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Oral health: What should a good toothpaste contain - by Dr Pandula Siribaddana - Helium

Oral health: What should a good toothpaste contain - by Dr Pandula Siribaddana - Helium | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Teeth are one of the important aspects of your personality as it would be part of your first impression on another person in any instance.

So, what are these substances which need to be in toothpaste?

Fluoride: The mineral will therefore prevent tooth decay ...

Abrasive: This would be the component that will clean the surface of the teeth and would either be phosphoric acid or could even be calcium carbonate. ...

Triclosan: Being an antimicrobial, triclosan would be a useful additive in persons with established gum diseases and pathogenic organisms. ...

Non sugar sweeteners: ... the taste should not be due to added sugars as it can lead to dental caries it self. Thus, non sugar additives are preferable in toothpastes for daily use.

Salts : certain salts that contained in the toothpaste will improve the circulation and thus prevent infections from developing as well as inflammatory conditions such as stomatitis.

Refreshing agent: These agents would act in giving good smell to the breath and would support in preventing halitosis.

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Eating 'Healthy Fats' Could Prevent More Than One Million Deaths ("identify sources of healthy fats")

Eating 'Healthy Fats' Could Prevent More Than One Million Deaths ("identify sources of healthy fats") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Instead of focusing on what not to eat, this study is about encouraging foods we should eat.

In fact, the number of deaths from heart disease due to insufficient intake of healthy fats is almost three times' greater than the number of deaths due to excessive intake of saturated fats, according to the researchers. (Saturated fats are found in meat, cheeses, other dairy products as well as palm and coconut oils.)

"Policies for decades have focused on saturated fats as the priority for preventing heart disease, but we found that in most countries, a too-little intake of healthy fats was the big problem, bigger than saturated fat," said study author Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University in Boston.

In the study, researchers looked at data on people's diets and rates of death from heart disease from 186 countries in 2010. They estimated that 711,800 deaths from heart disease that year —or 10.3 percent of all deaths from heart disease worldwide — were due to people eating too little of the healthy fats called "omega-6 polyunsaturated fats," which can be found in vegetable oils.

In comparison, only about one-third of this number — 250,900 deaths, or 3.6 percent, of worldwide deaths from heart disease — were due to people eating too much saturated fat. [10 Amazing Facts About Your Heart]

The reason why so many more deaths could be prevented by increasing the intake of healthy fat is likely that there are additional health benefits when people consume omega-6 polyunsaturated fats instead of carbohydrates, the researchers said.

Bert Guevara's insight:

"In fact, the number of deaths from heart disease due to insufficient intake of healthy fats is almost three times' greater than the number of deaths due to excessive intake of saturated fats, according to the researchers.

"Policies for decades have focused on saturated fats as the priority for preventing heart disease, but we found that in most countries, a too-little intake of healthy fats was the big problem, bigger than saturated fat," 

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8 Amazing Things Will Happen To Your Brain When You Keep Writing Daily – Be Healthy ("try blogging")

8 Amazing Things Will Happen To Your Brain When You Keep Writing Daily – Be Healthy ("try blogging") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Many of us were introduced to daily writing in high school, when an English teacher forced us to keep a journal.

While we may have bemoaned our lots back then, the truth is that adopting a daily writing habit can be very satisfying and might even help you make tremendous changes in your life.

Here are eight amazing things that will happen to your brain when you keep writing every day.

 

1. You’ll Look for Opportunities to Write.

Once you start writing every day, it quickly becomes part of who you are and what you do. If you are forced to skip a day for any reason, you will feel deprived and will take steps to make sure that it doesn’t happen again, or at least not too often.


2. You’ll Become More Organized.

As you recognize your love of and need for writing, you will move beyond trying to fit it in your day to a more structured approach. Most successful writers — whatever that may mean to you — schedule their writing timefirst and actually put it on their calendars.

 

3. Your Writer’s Block Will Disappear.

Every writer has experienced that awful feeling of sitting down at the keyboard and just staring at the blank, white screen waiting for your words to appear. This affliction, of course, is writer’s block, and it’s most often the result of rust and a fear of how good (or bad) your writing will be.

