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Stress May Turn Hair Gray, but Calm May Reverse It

Stress May Turn Hair Gray, but Calm May Reverse It

Gray hair, jokingly referred to as stress highlights, is a visible sign of aging that has long been tied to personal pressure, but the theory is difficult to prove. Now, researchers say they can measure what is happening when hair grays, and provide early evidence that it can sometimes be reversed.

Hair color is lost, and strands turn gray as melanin — a pigment found in the skin, eyes, and hair — declines.

Before hairs emerge from the scalp, they grow under the skin in follicles that receive chemical and electrical signals, including stress hormones, from the body. Once they emerge, hairs harden, and their molecular structure is preserved and reflected in their pigmentation.

Using high-resolution scanners, scientists can now detect small color changes in single strands of human hair.

Researchers measured color loss in single strands of human hair from 14 volunteers who kept diaries to document the weekly levels of stress they experienced. The results were striking: As the volunteers experienced more stress, their hair lost pigment. But as the stress eased, their hair regained color, says Martin Picard, PhD, associate professor of behavioral medicine at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City, who led the research.

The method they used to capture images of hair fragments so tiny they represent 1 hour’s growth, which allowed the researchers to assess pigment loss, was developed by Ayelet Rosenberg, a research assistant in Picard’s laboratory, who is first author on the study.

And when hair color changed, the team saw variations in 300 proteins.

They developed a mathematical model to predict what might happen to human hair over time and suggest there is a point in a person’s life when stress can temporarily induce loss of color, but that can be reversed if tensions ease.

These findings add to a growing body of evidence indicating that aging is not a linear, fixed biologic process; it can be halted or even temporarily reversed.

With a better understanding of the biologic basis of pigmentation loss, it’s possible that gray hair could one day be reversed with a visit to the doctor’s office instead of the hair salon.

The research was funded by grants from the Wharton Fund and the National Institutes of Health.


eLife: “Quantitative mapping of human hair greying and reversal in relation to life stress.” 2021;10:e67437.

Martin Picard, PhD, associate professor of behavioral medicine, Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York City

Ayelet Rosenberg, Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York City

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Stomach bloating: Low-impact exercise to improve gut health and reduce stress & symptoms

Stomach bloating: Low-impact exercise to improve gut health and reduce stress & symptoms

Stomach bloating is the uncomfortable condition when a person has finished with a meal, but the meal has not quite finished with them. The stomach tends to swell causing painful accompanying symptoms. Bloating is both uncomfortable and unsightly and when the condition hits, exercise can often be the last thing on your mind. However, exercise has been proven to help relieve symptoms of bloating and this low-impact exercise has proven to be best.

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Stress can negatively impact on the gut and might result in digestive symptoms such as constipation, but studies indicate our gut microbiota can help control our body and our brain’s response to stress by producing positive substances like neurotransmitters that signal to the brain all is well, said Eve Kalinik, nutritional therapist and functional medical practitioner and author of Happy Gut, Happy Mind.

She added: “Gentle yoga may help to alleviate digestive symptoms such as gas and bloating.

“The postures are one thing but essentially yoga is a breathing practice and it’s the deep belly [diaphragmatic] breathing that supports the vagus nerve and the gut/brain connection.”

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In a study published in the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, yoga as a remedial therapy for irritable bowel syndrome was investigated.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a group of symptoms manifesting as a functional gastrointestinal (GI) disorder in which patients experience abdominal pain, discomfort, and bloating that is often relieved with defecation, noted the study.

It continued: “Yoga, a traditional mind-body-breath discipline, was derived from India about 3,500 BC. 

“There is a vast amount of literature available, listing the benefits of Yoga, among which, a few studies are alluded to, including IBS and yoga.”

The study concluded that yoga modality is envisioned from the cost effectiveness in managing IBS and its related comorbidities like anxiety, depression, bloating and fatigue.

A healthy weight can also help relieve digestive symptoms such as heartburn and other acid related-stomach complaints, says the NHS.

It is important to drink plenty of water before and after exercise. Dehydration can make constipation worse.

If the bloating persists however, consult your doctor. It could be a sign of a more serious condition.

According to the NHS: “Bloating, and a persistent feeling of fullness are key symptoms of ovarian cancer.”

It’s important to monitor your bloating symptoms and if persistent, speak with a healthcare professional.

Author: Jessica Knibbs
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High blood pressure: One pleasant experience that can lower stress and your reading

High blood pressure: One pleasant experience that can lower stress and your reading

Other effective stress management techniques include deep breathing and meditation.

These practices are thought to “activate the parasympathetic nervous system”.

When the parasympathetic nervous system is engaged, the body relaxes, the heart rate slows down, and blood pressure reduces.

Taking six deep and slow breaths has been shown to be more effective at lowering your blood pressure than just sitting still.

Author: Chanel Georgina
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Sky Sports’ Bela Shah details TINY wedding with just 8 guests and £30 dress: ‘No stress’

Sky Sports' Bela Shah details TINY wedding with just 8 guests and £30 dress: 'No stress'

Bela Shah, 32, married her husband Ravi Sidhu back in 2016 and admitted it was a low key affair with just a small amount of people present. The Sky Sports presenter dated her long-term love for 10 years before they eventually tied the knot and the star walked down the aisle wearing a purse-friendly dress from online store ASOS.

“But I don’t feel like that now. I think the industry is welcoming change and diversity.

“There have been occasions when I’ve been asked, ‘Oh, so do you like sport?!’ It’s such a strange question to ask a sports broadcaster. 

“Are male sports broadcasters asked the same question? But these types of questions usually come from outside the industry.“

It comes as Sky presenters had bravely read out some of the horrific abuse they have faced online in a bid to combat trolls.

