Jess Walter

Jess Walter

Jess Walter is a freelance writer and mother. She loves the freedom that comes with freelance life and the additional time it means she gets to spend with her family and pets.
Be Kind to Yourself: How to Overcome Stress Regarding Your Weight

If you sometimes cringe at photos of yourself, or wish you could fit into those bargain smaller size jeans you bought in optimism, you’re not alone. 

The CDC reports that over a third of Americans are obese. In a real-world scenario, among the workplace, parks and grocery stores, over a third of the people you see are likely to be heavier than ideal. 

However, picture-perfect Facebook and Instagram accounts remind us every day of sun-kissed lean bodies. Somehow that has become the new normal. 

It’s incredibly difficult to see through other people’s carefully filtered posts and view our own bodies clearly and kindly. And yet, it’s so important that we do, because -- believe it or not -- stress can actually sabotage weight loss.

What’s Wrong With Aging?

Wednesday, 22 March 2017
What’s Wrong With Aging?

No one looks forward to old age, but are the problems we dread inevitable? Why do they happen? And can we do anything to avoid them? 

A widely-held theory is that our cells are under constant attack from harmful molecules. Some are a byproduct of normal metabolism such as free radicals, while others arise from our environment. These damage the DNA, fats and proteins in our cells, which over time become less able to repair themselves.

Other research suggests internal processes cause our cells to age. This may be part of the same process that triggers our development from children to adults. Our cells constantly multiply to replace damaged cells, but they can only reproduce a certain number of times. At each reproduction, the telomeres at the ends of our chromosomes get shorter, which is also a marker for aging.

But, why do some people age “better” than others?
Don’t Let Acid Reflux Spoil Your Cup of Coffee

Do you feel a burning sensation in your chest after drinking coffee? 

You are not alone. 

What you are feeling is acid reflux, which many people experience. It might not be due to just coffee; spicy foods and alcohol can also cause this feeling. Some individuals only experience it now and again, whereas others experience it quite frequently and it can affect them during the day or night.

Unfortunately, even just the occasional cup of coffee can cause reflux, because of the acid in the caffeine. The organic acid in coffee beans is what gives it that tangy “hit” that coffee drinkers enjoy so much. Some people’s digestive systems cannot cope with these natural acids and can be left with a burning sensation, accompanied by belching and unpleasant acidic liquid that comes up from the stomach, through the esophagus, and into the back of the throat.