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Caffeine, Tea, and Paleo

Written by Louise Hendon on January 29

This guest post is by Will from California Tea House. If you’re looking for some new teas to try, then why not give his favorites a try – the Fruity Dream is a blend of hibiscus blossoms, rose hip peels, apple preserves, kiwi bits, strawberry slices, elderberries, citrus peels, strawberries, marigold and cornflower blooms and apricots, and the Pomegranate Peony is a one of a kind blend of pomegranate preserves, rose-hips and stevia blended with the finest grade of white peony tea.

If you’re interested in buying some tea from California Tea House, then use this coupon code, PALEO10, to get 10% off plus free shipping.

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How to Be Smarter in Just 30 Minutes Per Week

Written by Jeremy Hendon on January 20

Do you ever feel like you’ve gotten a little bit dumber as you aged?

I often do. I look back at some of the things I wrote or did 15 years ago, and I’m actually impressed. They were really smart.

And then I look at what I’ve done recently, and I don’t quite feel the same way…

It’s not an inevitable fact of aging, however. Most modern research points to the fact that we can not only retain our full mental faculties as we age, but we can actually improve them.

Here’s a new study on one way to do that:

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The Beginner’s Guide to Essential Oils

Written by Louise Hendon on January 17

If you’re new to essential oils, then you’re in for a treat. These oils have been used for thousands of years for health, relaxation, as well as ceremonies.

It’s no wonder that essential oils are more popular than they’ve ever been.

In this beginner guide to essential oils, I’ll show you the scientific reason why essential oils could be beneficial to your health – as well as 19 easy ways to use essential oils in your daily life.

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What are essential oils?

Here are a few basic facts about essential oils to help you get started.

  • Basically, pure essential oils are highly concentrated plant extracts that contain the parts of the plant that provide its characteristic fragrance.
  • Essential oils are typically sold in small dark-colored bottles (to ensure they don’t oxidize) with a dropper or a dripper-top so you can drip the essential oil out one drop at a time.
  • Most essential oils are colorless or pale yellow in color and are liquid at room temperature.
  • Unlike cooking oils (such as olive oil, coconut oil, butter, seed oils, etc.), essential oils don’t feel greasy or oily. They evaporate very quickly and behave almost like an alcohol.
  • Generally, they’re less dense than water. They’re also not water-soluble, so if you add a few drops to water, you’ll see them float on top. However, if you add essential oils to other oils (like olive oil), they’ll mix together very well. That’s why many people dilute essential oils in another oil (known as a carrier oil – they carry the essential oil).
  • According to Robert Tisserand in Essential Oil Safety, “the word “essential” [in essential oils] is used to reflect the intrinsic nature or essence of the plant.”

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The Scientifically Proven Way to Slow Aging

Written by Jeremy Hendon on January 15

The fountain of youth has been written about and sought out for over 2,500 years. It’s unlikely that we’re going to stumble upon the mythological fountain any day soon now.

However, modern technology is rapidly approaching the ability to slow down or even reverse aging. And until we get there, modern science is already pretty clear on exactly what causes aging and what we can do immediately to slow it down.

For instance, here’s a recent study (conducted on blackbirds) that deals directly with this question and comes to the same answer that pretty much all other studies are getting:

Repeated stressors in adulthood increase the rate of biological aging.

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Why am I Tired, and Why are My Feet Sore When Eating Paleo?

Written by Jeremy Hendon on January 13

I recently got the following question from a reader…

A couple months ago my husband & I decided to join the Paleo lifestyle, and my body loved it! We both felt better, healthier, etc. But all of a sudden my husband started not feeling so well – every evening his stomach would hurt him, the bottoms of his feet also were hurting very bad & he was exhausted.

Every day, he was eating one non-Paleo meal, except for those 3 days when he started feeling bad. Some people told me that Paleo may not be right for him. He works in a physically demanding job. I got some dairy just for him & some gluten that is readily available when he needs. Why do you think his body is not taking well to Paleo?
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Do Saunas Actually Make You Healthier? (A Science-Backed Look)

Written by Jeremy Hendon on January 8

In the US, saunas really aren’t all that popular. During the early part of the 20th century, there was an increase in popularity, but recently, interest has waned.

