Tag Archives: Adaptative

Bring Up Biophilia—What makes us particularly attracted to nature

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No one can dismiss the amazing feeling we get after spending some time in nature. We instantly feel relaxed and reinvigorated. Some might attribute this effect to time spent far away from work, and even though they could be correct, it is not the whole picture. Biophilia is a relatively new concept that brought the public more awareness to the role nature plays. The term refers to our innate propensity to be in nature or to connect with it. Our love for nature is so strong that the mere presence of reminders can be sufficient to initiate a cascade of positive effects. All the reactions produced can lead to a lightened mood, better cognitive processes, including concentration and focus, and a sudden burst in motivation. Nature’s reminders, also called biophilic elements, can be either alive or inanimate, but living elements can instigate the most impressive outcomes. To embrace the spirit of biophilia, we can begin introducing plants at home or add nature soundtracks as background noise. The possibilities are endless.

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Bring Up Puberty—When a Transition to Adulthood Becomes Unavoidable

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If you’re an adult now, you are lucky enough to have survived the awkward years of teenagehood. These years are filled with changes that are hard to navigate around. From the periods (for girls) and the wet dreams (for boys) to the physical changes, it becomes difficult to find our bearings. It becomes quite easy to feel out of place or even misunderstood. We may even feel like there is no one there to help us. As a girl, speaking about menstruation needed to be whispered as to not be heard. All decisions about our sexual health seemed to be controlled by our parents. Conversely, our parents realized that we were then able to take on more responsibilities which sometimes might have seemed very contradictory. Our puberty is truly a strange moment in our lives when our bodies become partly strangers. We all need time and support to develop and get acquainted once again with ourselves. More than ever, we need to break down any residual taboos regarding puberty and be there for all teens.

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Bring Up Perspiration—How I Am Regulating My Temperature

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It is no secret that water is a vital component for life on Earth. For instance, us humans need water for more than one physiological process. Water is used by our kidneys to help filter out waste products, by our blood to help transport products to different parts of our body and by our sweat to help our body regulate our internal temperature. Sweat might be regarded as a nuisance, but in the grand scheme of things, it is so beneficial to our health. Sweat or perspiration doesn’t actually smell like anything. What makes for the bad smells are the bacteria that feed off the sweat. Still, we have to remember that without sweat, our body will struggle to keep us from burning up. On hot days, this might be especially deadly considering the increased risk of developing heatstrokes. Without sweat, our internal heat would reach levels that could be lethal. So, instead of curbing off sweat, we might look at options aimed to eliminate bacteria and odours.

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Bring Up Touch—How do we perceive tactile stimuli

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We understand that we cannot live our lives without drinking or eating for extended periods. However, we often disregard the importance of touching and its impact on our well-being. For instance, the lack of social touch (e.g. hugs) has led in some cases to the death of several young children. We now understand that touching is necessary for proper brain development. Furthermore, in recent years, we also found that social touch allows for the release of many growth hormones and the stimulation of the immune system. In addition, there seem to be even more roles relating to touch and, more precisely, tickles. One theory proposes that tickles have evolutionary purposes. It claims that it encourages younglings to wrestle while protecting vital parts. What more will we learn about touch? Let’s find out.

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Bring Up Sleep – How can I increase my overall well-being

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My second most favourite moment of the day is whenever I’m sleeping (the first is, without any doubt, whenever I’m eating). After a good night’s sleep, I can always benefit from an energy recovery and a less obstructed mindset. Many pieces of evidence are starting to pile up supporting the necessity of sleep. However, despite these indications, heaps of people keep omitting it as a valid health component. Sleep is not only essential to recuperate from tiredness, but it also fundamentally impacts many aspects of your lives that you may not be fully comprehending. As a recent undergraduate and graduate student, I got the opportunity to notice first-hand a trend toward neglecting sleep as a necessary measure to succeed. Not only is this strategy not really helping in getting better grades, but it also may affect your memory and learning performances in the long run.

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Bring Up Inflammation – How does it help

It doesn’t matter if it’s from an insect bite, an injury, a headache, a twisted ankle or anything else, once inflammation settles in, we know it’s going to be unpleasant. We might think that inflammation is a sign of infection, and although it may be, it’s not necessarily the case. Inflammation is there as an adaptive response to help with the healing process once damage or external elements are detected. However this is not its only range of action. Through various approaches, inflammation will help protect the injured site, provide the adequate chemicals to begin repairs and ensure sterility of the surrounding environment. One thing is almost certain, you know, at the very least, some strategies to use when dealing with inflammation, like elevating the affected limbs, putting ice over it, or even taking some anti-inflammatory medication. However you probably don’t know exactly how they work. If not, you certainly will after reading this nicely crafted article.

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Bring Up State of Panic – What makes us completely lose it

Desperate times call for desperate measures seems the best-suited motto to describe the general state of panic experienced last spring by some of us. The 2020 pandemic appeared from, what seemed at the time, thin air. We were unequipped and unprepared to face what has been a worldwide affliction that has managed to paralyze our lives and our economy. Faced with uncertainty and doubts about the near future, we’ve adopted behaviour that sometimes could have been misconstrued as selfish. Selfishness had virtually nothing to do with it, though. We are wired to, in alert mode, respond first to our needs and then to the needs of others. The only obvious exception to this rule is our close family members, like our children, that seems to have priority over us when an emergency arises. That is why when boarding a plane the flight attendants will inform you to first care for yourself before your own kid if/when an emergency situation occurs. If I picked your curiosity and you want to know more about what’s at play, then you should definitely read this article.

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Bring Up Pain – Where all of this hurt comes from

It’s hard to imagine a life without feeling, but we can all imagine a life without pain. People would all agree that it does sound dreamy. Without pain there is no suffering, and without suffering there is only happiness and joy, right? Pain experts would absolutely not agree with that statement. They have realized the importance of pain in our life, and especially its importance in our survival. Without pain our life expectancy would significantly drop, making even the success rate of reaching adulthood drastically low. This is because when we injure ourselves, the only thing stopping us from injuring ourselves further is pain. Without pain, we just wouldn’t know what to avoid. Thus, getting to know the mechanistic and origin of pain is a must. This is why I created this article so that anyone could understand. Relying on experiences, we can all understand this complex machine. Now the only thing missing is for you to read this article and enjoy.

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