Health

Lack of Sleep May Lead to Brain Shrinkage

human-brain-healthRecent studies show poor sleeping habits cause both brain damage and brain shrinkage, and may even accelerate onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

Previous research published in the journal Science2 revealed that your brain removes toxic waste during sleep through what has been dubbed “the glymphatic system.”

This system becomes active during sleep, thereby allowing your brain to clear out toxins and harmful proteins.

 

12 May 2015

11 Surprising Factors That Mess With Your Memory

memory-lossFear of losing your mind is a pervasive, fear. Among Americans, the notion of losing mental capacity evokes twice as much fear as losing physical ability, and 60 percent of US adults say they are very or somewhat worried about memory loss.1

The good news is that your brain is a dynamic organ, constantly adapting and changing, for better or for worse. Many daily activities such as, lack of sleep can seriously interfere with your memory the next day…

 

11 May 2015

Ten Minutes of Intermittent Movement for Every Hour of Sitting May Counteract Ill Health Effects of Prolonged Sitting

heart-disease-riskIn recent years, researchers have formed a strong consensus with regards to the health effects of sitting. In short, the more time you spend sitting, the shorter and less healthy your life will tend to be.

In fact, there are now over 10,000 studies showing that chronic sitting—at work, commuting, and watching TV at night—significantly impacts your cardiovascular and metabolic function…

 

10 May 2015

What Happens Inside Your Stomach When You Eat Instant Noodles?

Instant noodles are a popular go-to lunch or dinner for those who are strapped for time (or cash), like college students. While you probably don’t consider them a health food, you may think they’re not that bad, or, at least, not as bad as eating a burger and fries or a fast-food burrito.

In a first-of-its-kind experiment, however, Dr. Braden Kuo of Massachusetts General Hospital may make you reconsider your love of instant noodles…

 

09 May 2015

3 Simple Steps to Perk Up Your Posture

yoga-postureIt’s easy to forget about your posture when you’re engrossed in work at your computer or sitting behind the wheel in your vehicle. Yet, slowly but surely, if you don’t take steps to strengthen and lengthen your spine, your shoulders will begin to hunch forward into a more rounded position, and you’ll find it difficult to stand as tall as you once did…

 

09 May 2015

The Very Real Risks of Consuming Too Much Protein

With the popularity of “high-protein” diets, you might be tempted to believe you simply can’t overeat protein. But the truth is that consuming excessive protein can actually be quite detrimental to your health.

Eating more protein than your body needs can interfere with your health and fitness goals in a number of ways, including weight gain, extra body fat, stress on your kidneys,1 dehydration, and leaching of important bone minerals…

 

08 May 2015

Family Meals Play Important Role In Children’s Health

family-mealSolitary dining has become more common as busy families are finding it more challenging to carve out time for family meals, particularly when all adult family members work outside of the home.

Traditionally, family meals have represented much more than just communal eating—they’re a time for good conversation and genuine family bonding…

 

08 May 2015

Essential Oils Support Physical and Emotional Well-Being

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Your sense of smell is your most primal sense and exerts surprising influence over your thoughts, emotions, moods, memories, and behaviors. Scents are experienced long before words.

This is why it’s nearly impossible to describe them with language. Olfaction is different from your other senses, processed through different pathways in your brain…

 

07 May 2015

Synthetic Fabrics Host More Stench-Producing Bacteria

polyester-shirtsSynthetic polyester workout wear has become popular because it’s lightweight and fast-drying. But there‘s a downside to opting for synthetics over cotton, especially for those working out around you…

Certain fabrics will make you stinkier than others, although it’s not the fabric itself that’s to blame. It turns out that Micrococcus bacteria prefer the open-air lattice of synthetic fibers over cotton, according to new research by Chris Callewaert (aka “Dr. Armpit”) and colleagues…

 

07 May 2015

America’s Most Sleep-Deprived Cities

sleep-deprived-cityEarlier this year, the Labor Statistics Bureau released data that stated Americans get an average of nearly nine hours of sleep per night.1 This seems high, considering most other surveys suggest Americans are largely sleep deprived.

And if the data relied on Americans’ notoriously inaccurate self-reporting their sleep time each night, it is seriously flawed. Most people calculate their sleep time by counting…

 

06 May 2015