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dress like someone you admire to help you emulate them

Why you should dress like Jesus: 

A group of researchers at Northwestern School of Management are studying embodied cognition and found that when undergrads wore a white coat they believed to belong to a doctor, their ability to pay attention significantly increases. But, when they wore the same coat they believed to belong to a painter, there was no effect. They go on to say that people think with more than our brains, but with our bodies too. It’s been long established that people perceive you differently by the way you dress, but they are trying to see how the way you dress affects your basic abilities and your readiness to take on different roles. Since doctors are believed to be good at paying attention and careful, the students acted that way too. Funny quote: 

Clothes invade the body and brain, putting the wearer into a different psychological state, he said. He described his own experience from last Halloween (or maybe it should be called National Enclothed Cognition Day).”

He had decided to dress as a pimp, with a fedora, long coat and cane. “When I entered the room, I glided in,” he said. “I felt a very different presence.”

So I’m just going to go around dressing and pretending I’m Liz Falvey, my awesome modern dance teacher who also teaches yoga. “Try to dance your warm-up!” Or maybe I’ll dress like a Buddhist monk…I may be more mindful of what I do and say. lol like I could be any nicer…jk. (confession: I have to combat my sarcastic nature on my blog). 

Anyone take this seriously and down to dress like their fitness/health role model (or Katniss)? omgod cosplay may have a purpose…

Filed under embodied cognition halloween everyday science psychology northwestern research

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Things I love about Research #187…nerdy puns 
"Bee"vine Serum from Thermo Scientific: We’d like you to enjoy a complimentary bottle of honey, fresh from the meadows of Cache Valley, Utah. This "Bee" vine Serum, like Thermo Scientific HyClone Bovine Serum is known for its purity. Give into an age old instinct and indulge your sweet tooth with some pure Cache Valley honey. 
Random use for honey: Cure for canker sores and cold sores! Put only on an open sore and it helps ease the pain. My mom taught me this when I used to get a lot of canker sores. 

Things I love about Research #187…nerdy puns 

"Bee"vine Serum from Thermo Scientific: We’d like you to enjoy a complimentary bottle of honey, fresh from the meadows of Cache Valley, Utah. This "Bee" vine Serum, like Thermo Scientific HyClone Bovine Serum is known for its purity. Give into an age old instinct and indulge your sweet tooth with some pure Cache Valley honey. 

Random use for honey: Cure for canker sores and cold sores! Put only on an open sore and it helps ease the pain. My mom taught me this when I used to get a lot of canker sores. 

Filed under food science research thermo scientific honey funny

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Caffeine is Good for Your Skin
Scientists at Rutgers University show that caffeine applied directly to the skin might help prevent damaging UV light from causing skin cancer. Caffeine acts as an antioxidant and inhibits a protein, ATR, known to promote skin cancer when damaged. Also, it acts as a sunscreen. 
I bought this face wash from Clean and Clear before I read this study and was skeptical because of the added caffeine, but now I’m happy I bought it! 

Caffeine is Good for Your Skin

Scientists at Rutgers University show that caffeine applied directly to the skin might help prevent damaging UV light from causing skin cancer. Caffeine acts as an antioxidant and inhibits a protein, ATR, known to promote skin cancer when damaged. Also, it acts as a sunscreen. 

I bought this face wash from Clean and Clear before I read this study and was skeptical because of the added caffeine, but now I’m happy I bought it! 

Filed under Caffeine research science skin care

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Birth Control and Weight Gain

Scared of going on birth control because of weight gain? Don’t be! Because recent research at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden shows that hormonal birth control does not directly cause weight gain. The only factors which did were age and smoking.

Changes in hormone levels may cause mood-swings…and many of us lament over a bowl of ice cream to calm down leading to weight gain. However, after a few months, your body should adjust to the changes and you’ll achieve a balance. The first few months can be a little crazy (increase/decrease appetite, moody, acne) but things settle after a few months. If you are sensitive to the pill, I suggest looking into Nuvaring which releases a constant amount of hormones throughout the day making it easier to adapt to. Taking a pill once a day creates peaks and valleys of hormone levels which can throw off your system.  

So don’t stop your birth control unless you want some of these Shrek Babies…

Because you don't want Shrek babies

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/06/110607104927.htm

Filed under birth control research shrek science women's health

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Antioxidant Spices Reduce Negative Effects of High-Fat Meal (Aug 10, 2011) 
After a fatty meal, triglyercides (fat molecules) are released in your your bloodstream increasing your risk of heart disease. However, researchers from Penn State found that adding spices like tumeric and cinnamon to high-fat meals reduces this phenomenon by ~30%. The experiments compared overweight, but otherwise healthy adults who were separated into one group that ate meals with spices, and another which did not have spices. 
Spices tested because of high antioxidant ( levels:
Rosemary (check!) 
Oregano
Cinnamon (check!)
Tumeric (check!)
Black Pepper (Check!) 
Gloves
Garlic Powder (Check!) 
Paprika (Check!) 
Results
increase in antioxidant activity in the blood by 13% (fighting oxidative stress)
insulin response decreased by 20% (stabilizes blood sugar levels and slower movement of food to fat cells)
See if you can use some of these ingredients in your cooking for meal that not only is healthy, but reduces oxidative stress!
 
