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Are Microwaves Safe?

The microwave has become a very popular kitchen appliance since its development in the mid-twentieth century.  But are microwaves safe?  The convenience the microwave offers seems to trump this concern, as it gains popularity among those who are super busy and don’t have time to cook or heat food up […]

Optimism and Stress – LOTs of Positivity

In  my last article, I discussed how stress causes illness in otherwise healthy individuals.  With this in mind, I’m going to touch on optimism and stress and how an optimistic nature or disposition can enable individuals to cope with stress effectively, thereby directly decreasing their risk of illness.[1][2] Below are items from […]

Stress and Illness – Don’t Worry, Be Healthy

Stress.  For me, that word conjures images of 6th grade dances and 11th grade finals to the forefront of my mind.  And while stress manifests itself in various shapes and forms, this emotional stress is one to which most people can relate.  Sleeping through your alarm, getting pulled over, missing […]

Vitamins and Minerals Part V: Skin and Bones

Skin and bones are supported greatly by the vitamin and minerals in this article.  You are what you eat, but you’re also so much more than skin and bones! In the first four installments of this series, I covered B-complex Vitamins, Vitamin C and the Fatties, Electrolytes, and Trace Metals, respectively.  In this fifth and […]

Dangers of Dehydration–Ubiquitous or Overblown?

When it comes to water intake, we are constantly (quite ironically) inundated by the health mainstream with the importance of water and the dangers of dehydration.  We are advised to drink at least 8 8-ounce glasses (1.89 L) of water a day (sometimes more) and that if our urine is […]

Vitamins and Minerals Part IV: Major Trace Metals

In the first three installments of this series, I covered B-complex Vitamins, Vitamin C and the Fatties, and Electrolytes, respectively.  In part IV, I’m going to focus on three essential trace metals: copper, iron, and zinc.  Unlike certain nutrients, these trace minerals cannot be produced, or synthesized, in the body. […]

Benefits of Bodyweight Workout Routines

Bodyweight workout routines don’t seem to garner the respect they deserve these days.  As gyms keep popping up all over the place and new machines, gadgets, and gimmicks become increasingly ubiquitous, workout routines consisting of bodyweight work tend to take a backseat.  This is really a shame because there are […]

Is Warming Up Really Necessary?

Ah, warming up: the LAMEST part of exercising, right?  Toootally.  Well, I used to think so, but warming up is tremendously beneficial regardless of your exercise of choice. I know there are lots of people out there who don’t warm up before exercising.   I can’t tell you how many people […]

Vitamins and Minerals Part III: Electrolytes

In Part I and Part II of this series I covered the vitamins of the series, but now we’re getting to some minerals, specifically the electrolytes calcium, magnesium, and potassium.   Electrolytes are essential body salts that are crucial for the health of the cells, as they enable cells to […]

Ejaculation and Testosterone Levels in Men

Ejaculation and testosterone have an interesting relationship.  In 2003, there was an interesting study conducted in Hangzhou, China that concluded that the serum testosterone levels in men increased dramatically on the seventh day following an ejaculation.  On days 2 to 5 of abstinence, the increase in testosterone levels were negligible; however, […]