working out and alcohol
Alcohol-and-testosterone-levels

As you might guess, drinking alcohol and working out don’t necessarily go hand in hand.

So does that mean you have to give up drinking all together? What about all of the benefits we hear about drinking a glass of red wine per day? Is that okay to do?

Most things is life can be okay in moderation. Everything of course depends on the situation, but in truth a drink once in a while is not going to really harm you. Of course this is not medical advice. Always talk to your doctor about these things.

Alcohol-and-testosterone-levelsFor example, if you are in a serious training competition you are probably not going to want to go out with the guys for beers a few nights before your big day. On the other hand, if it is off season and you want to kick back for an evening, it should be okay to go out and have a few. It is just important to remember your goals and especially how you and your body will feel the next day.

Alcohol is a depressant. It slows things down which is obviously not what we want if we are trying to work out and build muscle. Alcohol also disrupts our sleep. If we don’t get proper rest our workouts will suffer. You have to ask yourself if this is a risk or a sacrifice that you want to take. When we rest is when our muscles repair and grow from when we workout. If our rest is disturbed then this growth and healing time is also disturbed.

Ok so all of that said, what about the question asked earlier about drinking a glass of red wine every day? Experts do say that there are certain health and heart benefits from drinking a glass of wine. There are elements in wine that interact with the body in positive ways just like some foods do.

It is red wine in particular that is advocated. Red wine has more of the health benefit over white wine. Some of the benefits include decreasing the bad cholesterol in your body while increasing the good.

As mentioned earlier, most things in moderation seem to be okay. Something to keep in mind here though is the fact that the experts recommend a glass of red wine, not an entire bottle. In reality a serving of wine is not much at all. They do say that bigger guys may be able to have 2 servings, but you start to lose the benefit if you go beyond that.

So basically, a serving of red wine with dinner might be okay. Or even a glass as you read a book in the evening (or watch TV if you aren’t a reader) should be fine.

But again remember that it all depends on your situation. When you are in serious training they you might want to stay away from all alcohol beverages. Also after consulting with your doctor he might think you should abstain. There are some people who can’t drink alcohol. That is maybe they have a health condition that makes it bad for them or they can’t have just one serving.

The bottom line again is to know your goals and what you want out of your trainings. Alcohol does effect testosterone levels so that is another thing to keep in mind.

My suggestion is that if you don’t really like alcohol to begin with then just stay away from it.

what the heck is goat weed?

Have you ever heard of goat weed? Or specifically Horny Goat Weed?

Well if you could think of what it might be, given the name you may just be right.

Yes it has to do with a goat and a weed (well actually an herb). And it does have something to do with making a goat – shall we say frisky?goat weed

Goat weed is actually a natural supplement that has been used by the Chinese for centuries to cure a number of ailments.

The interesting name comes from a tale that an old farmer noticed his goats acting very frisky with one another after eating this herb. It is said that this is how the herb got the name horny goat weed.

As mentioned above, it is used for many ailments, but one major one is as an aphrodisiac.

It can also increase energy and testosterone, so it has become popular in many gyms with men trying to build muscle.

Scientifically the herb is known as Epimedium and has an active ingredient called icariin.

The herb has since spread to other countries and is readily available at a lot of health and supplement stores and even online.

 

dinosaur evolution

The people interested in and knowledgeable about dinosaurs might amuse and amaze you.

A gay man named Franz Nopcsa is one such individual. A baron in Transylvania in the early 1900’s, Nopcsa was rather knowledgeable about dinosaurs and fossils.

According to Scientific American, he ‘pioneered techniques for fossil analysis’ that are still used today. He also had theories about dinosaur evolution that seem to have been accurate. This is according to new fossils discovered by paleontologists.

He was so astute in the field, he once moved the toe bone of a giant Diplodocus skeleton at the British Museum of Natural History because he noticed it was in the wrong place! Who knows that? It seems as though he did.

Unfortunately his personal life was often more interesting to others than his extensive knowledge. You can read more about him here.

 

should kids learn to code?

Uh….yes, of course they should!

Kids learning to codeKids in school should absolutely learn how to code. Really, there are a lot of people who should learn how to code, but let’s start with the kids so they are ahead of the game. Well, really they are already behind in the game if they are not coding, but we won’t focus on the negative.

It is time however, to get the ball rolling and get people coding. Computer technology is the thing. That’s it folks. Technology is only going to get better and better and even more a part of our daily lives than it already is.

And now, the UK has made computer science a part of its national curriculum. Sadly, they are one of the only countries that has done so. But hopefully they will lead the way and others will follow soon after.

Of course one of the main problems is the fact that there are too few teachers that can teach children how to code.

To get things moving, however the tech start-up, Codecademy is looking to step in. They recently opened offices in London (they are based in New York). They have also just announced the launch of a coding program for Estonia. Estonia along with Buenos Aires have also made computer science part of their national curriculum. Codecademy does not plan to stop there. They have very big, international plans and hope to reach globally.

A home run for this tech startup! We need everyone on board. You can read more about this on wired.

want your wine to taste better?
Wine

Change the lighting in the room…

Researchers in Germany (Institute of Psychology at Johannes Gutenberg University) studied how the lighting in a room effects how we judge a wine to taste.

