Issue #39: #1 thing to improve mental health - Heart & Soil Supplements

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Issue #39: #1 thing to improve mental health

Hey Radical Health Seekers 👋 

Coming up in your Radical Health Newsletter this week:

  • The #1 thing that will improve your mental health…
  • Why you should get a houseplant…
  • And meet our Radical Health Hero of the week 👊🏼

But first…

Forbes magazine rails against the carnivore diet

A recent Forbes article, reviewed by an “expert” nutritionist, has cautioned against the carnivore diet…

The main reasons why?

But get this… the article even goes on to say that people risk getting a Vitamin B12 deficiency on a carnivore diet…

Now that makes NO sense… because we all know animal foods are the only natural source of Vitamin B12. 

Even vegans admit that.

Now while a carnivore diet can be a powerful elimination diet to resolve health issues…

We believe an animal-based diet to be superior.

This is because an animal-based diet comes with almost all the same elimination benefits, but still includes the least toxic sources of carbohydrates like fruit, honey and raw milk.

You can read more about the differences between a carnivore and animal-based diet here!

Should you get a houseplant? 🪴

Have you ever bought a houseplant with big ambitions to create an indoor jungle, only to end up with one of two outcomes:

Either it perished quicker than hay in a furnace…

Or you had to watch it slowly die, before finally pitching it half alive into the garbage 7 weeks later?

Well it might be worth giving houseplants another shot…

Because besides looking good (when they aren’t dying), they are also great for our health.

Firstly, they clean the air in your home, by reducing pollutants and increasing humidity…

And since we now spend over 90% (!) of our time indoors…

And since the air in our homes is more polluted than ever

That’s definitely a good thing!

The other reason to get a houseplant is that they are super chiiiiiill…

They can be a form of “horticultural therapy”, providing significant benefits to our mental health…

Yes it’s true. 

In this study, ‘houseplant carers’ reported higher levels of mental well-being compared with ‘non-houseplants carers’.

Houseplants have also been shown to relieve stress by reducing cortisol levels, blood pressure and heart rates.

This actually makes sense, because filling your home with plants is like bringing a little bit of nature inside…

And we all know how incredible nature is.

Although we still suggest getting out into real nature as much as you can too!

Now speaking of mental health…

Exercise is the best medicine for mental health

When it comes to treating mental health conditions like depression, anxiety and distress…

A recent study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine showed exercise to be 1.5x more effective than conventional treatments like medication or therapy.

Now that might seem like an unbelievable statement, but it’s based on considerable data.

Because in coming to their conclusion, the authors reviewed 97 published papers, including 1039 trials and 128,119 participants.

Interestingly enough, they found that higher intensity exercise offered more benefits than low intensity exercise…

And that interventions of 12 weeks or less were most effective, highlighting the speed at which exercise can make a positive change on our mental health.

Now we’re huge fans of exercise here at Heart & Soil… and we’ve always considered it to be an essential component to health… 

But it’s also fantastic to have such a strong study confirm the incredible power of exercise.

By boosting our dopamine and endorphins, exercise can lower our stress levels and give us a feeling of euphoria…

(ever heard of runner’s high?)

And this is something we need now more than ever, because 1 in 5 of us struggle with our mental health. 

Say it with us…

“Exercise is ESSENTIAL for radical health.”

Now like Zoloft or Xanax, exercise also comes with side effects… 

But only the good kind… like improved muscle mass, a healthier and stronger heart, and better sleep.

How many millions of people are currently taking antidepressants or anti-anxiety meds that need to hear this message??

Psychiatric medications are a billion-dollar industry… 

And yes, they might have their place…

But why are they the first line of treatment for anyone seeking help, when a more effective and accessible treatment exists?

Will we ever see a day when doctors prescribe exercise before prescribing medications?

We certainly hope so.

If you’d like to dive a little deeper into the benefits of exercise, be sure to check out this week’s episode of Radical Health Radio:

Radical Health Hero Of The Week 👊🏼

Check out this incredible transformation from Eddie:

He lost 60 lbs and 18% body fat on an animal-based diet 💪🏼

Eddie said:  

“Everything changed when I decided to stop making excuses for myself and take control of my life… I’ve made this a lifestyle and have never felt mentally and physically better!”

Eddie takes the WARRIOR stack and loves a big tomahawk steak!

Would you like to be featured as a Radical Health Hero in a future edition of this newsletter?

Then send us your story! 

If we feature it in the newsletter, we’ll send you a free bottle of your favorite Heart & Soil supplement in appreciation 🙌🏼

>> Go here to submit your story

That’s all from us this weekend 👋🏼

Stay Radical!

The Heart & Soil Team

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