Let’s talk about chronic stress and Alzheimer’s disease for a moment. Getting stressed just thinking about it? That’s a good reason to think about your stress level and what you can do to lower it.
First the news: A new study from University of South Carolina Researchers have found that chronic physical or mental stress can cause a genetic reaction that may hasten development of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease. According to DNA Daily News and Analysis , the researchers’ findings suggest that this type of stress may cause the overexpression of a gene called RCAN1. “Think of a gene as a pattern or mold that generates specific proteins. For example, if 200 RCAN1 proteins are built where only 100 were needed, scientists would describe this as ‘overexpression’ of the RCAN1 gene,” the DNA Daily News and Analysis website reported. “In a healthy person, the RCAN1 gene helps cells cope with stress. Overproductio...
I had to laugh when I weighed myself today.
I had to weigh myself three times before I accepted the results, because the highest weight recorded (yes, the heaviest weight) was 244.5. I'm going to call that this week's weight, for a loss of 2.5 pounds-but I had to laugh when I weighed myself. This can't last, and I definitely do not recommend it as a weight loss strategy.
You see, this week I got hit by a really nasty cold that settled into my chest and throat. I was hacking all week long - really loud, painful coughs - and I was coughing up mucus by the bucket loads.
However, the dog still needed to be walked (90 minutes a day, on average), and the only time I could breathe was when I was doing moderate aerobic exercise. So, I rode the bike about an hour each day.
Did I mention that I couldn't smell food? And could barely taste it? And that chocolate, one of my trigger foods, was unappealing because one bite made the mucus flow like a mudslide?
There was no...
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