This Video Explains How Stress Breaks Down Your Brain

If you think there’s a possibility of Alzheimer’s for you, please make sure you make plans with regard to health, etc. before things get bad and you can’t make those decisions anymore. Things easily become a big mess in those situations.

Do You Really Need a Good Night’s Sleep to Exercise Well?

“Get a good night’s sleep” is classic advice before a big race or event. But if you stayed up late picking out your best shoelaces and then woke up early to make it to the start line on time, have you ruined your chance at a good performance?

Source: Do You Really Need a Good Night’s Sleep to Exercise Well?

The answer?  It depends™, on the activity.  There’s a lot of strategy in cycling, so I’m not that inclined to believe that cycling is the same as running.

The classic runners rule is also the triathletes rule.  Partly because lots get up between 2-4 AM to eat breakfast before going back to bed to actually get up for the triathlon.

Why Lead Is Bad For Humans

Given that humans have been using lead in various product for over 8,000 years (with the first known mining of it in Anatolia around 6500 BCE), you might be surprised to learn that we have known that lead is dangerous and shouldn’t be trifled with since at least 150 BC, when its effects on the human body were noted by famed Greek physician Nicander of Colophon. Nicander even went so far as to describe the metal as “deadly”, writing extensively on the crippling effects it has on the human body in his work, Alexipharmaca.

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Part of the reason for so many jokes about slack jawed yokels, pre-meth era, was that cider presses and stills tended to be made of lead.

Is this the new iron deficiency?

If you’re lacking energy, easily annoyed, and generally feel sort of off, look to your diet. While iron deficiencies may get all the ink, it’s not the only mineral that could be missing from your meals. Lack of magnesium — a common, but silent, deficiency — impacts about half of the population, data suggests.

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Sources for magnesium?  Pumpkin seeds have the most, but there’s lots of calories in nuts so spinach is the next best source (which is a concern for us on blood thinners).  Sesame seeds, black beans, sunflower seeds, navy beans are safer for us.  You can read more about magnesium here.

Salt, potassium and magnesium are three major things I try to incorporate more than I used to.  I use a Nuun tablet in my water if I’m to be doing something for longer than an hour.

Warnings Against Powdered Caffeine and Energy Drinks

In a blog about the meeting, Michael Landa, director of FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, wrote that the agency shares the hopes of Katie and Dennis Stiner and Julie and James Sweatt that other families will be spared such a loss.

Landa noted the consumer advisory about the dangers of pure, powdered caffeine that FDA published in the summer, adding that “We are working right now on our next steps.”

But for now, “I cannot say strongly enough how important it is to avoid using powdered pure caffeine,” Landa wrote. “The people most drawn to it are our children, teenagers, and young adults, especially students who want to work longer to study, athletes who want to improve their performance, and others who want to lose weight.”

Source: Caffeine Powder Concerns FDA, Energy Drinks Concern Denmark

Do you know how much caffeine your kids and loved ones actually injest?

Our kids may be consuming more caffeine than we realize. A new study finds that 73% of children and young adults in the United States have caffeine in their systems on any given day.

I’ve remember years back that some found the results of injesting caffeine to resemble the fear response.  Suggested reading: Coffee: How it affects the Brain, and Naps

The Hidden Health Risks of a Bad Relationship

A 2009 study from the University of Utah showed women in strained relationships are more likely to be depressed, have a higher risk of obesity, and show more signs of metabolic syndrome, which includes conditions like high blood pressure, stroke and diabetes. Research published last month in the Journal of Epidemiology showed couples reporting more negativity in their relationship saw more problems with memory and faster cognitive decline. And this month, a study out of Michigan State University showed spouses in bad marriages, particularly women, are at higher risk of heart disease than couples in good marriages.

…If you can’t empathize, can’t work through conflict, or no longer bring out the best in each other, Ochoa says it’s often time to part ways. And although the heart may want what it wants, the stress surrounding that driving force may tear you apart from the inside out — not just your relationship.

Source: Sniffles, Anxiety, Even Stomach Pain: The Hidden Health Risks of a Bad Relationship

It’s nothing new.  Therapists, counselors, etc will ask if work and personal life are degrading when having to deal with a bad relationship.  The toll it takes on you is real.  Either you recognize that, and either things work or you have to walk away.  It’s not an easy decision to make, but it can be the most healthy decision you will ever make.