Evolution is sweet

Originally posted on LifeApps... Millions of years ago, in the middle of Africa’s jungles, our primate ancestors moved through the treetops in search of their food. The most energy-dense foods they could find were sugar-rich fruits. In an environment where predators could be around every corner, finding a fast-burning food source was essential for their … Continue reading Evolution is sweet

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Train Your Brain with Mindfulness, Thanks to Evolution

by Jordan Pennells - Originally posted on LIFEApps. Your brain can be trained like a muscle! Just like lifting weights, a repeated mental activity such as meditation can strengthen beneficial neural pathways. The malleability of your brain in response to external stimuli such as meditation is known as neuroplasticity. This phenomenon evolved over millions of … Continue reading Train Your Brain with Mindfulness, Thanks to Evolution

HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR RUNNING IN 2019, IN THREE STEPS

by Jordan Pennells - Originally posted on LIFEApps Let’s face it. Exercise is the number one resolution people make each New Year, but it is also the most unkept resolution. The mere thought of strenuous exercise can be daunting! Yet some revel in it and the benefits are immense. Exercise has even recently been proposed … Continue reading HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR RUNNING IN 2019, IN THREE STEPS

UQ Science 2018 Roundup

by Jordan Pennells Scientific research at the University of Queensland is flourishing, with UQ being internationally ranked #1 in biodiversity conservation (CWUR 2017), #4 for agriculture (NTU 2018) and #7 for biotechnology (ARWU 2018). But why rely on these metrics when you can immerse yourself in the research itself. Throughout this article, I have recapped … Continue reading UQ Science 2018 Roundup

The Evolution of Allergies, or What Doesn’t Kill You…

Originally posted on the LIFE Apps science blog... By Jordan Pennells "That which does not kill us makes us stronger" – Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher. Evolution of Allergies Strength is derived from adversity. This is a common idea in the science of our mental and physical health. But how true is this axiom in reality? In … Continue reading The Evolution of Allergies, or What Doesn’t Kill You…

(Thread) Coral, microbiome & the philosophy of biological research

Read on Twitter! (1/12) V. thought provoking seminar today @TRI_info by Prof John Huss entitled ‘Ecological medicine & medical ecology’. Discussed were ecological strategies for #coralremediation and the #microbiome. But more interesting was unpacking the #philosophy of biological research!.... (2/12) The field of microbiome #research is still very young, and it’s hard to get a handle on what is established and where exactly … Continue reading (Thread) Coral, microbiome & the philosophy of biological research

How Your Gut Microbiome Unlocks the High Fiber Diet

Originally posted on the LIFE Apps science blog... By Jordan Pennells Investigation into the function and evolution of the human microbiome, our ‘old friends’ helping us unlock the nutritional benefits from a wider range of food sources, is leading to a revolutionary new understanding of the nutritional benefits of a high fiber diet. Plant fiber is … Continue reading How Your Gut Microbiome Unlocks the High Fiber Diet

Life Fast, Die Young: The Evolution of Aging

Originally posted on the LIFE Apps science blog... By Jordan Pennells To take care of your health is to delay the inevitable biological deterioration of your body, to fight against the unyielding aging process. But there’s another way to view the process of aging, if we expand the time frame from an individual’s lifetime to evolutionary time. … Continue reading Life Fast, Die Young: The Evolution of Aging