What Happens on a Biological Level for Muscles to Grow?

Flex your bicep right now. Go on! Every time you make that movement you’re actively contracting many thousands of small muscle fibers.
Now then, each fiber has a muscle cell and they all have ‘links’ that are known as sarcomeres. When our brain tells it to move a chain reaction begins and this is when muscle growth happens.
Curious to know more about what happens on a biological level for muscles to grow? Come on…
Muscle growth
So when your muscles grow and that initial chain reaction happens, something called myosin filaments is added to each muscle fiber. Over time, the cell gets bigger and thus …

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Is Your Pillow The Culprit – Can Pillows Cause Headaches?

Can’t have a restful sleep because of a pounding headache? Ever wondered if it’s because you bought the wrong pillow? Before you brush it off, take some aspirin and continue your day. Let’s detect the sneaky source of headaches. If your pillow is lumpy, misshapen, or doesn’t properly support your head, it could cause issues. Hence, it’s worth considering if your pillow might need a replacement. Read on to find out how your pillow triggers headaches and what you can do about it.
How Your…

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Why Does CBD Cause Dry Mouth? The Science Behind CBD and Dry Mouth

Cannabidiol has been the hero in treating several health conditions, like lowering blood pressure or improving food intake. But it’s also known as the villain that causes dry mouth or cottonmouth.
Why does CBD cause dry mouth? It all boils down to how CBD interacts with your body. For most people, CBD causes a temporary decrease in saliva flow, leading to that dry, cottonmouth feeling.
In …

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Are Canadians Doing Enough to Eat Healthy?

More and more Canadians are changing their eating habits. According to a 2022 survey, Canadians are making conscious changes to their lifestyles such as eating out less and cutting down on their meat consumption. This happens as food inflation in Canada is on the rise: it jumped by 10.3% in September 2022 from September the previous year, placing it at its highest rate since 1981.
However, these lifestyle changes also reflect unhealthy trends. Over 21% of Canadians surveyed are reducing the amount …

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10 Parts of Fruits and Veggies You Didn’t Know You Could Eat

Recent research by the World Health Organization (WHO) indicates that a growing number of people are choosing diets consisting primarily of plant-based foods, which have been found to have many health benefits and tend to be better for the planet than diets high in meat. However, WHO experts recommend that people on plant-based diets pay special attention to this key area. They could benefit from including more meat in their diet: reducing food waste.
The Food and Drug Administration estimates that inefficiencies and health concerns cause the nation’s food …

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How to Prep Your Body for Turning the Clocks Ahead for Daylight Saving Time

Losing an hour of sleep when daylight saving time rolls around may make you groggy. Research suggests that the time shift may also have a measurable effect on our health.
Tips for Easier DST Transition
1. Build a healthy sleep routine
Before daylight saving time (DST) begins or ends, adjust your schedule as much as possible to its regular schedule, and make sure you get enough sleep. One hour less sleep than usual can cause more disruption if it’s not unusual for you.
2. A gradual sleep shift …

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Things to Know About Vaping and Health

Almost 70% of smokers express the desire to stop smoking. This isn’t surprising since quitting this habit brings many benefits to one’s health. If you want to quit smoking, you might have considered vaping to make the transition from traditional smoking to not doing it at all. Continue reading to better understand what vaping is.
Are E-cigarettes Bad?
The main component in traditional e-cigarettes is the e-juice flavor. This component makes you crave smoking. You can also experience withdrawal symptoms if you don’t try to satisfy that craving….

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Kids and COVID-19: What We Know Now

As part of public-health strategies to keep children safe, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that K–12 schools with prevention strategies strictly in place be allowed to keep their doors open and to continue in-person instruction. The CDC also encourages parents to vaccinate children aged 12 and older.
Symptoms to Look Out for in Kids
Children infected with coronavirus—such as COVID-19—can develop symptoms such as a fever, cough, runny nose, muscle aches, or vomiting. In some cases, children can develop …

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CDC Urges Pregnant Women to Get COVID-19 Vaccine as Deaths Hit New Record

Approximately 22,000 women were hospitalized due to complications associated with novel coronavirus infections; among those women, 161 died. In comparison, non-pregnant patients were twice as likely to require admission to the ICU and 70 percent more likely to die than their pregnant counterparts.
COVID-19 Pregnancy Risks
A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine in January 2021 found that pregnant women infected with COVID-19 were twice as likely to die during their pregnancies as uninfected women. The researchers studied data from U.S. …

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Merck Seeks FDA Authorization for First COVID-19 Pill

Merck has requested that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approve molnupiravir as the first treatment for developed cases of COVID-19 in adults who are at risk of progressing to severe COVID-19 and hospitalization.
The FDA has approved the first pill to treat the serious lung infection COVID-19. The pill that is taken orally at home could relieve hospital systems of the burden of caring for people who contract the flu by helping them treat the symptoms at home rather than be admitted to the hospital. A course of treatment is eight pills taken daily for…

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