Health Effects of Daylight Saving Time

It’s that time of year again: daylight saving time (DST). This Sunday, November 5th, 2017, it’s time to set the clocks back an hour, technically at 2:00am to end DST. While most of us consider the “fall back” to be a treat, giving us an extra hour of sleep in the morning, we don’t realize how it can impact us. We might gain a brighter morning, but that little shift in our time can have a big impact on our body clock and our health.

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What is a Microbiome: The Garden Within Our Bodies

For every cell in our bodies, there are about 10 “non-human” cells. These are microbial residents of our gut, skin, eyes, and nasal passages and are referred to as the “microbiome” and research of its role in human health has revealed enough surprising discoveries that the National Institute of Health has launched an International Human Microbiome Project.

The human microbiome refers specifically to the community of microorganisms that live in and on the human body and their collective genome, which interacts with our host genes. These microbes are affected by everything in our world that we touch or come in contact with. Bacteria, yeast, molds, dirt, and the types of food we eat all impact this sub-system culture.

Gut bacteria aid digestion by breaking down otherwise indigestible plant fibers into short-chain fatty acids that intestinal cells can access. Recent research suggests that gut bacteria influence many other metabolic functions, so much so that some experts now regard it as a “hidden” organ system, capable of interacting with its host down to the DNA expression. As a result, the microbiome’s role in conditions as varied as irritable bowel syndrome, obesity, Type 2 diabetes, depression, and autoimmune disorders is under intense scientific scrutiny. So, how does the microbiome become altered in a way that will affect the host, and how does a host build better microbiota? Continue reading What is a Microbiome: The Garden Within Our Bodies

Why Women Should Strength Train

By Melanie Mauer, Fitness Specialist & Personal Trainer, Elite Sports Clubs – West Brookfield

In some cases, the moment that we make mention of strength training to female clients can be a tense one—one that tends to be full of excuses. “I don’t want to bulk up.” “Ha! I’m not a body builder.” “But cardio burns more calories.” The truth is, strength training is one of the best things you can add to your exercise regimen 3-4 times a week—not only for a strong, lean-looking physique, but also for body-fat loss and overall long term health. Continue reading Why Women Should Strength Train

How Exercise Benefits Your Mental Health

By Melissa Abramovich, Personal Trainer at Elite Sports Club-River Glen

Recently we discussed how massage can help with the symptoms of depression. But how about treating depression with exercise, too? Many studies show that folks who exercise regularly get a positive boost in their overall sense of well being, and lower rates of depression.  Continue reading How Exercise Benefits Your Mental Health

Dealing with Anxiety or Depression? Massage Can Help

By Shelley Philbrick, Licensed Massage Therapist at S.M.A.R.T. Clinic, Elite Sports Club-Brookfield

Just about all of us deal with some form of anxiety or depression every once in awhile. Consider how massage can play an important role in your healing and relaxation. Continue reading Dealing with Anxiety or Depression? Massage Can Help