Nutrition Health Review

Summer 2017

Nutrition Health Review provides consumers updates on the latest medical research, news, trends, and products in nutrition and healthy living.

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Summer 2017 • Volume 116 9 take time Off and Turn Your health Back On A Guide to Staying Healthy and Stress-free While on Vacation time to A s humans, we need rest just as much as we need food and water. However, while the need for food and water obviously cannot be ignored for long without some seriously detrimental consequences, adequate rest is something most people are guilty of ignoring to an unhealthy degree. According to the National Sleep Foundation, 1 adults aged 26 to 64 years of age need 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night in order to maintain optimal physical and mental health; however, a Gallup poll in 2013 reported that 40 percent of Americans get less than seven hours per night. And sleep deprivation and stress go hand in hand. In fact, the more sleep deprived we are, the less efficient we become at dealing with stress. 3 According to the recently released survey on stress by the American Psychological Association, 2 Americans are reporting the highest levels of stress ever in the report's 10-year history. Sounds like we all could use a vacation. dO We ReALLY Need tO tAKe VACAtIOns? Research shows that vacations have many positive benefits on health and well-being. 5 A study in 2000 observed the vacation habits of middle-aged men with a high risk of coronary heart disease. The researchers discovered that among these men, those who took vacations more frequently had a lower risk of heart disease than those who didn't. 9 And a 2005 study examined the effects vacations had on depression among women. The investigators by Julia e. eckert and elizabeth A. Klumpp

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