The Weight of Water

by Michael Cheikin

Water is a vast topic. Consider that our bodies are 65 percent water, and water covers 70 percent of our planet’s surface, while comprising only 0.05 percent (1/2000th) of its mass. This unique substance enables the processes of life on Earth, and measuring and understanding the waters within our body is an important tool in our quest for optimal health.

Compartments and Types of Water

We keep cash in our wallets, in savings accounts and in retirement funds. Even though it’s all money, it has different roles. Some we can access readily, some require a few steps and some funds are stashed away for the gravest of emergencies. Likewise, the water in our bodies is not all the same. In fact, the MRI works because the water in each type of cell is slightly different. Continue reading

Cortisol: The Stress, Aging and Obesity Hormone

by Michael Cheikin

Stress. We all know what it feels like. We also know that it affects our health, but how?

Understanding Stress

Stress is defined in terms of a system pushed to its limits. For example, bridges are designed to handle the stress of a fixed weight, and no more. However, living systems, when subjected to normal amounts of stress, grow stronger. In fact, stress is necessary for optimal development, growth and fun. Homework and sports are examples of how controlled stress, or challenge, makes us better. All systems of our body are designed to handle stress and grow stronger (even into old age) so that we can survive and procreate.  Continue reading