How goes your summer? There are many things that contribute to your health condition; this month’s issue offers you more food for thought for you to achieve your optimum health.
The lead article is a great reminder of the importance of getting regular massage—reducing stress in your life. Stress is one of the greatest health risks, the underlying cause to many forms of illness
and disease. Managing your stress with massage can go a long way to keep you feeling your best!
Essentially, massage brings about so many positive changes in your body by getting things into motion, down to the cellular level. It helps to flush toxins from and bring nutrients to your cells, encouraging your body to do its job more effectively.
The summer months are a good time to consider the health of your body’s largest organ: your skin. This amazing organ is your body’s first line of defense against the invasion of foreign substances, helps to regulate your body temperature, expels impurities via perspiration, and is a vital sensory organ. See below for ways to protect and support your skin.
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How Work Stress Contributes to Heart Disease
Massage therapy lowers stress, reduces depression and boosts mood, according to many research studies.
Emotional stress is linked to the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
A new study conducted by Spanish researchers analyzes the relationship between job stress and different parameters associated with how fatty acids are metabolized in the body.
The study, published recently in the Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, was conducted on a sample population of more than 90,000 workers undergoing medical check-ups, according to a press release from the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology.
Specifically, in the study the workers with job stress were more likely to suffer from abnormally high levels of LDL cholesterol (the so-called 'bad' cholesterol), excessively low levels of HDL
cholesterol (the 'good' cholesterol) and ... potential artery blockage.
Boost Your Brain with a Mediterranean Diet
Choosing nuts, fish, veggies and olive oil over a low-fat diet could help stave off mental decline, according to new research.
The authors from the University of Navarra in Spain base their findings on 522 men and women aged between 55 and 80 without cardiovascular disease but at high vascular risk because of underlying disease or conditions. (These included either type 2 diabetes or three of the following: high blood pressure; an unfavorable blood fat profile; overweight; a family history of early cardiovascular disease; and being a smoker.)
A Mediterranean diet is characterized by the use of virgin olive oil as the main culinary fat; high consumption of fruits, nuts, and vegetables; moderate to high consumption of fish and seafood; low
consumption of dairy products and red meat; and moderate intake of red wine. Drink plenty of water.
Participants were randomly assigned to a Mediterranean diet with added olive oil or mixed nuts or a control group receiving advice to follow the low-fat diet typically recommended to prevent
heart attack and stroke.
After an average of 6.5 years, they were tested for signs of cognitive decline using a Mini Mental State Exam and a clock drawing test, which assess higher brain functions, including orientation, memory, language, visuospatial and visuoconstrution abilities and executive functions such as working memory, attention span, and abstract thinking.
The average scores on both tests were significantly higher for those following either of the Mediterranean diets compared with those on the low fat option.
These findings held true irrespective of other influential factors, including age, family history of cognitive impairment or dementia, the presence of ApoE protein—associated with Alzheimer's
disease—educational attainment, exercise levels, vascular risk factors; energy intake and depression.
Sunscreen as a youth serum --
Sunscreen doesn’t just protect against skin cancer.
People who apply sunscreen every day have fewer wrinkles, and their skin is visibly smoother and more elastic than the skin of those who don’t, a new study has found. Australian researchers recruited 900 mostly fair-skinned volunteers between the ages of 25 and 55, and asked half of them to religiously apply SPF 15 to their head, neck, arms and hands every morning for four and a half years.
When the researchers compared silicone casts of the subjects’ skin taken at the beginning and the end of the study, they found that the skin of those who had followed the sunscreen regimen showed 24 percent fewer signs of aging than those who had not. Middle-aged participants and those with moderate skin damage reaped the same benefits from applying sunscreen daily as did those who started out with younger-looking skin. Ultraviolet rays damage collagen which gives
skin its plump, youthful appearance, so it makes sense that blocking those rays would slow down the skin’s aging process. “As dermatologists, we have been saying for years and years, use SPF every day all year round,” New York dermatologist Doris Day tells Time.com. “If you don’t need a
flashlight to see outside, you need protection.”
– THE WEEK Vol 13 Iss 622
Skin Cancer Prevention Tips
• Apply sunscreen every day. Use a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen that protects the skin against both UVA and UVB rays and that has an SPF of at least 30.
• Use 1 ounce of sunscreen, an amount that is about equal to the size of your palm. Thoroughly rub the product into the skin. Don't forget the top of your feet, your neck, ears, and the top
of your head.
• Seek shade. Remember that the sun's rays are strongest between 10 am & 2 pm.
• Use extra caution near water, sand or snow as they reflect and intensify the damaging rays of the sun, which can increase your chances of sunburn.
What we do during our working hours determines what we have;
what we do during our leisure hours determines what we are.
— George Eastman
The content of this letter is not intended to replace professional medical advice.
If you’re ill, please consult a physician.
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