Let’s Talk About Gluten

By: Charlotte Miller Why is everyone talking about gluten so much lately? What even is gluten? And should you really be ‘going gluten free?’ Recently, gluten has garnered a negative connotation and subsequently a bad reputation, leading more and more people to be taking up a gluten free lifestyle. To understand this latest health fad,Continue reading “Let’s Talk About Gluten”

The College Female and Eating

The Freshman 15. Spring break body. Looking skinny in a dress. I’m not going to eat dinner today. Fad diets. These are just some of the many phrases I have heard throughout my time in college as a woman. When will it stop? Does it ever stop? As senior year is coming to a close, I could only hope that the people I surround myself with are body-positive by now. Unfortunately, this is not entirely true, and it has been this way for over four years.

Anatomy of Toned Arms

In another anatomy series article, I am going to walk you through a simplified version of the anatomy of the arms, specifically the upper arms. For starters, the arm is composed of 30 bones that make up three parts: hands, forearms, and upper arm. The upper arm is connected to the shoulder joint and extends to the elbow. In this portion of the arm, the biceps and triceps are the major muscles at work. These are also the two main muscles people tend to focus on when working out.

Baking a Cake

Oh, the never-ending phrases to describe a good butt and a good butt workout! We have all heard the advice to ‘do your squats’ to get a tight and high butt, amongst various other things. These all-too-familiar recommendations come from trainers, workout classes, and even friends. When we workout it is important to educate ourselves on what muscles are at work during a given exercise movement.

Pheromones: What are they?

If you have never heard of pheromones, do not worry, you are not alone. I was recently made aware of what pheromones are, and I have been intrigued by the concept of them ever since. So what are pheromones exactly? Pheromones are chemicals that compel behavior after binding with chemoreceptors. They are social and sexual chemosignals (chemical signals) given off by animals that have shocking effects on behavior. Yes, pheromones can literally impact behavior.

Blue Light & Sleeping

How many times have you been told to not use your phone before you go to sleep? Or not to stay up too late on your phone because it disrupts a good night’s sleep? Throughout quarantine, I have made a conscious effort to try to spend the last thirty minutes of night reading, rather than being on my phone. Although I am not always successful in this endeavor, I have noticed that it has helped me fall asleep faster and wake up feeling more refreshed when I do stick to my no phone bedtime routine.

Melatonin 101

Melatonin – the famous supplement used for sleeping -has become increasingly popular over the past few years. It is often taken orally around bed time to aid in sleep and the most common dosages are 3mg, 5mg, and 10mg pills. Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone in the body that signals the onset of biological night and sleep. The body’s circadian rhythm is regulated by the suprachiasmatic nuclei (SCN) in the hypothalamus. It is responsible for waking up the body and telling the body to go to sleep.

Stress and the Body: Chill Out

Everyone experiences stress differently. Everyone copes with stress differently. Personally, being a woman in college manifests itself in a multitude of stressors such as midterms and finals, job hunting, and finding time to workout. In a fast-paced world, it can be difficult to take a step back and chill out. If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught me anything, it is the importance of prioritizing my physical and mental health to cope with stress and anxiety.

Sugar’s Secret

What comes to mind when you think of sugar? Is it your favorite candy bar? Maybe it is your guilty-pleasure soda or iced coffee order. Whatever it may be, sugar is much more complex than a mere ingredient in your favorite late-night, sweet tooth craving. First and foremost, sugar is a carbohydrate. The white sugar – the main ingredient used when baking desserts like cakes and cookies -is sucrose. To chemists, sucrose is a disaccharide (two monosaccharides) formed by the combination of two sugars (monosaccharides): glucose and fructose.