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15 Tips For A Total Digital Detox ("discover life outside of social media and live healthier")

15 Tips For A Total Digital Detox ("discover life outside of social media and live healthier") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Here are 15 tips: 
1. Buy or use a chair with better back and neck support for when you are using a computer or tablet. 
2. Refrain from bending your neck over your phone when texting, and try to be mindful of having better posture. 
3. Use the speakerphone setting on your cellphone to reduce holding the phone to your ears (many headphones can offer as much radiation as a smartphone to the head, though potentially less heat). 
4. Switch off broadband and wifi routers at night and when you aren't using them. 
5. Make sure to eat healthily when sitting at your computer (or engaging in other digital activity) -- don't let the familiarity of the activity be a reason for sugar snacking.
6. Switch off your devices for set periods of time and fully focus on the physical world. Two good times to start with are meal times and bedtime. 
7. Turn off "push notifications" and "alerts" on your smartphones and tablets so you have to decide when to go in to check emails and other messages rather than be constantly alerted and notified. 
8. Spend more time out walking — in the woods, on the park, in order to breathe fresh air and get away from the pull of devices. 
9. Resolve to give loved ones, friends and colleagues your full physical attention when they need it. No more phones buzzing in pockets or on your lap. 
10. Prune your "social media garden." Leave online groups you never engage in, prune your Facebook friend list, stop following blogs, people and sites you never read. Unsubscribe from mailing lists. 
11. Declutter your various desktops, tidy files into folders and delete where necessary. Delete apps you never use. Clear your various inboxes, especially those overloaded with unread mails. 
12. Visit your privacy settings on the different social media platforms you use, get more clued up and take control over who sees what and when in your social media life. 
13. Practice not responding immediately to everything that comes to your attention; choose more consciously when to respond. 
14. Cut down the number of hours you spend online and on different devices. 
15. Think about what parts of your digital life you really value and love and resolve to enjoy those more mindfully. Make your digital realm the realm you want it to be.
Bert Guevara's insight:
Are you a digital addict? You may need a DETOX! 
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"The term "digital detox" suggests, as with an alcohol or drug detox, that we are imbibing so much of a substance that it is potentially poisoning us. Can digital interaction actually poison us? There is growing, but not yet conclusive evidence, that too much digital activity could be harming us physically. Phones on high volume with constant use could adversely affect our hearing, constant tapping onto a screen might give us repetitive strain syndrome neck and back problems, and the heat from mobile devices might be penetrating our skulls and frying our brains. There's also growing evidence that Wifi signals might impact on the quality our sleep."
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The Benefits of Drinking Water with Honey ("make sure its original honey; benefits are numerous!")

The Benefits of Drinking Water with Honey ("make sure its original honey; benefits are numerous!") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Many of you are already familiar with honey and its benefits and uses for beauty. Honey is a very healthy food, loaded with benefits and many properties that can significantly improve your health and fight off disease. Its effects are even more powerful when mixed with water and consumed regularly. 
Numerous studies are confirming that honey mixed with water offers many benefits for your health and is an excellent way to consume it regularly. In this article, we’ll explain the important benefits of drinking water and honey on an empty stomach.  
LOSE WEIGHT 
Honey is a food that provides a feeling of satiety and helps control nervous snacking. Dissolving a tablespoon of honey in water can help you lose weight by helping you feel fuller in addition to controlling the mechanism in the brain responsible for sugar cravings.
FIGHT ARTHRITIS
A study conducted by the University of Copenhagen showed that participants who consumed water with honey experienced relief from aches and pains in a matter of minutes. Because of this, drinking water with honey is recommended for fighting and preventing arthritic pain.
REDUCE CHOLESTEROL LEVELS
Another study determined that participants with high cholesterol can lower their levels by up to 10% within 2 hours. Water and honey can prevent heart disease and circulation problems. To take advantage of this property, participants consumed two tablespoons of honey with 16 ounces of water. 
STRENGTHEN THE IMMUNE SYSTEM 
Honey possesses antibiotic and antibacterial properties that help ward off bacteria and viruses that cause infections like cold and flu. Water with honey on an empty stomach is an excellent remedy for boosting immune defense and preventing all types of illness.
Bert Guevara's insight:
Unadulterated honey has so many benefits:
LOSE WEIGHT
FIGHT ARTHRITIS
REDUCE CHOLESTEROL LEVELS
STRENGTHEN THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
COUNTERACT FATIGUE
BOOST OF ENERGY
ADDITIONAL BENEFITS:
Effective remedy for a “lazy intestine”. 
· Great alternative for combating problems like bronchitis, asthma and other respiratory ailments. 
· Helps remove toxins that accumulate in the body. 
· Cleans the digestive tract and fights parasites. 
· Great for cleansing due to its antibiotic and antibacterial properties. 
· Improves intestinal function and kills microorganisms.
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Health Benefits of Pineapples | Organic Facts ("cures cough & colds, digestion, lose weight, etc.")

Health Benefits of Pineapples | Organic Facts ("cures cough & colds, digestion, lose weight, etc.") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Pineapples can improve respiratory health, cure cough and colds, improve digestion, help you lose weight, strengthen bones, improve oral health.

Pineapples are a funny-looking fruit with a serious impact on health, and their health and medicinal benefits include their ability to improve respiratory health, cure coughs and colds, improve digestion, help you lose weight, strengthen bones, improve oral health, boost eye health, reduce inflammation, prevent cancer, increase heart health, fight off infections and parasites, improve the immune system, and increase circulation.

Arthritis Management: One of the most celebrated uses of pineapple in terms of health is its ability to reduce the inflammation of joints and muscles, particularly those associated with arthritis, a truly debilitating disease that affects millions of people around the world. Pineapples contain a relatively rare proteolytic enzyme called bromelain, which is primarily associated with breaking down complex proteins, but it also has serious anti-inflammatory effects, and has been positively correlated with reducing the signs and symptoms of arthritis in many test subjects.

Immune System: A single serving of pineapple has more than 130% of the daily requirement of vitamin-C for human beings, making it one of the richest and most delicious sources of ascorbic acid.

Tissue and Cellular Health: One of the commonly overlooked benefits of vitamin C is its essential role in creating collagen.

