What’s Affecting Your Concentration?

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Do you find yourself struggling to focus on the task at hand, whether you’re at work or at home? Do you sometimes zone out and find it difficult to complete even the simplest of tasks?

If you answered yes to the above, chances are you suffer from a severe lack of concentration.

There are number of factors that can affect your ability to focus, including your lifestyle, your diet and your temperament. Let’s take a look at these issues in more detail below, and explain how best to remedy them.

Sleep Deprivation

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According to recent studies, over a quarter of the United States population do not get the recommended 7 to 8 hours of sleep, and on top of that, almost 10% experience chronic insomnia.

Sleep deprivation can be caused by a number of factors, including prolonged stress, illnesses, personal issues and food intake. Whatever the reason, not getting enough sleep at night can have disastrous consequences on your ability to concentrate the next day.

If your body hasn’t been properly rested the night before, you may also find yourself dozing off much easier the next day; fighting to stay awake whilst trying to carry out everyday actions. This of course means your mind will be more focussed on keeping you awake instead of what’s actually going on in front of you, and can cause you to become distracted whilst writing, working or even driving.

On average, adults require 7-8 hours of sleep a night, although this is rarely feasible given the hustle and bustle of modern day living. If you’re having problems sleeping, bioregulators like Endoluten can help normalise sleep patterns by regulating the release of melatonin. A healthy intake of vitamin D, through supplements like D3 5000 UI, can also help reduce the effects of fatigue.

Stress

The everyday stresses of adult life can put an enormous strain on your mind, and with all the responsibilities piling up, these pressures can cause majorly unwanted distractions.

Small bursts of anxiety, known as episodes of acute stress, can actually have a positive effect on your actions. In some cases they can significantly stimulate your thought process, helping you to focus on exactly what is needed and efficiently complete the task at hand. However, long-term or severe worries can send your thoughts into a frenzy, particularly as you concern yourself with other issues instead of those that require your immediate attention.

To help alleviate the symptoms of stress, you can use natural anti-anxiety supplements like Galamate B6 to help improve your mental clarity.

Grief

Mourning the loss of someone close to you, or a prolonged case of intense despair, can have a hugely negative impact on your daily activities, as well as having a number of negative implications on the way you think, feel and act.

Grief is a perfectly natural response, and a healthy coping mechanism, when dealing with loss, but with your brain and body so overcome with sadness, your mental coordination can be thrown into disarray.

This can cause your concentration to slip, your memory to become distorted and your sleeping pattern to be interrupted. Luckily, grief will naturally alleviate itself over time, as soon as your body and mind are ready. This process can aided in many different ways, including through surrounding yourself with loved ones, speaking to a counsellor or by taking up new hobbies.

You can also take Gerovital supplements such as GH3Pro alongside to help reduce the stresses caused by grieving and alleviate sadness.

Your Diet

Believe it or not, the food you consume can also have a detrimental effect on your concentration. Large doses of E-numbers, caffeine, artificial sweeteners and sugar, although good for short bursts of energy, can leave you feeling restless, hyperactive and irritable.

A healthy diet, comprising of all the main food groups (including a healthy amount of sugars) will help keep your body running properly, and in turn increase your levels of concentration. For more information on living a healthy lifestyle, why not take a look at our fantastic infographic on the secrets to living longer .

Your Surroundings

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Your location can have a huge effect on your attention. If you’re in a noisy spot, surrounded by people, there may be too many distractions for you to focus properly. Alternatively, even if you’re in the solace of your own room, little things such as having the TV on in the background, or listening to music, can be major distractions.

Of course this all depends on your temperament and working style. Some people are actually more efficient when listening to music. It’s worth trying out different ways of working before you settle with a style that best suits you.

Those are the top five factors which can have the biggest impact on your attentiveness, but let us know if there’s anything that you find particularly distracting in the comments section below.

Antiaging Nutrition stock a wide range of supplements and vitamins to help ease anxiety and regulate bodily functions, visit our online store.

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The Hidden Dangers Of Stress

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Life can get pretty darn hectic at times. In between balancing work, family and a social life, you’ve also got to manage your budget and look after your body. With all these responsibilities weighing you down, it’s not surprising that stress and anxiety disorders are the most widespread mental illnesses in America, affecting 40 million adults over the age of 18, which is almost 18% of the entire US population (Source: ADAA). With May being both Mental Health Awareness and National High Blood Pressure Education month, there’s never been a better time to look at how a stressful lifestyle can affect your health. Here at Antiaging Nutrition, we want to highlight what being stressed actually does to your body, and offer advice to help combat anxiety. Whilst small amounts of stress can help you achieve great results, if your body is overloaded with anxiety it can cause long term issues. Let’s look at some of symptoms and illnesses associated with stressful living:

Memory Problems

Stressed Woman Becoming overstressed can affect your ability to store and recall certain memories. The hormones that your body releases when it becomes stressed can interfere with the way that our brains encode and retrieve information, thus causing memories to be distorted.

