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How A Cup Of Tea Makes You Happier, Healthier, And More Productive

How A Cup Of Tea Makes You Happier, Healthier, And More Productive | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it

"We've steeped ourselves in the research and the tea leaves read quite auspiciously: tea makes you more alert more relaxed and less likely to die tomorrow. These are all good things."

 

Humans have been steeping leaves in hot water for 500,000 years. Us Americans drank 79 billion servings of tea last year, amounting to 3.6 billions gallons in total.

 

So clearly, we're quite invested in the hot stuff--as is the freshly tea-pushing Starbucks--but what does it invest in us? New research into the relationship between nutrition and the brain is helping us to understand why tea time is such an essential part of the day--for the components of tea help us be more alert, more relaxed, and healthier over the long term.


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I like a hot cup of green tea.

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Ekaterina's curator insight, November 12, 2013 7:07 PM

Tea craze has definitely passed a long time ago but is it time this cycle is repeated? :-)

The BioSync Team's curator insight, December 24, 2013 9:36 AM


The spirit of the tea beverage is one of peace, comfort, and refinement.
—Arthur Gray


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Review of Shaklee Meadow Blend® Soap-Free Cleanser

Review of Shaklee Meadow Blend® Soap-Free Cleanser | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it
Conventional soaps contain lye and tallow that can cause skin irritation and clogged pores. Meadow Blend® Soap-Free Cleansing Bar is scientifically formulated with natural, plant-derived ingredients and gently but effectively cleans the face and body. Contains no harsh ingredients and no added color.
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We are assaulted daily by chemicals, many of which have been shown to be potential health threats. Many of these chemicals are used directly on the body. Cleanse your body with this soap-free cleanser.

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10 Reasons Why We Need at Least 8 Hugs a Day

10 Reasons Why We Need at Least 8 Hugs a Day | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it
Hugging therapy is definitely a powerful way of healing. Research shows that hugging (and also laughter) is extremely effective at healing sickness, disease, loneliness, depression, anxiety and
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I posted about kisses and health the other day, so, thought I would see what hugs are good for. After reading the article, bring it on!

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What 200 Calories of Every Food Looks Like

What 200 Calories of Every Food Looks Like | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it

The Calorific app makes you weep salty truth tears. It starts with 3/4 of a chocolate donut and goes down hill from there.

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It's not always the size of the serving that matters, but what is IN the serving.

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4 Reasons to Stay Hydrated

4 Reasons to Stay Hydrated | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it

Most people are familiar with the health dangers of extreme dehydration. Less well-known is chronic mild dehydration. This can have a measurable negative effect on both mental and physical performance, muscle growth and even long-term health.

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In many ways, drinking water is one of the most important things you can do for your health.

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8 health benefits of kissing

8 health benefits of kissing | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it
Did you know that the health benefits of kissing include stress relief and calorie burning? See eight health benefits of kissing to learn more.
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Apparently, kissing can also rev up your immune system. So, for a longer, happier, healthier life, pucker up and pass your sweetie some goodness!

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Surprising Health Problems that Come from Working Too Hard

Surprising Health Problems that Come from Working Too Hard | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it
Is your job making you sick? The root of many maladies stemming from overwork is stress.
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Not TOO surprising in some cases. Stress of any kind, whether it is work stress, family stress, or just life stress can cause ill health in many ways. Even too much GOOD stress can cause health issues. Stress is stress, whether you just got fired or are getting married to the love of your life. Wherever stress comes from, the methods for managing stress; exercise, life style, relaxation, diet, etc., will still work.

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10 Things You Don't Know About Sugar (And What You Don't Know Could Hurt You)

10 Things You Don't Know About Sugar (And What You Don't Know Could Hurt You) | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it
If you've ever said, "I'm completely addicted to sugar," you may actually be correct. A recent study showed that those who had genetic changes in a hormone called ghrelin consumed more sugar (and alcohol) than those that had no gene variati...
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Some tests have shown sugar to be possibly more addictive than cocaine. Although this is one article from one popular news source, it echoes what I have found in many other, higher up the food chain (joke) sources. Many people have praised the results of going on a sugar detox program.

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Researchers question long-term benefits of popular diets

Researchers question long-term benefits of popular diets | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it
Researchers find insufficient and conflicting data to determine if popular Atkins, South Beach, Weight Watchers and Zone diets are beneficial for both weight loss and heart health.
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It should also be remembered that, while what you eat IS important and has a huge impact on overall health, other lifestyle choices, such as activity, i.e. exercise, are also of great importance. Additionally, genetics plays a strong role in health, and not everyone, no matter how healthy their lifestyle, is going to have a bikini body or look like a champion bodybuilder in his prime.

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The No. 1 Reason Women Skip the Gym

The No. 1 Reason Women Skip the Gym | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it

Have you ever planned to hit the gym and then didn't? Research tells us that 75 percent of women want to exercise more, but are not making it to the gym for a small group of related reasons, according to a new survey by Sport England...and, it's NOT because of fear of hard work.

