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The real dirt on seven filthy food habits

The real dirt on seven filthy food habits | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Consuming bacteria is the risk you take if you eat cake after the candles have been blown out, dip a chip in salsa after someone else double-dips or eat toast that has fallen on the floor, even for five seconds.
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Double dipping, five second rule, playing beer pong, having a slice of lemon in our glass of water: just how much bacteria gets shared on our food and in our drink? Some fascinating little studies. But, one thing that rules them all is, "If you're sick, don't share your germs with your friends and family. Save them for your enemies and random politicians." Meanwhile, anybody want to share a bowl of guacamole? 
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Dirt has a microbiome, and it may double as an antidepressant

Dirt has a microbiome, and it may double as an antidepressant | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
No one would blame you for not wanting your body to be infested with creatures from your garden. But maybe you should rethink your position. Your garden has its own microbiome, and research suggests it's good for you. Our health depends on the flourishing microbiome in our guts—and on how much of the natura
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Unlike most kids, I was raised in a very sterile (protective) environment for the first few years. I had little contact with dirt, especially not the dirt in which things grew. While that stopped during my fourth summer, most of which was spent on a farm, I was still kept pretty much out of the world until I was a young teen.The exception being summers after age five, which I spent in Maine at camp; lots of dirt there, but no gardens. 

Based on research that shows kids who are raised around animals and farms, such as the Amish, have fewer allergies, I have never been surprised that I grew up suffering from the pollen of the grass and trees around me. Was that also a contributor to my adult depression? It certainly wouldn't surprise me. 

If I could go back in time and do one thing differently, it would be to sneak out of the house and play in the yard. Our downstairs neighbor was a nice man who loved to garden. Perhaps I could have helped him. 

My father did try to grow a victory garden towards the end of World War II. He was a total failure at it and never appreciated nature. Instead of taking my brother and me into the woods, he would take us to a museum where we could see glass flowers. 

Today, I live in a condo-apartment. We have no room yard for growing things, but recently we planted a Christmas cactus and three fire-sticks on the patio. Once a week I have to water them. Each Monday, their water day, I think of all the fun I might have had if only I had snuck out to help Mr. Brownlow. Oh well we neurotics tend to suffer from reminiscences. I guess especially those of us who write. If you enjoy my reminiscences, why not visit http://www.kennethweene.com  ?


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‘Pacemaker’ for the Brain Can Help Memory, Study Finds

‘Pacemaker’ for the Brain Can Help Memory, Study Finds | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The timing of stimulation to the brain was determined to be crucial in research published on Thursday, and it might help treat dementia, head injuries and other conditions.
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Fascinating. My guess is that electrical stimulation effects the sodium-potassium exchange pump which in turn effects the effects the concentration of anions. Normally, a neuron has a strong negative charge inside in part due to the imbalance of potassium and sodium. Even though both potassium and sodium ions have positive charge, their imbalance within the cell apparently helps to maintain those anions. On stimulation, the gradient that maintains that difference in levels is disrupted and allows the neuron to do its thing, which means that a cell assembly can be established with other neurons. So stimulation would presumably alter the gradient of the moment, either for good or bad depending at which state it was then in. Any other ideas? 
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If You Want Better Sleep, Your Bedroom Shouldn’t Lack These 5 Plants

If You Want Better Sleep, Your Bedroom Shouldn’t Lack These 5 Plants | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Stress and anxiety cause most insomnia issues so it’s a good idea to fill your bedroom with these 5 plants due to their ability to soothe the soul.
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I love flowers and their wonderful scents, but I must admit an aversion to sleeping with them. As a child, my mother often put lilac in my room, a pant to which I was terribly allergic. Yes, I know. Anyway, it put me of such scents at night. Years latter when in the south of France, I realized that the wonderful odors in our hotel room were creating a sense of paranoia. During the day, they were fine, but not once I closed my eyes. What a shame. At any rate, hope you have a great night's sleep every night. 
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10 Benefits of Sleeping Naked You Probably Didn’t Know

10 Benefits of Sleeping Naked You Probably Didn’t Know | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
There are many benefits, physiologically and psychologically, to sleeping naked. Here are just 10 reasons you should be going commando at night.
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I'm not going to ask who sleeps nude, in pjs, in underwear, night gowns, or whatever. Nope, no poll, but feel free to tell us. I just thought this worth sharing as health and wellness information. One thing, however, be sure you keep something close at hand to put on in case of emergency. Last thing you want to do is go downstairs to confront a burglar with nothing but your Smith and Wesson to cover you. And, should their be a fire, do not exit in too full view. The fire department might be too busy taking obscene photos to aim their hoses. Anyway, have a great night's sleep. 
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8 Fruit & Vegetable Skins You Should Keep Out Of The Compost!

