Drinking Tea may reduce risk of Glaucoma

Glaucoma, the leading cause of blindness in the world, is from optic nerve and retinal ganglion cell damage resulting in vision field loss most likely caused by increased intraocular pressure (IOP), blood flow abnormalities, oxidative stress and potentially autoimmune processes. For years, researchers speculated that coffee/tea could increase glaucoma risk because caffeine potentially increases IOP and homocysteine levels. In this study, researchers looked at the correlation of different beverage consumption and glaucoma prevalence from the National health and nutrition examination survey.

Are you ever too old to start working out?

You all know I love my exercise, but is it ever too late for someone to start? Exercise, as you know, has played a huge role in my life! I exercise ever single day, without fail, BUT you do not have to go to those extremes to see lasting effects! For sedentary individuals, the heart undergoes a number of changes that ultimately can lead to heart failure. The development of heart failure, with a preserved ejection fraction, is likely mediated through increased left ventricular stiffness - a consequence of sedentary aging. In the study shown in the second image, sedentary adults were able to improve their maximal oxygen uptake and decrease the cardiac stiffness potentially protecting against the future risk of heart failure by preventing the increase in cardiac stiffness with 2 years of supervised high-intensity training.

When should you drink Coffee?

I LOVE COFFEE ☕️☕️☕️ but sometimes too much caffeine is too much caffeine, lol. 🤯🤯🤯 There are a ton of pros and cons about coffee - so rather than dump them all into a single post - I will make several small ones, stay tuned for the weeks to come! 🤓 Did you know that drinking coffee as soon as you wake up, isn’t actually that beneficial? When you wake up, you feel exhausted and groggy, but whether you have coffee or not, within 30 mins, you already feel awake enough to shower, get up, and get your day started, why? The beautiful stress hormone called CORTISOL. Caffeine and cortisol have similar physiological “awakening” effects on our bodies. Caffeine intake actually boosts Cortisol levels, amongst other things. Because cortisol peaks when we wake up, the effects of drinking caffeine immediately are partially negated. Instead if you wait and have your first cup between 9-12am, you will feel the effects even more! 🧠💪🧠 The second dip in cortisol throughout the day is after lunch, so if you need an extra pick-me-up, have some more between 2-4pm, while it is still early enough not to effect your sleep.

How Bacteria went from “Eww” to “Ahh”

With every public door handle, subway rail, or introduction of a stranger, our subconscious goes straight to germs. Last year, the largest producer of hand sanitizer brought in $83 million in revenue; what we grew up thinking was going to make us sick has now turned into the latest fad — bacteria. From food poisoning, to probiotics and kombucha, to contemporary art pieces at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; bacteria may actually be beneficial or better yet, even art.