Stress and Metabolism, part 2

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Let’s talk a little more about stress. In a normal, healthy person, what is the most aggressive stressor? The stress mechanism seen right in the morning, when we wake up. As this mechanism starts functioning, it moves muscles, getting our conscious projection in the brain and activating every organ. This all requires a stressful response. You’ve been sleeping for hours, and suddenly your body–your brain–starts releasing chemicals to start your stress response and activate your muscles. This is natural, because your body does it at a normal range, and there is a metabolic response. Continue reading

Stress and Metabolism, part 1

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Metabolism is the utilization of nutrients by our cells transforming them into molecular components for internal functioning of self and other parts of the body. It also involves the movement of energy in and out of storage areas around the body, and into every cell in the body. When we eat, our digestive system absorbs the food. Any excess food is stored away so nutrients can be used during the hours in between meals. Additionally, anytime we enter “fight-or-flight” mode, these stored nutrients are released for use into the bloodstream.

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Creativity and Stress

Creativity and Stress

Hello reader! My name is Joe, and I’m a speculative fiction author. In my spare time, I also enjoy writing music and making videos. It’s safe to say I’m a man of creativity. I love to create things, be it stories or clever images, and creativity is a topic that deeply intrigues me. Personally, I believe that everyone uses creativity in some way, not just artists. Scientists and mathematicians need to be creative to solve complicated problems. Architects creatively find ways to erect buildings. Doctors find new, more efficient ways to treat patients. Even if you believe you have no creativity, you’re wrong. Parents, children, students, we all need to use creativity in some way, and I believe this topic is of use to all of us. Continue reading

Understanding Optimal Health, part 3

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As we finish our series of discussing optimal health, we’ll finish by talking about where our health needs to ultimately begin to enjoy all its benefits. Since health begins at the microscopic level, we’ll return to what we’re made of- cells, including how they stay healthy and get sick, and the effects a single unhealthy cell can have on an entire organ and the body over time. Continue reading