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The Impact of Anxiety and Depression on How Long You’ll Live

Many people look at mental health issues like anxiety and depression as if they’re temporary inconveniences that will simply go away. However, these “inconveniences” can severely affect your health, as well as cause you to develop unhealthy habits that’ll cascade and adversely affect your health. 

 

Recently, Dr. David Spiegel of Stanford University concluded in his research that, “The brain is intimately connected to the body and the body to the brain… The body tends to react to mental stress as if it was a physical stress.” Additionally, mental illness can lead directly to physical illness like ​​asthma, eyesight issues, hypertension, cardiovascular problems, respiratory problems, and gastrointestinal problems.

 

A study published in BioMedCentral links poor physical fitness, specifically cardiorespiratory fitness and grip strength, to common mental disorders, specifically anxiety and depression. After a 7-year long study, they found that individuals with the lowest level of physical fitness had nearly double the odds of developing depression and 1.5 times as likely to develop anxiety. The study concluded that it’d be a good idea to incorporate a combination of aerobic and resistance strategies into public health strategies. 

Now, this doesn’t mean you need to go to the gym and throw around double your bodyweight on the squat rack or run miles a day. All this means is that if you’re able to go out and physically move around every day, then you’re positioning yourself for a healthier future. The American Heart Association recommends being physically active for 2.5 hours a week for an adult. Shockingly, they also say that only 1 in 5 adults actually reach this amount of physical activity a week. 

It is never too early to start getting your life in order to live a long, healthy life. You can try out our supplements to help keep you healthy and have a balanced set of nutrients and vitamins with BodyK’s Active B Trio supplement or with Micellized Vitamin A supplement for immune support. Another service we have available here at BodyK is our Wellness Coaching which will provide you with different ways to improve your health after a brief consult. 

 

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