Friday, January 18, 2019

Sweep Away Stress Granules #3

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. My blog post from January 4th discusses the physical process of how they are created. Last week, I shared two tools to help prevent the buildup of stress granules. This week I share two more:

Choose Color
As a part of their normal process of generating energy, our cells release free radicals - harmful, unstable molecules that create oxidative stress. This can lead to a pileup of stress granules. Anti-oxidants in brightly colored vegetables can prevent and reverse oxidative stress. Fill 70% of your plate with vegetables and aim to include different colors at each meal. Dark leafy greens, red peppers, yams, broccoli. Include colorful seasonal fruit - apples in the fall, citrus in the winter, berries in the spring and stone fruits in the summer.

Clean the Air
Early research indicates there may be a link between environmental toxins and stress granules. So far, lead and mercury have been implicated, but there are likely others, so it's smart to reduce your exposure to pollution. Concentrate on what's inside your home, since indoor air can be just as polluted as outdoor air. A recent study found that volatile chemical products - pesticides, furniture coatings, cleaning agents and personal care products - now rival transportation as the top sources of pollution in cities. Consider investing in a good air purifier.

Side note about outdoor air: You can stop worrying about the exhaust fumes you encounter when you run, bike or walk outside. Turns out, you'd have to cycle outdoors for up to seven hours a day for those negative consequences to add up, according to research from the University of Cambridge.

Get rid of stress granules before they accumulate and cause harm. 
Be aware of indoor air quality and fill your meals with vegetables of all colors. 

Stay Active, Keep Moving and
Enjoy Your Food

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