#Sex Lifts Your #Mood

Even if your end-goal for sex isn’t to add meaning to your life, the bond you forage while engaging in coitus is good for your mood, says a new study. It’s more than good for your heart and extending your life. Sex, in the right context, is good for your health.

If you are someone in a sexual relationship, keep a diary over 3-weeks. Document your sexual behavior, emotions, and feelings every day. This was how the researchers came to their conclusion, after asking 152 college students to complete the aforementioned task.

People were happier and found more meaning to their lives the day after sexual activity. The sexual activity didn’t have to be sex but even the connection of kissing. Good, bad, or ugly, any type of connection offered a time-released wellness boost. Go figure.

Fun fact about the study: researchers did not see the opposite link. In other words, the happier a person was didn’t predict an increase in the amount of sexual activity. Happy people will be happy with or without sex. Unhappy people will be less unhappy with sex and connection in their lives.

And for those of you with a science-driven mind like mine – this study explains how our sexual behavior is designated by immune cells in her brain. So our sense of well-being is indirectly regulated by our brain, after all. Hmm.

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The Truth About #Aging

A new study tells us that we may have been sold a bill of goods on aging that’s not entirely true. Scientists have discovered that a certain ‘sick’ type of cell may be the cause of aging and it’s actually not that natural.

For eons, all of us believe that aging is a natural process. When scientists took a closer look at the aging cells, it turns-out aging is more of a disease than a natural process. The type of cells, called senescent cells, as the bad guys in the aging game.

Senescent cells are like rotten apples. When they were transplanted to other healthy cells, they were shown to impose aging and decay to the healthy cells. This is why researchers are reclassifying aging to a disease, not a natural process.

That’s the bad news. Now for the good news. In this study, researchers saw that the introduction of senolytic cells can reverse this aging. However, it was also noted that a diet low in fat can also do the trick. I’m doomed.

There may not be a senolytic moisturizer on Amazon just yet but you certainly can buy some of the top-rated anti-aging serums, according to the customers themselves. Personally I like Vichy  Mineral 89 and the Vichy Idealia Eye Cream.  They didn’t make the list but they’re hard to find in most stores. Little known secret. You’re welcome.

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What’s His Problem? #SociallyAwkward

Nowadays people are waiting longer to get married. The delayed response to getting married is due to a desire for financial stability before tying the knot. But thanks to a Reddit survey, the online statistics show that many of these men are just socially awkward.

To clarify the findings, these were self-professed socially awkward bucks. Their reasons for why they are single included being ugly, being too narcissistic, and lack of confidence. Oh yeah, health issues were mentioned somewhere in there, too.

Survey auditors wanted to be clear that people who have an inclination toward IT and computer jobs are more likely to be socially awkward. So it’s almost like shooting fish in a barrel that many of these survey takers were so critical of their not-so-suave tendencies.

Back in the day, ladies mated-up for the sake of kids. No romance. No love. Just the seed. Nowadays, the game requires a little more skill. Plenty of people live coupled-up but many of those opt to not do it for the papers. Isn’t that more romantic? In each other we trust.

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Can #Stress Really Making You #Sick?

If anybody ever tries to tell you stress doesn’t make you sick – they are wrong. Devil’s advocate would say stress makes you stronger but it definitely challenges your immune system.

According to this study, stress can increase your chances of developing an autoimmune condition. Stress takes effect on the body in three stages. First you feel anguish. Second you begin to physically feel the discomfort. Third is exhaustion. When you’re tank is empty, the immune system is vulnerable.

Stress is the price you pay for entry in the carnival of life. The trick is figuring out how to best deal with it so that it does not adversely affect our body.

Healthy cells are not designed to live forever. In fact, they have something programmed into them that predetermines the day they die.  This is a process called apoptosis. Is the whole body so different than a single cell?

Doctors acknowledge people who are immunosuppressed are more likely to get sick and more prone to developing cancer. The American Cancer Society acknowledges that stress can increase your buddies chances of developing cancer by weakening your Meehan system.

Can we not conclude that stress in effect lowers weakens your immune system thereby increasing your chances for getting sick? Cancer a sickness. With the remarkable breakthrough of immunotherapies doing a respectable job of treating it – one might say cancer is a weakness in the immune system.

Sometimes, stress may be the catalyst none of us need. Kesha puts it best, “no one is getting out alive..” Learn how to escape the terror of stress by holding the scale of mindful meditation. This device can help you learn how to meditate with the MindPlace  glasses.

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Unspeakable Acts to Feed #Addiction

The definition of a savage is a violent towards of nature. The sick truth is that some opioid addicts go to extremes to get prescriptions to feed their addiction. These people should be ashamed of themselves for what they do to their pets.

There have been reports of pet owners who abuse their pets to the extreme whereby a vet prescribes opioid medications. Pardon me for my ignorant question but do opioids nullify a conscience?

So the question is, legally, what are the repercussions for these people who choose to abuse their pets rather than seek treatment for their addiction?

As some veterinarians are starting to realize, this has been a problem for quite some time. Animals that have come in repeatedly with injuries requiring opioid pain meds are being reevaluated.

To further the awareness among vets, there is now an online course offered to spot the signs. Honestly? I wish Amazon sold a good conscience in pill form. Poor innocent animals. Savages.

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Casualties of Work #Email and Too Much #Exercise

Do you believe that too much of a good thing can be bad for your health? Here’s what two studies are telling us about checking work email out-of-work and exercising too much. Yes, there is such a thing as exercising too much.

Checking your work email when out of the office is bad for your health, all around. It strains your romantic relationships, it causes undue work-related stress on the off hours, and it doesn’t pay. It’s a mental liability and even a hefty salary cannot compensate for that kind of anguish.

