There are three types of fat commonly seen observed in the abdomen Subcutaneous Fat, which is fat immediately below the skin but outside the abdominal cavity. Retroperitoneal or Structural Fat separating organ and providing cushioning during movement. Visceral abdominal fat (found inside the abdominal cavity). Most of that fat is found on the greater omentum—a large apron-like… Continue reading What’s so wrong with a fat belly?
If you thought the only dangers of smoking were chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema and lung cancer, think again. New studies now link the expensive (financially and health-wise) habit with new concerns. One recent paper, “Smoking History and Cognitive Function in Middle Age From the Whitehall II Study,” appeared in the Archives of Internal… Continue reading The effects of smoking on your brain
Serotonin release in the brain controls functions such as sleep onset, pain sensitivity, blood pressure regulation, and control of mood. Serotonin-releasing neurons are unique in that the amount of neurotransmitter they release is normally controlled by food intake: Carbohydrate consumption–acting via insulin secretion and the “plasma tryptophan ratio”–increases serotonin release dramatically (by enhancing the brain… Continue reading Carbs are an addiction
Sleep hygiene: Sleep is critical in the well being of all animals, such that animals deprived entirely of sleep lose immune function and die in just a matter of weeks. Further, many of the major restorative functions in the body like muscle growth, tissue repair, protein synthesis, and growth hormone release occur mostly, or in… Continue reading How to Sleep Better