Foods that fight PMS [Infographic + Video]

«There’s a scientific reason women jones for junk food in the days preceding and during that time of the month. Estrogen, testosterone and progesterone—the main reproductive hormones—plummet in the days leading up to your period and remain low for the first few days of it, according to gynecologist Rebecca Booth, M.D., author of “The Venus Week: Discover the Powerful Secret of Your Cycle…at Any Age.”

“This sharp decline in hormones results in falling levels of mood-supporting brain chemicals such as serotonin and dopamine, causing cravings for foods that elevate them, like chocolate (dopamine) and starchy foods (serotonin),” explains Dr. Booth.»

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Environmental Dates: Bike to Work Day

Environmental Dates: Bike to Work Day | ecogreenlove

Bike to Work Day is an annual event held on various days in the Spring across the United States and Canada that promotes the bicycle as an option for commuting to work.

Rain or Shine, here are a few tips to follow:

  • Take it slow and steady.
    Streets, train tracks and white paint can get slippery when it rains. AND, your brakes will grab more slowly.
  • Dress for the weather.
    Wear a rain jacket for sure and, if you have them, a pair of rain pants. You’ll stay much drier that way.
  • If you don’t have rain pants, wear old pants you don’t mind getting wet and then bring a dry pair to change into at the office.
  • Wear rubber-soled shoes
    – much easier to push off from a wet pavement than those with leather soles.

– youcanbikethere

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How Long To Nap For The Biggest Brain Benefits + Tips

Originally Published on LifeHacker

Taking a nap, we’ve seen time and again, is like rebooting your brain.  Everyone likes to get a quick nap in every now and then, but napping may be as much of an art as it is a science. The Wall Street Journal offers recommendations for planning your perfect nap, including how long to nap and when.

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Better Transportation Options = Healthier Lives [Infographic]

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Infographic by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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It is Health the real Wealth

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Health benefits of cycling via @guardian

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One of the best ways to explore the outdoors and get a bit of exercise is by getting on your bike and enjoying the benefits of cycling. So saddle up and read our advice to pedal you on.

An accessible way to exercise

You can ride a bicycle almost anywhere, at any time of the year, and without spending a fortune. Many people are intimidated by certain sports due to the high level of skill required, or perhaps because they can’t commit to team sports due to time pressures. Most of us know how to cycle and once you have learnt you don’t forget. All you need is a bike, a half hour here or there, and a bit of confidence.

Promotes weight loss

Steady cycling burns approximately 300 calories per hour. If you cycle for 30 minutes every day you can burn 11 pounds of fat in a year. Since it helps build muscle, cycling will also boost your metabolic rate long after you’ve hopped off the saddle.

Increases muscle tone

Cycling gradually improves general muscle-function, with little risk of over-exercise or strain. Regular cycling strengthens leg muscles and is great for the mobility of hip and knee joints. You will begin to see an improvement in the muscle tone of your legs, thighs, bum and hips.

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