Are you prone to depression?

WedAug8CI.jpgIN YOUR DAILY DOSE: today is research that determines some people are more prone to depression based on their genetic profile.

MAKING CHANGES: You are not predetermined to be depressed - how those genes are expressed is based on lifestyle choices YOU make.

FACT OR FICTION: Can you hit a 7-10 split?


In The News

A study from the University of Central Florida has discovered a gene variant that may carried by 25 percent of the population, which may increase the odds you’ll develop depression. Rosanna Scott, lead author of the study will have this work presented at the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics conference. She found this link while working on her thesis. Her thesis advisor Daniel Paulson, commented:

"Some genes are deterministic, like the one that causes Huntington's disease -- where if you've got it, you'll get the disease. This isn't one of those genes.”


Daily Health Tip

You can make a difference in HOW your genes are expressed by making smart lifestyle choices.

Making Changes

Supporting your immune system may well help prevent you from developing colds, flu and other immune mediated diseases, such as lupus or neurodegenerative disease. You immune health begins in your gut and is affected by stress. Start with these strategies to protect your health:

  1. Consider using a quality probiotic and prebiotic supplement - the first to add a diverse microbiome to your gut and the second to feed them.
  2. Reduce or eliminate your sugar intake, smoking and alcohol consumption as each negatively affects your gut bacteria, your immune system and your heart health.
  3. Increase the amount of non-carbohydrate fiber you eat daily as it feeds your good bacteria and found in vegetables.
  4. Reduce the amount of carbohydrates you eat each day as these foods metabolize into sugar in your body.
  5. Get 8 hours of sleep a night. When exhausted, your brain does not function as well. You will have more problems with focus and with the ability to think through problems. In fact, when tired, your brain functions as if you have been drinking alcohol with reduced reaction time and processing speed.
  6. Get 20 to 30 minutes of sunshine each day. Sun is a great way for your body to manufacture vitamin D, but it also affects your brain and your mood. If you can’t get outside, use a light bulb in the house designed for people with seasonal affective disorder. All of us benefit by being in the sun!
  7. Exercise every day. Whether you are walking after lunch and dinner or working out for an hour at the gym, get some exercise. Your digestive system works better, your arteries will be healthier and your mood better too.
  8. Drink enough water to stay hydrated. Your urine should be light straw color. If it’s darker then you aren’t drinking enough and if it’s lighter you are drinking too much.
  9. Find what works best for your stress reduction. Some people practice yoga, others just exercise and others find that prayer helps to relieve their stress of everyday living. However you choose to manage stress, it’s important that YOU manage stress and not that the stress in your life manages you.



Daily Affirmation

When ladies at the gym feel down about their weight loss progress, I lift them up. I remind them to take one day at a time. I share the importance of counting small blessings.
Brotherly love means finding the less fortunate and helping them. I spend a lot of my time with charitable activities. It is great to contribute to making the lives of others more comfortable.

Fact or Fiction?

Is the 7-10 split the hardest pin configuration to hit in bowling?

Actually, it’s among the most difficult. But, according to scientists, it’s the 4-6-7-9-10 split, also called the Greek Church, that’s THE most difficult to conquer. It’s called the Greek church because it looks like an old fashioned church building with spires.


Have a wonderful day!

Your Healthy Life America Team


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