Autoimmune diseases: When the body fights against itself

When the body’s immune system starts to attack itself, disorder erupts. There are up to 80,000 different autoimmune disorders ranging in severity. The immune system falls on a spectrum of very low functioning to being overly active. When the immune system is deficient, the body …

Serotonin: The Smile-Frown Chemical

Serotonin is a chemical found in the brain, blood platelets, and mainly in the digestive system (up to 90%). Its scientific name is 5-hydroxytryptamine, or 5-HT. This chemical is a neurotransmitter that delivers messages between our nerve cells. Most of our 40 million brain cells …

Asthma: Air supply on restriction

Coughing. Wheezing. Tight chest. Shortness of breath. These are the common symptoms of the air restriction condition called asthma. When the bronchial tubes become inflamed, the airway tightens and can fill with mucus. People experience different symptoms at different times and can go a long …

VO2 Max: What’s your capacity?

VO2 max is the maximum capacity of a person’s body to transport and move oxygen during exercise. It is a measurement of a person’s physical fitness in relation to aerobic endurance. “V” stands for volume, “O2” stands for oxygen, and “max” stands for maximum. It …

Croup: When a Baby Sounds like a Dog Barking

By everybodysfit Posted Monday, February 17, 2020 at 01:38pm EST Keywords: airways, baby care, coughing, croup, larynx, parainfluenza, trachea, viral, vocal cords Croup is a sickness that occurs in babies when they’re having difficulty breathing. The baby’s upper airways have become irritated and swollen, making …

Eye Puffiness: How not to let this be “seen”

Having bags under the eyes seems to just be part of getting older. As we age, the tissue that surrounds the eyes does weaken and the muscles also lose their strength. The fat that is stored around the eyes then falls to the lower eyelid …

Interval Training: Why you need this high to low exercise

By everybodysfit Posted Friday, December 27, 2019 at 11:38am EST Keywords: calories, cardio, Cardiovascular, energy, heart rate, high intensity, interval training, pace, recovery Interval training can help anyone get those most out of their cardiovascular workouts. This training involves alternating short high intensity bursts with …

Burping: Belching 101

When you eat, food enters the mouth, is swallowed, then travels down the esophagus and into the stomach. Upon arrival, the digestive system uses bacteria, acid, enzymes, and chemicals to help pull nutrients from food to be used for energy. Sometimes as you swallow, you …

Vomiting & Nausea: When the body must get rid

Vomiting is the body’s way of getting rid of something it does not like. It is a natural, protective reflex. Nausea is the feeling right before the body does this release. This is an unpleasant feeling, but because vomiting is typically involuntary, it is the …