Wellness Wednesday – 10/23/19
WELLNESS TIP OF THE WEEK
You Deserve This!
You’ve worked hard. Enjoy greater flexibility, mobility and improved muscle function with “Total Body Stretch,” assisted stretch using the Streto Method.
Top-down Stretching: A Proven Philosophy
The ancients believed in the idea of, “Where your mind goes, the body will follow,” and for good reason. Muscle function is controlled through your nervous system. That’s why the Streto Method starts at your neck and works downward to relax your nerves and muscles for the best results throughout your body.
Why Do You Need The Streto Method?
Every day you subject your body to stresses and awkward postures, mainly from technology usage and prolonged sitting, resulting in minor aches and pains. In fact, many experts believe sitting is the new smoking. So, incorporating the Streto Method into your wellness routine can help counter that. It’s fully customizable to your activities and individual needs. The Streto Method combines the latest stretch research with relaxation techniques inspired by yoga and meditation. Each stretch builds on the others to provide a Total Body Stretch.
Only At Massage Envy
Introducing Massage Envy’s proprietary, professionally-assisted Total Body Stretch service, the Streto Method. Experience it as a stand-alone treatment or as a complement to your favorite massage. A 30 or 60-minute session can leave you feeling more relaxed and energetic immediately. The Streto Method is a great way to discover Massage Envy’s growing assortment of services and yet another valuable part of a Massage Envy membership.
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WELLNESS AROUND THE WEB
Could A Unique New Fungus Offer An Opioid Alternative?
According to data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, over 130 people die each day in the United States because of an opioid overdose.
While monitoring the use of opioids is helpful, scientists are on the lookout for opioid alternatives. They are searching for drugs that will treat chronic pain in the same way as opioids but are less likely to harm health or lead to misuse.
A novel discovery by researchers from the University of Sydney in Australia — in collaboration with colleagues from other academic institutions — may, in the future, lead to the development of one such potent alternative. The team found an unknown species of the fungus Penicillium in an estuary in the Huon Valley in Tasmania. The researchers showed that this fungus contained a set of molecules called tetrapeptides, which are amino acids.
The newly discovered fungus yielded three different versions of tetrapeptides — with a very interesting and unexpected molecular structure. The team found that these fungus-derived molecules had a surprising chirality, or “handedness,” which refers to the geometric orientation of the molecular structure.
Some molecules have a geometric property that means they can have a “left handed” or a “right handed” structure, the two of which are mirror images of each other.
Moreover, their orientation can make a significant difference, since it will determine how a molecule “fits” or reacts with other molecules that it interacts with.
In nature, most amino acids display “left handedness,” and while there are some exceptions, the amino acids present in mammals are very rarely “right handed.”
This is important because, as the researchers explain in their paper — which appears in the journal PNAS — recent studies have emphasized the importance of peptides (short-chain amino acids) of mammalian origin in the context of developing new and better alternatives to traditional opioids.
The tetrapeptides present in the newly discovered Penicillium are special precisely because they display “right handedness.” This unusual chirality allowed the researchers to determine these molecules’ properties and the fact that they were a promising alternative to opiates.
The team has already filed a patent application in Australia and continues the research, aiming to confirm whether the newly discovered molecules can lead to the development of a novel drug.
Five Tips To Winter-Proof Hair To Prevent Hair Damage From Dry Weather
Experts say that unlike summers, winters are healthier for skin and hair, but there are still few hair woes that this season brings along. Winters are dry and cold; the change of temperature indoors and outdoors make hair lose its shine and bounce. Dandruff, split ends and dryness are all common problems created by the cold weather. However, these five tips from TheHealthSite.com can help alleviate some of the symptoms brought on by cooling weather.
Prevent hair damage with olive oil: In winters, hair can lose its moisture to dipping temperature and harsh chilly winds. No scarfs and caps can help you when you step out. It’s important to lock in the moisture of the hair. Olive oil is the best for massaging the scalp for moisture boost and some relaxation. Heat the oil and apply when it’s warm. Massage the scalp gently. Do it every time before shampooing your hair for healthy hydrated locks.
Don’t leave home with wet hair: It takes longer than usual for hair to get dry in winter. Dip in temperature makes it difficult to get air-dried hair and you may not have enough time to wait. However, still don’t commit the mistake of stepping out with wet hair in winters. It’s because the cold temperature makes the water to freeze in the hair follicle which cause hair breakage. You may see excessive hair fall if in case that’s the practice you follow. Wash your hair a day before if it’s urgent or take help of a hair dryer.
Prevent hair damage by washing hair less frequently: Washing hair frequently rips the scalp off its natural oils. This results in flaky and itchy scalp. Washing it once or twice a week should be enough. Since you don’t sweat much in winters, it won’t even make your hair look oily.
Prevent hair damage with honey: Honey can be a natural hair mask that can be your winter go-to. It not only restores the lost moisture, but also makes hair look visibly voluminous. Just apply it to hair length and wash off after 20 minutes with lukewarm water for shiny and bouncy hair.
Avoid excessive heat: Whether it’s about taking shower with hot water or using heat tools for styling, anything with excessive heat can damage hair. Try to avoid hair styling tools frequently. The temperature dries out the scalp causing hair damage and hair fall. It can also make scalp itchy when dry. Similar thing happens when you wash hair with hot water—use lukewarm water if it’s too cold for cool water.
LOCAL HEALTH HIGHLIGHTS & UPCOMING EVENTS
8th Annual Hallows Eve 5k Fun Run and Walk
This is a 3.1 mile scenic route in the Pawtucketville neighborhood of Lowell.
Lowell, Mass. | RunReg.com
2nd Annual AllForAng 5k
The 5k course heads out of Bradford Country Club. The AllforAng 5k is now certified by USA Track & Field. Your performance will be accepted as a record or be nationally ranked.
Haverhill, Mass. | AllForAng.com
Greater Lowell Family YMCA 6th Annual Fundraising Event
Greater Lowell Family YMCA is throwing another one of their famous Tailgate Parties. Proceeds go to funding children and community programs.
Dracut, Mass. | GreaterLowellYMCA.org