A New Frontier – Planet Nine

  Westbury, NY, resident Valerie Varnuska‘s interests in science include astronomy and stargazing. From her residence in Westbury, NY, Valerie Varnuska enjoys learning about the galaxy’s hidden treasures, such as one of its newest discoveries, Planet Nine.

While there is no actual picture of the planet, researchers believe the planet exists on the edges of the solar system. According to NASA, this planet could potentially be 10 times the size (in mass) of Earth and 20 times as far from the sun as Neptune. While researchers cannot see the planet clearly, there are many things that lead them to believe the planet exists.

Of the many theories that explain how and why this planet exists, five of them are plausible. The first explanation relates to six identified objects that exist near the Kuiper Belt (the area from Neptune to the icy regions of interstellar space). These objects have elliptical orbits (like an oval), and the objects point downward 30 degrees, similarly to the planets that orbit the sun.

Then, computer simulations of the solar system including Planet Nine reveal there should be more objects tilted to 90 degrees in relationship to the solar plane, and there are five known objects. Another explanation says that Planet Nine could be responsible for tilting the planets in the solar system over 4.5 billion years. Finally, the last explanation points to pollution that occurs (as a result of Planet Nine’s presence) when objects in the Kuiper Belt orbit in the opposite direction.

The Rise of Plant-Based Food

Valerie Varnuska, of Westbury, NY, has interests in a number of areas including health and fitness. The Westbury, NY resident enjoys walking and cooking (experimenting with new recipes). For Valerie Varnuska, advances in food technology make it possible for her and other novice cooks to experiment with diverse ingredients, for example, plant-based foods. Increasingly, plant-based foods are becoming alternatives to traditional fare.

First, plant-based milk, cheese, and other dairy product substitutes grew in popularity, and in the last few decades, food manufacturers have created plant-based meat-like products such as breakfast sausages and burgers, which are also in demand. In the United States alone, the plant-based food industry saw an 11.3 percent increase in sales last year, and over the last two years, these sales rose 31.1 percent. Moreover, this increase in sales is an indication that plant-based foods are not just favored by a small group of vegan enthusiasts. Instead, this increase indicates that attitudes about meat consumption versus plant-based diets are shifting, and this is happening with good reason.

Consumers benefit in many ways from adopting a plant-based diet. The ethics of eating a plant-based diet have long been a central reason for vegans avoiding foods made with animal products. However, there are many health benefits to eating plant-based meals. As a result of receiving more fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants through vegetables, consumers benefit from a diet rich in nutrients, and this also can aid in weight loss. More importantly, the health benefits of a plant-based diet include an improved cardiovascular system and a reduced risk of diabetes.

Why Sunlight Is Important to Energy Levels and Mood

Valerie Varnuska‘s many interests include health and fitness. For Valerie Varnuska, the Westbury, NY area offers opportunities for a range of physical activity, including walking, jogging, and swimming. Regardless of the activity or sport, though, the benefits of sunlight play a center role in influencing energy levels and mood.

One health benefit of the sun includes providing humans with energy. Among the many chemical processes in the body influenced by the sun, the release of cortisol (which occurs when the human eye detects light) is connected to an increase in human metabolism. Then, metabolic processes regulate energy production and reduce sluggishness throughout the day.

Exposure to sunlight can affect mood as well. Serotonin, a neurotransmitter, regulates mood and has a proportional relationship to sunlight exposure. As a person is exposed to more sunlight, the rates of serotonin increase as well. In the end, going out for a walk on a sunlit day can do wonders for improving both mood and energy levels.

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Starting an Outdoor Walking Routine

Walking Routine
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Residing in Westbury, NY, Valerie Varnuska likes the arts, particularly opera, dance, and music performances. Valerie Varnuska also loves nature and often takes hikes in scenic areas.

Whether you prefer a half-day hike or a short walk in the park, spending time in nature is one of the best ways to relieve stress and escape from the fast pace of urban life. Exploring nature trails is also a fun way to stay physically fit.

If you’re just beginning a walking or hiking routine, start in a local park before you advance to longer, more challenging trails. Once you discover a walking circuit that you enjoy, continue to follow the same course regularly, pausing to observe seasonal changes in the natural environment.

Once you feel comfortable with your regular walk, try adding small challenges, such as taking a steeper path up an incline. After rigorous hiking, take time to rest so your body can repair itself and be restored for your next outdoor adventure.