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It's often easier to come up with a reason NOT to exercise than to find the motivation TO exercise. However, sometimes the reasons not to do things is so deeply embedded in who we are that we don't realize that we are being led astray by assumptions that should not be interfering with our intention to do the right thing.

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The 'fattest' chain restaurant meal of 2014 is...

The 'fattest' chain restaurant meal of 2014 is... | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it

Pro tip: If you're watching your waistline, avoid ordering anything with "monster," "bottomless" or "big" in its name.


Red Robin's "monster" meal was named the single unhealthiest meal of 2014 in the Center for Science in the Public Interest's "Xtreme Eating Awards." It includes a "monster-sized" A.1. peppercorn burger, bottomless steak fries and a "monster" salted caramel milkshake — and 3,540 calories.


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In any restaurant, it's about making sensible choices. Most restaurant entrees have a lot more calories than the average non-lumberjack or Navy SEAL should eat in one sitting.

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101 Foods That Fight Aging - A Review

101 Foods That Fight Aging - A Review | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it
Eating the right foods, in the right amounts, can not only help you lose weight and look great, but, it can help ease joint pain, slow the aging of your skin, prevent diabetes, help manage blood pressure, promote brain health, increase your natural energy, improve your digestion, increase your metabolism, and help you burn stubborn belly fat.
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Eating right is just as important as anything else you can do to age gracefully...perhaps even more so.

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5 Ways to Make Yourself Work Out When You Really Don't Want to

5 Ways to Make Yourself Work Out When You Really Don't Want to | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it

As the days start to get shorter and the temperatures drop, you may be tempted to slack off on your workout routine. After all, it’s also no longer swimsuit season and we can hide under cozy layers! But it’s so important to keep moving and find something you not only love to do but also can do all year round.

For instance, during the spring and summer, I love to run, bike, swim, play tennis, chase my little guy all over the playground and hike with him in his baby carrier. But as winter approaches, I can fall back on my yoga practice, Pilates workouts, bundled walks, strength training, and skiing. Though, there are still some mornings when I would much rather snuggle in bed.

Here are some motivational tricks to help you break a sweat because you’ll definitely feel better after working out—and have the body to show for it winter, spring, summer, and fall.


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Set a workout schedule and stick to it. It doesn't have to be, "exercise at 3:52 PM or I have failed," but, more like, "I am going to exercise between 3 and 4 PM. If my activities get in the way, I will do it later or earlier, make up tomorrow, or just forgive myself". Bottom line is what works for you is best. Sometimes, allowing yourself permission NOT to exercise makes it easier to do so.

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Flatter Abs in 2 Weeks

Flatter Abs in 2 Weeks | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it
Do these ab moves for a firm belly fast. You can have flatter abs in 2 weeks, whether you're at a beginner, intermediate, or advanced exercise level.
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Yes, it's important to do strength exercises and cardio, but you also should be doing abdominal exercises regularly as well.

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Health Articles - Constipation and Weight Gain

Health Articles - Constipation and Weight Gain | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it
People often notice that constipation and weight gain seem to be related. Many will try a colon cleanse to ease their situation, but is it really a problem and is a colon cleanse the answer?
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Which came first, the constipation or the weight gain?

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Jack LaLanne - Home

Jack LaLanne - Home | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it
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Jack LaLanne may be gone, but his ideas on health and fitness still go on.

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Texting Neck: Hunching Over Your Phone Stresses Your Spine

Texting Neck: Hunching Over Your Phone Stresses Your Spine | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it
That phone you can’t live without can be a pain in the neck, literally.

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But, it sails like a Frisbee if you throw it just right.

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Everyone hates burpees: but where did they come from (and why do them)?

Everyone hates burpees: but where did they come from (and why do them)? | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it
Burpees: ugh! Here's a look at everyone's favourite love-to-hate bodyweight exercise, including why we should do them!
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Apparently these are popular with the CrossFit crowd. We used to do something similar, and a bit more intense, in the Army called an "8 Count Pushup".

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What is stress?

What is stress? | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it
It is a word that is bandied about these days, but what the heck IS stress anyway and what can you DO about it?
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One researcher has labeled stress as one of the biggest risk factors for almost every degenerative disease and condition, including heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. However, stress can be managed and controlled in most cases.

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The 20 Worst People at the Gym, According to Trainers

The 20 Worst People at the Gym, According to Trainers | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it
Are you the hoarder, pick-up artist, or know-it-all? Find out which bad gym behaviors are among these top trainers’ biggest pet peeves.

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Liked the article. Weight lifting, or just plain exercise, can be difficult, even dangerous in some instances. If you workout at a gym or use community exercise equipment, like I do, be considerate.

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Human body: The ‘ultra-athletes’ aged 60+

Human body: The ‘ultra-athletes’ aged 60+ | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it
When you grow old, could you run 20 marathons back-to-back? David Robson reports on the senior ultra-athletes who are defying the limits of aging and the body.

