Coffee has some serious health benefits — here’s how to maximize them

We  pretty much run on caffeine here. Luckily, it’s good for us! Check out this article from Mic.com about how to maximize the benefits of coffee!

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It’s 10:30 a.m. on a weekday and you’re already working on your third cup of coffee. You know that caffeine doesn’t just help keep you from curling up under your desk and taking a nap — it makes you more productive in the long run.

Researchers know all this too. According to one review of scientific research on caffeine, published in the journal Nutrition, caffeine — coffee’s not-so-secret weapon — improves focus, problem-solving skills, reaction time, decision accuracy and general cognitive function. Plus, it decreases mental fatigue.

But you might not know that caffeine doesn’t actually boost energy levels. Rather, caffeine blocks your body’s adenosine receptors, so you feel as if you have more energy, Georgie Fear, registered dietitian and author of Lean Habits for Lifelong Weight Loss, said in an email. “When active, your adenosine receptors perform essential functions related to sleep and suppressing arousal. So by blocking this ‘chill out’ pathway, the central nervous system is stimulated.”

And, caffeine aside, most people underestimate the fact that coffee hydrates you — just as well as water, according to a 2014 study from University of Birmingham researchers in the U.K. That hydration can only help your brain cells do their thing, said Bonnie Taub-Dix, a registered dietitian and the author of Read It Before You Eat It.

What’s more, the antioxidants and various compounds in coffee appear to have long-term benefits for cognitive function: Research published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease shows that drinking three cups of coffee per day can delay the onset of dementia in people who are already starting to suffer from memory problems.

To maximize the benefits of your coffee, follow the expert-approved coffee-drinking guidelines below.

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How Often Should You Change Jobs to Enhance Your Career?

This article originally appeared on Stylist.com.

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BY ANNA BRECH

Move company every six months and you look flighty; alarm bells will ring for prospective employers.

Stay in a role too long and you risk becoming stale. And worse, you may become too comfortable and build an aversion to change.

With millennials facing longer working lives than ever before, it’s important that we learn to stay fresh, relevant and motivated by moving forward every so often.

But how frequently should we take a left on the great crossroads of life, and change our job for pastures new?

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Why Go Veg?

This week is National Vegetarian Week so here’s an article about the benefits of going veggie! This article originally appeared on VegetarianTimes.com


Learn the reasons to change over to a vegetarian diet, and start eating less meat today—or none at all!

Photo by Dezajny via Shutterstock.com

 

Why are people drawn to vegetarianism? Some just want to live longer, healthier lives. Others have made the switch to preserve Earth’’s natural resources or from a love of animals and an ethical opposition to eating them.

Thanks to an abundance of scientific research that demonstrates the health and environmental benefits of a plant-based diet, even the federal government recommends that we consume most of our calories from grain products, vegetables and fruits.

And no wonder: An estimated 70 percent of all diseases, including one-third of all cancers, are related to diet. A vegetarian diet reduces the risk for chronic degenerative diseases such as obesity, coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and certain types of cancer including colon, breast, prostate, stomach, lung and esophageal cancer.

Why go vegetarian? Chew on these reasons:

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How to Blag Your Way to Your Dream Job

This article originally appeared on Refinery29

We’ve all heard tales from those lucky few. You know, the jammy so-and-sos who talk with a nonchalant air about how they managed to land an awesome job despite lacking the experience – a seemingly impossible feat in today’s vicious job market.

There’s nothing more frustrating than seeing an ad for a job that you know you could excel at, only to be hit by the reality that you don’t possess the required skills – particularly if you’re considering changing professions. And while 40% of Brits admit to lying on their CV, we’re not advocating the blatantly dishonest approach. But fear not friends, though nothing’s ever guaranteed there are ways that you can increase your chances of bagging that job, even if your experience doesn’t quite match up.

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Yorkshire PA Awards 2017

Donna Coulling will judge the Yorkshire PA Awards

CELEBRITY PANEL TO VOTE ON YORKSHIRE PA AWARDS

Donna Coulling, Celebrity Assistant to BAFTA Award winners Sir Derek Jacobi and Helena Bonham Carter is leading a panel of judges in the search for assistants who underpin the fundamentals of business development and growth in companies across the Yorkshire region in the Yorkshire PA Awards.

Stripping the stereotypical typing pool from the image of the modern day PA or secretary, The PA Hub is calling out to local businesses to enter their assistants and teams in the regional awards, which recognise talent and dedication to business across 14 categories.

Interviews will be held on 15 May at Malmaison Hotel in Leeds for the categories of Yorkshire PA of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Awards. The interviews will take place during the day, so for these categories you must be available on this date. Closing date for entries is 5pm on Monday, 8 May.
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How to Be a Clean, Bearable Person When You Work From Home

This article originally appeared on Girlboss.com


 

If you’ve ever worked from home, you’ve been there: Circa 6 pm, your roommate or partner gets home from their in-office job, and they walk in on a bleary-eyed, caffeinated trash squirrel instead of the human they said bye to in the morning. There are at minimum seven beverage containers on your desk and your computer chair has permanently absorbed the smell of reheated spaghetti.