On the other hand, saunas have been a mainstay among those living in Scandinavia for thousands of years, and they’re particularly common and popular in Finland.

So it’s no surprise that a group of Finnish researchers conducted the following (very interesting and telling) study:

Association Between Sauna Bathing and Fatal Cardiovascular and All-Cause Mortality Events
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Late to Bed…Doubles Inflammation and Insulin Resistance

Written by Jeremy Hendon on January 1

I’ve always been a night owl. I don’t think it’s inevitable for me, by any means, but I always tend to stay up later and later.

Lately, however, I’ve really begun to realize just how much I love waking up with the sunrise and going to bed on time. I feel better all day, and most importantly for me, I have a better attitude and perspective during the day.

Plus, there’s new evidence that it’s not just about how much we sleep but about maintaining a consistent sleep cycle.
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Having a Purpose Will Help You Live Longer

Written by Jeremy Hendon on December 23

We don’t really need many reasons to live a purposeful life. After all, living with purpose makes life more enjoyable and meaningful.

But there is another good reason…

Purpose in Life as a Predictor of Mortality Across Adulthood

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Purpose Matters A Lot

There have been a lot of studies analyzing the effect purpose has on health and mortality. This study attempted to account for a lot more variables.

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Should You Take Calcium Supplements?

Written by Jeremy Hendon on December 11

I don’t like using studies or research to scare anyone into doing anything, although the study below should probably worry you just a little bit.

Elevated brain lesion volumes in older adults who use calcium supplements: a cross-sectional clinical observational study

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I’m already of the opinion that we should get as many of our nutrients (vitamins and minerals) from our foods as possible. However, I’m not opposed to supplementing where necessary or beneficial.

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Are Whole Grains Paleo?

Written by Jeremy Hendon on November 25

If there’s one characteristic that most modern diets share, it’s the push for whole grains.

Major organizations like Mayo Clinic and the American Diabetes Association insist that opting for whole grains is a more nutritious, heart-healthy option for managing weight and insulin resistance.

However, we know that most diets have gotten a few things wrong…

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What is a Whole Grain?

When a cereal grain (wheat, corn, barley, rye, etc.) is growing in the field, it already counts as a “whole grain”—that is, it has all of its parts intact. The parts of a grain—the bran (skin), germ (seed embryo), and endosperm (the germ’s food source)—are all kept together when they are harvested and turned into food.

This is different from refined grains, where only the endosperm is kept. If you think about refined grains, then, you’ll notice that we’re not actually eating the actual grain (the germ) at all!

Are Whole Grains Healthy?

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Your Spit Makes You Fat

Written by Jeremy Hendon on November 13

We’re quite a ways past the days of arguing whether or not carbs are evil. It’s pretty clear by now that there are healthy carbs (sweet potatoes, fruits, etc.) and unhealthy junk (breads, pastas, pastries, donuts, etc.).

But from anecdotal experience alone, it’s become pretty clear that some folks just don’t handle eating carbs as well as other folks. Even if they’re carbs from whole foods.

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And in fact, this may be due to a genetic predisposition:

Your Spit Makes You Fat

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Variety is the Spice of…Obesity

Written by Jeremy Hendon on November 6

Variety is always touted as an excellent thing, whether we’re talking about food or anything else.

But when it comes to food, there’s a mounting body of scientific literature that points to variety (in certain contexts) being a big problem. In particular, there is a phenomenon in every human known as sensory-specific satiety. This means that we get full faster when eating the same food, rather than a combination of different foods.

This 2009 study examined this very phenomenon:

Variety enhances food intake in humans: Role of sensory-specific satiety

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Why We Overeat

The reasons we overeat are numerous and varied. But obesity researchers almost universally agree on one of the biggest reasons: food reward.
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