Insomnia

With lots on your mind, it can often be difficult to relax and let your body fall asleep. Stress can cause hyperarousal, which upsets your body’s balance between being awake and sleeping, and can often leave you feeling restless. In turn, this chronic lack of sleep can lead to a lack of energy, deprived sex drive and rapid mood swings.

Loss Of Appetite

There are actually two types of stress, acute and chronic stress. The former refers to sudden bursts of stress which are the result of a task or issue requiring immediate attention. The latter refers to long-term stress which builds up over time. Acute stress requires your body to focus all its energy and resources into completing the task at hand, and thus can result in a loss of appetite. On the other hand, when experiencing chronic stress your body will want to reserve resources over time, thus causing you to overeat.

Cardio Vascular Issues

Whilst there is no direct correlation between stress and heart disease, there are consequences to the methods you use to cope with stress. If you resort to drinking, smoking and/or drug use to deal with the effects of anxiety then you may be putting your body at an increased risk of heart attack and diseases.

Shorter Telomeres

Studies from the University College London have found that men with shorter telomeres tend to take longer to recover from stressful situations than men with longer telomeres. This could mean that men with shorter telomeres suffer from symptoms of chronic stress. Telomeres, the strands of DNA that make up our biological structure, shorten over time with age. However, scientists have developed a means to halter this process by activating the enzyme necessary to repair these strands, using a supplement labelled TA65®. For more information on how you can protect your DNA, visit the product page for the TA65® supplement.

Fighting Stress

Unwinding Now that we know the negative impact it can have, what can you do to combat stress? The first step is recognising you have an issue. If you constantly find yourself getting worked up, whether you’re in social situations or alone, it may be wise to visit a consultant. In the meantime, here are several steps you can try to help relieve some pressure and calm your nerves: Change your scenery – moving to a new location, even if it’s just outside for a breath of fresh air, can help you feel less confined. Take deep breaths – close your eyes and take some time to refocus your mind by breathing in and out deeply. Some people also like to use this opportunity to count down in there head, helping them gain control of the situation. Exercise more – exercise releases good endorphins into the body and improves your overall health and wellbeing. Fix your diet – Your mind and body can be kept healthy by consuming a balanced diet and ensuring you’re absorbing enough vitamins and nutrients. Multi-vitamins are a great way to consume all the necessary goodness in one small intake. Meditate – the art of meditation is a great way to clear your head and find inner peace. Those are our top tips for reducing stress, but let us know if there are any particular methods that work for you in the comments section below. Image credits: Image 1 – Bigstock Image 2 – Bigstock Image 3 – Bigstock

The Secrets To Living Longer (Infographic)

Are you looking for a way to stay young, fit and healthy? Whilst we don’t have the directions to the fountain of youth, here at Antiaging Nutrition we do know plenty about living a healthy lifestyle, which as many people know, is the true  secret to longevity.

We collected together some stats, facts and advice in the form of this fantastic infographic, to effortlessly explain exactly how you can unlock the secrets to living longer.

Take a look for yourself below, and feel free to share it with your friends on Facebook and Twitter.

 

For more information on longevity and living a healthy lifestyle, visit www.antiaging-nutrition.com.

Living A Healthy Lifestyle

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Every one of us, at one point or another in our lives, stops to reflect on our lifestyle choices. We ask ourselves questions like – how healthy am I? Do I exercise enough? Should I be sleeping more or less?

It’s no secret that all of us could probably make a few changes to improve our lives and general wellbeing; not just by eating extra vegetables and working out a little bit more, or even cutting out the alcohol, quitting smoking and having a rigid sleeping pattern.

Instead, we should aim for a balanced mix of three vital ingredients – a nutritious diet, solid training regime and positive mental health.

Here at Antiaging Nutrition, we have put together our selection of top tips so that you can lead a much healthier, happier life.

Exercise

First up, yep you guessed it, exercise.

Working out is a great way to set you on your path to a better lifestyle.

Aside from the self-image benefits associated with exercise: weight loss and muscle tone; it also helps your body to properly regulate metabolism, keep your vital organs in tip-top condition and has even been proved by mental health professionals to increase serotonin levels in the brain, which leads to a much clearer, Zen-like outlook on life.

