by Tina Sendin October 27, 2020
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Blue light has been getting such a bad rap especially in the context of sleep. Many believe that blue light gets in the way of having a good night sleep and causes a lot of tossing and turning at night.
But what is blue light and where can you get it? Can it really keep you from sleeping well? If so, what’s the explanation behind it?
Let’s get a bit nerdy and pretend we’re all back in physics class. To understand what blue light is, you need to know that light is composed of electromagnetic particles travelling in waves.
Blue light is part of a wide array of colors in this light spectrum seen by the naked eye (the others being violet, indigo, green, red, orange and yellow). It is a short wavelength so it produces higher amounts of energy.
According to studies, prolonged exposure to blue light can result in eyestrain, fatigue, headaches, long-term eye damage, and sleeplessness.
While present in sunlight, blue light also comes from digital screens. So when you stare at your computer screen at work the whole day, or spend hours on Instagram, then you may run the risk of suffering from the adverse effects of blue light. Here are the various sources of blue light:
Blue light wavelengths are all around us. If you’re wondering why the sky on a beautiful day is blue, then you can thank blue light for that.
Natural blue light is great for uplifting the mood, having an overall feeling of well-being, and regulating the circadian rhythm – or our body’s sleep and wake cycle. Blue light is also the reason why you feel so much more alert, energized, and mentally sharp during the day.
But it’s also the reason why you may be having a hard time falling asleep at night. Too much blue light may keep you wide awake and make it tricky to wind down.
Artificial blue light from electronic devices may mess up with your circadian rhythm, because it prevents your system to prepare for snooze time and slow down the production of melatonin, a hormone that helps you become more sleepy.
The problem of artificial blue light impeding sleep is unfortunately quite widespread. Just look at these stats from Blue Tech Lenses: 
Being exposed to blue light - especially at night - slows down the secretion of melatonin, which affects the sleep cycle. While melatonin is naturally produced, it can also be found in supplements.
The circadian rhythm – or the body’s internal clock – gets signal from the environment, usually in the form of light. The presence of blue light – whether during daytime or at night – affects this. Getting blue light during the day brings about alertness and general wellbeing. But at night, too much of it can keep you from having a proper snooze.
A study conducted at the University of Toronto compared the melatonin levels between people wearing blue-light goggles that exposed to bright lights indoor and those exposed to dim light sans goggles. The research is quite telling, in that the melatonin levels are just about the same between the two, showing that blue light suppresses melatonin secretion. 
Another study conducted by Harvard researchers showed a comparison between two groups - those exposed to blue light for 6.5 hours and another exposed to green light by as much the same brightness. The result showed that the first group suffered from suppressed melatonin secretion for about twice as long and had their circadian rhythm moved by twice as much as those in the green light group. 
There are also many other ways you can sleep better. Remember, blue light is only part of the story. Make sure that you supplement your blue light protection with proper diet, enough exercise, and other sleeping hacks.
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by Tina Sendin November 24, 2020
Us ladies just want to maintain healthy, luscious locks all the time – lockdown or not.
But sometimes, we’re doing more harm than good to our crowning glory... often, unbeknownst to us. We may think we’re looking after our hair as best as we could, but at times they turn out to be a disservice to our hair.
For starters, hair goes through wear and tear daily, in more ways than one. What you consider hair care may actually be damaging to it.
To resolve this, a good place to start is understanding how we may be causing harm to it.
And for this, we’ve got you covered. Here are some ways you may be damaging your hair, and a few tips to turn it around.
by Mark Miller October 29, 2020
Nootropics are also called "smart drugs" and "cognitive enhancers." The theory holds that they help you think better, remember more, and be more alert, creative, focused, and motivated.
Whether you're near the end of your life and suffering from memory loss, in your middle years and needing to stay alert during that afternoon slump, or a college student needing to enhance your memory, nootropics can help.
They can also help people with ADHD, anxiety, and confused thought processes.
by Mark Miller October 20, 2020
A relaxed and calm state of mind are not the supplement's only benefit. Scientific research has been verifying several other areas where L-theanine helps people.
An article by scientific researchers in the journal Beverages says:
Tea has been consumed for thousands of years and is an integral part of people’s daily routine, as an everyday drink and a therapeutic aid for health promotion. Consumption of tea has been linked to a sense of relaxation commonly associated with the content of the non-proteinogenic amino acid theanine, which is found within the tea leaves.
The aim of this review article is to outline the current methods for synthesis, extraction and purification of theanine, as well as to examine its potential benefits related to human health. These include improvements in cognitive and immune function, cancer prevention, reduced cardiovascular risk and its potential usefulness as a functional food product.
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