There is a wealth of information supporting the notion that plenty of sleep (typically 7-8 hours each night) is necessary for proper brain function. But how much sleep do we really need? And why is sleep so important for brain activity and overall health? Let’s take a look at how sleep supports brain health by examining… its […]
Macronutrients, also called macros, are becoming more widely talked about in health and nutrition topics. Nutritionists often develop meal plans for patients based on macros, rather than calories alone. A healthy diet consists of the right nutrition, rather than limiting the intake of foods. That’s not to say that calories aren’t an essential factor for […]
With the coronavirus on everyone’s mind these days, the slightest sniffle, sneeze, and cough can be alarming. In today’s article, we aren’t going to dive into the science of viral infections. Instead, let’s take a look at another source for runny noses, scratchy throats, and red eyes…histamines! What is Histamine? Histamine is a molecule […]
What is Cholesterol? Cholesterol is often viewed negatively by health and fitness enthusiasts, but it serves a critical role in our bodies. All animals create many important hormones using cholesterol as the precursor. Estrogen, testosterone, and corticosteroids–which are involved in many bodily functions such as regulating inflammation and metabolism–are composed of cholesterol. What is “Good” […]
A new year and a new decade have arrived, and with them comes fresh energy to enact positive behavior changes and to create healthier habits. It’s the time to create resolutions, bold intentions, and strong declarations of purpose. Sometimes, even after a promising start, that resolve that initially feels so good begins to fade after […]
There’s really no other way to put it: your brain has everything to do with how you function every day. This bodily organ is a powerhouse that works non-stop, whether consciously or subconsciously, voluntarily or involuntarily.
When it comes to mental clarity, cognition, and energy, most of us know that it’s the brain isn’t “firing on all cylinders.” The good news is that we can eat foods to kick those synapses and neurotransmitters into action.
Here are five foods that will minimize brain fog and help you sharpen your brain for energy and focus.
Your parents probably warned you about the dangers of not getting proper rest. Decades of research by scientists who study sleep have been showing that they were right.
While retaining information and staying awake in class or while at work is important, the research makes it clear that proper sleep has extensive benefits to physical health, too. During the recovery period from exercise, these benefits can be profound.
The sun’s out, and it’s time to play. Whether you’re at the beach or in your backyard, time flies when you’re having fun. Even with sunscreen, spending too much time in the sun can result in sunburn. Fortunately, sunburn relief doesn’t always require expensive lotions or a trip to the doctor.
Whether you’re a picky eater or unenthused by salads and pressed juices, eating more fruits and vegetables can be challenging.
Today, we’re giving you a cheat sheet for your next grocery visit that will help you in two ways:
1. You can grab and go instead of deliberating on what you should get and/or avoid getting the things you always get.
2. Get a wide variety of robust nutrients from fresh, in-season fruits and vegetables instead of ones that are grown year-round (and, therefore, have a good chance of being genetically modified or picked and harvested at inopportune times).
We’ve all had a cold or the flu at some point. Among the numerous benefits, you’ve likely heard that exercise can help the immune system fight off illness–there’s some truth to it. However, the benefits depend on the level of activity. Research shows that regular exercise at a moderate level supports immune function better than being sedentary…but overtraining can actually impair our ability to fight off infection.
Read on to learn how too much exercise can backfire.