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In the 19th century it was clean drinking water, now its healthy behaviour

In the 19th century it was clean drinking water, now its healthy behaviour

The greatest health challenge for 21st-century UK society is persuading people to make healthy choices, says the chief medical officer. The first wave of public health action occurred in the wake of the industrial revolution. It was primarily aimed at improving environmental conditions: the provision of clean drinking water, improved sewage [...]

BDNF – Miracle-Gro for the Brain in MIND BODY CONNECTION, NEUROSCIENCE

BDNF – Miracle-Gro for the Brain in MIND BODY CONNECTION, NEUROSCIENCE

BDNF stands for “brain-derived neurotrophic factor.” It’s a protein actually, dubbed a master molecule and referred to as “Miracle-Gro for the brain” by Harvard psychiatrist, John J. Ratey, MD, author of Spark, The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain. According to Ratey, BDNF is “a crucial biological link between [...]

How regular yoga practice changes brain chemistry and influences well-being

How regular yoga practice changes brain chemistry and influences well-being

If you look for me on an average weekday night, say around 8:30pm, you will likely find me swathed in spandex, drenched in sweat, and working my tail off in a hot, humid, and dimly lit room full of other sweaty and scantily clad people. The music is pounding, but not as loud as my heart is in my ears. I’m dizzy and exhausted—more likely that [...]

TWO WAYS YOUR BRAIN BREAKS AND EXACTLY WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT: PART 1

TWO WAYS YOUR BRAIN BREAKS AND EXACTLY WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT: PART 1

Welcome to Chapter 22 of Beyond Training: Mastering Endurance, Health & Life, in which you’re going continue to discover the two ways your brain breaks, and exactly what you can do about it. Have you ever woken up and stumbled out of bed to your computer, or perhaps even simply pulled your laptop or smartphone out from besides the bed, and [...]

Can you exercise your way to youthful skin?

Can you exercise your way to youthful skin?

Health Advisor is a regular column where contributors share their knowledge in fields ranging from fitness to psychology, pediatrics to aging. Follow us @Globe_Health. If you need a nudge toward the gym or your running shoes, science has delivered yet another reason – your skin. According to new research, exercise may prove to be the best [...]

The exercise-induced growth hormone response in athletes.

The exercise-induced growth hormone response in athletes.

Human growth hormone (hGH) is secreted in a pulsatile fashion, generally following a circadian rhythm. A number of physiological stimuli can initiate hGH secretion, the most powerful, non-pharmacological of which are sleep and exercise. hGH has many varied roles throughout life, from growth itself, including the turnover of muscle, bone and [...]

Exercise isn’t just good for shedding fat and toning muscles. It can help keep the brain in better shape, too.

Exercise isn’t just good for shedding fat and toning muscles. It can help keep the brain in better shape, too.

Exercise isn't just good for shedding fat and toning muscles. It can help keep the brain in better shape, too. When you exercise, your brain releases chemicals called neurotransmitters, including dopamine, which helps with attention and clear thinking. People with ADHD often have less dopamine than usual in their brain. The stimulant [...]

Health benefits of possessing a sense of purpose in life

Health benefits of possessing a sense of purpose in life

Spurred by a recent article published in Psychological Science by my colleague Patrick Hill of Carleton University, much attention is being paid towards the health benefits of possessing a sense of purpose in life1. Analyzing 14 years of data from over 6,000 participants in the nationwide Midlife in the United States (MIDUS), Dr. Hill discovered [...]

Routines Can Ease a Busy Life

Routines Can Ease a Busy Life

Daily routines help you be more efficient and provide comfort—rituals provide relief from the day’s ever-changing events. In the next paragraph, I describe my daily routine in hopes it will encourage you, not necessarily to adopt my routines but to jumpstart you toward creating your own. When I wake, —in violation of standard [...]

You can see that the brightest of the bright have not Ruled out on the possibility of the existence of an Intelligent Designer

You can see that the brightest of the bright have not Ruled out on the possibility of the existence of an Intelligent Designer

Have you ever heard the claim "all smart people are atheists", or maybe its inverse: "people who believe in God are dumb"? It's quite a pervasive urban legend, and one which I've known is false for a long time, but I didn't realize just how false until the other day. I recently decided to do a quick cataloging of the ten highest IQ's on earth, and [...]

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