Showing posts from February, 2021

Fall in Love with Your Heart and Gut

  Celebrate American Heart Month   with a Healthy Gut As February draws to a chilly close, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute as well as the American Heart Association remind us to reflect on our healthy lifestyles to prevent the risk of heart disease by celebrating American Heart Month. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, and is widespread throughout all demographics. However, heart disease is considered the most preventable disease.  American Heart Month is celebrated every year to motivate us to take proactive measures in our heart health and stay consistent with these healthy lifestyles. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) provides us some ways to take steps to keep a healthy heart. Understand Your Risk of Heart Disease -- Preventing heart disease requires knowing what your personal risks are and what to do to lower those risks. Risk factors are conditions or habits that make a person more likely to develop a disease. Choose Heart-Healt

Mind Your Gut Health

Consequences Of Your Gut Health Can Contribute To Cognitive Behaviors. The microbes in your gut are involved directly and indirectly to produce several neurotransmitters (messengers in the nervous system). Your bacteria can stimulate or produce these molecules, which then can be interpreted by our nervous system through different mechanisms. How has gut health and behavior been studied? In Paris, France, scientists at the Institut Pasteur discovered that stress-induced dysbiosis (imbalance of the gut) has consequences to rodent behavior.  One potential mechanism demonstrated that the gut microbiome can induce depressive-like behaviors in mice by altering the central nervous system's production of important signaling molecules. These molecules, a special kind of fats, act as messengers for the nervous system, and by affecting its production the gut microbiome is now recognized as an important player in disorders like depression and in our overall mood.  Researchers also found out th

Your Gut Health Can Predict Your Body's Response to COVID-19

Lab studies suggest your gut health may play a role in COVID severity. The Coronavirus or COVID-19 has dominated worldwide throughout 2020 and predicted to take over much of the beginning of 2021. But with the vaccine rolling out steadily across the United States, the country can see what could be the light at the end of a long tunnel.  Although the wait to receive the vaccine may take some time, it is notable to stay proactive in preventative measures such as; wearing a face mask, staying six-feet apart from others, and washing your hands for 20-seconds.  However, Did you know your gut health could impact your body's response to COVID-19? According to a study conducted by The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, Hong Kong, researchers were able to find how our gut microorganisms likely influence how our bodies respond to COVID-19. Researchers used shotgun sequencing to extract DNA from stool samples of 100 patients infected with COVID-19 and compared 27 of those patients'