The sports world was stunned recently when four-time Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka withdrew from the French Open for mental health reasons. Osaka revealed that she has battled depression and social anxiety, the latter of which was exacerbated by the media conferences and interviews that players are required to do when they compete in these types of tournaments. She said she felt “vulnerable and anxious” and that she decided for “self-care” to skip the post-match press conference. After being fined for doing so, and seeing the commotion this step caused, she decided to leave the tournament all together.
No, it’s not your imagination. The unfortunate reality is that the pandemic has also taken a toll on our skin, making many of us seem to age faster than we otherwise would have. While the pandemic has been with us for 18 months, we may easily look 24 or even 36 months older than we did when it started. While disconcerting, this apparent rapid aging is understandable given the challenges we all have faced to one degree or another. Video calls, staying home and doing home office, juggling family and work, being more sedentary than usual and opting for more convenient but less nutritious foods all conspire against having healthy, supple skin.
Think about it. Our daily lives are practically “designed” to sit the majority of the day. Working, scrolling social media, watching television, playing video games, eating, driving and reading are all activities that often involve prolonged periods of sitting.
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Many Americans are now forced to assess their health and face the fact that it might be a good idea to finally get rid of excess weight and address metabolic issues. Being overweight or obese and/or having issues such as diabetes, hypertension and heart disease are conditions that can wreak havoc on the immune system by promoting chronic inflammation and other problems.
Having a sufficient intake of vitamin D is important to our overall health and wellness. Very few foods naturally contain this nutrient. In fact, it is called the ‘sunshine vitamin’ because our bodies produce vitamin D when our skin is exposed to sunlight.
If you’re confused about the different COVID-19 vaccines currently available (there are three as of now), as well as those in the pipeline, you are not alone. With the flood of information about the vaccines – some accurate and some not – it is only natural to wonder if they are safe, if they work, if one is better than another or whether you should wait for “the best.” You also may not be sure about how they work or what the difference is between “efficacy” and “effectiveness” when it comes to protecting you and your loved ones from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 disease. And if you’re like me, you probably want to know what you can do to stay healthy before you get vaccinated and whether there is anything you can do to maximize the vaccine’s protection.
While public health measures and modern medicine have greatly reduced the incidence and mortality rates of TB, the disease still kills between 1.5 and 2 million people around the world ever year. To give you some perspective, this is about the same number of people who have died from Covid-19 disease over the past year.
If you are a regular reader of pH Labs blogs, you know that I firmly believe that nutritional balance and getting an adequate intake of essential nutrients, such as fats, vitamins and minerals, are absolutely key to our overall health and wellbeing. Nutrients are so vital that the difference between having enough of them or a lack of them can be a matter of life or death in some cases, and the COVID-19 pandemic appears to be exposing this truth.
If you have growing children, the following information may really motivate you to develop that green thumb. According to a recent study that involved children in rural households outside of the United States (in low-income and middle-income countries), children grew taller when their mothers grew their own food.
There’s another pandemic we are facing that you may not even be aware of: a vitamin D deficiency pandemic. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (a branch of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)), around one billion people worldwide are vitamin D deficient, and about 50 percent of the population is vitamin D insufficient.
My son Kyle, a millennial, shared his story about growing up. He suggested that if he had participated in organized sports during his adolescence, he may have gotten into less trouble and had more confidence as a young adult. But as a mom, my focus was on keeping him healthy and active and while I emphasized sports in general, frankly I did not focus much on the need to get him involved in organized sports.
Many baby boomers have some degree of hearing loss. In fact, by the time we reach age 70, about 70 percent of us will suffer a decline in our hearing acuity. And by 2030, some 50 million boomers are expected to have hearing loss. Yes, it is far more common that we may think (or may want to admit).
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