When you try a new exercise, lift heavier weights or run steeper hills, muscles experience strain and micro-tearing at the cellular level. Simply changing the way you think and taking charge of what occupies your mind can improve your physical health and well-being. Positive thinking won’t cure everything, but a healthy mindset is a key component to a healthy body. Here are seven ways you can use your mind to promote physical health: 1. Second, the authors discuss orthomolecular psychiatry. Psychiatric symptoms are occurring because of issues with the physical and biochemical issues going on within the body, including the brain. What mainstream psychiatry tends to do is deal with the symptoms instead of dealing with the underlying causes. This generally does not lead to recovery and healing. People with psychiatric disorders tend to be low in the B vitamins and consume too much of the processed and refined foods. A combination of restricting calories and exercising more to create a calorie deficit is the best way to lose weight, confirmed a review in Obesity Reviews from 2015. You may find weight gain accelerates and loss is harder once your reach 50, but that doesn’t mean these strategies don’t work. You’ve lost muscle mass at a rate of about 8 percent per decade since age 40 as a natural byproduct of aging, and this diminishes your daily calorie burn rate. Your testosterone levels naturally decline, too, after the age of 40, causing more fat to store in your abdomen as belly fat. As a man reaches 50, he burns between 2,000 and 2,800 calories per day, depending on activity level. Compare this to the 2,400 to 3,000 calories he burned when in his 20s and 30s. Addiction issues to sugar, nicotine, alcohol, caffeine, and chemicals from recreational and and prescription drugs are addressed. One type of addiction is addiction to sugar. It is suggested to prevent blood sugar from rising to unhealthy levels, keep the intake of the following foods and simple carbohydrates to a minimum: white bread, pasta, bagels, pretzels, cereals, crackers, doughnuts, cakes, and pies. A major source of sugar are sodas, followed by sugar and candy. The authors list common sources of foods with sugar, hidden sugar, and different types of sugar and their names. Sugar can also prevent the immune system from operating at an optimum level. Nutrients to assist with sugar detoxification are listed. It is better to select foods that are nutrient dense and high in nutritional quality. Standing Committee on the Scientific Evaluation of Dietary Reference Intakes Food and Nutrition Board, Institute of Medicine. Vitamin D. Dietary reference intakes for calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, vitamin D, and fluoride. 1999, Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 250-287.