Monday, April 21, 2014

Learn How To Understand Your Cholesterol Panel

By Sam Yang - Get similar updates here

I often like to say that it's not a too much information problem, it's a not enough knowledge about yourself problem. Meaning there's a lot of information out there but you don't know what applies to you specifically. There's a value to blood tests, like there's a value in owning books. But books are only as valuable as your ability to read them.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Bad Food Bad Mood

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Pleasure vs Happiness

It's easy to mistake pleasure with happiness. They often overlap. But happiness and pleasure are two very different ideas. You can do something unpleasurable, let's say school, but ultimately you're happier for it. You can also do something, like eating lots of unhealthy foods, and though it brought you pleasure, ultimately it makes you very unhappy.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

What Does Poor Sleep Really Do To Me?

By Sam Yang - Get similar updates here

In a previous article, I discussed the association of late night eating and weight gain. The hazards of sleep deprivation are far worse.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Your Late Night Eating Is Making You Fat

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Your army may be confused

Your cells have a built in clock called the circadian system. It's controlled by cells in the hypothalamus: think of this as the command center. Now the clock of your individual cells can be altered by daily activity: think of these cells as your soldiers.

So when your sleep schedule is off, you work late, eat late, stay up late, or even do physical activity late at night, this resets the clock for your cells while the hypothalamus stays on schedule. This causes a de-synchronization between your soldiers and the command center. All plans go out the window and your army gets confused.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Athleticism = Injury Resistance

By Sam Yang - Get similar updates here

The difference between a regular person and a world class athlete isn't just ability. There were many almost greats that were plagued by injuries. We can do a lot of the things great athletes can do, we'd just get hurt when we do them.

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Dangers Of Visceral Fat

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Everyone understands the fat they can pinch between their fingers. This is called subcutaneous fat and it's not necessarily always a bad thing. It adds elasticity to our skin, gives us a youthful look, protects us from injury and infection. When it gets extreme is when we get things like love handles and turkey arms (underarm fat).

Though we may see it as being unpleasant, it's not dangerous. Subcutaneous fat is easier to burn off and doesn't pose as much health problems as visceral fat. Visceral fat is the fat around your heart and the rest of your organs, and once you begin to develop an excess quantity of this kind of fat, it becomes easier to gain more fat, and unlike subcutaneous fat, it's much harder to burn off once you've developed it.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Rapid Weight Loss Cause Gallstones

Gallstones in the gallbladder

By Sam Yang - Get similar updates here

Don't go on that cleanse, detox, or that trendy crash diet just yet!

People who go on a crash diet are more likely to develop gallstones than people on a sustainable slower paced diet. Some people may think, "I'm too healthy for that. I never crash diet, I do occasionally go on healthy cleanses and detoxes and juice fasts though." The mechanics works the same. Whenever you go extremely low on food and your body has to use too much of itself as fuel, this can occur. Cleanses and detoxes are also bad for your gut microbiota.