I Developed Overactive Bladder Because of Grad School Stress

If you take away anything from this post, the message is this: Please take care of yourself. Like, actually. Mental health and physical health are more important than research. Stress can irreversibly affect your health. You wouldn’t think it’d happen to you, right? Reading that, some of you might be thinking, “okay, well this lady was probably unhealthy beforehand in some way“, or “the way … Continue reading I Developed Overactive Bladder Because of Grad School Stress

I Lost 6 Pounds in My 1st Month of Noom: Best Things About Noom & Food Picks for Success

Introduction 2020 and 2021 did a number on a lot of us. The pandemic not only changed everything about how we interact with society outside, but it also affected us mentally. I finished my Ph.D. during the pandemic, and it was definitely a struggle to keep all aspects of my life on track when I felt like I was writing the most important document of … Continue reading I Lost 6 Pounds in My 1st Month of Noom: Best Things About Noom & Food Picks for Success

5 Years Without Alcohol: 5 Ways My Life Improved

1/1/2022 marked exactly 5 years since I quit drinking alcohol on a whim. Yep, I did most of my Ph.D. without drinking alcohol. Crazy, I know. I had my last drink on 12/31/2016, and it was a Moscow mule at a local bar during a New Year’s Eve event. At that moment, I honestly didn’t think it’d be my last drink. I wasn’t mentally preparing … Continue reading 5 Years Without Alcohol: 5 Ways My Life Improved

Let’s Talk About Indoor Air Exchange Rates in 2022: Implications for COVID and Beyond

In grad school, I studied outdoor air pollution and how it can affect our health. Although I’m not an expert on indoor air pollution, I do think about indoor air quality a lot. I’ve always been the type of person to check outdoor air quality and enjoy a cross-breeze. Indoor air quality has been on my mind a lot recently because of the COVID pandemic. … Continue reading Let’s Talk About Indoor Air Exchange Rates in 2022: Implications for COVID and Beyond

Read This Before You Buy Biotin For Your Hair, Skin, and Nails

Biotin is one of those compounds that seems to be ingrained in society’s psyche as something that helps your hair and nails grow longer and stronger, as well as improve your skin’s appearance. There are so many supplements out there that claim to do these things and contain a lot of biotin. Real talk: there’s no good evidence that taking those supplements is going to … Continue reading Read This Before You Buy Biotin For Your Hair, Skin, and Nails

6 Proven Ways I Take My Mind Off Of Work

Academia has this really weird way of sneaking into our psyche. Trust me, I understand. I’ve been there. I still struggle with it sometimes. Taking your mind off of work to have a truly restful, rejuvenating break, or even just a weekend, can be really difficult, especially when things aren’t going well in your research. Your experiments, submissions, deadlines, and projects take up a huge … Continue reading 6 Proven Ways I Take My Mind Off Of Work

7 Important Things to Know When Purchasing An Air Purifier

Air purifiers seem to have become all the rage in recent years, and for good reason. With wildfires ravaging many parts of the world, air pollution being the leading environmental cause of death worldwide,1 and indoor air pollutants having been observed to be 2 to 5 times higher than outdoor concentrations,2 it’s not surprising to see people purchasing air purifiers left and right. According to … Continue reading 7 Important Things to Know When Purchasing An Air Purifier

A Scientist’s Guide to Vegan Collagen and Collagen Peptides

Collagen as a dietary supplement has always been a hot commodity in the world of beauty and wellness. It seems like you can find collagen products in all sorts of stores, from your local grocery store to the shelves of Sephora. I’ve always found it fascinating how popular collagen is, both in skincare as well as a supplement. It’s popular all over the world, and … Continue reading A Scientist’s Guide to Vegan Collagen and Collagen Peptides

What’s the Deal With Grapefruit Juice and Drugs?

Introduction Can something in grapefruits really affect how a medication works in our body? The answer is yes, yes it can. For a lot of medications, you can find a warning on the label stating that you should avoid grapefruit while you’re taking it. Basically, drugs are designed to work on patients at a certain dose that’s been established through various experiments and trials. We are … Continue reading What’s the Deal With Grapefruit Juice and Drugs?

Feeling Sick After Eating Chinese Food, but Not Doritos? It Ain’t the MSG.

All From a Bowl of Broth MSG (monosodium glutamate) was discovered in 1908 by Kikunae Ikeda, a scientist who initially wanted to figure out what made his favorite soups, flavored with Laminaria japonica kelp and its stock, so delicious. He noticed that kelp stock had a distinctly savory taste that couldn’t be categorized into any of the tastes he was familiar with: sweet, salty, bitter, … Continue reading Feeling Sick After Eating Chinese Food, but Not Doritos? It Ain’t the MSG.