Probiotics Could Help Combat Stress

By this stage in the game, people know the gut plays a vital role in your immune system. Your immune system can keep your body in great shape to defend against all the bad things that can impair health. But a study is showing us that the use of probiotics can be quite helpful in combating stress.

Even the title of the study is Greek to most but the point of it shows that a strong microbiome is especially resilient to stress. What makes your microbiome stronger? Probiotics. Don’t be intimidated by the word mycobacterium. Certainly it’s not something you want to accidentally incur but if you’re giving it by way of a vaccination, like in this study, it seems to work well for dawning the “give zero ducks” cape.

So how can we get our paws on this Popeye can of spinach? It appears many companies have been working on such magical vaccines and they’ve been applied to conditions like Tuberculosis. BCG anybody?

Everything in my head ties-in to diabetes. BCG has been identified by Dr. Denise Faustman of the Massachusetts General Hospital as a Type 1 diabetes treatment. Can undue stress trigger Type 1 diabetes? Quite possibly, according to an increased incidence of T1D diagnosis shortly after an earthquake in California.

So what can you do if a BCG vaccine is not on the top of your to-do list? Beef-up your probiotic ingestion. Easy ways to do this are: drink kombucha, eat sauerkraut, and balance it out by adding a well-rounded probiotic.

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Third Type of Depression

A new study says that there is a third type of depression. Considering the two types of antidepressants treat an imbalance of serotonin or norepinephrine, it makes sense why so many people are left feeling defeated even after treatment for depression. It’s not treating the cause of their condition.

People with diabetes are prone to depression. Many people with diabetes who are put on antidepressants are never adequately treated and continue with the chronic existence of their depression. This may be a new option to help people with diabetes stabilize their moods. For the record: glucose lows and highs can affect mood, too. I wonder if this helps remedy the third cause of depression.

The reason I mention this is because when I saw the propensity for retinal disease and kidney disease – I almost immediately saw the parallel to diabetes. The abnormal length of the cilia in the neuron in the brain were fascinating but oh so telling.

Perhaps the 30% of untreatable depression cases are due to glucose imbalance. The protein was identified in the study. The correlation is activity in subjects. Activity is fueled by glucose. Glucose is imbalanced in people with diabetes. The population affected with diabetes or prediabetes is in the ballpark to that of people living with untreatable depression.

Go figure.

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Study Says Faithful Live Longer

Gospel. A study finds that religious people live an average of four years longer than atheists. Perhaps there is something quantifiable to be said about positive thinking. This is when a bona fide atheist says believing in God is a strong business plan fortified by scaring people that they’ll die early without believing. Let’s see what the study says.

So what are the reasons people live longer if they are religious? A small part of it is social engagement. A sense of community or belonging to a group is another huge part of it. Power in numbers is a well-known phrase for a reason.

Furthermore, studies throughout time have proven that being faithful and being in the company of those who are faithful has health benefits. This study found that cities that were more populated by religious people, not specifically one religion over another, found the health-benefits spillover the whole population, including atheists.

So does it matter if you believe in God or Allah or Baby Jesus or whomever your deity? Not really. The fact remains – you need to believe in something to trigger the health benefits of faith. Read more on the topic in the book “Love 2.0: Finding Happiness and Health in Moments of Connection”, which is beautifully crafted for the inquiring mind looking to extract the benefits of the behavior.

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Imagine a Weight Loss Surgery Pill

A very wise, scientific-minded friend sent me this article. As much as the fast food generation would love to pop a pill to remedy obesity – is this a viable solution? Weight loss surgery has proved to be a successful means of weight loss as long as patients shift their lifestyle to sustain their newfound svelter body. How will this pill be a game-changer?

It appears that this stomach ulcer medicine does a remarkable job of binding certain areas of the stomach to minimize blood sugar spikes. This is great news for people with Type 2 diabetes but also impressive news for people who are obese. Since it’s not a matter of a few hours in the hospital, it allows the body to move in concert with the administration of the medication.

Spike in blood sugars are what give rise to mixed signals to the brain. If the blood sugar spikes, the body thinks it’s starving. When the body comes-down from the spike, the brain thinks it’s starving. Of course this leads to overeating and obesity. Let’s put this rise-and-fall to an end.

If this pill could numb the erroneous signaling to the brain, it could very well silence the neurotransmitters screaming wolf for hunger. I’d love to see more on the outcome of this study in humans.

Until this ‘weight loss surgery pill’ sees the light of day, we always have the option of Healthy Fasting tea, Crave Crush sugar crushing supplement, or more  ways to indulge on the natural ways to curb your appetite.

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The Psychology of a Nail Biter

Full disclosure: I’m a nail biter. As I read this article I felt as though somebody was journaling my thoughts. The psychology of nail biting fascinates me. So why do we do it and how do we stop?

Although it’s bluntly deemed a bad habit. It actually has a clinical name known as onychophagia. People prone to perfectionism are nail biters but the truth behind the behavior may surprise you It’s actually a body image condition.

It’s easily dismissed as a “nervous habit” but when you tap into the brain of a nail biter, you begin to understand why they do it. Goal oriented people in achieving a task completed? Maybe. Read the article and I kid you not – it’s the inner voice of a nail biter.

