Should I Eat An Efficient or a Healthy Breakfast in the Morning?

“Have a big breakfast.” A phrase I have been hearing from my mother since the day I left for kindergarten.  But it never really fit with my one glass of milk and maybe aPop Tart, lifestyle. I can now say that I have entered the adult world and swapped out the milk for coffee, but the Pop Tart will remain. But I know I may be in the minority with my simplistic, relatively unhealthy breakfast so I want to address how others see breakfast and the differences between healthy and efficient.   Famous celebrities and influential people in society have spoken out on what their breakfast routines are, as covered by an article from Time.com.   For example, Warren Buffett has had the same routine for the past 54 years, only deviating in small amounts. But when he attends the wonderful grease pit that is McDonald’s, one the staples of the United States, the great investor never spends more than $3.17 when he starts his day.  Versus the likes of Beyonce who is said to have Scrambled egg whites, a vegetable smoothie, or some whole grain cereal and milk; a much more complex and possibly healthier breakfast. But which one is more efficient? Warren Buffett never spends more than $3.17 a day; I know I have personally dropped around twenty dollars on breakfast before, trying to make an “efficient” and...

HIIT It Or Quit It: Truth or Misconception?

What if I told you that you could cut your workout time in half and perhaps achieve better results? The only caveat is that you must exert yourself to your maximum, until you’re breathless. Don’t worry; you do get some recovery periods thrown into the mix. And research shows that three days a week is all you need. Not as low key and relaxing, but definitely more efficient and ideal for hectic schedules. However, this in no way suggests that you should do away with your at least weekly yoga class. A little variety never hurt anyone; if anything, it’s encouraged. HIIT or high-intensity interval training has been at the forefront of the fitness world—not only because it’s brief, but also because just a twenty-minute session is as beneficial if not more so than 60 minutes on the elliptical or a moderately paced run. Sounds too good to be true, especially for the majority of us constantly on the go who struggle to consistently make time for a sweat sesh. The key to HIIT is short bursts of energy to reach eighty percent of your maximum heart rate instead of low-intensity, endurance-focused physical activity. Emerging evidence suggests that upping the intensity of your workout for a brief period of time can just as effectively reduce body fat and promote fatty acid oxidation in skeletal muscle as your traditional 60-minute...

Fix Your Curriculum Vitae with These Easy Tips

When you’re writing your Curriculum Vitae, or better said, your life course, you must focus an all your academic and professional achievements and skills. A medical CV is expected to be a bit more detailed concerning your education, certifications, teaching experience, publications, and the honors you received. Therefore, we will present you some insightful writing tips and the perfect guide with samples for writing an outstanding medical CV. Writing Tips Before you start writing the CV, there are several things you should take into consideration concerning the way you present it. First, you should choose the template: chronological, functional, or hybrid. Most people choose the chronological template as the best way to present your experience is in a reverse chronological order. Secondly, in order to have aneligible CV, you must format the page and choose the right font: Arial, Calibri, Cambria, Helvetica, Georgia, Verdana, making sure that the font size is between 10.5 and 12. In addition to that, while writing your CV, you should keep in mind that the information you present must be tailored. But what does it mean to tailor your resume? Well,it is a crucial step which basically requires you to introduce some ofthe keywords the company used in the job post description, usually the required skills. Why’s this crucial? Because most recruiters use a special software to scan your resume before they actually read...

“You Could Be Brushing Your Teeth with Feces” And Other Hidden Germs Around The House

Did you know? 64% of people wait a month or more to wash their hand towels, meaning that they might as well be washing their hands in the toilet. People that don’t clean their phone are twice as likely to suffer from outbreaks of spots than those who do once a week. Only 17% of women wash their makeup brushes although it’s recommended to do so once a week. You could be brushing your teeth with feces. Black spots on your shower curtain contain literally billions of mold spores. An infestation of one female bed bug can rise to 5000 in 6 months It’s that time of year again. Spring cleaning season is officially underway and many items around the home need more than a dust or a quick wipe. Germs are so small they can be hiding in plain sight and while most bacteria we come across every day is relatively harmless, there are some nasty ones to watch out as they can affect our health. These include E. coli, staph, and mold. Cleaning thoroughly and often is the only way to ensure these bacteria are kept at bay. You might be surprised at the germs that lurk in some of your most often used household items. You could be brushing your teeth with feces If you flush the toilet with the lid open, particles of water, urine and feces...