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/08/110810101607.htm#.TkdJh4xibm8.email

Antioxidant Spices Reduce Negative Effects of High-Fat Meal (Aug 10, 2011) 

After a fatty meal, triglyercides (fat molecules) are released in your your bloodstream increasing your risk of heart disease. However, researchers from Penn State found that adding spices like tumeric and cinnamon to high-fat meals reduces this phenomenon by ~30%. The experiments compared overweight, but otherwise healthy adults who were separated into one group that ate meals with spices, and another which did not have spices. 

Spices tested because of high antioxidant ( levels:

  • Rosemary (check!) 
  • Oregano
  • Cinnamon (check!)
  • Tumeric (check!)
  • Black Pepper (Check!) 
  • Gloves
  • Garlic Powder (Check!) 
  • Paprika (Check!) 

Results

  • increase in antioxidant activity in the blood by 13% (fighting oxidative stress)
  • insulin response decreased by 20% (stabilizes blood sugar levels and slower movement of food to fat cells)

See if you can use some of these ingredients in your cooking for meal that not only is healthy, but reduces oxidative stress!

 Spices

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/08/110810101607.htm#.TkdJh4xibm8.email

Filed under food spices science research antioxidants nutrition

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Omega-3-Fatty Acids: Plant vs. Animal Sources, What’s the difference?!
We eat walnuts, flaxseed, and chia seeds because of their high levels of heart-healthy Omega-3 fatty acids, but do these plant-based sources compare to Salmon and other seafood? The answer is…NO. Omega-3’s from plants are in the form of ALA. Animal sources like fish oil, contain EPA and DHA. ALA needs to go through an inefficient process in our bodies to get converted to EPA, and then to DHA. Our body needs DHA for brain, eye, and heart function and development. Essentially all the omega-3 fats in our brains are DHA, and the retina is 60% full of DHA! Getting enough DHA has been shown to improve depression as well. Unfortunately, even high intakes of ALA from plant sources will not increase the amount of DHA in your body by much.
Best sources of DHA include wildcaught salmon, anchovies, and sardines. If eating canned fish, remember to look for LOW to NO sodium. 
Suggestion for Vegetarians: Increase your daily intake of DHA by consuming 1 omega-3 egg a day, or other fortified milk or soy milk products.
This information converted me back to pescatarian-ism after months of being vegetarian and wanting to continue being meat-free. To me, my choices in life are based on limiting as much harm as possible. Although I now consume seafood and therefore support catching and killing wild salmon and other fish, I can work harder in other aspects of my life to balance it out with good works. 
Information from BIBC 120: Biochemistry of Nutrition (college class) and http://www.dhaomega3.org/Scientific-Overview-of-Omega-3

Omega-3-Fatty Acids: Plant vs. Animal Sources, What’s the difference?!

We eat walnuts, flaxseed, and chia seeds because of their high levels of heart-healthy Omega-3 fatty acids, but do these plant-based sources compare to Salmon and other seafood? The answer is…NO. Omega-3’s from plants are in the form of ALA. Animal sources like fish oil, contain EPA and DHA. ALA needs to go through an inefficient process in our bodies to get converted to EPA, and then to DHA. Our body needs DHA for brain, eye, and heart function and development. Essentially all the omega-3 fats in our brains are DHA, and the retina is 60% full of DHA! Getting enough DHA has been shown to improve depression as well. Unfortunately, even high intakes of ALA from plant sources will not increase the amount of DHA in your body by much.

Best sources of DHA include wildcaught salmon, anchovies, and sardines. If eating canned fish, remember to look for LOW to NO sodium.

Suggestion for Vegetarians: Increase your daily intake of DHA by consuming 1 omega-3 egg a day, or other fortified milk or soy milk products.

This information converted me back to pescatarian-ism after months of being vegetarian and wanting to continue being meat-free. To me, my choices in life are based on limiting as much harm as possible. Although I now consume seafood and therefore support catching and killing wild salmon and other fish, I can work harder in other aspects of my life to balance it out with good works.

Information from BIBC 120: Biochemistry of Nutrition (college class) and http://www.dhaomega3.org/Scientific-Overview-of-Omega-3

Filed under food science nutrition salmon omega 3

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Molds on Foods: What should you do? 
Moldy bread…that’s what happens with there are no preservatives =/ I was going to tear off pieces of my expensive bread from Julian’s Bakery (1 net carb + 12 g protein!) but thankfully I researched whether or not it’s okay to eat the visibly “okay” pieces. And low and behold! The USDA warns that porous foods can be contaminated below the surface…so I had to discard my favorite loaf of bread. Remember to freeze your baked goods if you don’t plan on eating them right away to avoid mold. 

Molds on Foods: What should you do? 

Moldy bread…that’s what happens with there are no preservatives =/ I was going to tear off pieces of my expensive bread from Julian’s Bakery (1 net carb + 12 g protein!) but thankfully I researched whether or not it’s okay to eat the visibly “okay” pieces. And low and behold! The USDA warns that porous foods can be contaminated below the surface…so I had to discard my favorite loaf of bread. Remember to freeze your baked goods if you don’t plan on eating them right away to avoid mold. 

Filed under advice food health mold safety science