would be a problem because the calorific value of brown sugar is the same as white sugar.

Avoid Artificial Sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners might help you curb the increasing weight, but they come with their health hazards. If you love the sweetness of sugar, it is better to try out the actual version than to settle for something similar.

Read the Labels

The question that pops up in everyone’s mind is how do you know which food contains sugar and which doesn’t? Well, the process is easy, just read the label, and you’d know. For example, if the food or the ingredient you are buying contains any of these, you are taking in sugar in a different form

  • Sucrose
  • Fructose
  • Galactose
  • Maltose

What’s more, each time you add in maple syrup in your pancakes or any dishes, you are adding a load of sugar back into your lifestyle, which will require some serious detox.

How To Let Go?

So, how do you let go of the sugar without feeling like you are losing your limb? Well, you incorporate the habit slowly, and then you can see a change in your lifestyle. Here are some pointers to help you out.

Eat A Fruit

Sometimes the tangy taste of fruits helps you reduce sugar cravings. Moreover, fruits are healthy, so you get some added minerals, vitamins and nutrients in your body.

Salad Helps

Instead of going in for a pancake, include a salad in your breakfast regime. If you don’t like to chew it, go and make a smoothie out of it. This will also help you to remain healthy while fighting any sugar cravings.

Final Thoughts

Stopping sugar consumption is not a one-night affair. You need to make conscious changes in your lifestyle repeatedly to see the positive effects. Remember that taking sugar is good only if you take it in limited quantities, rather than trying to let go in one attempt. Having a good health insurance policy will allow you to frequently visit your general practitioner or nutritionist for guided assistance.


Mindfulness: A Lasting Approach to Healthy Eating

By |2019-03-05T22:27:39+00:00May 12th, 2019|Categories: Blog and News, NHIA Blog|Tags: |

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In the past few years, fad dieting, diet pills, and other unhealthy habits have been on the rise, and thinness has replaced healthiness as the key goal. Eating and being healthy is not about weight loss and eating less; it is about eating more of the right stuff!

Fad diets will allow you to drop weight fast, but they are unhealthy and the weight, more often than not, comes back quickly. It’s never too late to start a new resolution and begin forming healthy long-lasting habits! If you are interested in ditching fad dieting and unhealthy practices for a more mindful and healthier lifestyle, here are three steps for a lasting approach.

Eat More, Not Less

When you think about healthy eating, you probably think about cutting out sugar, carbs, and other foods. You probably don’t think about eating more, but you should! Skipping meals and cutting out certain foods can be very unhealthy, especially if you do so without consulting a certified nutritionist first.

Your body is composed of billions of cells that require certain nutrients to survive; when you haphazardly cut out food, you risk starving your cells of what they need. Instead of cutting out food, you should focus more on eating the food your body needs. This includes fruits, vegetables, protein, and healthy carbs.

Say Yes to Carbs

As we mentioned in the first step, your body needs certain nutrients to survive. Carbs are included. Usually, with fad diets, the first things to go are carbs, yet our body depends on them.

Carbs are one of the main sources of energy in our bodies, so, without them, we may feel weak or sluggish. The most important thing to understand is the difference between good and bad carbs.

Bad carbs are highly processed and have been stripped of all nutritional value. They are quickly absorbed by our bodily systems and can cause blood sugar spikes and other issues. Bad carbs include foods like French fries, white bread, and white rice. Good carbs are the exact opposite, and we can reap an abundance of benefits from them. Good carbs include foods like whole grain bread, brown rice, and different fruits and vegetables.

Consult a Certified Nutritionist

Just like with any health plan, you should consult a professional before changing your diets. Most nutritionists accept insurance, so you can set up an appointment today.

Your chosen nutritionist will be able to check your current blood sugar and cholesterol, allowing them to formulate the perfect diet for you. Certified nutritionists have the education and the training to know the best way to keep your body healthy and functioning properly.

If weight loss is your ultimate goal, they can also assist you in creating a plan to help you lose weight without the health hazards of fad dieting, food restriction, and other nonhealthy food habits that often advertised in today’s society. Setting up a consultation with a certified nutritionist can be the best way to jump-start your new healthy and mindful eating.

How To Choose A Health Insurance Policy?

By |2019-03-05T22:25:53+00:00May 5th, 2019|Categories: Blog and News, NHIA Blog|Tags: |

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Choosing a proper health insurance policy can be intimidating and quite tricky, especially if you don’t have professional guidance. However, there are specific terms that you should know, which can ease the process of choosing.

Different types of plans are available in the market to help different kinds of people. While some plans restrict your choices by providing you with a list of medical institutions you can go to, others provide lump sum money whenever you are ill. Here are some pointers to help you choose the correct health insurance policy.