Cancer Prevention: In addition to the antioxidant potential of vitamin C in the battle against cancer, pineapples are also rich in various other antioxidants, including vitamin A, beta carotene, bromelain, various flavonoid compounds, and high levels of manganese, which is an important co-factor of superoxide dismutase, an extremely potent free radical scavenger that has been associated with a number of different cancers. Pineapple has directly been related to preventing cancers of the mouth, throat, and breast.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Another powerhouse fruit for everyone.

"Pineapples are a funny-looking fruit with a serious impact on health, and their health and medicinal benefits include their ability to improve respiratory health, cure coughs and colds, improve digestion, help you lose weight, strengthen bones, improve oral health, boost eye health, reduce inflammation, prevent cancer, increase heart health, fight off infections and parasites, improve the immune system, and increase circulation."
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‘Superfood’ doesn’t mean anything, so let’s stop using it ("there are superior foods but examine 1st")

‘Superfood’ doesn’t mean anything, so let’s stop using it ("there are superior foods but examine 1st") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Although some foods have superior nutritional value, there’s no incentive for manufacturers to define terms like superfood. The ambiguity hides the true facts.

WE HUMANS are suckers for a promise that is too good to be true – especially if it offers a shortcut to health and longevity. That is one of the appeals of “superfoods”, which are sold as if they contain a magical elixir of life that will wash away the sins of an otherwise poor diet and inactive lifestyle. 

It is easy to dismiss such claims as marketing hype and wishful thinking. But that is too hasty. Foods vary in their nutritional value. Is it possible that some deserve the title of superfood? 

Answering that question turns out to be very difficult, not least because the definition is so vague. Despite thousands of websites and lifestyle articles devoted to superfoods, there is hardly any published research in peer-reviewed scientific journals. What is out there is, more often than not, industry-funded, published in alternative health journals and too eager to jump to scientifically questionable conclusions. 

You can find answers, though, if you look hard enough. By picking apart the boldest superfood claims, comparing their nutritional profiles with less exotic fare and talking to experts, we have come to some evidence-based conclusions, not all of which go against the grain (see “Miracle meal or rotten swindle? The truth about superfoods“). In short: some things marketed as superfoods are nutritionally superior to other, similar foods. Many more are not.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Nothing beats an informed choice. There are foods that may qualify as "super", but not all that claim to be one are authentic. Many are just marketing stunts.
Do your own research and find out which are really superior than the rest.

"You can find answers, though, if you look hard enough. By picking apart the boldest superfood claims, comparing their nutritional profiles with less exotic fare and talking to experts, we have come to some evidence-based conclusions, not all of which go against the grain (see “Miracle meal or rotten swindle? The truth about superfoods“). In short: some things marketed as superfoods are nutritionally superior to other, similar foods. Many more are not."
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8 astonishing benefits of walking ("40 minutes a day can have astonishing benefits for free")

8 astonishing benefits of walking ("40 minutes a day can have astonishing benefits for free") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Regular exercise is a known indicator of good health, but did you know that just a 40 minutes walk once a day could have astonishing health benefits?

Here are eight reasons to take those extra steps and make walking a part of your healthy lifestyle: 

- It deflects diabetes. New research links brisk walking to a significant risk reduction for developing type 2 diabetes. 

- It soups up your sex life. Sex and exercise go hand-in-hand. In a study of women between 45 and 55 years old, those who exercised, including brisk walking, reported not only greater sexual desire, but better sexual satisfaction, too. 

- It saves you on gym costs. In this economy, people are cutting excesses, and that includes trips to the health club. In an American Heart Association survey, a quarter of the 1,000 people questioned had axed their gym memberships sometime in the previous six months. 

- It can get you off meds. Using data from the National Walkers’ Health Study, including more than 32,000 women and 8,000 men, researchers found that those who took the longest weekly walks, not necessarily accumulated the most mileage per week, were more likely to use less medication. 

- It can help fade fibromyalgia pain. A small study found that in women 32 to 70 years old, those who walked 60 minutes, performed light exercises, and stretched three times a week for 18 weeks reported significant improvements in walking and mental capacity, and were less tired and depressed. 

- It helps you beat breast cancer. Women who walk regularly after being diagnosed with breast cancer have a 45 percent greater chance of survival than those who are inactive, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. 

- It can save your mind. Italian researchers enlisted 749 people suffering from memory problems in a study and measured their walking and other moderate activities, such as yard work. 

Bert Guevara's insight:
Just get up and do it. If it's raining, you can do it in the mall.

"Walking is known to melt your thighs and perk up your bum. But its healthy resumé boasts some even more impressive accomplishments, from cash savings to increasing the odds of survival for breast cancer patients. A lot of attention has been paid to getting in 10,000 steps of walking, jogging or running a day. A 40-minute, two-mile walk will chip away half of those steps, and everyday activities can usually accumulate the other half."
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Bottled Water About to Become More Popular Than Soda ("bottled water 2000x more expensive than tap")

Bottled Water About to Become More Popular Than Soda ("bottled water 2000x more expensive than tap") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Stoked by fears of contaminated tap water in places like Flint, bottled water sales will outpace those of soda this year.

It’s back to basics in the beverage world, as more people’s drink of choice is now just plain old water. 

Bottled water will become more popular than soda for the first time in the U.S. this year, Bloomberg reported. Soda sales have been in a decades-long decline, while interest in water has increased due to its convenience and fears over potentially contaminated tap water. 

The largest U.S. bottled water companies — Nestle Waters, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Dr. Pepper Snapple Group — say that notable cases of lead contamination in Flint, Michigan and Washington, D.C. have worried people about the quality of tap water.

Indeed, many people — even those living outside the affected areas — are drifting toward bottled water because they feel they don’t have another option. “People feeling unsafe about their drinking water clearly leads them to drink it out of a bottle,” Ali Dibadj, a consumer analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., told Bloomberg.

Bottled water’s popularity also reflects a growing focus on health and an interest in soda alternatives like iced tea and flavored seltzers. Per capita consumption of carbonated drinks reached a 30-year low last year, according to Beverage Digest.

Bottled water, however, is about 2,000 times more expensive than tap. It also has a harsher impact on the environment. It takes three times as much water than that contained in a bottle of water in order to manufacture it, and just 30% of plastic bottles are recycled.

Bert Guevara's insight:
This scenario is in the U.S.; but the trend may soon be similar in the Phil. Although the health benefits of water are far better than soda, there are other matters to consider.

