Can Botox Help Depression? New Study Suggests It Can

A new study in Scientific Reports suggests that subjects that received Botox injections for some specific conditions reported depression less often than those subjects who did not receive Botox for similar conditions.

Professionals giving Botox injections have anecdotally reported eased depression in patients for years though until now no formal study had been performed.

The author of the study stated that it was previously thought easing severe frown lines from the forehead interrupts a feedback loop that encourages negative emotions. The study found that this mechanism could be more complex as the location of the injection doesn’t seem to matter.

Other treatment sites included the neck and limbs. Researchers employed a learning algorithm to find substantial statistical differences between subjects who used Botox and those who didn’t for the same condition.

Researchers saw that depression was reported 40% to 88% less often by Botox using patients for 6 of the 8 conditions and injection sites.

More research is needed to know why Botox might be an antidepressant.

Another Reason to Do Yard Work

According to new research homeowners may have a new reason to get out and mow the lawn or pull those weeds. The new research shows that homeowners burn a substantial number of calories every year just by doing yard work and other home projects. Amid the pandemic, this might be a good way for some to work off weight put on during shelter-at-home mandates.

According to one report from Southwest News Service, on average, homeowners burn some eighty thousand calories—that’s right 80,000—every year by doing DIY projects and gardening.

A new study states that while many people don’t see lawn care as exercise a year’s worth of exercise could offset the caloric intake of eating over 300 Big Macs.

The study was conducted for Draper Tools by OnePoll and surveyed 2,000 homeowners. They spent 165 hours a year maintain or fixing up their homes.

As long as these activities are consistent, they can help people burn lots of extra calories in a year.

Mowing the lawn, 4,100 calories
Serious gardening (harvesting, weeding, spreading compost), 3,100 calories
Weeding, 6, 300 calories.

So put on those gardening gloves and that sun hat and get to work!

The One Long-Term Detox Some Health Experts Recommend

Detoxes, fasting, juicing, cleansing—all popular diet trends people take up to lose weight or otherwise improve their health. These are all temporary measures meant to kick-off a healthier lifestyle and not intended as long-term solutions.

However, there is one detox that is considered sustainable by some experts—a sugar detox. Permanent abstinence from sugar can help people lose weight, generally improve their health and perhaps even create more radiant skin.

People can have a real dependency on sugar. When we consume sugar we get “feel good” chemicals from our brain. Some experts even believe a percentage of the population have a real addiction to sugar because of this reward response in the brain.

The problem with sugar isn’t so much cake, cookies and ice cream but all the hidden sugar in everyday foods we eat. Salad dressing, breads, and pre-made sauces of all kinds can have quite a bit of sugar that we can’t even taste because we are so used to consuming it.
Detoxing from sugar has the benefit of readjusting our sense of taste allowing us to enjoy natural sugars which will help stay our cravings for things that are loaded with it in the future.

If you are wanting to try a sugar detox you are going to have to start reading labels. In the beginning though you may even want to cut out fruit and higher sugar vegetables.

As always, it is recommended that even a an average, healthy person check with their doctor before trying an kind of “extreme” diet change.

How to Start Cooking at Home for Health and Fun

Cooking at home is ideal. It gives you complete control of what you eat. The general wisdom is that cooking at home is healthier and that people typically consume less calories than when they eat out or get takeout. And if anyone in the family has special dietary needs it is much easier to build a collection of recipes you make yourself rather than relying on restaurants that will have to modify theirs to (maybe) fit your needs.

Cooking at home allows you to avoid processed food items from the middle of the grocery store and use instead fresh, seasonal ingredients. Many processed foods and restaurant dishes will contain extra sodium, sugar and/or fat.

If starting from scratch, there are several things you’ll need to do to get started. Gathering recipes, getting basic cooking tools, deciding how often during the week you’ll cook are all good ideas. If you don’t cook at all, don’t jump in headfirst. Start out cooking once a week. After a few weeks increase it to two days. You might consider trying to cook on your days off to avoid stress and to decrease the chance you’ll get frustrated and dial out for pizza.

Basic equipment should include: a decent sized cutting board; a good, sharp chef’s knife; a large saucepan with lid; a spatula and cooking spoon; a large nonstick skillet. With these tools you’ll be able to tackle many basic recipes.

You’ll also want some ingredient basics like salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder, cooking oil (pay attention to nutrition and smoke temperatures to find the best one for you) olive oil is a good start. Keep some basic canned goods and frozen veggies around.

When picking recipes start simple! As you learn you can try more complex recipes The fewer ingredients typically the easier the recipe. Don’t be embarrassed by starting by pan cooking or baking some chicken breast and preparing a fresh vegetable with a salad. If you’ve never cooked before something simple like this is a good way to get your feet wet.





Yogurt is the New “Super Food” to Fight Colds Next Season, Here is Why

If you are looking for next winter’s “super food” to help reduce to cold symptoms, some experts are pointing towards an old friend and not some new fruit or root found deep in a foreign forest.

Yogurt could be a great pick when it comes to foods that help fight the common cold or basic flu.

For one, yogurt contains the well-known immune booster, zinc. Research has demonstrated that zinc can reduce the duration of cold symptoms. You should know though that the benefits of zinc start at about 75mg and the average yogurt contains only about 2 mg of zinc in 8oz of yogurt.

Many of you won’t want to hear this because carbs are the new enemy when it comes to diets and health. However, carbs will help provide the energy your body needs to recover from a cold. A new study funded by the National Dairy Council found that women who ate yogurt everyday for nine weeks reduced inflammatory markers in their blood. So, yogurt could have anti inflammatory properties that could help cold symptoms.

Most doctors would probably agree that we should never rely on just one food item to help fight a cold. However, yogurt seems to be a good choice. It is easy to eat if you have a sore throat. Yogurt is a good choice for its texture and nutritional value like, zinc, vitamin D and calcium but it isn’t a one and done remedy.

To enhance yogurt’s effectiveness choose a lower fat, lower sugar yogurt in w/o flavor or fruit and add berries yourself, which have lots of antioxidants and vitamin C.