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Someone once said something to the effect that getting old is not for sissies. What we are actually able to do in our older years depends on a lot of factors. However, we are learning that aging does not have to be the terrible, debilitating experience we have historically believed it to be.

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Drop It Like a Squat | Elite Greatness

Drop It Like a Squat | Elite Greatness | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it

When it comes to leg workouts, many weight lifters would like to skip it. However, leg exercises, such as the squat, are incredibly important for so many reasons. Of course, HOW you do it is almost as important as DOING it.

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The squat is one of the main standbys of weight training and has many benefits...if you do it right. if you do it wrong...well...let's just say, learn to do it right and you won't go wrong.

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8 ways to lose weight by making changes in this part of your house

8 ways to lose weight by making changes in this part of your house | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it

[Weight loss is] a pretty miserable experience for most people, but what if you could also shed pounds by making small changes at home and in other places where you spend your day? That’s the message from Brian Wansink, author of the new book “Slim by Design: Mindless Eating Solutions for Everyday Life.”


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Most weight loss tips are just that, "tips" to help you in your efforts to manage your weight. Your base should always be exercise and nutrition. Most weight loss products, fad diets, and weight loss tips such as these can only help improve the results of a good weight loss program.

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Sitting All Day Can Make Everything Hurt, But There's A Way To Fix It

Sitting All Day Can Make Everything Hurt, But There's A Way To Fix It | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it

Spending too much time sitting has been linked to a higher risk of heart attack, stroke, metabolic syndrome and earlier death, and even the most dedicated of exercise regimens won't undo all the damage.


However, there are other problems associated with sitting too much, but, there are things you can do to relieve the pain(s) associated with prolonged sitting.


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As an expert points out in this article, we are designed for movement, and, denying our bodies the movement they need to function well can cause several problems. Years ago, hardly anybody had to exercise, because life was full of activity. In today's world, however, life is often about being inactive, thus creating a need for exercise to maintain the health and well-being of body and mind.

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Quelques points d'attention utiles pour ne pas s'abîmer avant l'heure !... Pensez à vous un peu......

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Weight Training: If You Aren't, You Should Be

Weight Training: If You Aren't, You Should Be | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it
Have you ever heard of a barbell or dumbbell? If you don't know, they are the scary metal objects Arnold Schwarzenegger embraced so endearingly in the popular documentary "Pumping Iron." When most people think of weight lifting they visualize the imagery portrayed in this film -- oversized hyper-masculine bodybuilders yelling in agony, aggressively attempting to lift heavy weights. With this connotation in mind many people are fearful of the weight room.

As a personal trainer I see people sign up daily for gym memberships. Unfortunately- from the very first day through several New Year's resolutions later, most of them never actually make it to the weight room floor. That's the section where the good old-fashioned barbells and dumbbells are.

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There are many benefits to weight training, for men and women, young and old. Weight lifting workouts can be used to build strength, as expected, or to provide special results, such as aerobic benefits, weight management, or increased flexibility.

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Elite Body Fitness's curator insight, November 5, 11:41 AM

My favorite workout is using heavy weights  - great fun! 

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Scientist finds no reliable evidence Ebola virus ever isolated from a human being

Scientist finds no reliable evidence Ebola virus ever isolated from a human being | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it

Was the Ebola virus ever purified and isolated from a human?


Here is what Rasnick wrote, after his search of the published literature: 


“I have examined in detail the literature on isolation and Ems [EM: electron microscope pictures] of both Ebola and Marburg viruses. I have not found any convincing evidence that Ebola virus (and for that matter Marburg) has been isolated from humans. There is certainly no confirmatory evidence of human isolation. 


“I searched the CDC’s website and came up dry. 


“The CDC claims 7728 Ebola virus cases have been ‘laboratory-confirmed’. 


“I asked the CDC what constitutes isolation of Ebola virus from human specimens. I also asked for the protocol for isolating Ebola virus. [No reply from the CDC as of this date.]


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Just some recent info about the Ebola virus.

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Sepp Hasslberger's curator insight, November 3, 2:22 PM

Isn't that just so reminiscent of the story of the "Aids epidemic" ... no virus ever isolated from a human subject to be purified and characterised. What happened to science?

norm lawlor's curator insight, November 4, 2:28 PM

So where did it come from????

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How Do Power Bands Work? | Exercise & Fitness

How Do Power Bands Work? | Exercise & Fitness | Health and Fitness | Scoop.it

Elastic resistance training bands boost strength and versatility. Power bands, occasionally called jump-stretch bands, are resistance bands on steroids. Athletes make use of these thick, heavy duty, tear-resistant bands for sport-specific speed, dexterity and power training, while bodybuilders connect them to pinheads and barbells to heighten their currently difficult workouts.

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I use a combination of free weights, body weight exercises, and resistance band exercises for my strength training. At age 69, I am finding it easier to work with resistance bands than free weights and exercise machines. Because of arthritis and past injuries, I have even adapted some bodyweight exercises so that I am using the resistance bands instead.

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