8 Fruit & Vegetable Skins You Should Keep Out Of The Compost! | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Vitamins and minerals, antioxidants and fibre are found in the skins of these popular fruits and vegetables, so stop composting them and start eating them.
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We waste so much good nutrition without thinking. Let's eat healthier and with less waste. Here are a few ideas. 
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The 50 (New) Healthiest Foods of All Time—With Recipes

The 50 (New) Healthiest Foods of All Time—With Recipes | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Here’s what should be crowding your plate
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Two keys to staying young and healthy: Eat properly and read good books. I'll provide some of those books, but here's a way you can help yourself with the eating.

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These 7 Amazing Things Will Happen When You Drink Coffee Every Day

These 7 Amazing Things Will Happen When You Drink Coffee Every Day | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Whether you like your coffee with milk & sugar or black, keep the coffee pot brewin' all day, every day, to reap the amazing benefits coffee offers.
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As an avid coffee drinker, I have to post this. Time for another cup. By the way, I also make myself mochas using using unsweetened cocoa. Tastes great; feels even better.

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The Amount of Water You Actually Need Per Day

The Amount of Water You Actually Need Per Day | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Hint: it's not always eight glasses
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Don't forget that you are also drinking other fluids and getting fluids in food. Those simple answers you were given as a kid seldom work out to be correct. Personally, I would guess I take in about 60-80 ounces of fluid per day. Be sure to check the info on hydration and exercise in this article, that is useful.

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24 fruits and vegetables that will extend your lifespan

24 fruits and vegetables that will extend your lifespan | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
No one food is going to change your life, but a diet rich in these fruits & vegetables will start you on your way
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The only food on this list I don't love is kale. (Sorry kale devotees.) The big point is berries, fruits, and veggies are good for us, and a slice of tomato on your cheeseburger just doesn't do the trick.

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A nap a day could save your life, research suggests

A nap a day could save your life, research suggests | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Research suggests a daily nap could reduce blood pressure and stave off heart attacks
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I would have shared this sooner, but I was asleep.

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Feel Anxious and on Edge? Get More of These Flavonoid-Rich Foods!

Feel Anxious and on Edge? Get More of These Flavonoid-Rich Foods! | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

mg flavenoids/100 grams of the food.

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As every black bear or grizzly can tell you, eating berries makes you happier. Eating well is more than just counting calories, it's also eating for mental health.

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5 myths about sunscreen

5 myths about sunscreen | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
For all of its ubiquity, sunscreen is often misused. Dispelling these common misconceptions could help you protect yourself.
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Summer is here and with it all those great outdoors activities. We all love the sun, but Sol can also hurt us—not just sunburns but melanomas. Everybody, use the right sunscreen and don't put yourself at risk.

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The Truth About Belly Button Lint

The Truth About Belly Button Lint | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
I know you always wanted to know these facts.
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Belly button lint comes from your underwear Many people find that, at the beginning and end of the day, a small lump of fluff has appeared in the navel cavity. The reasons for this have been the subject of idle speculation for many years but in 2001, Dr. Karl Kruszelnicki of the University of Sydney, Australia undertook a systematic survey to determine the ins and outs of navel lint. His primary findings were as follows: 

Navel lint consists primarily of stray fibres from one's clothing, mixed with some dead skin cells and strands of body hair. The rotting cells can create unpleasant odors. Contrary to expectations, navel lint appears to migrate upwards from underwear rather than downwards from shirts or tops. The migration process is the result of the frictional drag of body hair on underwear, which drags stray fibres up into the navel. 

Women experience less navel lint because of their finer and shorter body hairs. Conversely, older men experience it more because of their coarser and more numerous hairs. Navel lint's characteristic blue-gray tint is likely the averaging of the colors of fibres present in clothing; the same color as clothes dryer lint. The existence of navel lint is entirely harmless, and requires no corrective action.
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Tree nuts help colon cancer patients in new study. But caveats abound

Tree nuts help colon cancer patients in new study. But caveats abound | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Surprising new research suggests tree nuts might be as effective as chemo at keeping colon cancer from recurring after treatment. But there are caveats.
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I love tree nuts, almost like they are family. Anyway, I eat them regularly and am regular, so I guess I support this finding or at least agree that a healthy diet is part of staying well and of healing when we are not well. My three favorite nuts are walnuts, pistachios, and cashews; or perhaps I was supposed to mention my brother and two of my cousins there. Anyway, eat well and be happy. 
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36 Pictures To See Which Muscle You’re Stretching

