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Blow Your Mind with 50 Health Facts

 

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I don’t want to bore you by naming them all. I will simply share this link with you. It is seriously going to blow your mind.

Explore this and have some fun!

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Items to Instantly Throw Away At Home

Here I was working away and came across this article about Household items that many of us have at home, but are oblivious to their danger and the bacteria they hold. This is not something to take lightly and disregard, because some of these damages include infertility, cancer, emphysema, kidney tissue damage, and birth defects. To say the least, take your time to read and take these in.

These are 20 items:

  1. Toothbrush: the American Dental Association advises that it is important to replace your toothbrush every 3-4 weeks, as they become less effective with wear and tear. You are therefore brushing almost uselessly.
  2. Dish Sponge: This is actually one of the dirtiest items you will have in your kitchen. Research shows that a dish sponge is 200,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat – and could even cause paralysis due to bacteria called campylobacter. It should be changed weekly.
  3. Oven Cleaner: the sodium hydroxide is a very destructive chemical. Drain openers is another; using baking soda paste and vinegar to clean is a healthier option.
  4. Air Freshener: these contain a phthalates chemical inside them which lead to hormone imbalance and reproductive problems, which we are unaware of. Exposure to these chemicals can cause lower testosterone levels and decrease sperm counts/quality, according to the National Resource Defense Council. These can also cause malformations of the male reproductive tract and testicular cancer.
  5. Some Makeup Products: makeup shelf life is 24 months for some and others like mascara is 3 months. Most makeup will have many preservatives to keep them good and keep bacteria away. It is important to throw out when they are no longer effective, i.e. shelf life runs.
  6. Non-Stick Cookware: these cookware are made with chemicals (perfluorooctanoic acid), which are harmful to the liver, thyroid, and the immune system at whole. Opt for stainless steel, glass, ceramic, or iron cookware instead.
  7. Expired Foods: Expiry dates are there for a reason, they are less effective. Don’t risk food poisoning or feeling ill.
  8. Old Air Filters: a poorly maintained AC system can become contaminated and potentially harmful, causing/worsening symptoms such as asthma an allergies.
  9. Antibacterial Soap: These soaps have triclosan, chlorine, and phosphate in them. triclosan, particularly alters hormone regulation, and cause resistance to antibiotics. That means, these soaps not only kill bad bacteria, but good ones too.
  10. Scented candles: they smell so good huh? I know! Inhaling the chemicals in them is so harmful for you however. The benzene in them can irritate your skin and cause breathing issues. Other possible side effects, according to EPA, is reproductive issues and brain and central nervous system damages. These candles release toluene, another carcinogen. It is best to use essential oils or soy-based candles instead.
  11. Pressed-wood products: Common symptoms from acute exposure to formaldehyde, which are in certain wood products, manifest as irritation of the throat, nose, eyes, and skin. They can also lead to chronic bronchitis, and obstructive lung disease with chronic exposure.
  12. Old medication: FDA says expired meds can be less effective, change chemical composition, decrease in effectiveness and may be at risk of bacterial growth. These can lead to more serious illnesses.
  13. Gas space heaters: These release toxins and if used inside can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.

    At least 430 people die in the U. S. from accidental CO poisoning, according to the Center for Diseases Control and Control

  14. Old Paint: Homes before 1978 can contain lead paint, which can cause damage to the brain and vital organs like the kidneys, nerves and blood, and cause poisoning such as symptoms of headaches, stomachaches, nausea, tiredness.
  15. Bleaches Products: Products such as chlorinated paper towels, toilet paper, and bleached coffee filters expose us to chlorine gas which is bad for you. They also may contain benzoyl peroxide which is dangerous.
  16. Plastic Containers: the toxic bisphenol-A (BPA) found in plastics can have a dangerous effect on the brain. It can also plays with your hormones. Switch to glass containers or stainless steel.
  17. Mothballs: Some countries have banned moth balls containing the chemical naphthalene or paradichlorobenzene inside it. These are dangerous as they become a gas when exposed to air. They may also cause cancer. Naphthalene is most toxic as it causes red blood cells to break apart, and cause hemolytic anemia.
  18. Furniture Polish: these contain chemicals of phenol and nitrobenzene which are easily absorbed by the skin and are harmful to the liver and your whole health, including limiting the ability of the blood to carry oxygen, headache, irritability, dizziness, weakness, and drowsiness.
  19. Toilet Bowl Cleaners: The corrosive items are most hazardous cleaning items in your house. They carry hydrochloric acid which is very toxic.
  20. multipurpose cleaner : this stuff is often used in your kitchen but the chemicals inside it are so harmful to you. Smelling it alone, you can tell the ingredients inside are toxic, and unnatural.

