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Pick Up The Pace

When you think about your daily routine (commute to work, grocery shopping, household chores etc.) do you tend to walk slower or faster than others around you? What if your walking pace reflects how long you will live? Would you pay more attention to your walking habits? According to a new study conducted by researchers at the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), a slower walking pace is related to having a lower life expectancy. The research utilized data from approximately half a million UK individuals. They found that people who routinely use a faster walking pace have a longer life expectancy no matter the weight of the individual. This is the first time research has associated

Get Back to Nature

This time of year can be stressful: budgeting summer vacations, finding a summer job, and just trying to make it through the work day while being teased with this summer weather. How do you find time for your mental health? What is a practical, efficient, and effective solution? The answer is a healthy dose of nature – 3x a week. A recent study has shown a reduction in stress biomarkers in our body called cortisol and amylase when individuals experience nature. The efficiency of the "nature pill" to decrease cortisol levels is greatest between 20 – 30 minutes. Nature will continue to lower cortisol levels for longer durations but at a reduced rate. The authors' methodology was also very prac

The Clock Gene

Have you ever wondered how our internal, biological clock actually works? We're aware that we have a clock that helps us adapt to the regular rhythm of the day but we don't each personally understand how it works. Three individuals - Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young - discovered how plants, animals and humans are able to adapt to their biological rhythm so that they're in sync with the Earth's rotations. There is a gene that controls our biological rhythm and these three scientists managed to isolate that gene. As stated in the below sourced article: they showed that this gene encodes a protein that accumulates in the cell during the night, and is then degraded during th