The broadcasting company shared a two-minute video of a host of their top talent recalling some of the worst abuse they’ve ever faced.

In a campaign to combat online abuse called Hate Won’t Stop Us, the likes of Bela and Laura Woods opened up in a video that reveals the disturbing attacks they have faced.

Bela confirmed it was mostly “racist or sexist”, while Laura claimed: “I didn’t quite know how to process it.

“It was so abusive and so direct and hurtful… I didn’t know what I’d done to deserve it.”

Author: Holly Fleet
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How to get rid of visceral fat: The harmful effects stress can have on the belly fat

How to get rid of visceral fat: The harmful effects stress can have on the belly fat

Visceral fat is a harmful type of fat which lies deep inside the abdomen which leads to a large belly and increases a person’s risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some types of cancers. Health experts repeatedly warn of one lifestyle factor which increases this type of fat. In fact, by learning to have better stress management could help to get rid of your visceral fat.

When faced with a crisis, stress response slows unnecessary body functions so you can focus.

Cortisol is a crucial hormone produced in the adrenal glands. It helps control blood sugar and metabolism, among other things.

Along with other hormones such as adrenaline, cortisol is part of your body’s “fight or flight” response.

When a person experiences periods of prolonged stress it keeps stress hormones levels elevated, along with your blood pressure and blood sugars which in turn affect belly fat.

Stress triggers the adrenal glands to produce cortisol.

Evidence shows that high levels of cortisol increases a person’s appetite circulating insulin and promotes abdominal fat storage.

Glucocorticoids and cortisol redistribute fat towards a person’s stomach producing a more protrude belly and higher levels of visceral fat.

Non-overweight women who are vulnerable to the effects of stress are more likely to have excess abdominal fat, and have higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol, a study conducted at Yale suggests.

We also found that women with greater abdominal fat had more negative moods and higher levels of life stress, said Dr Elissa Epel, lead investigator on the study.

She added: “Greater exposure to life stress or psychological vulnerability to stress may explain their enhanced cortisol reactivity.

“In turn, their cortisol exposure may have led them to accumulate greater abdominal fat.”

In another study, 41 woman who already had a large waist were shown to produce more cortisol in response to a 60-minute stress stimulus.

This influenced subsequent fat distribution and further perpetuated belly fat.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) can also be the result of long-term stress which can worsen symptoms of gas and belly bloat.

The findings indicate how important it is for a person to operate better stress management to help burn their belly fat.

Visceral fat, or intra-abdominal fat, is found around your liver, intestines, and other internal organs underneath the abdominal wall.

Some visceral fat gets stored in the omentum, a flap of tissue under the muscles, which grows harder and thicker as more fat is added. This can add inches to your waistline.

Visceral fat contains more cytokines than subcutaneous fat. These proteins can cause low-level inflammation, increasing the risk for chronic health problems.

Visceral fat also releases more retinol-binding protein 4 (RBPR), which can lead to insulin resistance.

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‘It puts you under stress’: Russian Premier League player in alleged betting case insists lie detector test would be ‘pointless’

‘It puts you under stress’: Russian Premier League player in alleged betting case insists lie detector test would be ‘pointless’

Russian Premier League newcomer Aleksandr Yerkin, who is one of two Tambov players to have reportedly been summoned by national football bosses as part of a betting investigation, has detailed why a polygraph is not to be trusted.

Less than a month after making his top-flight debut against Dynamo Moscow, 31-year-old Yerkin and Belarusian midfielder Dmitry Herman were questioned by Russian Football Union chiefs in a development that was said to have been confirmed by his club.

Yerkin, Herman and Tambov have always maintained their innocence and have not been charged with any wrongdoing, although the pair have been suspended from training for almost a fortnight in a move that the club said was designed to protect it from “rumors” and “negativity”.

Asked by Match TV about using a lie detector to provide his innocence, Yerkin argued: “[The body] can react differently to such a technique.

“The equipment reads pulses from sensors… heartbeats and emotions, and I suffer from stress.

“Imagine if I sat down [to] a polygraph, telling the truth, and it’s showing [I’m telling] a lie. Who will I prove [my innocence] to after that?”

“[I have] read about the detector [and] realized that it is pointless to trust this device. If you have any evidence [of my wrongdoing], provide it.

“Why would you want to put me through a polygraph, under the stress it puts you through?”
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Tambov have described their position as “quite simple.” “At the moment, we do not see any legal grounds that show the guilt of our players,” they said.

“We don’t believe that the players are involved in any manipulations. Nevertheless, in order to protect the team from negativity and all sorts of rumors, the club management and coaching staff have made a joint decision to suspend Dmitry Herman and Alexander Yerkin from training until the end of the proceedings on this issue.”

A veteran of at least 11 clubs who has had spells in Lithuania, Yerkin made two appearances for Tambov following his arrival last month, playing a total of 35 minutes as a substitute in the 2-0 defeat at Dynamo and a 4-0 loss at home to Krasnodar.

The Premier League’s bottom side are currently on a dreadful 13-match winless run that has seen them lose 11 times since their most recent victory, which came last October.
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Heart attack: How stress can lead to coronary heart disease and an early death

Heart attack: How stress can lead to coronary heart disease and an early death

“The best time to make even small changes is always now. It’s easy to think that you’ll do it later, but if something is affecting your health right now, then you need to take action,” said the BHF.

This means ditching a smoking habit – it’s not a healthy way to cope with stress.

Instead, go for a walk – or a jog if you’re feeling up for it. Replacing unhealthy habits with much healthier ones will reduce your risk of a heart attack.

The BHF encourages relaxation exercises, such as yoga, meditation and breathing techniques when facing difficulties.