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Biohacking and neurohacking: Is the human body due for an upgrade?

Biohackers and neurohackers are tech-inspired problem-solvers who want to find DIY ways to “upgrade” their biology and cognitive abilities.  Biohacks run the gamut from the socially acceptable (exercise, coffee) to the extreme (hyperbaric chambers, microchips embedded under the skin). The concept of biohacking can make us explore what we value…

Syncing your body with sunlight: How to undo chronodisruption this fall and winter

Chronobiologists study how bodies can fall out of sync with the natural world’s circadian rhythms, a phenomenon called chronodisruption. Modern humans experience chronodisruption on a massive scale, thanks to artificial light pollution, social jet lag, late-night electronics, and other factors.  This misalignment of natural cues can have adverse consequences for…

Do meat, sex, and money count as irreconcilable differences? Workarounds for 3 heated lifestyle clashes in couples

Relationship conflict comes from an infinite variety of sources, but lifestyle differences can be especially hard to manage.  There are practical ways to deal with compatibility issues between vegetarians/vegans and carnivores, significant others with low sex drives and high sex drives, and couples from different socioeconomic backgrounds.  Communication, compromise, and…

Food tastes better when you’re sitting down (Video)

If you want to thoroughly enjoy your meal, eat it sitting down. This, from researchers at the University of South Florida. Their study, published in the Journal of Consumer Research, found that food doesn’t taste as good when we’re standing up. They came to this conclusion after having 350 participants…

Mushrooms are “brain food” for seniors: Seniors who consume more than two portions of mushrooms a week may have 50% reduced odds of suffering from mild cognitive impairment

A six-year study suggests that seniors who eat more than two portions of mushrooms a week may have 50% reduced odds of experiencing mild cognitive decline. Furthermore, even just one small portion of mushrooms a week could prove beneficial and reduce these odds. The research team reached this conclusion after…

Improving your diet (even slightly) can reduce depression symptoms (Video)

Improving your diet, even slightly, can reduce depression symptoms. This, according to a study from University of Manchester that analyzed data from 46,000 people. Read: Back to Basics, Depression 101 Researchers investigated the effects of dietary interventions and found that making simple changes can benefit your mental health. For example,…

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