In the News: The Way That Stress Can Make You Sick, How a Mediterranean Diet Can Help Seniors, and the Effect Sunlight Has on Your Weight

Stress may actually be making you sick. Research performed on mice out of Michigan State University has shown that a protein in the body affects your immune system when you feel stressed. When this protein, corticotropin-releasing factor receptor subtype 1, better known as CRF1 goes into your immune system it can cause things like irritable bowel syndrome and asthma. Relax your mind and your body to keep your stress levels down and yourself healthy with different types of stress-relieving activities. (MNT)

Adults should eat a Mediterranean diet to avoid frailty as they age. Research published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society took data from several studies to conclude that the Mediterranean diet is the best food plan for senior citizens. This diet is rich in nutrients from healthy fats, fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains which can help increase the strength in older people. More research needs to be done to see if there are other common factors in the tested subjects that contribute to the lessening of frailty in addition to a healthy diet. (SD)

Lack of sunlight may be the cause of your extra pounds. Most people gain weight during the winter months, but a new study from the University of Alberta has found that the sun may be to blame. After observation, it was found that “bad” fat lessens when exposed to sunlight. This helped researchers draw the conclusion that “When the sun’s blue light wavelengths — the light we can see with our eye — penetrate our skin and reach the fat cells just beneath, lipid droplets reduce in size and are released out of the cell. In other words, our cells don’t store as much fat.” However, even though it’s not always sunny out during the winter lack of light doesn’t mean you should abandon healthy lifestyle choices. You should still find a way to get moving and stay active even during the dreariest of days. (MNT)