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The more we find out about the intricate workings of the human body, the more we discover how much influence the mind has on our health. In fact, the mind can aid good health and healing.

Several studies have shown that people who are smiling, happy and jovial have more effective immune systems than those who are glum. Another study showed that people that are angry, bitter or frustrated have higher incidences of heart disease and heart attacks then those who are generally happy.

But not everyone can go through life with a smile on the face all the time. Actually, many people seldom feel happy enough to smile. I know that developing and maintaining positive attitude isn’t easy. I often have tough days too. I’ve found that if I sit in my office for a little while, smile, close my eyes, do some deep breathing and some relaxation, I can restore a positive mental attitude. In your quest for a better health, use your mind to set the tone for your entire body. Improving your attitude and your outlook can be your first steps toward feeling better in every way.

Dietary supplements can also help you maintain a positive attitude. Take SAMe (s-adenosyl methionine) for instance. European doctors have prescribed SAMe for a long time to support emotional wellness. The body manufactures SAMe from methionine, an amino acid found in protein-rich foods, and adenosine triphosphate, an energy-producing compound found in all of the body’s cells. Among other things, SAMe contributes to the formation of key compounds in the brain, including the neurotransmitter dopamine and the mood-enhancer serotonin.

For the past decade, St. John’s Wort has been one of the most popular herbal supplements for supporting emotional well-being. With the explosion of interest in St. John’s Wort, numerous studies have been published in journals such as the British Medical Journal and the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology providing the positive-attitude-supporting power of the herb.

Another herb that has a long history of use is Bacopa Monnieri. Used of thousands of years in the Ayurvedic tradition of medicine, this memory-enhancing herb supports mental acuity and promotes concentration. Bacopa Monnieri is rich in bacosides, powerful phytonutrients that enhance the activity of vital neurotransmitters.

Speaking of neurotransmitters, 5-http (5-hydroxytryptophan) is a naturally-derived neurotransmitter that is great for supplementation. It supports overall well-being by promoting healthy levels of serotonin in the body. Serotonin helps regulate mood and healthy sleep patterns. I have only touched on a few supplements that promote emotional wellness. There are more, like the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, but I am running out of room for discussion. I just want you to know that there is support out there that can help you brighten up your day.

And remember to smile as often as possible.


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