36 Pictures To See Which Muscle You’re Stretching | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Learn correct technique and the specific muscles you're working with these 34 common stretches and yoga poses.
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My personal concept of exercise is getting from the bed to my computer and the muscles I most stretch have to do with activities I shouldn't discuss in the social media. However, I have many friends who actually try to stay fit and healthy and I thought this might be useful for them. If you must exert yourself, it is a good idea to stretch. Most important of all, just make the stretch to enjoy life. 
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New NIH guidelines on infants and peanuts may contradict everything you’ve heard before

New NIH guidelines on infants and peanuts may contradict everything you’ve heard before | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Infants at high risk for allergies should be given peanut products when they are as young as 4 months old.
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I grew up on peanut butter, which is surprising since my mother tried to isolate me from just about everything. Of course, in those days people didn't know about peanut allergies, which may explain my exposure to it unlike most grasses, trees, and flowers which she kept me away from until I was four or five and had had time to develop full-scale allergies. I even got to eat peanuts at the circus the couple of times we went. Maybe that was because the Kemp Nut Company was headquartered in our town. But, when at 14 we made our first visit to Florida, she was sure that boiled peanuts would kill us, or in her mind at least turn us into "stupid people." Years later, I tried them and didn't care for them at all. To this day, I love a peanut butter cup candy and if I could eat the bread and sugar in the jam I'd head for the PG&J sandwiches. What about you? Peanut allergies, lover, bleh? `
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Running is the Worst Way to Get Fit - Tonic

If you want to be in shape, skip the 10K training and sprint—but don't jog—to the nearest weight room.
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I got to admit my idea of a sprint is the speed with which I get to my coffee in the morning and as for strength training, does lifting a fork filled with steak count? So, I'm no exercise guru, but I thought this so obvious a piece that I wanted to share it. Long periods of running are bad for your body. If you want to exercise, do it the ways that work for a healthier you. Now where did I put the cream? 
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The strange life of Q-tips, the most bizarre thing people buy

The strange life of Q-tips, the most bizarre thing people buy | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Q-tips really are one of the most perplexing things for sale in America.
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Never stick anything into you ear. That said, the article is fascinating. 

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Is there a G-spot orgasm or isn’t there?: 7 myths you’ve been taught about vaginas

Is there a G-spot orgasm or isn’t there?: 7 myths you’ve been taught about vaginas | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
There's a whole lot of misinformation floating around about vaginas. Let's debunk a few of those myths
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Some good health information for my friends.

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Sugar Is Toxic, Says New Study

Sugar Is Toxic, Says New Study | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
That’s what scientists have concluded from a first-of-its-kind diet study involving overweight kids
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I've given up almost all sugar for the past three years. While it hasn't led to weight loss, it has definitely improved my mood, mental functioning, and in my opinion my physical health. 

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Kids consume 12% of their calories from fast food, study shows

Kids consume 12% of their calories from fast food, study shows | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Kids now consume 12% of their calories at fast food restaurants, a trend that may contribute to rising rates of childhood obesity.
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When I read this one question kept popping through my head. Why do people think this stuff tastes good? Too much salt, too much sugar, too much fat; I prefer a good salad and fruit; burgers not so much. Have we as a nation taught ourselves to love the wrong tastes? Of course, I'll still go for friend chicken (not from any of the chains) and love greasy tuna from Subway (on a sald not in a sub). Heck, nobody's perfect. So what are your healthy food choices and your guilty pleasures?

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Parents Sue School Over Son’s ‘WiFi Allergy’

Parents Sue School Over Son’s ‘WiFi Allergy’ | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A Massachusetts family is suing their son’s school, claiming he has a condition called electromagnetic hypersensitivity—and the school’s WiFi is to blame.
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What do you think: electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS)  real physical illness or psychological problem?

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A 5th-grader made a discovery about stuffed animals and germs. It landed her in a medical journal.

A 5th-grader made a discovery about stuffed animals and germs. It landed her in a medical journal. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Kids are the best.
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A simple but wonderful insight. Nut, why limit it to kids. I's want my stuffed moose with me if I need an operation. Hospitals are scary places for us all.

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Dates: A Powerhouse of Health and Goodness

Dates: A Powerhouse of Health and Goodness | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Dates are powerhouse of goodness and health. Please share with us some more benefits of dates and we are happy to share the same!
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While they have too many carbs for me to eat, dates are one of my favorite foods.

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