Pain-free in 7 days
Ever notice how when you’re laughing with your friends, you forget about your achy joints? That’s because the same feel-good hormone kick-started by fun (serotonin) relaxes tight muscles and calms overactive pain nerves— cutting the risk of chronic aches by as much as 75%! To shore up your production of this happy painkilling dynamo…
Move for two
Motion is lotion—for your body and for your mind! According to a Canadian research team, exercise revs your brain’s production of feel-good hormones more quickly and effectively than prescription antidepressants—and short bouts of movement are equally as effective as longer jaunts. Aim for two-minute walking breaks every waking hour and that steady trickle of serotonin will lift your mood while cutting your aches and pains by 55% in two weeks!
Enjoy half an avocado daily, and your risk of blue moods, sore muscles and joint pain could plunge 65%, report researchers at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. As Norman E. Rosenthal, M.D., author of Super Mind, explains, thanks goes to two plant compounds (oleic acid and pantothenic acid) that help boost the brain’s production of feel-great serotonin.
Try this herb Bond with one friend
True, it’s the season of big get-togethers, but if you chat with your most supportive friend for 12 minutes daily, your stress, anxiety and blue moods will plunge by 67%. Even better, British studies suggest that a daily oneon-one with a loved one (whether in person or on the phone) produces a massive serotonin surge that quashes pain more effectively than morphine! — Brenda Kearns