Category Archives: Health

Bulletproof Coffee

I like coffee, so when I saw an article on Bulletproof Coffee it intrigued me. I haven’t tried adding butter to my coffee yet, but one of these mornings I’ll get adventurous and try it. Not sure about the “Bulletproof Upgraded Coffee Beans” and “Brain Octane Oil” though. Making Bulletproof Coffee with these ingredients is claimed to give improved IQ and cognitive function.

Dave Asprey (the ‘Bulletproof’ founder) also recommends using a French Press or Pour Over Method. He likes taking the time to slowly pour his hot water over the grounds in the Pour Over Method. I’m not sure I want to suffer that delay getting to my first cup of the morning.

I see that Picnik, both a Restaurant and Food Truck here in Austin, serves Bulletproof coffee. Perhaps I’ll try it there first before committing to the process myself.

Have you tried it? What do you think?

How Coffee Can Affect Productivity

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Coffee – I certainly can’t operate well with my coffee of a morning. I came across the article “5 Ways That Coffee Affects Productivity” this morning. The points raised in that article are:

  1. It improves mental performance and alertness – this is certainly true for me. There is more evidence included in my earlier post “Coffee Does Help You Get Started“. On the other hand “Wait Till 9:30 for Coffee?” argues that there are optimum times for drinking coffee. Personally I don’t want to wait that late in the morning.
  2. It can affect the quality of your sleep – I can agree with this, but the simple answer is to reduce/eliminate coffee after noon (or what ever time works for you to get a good night’s sleep).
  3. It may enhance your willpower – Hmm, I hadn’t thought of this before. I can certainly see how a cup can give you an energy boost.
  4. Drinking coffee at the wrong time will lead to increased blood pressure and adrenaline levels – I am fortunate that I don’t have high blood pressure, but I can see where this could adversely affect some.
  5. It can help you learn faster – though I can’t find any references handy, I have seen evidence of this.

I guess the bottom line is drink coffee, in a reasonable way. I know that for me brewing my coffee is the very first thing I do every morning.

Beer May Help Memory

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Beer – I saw in the article “HEALTHHEALTH NEWSCan Drinking Beer Actually Boost Your Memory?” today that there has been a study that shows that drinking beer can actually improve memory.

You may not remember things as well after you consume alcohol, but may improve recall of what you experience before consumption. I’m not sure there is anything really practical in this. I wouldn’t recommend downing a beer before going in to an exam at school.

Evidence that Drinking Coffee May Slow Aging

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I like coffee!

It is always good to read about new findings that give reasons to drinking coffee beyond the good flavor. Today I came across some articles that talk about newly discovered benefits of coffee that may slow down some of the affects of aging.

Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have found that “Drinking coffee may bring with it a long-term perk: Caffeine may protect against age-related inflammation, a process that has been linked to many serious conditions like heart disease, many types of cancers, dementia, and even depression“. Their results was published in Nature Medicine (see Reference #1 below). Further, Time (see Reference #4 below) reports that “the more coffee people drank, the more protected against inflammation they seemed to be“.

A very detailed scientific explanation of how coffee is affecting us is given in #1 below.

So now you have another reason to enjoy a few cups of coffee each day.

References:

  1. Expression of specific inflammasome gene modules stratifies older individuals into two extreme clinical and immunological states
  2. The Surprising Anti-Aging Benefit Of Your Coffee
  3. Drinking Coffee Has a Surprising New Health Benefit
  4. How Your Morning Coffee Might Slow Down Aging

Its All About the Total Exercise

I came across the article “Only Exercising On Weekends Can Be As Good As Doing It All Week Long, Study Finds” this morning. In it they cite a study that gives support to the idea that you don’t have to exercise every day, but just ‘get it done’ sometime during the week.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that “Adults aged 18–64 years should do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week, or do at least 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week, or an equivalent combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity activity.” Actually their recommendation is the same for those 65 and older as well.

What the study showed is that contrary to prior believe, exercise does not have to be spread out over the week in three or four equal sessions. Instead, it can be accomplished in one or two days and still have much the same beneficial affect. The study was carried out by researchers at:

  •  University of Leicester, Leicester General Hospital, Leicester, England
  • National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine–East Midlands, Loughborough University, Loughborough, England
  • Harvard University, Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
  • University College London, London, England
  • School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.

The results has been published (“Association of “Weekend Warrior” and Other Leisure Time Physical Activity Patterns With Risks for All-Cause, Cardiovascular Disease, and Cancer Mortality“) in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

I am very pleased to hear of these findings. As one who finds himself setting in front of the computer much of the time, or out running errands during the week, I think I will much more easily complete those 150 minute of exercise if I can work them in when the time permits. Perhaps in one or two days.