Most runners will tell you that they choose to run to stay sane. Even though they may probably first started running to shape and strengthen their body or lose some weight, after a period of time, they got addicted to running mainly because it makes them feel good.
The technology of brain imaging discovered that there is a neurochemical activity that happens when we run which gives us the popular “runner’s high.” This is good news for anyone who suffers from depression and other mental health disorders.
Neurotransmitters are messengers that carry chemical signals between the neurons in the body. They also play a huge role in giving a sense of pleasure to a person who is running or performing another activity. Norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine are all feel-good chemicals that trigger the feeling of ‘pleasure’ in a person. Depression is merely a result of a decrease in norepinephrine and serotonin.
“Exercise can create a more responsive and balanced system,” says Kirk Erickson, a professor of psychology at the University of Pittsburg. Exercising affects the whole body and makes us feel good. It lowers the stress hormones and increases neurotransmitters as well as our body temperature which leads to reduced tension in our muscles and feelings of relaxation.
Moreover, a 1999 study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, studied 156 moderately depressed people and divided them into 3 groups. The first group exercised, the second took SSRI medication, and the third one exercises and took the medication.
They found that while taking medication reduced the symptoms of depression faster than exercise, after 16 weeks there were no noticeable differences between the groups. After 10 months, members of the group who only exercised shown significantly lower depression rate than the members of the other two groups.
Furthermore, a 2004 study compared psychotherapy with running. Participants were randomly assigned to run for 20 minutes 3 times a week for 10 weeks, attend a 60-minute therapy session once every week, or both. All participants showed decreased depression levels with the positive results lasting at the 4-month follow-up.
Finally, everyone who experiences episodes of depression, or struggles with anxiety, or other mental health problems, should try running as a cure since it could be the best way to deal with them. It benefits the mind, body, and soul.
According to the findings of new research, the sweet jasmine smell is as good as valium at calming the nerves and it has no side effects.
Laboratory tests discovered that the smell of jasmine dramatically calmed down mice when there was jasmine in their cage. The fragrance also managed to make them sit quietly in a corner and don’t move. Brain scans found that the jasmine fragrance had a calming effect on nerve cells and helped promote rest and relieve anxiety.
Professor Hanns Hatt of the Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany, said that these findings could also serve as evidence for the benefits of aromatherapy. His team tested hundreds of fragrances in order to find its effect on GABA receptors in mice and humans and they discovered jasmine to be the most effective when it comes to increasing the GABA effect by more than 5 times.
Moreover, jasmine fragrance acted as strongly as sleeping pills, relaxants, and sedatives which could cause dizziness, muscle weakness, hypotension, impaired coordination, and depression.
Professor Hanns said, “We have discovered a new class of GABA receptor modulator which can be administered parentally and through the respiratory air. Applications in sedation, anxiety, excitement and aggression relieving treatment and sleep induction therapy are all imaginable.”
Jasmine as an essential oil is used in aromatherapy for many centuries, and it was probably pioneered by the ancient Egyptians and the ancient Greeks. It is also thought to have many healing effects.
By inhaling jasmine smell molecules, you are transmitting messages to the part of your brain responsible for controlling emotions. This part of the brain is known as the limbic system and it also influences the nervous system.
Therefore, jasmine oil is often used as a natural cure for fatigue, stress, menstrual cramps, menopausal symptoms, anxiety, and depression.
Its name is derived from the Perisian Yasmin, meaning “a gift from God” and it was named like that due to the intensity of its smell that is both intoxicating and sweet.
So, if you are looking for a way to calm your nervous system, you should decorate your room with a jasmine plant, buy yourself a jasmine essential oil, or find the perfect jasmine perfume for you.
There are people who want to get rid of it and there are people who know about the benefits of dandelion and use it for healing their body. So, is dandelion good or bad? Of course, good!
Whether you drink its juice or make dandelion root tea, dandelion is a herb that has many health benefits. It helps with urinary and liver disorders, diabetes, anemia, acne, and even cancer. Sadly, many people are killing this plant that could cure and help them with their illnesses.
Here are 10 health benefits of dandelion that prove its healing and nourishing abilities and why you shouldn’t want to get rid of it, ever!