Join A Gym

Your friends and family are doing it, so why not you too? On top of state-of-the-art equipment and new fitness techniques, gyms also house a great social atmosphere that will give you the motivation you need to kick-start your new healthy mantra.

Who said getting fit had to be a solitary task?

Join Classes

If the thought of sticking to a few machines for extended periods of time doesn’t particularly appeal to you, head to your local leisure centre or speak to one of the many personal trainers dotted around your local gym about the workout classes they currently offer.

Whether it’s a 45 minute Zumba session, boxercise or circuit training, one thing’s for certain: It won’t feel like any old linear training routine. You’ll be side-by-side with other like-minded people looking to get fit too. With inspirational, pumping music and a motivational instructor you’ll see the benefits in no time and keep heading back for more.

Take Up A Sport

Remember when you were a kid; sports seemed to be everywhere: Little League, basketball, football – the choices were endless. In adult life it’s a little trickier to find a sport that suits you.

To get you started, try calling up a few friends to get a pick-up game going. Failing that, head on down to your local leisure centre and check out the clubs board to see what weekly activities they have on the go. There might be a game of racquetball, basketball or some obscure sport you might not have heard of. Whatever the case it’s exercise and it will definitely be fun!

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Get Outdoors

If training indoors or playing a sport doesn’t tickle your fancy, head outdoors.

Going for an evening jog in the local park, or a nearby beach of you’re lucky enough, hiking, cycling, or rowing are all great options to help build up your fitness.

Travelling To Work

Tired of sitting in traffic or being squished and squashed on that bus on the way to work? If you live close enough, consider walking or cycling instead. Not only will you get to work on time, you’ll also squeeze in the day’s workout too. Who doesn’t like to kill two birds with one stone?

Balanced Dieting

You know the drill – a balanced diet means that you’re going to need to be a lot more vigilant when you’re out shopping at the supermarket and when it comes to preparing your meals. This doesn’t mean you have to eat nothing but fruit, salad and vegetables; it’s nice to treat ourselves to the occasional burger or slice of pizza every once in a while!

That said, no matter how much exercise you do on a weekly basis, it’s never going to be beneficial if you don’t embrace a balanced diet at home.

Eating Habits

At one point or another, we’ve all had a bad eating habit or two: overeating at certain points of the day, unnecessarily snacking or consuming way too much sugar than we probably should.

Here are a few do’s and don’ts to consider:

Do

  • Eat more salad, fruit and vegetables
  • Eat naturally bright coloured foods
  • Cut down on red meat intake
  • Cook more white meats and fish
  • Drink more water, at least eight glasses each day

Don’t

  • Eat after 6:30pm
  • Emotionally eat, there are other alternatives to cope with stress
  • Consume foods with high carbohydrate or sugar content – remember to keep it balanced

Vitamins & Supplements

Vitamins and supplements are also a great way to underpin your work towards a better lifestyle. Tablets are available to improve your energy levels, metabolism and state of mind.

At Antiaging Nutrition we stock a wide variety of vitamins and nutritional supplements to help you achieve a better, healthier you. Visit our online store to find out more.

Mental Health

While pursuing better eating habits and becoming more active are vital steps to attaining a healthy lifestyle, it is also important to not overlook the significance of your mental health.

Mental health plays a huge part at all stages of life. Here are a few tips to help clear your mind, relieve stress and smile more.

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Keep A Journal

Jotting down and keeping a record of the day-to-day pressures that might be getting to you is a great way to manage stress. Rather than keeping numerous thoughts whizzing around, a million miles per hour in your mind, leave them in the safety of a diary. You can then come back to them at a later date and add in how you feel about them now. What did you do to resolve the situation?

Reflect

Every now and then, take some time to reflect on your life, the decisions you make and the people you associate yourself with. Ask yourself, is my current situation making me happy? If I was looking from the outside at another person’s life with similar problems to me, what would I change?

Be Social

With a 9-5, Monday to Friday job it’s easy to fall into the routine of watching television and doing, well, nothing. At least one night a week, catch up with friends, visit family or go somewhere completely new to you. Get out of your comfort zone! Remember we work to live, not live to work!

That’s it for our selection of tips to live a healthier lifestyle, if you have anything you would like to share, please feel free to leave us a note in the comments section below.

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The Best Workouts In L.A.

With summer looming not more than three months away, it’s time to hit the gym, get back out in the great outdoors and get yourselves moving.

The City of Angels is one of the best places on the planet; not only from the appeal of its home-of-the-stars status, or its thriving cultural atmosphere. It is a fitness fanatic’s mecca, laden with some of the world’s best gyms, running paths with awe-inspiring views of the Pacific’s pristine waters, breath-taking hikes atop the Hollywood Hills, and is the birthplace of many fitness phenomenons recognised worldwide today.