To learn more, see 20 household items you should throw out immediately.

Women & Power of Anger

I watched this TED Talk and thought to myself, this is true in various countries and societies.

Soraya Chemaly talks about The power of women’s anger and how many women are told they need to sustain from expressing it because it’s not lady like.

Watch this video and tell me what you think. https://go.ted.com/CALm

Tricking Your Brain on Artificial Sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners may set the stage for diabetes in some people by hampering how their bodies handle sugar, scientists say. (Sam Hodgson/Reuters)

Artificial sweetners are believed to be a good alternative for lowering your blood sugars for metabolic conditions and a good plan for weight loss and/or avoiding weight gain.

You have it all wrong!

Researchers report that artificial sweeteners increase the blood sugar levels in both mice and humans by interfering with microbes in the gut.Increased blood sugar levels are an early indicator of Type 2 diabetes and metabolic disease.

ok, Aspartame and other artificial sweeteners do satisfy the sweet tooth without what is called the ”extra calories”, however on the contrary, it is actually increasing your caloric consumption, your appetite and your weight.

Recent studies have proven that detrimental effects of artificial sugar consumption can cancel out any benefits they may have for weight loss. This is due to both a mental and physiological response to eating artificial sweeteners.

According to Clinical dietitian Jamie Yacoub, M.P.H., R.D.,

  1. when you eat foods sweetened with artificial sweetener, you actually tend to eat larger portions to compensate. You allow yourself to have more, forgetting that still contain calories in the form of carbohyfrates, fat and protein.
  2. Artificial sweeteners increase your appetite for sweets and carbohydrates.
  3. Artificial sweeteners are often used in carbohydrate-filles foods

Further research suggests that drinking diet soda could cause weight gain.

Artificial sweeteners may exacerbate, rather than prevent, metabolic disorders such as Type 2 diabetes, a study suggests.

Studies have included various experiments with mice which demonstrated how obesity is related to a gut bacteria that affects glucose tolerance, leading to weight gain instead of the believed weight loss in these non-caloric sweeteners.

The data indicate that artificial sweeteners “may contribute to, rather than alleviate, obesity-related metabolic conditions, by altering the composition and function of bacterial populations in the gut,” Cathryn Nagler and Taylor Feehley of the pathology department at the University of Chicago said in a journal commentary.

PLEASE, PLEASE ,PLEASE, Reconsider your choices, and take your health seriously.

0% Tolerance of Alcohol on Your Body

 

Friday has been a shocking day for many lovers of alcohol. For the longest time, it has been agreed and understood that moderate drinking, i.e. a glass of wine a day, is healthy for you. It lowers your health risks of heart disease, diabetes and more; however it seems the risk of cancer and other illnesses is higher than the benefits.

Is this really true? It seems we get studies daily contradicting beliefs that certain things are advertised as healthy, yet in a decade or more, it turns out a new study shows the opposite, so what is the correct results on research?

Is smoking actually bad for you? some would say they have seen individuals live their whole lives healthy and when they quit, they die quite instantly after, or some have lived a very healthy life smoking while others die at a younger age from eating what they believe is healthy. It is sad to say, there are so many factors taking place in our health. How about Pollution? Water? Our Food consumption? Our Meats? Global Warming? Restaurant Food Servings? Coffee? And the list goes on…

So it turns out new research shows no alcohol is better than consuming some, but then again, what’s the real killer?

Do you live your life in fear or Actually LIVE? Yes, you can literally stay cooped up in your house, not drive because its dangerous, not eat out because its dangerous, not drink because …. it is dangerous. But where do we draw the lines?

Let’s face it, I am a lover of wine, I don’t smoke, I do eat out, love my meat, I may be one of the healthier people out there and exercise a whole lot. So, you can definitely say that I may be biased, but what is to life?

Please do not hesitate to write your opinions on this… It is shocking but did you expect anything less?  …

Read more in the news all over, including CNN , Global News , and more….

Protein: How Much is Enough?

 

Protein is essential to good health. The very origin of the word — from the Greek protos, meaning “first” — reflects protein’s top-shelf status in human nutrition.

According to Harvard Health Blog

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Giving your body what it needs is crucial for the survival of the Fittest and Happiest.

Remember: Your own personal needs may vary based on multiple factors including your age, sex, activity level, and weight loss goals.

