Author: Constantin Prisecariu

Fighting cold with cold

I see everywhere during winter commercials for cold medicine and the usual advice to dress up well and avoid the outdoors. One would wonder how we made it through over 2 and a half million winters. Simple, we were cold adapted. This is one of the missing links to great health. Cold is deeply linked to our genetics and we even have a reflex for it. It’s called mammalian diving reflex. We have inherit it from the small mammals that strived to survive in a cold environment after the event that eradicated the dinosaurs. We can use this reflex in our favor to stay healthy in winter time. I have tried it on myself and I didn’t get a cold this year. It is simple to put in practice and it takes very little time. Dipping in cold water the paranasal area (nose and forehead) for a ten to twenty seconds repeatedly until the skin is getting slightly red activates the reflex. This is preparing the body to adapt to a cold environment and but also for the lack of oxygen. There are a few important effects to mention. First the blood pressure will  drops down while most of the blood moves to protect the internal organs. Blood vessels constrict in hands and feet pushing the blood out and leaving behind structured or crystalline water also know as EZ...

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Living Under Artificial Light

How do we really tell time? Artificial light health effects. Understanding the implications of living indoors and the differences in light. A few ideas to bend our social ways to favor our health. Our watch on the wrist is telling us the time but unfortunately is not able to convey this information to our body. We have found this trick to tell the time precisely and we are convinced it’s enough. I was sure for a while that being focused on different tasks will make the day fly. Convinced that time is linked only by perception of our social...

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Seasonal Life 2: Food – Light – Weight Gain Connection

Why food has become so important lately? What food and light has in common? Why we gain weight so fast when cheating on the diet? How to balance your metabolism and get some control back? Why dieting “forever” is bad for you? I have started this series in first Seasonal Life post with the food and diet approach. Food is modulating our hormonal system and gut flora and with it the immune system. This means food is bringing information in to the body. Every bite is telling a story of our environment. Processed foods gives a skewed image of...

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Sleep: Early dinner for a sharp morning

One would ask, what pizza night has to do with the morning coffee? We have all heard the advice that we should not eat late in the evening. Nobody seems to take this seriously unless they are trying to lose weight. The focus has been always on weight but this is just a secondary effect of out late night habits. In the animal kingdom there is no food eating after sunset. I’m talking about the animals that are on the circadian (daylight) cycle. Some friends were telling me they are night birds. Let’s not compare humans with the nocturnal...

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 Seasonal Life – When food availability goes against our health

How did we moved away from a seasonal life. Why are seasons so important? Why does a large part of the population has diabetes? As our brain has evolved and we found ways to save food. At the beging it was similar like a squirrel stacking acorn or a dog hiding his bone.  We went beyond this and created agriculture and food conservation techniques.  After this step we have begining to trade the crops and food products. We can see that at this point we are already far away from the animal kindom and connected to an enviroment different than the one we...

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