Why Modern Lighting Is Bad For A Good Night’s Sleep

Why Modern Lighting Is Bad For A Good Night’s Sleep

When people decorate a room, things like furniture, textures and paint color tend to stand out. However another element that is significant, but possibly overlooked, is the lighting. Proper lighting is a necessity for functionality, but it also has another important use. A recent article in Psychology Today gives a great overview of depression, sleep habits, and how an unexpected culprit, contemporary artificial lighting, comes into play. As humans, we are pre-dispositioned to be active during the day and at rest during hours where there is a lack of natural light. Though our internal rhythmic clock has not completely abandoned… read more

Flavor Your Water The Natural Way

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Perhaps due to our over saturated palettes, some don’t drink enough water unless it is tinged with packets of flavored powder or sweetened. If this sounds familiar, you may want to read on and find ways to enjoy water without dressing it up beyond recognition. To start, you can add flavor to your water without comprimising its health benefits. Try diluting your water with lemon or lime juice. Not only are both low in calories, they have the added benefit of enriching your water with vitamin C and B, along with antioxidants. You also can add fresh citrus slices, like lemon and orange slices, to a pitcher of water. A handful of berries works… read more

Why Buy Organic?

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Is organic food worth the extra cost? It’s certainly better for the environment because organic growers don’t use toxic pesticides or genetically modified organisms, and organic growing requires less fossil fuel. However, shipping organic foods requires fossil fuel and generates carbon emissions, so buying locally is better. Organic produce is also far less likely to be contaminated with toxic pesticide residues, which have been linked to cancer, birth defects, and neurological issues, and it may be more nutritious as well. Some studies comparing nutritional content have found in favor of organic produce whereas others have noted no significant differences, likely… read more

More Reasons Its Ok To Love Chocolate

More Reasons Its Ok To Love Chocolate

There have been numerous research studies conducted revolving around the health benefits of chocolate. And many of them have pointed to some pretty good reasons to occasionally indulge in the go-to favorite of many. A few years ago, results from research published in the Archives of Internal Medicine showed that a group of surveyed chocolate eaters who reported that they consumed more levels of chocolate had on average a lower body mass index. Another study concluded that dark chocolate rich in polyphenol can actually enhance sensitivity to insulin and may offset some of the issues that stem from fats in… read more

How Do You Brew?

How Do You Brew?

Just like there are various types of flavors of coffee and taste preferences for the beloved beverage, there are also several different ways to brew it. One of the more popular ways to make coffee, especially in the U.S., is to drip brew it. This process is fairly simple, requiring the electricity and machine to heat the water that drips through the coffee grounds in order to brew it. Lovers of the preset time option may be hooked on making coffee this way, though it may not be the most flavorful way to brew. An uncomplicated but interesting coffee brewing device crafted… read more

Whole Bean Flour Highs

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While most of us know how nutrient dense beans are, you wouldn’t often think of beans as being the main ingredient in classic baked goods. However, bean flours work surprisingly well when used to make traditional fare like cookies, lemon squares, and pancakes in place of wheat flour. Only bean flours can do (and offer) a little bit more than wheat flours. Most bean flours are made by pulverizing dried or over-ripe beans until very fine and, as is the goal, of a flour-like consistency. Unlike wheat flours, beans do not oxidize, nor are they bleached as is often the… read more

Sitting For Too Long Can Kill You

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It should come to the surprise of no one that an increased sedentary lifestyle is detrimental to health. What may surprise you is that sitting for too long each day can shave off hours of your expected lifespan and cause many various health complications. Check out this video on the matter of sitting for lengthy periods at a time: So what can be attributed to our sharp increase in sitting more than those in previous generations did? For starters, the shift from jobs that require manual labor to jobs in front of computer screens is partly to blame. It’s not… read more

Artist’s Dramatic Self-Portraits Without Photoshop

Artist’s Dramatic Self-Portraits Without Photoshop

In a world of predominantly digital art and computerized images, though impressive, it can be refreshing to see works that are handmade and painstakingly positioned, painted and perfected. Artist JeeYoung Lee has recently been showcasing an interesting collection of photographs made at her studio in Seoul, South Korea. Titled Stage of Mind, the series is completely free of the aid of Photoshop or any digital alterations. Lee hand designs all of the backdrops, and each detail is an impressive feat. The scenery is a mix of intricately placed objects, rich in color and dimension. Each setting involves endless hours that turn… read more

Maple Syrup Also A Medicine

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Sap from maple trees can enhance recipes, but the syrupy substance also has many medicinal properties. Known for centuries for its sweet flavor, it has also been turned to for natural remedies. Native North American people discovered the tree sap and its many beneficial qualities. Around the 17th century it was sold as an affordable, natural sweetener, and has been popular ever since. Maple syrup is made when the sap from maple trees is collected by drilling a hole and gathering the slow-dripping, thick liquid. It is then run through an evaporator to concentrate the syrup. After going through the evaporation… read more

Transforming Skin Cells Into Liver Cells

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The technology has existed for a while now to grow certain organs in a lab to be used as replacements for organs in which finding a donor may be difficult. Those organs, however, were never complete copies — they were merely close replicas. Now, researchers at the Gladstone Institutes and UC San Francisco had announced that they’ve discovered a way to create fully mature liver cells. The organs have only been tested in lab animals whose bodies have been modified to imitate liver failure, but the tests showed that the liver cells were able to thrive on their own without… read more