1. LIVER HEALTH
Dandelion improves the function of the liver by re-establishing hydration, removing toxins, electrolyte balance and bettering bile flow.
2. STRONGER BONES
Dandelions are rich in calcium which is the most important element needed for having healthy and strong bones. Also, dandelions have many antioxidants like Vitamin C and Luteolin which serve as protectors from bone weakening and loss of bone density.
3. URINARY HEALTH
Dandelions are an amazing natural diuretic and they get rid of any toxic build-ups in the urinary tracts and in the kidneys. They also prevent bacteria from growing in the urinary system which is excellent for those people who suffer from recurring urinary tract infections (UTIs).
Dandelion stimulates the production of insulin in the pancreas and regulates the level of blood sugar. Dandelion is also a natural diuretic which encourages urination and that helps in removing excess salt and sugar from your body while also reducing sugar build-up in the kidneys.
A dandelion root extract is an effective tool against breast cancer and leukemia treatment. It induces apoptosis in leukemia cells while leaving alone the healthy ones. Moreover, dandelion has a positive impact on cancer cells that are immune to chemotherapy. Dandelion is also effective in fighting prostate and pancreatic cancer.
6. IMPROVES SKIN
Dandelion is a great antioxidant and detoxifier and one of the best herbal remedies for treating skin problems including acne, eczema, and psoriasis. It also purifies the blood and betters the function of the liver which results in glowing, beautiful skin.
7. GALL BLADDER DISORDERS
The leaf of the dandelion is excellent for sluggish gallbladder stimulation. The gallbladder is the organ which excretes and stores bile as the body needs it. Gallstones can be flushed out from the body even by combining dandelion and milk thistle.
8. DIGESTIVE ISSUES
Dandelion contains inulin and mucilage which make the processing of food easier by soothing the digestive tract. Dandelion is also a big source of dietary fiber which is essential for having good intestinal health and healthy gut flora. If you have problems with diarrhea or constipation, eat some dandelion greens.
The liver-healing abilities of dandelion also help with jaundice which is a liver disorder when it overproduces bile and messes up the whole body’s metabolism. Dandelion helps regulate the production of bile and also encourages urination which helps the body to eliminate excess bile.
10. CIRCULATORY HEALTH
The high levels of protein, B-vitamins, and iron in dandelion make it perfect for those people who suffer from blood-related disorders such as anemia. Dandelion is a natural diuretic and it lowers blood pressure by getting rid of the excess salt in the body. Also, the fiber in the dandelion helps reducing cholesterol and maintains a healthy circulatory system.
Of course, every parent first turns to the grandparents to watch their children, but according to one doctor, they should really rethink leaving their kids alone with their grandparents. Why? Because according to a study, leaving children with their grandparents can have hidden dangers.
Dr. Andrew Adesman says that many parents trust their parents to use safe methods when raising and taking care of their children just because they themselves turned out fine. However, that is not always the case. He is the lead author in the aforementioned study, and he said that it is wrong for parents to assume that just because their parents have raised them that they know how to do it. Plus, parenting practices always change and what was safe back in their time, may not be considered to be safe now.
When it comes to grandparents paying attention and keeping them safe from unintentional injuries, they need to always learn and stay up to date with the practices of childcare as much as possible. This is vital considering the fact that more and more children today are raised by their grandparents.
Of course, some say that keeping up to that with parenting practices is not so important while others argue that something as innocent and as simple as putting a stuffed animal near the baby when it’s asleep can cause Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
For example, 40% of the participants in the study said that cold baths are a good way to reduce high body temperature while in fact, a cold bath can worsen the situation because it can drop the child’s body temperature too low. Therefore, when it comes to these things, proper communication together with setting boundaries can go a long way.
Of course, we should all be more cautious and try to educate our parents and tell them what we want for our children and what we do not want, but at the end of the day, they are still the best caregivers we can ever find because their love for our children has no limits.
Do you leave your children with your parents?
R. Todd Hurst, MD, is a board-certified cardiologist and a director of the Center for Cardiovascular Health at Banner – University Medicine Heart Institute, and associate professor of medicine at the University of Arizona. He tells a story how 16 years ago he was called to see a 49-year-old woman who was experiencing a heart attack.
