Dye Another Day

Oh no! Is that . . . a new gray hair?! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Was it stress from traffic? Or hosting that interminable Thanksgiving dinner? More importantly, can I reverse it? Enter Ayelet Rosenberg from Columbia University and team. They tracked down fifteen people

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Cocoa Relaxer

Feeling stressed? Drink some cocoa! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Ten minutes ‘til my meeting and traffic’s at a crawl! Guess what? Blood flow can be choked in a similar way when you feel stress affecting your heart! Is there a chocolate flavored solution?

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Dye Another Day

Oh no! Is that . . . a new gray hair?! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Was it stress from traffic? Or hosting that interminable Thanksgiving dinner? More importantly, can I reverse it?  Enter Ayelet Rosenberg from Columbia University and team. They tracked down

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RAP Club

Welcome to the RAPP-iest place on earth! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, talking about RAP club!. No, not rap MUSIC club — R-A-P intervention! RELAX, be AWARE and do a PERSONAL rating. It’s a stress-management program for kids, led by counselors and community members.

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Bean-ough Stress

Image of young Black woman eating fruit salad.

Feeling stressed? Have a bubble bath, a glass of wine, and… an apple?   This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. What’s YOUR go-to snack for decompressing? Ice cream, donuts, pizza? While these foods comfort us, they won’t reduce our stress. So what SHOULD we eat? Enter

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Gut and Paste

Woman stressed out with hands in her head

Stressed? You have GUT to relax! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Money! Politics! Global warming! Stress is abundant in our everyday lives. Recent studies show that certain foods affect our microbiomes — that is, our gut bacteria. Foods like red meat, artificial sweeteners, and

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Cuddle Buddies

Two lemurs cuddling

Are hugs the new chicken soup? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Think of your gut as a soup of friendly bacteria. Everybody’s recipe is custom made to work with our bodies properly. These good bacteria help digest food and fight disease. Scientists know that

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Stressing Off Route

a cluster of wooden sign posts all pointing in different directions

Stress got you going in circles…literally? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Left is right – right is wrong – right??!! Aaargh! Could it be stress that’s jamming up your brain’s navigation system? Thackery Brown from Georgia Tech and the team at Stanford memory lab

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Afternoon Guru

A man sitting at the top of a mountain looking at beautiful cloudy sky.

Twenty minutes to Nirvana! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying… Namaste! Mindfulness meditation is about training your mind to accept your feelings without judging or changing them. And like good gym habits, the perks of meditation grow with time. So, do only superstar monks benefit from

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