Like most things in life, moderation is the key, and while caffeine itself might not be inherently bad, the frequency, amount and the dependencies people have to it can be cause for concern. There's always a catch isn't there? While you might think that your cup of joe in the morning is your only exposure to caffeine, think again.
Here's an eye-opener that'll probably make you want to keep 'em closed: Most of us are sleep deprived. And it's taking a toll on our health. Sleep deprivation, or even just a lack of quality sleep, can stress your body by elevating your cortisol levels. When levels of this stress hormone are high, your body goes into survival mode, meaning it stores body fat.
The irony for many of us is that our "stress response" has become even more damaging to our health than the everyday events that trigger our stress. In other words, we typically tend to preoccupy our minds with these stressful incidents long after they're over. And so the cortisol keeps flowing long after it should have abated.
We're well into September which means we've entered a shift in our activities: vacations have wrapped up, kids are back at school, the days are getting shorter and we're all dealing with a routine shake-up. These changes add pressure to both parents and children alike. I've rallied up a few pointers on easy diet and lifestyle changes to adopt over the coming months to reduce stress, increase energy and boost overall wellness.
Despite our fretting, technology isn't going away, and simply cloistering our children from it is neither beneficial nor practical. To succeed in the modern world, children will need to embrace technology without being consumed by it. And the difference between these two fates lies in the hands of parents.
Last month, it was reported that an Edmonton woman was badly beaten by her spouse. Though the attack put her in the hospital, the police offered a silver lining by stating that her unborn baby, at least, wasn't harmed. Sadly, this claim underestimates the profound effect severe stress can have on children's development in their first years of life, including while they're still in the womb.
Consider managing your stress before it manages you. Regardless of whether you've chosen your good stressor (planning a big party for someone special), keeping yourself in stress mode for weeks, months, or years at a time will do a number on your hippocampus that sets up vulnerability to Alzheimer's disease. Here's how it works.