Why Your Diet Should Change with the Seasons
Aug31

Why Your Diet Should Change with the Seasons

As we near the end of summer, you probably notice that your body experiences a seasonal shift as much as its surrounding environment. We acclimate and reacclimate with shifts in temperature and humidity, compensating for extremes in cold and heat by shifting metabolic levels and hormone production. But the convenience of chain grocery stores and supermarkets have disconnected us from seasonal eating, and the wisdom inherent in...

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Are You Working With or Against Your Natural Talents?
Aug30

Are You Working With or Against Your Natural Talents?

Ever feel like your responsibilities at work are bogging you down rather than making you more efficient? It could be that your hormonal levels are mismatched with your duties. A wide range of hormones affects your brain and subsequently your behavior. For example, norepinephrine influences risk-taking, testosterone influences aggression, and prolactin influences caretaking. The levels of these hormones in your body will affect how you...

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Can You Prevent Disease: Flipping the Genetic Switch on Illness
Aug29

Can You Prevent Disease: Flipping the Genetic Switch on Illness

Although we are all born with a fixed set of genes, the way those genes express themselves in our bodies is dependent on a number of factors. One of the biggest variables in genetic expression is our lifestyle and environment. Depending on how we are affected by the environment in which we live, certain genes may be turned “on” or “off”—like a light switch. For example, although some people carry the gene that predisposes them to...

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Groundbreaking Study Reveals Salt May Be Healthier Than Presumed
Aug28

Groundbreaking Study Reveals Salt May Be Healthier Than Presumed

Gone may be the days when salt was the devil that led to high blood pressure, or so says an editorial by Dr. Suzanne Oparil, M.D. published earlier this month in the New England Journal of Medicine (August 14, 2014). Oparil reveals that, although there is still a strong connection between sodium intake and high blood pressure, recent studies show that increased levels of sodium do not seem to negatively impact those with healthy blood...

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Introvert or Extrovert: Is It In Our Genes?
Aug27

Introvert or Extrovert: Is It In Our Genes?

We like to categorize ourselves as introverts or extroverts based on our social preferences, but these preferences are also indicative of the ways our brains work. Extroverts tend to rely on external brain stimuli in order to feel engaged and activated, whereas introverts often have so much internal brain stimuli that outside input can feel overwhelming. Because of this, extroverts will thrive with a flood of stimulation from their...

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