• Sleep is important to getting things done

    Lacking Energy & Motivation – A Perspective on Sleep

    Lack of Sleep in Modern Times With my goal of spending less time on my smartphone, I’m working on increasing my personal productivity.  For me, personal productivity is how I complete and evaluate my goals to achieve my vision.  Our lack of sleep has become a national issue, the CDC has called it a public health epidemic. This lack of sleep can cause a decrease in mental and physical abilities and who wants that? The Science of Why We Sleep The reason why we need sleep comes down to regulating chemical balance. Our bodies work on a repeating 24-hour clock called a circadian rhythm.  As we go through the day…

  • There are benefits to drinking caffeinated drinks: alertness and increased concentration; but there are consequences to drinking caffeinated drinks: dependence leading to physical symptoms of withdrawals within 12-24 hrs.
    Health,  Lifestyle

    A Caffeinated Life – A Perspective on Chemical Aids

    I’ve been drinking a lot of coffee lately and my analytical side started to wonder what is too much caffeine? So I looked into how I could time my coffee consumption to my productive or less than productive times. A brief history of caffeine Caffeine, for around 2000 years, is being used to increase mental alertness, fight fatigue, increase response time, alter mood states, and explored for military use. Since caffeine is so widely used, it’s also been widely studied. Caffeine has been studied so much that its withdrawal effects, is now included as a new mental disorder according to the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of…

  • Health benefits of mushrooms can provide added health benefits

    Antioxidant Health Benefits of Mushrooms

    Health benefits of mushrooms When looking at the health benefits of mushrooms, there’s an aging theory that’s been around for a while; it involves free radicals.  Free radicals are chemicals or atoms like oxygen that are missing an electron. These chemicals try to be electron balanced with the number of electrons they’re supposed to have. They try to balance out by donating an electron to another chemical or taken from another chemical. This makes the free radical highly reactive causing damage to cells, proteins, and DNA. This is something we don’t want around. Over time, free radicals may cause enough damage which may be associated with diseases related to aging: like cancer,…

  • Hydration for Performance
    Health,  Lifestyle

    Hydrate for Peak Physical and Mental Performance

    The importance of hydration An easy way to maintain your health is by maintaining proper hydration.  Drinking enough water keeps your mind and body functioning at optimal performance. Drinking water is important regardless of the temperature.  Water helps regulate our bodies by helping digestion, regulating electrolytes (salt/potassium), providing cushioning for joints, and other important cellular activities. The first thing to consider when figuring out how much water to drink is your activity level.  Are you active or sedentary?  Are you at high elevations (more than a mile high)?  If you’re active or at high altitudes then you’ll need more water.  But there is no one size fits all approach to…