She had all symptoms of a heart attack – an abnormal ECG, chest pain, and a blood test that showed a heart muscle damage. However, he noticed that she wasn’t fitting the frame of someone that should be at risk of a heart attack. She ate well, was very active, had a healthy weight, she had no family history of heart disease, and her blood sugar, blood pressure, and her cholesterol levels were amazingly good.
And he also noticed another thing: she started experiencing the symptoms soon after she heard that her loved one died.
“After discussing the options, we decided to perform a heart catheterization to evaluate her heart arteries. The results were surprising. First, her arteries looked completely normal. But the bigger surprise was that, despite her healthy arteries, the function of her heart was severely decreased, with about 2/3 of her heart not squeezing” he said.
He and his colleagues cannot believe their eyes. Even though they had decades of experience, none of them had seen something like that before. No one has seen a perfectly healthy young woman with normal arteries to have so disastrously damaged heart.
After some time, he learned that there is a syndrome called a broken heart syndrome that exists but is not completely understood.
“We do know that increased adrenaline and the sympathetic nervous system surge that occurs with stress play an important role, we also see evidence that the central nervous system and endocrinology system are involved. But why broken heart syndrome occurs in some people and at some times, and not others, is not understood.”
The medical literature shows that any type of stress can cause the broken heart syndrome, including lightning strike, public speaking, bad news, illness, cocaine use, argument, gambling losses, thyrotoxicosis, surprise birthday party, and so on.
And when we think about it, what’s really the heart? Scientists and doctors describe it as a pump for pumping blood. Poets and writers describe it as the center of our emotions and a sacred place when we feel both heartbreak and love. Who is right? Well, this syndrome suggests that both are right.
What do you think?
WHAT IS ENDOMETRIOSIS?
Endometriosis is a disorder in which the endometrium, or tissue that is supposed to normally line with the uterus, grows outside of it and causes discomfort, bleeding, pain, and in rare cases even issued with digestion or infertility.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF ENDOMETRIOSIS?
The symptoms can vary but generally, the most common symptom is a pain in the form of very painful menstrual cramping, chronic pain during or after sexual intercourse, or chronic back pain, painful bowel movements, or pain during urination.
Other symptoms include spotting or bleeding between periods, digestive and stomach problems including constipation, diarrhea, nausea, and bloating.
WHO GETS AFFECTED BY ENDOMETRIOSIS?
6 to 10 percent of women get affected by endometriosis as it is reported by medicalnewstoday.com. Even though this condition can happen as early as the fetus is developing, it is not an issue until the individual hits puberty because of the increase of estrogen levels that intensify the condition.
Sadly, the majority of women are not diagnosed and sometimes it takes more than 10 years to get a clear diagnosis of what is happening, even in the US. Because everything from chemical sensitivities to allergies, chronic fatigue syndrome, autoimmune disease, and ovarian cancer are connected also to women with endometriosis.
WHAT IS THE TREATMENT FOR ENDOMETRIOSIS?
Today, there is not a cure for endometriosis but there are ways to treat the symptoms. First, patients will get prescribed with medication for pain relief usually in the form of an NSAID. Second, they will need hormone therapy that can stop the menstrual period or help them reduce the heavy bleeding. The hormone therapy can reduce inflammation and it can come in the form of birth control.
Lastly, if neither of these solutions works, it is also possible to have surgery in order to remove the misplaced tissue. Or, there is also the option of partial or full hysterectomy (removal of the reproductive organs) which is not suggested for women who want to give birth to children.
WHAT TESTS DO YOU NEED FOR ENDOMETRIOSIS?
There are various ways that doctors can test you for endometriosis. First, they will perform a pelvic exam when they will manually look for abnormalities. But, this test may not be correct because it is difficult to feel any abnormalities if they have not yet caused cysts or are not yet advanced.
The most effective way is through an MRI scan which will give doctors a detailed image of your body organs and tissues. Another option is laparoscopy which is a procedure where the surgeon takes a tissue sample from your body to confirm endometriosis.