Are You A Product Of Your Environment? [The Stack 008]

Greetings Stackers!

As the pioneer businessman, philanthropist, and author of self-help books once said:

“You are a product of your environment. So choose the environment that will best develop you toward your objective. Analyze your life in terms of its environment. Are the things around you helping you toward success - or are they holding you back?” - W. Clement Stone

These fresh new studies prove that the state of our health is determined partially by the state of our country:

Two hours a week in nature is good for you

Go take a hike. Literally. Healthline features a Scientific Reports study that found clear evidence that going for a hike can help advance your health.

  • Researchers surveyed more than 19,000 people in the UK about their recreational time in nature in the last week along with self-reported health and well-being.
  • People who spent at least 120 minutes a week in nature saw a boost in their mental and physical health, when compared to people who didn’t spend any time in nature.
  • Every bit helps: it didn’t matter how the 120 mins of contact were achieved, as long as they were achieved. One long hike or several short visits to the park per week will due.

How’s the internet affecting the human brain

MedicalNewsToday introduced a new research review in World Psychiatry that explained the impact that the online world has on our brains.

  • Evidence showed that digital multitasking did not improve people’s ability to multitask elsewhere (real life). In fact, it could make people more distractible.
  • In terms of memory, previous generations had to store facts mentally, where as now we can leave facts to the internet. It’s theorized that this may provide some benefit to the brain, allowing it to focus on other, more ambitious tasks.
  • As for social interactions, the brain seems to process online interactions in a surprisingly similar way as real-life ones. It may end up helping older adults who struggle with feeling isolated, but negatively impact young people who are susceptible to interactions such as peer pressure and rejection.

Here’s what to know about microplastic and your health

Healthline highlights reports that shine light on how much plastic we’re ingesting from the environment, food, and drinks and the possible health dangers it holds.

  • A new report, published last week by the World Wildlife Fund, looked at data from 52 studies on microplastic ingestion.  
    • Researchers found that people are at risk for ingesting around 5 grams of plastic per week. The equivalent to a credit card!
  • A Journal of Environmental Science and Technology issue explored 26 studies which represented over 3,600 processed samples.
    • They found that Americans consume about 39,000 to 52,000 microplastic particles per year from seafood, water, sugars, salts, and alcohol alone.
  • A United European Gastroenterology press release shared that 20 microplastic particles were found in every 10 grams of stool.
  • Although more research is needed, studies suggest that chemicals in many plastic products might be harmful to health.
    • Bisphenol A (BPA): a controversial endocrine-disrupting chemical that may interfere with natural hormone activity in humans
    • Phthalates: may disrupt hormone function including testosterone

Natural Stacks habitué

Lois is a third shift nurse (typically 11pm to 7pm) working in long term care.

“As a nurse, I literally have peoples’ lives in my hands, so it’s important to be able to work with focus and clarity throughout the night when the body is naturally saying, “its time to sleep”.

She shared that for the first time in over twenty years, she found this with Natural Stacks.

“I am staying clear headed through the times when, in the past, my brain would get foggy, wanting sleep. Now, I don’t feel that until I’ve been home for a while.”

-Thanks for all the care Lois! We’re happy to hear that you’re not falling asleep on the job ;)

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What else we're Stacking…

How Fetal Tissue Ban Affects Research on Alzheimer’s, Other Diseases [Healthline]

Gut bacteria: The surprising impact of viruses [Medical News Today]

Caution urged over use of fast-acting version of ketamine for depression [NBC News]

What are ‘Forever Chemicals’ and how are they getting in your food? [Healthline]

Foods with similar nutrition content affect the gut differently [Medical News Today]

The environment influences your health and wellness. Choose the environment that will best support you toward your values.

Wishing you health and happiness,

-Team NS



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