The Benefits of Water By Gabie

I chose this issue because everyone needs water, and it’s something everyone can relate to. I also chose this because I wasn’t drinking enough water every day, so I wanted to learn more about water and its benefits and what happens if you don’t drink water. Furthermore, I wanted to persuade people to drink more water. According to research, the average person only consumes about 4 glasses of water a day which is half of what you’re supposed to drink. If teens (or people in general) don’t drink enough water, there are multiple negative effects (which will be explained later).

I learned that water can help you in many ways. It can help you be less cranky because when you are dehydrated, it puts you in a bad mood. It helps your brain think, focus, concentrate, be more alert, helps with headaches, and makes your brain 14% faster because your brain is 75% water. It also improves athletic performance since your water is 75% of muscle tissue. Also it can prevent muscle cramps and joint pain. It also flushes out waste and toxins, fightes fatigue, helps lose weight because sometimes when you’re hungry, your actually thirsty. Also it helps prevent illnesses such as bladder cancer (reduces the risk by 50%), colon cancer (reduces the risk by 45%), and it may help prevent breast cancer. Furthermore, I learned that there are also some negative effects if you don’t drink water. Some possible problems are trouble focusing, bad memory, headaches, sleep issues, brain fog, which is feelings of mental confusion, lack of mental clarity, reduces your ability to think clearly, and many more. This has influenced my thinking about wellness because I learned that water has more benefits than I knew. After I learned this, I wondered what other benefits the other nutrients have. Something that impacted me the most is water can make you think 14% faster. This impacted me because whenever I’m stuck on a question, I drink water, and it helps me. Before, thought think that if you didn’t drink water, there were not a lot of side effects, but now I know there are multiple, and I’m trying to drink at least 8 glasses of water every day.glass-of-water

Glass of Water. Digital image. Foodie Loves Fitness. N.p., n.d. Web. 8 Nov. 2015.

 

Child Obesity – Bettina

Child obesity is growing in our generation today, and has caught the attention of many people. The importance of this topic is substantial, and could lead to many difficulties in life. Being a teen is difficult enough, having to “fit in” and be accepted, but it makes it even more challenging if you are teased about your weight.  Overweight and obesity is a personal issue, and shouldn’t be used to bully someone. Obese teenagers can make themselves feel insecure, especially being surrounded by media, which focuses on thin people who are “perfect.” Being obese can lead to low self esteem, and social and psychological changes.  Not only social effects, but you are more likely to continue being obese as an adult, having the risk of type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and at least eleven different types of cancer. From my family, I come from family members having diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure, all related to being obese. Even if I’m not a teen and seem healthy, I’m still concern about these health complications from my family that could lead me inherit it, and also making me obese or overweight.

This diagram shows a joint with osteoarthritis

I expected to see many articles about child obesity describing problems like diabetes, and heart diseases, yet I was surprised to see cancer multiple times. After seeing cancer, I was curious to see the relationship between obesity and cancer, which at first, I saw none. However, after some research, I discovered being obese can lead to more fat tissues, producing hormones (estrogen or insulin), leading to create more cancer cells. Additionally, I learned about osteoarthritis, where when you are obese, you carry more weight, and stress your joints. At first, I though it was like gout in which crystals can form. Lastly, I was surprised about the growing population of obese children, since it started to rise 1980s, and how no one made efforts to stop it. From this Health Buzz, it influenced my thought on Wellness how any medical condition can effect all areas of health. Ultimately, being obese, especially at a young age, can lead to many health problems and being at risks of diseases like cancer.

Depression-Norbu Lhaden

zf3bv4qn-1330299206I chose this issue because my uncle is depressed and depression can be hereditary. Cutting is also sometimes associated with depression, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, obsessive thinking, or compulsive behaviours. My uncle has had all these symptoms in his life too. My learning has expanded because although depression can be hereditary I have learned how to avoid it. To avoid depression I can surround myself with a safe environment and have good role models in my life. This is also connected to teens because every 100 minutes a teen takes their own life which is why it is the second leading cause of death for ages 15 to 24. Teenagers are also self-harming more and more now. They self-harm to cope from pressure, strong emotions and upsetting relationships. They also feel like they are in more control of situations when they self-harm. This affects me because I will become a teenager and have the possibility to be depressed or know someone who is depressed. This also affects me because my generation is constantly being more social online and the pressure to keep up with trends and to have lots of followers or likes and etc is building.

I learned that there are two types of depression recurrent depressive disorder and bipolar affective disorder. Recurrent depressive disorder is when people have episodes. In these episodes, the person loses interest and enjoyment, and they have less energy leading to smaller amount of  activity for at least two weeks. Many people with depression also suffer from anxiety symptoms, disturbed sleep and appetite and may have feelings of guilt or low self-esteem, poor concentration and even medically unexplained symptoms. These episodes can be mild, moderate or severe. Bipolar Affective Disorder has both manic and depressive episodes at different times depending on the person’s mood. Manic episodes make the person more elevated or in an irritated mood, over-activity, pressure of speech, inflated self-esteem and a decreased need for sleep. Depressive episodes are the same as recurrent depressive episodes. My thinking has changed because I used to think that people with depression were often just depressed but now I know that there are a number of severe symptoms that accompany it. My thinking of mental illness has also changed because I used to think mental illnesses would only give people learning and focusing problems. I never classified depression as a clinical problem but I now know that there is a clinical depression.