It is estimated that 86% of deaths and 77% of the disease burden is related to diet and lifestyle. A new European Union backed project will to optimise research into diet and health by pulling together scientists and research tools in order to make realistic recommendations in the area.
The project, known as EuroDISH, will pull together experts and methodologies from various countries and topic areas in order to assess ‘the current state of play’ when it comes to diet and health, before eventually making ‘advanced and feasible’ recommendations to the European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures (ESFRI), the HORIZON2020 programme, and various other EU stakeholders and policy makers. (more…)
Life has its ups and downs — but for an easy way to make sure you’ve got more ups than downs, take your vitamins.
Ordinary multivitamins can help protect your mood, slash your stress levels, and help keep you happy overall, according to new research — and that’s on top of giving you the essentials needed for overall good physical health.
The new study looked at data from eight “gold standard” double-blind trials in which multivitamins went head-to-head against placebos — and the multis came out on top by nearly every mental measure. (more…)
Most people are surprised to learn that their favorite coping mechanism for stress actually causes more problems than it solves. Let’s look at five steps to effectively dealing with stress and five reactions to stress that trick you into prolonging it.
Imagine something simple that might cause emotional stress, such as coming home to find that your husband has ignored his promise to clean the house and is self-absorbed in his favorite hobby.
To deal with this situation effectively, you can 1) take notice of how you feel and 2) make sure your feelings are valid. Then, 3) express your feelings assertively, 4) clear up any misunderstandings, 5) create new expectations and a plan. Then, you can let the stress go, feeling like you have dealt with the situation. (more…)
Modern-day living and all the busyness and stress that comes along with it can do a real number on your central nervous system, especially if you are not taking proactive steps to counteract this perpetual negative effect on your body. Rather than feed energy and nutrients into your body’s productive systems, an overtaxed nervous system typically expends most of its resources just trying to defend the body against attack, whether it be in the form of anxiety, panic, or stress, which depletes your energy reserves and potentially even harms your endocrine system. (more…)
It’s no secret that a healthy nervous system is important for well-being and longevity. The spinal nerves are responsible for controlling most of the muscles in your torso, arms, and legs, along with bowel, bladder, and reproductive functions. The cranial nerves reside mostly in the head region and control much of what goes on in the face and neck, but the tenth cranial nerve goes way beyond. The Vagus nerve influences your body and brain more than most people realize. (more…)
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a neurological disorder affecting anywhere from 250,000 to 450,000 people in the US.1 MS is a chronic inflammatory disease of the central nervous system (CNS) with underlying immune abnormalities.2 The disease is more common in women than men and peaks at age 20 to 40. Multiple sclerosis presents differently in different patients with the symptoms ranging from mild neurological impairments to debilitating deficits of motor, cognitive, and visual function. Multiple sclerosis pathogenesis is believed to involve an autoimmune response within the CNS, resulting in demyelination and axonal injury. Inflammation and demyelination seem to be the primary pathology in the relapsing forms of MS, whereas neurodegeneration seems to dominate in the progressive forms of the disease.3 There is no definitive cause or cure for MS, and multiple etiologies are discussed in the literature. (more…)
You’re not the only one that can sense stress. The bacteria living in your body can too! Stress signals to bacteria that you are weak and that it is time invade.
Stress is largely perceived.
Stress initiates what is known as your fight-or-flight response, which causes the release of stress hormones like epinephrine from the adrenal gland.
Stress hormones stimulate a feeling of excitement, causing the heart to race and the breath to become quick and shallow.
Adrenal stimulants like caffeine, road rage, traveling across time zones, a fight with your spouse, and even a television program can do the same thing – they can all activate the fight-or-flight signal within the body. (more…)