Know The Correct Category

Before you start choosing your health insurance policy, you should know about different marketplace plans. There are four tiers of plans available – namely platinum, gold, silver, and bronze. In each of these tiers, you can get either of the following types of policy

  • Executive provider organization where you are covered only if you use the doctors and medical institutions laid out in the plan
  • Health maintenance organization, which limits doctors, and won’t include anything outside of their network
  • Point of service, where you are paid a portion of the charges for any doctor or institution you choose for treatment
  • Preferred provider organization where a percentage of the fees are paid only if you use the pre-approved system and doctors


Well, just knowing about the types of insurance policies won’t do. You need to pay the premium, and that will depend on your monthly earnings and savings. Before you choose a plan, make sure you research about the monthly premium when you need medical and service and when you don’t. Additionally, there would be other charges, which are not part of the premium. You should also consider the percentage you will be paying out of your pockets if you are ill.

Network Types

Based on your budget and your health condition, you need to choose the correct network and types of policy. For example, if you are suffering from conditions like diabetes, you would need access to medical facilities pretty much everywhere you travel. So, choosing a plan that limits doctors and medical facilities, won’t be a good choice in this case.

Catastrophic Plans

Another type of health insurance plan that you should be aware of is the catastrophic health insurance policy. Only people who are below 30 years of age or affordability or hardship exemption can apply for this. While the premiums are low in this case, you cannot apply for a tax credit with this type of plan. Additionally, the deductibles on this type of plan are higher than normal. On the plus side, they cover a couple of preventive services without additional costs and allow three primary care visits annually.

Final Thoughts

If you are confused about choosing a health insurance policy, you can always consult your agent. Additionally, you can also use National Health Insurance Agencies Inc, who offer you a free consultation. With professional advice available around you, all you need to do is book a call, and clear your doubts!


Cancer: What is it, Causes, and Treatments

By |2019-03-05T22:23:46+00:00April 28th, 2019|Categories: Blog and News, NHIA Blog|Tags: |

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Cancer is an often terminal disease that affects millions of people. According to a 2018 report from the American Cancer Society, 2016 saw an estimated 15.5 million individuals with a history of cancer. Cancer not only affects the individual but family and friends alike. It has brought about numerous fundraisers in a search for a cure, though so far none has been found. In this article, we are going to examine cancer and how it affects the human body.


What Is Cancer?

The term cancer is an umbrella term that describes a multitude of diseases that result in a cellular change that causes uncontrollable growth and cell division. Some cancer types may cause rapid cell growth, others may cause cells to not only grow but divide at a slower rate.

Some cancers appear as visible growths such as skin lesions or tumors. Other cancers are considered ‘invisible diseases’ such as leukemia where there are not any outward signs of the disease. In the natural lifespan of a body’s cell, it serves its purpose and then receives the order that it is time to pass away and be replaced by a fresh cell. Unfortunately, cancerous cells do not contain the components that cause them to die and instead they keep dividing and growing. The end result sees cancer cells building up in the body and taking both oxygen and nutrients that would typically nourish other cells.

Cancerous cells can harm the body in a multitude of ways. Including the formation of tumors, attack, and impairment of the immune system and even changes that affect normal bodily functions. The spread of cancer may be generalized to a specific area, or throughout the body via the lymph nodes.


What Causes Cancer?

There is a multitude of causes in relation to cancer. Some of which are preventable. Risk factors of cancer include:

  • Smoking and secondhand smoke
  • Heavy alcohol consumption
  • Obesity
  • Poor nutrition
  • Excessive UV exposure

Aside from these preventative techniques, cancer can also be caused by a number of unpreventable factors, such as age and family history, or genetics.

A person’s genetic code tells their cells when to divide and expire. Changes in the genes can lead to faulty instructions, and cancer can result.

Cancer Treatments

There are numerous treatment options for cancer today. Depending on the type of cancer, the spread of the disease, and the cancers stage will determine what course of treatment is taken.

The most common cancer treatments include:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation treatment
  • Hormone therapy
  • Immunotherapy
  • Precision medication
  • Surgery

Typically doctors will implement more than one type of treatment to ensure the highest probability of success. While cancer takes the lives of millions of individuals around the world each day, many have managed to survive with today’s modern medicine, and continue to live without relapse. Unfortunately, some cancers do relapse and return to the body, causing additional heartache and the requirement of continued treatment. The individuals here at National Health Insurance want to ensure you and your family receive top quality care with your provider.

An Overview of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

By |2019-03-05T22:24:17+00:00April 21st, 2019|Categories: Blog and News, NHIA Blog|Tags: |

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COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a progressive disease that makes it hard to breathe due to lung damage, inflammation, or overproduction of mucus. 16 million people are currently diagnosed with COPD, and it is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. While there is no cure, making lifestyle changes and receiving treatments can help slow the progress of the disease, and provide some comfort to those suffering from COPD.


What Causes COPD?