The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA- which is the amount of a nutrient you need to meet your basic nutritional requirements) for protein is a 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight. This is the minimum amount you need to keep from getting sick and for optimal health. That is 0.37 gram per pound of body weight.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) suggests 15 to 20 percent of your calories should come from protein.

If you exercise heavily, you must be wary that you will definitely need more protein than an average sedentary person, so as to almost double your protein amount.

Here is a chart for you to base on:

Weight in lbs. Minimum Protein Athletes Minimum
Minimum Daily Protein Requirements 
100 37 grams 74 grams
110 40 grams 80 grams
120 44 grams 88 grams
130 47 grams 94 grams
140 51 grams 102 grams
150 55 grams 110 grams
160 58 grams 116 grams
170 62 grams 124 grams
180 65 grams 130 grams
190 69 grams 138 grams
200 72 grams 144 grams
210 76 grams 152 grams
220 80 grams 160 grams
230 84 grams 168 grams
240 87 grams 174 grams
250 91 grams 182 grams
260 95 grams 190 grams
270 98 grams 196 grams
280 102 grams 204 grams
290 105 grams 210 grams
300 109 grams 218 grams

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Where are the Best Sources to get your Protein?

Protein comes from both plants and animals. The best protein source is one without extra fat, sugar or sodium.

Lean meats, poultry, fish, seafood, eggs, plants based, and dairy products are all excellent sources of protein.

Choosing lower-fat cuts of meat or removing the skin from chicken and turkey is a good way to cut extra calories you may not want or need.

Cold water fish such as salmon, tuna and herring make good protein choices with their richness in omega-3 fatty acids.

Legumes, nuts and seeds are also good sources of protein, not to forget that even vegetables and grains have small amounts of protein which we may neglect.

What is in a Serving?

Here is where many protein eaters go wrong. One serving of protein is equal to one egg, 3 to 5 ounces of meat, poultry or fish, 1.5 ounces of cheese or about 12 walnuts. So a serving of meat, poultry or fish is about the size of the palm of your hand, and a serving of cheese is the same size as two dice (regular 6-sided dice, not 12- or 20-sided extra-large Dungeons and Dragons dice).

According to Shereen Lehman, MS

Go about your day today and bare in mind this piece of information that can change how you feel about yourself and how much satisfaction your body can reach. Protein is an essential part of your day and should be taken seriously. Athletes especially should really focus on upping the daily serving, as you may notice a change in performance, energy, essence of life.

Have a wonderful weekend friends and sorry to have been MIA. Stay Tuned for more!

Artificial Sweetners are UnHealthy and Not Diet!

Growing body of research shows artificial sweeteners raise your risk of both obesity and Type 2 diabetes — perhaps even to a greater degree than sugar.

Unfortunately, many people mistaken the facts thinking that artificial sweeteners in products are a healthier option , as they are low calories, but this is such a misconception. It boggles my mind thinking that some people may choose diet drinks or sweet and low sweeteners in order to avoid gaining weight but truth is obesity stems from these artificially sweetened products and processed foods. Fact is, artificial sweeteners cause just as many health problems as sugar does. More deterrent, unlike sugar, artificial sweeteners were found to accumulate in blood, leading to more significant damage to blood vessels.

A disturbing fact about artificial sweeteners is that they are also found to trick the body into using alternative sources of glucose, such as muscle. So, when you are thinking you are trying to lose fat by having artificial sweeteners , think twice, because you are only harming your body and losing everything you are working hard to accomplish.

Sweeteners simply trick the body. And then when your body’s not getting the energy it needs to function properly, due to lack of sugar, it  finds that source elsewhere, therefore wears your body down from actually doing the proper functions.

Contrary to industry claims, research over the last 30 years have shown that artificial sweeteners stimulate appetite, increase cravings for carbs, and produce a variety of metabolic dysfunctions that promote fat storage and weight gain.

Next time you want to save on fat, and have a “DIET coke”, take a second to think twice.

Watch this video for more detrimental effects of Aspartame:

 

For more details on the Artificial Sweeteners effects, read the Mercola Article.

Cancer & Acrylamide in Your Coffee

coffeeWhen coffee beans are roasted, acrylamide forms as a byproduct, it is in the cooking process. This byproduct is what scientists have determined could be cancerous in high doses. Again, coffee consumption is associated with a lower risk of several types of cancer, and not to mention the dose in coffee does not seem to trouble researches.

March 28, 2018, a California judge ruled  that Starbucks and other coffee shops will have to include warnings saying it contains a substance that could cause cancer.