How did it come to this? Well, succumbing to the whack habits of the freelance lifestyle is much easier than it looks: You wake up at a normal-person hour, but you’re so ready to get to work that you never even bother to change out of your pajamas. You probably brush your teeth, but in hindsight it’s all a blur, so maybe not. In the instance that you do bother to get dressed, you’re throwing off any sense of normalcy by wearing gigantic tube socks, because your feet are always cold and no one is around to judge you.

Look: No one’s here to tell you you’ve got to change your ways. You’re living the work-from-home dream, and the side-eye your roomie is giving you is just jealousy. But speaking from experience, there can be a lot of benefit in structuring your workday a little more; in fact, studies show that whatever you choose to wear has an effect on your mindset and productivity. Check out the following ways you can run the ship a little tighter, even if you’re the only passenger during the workday:
1. Change out of your PJs. I know, I know: this is supposedly the big draw of working from home! If you’re new to the game, go ahead and indulge for a short while. But in the long run, changing out of your sleeping clothes and into working clothes creates an important mental distinction. Mind you, “working clothes” doesn’t have to mean a blouse and trousers; I used to change into workout clothes in the morning as a means to encourage myself to work out at the end of the day. Sometimes it actually worked.
2. Put on a bra. Don’t get me wrong; I love free-boobing as much as anyone. But for me, putting on a bra keeps me from thinking about my boobs and distracting questions such as “What color are my nipples going to turn if I ever get pregnant and breastfeed?” Out of sight out of mind. Also: putting on a bra means you get to take it off at the end of the day, and how great a feeling is that?
3. Trick your hair into thinking you did something with it. Combating the oil slick that’s forming in and around your hairline by hitting it with a few puffs of dry shampoo is good practice, but for all the time I spent staring at my hair in the mirror, convincing myself that I’m really pulling off this Patti Smith vibe, I wish I would’ve taken up this practice sooner: I started washing and blowdrying my bangs first thing in the morning so I wouldn’t think about it through the course of the day. Again, out of sight, out of mind. Business in the front, trash squirrel in the back.
4. Do a mid-day refresh. One thing I miss about working from home? Having all the toothbrush access I could possibly want. (Yeah, you can bring one to an office job, but it’s just not the same.) After lunch, I loved brushing my teeth and spraying some kind of hydrating mist on my face, like Glossier’s Soothing Face Mist or LUMION Skin Mist. Pro tip: Do not, under any circumstances, use this time to pop a huge zit in the mirror. It’s always, always a mistake.

Deena Drewis

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The Modern Yoga Bible – Christina Brown – Book Review

 

Ali of Team DC reviewed ‘Modern Yoga Bible’, here’s how she got on:

“If you can fully apply the concept of bringing your mind to the present moment, then you will be free.”

Wouldn’t that be lovely? To feel free of the stresses, and pressures of everyday life?
Christina Brown’s new version of The Modern Yoga Bible, offers a welcome guide to how the practice of Hatha yoga can help you get there.

Whether you’re just starting to dip your toe in with the odd yoga class, or you’re an aspiring yogi, this book could be a worthwhile addition to your book shelf.

Featuring an excellent structure that’s easy to follow, the book starts with an introduction to the key concepts and principles of yoga. This then flows into examples of yoga poses, broken down into types; including ‘Yang’ (active practices), ‘Yin’ (quiet practices), and the Yoga Mind. Linking this all together answers many questions that – if you’re anything like me – you might not have been brave enough to ask when hiding at the back of a new class of bendy people.

If you’re looking to practice at home, there’s also a handy ‘Putting it all together’ section, that suggests 5 themed routines. These are moves you can do together, and tailor to what you want to get out of your yoga session. Whether that’s calmness of mind, or strength of body – there’s something to suit every mood. It’s very flexible – but your legs don’t have to be yet, as there’s a star system to choose your level.

The book itself doesn’t replace the benefit of having a teacher in the room with you. Especially if you’re starting out. It’s not easy to follow the instructions of the book while you learn a position for the first time. Re-reading the section of ‘how to come out’ of a pose, while your head is already upside down, is quite a challenge! But it’s a great tool for getting more out of classes.

This book focuses on the individual, and finding what is right for you. There’s something beautifully supportive in the tone, as if Christina is holding your hand through the steps to understanding and fully experiencing yoga. It breaks down some of the mystery, and shows how it can benefit your personal and professional daily life. It’s OK for you to be just the way you are. We’re all unique, and this is something to be celebrated.

Namaste.

Get your copy here.

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