Have you ever skipped a meal to “save those calories” for happy hour or drinks later that night? You are not the only one to try and out smart your body. In fact, 20% of students in America suffer from ” Drunkorexia.” Undergraduate females are three times more likely to skip day-time calories and consume them by alcohol instead.
The top three reasons why students suffer from “Drunkorexia:”
- Control their Weight
- Save Money
- Get Drunk Faster
It does not take a college degree to understand that depriving the body of nutrients and fueling it on alcohol is a recipe for disaster, but skipping a meal for one night of a flat stomach will not only leave you with a hangover the next day, but long-term cognitive problems including difficulty concentrating, studying and making decisions.
A helpful page for those who do consume alcohol, but want to be conscious of their calorie intake should visit Drinkaware
Please remember that the fruit in the jungle juice does not count as your daily fruit serving!
Have you ever tried to turn up the music while studying or writing a paper? Maybe you should!
According to Charles Choi, “Scientists have uncovered the first concrete evidence that playing music can significantly enhance the brain and sharpen hearing for all kinds of sounds, including speech.” For instance, the “Mozart Effect” has been recently revealed as a molecular basis for a greater learning ability. Some of the hundreds of benefits to listening to Mozart are a decrease in learning time, improved test scores, a faster recovery in the body, an improvement in creativity and clarity, and a rise IQ scores by 9 points. Studies have shown, “students who sang or played a musical instrument scored 51 points higher on the verbal portion on the test and an average of 39 points higher on math.” The music of Mozart can relieve stress, improve communication and increase efficiency.
The brain regions involved in music processing are also required for other tasks, such as memory or language skills. The key is to make the correct music choice. Listening to your favorite song may not be a good idea, because you’ll want to sing along and forget what you’re working on. Stick to a classical or slower paced music to fill the background and keep you focused.
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Music, as we all know, can also dramatically improve our workouts. A great, motivational and intense song can keep us on the treadmill a few extra minutes, or allow us to finish that extra rep. Whether you’re studying or burning the calories, turn up the music!
Drinking alcohol and staying healthy often do not go hand in hand. Alcohol, like soda, is just empty calories that add no nutritional value to your body. The argument for drinking alcohol is that we don’t drink it for the nutritional value. Very often when college aged participate in drinking liquor it is done it what is known as “binge” behavior. We drink excessive amounts on the weekends and often none during the week. This binge behavior can have immense effects on our body and in fact cause us to gain access weight.
The average alcoholic beverage contains carbs, sugar and ethanol. When the beverage is consumed it goes to the stomach where some of the alcohol is absorbed through the stomach lining into the bloodstream, the carbs and sugar get digested through the traditional digestive tract and then the ethanol is diverted to the liver. The way your body treats the alcohol leads to a disruption in the body’s processing of food. Ethanol, which has no nutritional value, gets burned off first. Then any calories remaining in your stomach, either from the alcohol or the food you ate with the drink, gets stored as fat. Often times the food choices we make while drinking are usually unhealthy. While things like protein and carbs require some body energy to be processed, fat requires none and is then directly deposited. With all this information out there, we still ignore the warning signs of alcohol and how bad it can be for our body, and consume it anyway. Realistically college kids aren’t going to be stop drinking anytime soon. The remedy in this case may not be to give up drinking entirely, just how we do it.
When our bodies consume alcohol we recognize it as a toxin and struggle to metabolize it. Our bodies cannot adapt to metabolizing alcohol when it is only done excessively and occasionally. In that case our body quickly turns it into fat and stores it. Although, when we drink in moderation more often our bodies can learn to handle to processing of alcohol in a more efficient matter. In people who drink eight ounces of alcohol daily do not store the calories consumed while drinking as fat. As an overall lifestyle, those who drink moderately over time learn to make concessions in their diet when they expect they will be drinking.
Another obstacle we face while drinking is that often bar tenders will serve us more than the suggested amount. As well, if we are serving ourselves we have a tough time measuring the amount we should be drinking. In both scenarios we end up over pouring and drinking too much. To help control the over pouring, a good option is to order a bottle of light beer. This is already portion controlled for us and therefore we are not left to our own devices.
In reality, college student are not going to stop drinking. Although, it is realistic to think that we have the power to change our drinking habits and how they eventually correlate with our eating habits. By making smarter, lighter more moderate decisions when it comes to alcohol, we will see the effects of those choices throughout our life.
From Women’s Health Magazine
Imagine a midterm week with time for studying, working out, AND sleeping. Sounds impossible, right? There may not seem like there are enough hours in the day, but there are! It’s all about timing. By holding off on your workout until before bed may shine light on better sleep habits, says a new poll by the National Sleep Foundation. The best way to ensure a good night’s sleep may just be a late night sweat – instead of a late night snack. The poll reported that people who exercise regularly before bed snooze way better than those who are not working out before they get some shut- eye. The more you exercise- the better the sleep quality.
As for the people who don’t workout at all, multiple problems in sleep patterns have been noted. Exercise is good for you? What a surprise!
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If you are inactive though, something as simple as adding 10 minutes of walking to your day could make all the difference. So tonight — take the long way across campus to your night class it may save your mind and your body from restless hours of sleep it needs.