It’s also one of the many chemicals in cigarette smoke, though in higher amounts than produced in coffee-making. The amount of acrylamide in coffee shows no evidence of danger.

At least one major review of studies found that the more coffee that people drink, the lower their risk of liver cirrhosis or liver cancer. And a review of more than 200 studies found that people who drank three or four cups of coffee a day were 19% less likely to die from cardiovascular disease. Heavy coffee drinkers have an 18% reduced risk of cancer overall, according to one large study, and some data indicates that coffee drinkers may be less likely to have oral or pharyngeal cancer or advanced prostate cancer.

Bottom line, be aware that this by-product is in your coffee, however the risks are lower than the benefits of coffee.

Read more in business Insider

7 Myths About “Healthy” Foods

Why is it so hard to achieve a HEALTHY BALANCED DIET?

Sadly, companies have a lot to do with this… The labelling, the word choice, the false advertisement. We live in a world full of deceit and lies.

It is what is, almost everything nowadays is processed food and finding healthy whole organic food is close to none as even when some foods are claimed to be healthy, they are actually not.

Health Canada proposed new regulations that would require companies to add warning labels to all packaged foods that are high in saturated fat, sugar or sodium. According to Global News

Here are Some acclaimed myths to be wary of:

  1. Artificial Sweeteners have no Sugar and therefore good for weight loss: That is so deceitful it hurts. Artificial Sweetener should never be used as a “healthier” option. In fact sweetener is worse for your weight and it is in fact proven to be linked to weight gain, diabetes and high blood pressure. The Aspartame inside it, in the contrary, makes our bodies CRAVE more Sweets and diminish our body’s ability to LOSE the food that we ate.
  2. Milk is often considered the best source of Calcium: Growing up we have all been told that milk strengthens our bones and keeps us strong. That is not completely factual. The truth is, you get better calcium in eating dark leafy greens, almonds or salmon.
  3. Saturated Fat is BAD for you: I have personally questioned myself on this one few times, and unlike the common beliefs, however Saturated fats are found in almost everything, including good foods (avocado, coconut), and more processed foods. Saturated fats can be good, it is the TRANS FAT that you must avoid, as they increase bad cholesterol and reduce the good cholesterol. Saturated fat in fact is needed for brain health and building cell membrane.
  4. Eggs have been viewed to increase cardiovascular disease: That is absolutely untrue, as they are very healthy for you and provide you will a great amount of protein and vitamin D, including the yolk which offers healthy cholesterol.
  5. All fats lead to weight gain: while over consuming fat can definitely lead you to gain weight, not all fat is bad for you. In fact, a healthy diet includes healthy fats, such as olive oil, nut, avocado, and more as these actually help you lose weight through a balanced diet with fats that keep you full for a longer time while providing our body with good nutrients.
  6. Salt should completely be avoided: I am one to avoid Salt, but fact is, avoiding salt has been linked to health issues such as headaches, fatigue, nausea, and low blood sugar.  In fact, Bednarski suggests that instead of avoiding salt, may be better eating less processed salt that has been bleached, and trying pink Himalayan salt instead. It provides 84 trace minerals to the body.
  7. Juice with NO ADDED SUGAR is healthy: Marketing and labelling is commonly false and this leads to confusion for people. Truth is, a cup of orange juice is practically the same as having a cup of Pepsi. Opt for eating the fruit instead.

When you turn fruit into juice, you are losing the insoluble fibre, which is an essential nutrient and helps delay absorption of the sugar. Take the fibre away and you’re just drinking sugar and calories. There’s some vitamin C, but you would be better off taking a vitamin pill for that. According to Robert Lustig (BBC News).

Consider a New You…. Research and Assess. EAT HEALTHY.

It Pays Off Not To Snooze…Work UP!

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Waking up early to workout is NOT over-rated. Working out in the AM is the Ultimate workout. You want to loose the most Fast reserve in your body? Do it before breakfast.

When’s the best time to exercise to ensure you’re getting the most out of it?

It really does Pay Not to Snooze, and wake up for an early workout.

Why? Because working out before breakfast helps you speed up the weight loss and actually boost your energy throughout the day, in turn preparing your body to an all day fat burn, and pushing your body to tap into its fat reserves for fuel, as opposed to burning off your most recent meal.

A fasted workout is the best Workout. So next time you want to Snooze and sleep in, think about your progress and your hard work. It is much harder after breakfast than before breakfast. Why not speed up your progress and do it right?

THINK ABOUT IT & COMMIT!

For more, Lose Weight – Business Insider.