Melatonin: Key to Health and Longevity

It seems like everything that I’ve written about lately has a common thread: melatonin. When I started weaving together all those melatonin threads, a big picture was revealed. You could say it is a… tapestry of health. Melatonin may actually be the key to…

Blue-blocking Glasses: Why? Which ones?

The biggest overall action you can take for your health, in my opinion, is to optimize your circadian rhythm. Yes, that is a big statement when there are so many other things you can do for your health such as eating organic, lifting weights,…

Bipolar disorder, depression, and circadian clock genes

New research shows that depression and bipolar disorder are linked to changes or disruption in circadian genes. Some people carry genetic variants in the circadian genes that make them more susceptible to circadian disruption.

Heart disease, cancer, diabetes: A gene that ties together the “Big 3”

When it comes to chronic diseases, the Big 3 are heart disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes. Heart disease is the number one killer in the US, with cancer a close second. Diabetes numbers are increasing at an alarming rate. I recently was reading several…

Circadian Lifehacks Website: Circadian Rhythm Articles and DIY Tips

Digging into the science and research connecting genetic variants with health for the past four years, I have found a common thread that connected a lot of chronic conditions that affect so many people today. That common thread is that many of the genetic…

Leveraging your gut microbiome to change your gene expression

I thought about titling this article ‘going to the dark side’ but decided that bathroom humor should be left behind…. (get it, behind :-)  Enough of the puns and onto the important science stuff that you can actually apply to your life today. There are…

Are you exhausted by shift work? It could be genetic.

Genetics plays a role in how much shift work impacts you.  While some people may get along well with shift work, others may experience more difficulties with it. A new study found one genetic variant that may shed some light on the topic (pun intended :-).

Early to bed, early to rise – helps with weight loss and diabetes

Meal timing and light at night are modern issues that impact diabetes and obesity risk.

Which genes cause insomnia?

Everyone at some point knows the pain of a sleepless night. For some, though, this is an all too frequent occurrence. A few quick facts: 10% of adults (and 22% of the elderly) have insomnia disorder[ref] Heritability estimates from twin studies show that insomnia…

Changing Your Circadian Gene Expression with Polyphenols

This is a bit of a departure from my usual article. It is a paper that I recently wrote for a class that I’m taking for my Master’s in biology.  Thought I would share it in case anyone is interested… Overview: Resveratrol, EGC/G, grape…