Friday, January 11, 2019

Sweep Away Stress Granules #2

Most of us agree that stress has a physical affect on our bodies. New research has revealed that our cells release substances called stress granules which can greatly affect our health. Check out last week's blog post to find out how the process works.

Here are two potent tools for preventing the buildup of stress granules:

Exercise brings more blood to the brain and has many positive effects that help prevent the accumulation of stress granules. It increases the delivery of nutrients, oxygen, and healthy growth factors to your neurons and it speeds the removal of toxins from the brain. Neurological experts still don't know the best exercise for the brain but they found that people who did at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise five times a week were less likely to have a build-up of damaging proteins - the ones that research has associated with stress granules.

Plaque Attack
Keeping your gums healthy is a surprisingly effective weapon against stress granules. One source of stress for the body comes from dental plaque and gingivitis. They create inflammation, sending molecules called cytocines through your system, hurting the cells. Brush at least twice a day, floss daily and visit the dentist two times a year. Between meals, you can chew sugar-free gum. Some have a sweetener called xylitol, which may lower your risk of cavities.

Check back next week for two more tools to combat the buildup of stress granules. 

Stay Active, Keep Moving and
Enjoy Your Food

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