Drinking every day cripples your brain - especially if you're a woman

winesharingBy Kayla Brantley For Dailymail.com
Published: 17:25 GMT, 9 November 2017 | Updated: 14:53 GMT, 13 November 2017
Having more than one glass of wine a night is enough to kill cells in key regions of a woman's brain, according to new research.
A study on mice found that alcohol is particularly damaging to the subventricular region of the brain, where new brain cells are created to sustain brain function, and protect against tumors and neurodegenerative diseases.
For the first time, research showed that female brains displayed more severe deficits after drinking than males, who would need more than 14 drinks a week to suffer significant damage.
The researchers in Texas said the findings, while alarming, could open a door to combating alcoholism by helping us to understand alcohol-related brain changes.
Chronic alcohol drinking kills stem cells in key regions of the brain and reduces the development of new nerve cells in adults. Female brains were affected more so than male brains
WHICH PARTS OF THE BRAIN DOES ALCOHOL AFFECT?
Cerebral cortex: This region is where thought processing and consciousness are centered. Alcohol depresses the behavioral inhibitory centers, slowing down the processing of information from the eyes, ears and mouth while inhibiting the thought processes, making it difficult to think clearly.
Cerebellum: Alcohol affects this center of movement and balance, resulting in the staggering, off-balance stumble when drunk
Hypothalamus and pituitary: The hypothalamus and pituitary coordinate automatic brain functions and hormone release. Alcohol depresses nerve centers in the hypothalamus that control sexual arousal and performance. Although sexual urge may increase, sexual performance decreases.
Medulla: This area of the brain handles such automatic functions as breathing, consciousness and body temperature. Alcohol induces sleepiness and can also slow breathing and lower body temperature, which can be life threatening.
Dozens of studies have shown that prolonged alcohol abuse can cause severe brain damage and neurodegeneration.
In fact, on Wednesday a leading panel of oncologist released a report linking alcohol to seven types of cancers.
Scientists once believed that the number of nerve cells in the adult brain was fixed early in life and the best way to treat alcohol-induced brain damage was to protect the remaining nerve cells.
But research has shown that adult brains produce stem cells that create new nerve cells and alcohol is suppressing that process.
Researchers from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston said this discovery provides a new way of approaching the problem of alcohol-related changes in the brain.
Dr Ping Wu, UTMB professor in the department of neuroscience and cell biology, said: 'Before the new approaches can be developed, we need to understand how alcohol impacts the brain stem cells at different stages in their growth, in different brain regions and in the brains of both males and females.'
In the study, Wu and her colleagues used a technique that allowed them to tag brain stem cells and observe how they migrate and develop into nerve cells over time.
This allowed them to study the impact of long-term alcohol consumption on the cells.
The female brains displayed more severe intoxication behaviors and greatly reduced the pool of stem cells in the subventricular zone, where the new cells are generated.
The findings show that the effects of repeated alcohol consumption differed across brain regions.

Essential oils

esoilllLong before the pharmaceutical industry was ever even thought of, essential oils were being used to prevent illnesses, ease pain and stress, and live healthier.
They can help boost your immune system, improve breathing, disinfect your home naturally and even fight off cold and flu viruses, yet you will never walk out of your doctor’s office with a prescription for essential oils.
The good thing is they also don’t come with the side effects those doctor’s prescriptions have either.
For anyone looking to live better, healthier and more naturally, there are 5 must-have essential oils to keep on hand.
#1 – Lavender essential oil
Lavender has such a variety of uses that if you had to only pick one oil to buy, this would be the one.
With its relaxing scent, it is one of the best oils to decrease stress levels and even offers benefits like helping you get better sleep.
You can add a few drops to an essential oil diffuser or even sprinkle it on your pillow at night.
Many people also use it to repel insects like mosquitos by applying a drop or two to their skin. And, if you are bitten, rubbing lavender into the insect bite can help relieve the inflammation and end the itching fast.
Lavender may also help with:
• Anxiety
• Depression
• High blood pressure
• Earaches
#2 – Peppermint essential oil
Everyone is familiar with the scent of this oil and it’s not just good for getting you into the Christmas spirit.
Peppermint oil can support normal breathing patterns, opening your airways and helping you breathe easier whether you suffer from asthma or just a common cold.
It can also alleviate nausea and headaches and has even been shown to calm your heart rate, decrease blood pressure, and improve memory performance.
#3 – Lemon essential oil
If you want a clean home without using all of those dangerous chemicals, lemon oil could be the answer you’re looking for.
Just add it to a spray bottle of water to make an easy, natural cleaning agent.
Lemon oil can also help boost your mood, decrease mental fatigue, and refresh your mind.
#4 – Tea Tree essential oil
Anyone who is looking to stay healthy should have a bottle of tea tree oil in their home.
Tea tree is anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal so it’s a necessity for fighting off those germs you are exposed to every day.
You can diffuse it or like the lemon oil, combine it in a spray bottle with water and spray it throughout your home, on countertops, door handles, or just in the air to disinfect your living areas.
#5 – Chamomile essential oil
German chamomile is the strongest of the chamomile essential oils and provides some amazing benefits.
You have probably already heard of using this oil for relaxation but may not realize that it is also an anti-inflammatory and a natural pain killer.
So, if the pain of arthritis, joint injuries, or back problems are keeping you up at night, chamomile oil can help ease the pain and let you get the rest you need.

What to look for in your oils
If you’re not already familiar with shopping for essential oils, here’s what to look for to ensure you get the most benefits.
1. Certified organic oils – Since you will be diffusing your oils, spraying them in the air you breathe, and possibly rubbing them into your skin, your best bet is to pick out oils that are certified organic. This means the herbs used to make the oils are grown without chemical pesticides and GMOs that could be harmful to your health.
2. Only 100% pure oil – You don’t want an oil that has a lot of fillers. Look at the ingredients and make sure the oil you choose is 100% pure oil.
All 5 of these essential oils can be used in a diffuser, a spray bottle with water, or applied to your skin as long as you combine them with a carrier oil such as almond or jojoba oil. If you choose to use them on your skin, always test a small skin patch first to make sure you aren’t sensitive to the oil. The same is true if you decide to sprinkle the oil on your pillow at night as some people may break out.
However, you choose to use your oil, you will quickly realize the benefits of this natural way to stay healthier and fight off infections without a prescription.

published by EasyHealthOption.com