How I Restored My Sleeping Habits by Spending a Weekend Without Clocks

I’ve tried nearly every trick imaginable to get more restful sleep. For a long time, nothing worked: not a regular bedtime, herbal supplements, turning computers off before bed, or even a weekend away from work.

Source: How I Restored My Sleeping Habits by Spending a Weekend Without Clocks

Try ear plugs and a sleeping mask on the weekends. With no outside stimulus, you sleep until you body is ready to get up.  Or go camping…

Dean Karnazes: The Man Who Can Run Forever

Most runners have to stop when they reach their lactate threshold, but Dean Karnazes’ muscles never tire: he can run for three days and nights without stopping. What’s his secret?

Source: Dean Karnazes: the man who can run for ever

For those thinking “breed him” – it wouldn’t work.  The article said his lactate threshold is determined by his mitochondria, which is inherited maternally.  You would have to breed his mom or his sisters, but not him.  Additionally, it’s not that he’s immune to getting sore – he just doesn’t feel sore. And it is muscles only, so cardio and everything else is normal.

I’ve heard this sort of thing is common attribute in rowers.

“Feel the Burn” Is Bad Fitness Advice

“Feel the burn!” is an oft-repeated cue to get exercisers to work harder and longer than they normally would. A good many relish in this uncomfortable feeling, but depending on the circumstances, this “burn” isn’t always a reliable indicator of a good or effective workout. Here’s what’s going on and why “feeling the burn” is overrated.

Source: “Feel the Burn” Is Bad Fitness Advice

I like this approach because it pushes back against the pressure people feel to exercise a certain way with a certain attitude. I was having a similar conversation last week with a friend who teaches fitness classes. She said, “whatever works for you. whatever makes you happy”.

Can Pickle Juice Stop Muscle Cramps?

Recently, 10 healthy male college students filed into an exercise laboratory at Brigham Young University in Utah to drink pickle juice. Many people involved in sports are convinced that the briny fluid combats muscle cramping. In a 2008 survey, a quarter of the athletic trainers interviewed said that they regularly dispense pickle juice to cramp-stricken athletes. Many also report that, in their experiences, the stuff quickly brakes the cramping. The athletic trainers have told researchers that they believe the pickle juice must be replenishing the salt and fluids the athletes had lost to sweat. But no laboratory science had verified that theory.

Source: Phys Ed: Can Pickle Juice Stop Muscle Cramps?

Answer: Maybe?

10 is way too small a sample size to be taken seriously.

Bismuth Could Stop Farts From Smelling, If Someone Could Make It Safe

We avoid mercury, arsenic, and lead exposure, but there’s one heavy metal that we gulp down in smaller doses: bismuth. And if it were less toxic, bismuth could one day keep us from stinking up elevators and other public places with our farts.

Source: Bismuth Could Stop Farts From Smelling, If Someone Could Make It Safe

But some people express love via a “Dutch oven” – fart in the bed, and pull the covers over the victims head so they can’t escape… 😀

There’s Cyanide in Artificial Vitamin B12, And That’s Okay

When you get a shot of vitamin B12, you’re also getting traces of cyanide in the mix–although it would be equally accurate to say that there’s artificial B12 in your antidote to cyanide.

Source: There’s Cyanide in Artificial Vitamin B12, And That’s Okay

The most effective form of vitamin B12 is methylcobalamin.  The body uses methylcobalamin directly, so it’s very easily absorbed.  The same goes for dibencozide, which the body uses for muscle development among other things. Canadians do not get dibencozide – they can only get it from the U.S.  Cyanocobalamin is crap – don’t use it.  Smokers should use methylcobalamin, as it will bond to the cyanide in the body and will be excreted though urine.

This Ingestible Health Sensor Could Help Cut Down On Doctor Visits

From drug-delivering microbots to cancer-fighting nano-swarms, the age of ingestible, autonomous health devices is upon us. So it was only a matter of time before somebody built a miniature stethoscope that sits in your GI tract monitoring your vital signs.

Source: This Ingestible Health Sensor Could Help Cut Down On Doctor Visits

An apple a day? 😉

Are Energy Drinks Bad for You?

Red Bull may give you wings, but at what cost? To some, energy drinks are dangerous elixirs, while others consider them magic potions of vitality? The truth about how they affect your body is not so black and white.

Source: Are Energy Drinks Bad for You?

I’ve never had an energy drink.  Closest thing would be a Gu gel…

The specific mention about long term ginseng use is interesting with the mention about impact to blood thinners.  Ginger is a low dose of vitamin K, ginseng is entirely different.

How Being Dehydrated Affects Your Mind and Body

If you’ve ever worked for awhile in the beating sun, you might know what it feels like to be dehydrated. What’s going on inside your body?

Source: What Happens To Your Body When You’re Dehydrated?

There have been many articles debunking how much water an individual needs per day.  I chronicled my experience a while back.

How Altitude Sickness Affects Your Body And How You Can Beat It

Altitude sickness can make you dizzy, nauseous, and, in extreme cases, can even kill you. All of us at IndefinitelyWild have experienced it. Here’s what we’ve learned and how you can minimize its symptoms.

Source: How Altitude Sickness Affects Your Body And How You Can Beat It

Definitely something I wanted to learn about, but give the risk factors for high altitude edema (pulmonary and cerebral) – I don’t think anyone’s doctor will condone such activity for those of us on blood thinners.  Stick to GoPro footage 😉