Spring cleaning and detox advice
Spring is known as the time for new beginnings and rejuvenation, and for the shedding of winter sluggishness and the traditional concept of ‘spring-cleaning’. It is also an ideal time to engage in cleaning up the internal environment of the body. Please read my article in this issue on how to regularly and naturally take care of your liver – one of the main organs of detoxification, and Detoxification Done Daily.
For more articles on how to detox, read: Detox with the Docs, Detoxifying Health Techniques and Acudetox for Addiction. And if you enjoy spring cleaning, keep it free of toxic cleaning products. For guidance, read our article: Uncovering the Dirt on Cleaning Products
Daily step counts and your health
Researchers monitored 78 500 adults with wearable trackers and found that lowered risk of dementia, heart disease, cancer and death are associated with achieving 10 000 steps a day. However, a faster stepping pace like a power walk showed benefits above and beyond the number of steps achieved.
Steps as low as 3 800 a day can cut the risk of dementia by 25 percent.1
Exercise hormone halts Parkinson’s symptoms
Researchers have shown that irisin, a hormone secreted into the blood during endurance or aerobic exercise, reduces levels of a protein linked to Parkinson’s disease and halts movement problems in mice. Endurance exercise has long been found to alleviate symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
According to researcher Prof Spiegelman: ‘Given that irisin is a naturally produced peptide hormone and seems to have evolved to cross the blood brain-barrier, we think it is worth continuing to evaluate irisin as a potential therapy for Parkinson’s and other forms of neurodegeneration.’
Caution to pregnant moms using cannabis
According to research from the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences’ BRAIN Lab, children who were exposed to cannabis in the womb continue to show elevated rates of symptoms of psychopathology (depression, anxiety and other psychiatric conditions), even as at ages 11 and 12.
As they age, they remain at greater risk for clinical psychiatric disorders and problematic substance use.2
- Matthew Ahmadi et al, Prospective Associations of Daily Step Counts and Intensity with Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease Incidence and Mortality and All-cause Mortality, JAMA Internal Medicine (2022). DOI: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2022.4000
- David A. A. Baranger et al, Association of Mental Health Burden With Prenatal Cannabis Exposure From Childhood to Early Adolescence, JAMA Pediatrics (2022). DOI: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2022.3191
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