Ketosis: The fascinating & simple diet that can help you lose weight, reduce appetite, combat seizures, improve memory and so much more

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we often worry about how what we eat affects our weight, what if how we eat could affect our brains? As wild of a statement as that may be, if it weren’t for ketosis, we wouldn’t have the developed brains that we do, nor would we have an array of knowledge that proves that not only is everything we know about dieting wrong, but wow, were we really wrong. While maintaining it’s guidelines requires an initial thorough analysis of one’s nutritional routine, it will keep your brain running when you have no glucose and it even alters the way you think. To put it simply, there is no diet better than Ketosis. Ketosis is the body’s response to a lack of carbohydrates. This is common among babies during their development but also occurs in people who fast or those who refrain from carbohydrates or restrict them. Ketones are produced and burned by one’s body for energy. They are molecules…

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Are Vegetarian and Vegan Diets Healthy?

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Vegetarianism and veganism have grown in popularity over the years and are the subjects of many health studies. Some reasons for eating vegetarian or vegan are avoidance of antibiotics and hormones, religious conviction, moral concerns and fitness, among many others. But how just how healthy is it to strictly adhere to diets that prohibit meat and/or animal-based products? Harvard Health Publications offers articles detailing the benefits of a strictly vegetarian diet for people of all ages. However, Beyond Vegetarianism states it is “unscientific” to theorize that humans are natural vegetarians. Then, just when vegetarianism couldn’t get more complicated, the Mayo Clinic details common vegetarian diets that actually include animal-based products: Lacto-vegetarian diets exclude meat, fish, poultry and eggs, as well as foods that contain them. Dairy products, such as milk, cheese, yogurt and butter, are included. Ovo-vegetarian diets exclude meat, poultry, seafood and dairy products, but allow eggs. Lacto-ovo vegetarian diets exclude meat, fish…

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How microaggresions single people out

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We all have uncomfortable moments in life. It may involve realizing we had a stain on our shirt all day, or accidentally pushing on a ‘pull’ door but those moments hardly ever cross the line from embarrassing to painful. However, when those cases are pointedly aimed at a particular group, because of color or identity, the line is crossed regularly. A comment made ‘in good fun’ could in fact be disturbing to the one addressed. Such actions are called ‘microaggressions.’ Dr. Derald Sue, a professor of psychology and education, classifies microaggressions  as “the everyday slights, indignities, put-downs, and insults that people of color, women, LGBT populations, or those who are marginalized experience in their day-to-day interactions with people.” Microaggression is a term coined by psychiatrist and Harvard University professor Chester M. Pierce in 1970 to describe insults and dismissals he regularly witnessed non-black Americans inflict on African Americans. Micro-aggressions single a person out and make…

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How sensory deprivation tanks can make you zen

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Music blaring, phones buzzing, cars honking, computer screens shining, people talking, and talking.. Our daily lives are typically consumed with distracting sensory stimuli such as these. Our brain is a powerfully complex organ that will absorb the surrounding sensory input and process it in an orderly fashion, but what if our brains were given a little break from all the sensory stress? What if we were given the opportunity to float in space like an astronaut and ponder the mysteries of the universe? How would depriving the brain of all senses affect physical and psychological functioning? Maybe the thought of this intrigues you, maybe it causes anxiety, but neurophysiologist, John Lily, found a way to remove all sensory input and create an illusion of floating in space. Lily developed a technique in 1954 called the Flotation Restricted Environmental Stimulation Technique, in which subjects would lay face-up in a tank filled with a foot of…

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Do time management apps help or hurt our productivity?