"Bottled water, however, is about 2,000 times more expensive than tap. It also has a harsher impact on the environment. It takes three times as much water than that contained in a bottle of water in order to manufacture it, and just 30% of plastic bottles are recycled."
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Benefits of Drinking Water on an Empty Stomach ("water  for detox & for slimming if taken properly")

Benefits of Drinking Water on an Empty Stomach ("water  for detox & for slimming if taken properly") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Drinking water in the morning can improve your health if you start making it a daily habit. All of the body’s organs need water to continue functioning properly, and what better way to nourish them then from the moment we wake up. Drinking water on an empty stomach helps remove toxins and other wastes that build up in the body and can negatively affect your health. So by drinking water first thing in the day you’re helping cleanse the body and even increase your metabolism. 
When you drink water on an empty stomach you also get other important benefits, like regulation of your body temperature, hydration of your vital organs, better absorption of nutrients, and oxygenation of your cells. 
Similarly, drinking water on an empty stomach can also contribute to weight loss because it gives you a feeling of fullness that will curb your desire to eat more than you should.
It’s important to know how to drink your water the right way in order to take advantage of all its benefits. Experts suggest drinking at least two liters of water a day, and having four cups of that first thing in the morning. But you shouldn’t gulp down all your water at once, because it can have negative, rather than positive, effects. To benefit the most from drinking water you need to sip it slowly and gradually throughout the day. 
Learning to drink water on an empty stomach every day is a habit you can develop with time. Ideally, you should try to drink it at least an hour before you eat breakfast. We keep saying four cups, but really your goal should be to drink half your weight in fluid ounces, and according to how active or sedentary you are. 
The water you drink during the day should be free from fluorine, lime, and other chemicals. It’s best to drink water at room temperature or slightly cool. To enhance its hydrating effects, add a little lemon juice.
Bert Guevara's insight:
Water makes up 75% of your muscles, 90% of the brain, 22% of bones, and 83% of your blood. Drinking water on an empty stomach helps the body eliminate toxins and can also aid in weight loss.

"Drinking water in the morning can improve your health if you start making it a daily habit. All of the body’s organs need water to continue functioning properly, and what better way to nourish them then from the moment we wake up. Drinking water on an empty stomach helps remove toxins and other wastes that build up in the body and can negatively affect your health. So by drinking water first thing in the day you’re helping cleanse the body and even increase your metabolism. 
"When you drink water on an empty stomach you also get other important benefits, like regulation of your body temperature, hydration of your vital organs, better absorption of nutrients, and oxygenation of your cells. 
"Similarly, drinking water on an empty stomach can also contribute to weight loss because it gives you a feeling of fullness that will curb your desire to eat more than you should."
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Coconut Oil Hair Benefits: How to Use Coconut Oil for Natural Hair Health ("natural hair conditioner")

Coconut Oil Hair Benefits: How to Use Coconut Oil for Natural Hair Health ("natural hair conditioner") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

by Brian Shilhavy Coconut Oil Hair Treatment In India, a whole coconut oil industry has survived in recent years among the anti-saturated fat/coconut oil

This is the number one reason why people in India buy coconut oil today, to condition and nurture their hair. 

Studies in India have been done on how effective various oils are on treating damaged hair. One study compared mineral oil, sunflower oil, and coconut oil because these were the three most commonly used oils in hair treatment products used in India. The aim of this study was to cover different treatments, and the effect of these treatments on various hair types using these three oils, and the number of experiments to be conducted was a very high number and a technique termed as the “Taguchi Design of Experimentation” was used. Their results: 

The findings clearly indicate the strong impact that coconut oil application has to hair as compared to application of both sunflower and mineral oils. Among three oils, coconut oil was the only oil found to reduce the protein loss remarkably for both undamaged and damaged hair when used as a pre-wash and post-wash grooming product. Both sunflower and mineral oils do not help at all in reducing the protein loss from hair. This difference in results could arise from the composition of each of these oils. Coconut oil, being a triglyceride of lauric acid (principal fatty acid), has a high affinity for hair proteins and, because of its low molecular weight and straight linear chain, is able to penetrate inside the hair shaft. Mineral oil, being a hydrocarbon, has no affinity for proteins and therefore is not able to penetrate and yield better results. In the case of sunflower oil, although it is a triglyceride of linoleic acid, because of its bulky structure due to the presence of double bonds, it does not penetrate the fiber, consequently resulting in no favorable impact on protein loss.


Bert Guevara's insight:
I should have discovered this way before my hair started thinning.

"Coconut oil is a very unique hair oil. This versatile, low molecular weight oil is able to leverage its traditional oil status to seal the hair, but complements this sealing capacity with a strong affinity for hair proteins not found in other hair oils. Coconut oil benefits black hair in two important ways. First, coconut oil’s hydrophobic oil characteristics allow it to inhibit the penetration of water from the surrounding air and environment. Second, coconut oil is able to bind to the natural protein structure of the hair. This helps the hair retain its natural moisture content and reinforces the hair fiber, making it stronger."
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Your Fridge Might Be Full of Fake Food ("learn to read the labels and to spot the fake from the original")

Your Fridge Might Be Full of Fake Food ("learn to read the labels and to spot the fake from the original") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

In his new book, "Fake Food Real Food," author Larry Olmsted highlights some common cases of food fraud in things like olive oil and beef.

Edibles on menus or store shelves are not always what they seem. Recently, the international criminal police organization Interpol announced that it seized 2,500 tons of adulterated food in 47 countries—seemingly safe foods like cheese, eggs, strawberries and cooking oil. Even your coffee could be counterfeit; some ground beans have been shown to contain wheat, soybeans, brown sugar, barley, corn, seeds and even stick and twigs. 

Fraud lurks behind so many different foods, says food and travel writer Larry Olmsted, whose new book Real Food /Fake Food outlines deceptive practices by the food industry in the U.S. and abroad. TIME sat down with Olmsted to discuss foods that are commonly faked and how to make sure you’re getting the real thing.

Fish: “The single most defrauded fish in the United States is red snapper, and the number-one substitute when you think you’re buying red snapper is tilefish,” says Olmsted.

Olive oil: Many Americans, even foodies, might not have not tasted real, high-quality olive oil, Olmsted says, since fake versions are so common.

Kobe beef: Authentic Kobe beef comes from a specific type of Japanese cattle that is raised in a unique way that gives the meat a texture Olmsted describes in one fine dining episode as “the textbook definition of tender, with absolutely no chew, graininess, or gristle and a rich, beefy flavor that is almost overwhelmed by its creaminess.” For that reason, it’s also more expensive, and therefore more prone to fraud.

