No one can dismiss the amazing feeling we get after spending some time in nature. We instantly feel relaxed and reinvigorated. Some might attribute this effect to time spent far away from work, and even though they could be correct, it is not the whole picture. Biophilia is a relatively new concept that brought the public more awareness to the role nature plays. The term refers to our innate propensity to be in nature or to connect with it. Our love for nature is so strong that the mere presence of reminders can be sufficient to initiate a cascade of positive effects. All the reactions produced can lead to a lightened mood, better cognitive processes, including concentration and focus, and a sudden burst in motivation. Nature’s reminders, also called biophilic elements, can be either alive or inanimate, but living elements can instigate the most impressive outcomes. To embrace the spirit of biophilia, we can begin introducing plants at home or add nature soundtracks as background noise. The possibilities are endless.Read more
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Good evening my dearest followers,
Please, take a moment to enjoy this excerpt for my newest post (Bring Up Blood).
We could most certainly not live without blood. It is absolutely essential for the survival of our most distant limbs and organs. Even though almost all of our respiration is thanks to our respiratory organs, blood is critical to carry oxygen further. Yet, the blood is not only responsible for some part of respiration, but it is also in charge of transporting many nutrients and immune cells. We, imperatively, need to learn more about the different elements of blood to understand its importance and necessity. Four main elements are particularly important: red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, and plasma. All of these components play a large part in our life. Red blood cells notably carry oxygen, and white blood cells are our primary immune defence against potential chemicals and pathogens. Platelets help the blood coagulate, and plasma is the liquid transporting most nutrients, hormones and cells our body needs.
If you like the excerpt, please click the link below to access the whole article.Read more
We keep hearing on the news of the many achievements made by Artificial Intelligence. From winning at Chess to winning at Jeopardy! against its longest streak-winner, AIs seem to truly outdo themselves. However, nobody can agree if those machines truly hold something we can call Artificial Intelligence. They can’t do more than the task they were built for, and they can’t even understand the game. In other words, they seem to greatly lack intelligence. So, should we find another more fitting definition of intelligence, or should we abandon the quest for human-like intelligence altogether? Personally, I consider that each pursuit for anything close to an Ex-Machina to be a most ambitious quest. The human mind and behaviours are really complex, which even raises questions about true AI’s feasibility. But don’t get me wrong, current AIs are very important. They help us achieve better safety measures, automation and greater management.Read more
Staying active is hard, and we may very well feel tempted to give it up entirely. However, there are some good reasons why health professionals advocate adopting a more active lifestyle. Beyond the most apparent argument, weight loss, there are other advantages to moving out of your couch and grabbing those neglected sneakers for a walk. These benefits may range anywhere from improved cardiac health to decelerated ageing. However, we all know that establishing a new workout routine can be extremely strenuous and challenging. Hopefully, learning more about its positive effects may help. In case it does not, learning about the potential pitfalls might, without any doubts, do the trick. Being more active doesn’t necessarily mean moving 24/7, but we should always strive to do more than before. Yet, we still need to be aware of our limits and respect them.Read more
The most enduring morning staple is probably coffee. Most people may even swear that their ritual cup of coffee is the only thing that keeps them going. Without coffee, some people might feel lost or incomplete. And even though we can all agree that heaps of people drink coffee, they do not all drink it the same way. Some may prefer filtered coffee, and others instant coffee. Yet, the differences are not so disparate. In a sense, instant coffee begins as a brewed cup of coffee. Only its transformation doesn’t stop there. To make instant coffee, we need to extract all water molecules from the brewed mixture. The drying will leave only dried coffee crystals that are quickly soluble in water. And if you don’t mind the slight change in flavour palette, switching to instant coffee might be an incredible eco-friendly move. If you can’t seem to tolerate caffeine, instant coffee might also be your best ally as it offers a great variety of decaffeinated options.Read more
It is no secret that water is a vital component for life on Earth. For instance, us humans need water for more than one physiological process. Water is used by our kidneys to help filter out waste products, by our blood to help transport products to different parts of our body and by our sweat to help our body regulate our internal temperature. Sweat might be regarded as a nuisance, but in the grand scheme of things, it is so beneficial to our health. Sweat or perspiration doesn’t actually smell like anything. What makes for the bad smells are the bacteria that feed off the sweat. Still, we have to remember that without sweat, our body will struggle to keep us from burning up. On hot days, this might be especially deadly considering the increased risk of developing heatstrokes. Without sweat, our internal heat would reach levels that could be lethal. So, instead of curbing off sweat, we might look at options aimed to eliminate bacteria and odours.Read more
Most people don’t drink enough. We don’t drink because water doesn’t taste like much, we don’t drink because we forget, we don’t drink because we overeat. Whatever the reason is, we must change our habits, if only for the wellbeing of our brain cells, our kidney cells and any other living cells in our body. Still, we must introduce water wisely. Bottled water might be convenient, but it can be very detrimental to your health. As a substitute for bottled water, you may consider getting yourself a sturdy and beautiful reusable bottle. That might be especially useful for the next heatwaves to come. If you’re in the sun, drink a lot and drink often to avoid dehydration. But beware that there exist things like overhydration. Our cells definitely don’t like either one. Dehydration may cause some unnecessary stress to them. On the other hand, overhydration may cause the cells, in very extreme cases, to die.Read more
It is now spring, and when I look outside, I cannot help the feeling rising inside of me. I readily found myself immersed in the beauty of the flowers peeking through the ground. This mere sight might give me, and maybe you too, an impulse to start making a flower garden, but we may struggle to know where to start. We may hesitate to choose between perennials and annuals, not necessarily even knowing if there really exists a considerable difference. We may also begin to worry about the number of colours we should pick for our garden, or even if there are any rules to follow. This constant uncertainty might get us very far from the pure enjoyment of looking at flowers and obscure the incredible inner beauty and strength that they hold. So, let’s all take a step back and look for the patterns existing in our favourite gardens. This way, we get to enjoy and learn everything about what flowers have to offer.Read more
My second most favourite moment of the day is whenever I’m sleeping (the first is, without any doubt, whenever I’m eating). After a good night’s sleep, I can always benefit from an energy recovery and a less obstructed mindset. Many pieces of evidence are starting to pile up supporting the necessity of sleep. However, despite these indications, heaps of people keep omitting it as a valid health component. Sleep is not only essential to recuperate from tiredness, but it also fundamentally impacts many aspects of your lives that you may not be fully comprehending. As a recent undergraduate and graduate student, I got the opportunity to notice first-hand a trend toward neglecting sleep as a necessary measure to succeed. Not only is this strategy not really helping in getting better grades, but it also may affect your memory and learning performances in the long run.Read more
It doesn’t matter if it’s from an insect bite, an injury, a headache, a twisted ankle or anything else, once inflammation settles in, we know it’s going to be unpleasant. We might think that inflammation is a sign of infection, and although it may be, it’s not necessarily the case. Inflammation is there as an adaptive response to help with the healing process once damage or external elements are detected. However this is not its only range of action. Through various approaches, inflammation will help protect the injured site, provide the adequate chemicals to begin repairs and ensure sterility of the surrounding environment. One thing is almost certain, you know, at the very least, some strategies to use when dealing with inflammation, like elevating the affected limbs, putting ice over it, or even taking some anti-inflammatory medication. However you probably don’t know exactly how they work. If not, you certainly will after reading this nicely crafted article.Read more