Circadian Rhythms in Modern Life

Circadian-Rhythm
By Vladimir Heiskanen This paper discusses the Western human circadian rhythm and its relation to health. 1. The circadian rhythm of a modern man “In 1910, the average American slept nine hours a night, disturbed only by the occasional Model T backfiring. We now average 7.5 and declining.” – Robert Sapolsky (Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers) The typical Western person’s...

Earth Runners Earthing Shoes

grounded symbiosis
The following, and everything published at 180DegreeHealth is NOT a paid promotion.  By Matt Stone I admit – I have dabbled in the world of peculiar health-oriented footwear – to some degree.  For a couple years I wore a pair of those fugly Vibram 5-Fingers shoes.  They were alright.  I used them mostly for hiking in mountains and desert – hard on the feet but good on the body,...

Reducing Serotonin Levels

bim_sunrise
I’m not a fan of exhaustive lists that are meant to cover absolutely every possible way that some miscellaneous biochemical, of which there are a bajillion, are affected by our diet and lifestyle.  Trying to simply research one of them recently, serotonin, has nearly turned my brain into scrambled eggs.  Actually, that’s a terrible metaphor as my brains probably look, taste, and have some...

10 Health Reasons to Spend Time Outdoors

great outdoors
By Matt Stone In the summer of 2012 I toured around the Rocky Mountains with my girlfriend and her daughter, showing them many of the remarkable places and doing many of the remarkable things in the outdoors (like crapping in a hole) that I’ve been extremely privileged to experience.  In the past I have reaped many health rewards from spending a lot of time in the outdoors (I’ve experienced some...

Intuitive Eating

Intuitive eating – which is best described as eating what you want, when you want, because you feel like eating it (with or without a “damnit!”) – is a great concept. Sure, it has limitations. One is that superstimuli such as artificial sweeteners, flavor enhancers, and pornographically-delightful foods like chocolate, cupcakes, Mountain Dew, and potato chips often induce us to eat, not for...
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