Honey: Honey, especially when imported, can be filtered or cut with things like corn or fructose syrup.


Bert Guevara's insight:
Now-a-days, fake food in attractive packaging fills the grocery shelves. Can you tell the difference or do you care at all?

"Many government and consumer groups have developed testing and labeling programs for commonly fraudulent foods that can help consumers determine the authenticity of their food. Olmsted says he trusts groups like the Marine Stewardship Council and the Global Aquaculture Alliance when it comes to confirming real fish. But for people who don’t want to spend time reading labels up close, Olmsted has another piece of advice: “The one general tip I give is buy things closer to their whole form,” he says. “If you buy a whole lobster in Maine, you will get full lobster. You buy lobster ravioli, it might not have any lobster in it at all.”
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More benefits to a high-fat Mediterranean diet ("eggs, nuts, fatty fish; good for heart & diabetes")

More benefits to a high-fat Mediterranean diet ("eggs, nuts, fatty fish; good for heart & diabetes") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

A Mediterranean diet with no restriction on fat actually may reduce the risks of heart disease, breast cancer and type 2 diabetes.

"It is not known but may be because of an anti-inflammatory effect," she added. Nonetheless, the paper offers even more support for the long list of benefits that the diet offers. 

For the paper, which was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine on Monday, researchers reviewed 332 previous studies and analyzed about 56 of those studies, taking a close look at the health benefits of a Mediterranean diet that included a lot of fat.

"Healthy fats are mono-unsaturated fats as found in olive oil, canola oil and avocados," Bloomfield said. Unhealthy fats include saturated and trans fats, such as those found in potato chips. 

The researchers described a Mediterranean diet as a diet that placed no restriction on fat intake and included two or more of seven components: 

1. High mono-unsaturated-to-saturated fat ratio, which can be the result of using olive oil as a main cooking ingredient 

2. High fruit and vegetable intake 

3. High consumption of dark green leafy vegetables 

4. High grain and cereal intake 

5. Moderate red wine consumption 

6. Moderate consumption of dairy products 

7. Low consumption of red meat and meat products with an increased consumption of fish

Bert Guevara's insight:
A new paper confirms that a Mediterranean diet rich in "healthy" fats -- such as those found in olive oil, eggs, nuts and fatty fish -- might lower your risk of heart disease, breast cancer and type 2 diabetes.

"The researchers described a Mediterranean diet as a diet that placed no restriction on fat intake and included two or more of seven components: 
1. High mono-unsaturated-to-saturated fat ratio, which can be the result of using olive oil as a main cooking ingredient 
2. High fruit and vegetable intake 
3. High consumption of dark green leafy vegetables 
4. High grain and cereal intake 
5. Moderate red wine consumption 
6. Moderate consumption of dairy products 
7. Low consumption of red meat and meat products with an increased consumption of fish"
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10 Fish You Should Avoid (and Why) ("may taste good, but beware of mercury, harmful chemicals, etc.")

10 Fish You Should Avoid (and Why) ("may taste good, but beware of mercury, harmful chemicals, etc.") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Species to steer clear of, due to higher-than-average levels of mercury, harmful chemicals, and other health no-nos.

What's the catch? Fish is among the healthiest foods you can eat. It's filled with good fats and protein, and has been shown to fight heart disease, boost brain health, and more. 

Here's the catch: You can easily cancel out these health benefits if the fish you eat is contaminated with mercury, antibiotics, or harmful chemicals like PCBs. Use this quick-and-dirty guide to help you steer clear of suspect species that carry higher-than-average health risks.

- Imported catfish 

Why you should avoid it: Imported catfish may contain antibiotics banned in food in the United States.

- Farmed eel 

Why you should avoid it: Farmed eel is potentially high in PCBs and mercury.

- King mackerel 

Why you should avoid it: King mackerel tends to contain high levels of mercury.

- Orange roughy 

Why you should avoid it: Orange roughy is high in mercury—and also overfished.

- Chilean sea bass 

Why you should avoid it: Like orange roughy, Chilean sea bass are both overfished and may contain mercury.

- Shark 

Why you should avoid it: Shark meat contains high levels of mercury.

- Imported shrimp 

Why you should avoid it: Imported shrimp may contain antibiotics and chemical residue.

- Swordfish 

Why you should avoid it: Like many larger species, swordfish is high in mercury.

- Tilefish 

Why you should avoid it: Tilefish are high in mercury.

- Bluefin Tuna 

Why you should avoid it: Many varieties of tuna contain mercury, but the levels may be higher in bluefin tuna, which are also overfished.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Not all fish is safe to eat. Check out this list and find out why.

"Here's the catch: You can easily cancel out these health benefits if the fish you eat is contaminated with mercury, antibiotics, or harmful chemicals like PCBs. Use this quick-and-dirty guide to help you steer clear of suspect species that carry higher-than-average health risks."
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Alcohol linked to at least seven cancers – not just liver cancer ("the list has grown; no safe level")

Alcohol linked to at least seven cancers – not just liver cancer ("the list has grown; no safe level") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

The more alcohol you drink, the higher your risk of cancers like breast and colon cancer. But research suggests that there is no "safe" level of consumption

Put down that drink. There is strong evidence that alcohol causes at least seven types of cancer, a review has concluded. 

Writing in the journal Addiction, Jennie Connor at the University of Otago in New Zealand says alcohol is estimated to have caused about half a million deaths from cancer in 2012 alone – 5.8 per cent of cancer deaths worldwide. She found evidence of a link between drinking and cancer of the mouth and throat, larynx, oesophagus, liver, colon, bowel and breast. 

“We see the risk increasing as the amount of alcohol consumed increases, and we agree that there is solid evidence to conclude that alcohol consumption directly causes cancer,” says Susannah Brown, science programme manager for the World Cancer Research Fund. 

Although the highest risks are from heavy drinking, people who drink at low levels are still at risk. According to Connor, there is no safe level of drinking when it comes to cancer. 

This sentiment is in line with UK guidance. In January, the UK’s chief medical officers said that no level of regular drinking is without risks to health, and reduced the weekly recommended limit for men down to 14 units, to match advice for women. 

