Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Link Between Stress & Illnesses

A hormone called neuropeptide Y (NPY) released when we are under stress can debilitate our immune system and allow colds, influenza and even depression to take hold.

According to Journal of Experimental Medicine, there is link between the brain and the immune system and will help in understanding the interplay between stress and stress related illnesses.

During periods of stress, nerves release a lot of NPY and it gets into the bloodstream, where it inhibits the cells in the immune system that look out for and destroy pathogens in the body.

The next step is finding ways of stimulating the immune systems of people who have high levels of stress and are likely to fall ill. But drugs to block the effects of stress on the immune system were a long way off.

In the meantime, it is important that we understand how bad stress is for all of us, the best thing to do is to
remove stress from our lives just by reorganizing the way we live, changing our lifestyle and using things like yoga and relaxation to the best of our ability.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

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Thursday, February 09, 2006

LIVE WITH IT- Episode One: Mudd

"Live With It," the Web's first animated series about living with HIV.

"Live With It" is an animated series of dramatic short films produced by Reel Health. Each episode is meant to help educate and inspire -whether you have HIV or not.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

7 Don'ts After A Meal

1. Do not smoke after a meal! Experiments from experts prove that smoking a cigarette after a meal is comparable to smoking TEN cigarettes (Chances of getting Cancer is higher).

2. Do not eat fruits immediately after meals. It will bloat your stomach. Therefore have your fruits one or two hours before or after your meal.

3. Do not drink tea after a meal as tea leaves contain a high content of acid. This substance will cause the protein content in the food we consume to be hardened; making it difficult to digest.

4. Do not loosen your belt after eating. Loosening the belt after a meal can cause intestinal problems.

5. Do not shower after eating. Bathing will cause the increase of blood flow to the hands, legs and body thereby causing the amount of blood around the stomach to decrease. This will weaken the digestive system in our stomach.

6. Do not walk after a meal even though you have heard people say that after a meal, walking a hundred steps will make you live till 99. Walking immediately after a meal will make it difficult for the digestive system to absorb the nutrition from the food we eat. Wait at least an hour after your meal and then walk if you want to.

7. Do not sleep immediately. The intake of food will not be able to digest properly thereby leading to gastro-intestinal problems.


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