Here is an overview of the study:

500 subjects were asked to judge a wine and also indicate how much they would be willing to pay for it. The researchers exposed tasters to red or blue ambient lighting. They also exposed tasters to green or white ambient lighting.

The results?

Keeping in mind that all tasters had the same wine. The tasters rated the wine higher ‘when exposed to red or blue ambient light rather than green or white light’. Not only that, they were willing to pay more for the wine when the ambient lighting was red as opposed to green.

This would certainly be information that a restauranteur might want to know.

It is known that ‘the color of a drink can influence the way we taste it’. And now it seems the lighting in which it is presented also has an impact on taste.

Subjects said that wine in red light was sweeter and fruitier than in other light.

There really is no clear explanation for why this type of lighting alters taste. One thought is that the simple psychology of being in what we think of as a pleasing environment with pleasing lighting will make our wine taste better.

yawning. why?
dinosaur yawning

Why do we yawn?

It is a mystery. Or is it? You may have once been told that yawning serves to get extra oxygen into our body. That sounds great, but the fact is, there is nothing scientifically that supports that. It’s almost like Descartes’ explanation of where the mind meets the body (the pineal gland – epic fail).

To the rescue however is some new research that offers a bit more proof. It seems as though we may yawn in order to cool off our brain.

It seems that your human brain is most effective when near a particular temperature (around 68-70 ºF). If we are in temperatures that will allow the human brain to cool down, they we yawn.

But when we are not in temperatures that can cool our brain down, we should yawn less (or really not at all?).

Scientists looked at yawning behaviors in diverse parts of the world to learn more. They looked in Vienna (where conditions reach freezing during the cold seasons) along with Tucson, AZ (where temperature conditions get super hot in the summer months).

The actual thinking was that when the temperatures are at the extreme conditions (very cold within Vienna and scorching in Tucson) there is going to be a lesser amount of yawning. And this is in fact what they found. That is, during a Tucson summer season, folks yawned significantly less (yawning wouldn’t serve to cool the brain down in these extreme hot temperatures). Furthermore, within the very cold air of Vienna, individuals yawned less because they don’t have to cool their brain in this environment.

Guess there is some additional investigation to do into the mystery of yawning.

speaking of dinosaurs….
Largest Dinosaur

(the name of this blog that is)… a fossil from a 90-million year old dinosaur was found in Argentina. The claim is that it belonged to the largest dinosaur that has been found thus far.

So how big was it? The estimates are that is was about 130 feet tall and could weigh as much as the size of 14 grown elephants. I’m pretty overwhelmed by one grown elephant, but 14.

Can you even image an animal walking the land that big?

See a picture of its femur bone (which is much larger than a full grown man) here. The smaller portion of its leg is bigger than the size of a man!

 

life expectancy around the world
life expectancy around the world

What countries have the highest life expectancy? You might be surprised.

The number is going to change depending on whether you are a man or a woman, but there are a few countries that seem to do pretty well for both (pretty well meaning people are living longer).

Spoiler alert: the US was is in the top 10.

So who were the winners? For men – Iceland (with an average live expectance of 81.2 years). For women – Japan (with an average life expectancy of 87 years.

The life expectancy of women is always higher.

But what are some countries that both sexes do well in?
Switzerland is the best for both sexes.
Then there is Singapore, followed by Italy then Japan.

The best places for women are Japan, Spain and Switzerland (expectancy from range is 85.1 – 87).
While the best for men are Iceland, Switzerland and Australia (expectancy range from 80.5 – 81.2).

So how does the US stand up? The average life expectancy for men is 76 years and women 81 years.

As a point of reference, life expectancy for the world population is 68.1 for men and 72.7 for women.

See page 9 on the report from The World Health Organization for a chart that outlines the top 10 countries for both men and women.

Thinking about moving?

traveling with a buddhist tattoo? – you may have problems
buddha

This is interesting. Especially given all of the Buddhist tattoos I have seen on people.

I found this in one of my favorite news sites, The Guardian. A British tourist was in Sri Lanka when detained by the police for a tattoo she had on her arm. She was ordered to be deported from Sri Lanka because of a tattoo of Buddha on her arm.

The arrest was made because the tattoo was insensitive to the religious feelings of others.

This is apparently not the first time this has happened.

Travelers be aware of where you are going, the laws in the region, and any insensitivities you may unknowingly display. Yes, it may interrupt your travel plans and you may not understand ‘what the big deal is’, but every culture is different and they must be respected.

This is not to suggests one shouldn’t travel if they have a buddhist tattoo, just be aware and respectful.

mail on sunday??
mail delivery on sunday

Are you one of the 15 cities that will be getting deliveries from Amazon via the USPS on Sundays?

Amazon has offered Sunday delivery to New York, LA, and London already. But now they will be opening this service to the following new cities:

Indianapolis; Lexington and Louisville, Kentucky; New Orleans and Shreveport, Louisiana; Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio; Oklahoma City; Philadelphia; Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Waco and College Station, Texas

Next on the list may be Arizona cities.

The question is, how do the postal workers feel about this? Are they angry about the Sunday hours or does this open up more opportunities for work?

What are your thoughts on getting mail on Sunday?

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