Your Brain Operates Differently Depending on the Time of Year

Winter gloom and springtime glee are common seasonal swings. But beyond swaying how you feel, yearly cycles may also shift the way you think, according to a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Source: Your brain operates differently depending on the time of year

I’d like to know – Is this evidence of natural brain oscillations, or are we measuring the effect of our societal education patterns on these oscillation patterns?   Somebody call Australia… Find out if their brains swirl around the drain in the opposite direction 😉

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.

Look Forward to Workouts by Knowing How Awesome You’ll Feel Afterward

I was going to skip my daily swim the other morning. I had already walked three miles with a friend and taken my dog to the park for his exercise. I was really tired, my back was sore, I had a column to write and lots to do around the house.

But I knew from past experience that I would feel much better after 40 minutes of swimming laps. So in I went. And, yes, I did feel better — not just refreshed, but more energetic, clearheaded and better prepared than I would have been otherwise to tackle the day’s essentials.

Source: Rethinking Exercise as a Source of Immediate Rewards

The article makes recommendations similar to what a study recently suggested about what to do for long term weight loss.

I’m often reminding myself that I (almost) never regret a workout, but I often regret skipping one.  Like a friend of mine, I like starting my day by cycling.  It throws off my routine and day in general; the cycling wakes me up.  And if it’s not one activity, there’s another – sometimes I change things up to go for a run instead, or swim if possible.  Doing the three disciplines of triathlon doesn’t mean I (or anyone else) has to race – it’s just cross training until you put on the swim cap and line up for the start 😉

Exercise: Non-Physical Benefits

Of course, it totally makes sense that the mind and body are not two distinct entities. Your brain is a physical organ, just like the muscles, lungs, and bones that obviously benefit from regular exercise. A growing body of research has chronicled how exercise triggers a cascade of chemical changes in the brain. Here are some reasons to exercise for your mental health.

Source: The Non-Physical Benefits of Exercise

If you’re not at least walking, you should be

Study: No Such Thing as “Comfort Food”

What’s your favorite “comfort food”? You know you have one—a treat you use to soothe bruised feelings following some distressing event.

Well, guess what: You’re kidding yourself. A new study finds comfort foods are no more effective at lifting moods than any other foods—or even sitting quietly without consuming a calorie.

Source: Comfort Food Is a Myth