The exact biological reasons for why alcohol causes cancer remain unclear. One theory is that alcohol can damage DNA, causing harmful mutations.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Warning to light and heavy alcohol drinkers, you are exposed to 7 types of cancers. Check out the article.

"... She found evidence of a link between drinking and cancer of the mouth and throat, larynx, oesophagus, liver, colon, bowel and breast. 
“We see the risk increasing as the amount of alcohol consumed increases, and we agree that there is solid evidence to conclude that alcohol consumption directly causes cancer,” ...
"Although the highest risks are from heavy drinking, people who drink at low levels are still at risk. According to Connor, there is no safe level of drinking when it comes to cancer.
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Cinnamon may aid learning ability ("spice consumption made mice better learners; so can you")

Cinnamon may aid learning ability ("spice consumption made mice better learners; so can you") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Cinnamon is a delicious addition to toast, coffee and breakfast rolls. Eating the tasty household spice also might improve learning ability, according to new study results published online in the July issue of the Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology. 
The study by neurological scientists at Rush University Medical Center found that feeding cinnamon to laboratory mice determined to have poor learning ability made the mice better learners. 
"This would be one of the safest and the easiest approaches to convert poor learners to good learners," said Kalipada Pahan, PhD, the lead researcher of the study and the Floyd A. Davis Professor of Neurology at Rush. 
Some people are born naturally good learners, some become good learners by effort, and some find it hard to learn new tasks even with effort. Little is known about the neurological processes that cause someone to be a poor learner and how to improve performance in poor learners. 
"Understanding brain mechanisms that lead to poor learning is important to developing effective strategies to improve memory and learning ability," Pahan said.
The key to gaining that understanding lies in the hippocampus, a small part in the brain that generates, organizes and stores memory. Researchers have found that the hippocampus of poor learners has less CREB (a protein involved in memory and learning) and more alpha5 subunit of GABAA receptor or GABRA5 (a protein that generates tonic inhibitory conductance in the brain) than good learners. 
The mice in the study received oral feedings of ground cinnamon, which their bodies metabolized into sodium benzoate, a chemical used as a drug treatment for brain damage. When the sodium benzoate entered the mice's brains, it increased CREB, decreased GABRA5, and stimulated the plasticity (ability to change) of hippocampal neurons. 
These changes in turn led to improved memory and learning among the mice. 
"We have successfully used cinnamon to reverse biochemical, cellular and anatomical changes that occur in the brains of mice with poor learning," Pahan said.
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Enjoy your cinnamon roll with coffee - a very good brain stimulant combination!

"The study by neurological scientists at Rush University Medical Center found that feeding cinnamon to laboratory mice determined to have poor learning ability made the mice better learners. 
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Omega 3s Linked to Lower Risk of Diabetes Complications ("reduces retinopathy - a cause of blindness")

Omega 3s Linked to Lower Risk of Diabetes Complications ("reduces retinopathy - a cause of blindness") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Eating oily fish may lower a person's risk for diabetes-related vision problems, study suggests

The researchers found that the individuals who reported consuming at least 500 mg a day of a type of omega-3 fatty acids, which was the equivalent of eating two servings of oily fish a week, had a significant lower risk of diabetic retinopathy, which is a complication that can cause vision problems and even blindness. 

The researchers didn’t look at why the omega 3s may have prevented the diabetes complication, but argue the anti-inflammatory effects of the unsaturated fats may be at play. Other research has suggested that the inflammation damping effects of omega 3s could aid heart health. Some researchers suggest the effects of omega 3s for some conditions may be overhyped. You can read more about the benefits and the debate here. 

The new study is limited in the fact that the people in the study lived in Spain, where the Mediterranean diet is followed by many people and the diet has lots of documented health benefits due to being high in vegetables, fruits and healthy fats. Still, as Dr. Michael Larsen of the University of Copenhagen wrote in a corresponding editorial to the study, “[The study] provides food for thought for those who wish to fight the complications of diabetes by clever eating.” 

He concludes, “It seems a safe bet now to spread one’s food intake to include the gifts of our oceans and forests, while we consider how they can be protected for future generations and wait for large and ambitious studies of the effects of diet on diabetic retinopathy.”

 

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"The researchers found that the individuals who reported consuming at least 500 mg a day of a type of omega-3 fatty acids, which was the equivalent of eating two servings of oily fish a week, had a significant lower risk of diabetic retinopathy, which is a complication that can cause vision problems and even blindness."
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To Live Longer, Study Suggests Getting Protein From Plants, Not Meat ("fish & chicken not that bad")

To Live Longer, Study Suggests Getting Protein From Plants, Not Meat ("fish & chicken not that bad") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Study suggests that people who eat more red meat die sooner than those who get their protein from plants.

How much protein you eat—and where that protein comes from—may affect your lifespan, suggests research published today in JAMA Internal Medicine. The new analysis, conducted at Massachusetts General Hospital, found that people who ate a lot of animal protein had a higher-than-average risk of dying over the next few decades, especially if they favored processed red meat over fish or poultry. Those who ate more plant-based protein, on the other hand, had a lower-than-average risk of death. 

The new research included data from two prior long-term studies, which collectively had more than 170,000 total participants. The people in these studies were tracked for 26 to 30 years and also asked to answer questions about their health and eating habits every few years. On average, they received about 14% of their daily calories from animal protein, and 4% from plant-based protein. During this time, more than 36,000 of them died. 

After adjusting the results for lifestyle and other risk factors, the researchers found that those who ate the most animal protein—defined as any type of meat, eggs, or dairy—had a slightly increased risk of death. People who ate less animal protein and consumed more protein from plant-based sources—breads, cereals, pastas, beans, nuts, and legumes—were the least likely to die during the study.

The news isn’t all bad for meat lovers, though. The increased risk of death only applied to people who had at least one "unhealthy lifestyle" factor, such as being a heavy drinker, a smoker, or overweight or obese, or getting very little exercise. For participants who led overall healthy lifestyles, the link disappeared.

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The enemy is processed and unprocessed red meat. If you can't help animal meat, fish and chicken is better. Otherwise, this study suggests plant-based protein food.

