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Isolation

Most social animals suffer when they’re kept on their own for too long. Mice get sick and starlings get stressed. Even fruit flies experience shorter lifespans if they don’t get to hang out with other fruit flies. Unsurprisingly, we humans suffer greatly when we don’t get enough social interaction.  It’s easy to underestimate the value of social connection and discount the risks of social isolation. But the research is there and it’s pretty stark: social isolation is as damaging to your health as smoking. Developing friendship and staying connected to other people is a vital step towards staying healthy and enjoying your life as much as possible. Find a Community One of the easiest and best ways to grow your...

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Move It Or Lose It

Move It Or Lose It So we’re well and truly into the Summer by now (if you’re reading this in the Southern Hemisphere, please come back in 6 months).  Usually, when the warmer weather rolls around we start to take more interest in tuning up our bodies and moving around a bit more. I know I do. It’s probably some relic of hibernation from our distant mammalian past. More hours of daylight seems to warrant greater physical activity, particularly if that activity is outdoors. And it’s an instinct you can harness to benefit you year-round. Today, we’re going to talk about how. Recently, I mentioned about the health benefits of getting out and about in nature. You can double down...

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Your Hidden Life

What’s more important for your health, food or sleep? It might surprise you to read this here, but sleep is easily more important. Like waaay more important. Think about this: you would die from sleep deprivation long before you’d die of starvation. Even the best diet in the world, no matter how chock full of organic fruits, veggies and superfoods it is, doesn’t make up for poor sleep. Sleep is fundamental to your health. You’ve probably heard this before. And you probably agree with it in principle - who hasn’t accidentally slept in and felt like a million bucks? - But the chances are you haven’t really internalized the value of sleep, it’s so important that few people have. And...

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More or Less Human?

I’ve got news for you: You’re not human. Neither am I. At least, we’re not human if you judge by the number of non-human cells that make up our bodies: the microorganisms that inhabit us outnumber our human cells by at least 3 to 1. So we’re at most ¼ human cells. The other ¾+ is what’s called microbiota, the collective term for all the bacteria, fungi, viruses, and other microscopic creatures that live on and in our bodies. Before you reach for the Raid, consider that we don’t fully understand the roles that these organisms play in our health. And from what we do understand, lots of our microbiota are helpful, even necessary, in supporting our health. Don’t think...

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Green Inside - Green Outside

So by now, we’re all starting to get the idea that it’s important to get enough greens in our diets. You know that fruits, veggies, and superfood have a profound positive effect on your health. We made Subi to make it easy for you to get enough of them.  But the story doesn’t end there. It’s starting to emerge that getting more greens in your environment is helpful as well. The positive impact of exposure to natural environments, like forests and the seaside, is becoming more widely accepted. What’s more, there’s growing body of evidence to support the idea that the greens outside are as important as the greens inside.  Forest Bathing The idea that simply being in nature has...

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