Mental Attitude: Too much stress may lead to major depression! Chronic stress leads to elevated hormones such as cortisol, the “stress hormone,” and reduced serotonin and dopamine levels. At proper levels, these hormones regulate sleep, appetite, energy and sex drive, and allow expression of normal moods and emotions. When the stress response fails to shut off and bring these hormones to normal levels, it can lead to depression in susceptible people. Karen Bruno, June 2010
Health Alert: Alarming Hours For Physicians! Resident physicians averaging five or fewer hours of sleep per night were 1.5 times more likely to commit errors. Hours for resident physicians must be limited to 16 consecutive hours and 80 hours per week, with at least one 24-hour off-duty period per 7-day period, without averaging. Everyone becomes impaired after sufficient lack of sleep. Sleep loss impairs brain function, concentration and coordination, and increases the risk of error. 24 hours without sleep slows average reaction time 100 percent, leading to impairment similar to alcohol intoxication. American Academy of Sleep Medicine, June 2010
Diet: Brown Rice vs. White Rice. 70 percent of rice eaten in the US is white. Two or more servings of brown rice weekly lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes by 11 percent. Five or more servings of white rice weekly increases the risk by 17 percent. Replacing white rice with brown rice lowers the risk by 16 percent overall. Replacing white rice with whole grains (barley and wheat) reduces the risk by 36 percent.
Archives of Internal Medicine, June 2010
Exercise: Stretching Exercises At Your Desk For Your Upper Body. Sit up tall in your chair, or stand up. Stretch your arms overhead and interlock your fingers. Turn the palms to the ceiling as you lift your chin up, tilt your head back and gaze up at the ceiling, too. Inhale, exhale, release.
Chiropractic: Revitalize With Chiropractic. Chiropractic allows for proper blood flow throughout your body, which in turn delivers nutrients to all your cells. As cells slough off and die (think skin cells), new ones constantly replace them. This is good news as 10-50 trillion cells are replaced in your body every day. Gray’s Anatomy
Wellness/Prevention: Good News For Tea Drinkers! Consumption of the equivalent of 2.5 cups (or more) of tea per day was associated with a 60 percent drop in rectal cancer risk, as compared to women who drank less than 1.2 cups of tea per day. Women who drank 1.2-2.5 cups of tea per day had a 52 percent reduction in the risk of rectal cancer.
Epidemiology, July 2003
Quote: “I am always doing what I can’t do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” ~ Pablo Picasso