Using circadian rhythms to minimize sleep disruption from alcohol

Sleep is one of the most important physiological events that we experience every day.  In fact if you're doing it right, sleep will occupy 1/3 of your time on the planet from birth to death.  Both our mind and body go through various levels of repair while we're asleep, so getting adequate sleep is crucial … Continue reading Using circadian rhythms to minimize sleep disruption from alcohol

Amazing mitochondria: More than just cellular powerhouses

Mitochondria are known as the powerhouses of our cells due to their high energy generating capacity in the form of adenine triphosphate(ATP).  In fact, 90% of the ATP generated in our body is made in the mitochondria via the Krebs cycle and electron transport chain. Cell types vary in their number of mitochondria, typically based … Continue reading Amazing mitochondria: More than just cellular powerhouses

Does early time-restricted feeding improve autonomic nervous system function?

Time-restricted feeding(TRF) is a method of meal scheduling that involves restricting your eating window every day, typically to 12 hours or less.  The data seems to be up and down on whether it's useful for anything, likely because there are other factors that are at play for most of the things they study it for. … Continue reading Does early time-restricted feeding improve autonomic nervous system function?

Baking soda prevents cancer? Nope, but now we know how exercise may

Whew, another day another opportunity to overstate the results of a clinical research study.  The study in question is the new study showing that an acidic environment disrupts the circadian clock by inhibiting mTORC1, and this effect can be reversed by buffering the environment with something such as baking soda.  While this study does give … Continue reading Baking soda prevents cancer? Nope, but now we know how exercise may

Genes, feeding, & light: How eating at night could promote leaky gut

One of the more difficult aspects of playing around with circadian rhythms is that there is quite a bit of individual variability that can affect outcomes.  People regularly ask me: When is the best time to eat? When should I exercise? How much exercise should I do and what type? How should I break up … Continue reading Genes, feeding, & light: How eating at night could promote leaky gut