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Modern day society values the qualities of a well-rounded person. Universities and jobs are constantly looking for someone who did well in school, excelled in athletics, participated in an internship, and is an active volunteer. How does one balance all of these expectations? Is it even possible? It’s no wonder that society is constantly struggling to manage time and stay happy. Time management apps have recently become very popular. However, there are over a thousand of these free apps that promise to help its users relieve anxiety and be more productive. This is when we face some tough questions, such as, how do we find the right app and how many of these apps are enough? Do they become more of a distraction or an excuse to use our phones? The apps range from daily planners to time management apps specifically for adults with ADHD to health apps that manage the amount of water you drink…

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Setting the bar high involves more than we think

“You can do it.” Such a simple yet positive affirmation of one’s capability can often lead to great and unexpected accomplishments. Sometimes, expectations that are set on us can directly affect our own behaviors and actions, for better or worse. Just as well, you may not even be aware of it. In the field of Social Psychology, a popular phenomenon known as the Pygmalion Effect shows that greater expectations often lead to greater efforts. Borrowing from famed psychological studies, integrating this knowledge into your daily life could create new habits that reinforce a better lifestyle. Derived from poetic Roman origins, Pygmalion was a sculptor who fell in love with a statue of his own creation. Social Psychologists Robert Rosenthal and Lenore Jacobson  artfully extended this concept to their experimental findings when they studied how achievements made by students were influenced by the expectations of their teachers. Students were randomly selected by experimenters to be…

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How to become the calm after the storm

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Adversity is a reality that all people must face, because the world is full of challenges that we cannot predict nor avoid. No matter how dark truth may be, adversity can have more than one function: Not only can it create obstacles but it can also serve as a tremendous catalyst for growth. Resilience means turning tragedy into transcendence, and realizing strengths and talents you never knew existed. Tragedy and adversity does not have to knock you to the ground, but if it does, you don’t have to stay there. We can allow it to elevate us instead. Rather than getting stuck on “the ground” or in the slumps of our problems, resilience tells us to keep moving but how exactly does one become resilient? Everyone reacts to adversity differently. Have you ever noticed how some people just seem to get over tragedy so easily while others tend to suffer for much longer? Studies have shown that what makes…

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The story of Elvis Summers’ Homes for the Homeless

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When faced with the reality of homelessness, most people prefer to look away. In California, where the homeless population has become a very visible issue, and despite all of the promises made by legislators to try and help them, it seems that nothing is truly done for them, and they are left to fend for themselves. Most people would not stir themselves to do anything for the homeless. Most people are not Elvis Summer. The story of Elvis Summer’s crusade of tiny homes for the homeless started around April 2015, with the first construction of one of his homes for a homeless woman he met, named Smokie. His pity for this woman’s plight, combined with what was likely a previous experience of being homeless, according to various sources, gave him the empathy that led him to help the homeless when many others wouldn’t know where to begin. Elvis was inspired by other tiny homes he had…

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Here’s something you didn’t know you could inherit

It’s one thing to for a person to endure a brutal disaster and try to deal with the pain afterwards for the rest of their life, but what about the possibility of that pain being transferred to their offspring? It seems odd. But it turns out that genetics not only pass physical and personality traits, but trauma as well. This phenomenon, referred to as inherited trauma, first came to light with the descendants of Holocaust survivors being checked into clinics showing signs of PTSD, despite not having experienced the events that their parents did. Further studies about inherited trauma have managed to show that the possibility of biologically inheriting problems such as PTSD is not impossible, at least. Inherited trauma involves both the psychological distress that the victim experiences and the physical effects it can have that lead the trauma being passed down to future generations. According to one article, “A broader view of…

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We Should Start Taking Virtual Reality Seriously

The thing that makes virtual reality (VR) so interesting isn’t the technology — it’s the capability for longevity that it possesses. Seriously. We’ve all seen technological advancements that were groundbreaking in the moment, but didn’t really become a commodity in everyone’s lives (remember the 3D TV?) When something new in technology becomes a useful and accessible commodity, it’s made a significant impact on our lives. VR is hot and new right now, and it’s planning to stay for a while. The implications of VR are countless and important. Just take a look at how it’s been put to use already: NASA launched a new initiative in the Mars 2030 program, in which astronauts use VR to simulate life on Mars and prepare for their missions. Medical schools have used VR for students pursuing a track in surgery, allowing them to practice procedures in a controlled and safe environment. Immersive virtual reality therapy is a…

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