In our latest article, discover where LA’s finest citizens are getting their muscles moving and hearts pumping.

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Hiking

A popular activity for celebrities and residents all over the city, mountain hiking is widely revered as one of the most intense workouts out there. Luckily, there’s no shortage of hills, canyons and state parks within the city’s limits.

Here’s one to add to your list:

Los Liones Canyon – Topanga State Park
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It doesn’t matter if you’re already an active hiker or are just starting out – whilst you’re out climbing the hills, you set the bar. Depending on your level of exertion the entire route can take anywhere between two to four hours

Spanning a seven-mile trail, Los Liones boasts magnificent views of the Santa Monica Bay, as well as a series of tight twists and turns to conquer under the glorious Californian sun – just be sure to pack a bag with plenty of water, sunscreen and snacks to keep you going.

Directions

The hike’s start point can be found at West Sunset Boulevard and Los Liones drive. If you are coming from the Pacific Coast Highway – make a left at the intersection and stay on the road, following the signs until you meet a trail head. Free parking is available for anyone driving.

Stair Climbs

For those who are fonder of an inner-city cardio blast than a muddy-trek under the city skies then a stair climbing session will be right up your street.

UCLA’s Drake Track & Field Stadium

A favourite location among cardio addicts from all over LA is UCLA’s Drake Track Stadium. 45 minutes running up & down the steps in the stands, or even 10 laps round the track and you’re guaranteed to burn off some serious calories.

Before arriving you will need to check the University website for opening hours as a number of UCLA sports teams practice here on daily basis.

Directions

The stadium is located on UCLA campus. For directions please refer to this map or visit the UCLA website.

Yoga

If you’re looking for a less intense workout with all the benefits of an active lifestyle then check out one of the many Yoga studios and classes around the city.

YogaWorks

YogaWorks has studios dotted all over the city, so wherever you are you’re guaranteed to find one within a reasonable distance from your home or office. Classes range from beginner to advanced, so don’t be phased if you’re as stiff as a board when you start out; you’ll be a master of the downward dog and forward fold in no time.

YAS Fitness

For existing yoga enthusiasts out there searching for a way to mix things up, look no further than YAS fitness. This hybrid workout starts with a 30 minute spins session to kick your body into a higher gear, followed by a further 30 minutes of yoga to tighten up those muscles with a series of deep stretch poses. Check out the website to find the neares YAS centre to you.

Gyms

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If the outdoors and classes aren’t for you, then why not head over to a nearby gym; LA is teaming with gyms all over the place that suit a variety of needs – from classes, spas or just your traditional gym with cardio and resistance equipment.

Breakthru Fitness, Pasadena

Thinking of signing up to a new gym but can’t seem to make up your mind? Here’s what you need to know about Breakthru Fitness.

Breakthru Fitness is very different to other gyms. Run by husband-and-wife duo: Phil and Michelle Dozoirs, this Pasadena based centre is equipped with all the facilities of an expensive franchise with relatively inexpensive registration costs.

With state-of-the-art equipment and over 75 adrenaline-inducing classes pumped out every week, you’re guaranteed a great session in one of LA’s friendliest environments.

Take a look here at some of the current member reviews on Yelp!

Directions

Breakthru Fitness is located at 345 S. Lake Avenue, Pasadena. Check this map for more details.

Crunch Fitness, Burbank

Crunch Fitness prides itself on unorthodox exercising methods that produce real results; if you want to mix things up, this is the place to do so.

What kind of exerciser are you? If you lean more towards a group classes as opposed to an independent session, then you’ll love Crunch Fitness. Anti-gravity yoga (take a look) and a wealth of dance classes, combined with your traditional equipment, will revitalise your motivation and help to build up your physical and mental fitness in no time at all.

Directions

Crunch Fitness is based at 761 N. San Fernando Blvd., Burbank. Take a look at the gym’s Yelp Page for more detailed directions.

Running

San Vicente Boulevard

If an early morning or late night jog is your choice of exercise, be sure to check out the San Vicente Boulevard route.

This spacious and spectacular, eight-mile grassy loop shields joggers from the hot sun under a canopy of coral trees, and rewards hard and determined effort with a magnificent view out over the Pacific Ocean throughout.

Directions

Check out this map for directions to San Vicente Boulevard.

Well, that’s it for our selection of some of the best workouts in L.A., if you have anything you would like to share, please feel free to leave us a note in the comments section below.

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