When you breathe in, oxygen flows through the airways in your lungs into delicate, stretchy air sacs called alveoli. The oxygen is then transferred into blood vessels around the alveoli and sent to vital organs around the body.

Lungs that have been damaged by COPD can develop two conditions that make breathing more difficult. Chronic bronchitis causes the airways to become inflamed and clogged with mucus. With emphysema, the delicate air sacs lose their stretchiness and rupture, forming larger air sacs that are unable to hold as much oxygen.

In the United States, smoking is the main cause of COPD. Long term exposure to lung irritants like air pollution, chemical fumes, and secondhand smoke, is also a risk factor. A genetic condition called alpha-1 antitypsin deficiency might cause COPD, but that is very rare.


Common Symptoms of COPD

COPD is most commonly diagnosed in middle-aged adults. Most of the symptoms are similar to other respiratory conditions, which can make them harder to diagnose.

Common symptoms include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Tightness of the chest
  • An ongoing dry or wet cough
  • Wheezing or whistling when you breathe

These symptoms will worsen as the lungs become more damaged. Severe symptoms that may require treatment at a hospital include losing weight and muscle endurance, not being able to catch your breath or even talk, a very rapid heartbeat, or your lips or fingertips turning blue or gray.


Treating and Care for COPD

The best way to prevent or slow the symptoms of COPD is to avoid lung irritants. Air pollution and chemical fumes should be avoided whenever possible. If you are a smoker and have been diagnosed with COPD, quit smoking immediately. If you find it hard to quit on your own, consider joining a support group. Your doctor can provide products and point you to programs that can make quitting easier.

COPD isn’t contagious and there is no cure. But there are ways to manage your symptoms so you can live better. First, talk with your doctor about what treatment is right for you, how to prepare for emergencies, and which diseases you could have an increased risk for.

Develop an emotional support team. Let your friends or family know how you feel. You could even join a support group to see how other people cope with living with COPD. Find simpler ways to do daily tasks, and ask for help to make things in your house more accessible. Make sure to follow a meal plan that will get you the right amount of nutrients every day. By sticking to your treatment and making these lifestyle changes, you can stay more active and feel better.

6 Ways to Boost Your Mood With Food

By |2019-03-05T22:18:36+00:00April 5th, 2019|Categories: Blog and News, NHIA Blog|Tags: |

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It’s no secret that food can really give our moods a boost. The stereotypes of eating chocolates or sweets when upset exist for a reason. Sugary sweets can be immensely satisfying, however, the following blood sugar crashing tends to lead to irritability, making sweets a not so great option when looking for food that provides mood-boosting effects. For a healthier and happier you, let’s review some foods that just may help boost your mood.


Omega-3 Fatty Acid Rich Foods

You’re probably thinking “fish” when you read Omega-3 fatty acids, and you’d be correct. There are many types of fish that contain great amounts of omega-3’s including Alaskan salmon, sardines, and mackerels. However, if you’re not a big fish fan, there are other foods as well that contain omega-3’s, such as walnuts. The same goes for various cooking oils such as canola oil.


Probiotics Are Great For Your Mind

You may be surprised to learn that the consumption of probiotic foods is not just good for your digestive system, but your mind as well! Yogurts are the best for probiotic packed goodness, also try some kefir, sauerkraut, Korean kimchi, buttermilk, and pickled vegetables.


Whole Grains For Goodness

A good rule of thumb when looking at whole grains is for every 5 grams of carbs there should be a minimum of one 1 gram of dietary fiber. So foods like steel-cut oatmeal, brown rice, millet, and wild rice are good go-to options.


Breakfast Really Is The Most Important Meal Of The Day

We’ve always been told about the importance of a healthy and nutritious breakfast every day, and for good reason! Eating a healthy and delicious breakfast is not just a great start to your day, but helps battle depression and set the right metabolism for the day.

 Some good foods to consider when looking at your breakfast options include foods that are right in good fats, nutrients, and fiber. Oatmeal is a great source of fiber, add in some delicious fruits such as apples, along with some nuts like pecans or walnuts and you have a well-balanced meal to set you up for a fantastic day.

Leafy Green Vegetables

We all love a good salad, so next time you’re munching away try to avoid the iceberg lettuce and load up on greens containing the B vitamin folate. Some great salad options with folate include Spinach, avocados, broccoli, turnip greens, okra, and artichokes. Aside from salad greens, there is plenty of folate in beans and lentils.


Moderate Your Caffeine Intake

You had to know this one was coming! While caffeine has a tendency to cause the brain to release helpful chemicals such as dopamine, it can also have some adverse effects including making you jittery, irritable, sleepless and at times irritable.


Final Thoughts

Making lifelong dietary changes doesn’t have to be huge, it can be easily done in smaller increments over time. With these minor meal adjustments, you may just find yourself feeling happier and healthier.

If you suffer from depression or anxiety, be sure to contact your doctor. It’s never too late to seek help from your health care provider.

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