Posts Tagged ‘hormones’

You’re in your 2:00 p.m. class and you find yourself nodding off during the professor’s monotone lecture. But instead of reaching for your latte or a chocolate bar as a quick pick-me-up, opting for a spoonful of peanut butter might do a better job at helping you power through the rest of class.

Okay, so maybe it isn’t feasible to carry around a jar of peanut butter to stave off a midday slump, but what I’m getting at is that protein, rather than caffeine or sugar, will do a better job at keeping you awake.

According to a recent study, protein stimulates certain brain cells, not only keeping us awake, but also telling the body to burn more calories. Those specific cells, known as orexin cells, help regulate the body’s energy and wakefulness. In fact, the loss of orexin cells can result in narcolepsy and weight gain.

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If you have a heart, chances are it has been broken before. Maybe a relative died or an ex broke your heart (word of advice: don’t blog about it. Yikes!), but something happened that put your ticker through some emotional distress.

For most of us, a broken heart is just a figure of speech. Sure, you can’t eat, you can’t sleep and you don’t enjoy the things you once loved, but there’s little physical pain attached to the heartache. For a select few people, however, a broken heart can mimic the agony of an actual heart attack.

Broken Heart Syndrome was first identified in the 1990s by Japanese medical researchers. The condition, caused by a sudden rush of hormones and adrenaline, can actually cause one’s heart to begin behaving as though it’s having a heart attack. But while the body’s experiencing the symptoms of a heart attack, it isn’t suffering from the physical damage associated with such a medical trauma. Sure, broken hearts are a pain, but they don’t actually clog your arteries. (The food consumed during a broken heart, however, just might.)

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