"Indeed, when they broke down the study results into specific types of animal protein, they found that the link between animal protein and increased risk of death applied primarily to people who ate lots of processed and unprocessed red meats (including beef and pork), and not to fish or poultry.
“Our findings suggest that people should consider eating more plant proteins than animal proteins,” said Dr. Song, “and when they do choose among sources of animal protein, fish and chicken are probably better choices."
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Health Benefits of Guava | Organic Facts ("treats diarrhea, dysentery, cough, cold, high blood")

Health Benefits of Guava | Organic Facts ("treats diarrhea, dysentery, cough, cold, high blood") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

The health benefits of guava include treatment of diarrhea, dysentery, constipation, cough, cold, skin care, high blood pressure, weight loss, scurvy, etc.

What makes guava special is that protecting the fruit does not require excessive use of chemical pesticides as in the case of grapes, apple, and other so-called “exotic” fruits. It is one of the least chemically treated and sprayed fruits.

Some of the surprising and brilliant health benefits are listed below. 

Weight loss: Guava is very helpful for those who want to lose weight without compromising their intake of proteins, vitamins and fiber. Guava is very high in roughage and rich in vitamins, proteins and minerals, but it has no cholesterol and a low number of digestible carbohydrates. ...

Diabetes: In a related benefit to blood pressure mentioned above, an intake of guava can also help those patients who suffer from diabetes. The high level of dietary fiber in guava helps to regulate the absorption of sugar by the body, which decreases the chances of major spikes and drops in insulin and glucose in the body.

Eyesight: Guavas are extremely good sources of vitamin-A, which is well known as a booster for vision health.

Cancer Prevention: One of the most celebrated and important benefits of adding guava to your diet is its ability to inhibit the growth and metastasis of cancerous cells. There have been numerous studies done in recent years on guava’s effects primarily on prostate cancer, breast cancer, and oral cancers.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Did you know this? Read the whole article and find out so many more benefits of guava. Teach your kids to like it.

"The health benefits of guava include the treatment of diarrhea, dysentery, constipation, cough, cold, skin care, high blood pressure, weight loss and scurvy."
"One of the most celebrated and important benefits of adding guava to your diet is its ability to inhibit the growth and metastasis of cancerous cells. There have been numerous studies done in recent years on guava’s effects primarily on prostate cancer, breast cancer, and oral cancers."
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How 'Pokémon Go' is improving mental health ("it'll force u to walk and make friends; what's wrong?")

How 'Pokémon Go' is improving mental health ("it'll force u to walk and make friends; what's wrong?") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

The hit augmented reality game encourages players to get outdoors, which is having a marked effect on physical and mental health.

It's been less than a week since "Pokémon Go" was unceremoniously dropped into the hands of the smartphone-wielding masses, and players have already managed to troll Westboro Baptist Church, get robbed at gunpoint and even stumble across a dead body. The response to the augmented reality game has been explosive — not unlike the initial release of "Pokémon Red and Blue" in the late 1990s. 

But perhaps the most groundbreaking part of this phenomenon is the staggering number of people venturing outdoors. Some self-proclaimed nerds are working muscles that haven't been worked in years. Gizmodo perfectly encapsulates this sentiment in the giggle-worthy story, Sore Legs Become Pandemic As Pokémon Go Players Accidentally Get Exercise. 

And while the physical effects of putting one foot in front of the other for an hour or more are a no-brainer, there's also a whole new group of people discovering the mental and emotional comfort of spending time in nature.

The act of experiencing nature is widely touted for its inherent healing properties. In fact, a leisurely stroll along a forested path can go a long way toward improving your outlook on life.


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There is something good about this app. Just pick a safe area and start hunting and the rest happens.

"In addition to the physical and mental health benefits of being active in the great outdoors, "Pokémon Go" is also a great way for players to hang out with friends or meet new people. That's because the game isn't just about which gym you've conquered or what rare pokémon you've caught; it's also about the interpersonal connections you're making in the process."
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Does Soy Have a Dark Side? ("the marketing has outpaced the science; slowing down is prudent")

Does Soy Have a Dark Side? ("the marketing has outpaced the science; slowing down is prudent") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

The marketing of soy as a ‘health food’ has been so successful that few people realize that respected scientists have warned that possible benefits should be ...

The marketing of soy as a ‘health food’ has been so successful that few people realize that respected scientists have warned that possible benefits should be weighed against proven risks. Even researchers working for the soy industry have admitted to each other at soy symposia that the ‘marketing is way ahead of the science’. 

Fortunately, the ‘whole soy story’ is starting to emerge. In July, 2005, the first major warning came from the Israeli Health Ministry, which warned that babies should not receive soy formula, that children under 18 years of age should eat soy foods no more than once per day to a maximum of three times a week and that adults should exercise caution because of adverse effects on fertility and increased breast cancer risk. The Ministry took its advice from a 13-member committee of nutritionists, oncologists, pediatricians and other experts who spent a year examining the evidence. The committee was most concerned by the possibility of hormonal disruption caused by the estrogen-like plant hormones in soy. 

Also in July, 2005, researchers at Cornell University’s Program of Breast Cancer and Environmental Risk Factors warned that excessive soy food consumption can increase breast cell multiplication, putting women at greater risk for breast cancer. 

In September, 2005, the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality released a report in which it concluded that much of the research carried out on soy is ‘inconclusive’.5 The review prepared by a team of researchers at Tufts in Boston, concluded that soy products appear to exert ‘a small benefit on LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, but the effects may be of small clinical effect in individuals’. Furthermore, the researchers couldn’t determine from the many studies how much soy protein might be needed for lipid reduction. The authors found that studies show that soy products may reduce menopausal symptoms but noted they were of poor quality or their duration was too short to lead to definite conclusions. 

The researchers failed to find clear evidence that soy causes thyroid damage – but that’s not surprising in that they excluded foreign studies from consideration. Most of the key studies showing thyroid damage from soy have been carried out at leading thyroid clinics in Japan.

Bert Guevara's insight:
All these findings about soy are still inconclusive, but warnings are in order. As consumers, we have to be informed of what we are taking into our bodies.

