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The Science of Loneliness

April 23rd, 2024
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Scientific evidence has been growing that indicates when our need for social relationships is not met, we fall apart mentally and even physically.  An article from Psychology Today proclaimed “Social connection improves physical health and psychological well-being. One telling study showed that lack of social connection is a greater detriment to health than obesity, smoking and high blood pressure. On the flip side, strong social connection leads to a 50% increased chance of longevity.” Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community, a book by Robert Putnam, discusses the social... Read More

Move Over Kale, Sea Greens Are the New Super Food

April 21st, 2024

Sea greens, also known as sea vegetables, are a group of foods in the seaweed family, that grow in the ocean. If you eat Japanese food you may be familiar with some sea greens – nori, the dark green wrapper on your sushi, or kombu, a common ingredient in miso soup. If you think you’ve never had seaweed, think again! Agar, a gelatinous substance that comes from red seaweed is used as a thickener in many foods. Sea vegetables are some of the most nutrient-packed foods on earth, packed with fiber vitamins and minerals. They are beneficial to us because they slow the aging process by promoting... Read More

Camping Strategies for Your Health and Safety

April 20th, 2024

Camping helps us refresh our mind and soul. There’s nothing better than seeing the wilderness wake up as the sun lights up the sky! Camping requires some preparation to keep you warm, safe, and healthy. If you are planning a camping trip this year, keep in mind these essential health and safety tips. Assess your fitness level.  If you are planning a particularly strenuous trip, make sure you are fit enough to withstand the strain of the journey. You may want to consider working with a fitness professional before you go on a particularly strenuous trip, especially if you aren’t physically active... Read More

Eggs in Boulder: Superfood or Superfraud? Yokes or Jokes?

April 18th, 2024

Eggs have experienced a remarkable journey in Boulder. In the realm of nutrition and public perception, eggs have been oscillating between being celebrated as a quintessential superfood and vilified as a health risk. This dichotomy underscores the evolving nature of nutritional science and public health guidelines, making eggs a fascinating case study in the complexities of diet and health. Eggs and the Study of Eggs is So Complex That Only an Egghead Can Understand Eggs They are such a common basic part of our diets and of so many foods that include eggs as an ingredient that they merit a close... Read More

It’s Natural to Crave Sugar! – 4 Tips for Managing Sugar Intake

April 15th, 2024

Sugar is both a delightful treat and the bane of our existence because, while it is delicious, it also seems to be addictive. Scientific evidence is mounting to suggest that too much added sugar in our diets could lead to true addiction. Sugar is linked to addiction because when we eat it, dopamine and opioids are released into the bloodstream. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that creates a reward associated with addictive behavior. Once dopamine is released into the system, it gives us a pleasurable “high.” Why do we crave sugar? The main natural source of sugar is fruit. Thousands of years... Read More

Procrastination May Be Hardwired into Your Brain

April 14th, 2024

Are you putting off until tomorrow what you could be doing today? If that’s you, it might not be just a personality trait. A study of over 250 men’s and women’s brain scans revealed that a brain region involved in motivation tends to be larger among people who put things off, while communication between that part of the brain and another involved in taking action appeared to be weaker. This study is the first to scan the brain to identify a neural basis for procrastination. Participants in the study were between the ages of 18 and 35 with no history of neurological or psychiatric disorders.... Read More

At My Boulder Dinner: How Much Sugar Is In That Dinner Roll?

April 11th, 2024

Many Boulderites know to avoid white sugar. Many know to avoid white flower. Many of us know that white flower, when eaten in bread for example, is metabolized, converted into simple sugar. But how much sugar do we get from a dinner roll? And how much can we eat? You won’t like the answer. Let’s delve into a more detailed breakdown. If we take a standard white dinner roll as our example, which on average contains about 15 to 20 grams of carbohydrates, we can estimate how much sugar (glucose) it converts into upon digestion. Here’s an illustration of a glucose molecule, showing... Read More

Give Yourself the Gift of Happiness

April 3rd, 2024
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Dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, and endorphins are neurotransmitters that regulate our happiness.  A neurotransmitter is a messenger of neurologic information from one cell to another.  Being in a positive mental state has significant impact on our motivation, productivity, and wellbeing. Did you know you can intentionally cause neurotransmitters to flow? Let’s take a look at each one and how you can activate them to make yourself happy. Dopamine motivates us to take action toward goals, desires, and needs, and gives a surge of reinforcing pleasure when achieving them. Procrastination, self-doubt,... Read More

Can CBD Help to Keep Your Tolerance Down?

April 2nd, 2024

For regular cannabis users, there’s nothing worse than building up a tolerance to cannabis, and specifically tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Tolerance means smoking or vaping more to enjoy the same level of high, which inevitably leads to higher costs. While it would be a step too far to call it a waste of weed, there are certainly more efficient ways to make use of your bud. Some choose to make edibles, as tolerances to inhaling and eating cannabis differ. Others decide to go cold turkey to bring their tolerance down – but for those who smoke daily, this can seem easier than it is.   However,... Read More

Boulder’s Beacon: Embracing Joy and Playfulness in Healing

March 24th, 2024

In Boulder, where the mountains stand as silent witnesses to the resilience of nature, a similar strength is found in the hearts of those who seek healing. Ellie Grey Ashton, a Colorado local with an MS in Psychology, PhD candidacy in Psychology/Developmental Psychology, and an alphabet list of healing certifications, is a testament to this. From Adversity to Empathy Ashton identifies himself as an empathetic leader who earned a “full-ride” NCAA DI football scholarship at the Virginia Military Institute. In his own healing journey, Ashton earned certifications in advanced herbalism, acceptance... Read More