Week Ending April 12, 2021

The Role of Nutrition in Health
“It is currently estimated that about half of all American adults have one or more preventable and diet-related chronic diseases, the most common of which include cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. As the rate of these chronic diseases, which are often due to poor nutritional intake and physical inactivity, continues to climb, it is imperative that the role of nutrition in all aspects of health is fully understood.”

How Practicing Yoga Can Help Relieve Your Arthritis Pain Naturally
“Some who suffer from arthritis pain might assume that all types of exercise are off-limits, but yoga can help you feel better physically and mentally. Certified yoga therapist Steffany Moonaz, Ph.D., a professor and director of research at Maryland University of Integrative Health and the founder and director of Yoga for Arthritis, explains why it works.”

Cocoa may protect males’ hearts from the effects of mental stress
“Stressful events — such as sitting an exam, giving a presentation, or attending a job interview — temporarily increase heart rate and blood pressure and dilate arteries. This is a normal part of the body’s “fight-or-flight” response, but the lining of blood vessels, known as the endothelium, can take up to 90 minutes to recover after this kind of stress.”

Crystals for Sleep: Catch More ZZZ’s with These Healing Stones
“The remedies for restless sleep are countless, like counting sheep, avoiding screens before bed, or practicing relaxation exercises. Another option that some people swear by is the use of crystals.”

How Acupuncture Helps Knee Pain
“Acupuncture involves inserting very thin needles into the skin at specific points on the body. This traditional Chinese medicine practice originated thousands of years ago and is based on the premise that inserting these needles into points on the body restores the flow of qi—the body’s energy—to promote healing, reduce pain, and encourage relaxation.”

How and why does diet influence immune function?
“We may take it for granted that our diet can influence the way our immune systems work. But how and why does what we eat impact the immune response? In this Honest Nutrition feature, we investigate.”

This Is How You Should Eat to Minimize Your Environmental Impact
“As easy as it is to base your health status off of your eating habits or your workout routine, these factors represent only a sliver of your overall wellbeing. Financial security, employment, interpersonal relationships, and education can all influence your state of health too, and as the globe gradually warms, it’s becoming clear that the environment can do the same.”