My Week at Uni – Standard

Not too crazy a week this week. I feel like it’s just happened without anything too eventful occurring. Uni lectures were packed full of info as usual giving me so much I want to look into and explore further. Some of it I can and will but some I need to be patient with and just leave it until next year and beyond in my degree.

I’ve been working a bit more this week looking into marketing and thinking about my future plans for teaching yoga next year with the possibility of moving to a different area of London and with teaching my own classes / classes within studios.

I also managed to fit in a dance class, yoga class and an evening out catching up with a friend. It’s been a pretty standard week which was appreciated as next week will be much busier!

Another exam next week so Biology revision is the focus at the moment – lots of information to go through and try to understand and remember. This weekend my boyfriend has a long weekend off work so we will be doing lots of rock climbing, adventuring around London, cooking and relaxing. I am looking forward to this weekend very much but also need to remember to fit in some revision and work!

Personal learning from this week: It’s ok not to pack your week full, enjoy a calmer week!

Interesting things I’ve learnt this week:

  1. Eating to avoid kidney stones – The most common way kidney stones are formed is through high levels of calcium and oxalates in the kidneys with too little liquid causing crystals of calcium oxalate to form. Ways of avoiding this occurring include: drinking enough water, get enough calcium in your diet and avoid calcium supplements (these raise your chances of causing stones particularly more than 1,200mg per day); calcium-rich foods include: dairy products, kale, sardines, broccoli, watercress, bok choy. Also limiting, not excluding, oxalate-rich foods will help to avoid a build-up of oxalates in the body. Foods high in oxalates are: spinach, bran, rhubarb, beetroot, nuts. It is useful to eat oxalate-rich foods with calcium-rich foods to help these substances bind together in the stomach and intestines before they reach the kidneys where they can cause stones.
  2. Depression and nutrition – There is a very definite link between depression and nutrition. We all know what we eat can affect how we feel but I was not aware of the extent of this! A major factor underlying depression is sugar, the instability of our blood sugar levels when we consume excessive refined sugar has a huge impact on our mood. Gluten can also be a factor which impacts greatly; we’ve heard a lot about the brain-gut link recently and gluten can have a big impact on gut permeability and blood brain permeability which impacts the immune system. There are many other nutrients and foods which are good and bad for mental health. I am not telling anybody a miracle cure to depression or saying these foods cause depression but this is a very interesting topic which we need to look into more. Curing health issues through diet is an area I am particularly interested in. If you want further reading check out this interesting paper: http://www.foodforthebrain.org/media/231110/Depression___The_Nutrition_Connectin.pdf
  3. Trauma passed on in genes? – Some studies seem to show that trauma experienced by a parent can be passed on to their child and even grandchild through their DNA. Epigenetics is the study of how genes are read; this can also look at how genes are passed on from parent to child and the impact this has. There have been instances and studies showing survivors from the holocaust and other traumatic experiences with PTSD passing this onto their children. It is important to note there are also flaws in some of these studies as they have looked at a small sample of people, not been looked at through multiple generations yet. It could also be argued how much trauma a child will gain from hearing a story told to them rather than it having come through their genes. There are things which are still unaccounted for and things we still do not fully understand scientifically about DNA and genetics. This is an interesting area to keep an eye on as more is found out!

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