3 Powerful Health Habits to Make Happiness Last

health habitsThe pursuit of happiness – why does it always have to be such a pursuit?

One moment of happiness that many of us can relate to is that moment when you buy your first home, or your first car.

You’re excited for all of the new potential these objects will bring you.

For the first couple of weeks and months, it works – you are as happy as you imagined.

But then something peculiar happens – the happiness fades.

Researchers call this “hedonic adaptation” or the “hedonic treadmill”.

Some of Us May Need More Vitamin D Than Others

Vitamin D function is much more than bone and calcium metabolism, it has importance in immune regulation and has been linked to lower risk of cancers and allergic diseases.

Intake of Vitamin D has wide-reaching effects on most body tissue types and may help reduce system-wide inflammation, and promote healthy gut health and immune tolerance (1).

Low levels of vitamin D have been implicated in food allergies, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, systemic sclerosis, type 1 diabetes mellitus, multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel diseases, autoimmune thyroid diseases, and autoimmune gastritis (1; 2).

Vitamin D status sounds like something we should pay attention to, right?

Normal Vitamin D Formation and Activation in the Body

Vitamin D is formed from a reaction triggered by UV light on the skin, and […]

The Untold World of Oxytocin, Stress, and Life Adversity

Oxytocin is not just a “love” or “cuddle” hormone – it is a general anti-stress hormone that may help lower levels of cortisol, reduce blood pressure, and more.

It turns out that oxytocin works alongside stress hormones to help maintain homeostasis during times of stress and inflammation (1; 2).

Textbooks typically refer to oxytocin as a bonding hormone that is released during breastfeeding, or after an orgasm. But there are many other triggers of oxytocin release such as warm temperature and touch, smells, sounds and other social cues (3; 4).

The release of oxytocin is also not limited to just the pituitary gland in the brain; it can be released from the uterus, ovaries, testes, blood vessels, and the heart (