23 Nov

Express Vinyasa Yoga for Hips Podcast

Strong Body

Quickie to get your hips all supple and limber and mobile. Don’t pretend like you don’t have a half hour. Log off your social media accounts and log onto your mat.

06 Nov

Links for a Sunday Morning

Mila Kunis slams sexist Hollywood producer in powerful open letter – USA Today

Kunis went into detail on two specific experiences of sexism in her career. In the first, a male producer threatened that she would “never work in this town again” if she did not pose semi-nude on the the cover of a men’s magazine to promote a film.

Canada’s housing bubble makes America’s look tiny – Maclean’s

Comparing Canada’s infatuation with real estate against the peak of the U.S. housing bubble yields some disturbing insights.

Why the Catholic Church Is Leading the Fight Against Legal Pot in Massachusetts – The Atlantic

There’s a big difference between opposing a ballot measure and flooding the opposition with cash—$850,000 is a huge chunk of money, especially for an archdiocese that has closed parishes, shuttered schools, and dismantled the palatial archbishops’ residence due to financial strain over the last decade and a half.

Want to get your kids to stop inhaling their food? Science has your back. – Washington Post

Digestion starts when you smell and then taste your food. Smell and taste trigger the body to produce enzymes and hormones necessary for digestion. Some of these enzymes are found in your saliva and begin to break down food in your mouth so that it is partially digested when it hits your stomach. If we don’t chew properly, undigested food ends up in our stomach, causing distress. Then when it arrives in the small intestine, still not fully digested, the nutrients cannot be easily absorbed into the bloodstream. This leaves our body missing important nutrients. To top it off, when we do anything in a hurry, including eating too hastily, we stimulate our body’s fight-or-flight response, which then causes our digestion to slow down or even stop so the body can divert all its internal energy to facing the perceived threat.

How Night Shifts Perpetuate Health Inequality – The Atlantic

Newly discovered health risks of working night shifts keep coming out: higher risks of coronary artery disease, diabetes, weight gain, and some cancers. The International Agency for Research on Cancer has listed night shifts as “probably carcinogenic.” Among people who’ve worked a decade of shift work, their brains show cognitive decline years in advance.

Brain Cells That May Play a Key Role in Appetite – WSJ

Scientists have discovered a cluster of cells in an unexpected area of the brain that could play a powerful role in regulating appetite and eating habits, says a report in the journal Nature. In mouse experiments, destroying the cells caused the rodents to overeat and gain excessive weight. Activating the cells had the opposite effect: The mice lost their appetite and became almost anorexic.

Want to optimize those 10,000 (or fewer) steps? Walk faster, sit less – Science Daily

That popular daily target of 10,000 steps is a worthwhile goal, but a new study suggests that if you find that unattainable, don’t despair – a smaller number, especially at moderate or greater intensity, can lead to health benefits too. The average American takes between 5,000 and 7,000 steps per day, researchers say.