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2020 Publication Archive

“Eight Ways to Make 2020 Better”

Jan 19, 2020

With the arrival of a new year, many are considering ways to make it the best year ever. A recent article in Newswise discussed some of the reasons put forth by faculty members of California State University. Many of these are based on common sense and observations accumulated over a lifetime and include the following: 1) Surround yourself with positive people. Nothing can pull you down faster than the constant complaining of negative people. That is a real “downer.” A positive mind-set is one of the most important features of a happy and productive life. 2) Consider your legacy. One so-called expert said, “There’s something called “gerotranscendence” theory, which is the view that as we get older, it’s less about us and more about altruism. A lot of older adults get to the point where they want to find the legacy they will leave to family and to the world. But you don’t need to be older to think about how you want to give back or to be remembered.” 3) Be kind to yourself. Psychologists say we have to learn to love ourselves, just as we learn to love others.  Please see the article for the other five ways.

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“Vitamin B-12 Deficiency and How to Recognize It”

Jan 12, 2020

Vitamin B-12 deficiency can be sneaky and harmful. Spotting the signs of vitamin B-12 deficiency early on and getting the right treatment can improve a person’s outlook. In most cases, doctors can treat vitamin B-12 deficiency. Vitamin B-12 deficiency may lead to a reduction in healthy red blood cells (anemia). Symptoms of vitamin B-12 deficiency include fatigue, low mood, and nerve problems. Vitamin B-12 deficiency may affect between 1.5 and 15.0 percent of people. The body needs vitamin B-12 for a range of bodily functions. Being deficient in vitamin B-12 causes physical and psychological symptoms, including nerve problems, fatigue, and difficulty thinking and people with long-term deficiency may have long-lasting effects, such as nerve damage. Most vitamin B-12 deficiency symptoms occur due to a lack of red blood cells, which means that the body does not get enough oxygen. The body’s oxygen supply is crucial for many aspects of health and insufficient oxygen here may lead to a person both feeling and being sick. The reduced amount of oxygen reaching the brain might be to blame for the thinking and reasoning problems, also called cognitive impairment. One study even linked low vitamin B-12 levels to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, and Parkinson’s disease. The human body does not create vitamin B-12, so people must get this nutrient from their diet.

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“Five Reasons You Always Feel Tired”

Jan 05, 2020

Do you walk around feeling like a zombie? If so, this might be the reasons. 1) Poor sleep quality. We sleep for 1/3 of our lifetimes (about 24.9 years). Insomnia or sleep deprivation may be a risk factor for cancer, arteriosclerosis, diabetes, arthritis and cataracts. Insufficient sleep has been linked to a wide variety of health problems, including pain, heart disease and cancer. Insufficient sleep is also the primary reason for always feeling tired. According to a 2007 British study, people who do not get enough sleep are more than twice as likely to die of heart disease. Getting less than seven hours of sleep increases the risk of weight gain and less than six hours leads to unclear thinking. Hot and stuffy bedrooms are linked to poor sleep. Instead, a bedroom temperature of 65-70° F is recommended for best sleep. The brain remains active during sleep. Sleep is characterized by periods of REM (rapid eye movement) sleep activity, which includes eye movement, rapid firing of neurons, and loss of muscle tone. During sleep, neurotoxic waste is cleared from the brain, thus making sleep restorative. Seven to 8 hours of sleep are useless if those hours are of poor quality. This could be why you’re always tired. Maybe you have a partner who snores, or a pet who needs to be on top of you in order to feel secure in the night.  Download the article for the other reasons.

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