The Daily Dose: Breathe In, Breathe Out.

Today’s healthy tip: breathe in, breathe out. Stress is a killer (literally). We each approach it in our everyday lives, with varying degrees of success. While the big names of cardiovascular disease and strokes typically take the spotlight in any health/wellness discussion, many times it’s stress that is the true risk factor causing these issues. Stress comes in all shapes and sizes – but one of the key sources causing stress in everyday American lives comes from the workplace. Luckily for us, there are ways to avoid stressors in the workplace that can all be done right at your desk. For starters, just take a breath.

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Typically, when I think back on my childhood, I think about Mario Kart and an overblown hatred for the dog in Duck Hunt. However, new research suggests that rehashing childhood memories may potentially lead to more ethical behavior. The reason? Thinking about our childhood brings about a sense of “moral purity”, increasing the likelihood for us to act in a “morally-pure” way*.

I can’t help but think of James Bond when I read this article, but researchers have stumbled upon electronic components that can dissolve once they’re usefulness is all used up. Now, obviously this has more global implications – less waste and tons of potential in the medical field. However, the concept will no doubt be heavily leveraged in every spy film from here to infinity.

We’ve all been there. Unable to sleep, sitting in bed tossing and turning. Reaching for sleeping pills is all too common for just about everyone, which is becoming a topic of concern for doctors. Sleep is an essential function that regulates our bodily activities. Damaging that function may be causing distress in our regulation, opening the door to a host of other problems. If you can’t sleep, you’re better off doing some low-energy (and low-light!) activity, like reading (if you still own real books). While lying in bed with your eyes closed isn’t all bad, it’s nothing compared to the benefits of sleep.

Peanut allergies are notoriously ruthless, causing anxiety amongst parents who feel their kids may be allergic to the delicious legume. However, new research suggests that the culprit may not be the peanut. Instead of being allergic to peanuts, it’s possible that many who are diagnosed with a peanut allergy are actually allergic to birch pollen – which shares the same reaction-inducing protein, “Ara h 8”.

*In what should be no surprise whatsoever, the effect is reversed when thinking back on the teenage years.

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