"Unfortunately, the health problems caused by soy are not completely solved by eating whole bean products and buying organic. All soybeans naturally contain anti-nutrients, toxins and plant hormones. The best-known of these are: 
* protease inhibitors (which interfere with protein digestion and have caused malnutrition, poor growth, digestive distress and pancreatitis); 
* phytates (which block mineral absorption, causing zinc, iron and calcium deficiencies); 
* lectins and saponins (linked to ‘leaky gut’ and other gastrointestinal and immune problems); 
* oxalates (which can promote kidney stones and vulvodynia); and, 
* oligosaccharides (which cause gas, giving soy its reputation as the ‘King of Musical Fruits’).
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THIS IS WHY YOU SHOULD EAT AVOCADOS DAILY; IF YOU AREN’T ALREADY! ("make super fruit a habit")

THIS IS WHY YOU SHOULD EAT AVOCADOS DAILY; IF YOU AREN’T ALREADY! ("make super fruit a habit") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
1. AVOCADOS WILL NOT MAKE YOU FAT
Fast food, chips, soda, white bread, those are all things that will make you fat, avocados…not so much. Avocados contain monounsaturated fat and, like olive oil, a high preponderance of oleic acid – this is a healthy fat and a beautifying oil. Oleic acid is gaining a reputation (through the Mediterranean Diet) as helping to keep us slim as we age. Oleic acid is also believed to decrease our chances of developing heart disease.
2. CURBS HUNGER
If you find yourself constantly snacking, avocados can help change that.
3. PACKED WITH NUTRIENTS
Well, for starters, there are typically over 14 minerals packed inside each one.
4. CAN BE ADDED TO MANY MEALS
Avocados are awesome because they can be used to turn ordinary meals into wonderful meals. Mash up some avocados and boom, you’ve got guacamole. Throw a few avocado slices on some hempseed or chia-seed gluten-free bread or raw cracker and you have a tasty snack. You can place avocados on top of almost any food.
5. LONG-TERM HEALTH
So not only do avocados have tons of nutrients and are very delicious, but they also will benefit your health in the long run. Those healthy fats will help keep your blood sugar levels in check, your good cholesterol at optimum levels and can neutralize inflammation in the brain and body all while being an excellent energy source.
Bert Guevara's insight:
We’ve all heard the age old quote, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Now we say, “an avocado a day keeps the doctor away, forever!” and here are 5 reasons why.

1. AVOCADOS WILL NOT MAKE YOU FAT
2. CURBS HUNGER
3. PACKED WITH NUTRIENTS
4. CAN BE ADDED TO MANY MEALS
5. LONG-TERM HEALTH
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7 Foods for Better Sex ("know better how to use the proper food to energize! buy at grocery shelves")

7 Foods for Better Sex ("know better how to use the proper food to energize! buy at grocery shelves") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Enough about oysters, already!

If you want to put some sizzle back into your sex life, food can help you set the mood. There’s nothing better than a romantic, home-cooked dinner, featuring some R-rated foods to help turn up the heat. “There’s a growing body of evidence that some of the vitamins and components in foods can enhance sexual function and sexual experience,” says Jennifer R. Berman, MD, the director of the Berman Women’s Wellness Center, in Beverly Hills, Calif. 

Here are some of the food ingredients (and my own favorite recipes) that have been major players in aphrodisiac history and lore, and also have modern-day science to back up their claims.

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Here are some of the food ingredients (and my own favorite recipes) that have been major players in aphrodisiac history and lore, and also have modern-day science to back up their claims.
- Avocados
- Almonds
- Strawberries
- Seafood
- Arugula
- Figs
- Citrus
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This is where air pollution kills the most people ("air in China, India and Africa are deadliest")

This is where air pollution kills the most people ("air in China, India and Africa are deadliest") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

A report from the International Energy Agency shows the massive cost of air pollution in both lives lost and money in many developing countries.

Around the world, 18,000 people die every day because of air pollution. 

The World Health Organization says the number of deaths attributed to air pollution is 6.5 million a year. That’s more than the number of people killed by HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and road injuries combined. 

In fact, air pollution is the fourth-largest threat to human health, behind high blood pressure, dietary risks and smoking. It is caused by power generation, industry and transport as well as cooking fuels used inside the home. It is a problem around the world, but some countries are much more affected than others.

Premature deaths caused by air pollution have declined in Europe, the United States and a number of other areas, while they have increased in many countries in Asia and Africa in particular. 

The countries with the largest number of premature deaths caused by air pollution are mostly in Asia and Africa. However, when adjusted to take account of the size of a country’s population (i.e. deaths per 100,000 people), the highest rates of mortality from air pollution also span across other parts of the world, such as Eastern Europe. 

Georgia tops the International Energy Agency’s table, with nearly 300 deaths per 100,000 in 2012 due to air pollution. Bulgaria is fourth while China ranks sixth with over 150 deaths per 100,000 people.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Around the world, 18,000 people die every day because of air pollution. Many of them are poor.

"The World Health Organization says the number of deaths attributed to air pollution is 6.5 million a year. That’s more than the number of people killed by HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and road injuries combined. 
"In fact, air pollution is the fourth-largest threat to human health, behind high blood pressure, dietary risks and smoking. It is caused by power generation, industry and transport as well as cooking fuels used inside the home. It is a problem around the world, but some countries are much more affected than others."
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How Much Kids Should Sleep, By Age ("keep those kids away from gadgets and put them to bed longer")

How Much Kids Should Sleep, By Age ("keep those kids away from gadgets and put them to bed longer") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Sleep experts combed through hundreds of studies to determine how much children of different ages should sleep to be at their healthiest

And the same is true for children. While kids with bed times have an easier time of getting enough sleep than adults, the intrusion of smartphones and tablets and social media, not to mention growing pressures at school, are also keeping kids up at night. 

To help parents know how much sleep is enough, a group of 13 sleep experts convened by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine have issued sleep recommendations that have been endorsed by a number of health groups, including the American Academy of Pediatrics. Based on what they found in 864 studies that tracked children’s sleep and their health outcomes, they found that children sleeping the recommended amounts below on a regular basis enjoyed fewer attention, behavior and learning problems as well as lower rates of obesity, hypertension and depression. But there was a limit to the benefit; too much sleep was associated with higher rates of diabetes, obesity and mental health issues.

Here’s how much sleep they recommend for children at different ages: 

- Babies, 4 to 12 months: 12 to 16 hours 

- Children, 1 to 2 years: 11 to 14 hours 

- Children, 3 to 5 years: 10 to 13 hours 

- Children, 6 to 12 years: 9 to 12 hours 

- Teens: 8 to 10 hours

Bert Guevara's insight:
Keep those gadgets and TV monitors away at bedtime. Your children need more quality hours asleep.

