Staying in Touch®
Hello, and welcome to the April 2020 newsletter! Dear clients, Suddenly we find ourselves in a rapidly changing situation that has upended everyone's life. What seemed inconceivable only weeks ago appears to be growing daily into a worldwide health crisis not seen in a hundred years.
Just how serious the pandemic will be in our country we'll know soon enough. Learning from the effects in Italy, China, etc., dictates that we expect a rough time and should act accordingly. It's so much better to be extra cautious and keep our families safe and healthy.
With that in mind, this issue shares some ideas to keep you thinking healthy thoughts.
With so many people remaining isolated and the medical experts saying to avoid mingling so we can slow down the spread of the virus, things like scheduling massages and planning future appointments will have to be determined on a week-to-week basis. The news is changing so quickly that predicting the future over the coming weeks makes little sense.
Right now the important thing is to take all necessary steps to keep you and your loved ones safe from the spreading threat. Let's stay in touch via phone, email, etc. and take things one day at a time.
Stay healthy; see you soon!
Check out the following reports from StudyFinds.org
Survey: People Who Nap Regularly More Productive, Happier Than Non-Nappers
by Ben Renner
If you’re looking for a way to improve your day-to-day productivity, finding some time to take a nap could be the answer, according to a survey of 2,000 Americans. Researchers examined the napping habits and personality traits most associated with nappers and non-nappers to see if getting some midday shut-eye proved helpful. They found that self-identified nappers were more likely to think of themselves as productive people than those who don’t.
Almost all comparisons between nappers and non-nappers in the study showed that those who nap seem better off. Nappers were more likely to identify as happy and confident, according to the survey.
The study was conducted by OnePoll.
Separation Stings: Study Finds Social Isolation May Cause Physical Inflammation
by John Anderer
A new study finds that days and nights spent all alone may cause us physical pain. Researchers at the University of Surrey and Brunel University London say that social isolation may lead to increased bodily inflammation.
As part of the largest research initiative on this subject to date, the study’s authors analyzed 30 previous studies that had explored the possibility of a connection between physical inflammation and social isolation. “Loneliness and social isolation have been shown to increase our risk of poorer health,” says Dr. Kimberley Smith, Lecturer in Health Psychology at the University of Surrey, in a release. “Many researchers propose that part of the reason for this is because they influence the body’s inflammatory response.”
For reference, inflammation is the body’s natural way of alerting the immune system that something is up, letting it know it’s time to start repairing damaged tissue and defending against viruses or bacteria. Long-term inflammation, though, can start to damage healthy cells, tissues, and organs. This can result in a higher risk of problems like cardiovascular disease.
The study is published in Neuroscience and Biobehavioural Reviews.
Want A Longer, Healthier Life? Eat Less, Study Suggests
by John Anderer
A new study finds restricting your caloric intake will slow cellular aging, reduce inflammation, lower your risk of age-related diseases, and promote an overall longer life.
Try as we all might to avoid growing old, aging is the number one risk factor for many awful diseases such as cancer, dementia, and diabetes. However, cutting back on calories has been shown to help mitigate one’s risk of developing such disorders in old age. That being said, up until now it's been largely unknown how a lower calorie intake influences the human body on a cellular level.
For this new study, mature rats eating a strict diet of 30% fewer calories than normal were compared to another group of rats eating a typical diet.
At the beginning and end of the diet period, researchers isolated and analyzed 168,703 cells from 40 cell types across both rat groups. Then, in each isolated cell, advanced technology was used to measure genetic activity, as well as the overall composition of the cell types.
Astoundingly, many of the negative changes that occurred in the rats on the normal diet as they grew older didn’t appear in the rats on a stricter diet. Even by the time the dieting rats reached old age (27 months old), their cells appeared much younger. In all, 57% of the age-related changes observed in the normally eating rats were absent from the dieting rats.
Many of the cells that appeared to be especially influenced by diet were connected to inflammation, immunity, and lipid metabolism.
“The primary discovery in the current study is that the increase in the inflammatory response during aging could be systematically repressed by caloric restriction” explains co-corresponding author Jing Qu, a professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
The study is published in Cell.
Boost Your Immune System!
- Don't smoke
- Eat lots of fruits and vegetables
- Exercise regularly
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Drink alcohol only in moderation
- Get adequate sleep
- Avoid infection, wash your hands
- Try to minimize stress
Don't confuse your path with your destination.
Just because it's stormy now doesn't mean that
you aren't headed for sunshine.
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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