So what’s the trick to stop nail biting? Decide if your nail biting is a benign habit or a self-destruction behavior. If it’s the former – get some polish and a manicure kit and keep them fresh. If it’s the latest – talk to a professional.

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How Dirty Is That Dish Towel?

How often should you wash your germy kitchen towels? The answer is not nearly as often as you are probably doing it.

A study looked at 100 kitchen towels from different kitchens. Researchers found bacterial growth in nearly 50% of them. So what. Bacteria is everywhere, right?

Well kitchen towels become wet…and usually stay wet. They also hang creating dark crevices where bacteria like e. Coli and staph live to grow.

Your body doesn’t like those two bacteria and if they invade your temple – you’ll immune system will let you know. You won’t like it, either.

So what can you do about it? Trust and believe in regular washing of your dish towels. How often do you wash your bathroom towels? Throw-in your dish towels to that load. Plus it never hurts to spray it down with some anti-bacterial spray between washes.

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Why Is Suicide on the Rise?

In the wake of the untimely death of Anthony Bourdain– it’s difficult to ignore the reality of the rising rate of suicide in the United States. Can we point a finger add any factors giving rise to this misfortune? More importantly – if we know to what the cause is perhaps we can find a way to correct it.

The rise is equitable among age, sex, race, and ethnic background. The leading factors pushing people to the edge are relationship issues and financial troubles. Geographically, however, it seems that the western states have it tougher.

Being more isolated, like many of the states, it takes a little longer for the economy to rebound. Add to that the accessibility of people to one another – it’s unlike urban and suburban area – it’s a lonely place to be depressed.

Suicidal thoughts are not easily swatted away from a melancholy state of mind. It also doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a chronic downward spiral giving way to a break. Never underestimate the power of a text therapy app. Talk therapy is what keeps us in the game. If you find you can’t talk it out – text though it.

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What’s the Purpose of REM Sleep?

The brain uses REM sleep as a way to keep the brain warm. When are car battery gets cold – it essentially loses charge. Our brains are not as easy to replace as a car battery. This may be the very reason the body enacts REM sleep mode, according to this seal study.

Our brain activity is active during sleep. A phase of sleep whereby rapid eye movement was noticed in 1951 was deemed REM. This may be the most restorative phase and yet the hardest to reach. Researchers have found that sleep serves to assists with learning, detoxifying the brain, and it’s when we dream.

The phase of sleep known as REM is now thought to be a way to keep the brain warm. Like the car battery metaphor, a vital organ like brain cannot retain its vitality if it goes cold. The REM sleep is super active and thus is able to keep the global command center of the body ready-for-action, even when it’s idling.

In short, research shows us that REM sleep keeps the brain fresh. It’s less likely to be prone to PTSD and other anxiety-driven conditions. The most lay interpretation I can make of it is that REM sleep is a time where the brain idles. Like a car, you let the brain sit and relax, unwind, clear-out the toxins and refresh for the next day.

Do you body the favor and check-out the option of this supplement to improve your chances of obtaining the REM sleep you deserve. It’s all natural featuring ingredients like L-Theanine, GABA, and 5-HTP. Studies about sleep and the aforementioned are accessible in PubMed.

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Do These Glasses Make Me Look Smarter?

Are those glasses you’re wearing? Wear them proudly because a new study says it may mean you are, in fact, smarter because you are wearing glasses.

It’s been proven that people who wear glasses are genetically smarter. No seriously. People who wear glasses are 33% smarter than those who don’t wear glasses. The genes fall favorably for glasses wearers, too. They live longer. They have less high blood pressure. Most importantly nowadays, they are less likely to have a major depressive disorder. You want a paid, don’t you?

The positive health benefits fall into place for those who wear contact lenses, too. The one shortcoming in this study is that although it was done with a ton of data from many people – they were all of Eastern European decent. Well genes are genes, whatever the ethnicity of the vehicle.

Intelligence has been studied for many years and there have been no concrete genes identified linking smarts. Thanks to glass wearers – we now have a stronghold on the intelligence quotient market and it lies within the frames. I wonder if reading glasses count?

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Could New Humans Result from the Mars Project?

It’s a brand new world out there. The Mars Project is moving forward and scientist are hypothesizing that sex on Mars between the chosen bunch from Earth may create a new species of ‘human’.

Mars can support exploration but it may not be the most ideal setting for the creation of human beings. For one thing – the solar radiation may significantly reduce a man’s sperm count. NASA needs to work on creating a way to edit DNA to be resistant to solar radiation. Is that possible?

Furthermore, if any swimmers make it to “base” and there’s a fertilized egg in the womb, females have lower immune systems once they are pregnant. In a lower gravity environment, it’s even lower. This leads to a higher risk of infection during pregnancy that could increase the chances of pregnancy loss.

For what it’s worth, it sounds like if any babies result from the Mars Project – they’re going to be super humans. I wonder if these people are aware of their Herculean task at-hand. It takes a fabled super hero to move mountains. What will it take to recreate the human race  on Mars?

Of course this isn’t going to be happening for 20-years. With all the things we’ve yet to learn and come to realize, do you think anybody will get cold feet about the mission? I’m sure there’s a blockbuster in the works already for what may come from it. Hollywood is always so on-point with their visions. How funny would it be if all the Mars “Martianas” secretly don’t  want kids anyway? LOL

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