Family Facts: Salt addiction and more

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Salt addiction

Ever wonder why you crave salty foods? A study in the journal Medical Hypotheses finds that salty food activates the release of opioids, which you associate with rewards. Your brain will need more salt to attain the same pleasurable feeling, and it’ll keep happening more and more. Reduce your habit slowly by reducing your salt intake by a quarter-teaspoon daily.

Jumping genes

Scientists from San Diego State University found that the height of your jump depends on the length of your lower leg bones. So if your child has long tibias and a shorter body, he won’t be able to jump very high. If he’s in proportion, he has a better chance.

Family function

Facebook and your child Get to know your children better by checking out their Facebook profiles. Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin said the online profiles accurately reflect a child’s personality.

Family chores Couples who report the greatest feelings of satisfaction with their marriage are those who have a balanced housework arrangement, according to researchers at the University of Western Ontario. The women say they appreciate doing fewer chores, and the men like being less dependent on their spouses.

Children’s asthma and vitamin D

If your children have asthma, you may want to increase your vitamin D intake. Researchers from National Jewish Health hospital found that young asthma sufferers who had low levels of the vitamin have more trouble breathing and used more medications.

Numbers to know

18/24: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends all children be screened at 18 months and again at 24 months for signs of autism. That’s because early intervention can significantly improve the child’s prognosis.

10: Want to prevent a stress fracture when you run? Try shortening your stride. Researchers at Iowa State University found that when runners shortened their strides by 10 percent when they ran 3 miles, they lowered their risk of bone damage by 33 percent.

9: Each year of higher education will make you 9 percent more likely to cheat on your spouse, according to a study by the Journal of Sex Research. The good news is that each year of marriage decreases your risk of infidelity by 4 percent.

2/3: Two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese, but 75 percent of them say they have healthy eating habits, according to a 2009 survey by GlaxoSmithKline. And 52 percent say a family member has bad eating habits. It’s time to look in the mirror.