The powers the mind yields cannot be overlooked. Phenomena such as the placebo effect or the Pygmalion effect are baffling, to say the least. Studies have now shown that having a positive outlook on life has an impressive impact on mental and physical health. People who stay optimistic in the course of their lives, even when faced with despair, achieve more and live longer lives than pessimistic people. They are even better suited to survive chronic life-threatening diseases such as cancer and have a superior quality of life. So, let’s take a look at how optimism affects your health and life.
Stress is how your body reacts to mental and emotional pressure. Stress can act as a motivator to achieve certain expectations. However, when the stress is not managed, it is detrimental to your health and well-being. There are many health conditions associated with stress such as high blood pressure, heart complications, insomnia, fertility problems and the list goes on. Optimistic people are able to properly manage stress and avoid its effects.
Improved Social Life
We are social animals. We all love to hang-out with that one person who is always in a good mood and always lightens up the crowd he/she engages with. Such a person is usually optimistic and is able to make many social connections. Having a good relationship with other people has many advantages in the long-run.
Improved Immune System
Research has shown that there is a correlation between optimism and the strength of the immune system. When optimism is high, cell-mediated immunity response is strengthened and vice versa. A strong immune system equals a healthier life.
Optimistic people are usually self-motivated. They believe in themselves and in their abilities. When one is motivated, he/she is determined to execute duties to the best of their abilities. Pessimistic people are usually less motivated to perform productively.
We are all bound to have some low moments in our lives. However, how we handle those moments can make or break us. For the sake of our health and wellbeing, it is our responsibility to remain positive always and have hope that better things are yet to come.
The placebo effect is the response from a person from an intervention, for example, a tablet, that contains no active ingredients but elicits a perceived response within the body. A placebo pill typically contains substances such as starch, saline or sugar.
In research, studies often use two groups of patients, one that receives a real medication, with the other receiving the placebo. These sets of patients do not know which group receives what pill. The effects are then measured. The patients receiving real medicine may show side effects or other beneficial or negative responses that could be linked to the medication. Those in the placebo group may also show responses, however, as they have not received the real medication, these responses are known as the ‘placebo effect’.
The placebo effect links the mind and body of patients. If a person believes the tablet they take will help them, then their body may show positive changes. This cannot be linked to a medication, as the pills they receive contains no actual medicine. It is believed that the placebo effect works due to the thoughts and feelings of the patient resulting in physical changes within the body. If a patient believes they are receiving a treatment, then their body makes physiological changes to reinforce that belief.
The placebo effect is most commonly synonymous with research studies. Studies, whereby patients are randomised into either the treatment or the placebo group, are designed to try and find whether there are significant clinical differences between the medication, compared to the placebo. For a medication to be considered beneficial, it must have more positive outcomes than the placebo group.
Lack of omega-3 fatty acids could be the reason your health has been failing. For your diet to improve, it must contain high omega-3 fatty acids. A diet that has fish is a healthy diet too. Fish are a huge bank of omega-3 fatty acids. Salmon, the pink or peach-coloured flaky fish has been declared a nutritional wonder among the different types of fish. Salmon has a strong olfactory retention. They are born in fresh water; navigate to the open sea and return to spawn in their birthplace. It is the homing mechanism that makes them an excellent food source.
Salmon may not be a fat-burning agent, but its strength lies as a rich source of lean protein which aptly fits into the healthy diet program when taken twice or thrice in a week. But also, do not forget mackerel, tuna and sardines are also good sources of omega-3 fatty acids.
Vegetable oils such as soybean oil, safflower, and corn oil are a source of low polyunsaturated fatty acids. You are therefore advised to use olive oil in cooking and as a seasoning in the salad. Research points that a diet rich in olive oil plays a major function in the prevention of heart disease, some types of cancers, obesity, dementia, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s disease.
The importance of whole grains in a meal cannot be overemphasized. They are low in calories and high in fibre. This helps increase the stomach’s sensation of fullness. But even then omega-fatty acids should never lack in your diet.