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Nourish Your Relationships

April 22, 2009

Veggies, fruits and whole grains pack in vitamins and antioxidants for improved health, but studies also show that it takes more than what’s on your plate to live a longer, healthier life—friends! According to these studies strong relationships can help fight illness and depression, speed recovery, slow aging and prolong life.

A big part of Integrative Nutrition is looking beyond what you put into your mouth, but rather looking at what nourishes your heart and soul. Think about the people in your life. Take out a piece of paper and write down the people who make you laugh, cry, think, happy and angry. Are there more people on that list who make you feel good about yourself than bad? How can you spend more time with those family and friends who make you feel full of life? Just as you might crowd out chemicalized, artificial junk food you can crowd out those relationships that impact you negatively.

Here’s to nourishing food and nourishing relationships.

About the author

Joshua Rosenthal is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. He has worked in the nutrition field for more than 25 years, teaching at the school alongside health leaders including Andrew Weil, Deepak Chopra and Barry Sears. At Integrative Nutrition students are trained as Health Coaches, receiving the holistic nutrition education necessary for them go out into the world and help others improve their health and happiness.