Do Herpesviruses Cause Alzheimer’s disease?

Alzheimer’s disease affects millions of people around the world, but what ultimately causes dementia is unknown. It is typically thought to be caused due to unusual buildup of the protein amyloid plaques in the brains. Though small these plaques can grow into large clusters that are toxic to neurons. However, recently, a new study presented another potential causative agent of the disease. Decades ago, certain scientific studies came up with correlative data linking Herpesvirus infections to Alzheimer’s disease. The idea was long-dismissed but was recently rejuvenated by a new study. The study also found evidence that the viruses can interact with brain cells in ways that could accelerate the Alzheimer’s disease. Herpes viruses 6 and 7 are widely present in humans, but poorly understood. They infect nearly every human, typically during infancy, and have been closely linked to the childhood rash called roseola, according to the HHV-6 Foundation. These viruses can get to the brain and remain inactive for decades. Brains riddled with Alzheimer’s disease contain high levels of these two strains of human herpes virus. But just having herpes virus present in the brain isn’t enough to cause Alzheimer’s. Something needs to activate the viruses, which causes them to begin replicating. However, the trigger for activation of these viruses in not known. In the study — one of the most detailed analyses of Alzheimer’s brain tissue done to date — the team...

CBD, A Chemical Found in Marijuana Could Be The Future of Medicine

I’ve seen it advertised in moisturizers, oils, tinctures, candies, and even coffee. Some osteopathic doctors are even advising patients to take this chemical compound in supplement form to ease stress, anxiety, or minor gastrointestinal pain. Unless you’ve been living under a rock these past few months, you know CBD is the big buzzword in health and wellness. Maybe you have or are experimenting with it because of its claims to miraculous health benefits, or maybe you think it’s another wellness fad that will be forgotten next month. Nonetheless, cannabis was first reported in 2,6000 BC for its plethora of physical and psychological benefits in a Chinese pharmacopoeia. There’s no doubt about it, phytocannabinoids such as CBD have the potential to treat—as a primary or adjunct therapy— a wide range of pathologies as a consequence of its neuroprotective, anti-inflammatory, and immunomodulatory functions. Right now, we’re just lacking the evidence. CBD or cannabidiol is a chemical found in both marijuana and hemp and is actually the most studied nonpsychotropic phytocannabinoid—not to be confused with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the only phytocannabinoid that gets you “high.” You will typically see CBD oil or supplements extracted from hemp since the plant has less than 0.3% THC as compared to marijuana which can have up to 15-20%. Despite what you see in the media, there is actually very little hard evidence on the therapeutic potential of CBD. This...

Too Much On Your Mind? How To Handle Medical School Stress

This post came from a conversation that I had with somebody not in medical school that really wanted to ask one important question. “Why are medical students and premed stressed out all the time?” And it’s a really fair question if you’re not in the medical environment. After talking to this person for awhile, I came away with one thing that stresses medical students and premeds more than anything. What is that one thing that causes medical school stress? We love comparing ourselves with our classmates. Let’s be honest, we all do it – consciously and unconsciously. In this post, we’re going to have a heart to heart on how to overcome this. If you want this in a video form, check out the following YouTube video and be sure to subscribe to the channel. Why are Med Students Stressed? I hope that you’re nodding saying, “You know what? Med students are always stressed!” And I hope you also agree that comparing ourselves with others has something to do with that! We have to ask ourselves, why do we compare ourselves to our classmates so much? It’s because we’re used to being high achieving individuals. Look back at grade school, you were probably the all A student. This is where it all started! You may think to yourself, “I didn’t really compare myself to that many people back then.” That’s probably because...

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