Here’s how much sleep they recommend for children at different ages: 
- Babies, 4 to 12 months: 12 to 16 hours 
- Children, 1 to 2 years: 11 to 14 hours 
- Children, 3 to 5 years: 10 to 13 hours 
- Children, 6 to 12 years: 9 to 12 hours 
- Teens: 8 to 10 hours
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Use These Tricks for a Better Night's Sleep ("make your bedroom a sleep only zone & turn off light!")

Use These Tricks for a Better Night's Sleep ("make your bedroom a sleep only zone & turn off light!") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

These fool-proof strategies will help you fall asleep and stay asleep, improving your mental and physical health without breaking the bank.

Sleep may be free, but not getting enough can be costly. In a 2016 study, economists Matthew Gibson and Jeffrey Shrader found that one extra hour of sleep per week can result in 5% higher wages. “When you’re sleep deprived, your productivity is lowered, your mood changes, and your creativity is impaired,” says Mathias Basner, a professor of sleep and chronobiology at the University of Pennsylvania. If you can’t perform at your best, it’s that much harder to earn raises or promotions. 

One in three Americans gets fewer than the recommended minimum of seven hours a night, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation survey found. That costs workers 11.3 days of productivity a year on average, reports the 2011 American Insomnia Survey. That adds up to $2,280 in lost productivity a year—tallied for the entire country, that’s $63.2 billion lost. 

A chronic lack of z’s is also linked to a host of illnesses, including diabetes, obesity, and heart disease, says David Brown, a fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the author of Sleeping Your Way to the Top. Want to shed weight? Don’t bother spending time in the gym if you’re going to skimp on sleep, says Brown.

Assess why your rest falls short, says J. Steven Poceta, a neurologist and sleep medicine specialist at the Scripps Clinic Viterbi Family Sleep Center in La Jolla, Calif. If you simply stay up too late or let work or other responsibilities rob you of rest, better sleep hygiene can be a game changer. Make your bedroom a sleep-only zone, shut off screens an hour before bed, turn in and get up at the same time, and expose yourself to bright light early in the day. Can’t bring yourself to power down the screens? Software like f.lux lessens the blue light your computer display emits (justgetflux.com). The iPhone’s Night Shift setting does the same.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Taking sleeping pills is not the long-term solution. There are better ways of inducing yourself to sleep.

"Assess why your rest falls short ... If you simply stay up too late or let work or other responsibilities rob you of rest, better sleep hygiene can be a game changer. Make your bedroom a sleep-only zone, shut off screens an hour before bed, turn in and get up at the same time, and expose yourself to bright light early in the day. Can’t bring yourself to power down the screens? Software like f.lux lessens the blue light your computer display emits (justgetflux.com). The iPhone’s Night Shift setting does the same."
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The Weirdly Hydrating Thing You Should Drink After a Workout ("milk & milk alternates are better")

The Weirdly Hydrating Thing You Should Drink After a Workout ("milk & milk alternates are better") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Still pounding sports drinks after a tough workout? You're behind the science times. The hottest drink in sports science right now is milk.

Still pounding sports drinks after a tough workout? You’re behind the science times, according to a small new study. Milk and milk alternatives—thanks to their natural balance of sodium, carbohydrate and protein—help the body retain fluid, researchers report in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, making it an effective recovery drink for exercisers. 

The researchers wanted to see how the sports drink Powerade stacked up against different kinds of milk, so they subjected 15 men to four rounds of cycling on separate days. Each workout was followed by a different beverage: cow’s milk, soy milk, a milk-based meal supplement or Powerade. Researchers then measured their blood and urine to determine hydration and nutrient levels.  

Drinking a milk-based meal supplement after exercise led to better fluid retention than the other drinks, but all of the milk-based products were superior to Powerade in terms of rehydrating the body post-exercise. None of the beverages made the cyclers thirstier than any other. 

That said, Powerade had an edge in one regard: The men reported that the sports juice was the most pleasant (soy milk, unsurprisingly, was the least). Those who drank milk reported being more bloated and feeling more full—probably due to the protein content in milk—but they were more rehydrated compared to sports drinks. 

And as for water? Drinking plain water after exercise actually causes a drop in sodium levels, potentially leading to even more dehydration, the study authors note. Consider chasing your next workout with milk—just be sure to wear your roomiest pair of yoga pants.

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After exercise, try re-hydrating with milk or milk alternates. They are better than water.

"Milk and milk alternatives—thanks to their natural balance of sodium, carbohydrate and protein—help the body retain fluid, ...
"Drinking a milk-based meal supplement after exercise led to better fluid retention than the other drinks, but all of the milk-based products were superior to Powerade in terms of rehydrating the body post-exercise. ...
"And as for water? Drinking plain water after exercise actually causes a drop in sodium levels, potentially leading to even more dehydration, the study authors note."
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Romans had no need for dentists, because of 1 food they didn’t eat ("thanks to their low-sugar diet")

Romans had no need for dentists, because of 1 food they didn’t eat ("thanks to their low-sugar diet") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Modern dental hygiene would have been quite unnecessary for ancient Romans living in Pompeii, as research has revealed that they had impressively healthy teeth.

Scientists appointed by the Archaeological Superintendence of Pompeii have used CAT scans to examine 30 Pompeii inhabitants who were preserved in hardened ash after Mount Vesuvius erupted in AD 79. The group, headed by radiologist Giovanni Babino, released photos of their work on Sept. 29, and revealed in a press conference that the ancient Romans had perfect teeth and “no immediate discernible need for dentists,” according news agency Agenzia Giornalistica Italia. 

Though Pompeii citizens never used toothbrushes or toothpaste, they had healthy teeth thanks to their low-sugar diet. Massimo Osanna, superintendent of the World Heritage-listed site, said their diet was “balanced and healthy, similar to what we now call the Mediterranean diet,” according to The Telegraph. 

“The inhabitants of Pompeii ate a lot of fruit and vegetables but very little sugar,” said orthodontist Elisa Vanacore, who oversaw the examination of the teeth. “They ate better than we did and have really good teeth.” 

Vanacore added that Pompeii citizens’ teeth would have benefitted from high levels of fluorine in the air and water near the volcano.

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Staying off the sugar improves teeth hygiene.

"Though Pompeii citizens never used toothbrushes or toothpaste, they had healthy teeth thanks to their low-sugar diet. Massimo Osanna, superintendent of the World Heritage-listed site, said their diet was “balanced and healthy, similar to what we now call the Mediterranean diet,” according to The Telegraph."
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