Nature never makes anything that is superfluous.
Just got back from my morning workout, so I thought I would share it with you. Now that I am out of the midwest for the summer, and I only have the sandy beach of Florida for a few more months I am going to use this opportunity to workout on the beach as much as possible. Why? Well, for one ITS THE BEACH! Second, its a new environment my body is not use to exercising in. Sand is a great...
Leptin...The Satiety Hormone
I had the privilege last semester of taking one of the best classes I have ever taken: endocrinology. The endocrine system is by far (in my opinion) the most important system of the body, and one that you and I can directly control by will the foods we eat. Why is it so important? Well, hormones are really the messengers of the body, they send signals to other systems, or to their own system...
Nutrition and Exercise: Telomere Length and Aging
We evolved into the humans we are today because we can use cognitive thought and adaptive processing to survive in our environments. It is a pretty remarkable characteristic, one that has given us the power to create some the most amazing technologies in the world. But as we sprint towards advances in fields of science technology, medicine, computers and exploration we have slowly begun to...
Healthy Eating: Trick of the Trade...LA Times...
A recent article from the LA Times discusses a struggle many health minded people are dealing with each day: food labels. The article describes how many people can get tricked into thinking something is healthy, when in reality its not. In their example they used a pasta-dish that was labeled as a salad…with “diced tomatoes, onions and red peppers tossed with pasta shells, salami, ...
Allostasis and Cortisol Levels
Sometimes its hard to find a balance. We live in a world of chaos, yet we do our best to keep things calm and collected. Sometimes, however, our lives get a little too crazy, and out of hand resulting in stress. Stress sucks…simple as that! Not only does it suck, but stress plays a role in aging. We coupe with stress by releasing the hormone cortisol. Cortisol is a glucocorticoid...
You Are What You Eat
Change your lifestyle for the better—but make it a small change. Like spending more time reading, than watching T.V., using the stairs more than the elevator. Make meals for the family from scratch, rather than ordering out. Go to bed an hour earlier than you would to get more rest. Incorporate ONE small change, and repeat it over and over. Start practicing healthy habits that will...
No Time, Make It Quick
Last week I finished by first year of my Master’s Program, and it seems as though my professors love having quizzes, exams, and papers due right at the last second. Needless to say my stress levels were pretty high the last few weeks. Looking back, I did not have much time to exercise—but that did not prevent me from using 10-20 minutes of my time to get a quick workout in. I have...
Average American Diet
I think this data is from 2009, but I cannot really remember where I got this. Interesting lay out of what the average Amercian eats. The vegetables and fruits seem high, and can you guess why? Ketchup and french fries are considered vegetables on many school lunches and menus. Fruit juices are also considered fruit, when in reality they are all sugar-based drinks with no fiber. How do you...