For the record, it bothers your partner more than it bothers you. Yes. Working more than your paid is going above and beyond. It hurts your relationships in the safe harbor of home and surely your boss doesn’t compensate for that toll. Put the smartphone down.

Some of us like hitting the gym as a way to decompress from work. This is a fantastic way to clear our heads, take our beats per minute to town, and celebrate our body in the best way possible. But another study is telling us that too much exercise is bad for mental health.

The study followed people over a 4-year period. Researchers found that those who exercised 3-5 days a week, about 60-90 minutes each time, had the best  number of optimal mental health days. Exercise, in general, is good for overall well being. But there’s a turning point for this study.

People who exercised more than 23-times per month or longer than 90-minutes per session reported fewer ‘good’ mental health days in a month. So it is true that too much of a good thing can be unhealthy, especially when it comes to exercise and work email.

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#Drunk Wasps Are Meaner

You know how everybody knows somebody who’s a real d-bag when they get drunk? It turns-out, wasps are the same way. Who’s giving these piercing bugs booze, you ask? Blame it on the rotten fruit, people.

These wasps are the ones studied in the UK. Due to climate change, the wasps are getting drunk and attacking. They are eating fruit that has been ripe and fermenting for a while. Fermented fruit is a catalyst for raising blood alcohol levels in insects, just like in humans.

Another similarity in human behavior and wasps is that these drunken wasps are more aggressive and/or angrier. The study measured that their pension for stinging was greater than when they’re sober wasps. That sounds like a ridiculous statement but it’s true.

Well this phenomenon was noted in the UK but climate change is a universal issue. What can we do about it? National Geographic suggests 5 ways we can curb our impact on global warming.

Or if you’re ready to go the extra mile to reduce your carbon footprint, pick-up the book “Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever to Proposed to Reverse Global Warming.” Whether you do a little or a lot – doing something about it is better than doing nothing.

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Is #Dairy Causing Your #Acne?

If you love cheese like I love cheese – Houston, we have a problem. This is only a problem for those of us who deal with acne or rosacea. The front-and-center problem of adult acne may be linked to dairy consumption. Say it ain’t so.

A study finds that the whey protein in skin milk may trigger skin conditions like acne and rosacea to erupt. Science says it’s due to the whey protein. The way skim milk agitates the skin is stemming from sugars which play a hormonal Cascades. This paints a not so pretty picture on our skin.

If you are like me and are willing to put the dairy to the test – the study says it takes about three weeks for dairy to clear your system. At that time you should start to see more improved skin tone and texture. Bring it on!

Don’t let your distinguish palate be the downfall of beautiful skin. Dairy and cheese can be adequately substituted with vegan options. No. Vegan options are nowhere close to real dairy but how can you substitute clear skin? A mask is only appropriate one day of the year.

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Is a #Weed Breathalyzer On the Horizon?

It’s the dawn of a new day! A breathalyzer that detects alcohol and weed is coming to the market. Whether you choose alcohol or weed, this breathalyzer will measure your levels of being too drunk or too stoned.

We currently have simple contraptions for measuring alcohol in breath. Heck, you can get a keychain breathalyzer on Amazon. The interesting thing about weed is that it can delay your responses as much as alcohol. That’s a fact. This could definitely be a recipe for disaster.

The device, developed by Hound Labs, can detect both levels of alcohol and THC in your system. It can detect if someone has consumed marijuana in the last 2-hours based on THC levels in their breath. A trauma doctor says that weed impairment peaks at 2-hours, after consumption.

The Federal Agency investigating whether or not THC is a cause of impairment to driving was unable to come to a conclusion. But for the record, the ER trauma doc was quite certain it’s a bad idea. The reason it was inconclusive? Young men are the highest risk for car accidents. Coincidentally they are also an abundant demographic of weed consumers.

A 2017 report says that 55 million people have used marijuana in the last year or use it continually. That’s almost 17% of the population. The NIH reported that 70% of adults over the age of 18 have consumed alcohol in the last year.

Alcohol is “legal” and the government gives us a stipend on how much we can consume legally. How about weed? It seems to be a favorable lever to decompress and I’m guessing it sparks fewer violent altercations. If they’re planning on drafting a legal amount of consumption – shouldn’t they a) legalize it and b) tell us how much is okay to drive?

Just because you turn a blind eye to the fact it exists doesn’t mean people will stop doing it. In fact, the most light you shine on it, the more educated the consumer. C’mon, Uncle Sam. Be part of the solution, not the “problem”.

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#ResponseTime Diminishes with #Age

In one fell swoop (Shakespearean meaning) – aging sucks. A study finds that older people are less likely to know when they’ve made a mistake. Listen-up fellow people with diabetes. This kind of applies to us, too. Diabetes ages us way faster than the general population. This goes for Type 1s and Type 2s.

The rule of thumb for kids is that your parents are always right – no questions asked. But what if, as you get older and become an adult, you start to realize mom and dad are making a few mistakes they don’t realize they’re making. According to a study, it’s happening.

In this “look away” test, both young and older adults performed the same. However younger adults were more willing to accept their mistakes whereas older adults were adamant they did not make a mistake.

Our eyes process information through our nervous system. What they see is projected to our brain and processed. As we age, the speed at which the lights turns-on when we flip the switch. The NCV, or nerve conduction velocity diminishes so slowly that an older adults may not realize it’s happening, hence their contesting their “mistakes”.

I wonder if this study had any credibility insofar as improving NCV? The conclusion seems to speak positively about the supplementation of gallic acid along with exercise. Why not? It’s not fighting city hall if you’re the gov’ner. Speak with your doctor before you go Guinea pigging this on yourself.

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