 

4. Your Vocabulary Will Grow.

There are only so many times you can type that your character “walked” to the door or “said” something insightful  before you bore yourself to tears. Within the span of every few hundred words, you’re likely to touch on the same topic at least a couple of times, but you’ll want to keep your language fresh.

 

(Read the article for 4 more items.)

 

 

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Actually, I took up this suggestion to slow down brain aging. I changed the topic of one of my Scoop.it pages and started serious blogging a few days ago. Check out my first attempts:

http://www.scoop.it/t/scanning-the-world-one-more-time

 

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Here's Everything We Know About How To Get A Good Night's Sleep ("get off the sleeping pill habit")

Here's Everything We Know About How To Get A Good Night's Sleep ("get off the sleeping pill habit") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
No kooky pre-bed concoctions or old wives' tales -- just tried-and-true tips we've heard experts recommend time and time again.

 

8 Rules to Follow Before, During and After Sleep 

 

Rule #1 -- Go to bed and get up at the same time every day. 
Rule #2 -- Fall asleep 20 minutes faster by picturing yourself in a relaxing locale ...

Rule #3 -- In the 2 hours before bed, try not to drink any liquids, so you won't have to get up to pee during the night. At least 6 hours before bed, stop drinking caffeine, to prevent it from keeping you up.

Rule #4 -- Give yourself a 30-minute gadget-free period before bed—that includes smartphones, tablets, laptops and TVs ...

Rule #5 -- Leave your book in the living room.

Rule #6 -- Don't get into bed until it's actually time to go to sleep.

Rule #7 -- Assume the right position. Stomach sleeping can lead to tossing and turning because of the stress it puts on your neck, and sleeping on your back can make sleep apnea (and snoring) worse.

Rule #8 -- Seriously -- stop using the snooze button. 

Bert Guevara's insight:

One of the real luxuries in life is getting a good night sleep, when it's time to sleep. Bonus is when you dream about something good.

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Why Cutting Back on Fat Isn’t Enough to Help the Heart ("polyunsaturated fat, good for heart?")

Why Cutting Back on Fat Isn’t Enough to Help the Heart ("polyunsaturated fat, good for heart?") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
A new study points out that to really protect against heart disease, you need to eat more healthy fats

Health experts have given us a very clear message about fat in recent years — they warn us that animal fats can build up within our heart vessel walls and lead to plaques that can cause heart attacks, strokes and other heart problems.

But not all fats are equal, and there’s growing evidence that healthy fats — the ones found in plants, nuts and fish known as polyunsaturated fats — can actually protect the heart and dramatically lower risk of heart problems. In a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, researchers calculate exactly how much each type of fat can contribute to heart disease deaths.

Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, dean of the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition and Science Policy, and his colleagues found that eating too little vegetable oils contributes to more heart-related deaths than eating saturated fats. In fact, only 3.6% of global heart deaths can be attributed to eating too much saturated fat, while just over 10% of heart deaths can be traced to eating too little plant oils — a three-fold difference. The study included detailed dietary information from studies involving 3.8 billion people in 186 countries.

“The findings suggest that in order to have the biggest impact on heart disease, we should be focusing on increasing healthful fats,” says Mozaffarian. “There is still benefit in reducing animal fats but it’s important to think about not just reducing the bad fats in the diet but increasing the good things as well in order to improve our health.”

Bert Guevara's insight:

Do you know the difference between GOOD and BAD fat? Knowing the difference can save you from heart disease.

 

"... eating too little vegetable oils contributes to more heart-related deaths than eating saturated fats. In fact, only 3.6% of global heart deaths can be attributed to eating too much saturated fat, while just over 10% of heart deaths can be traced to eating too little plant oils — a three-fold difference."

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14 Reasons You're Tired All the Time ("pay attention to small daily habits which sap your energy")

14 Reasons You're Tired All the Time ("pay attention to small daily habits which sap your energy") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Lack of sleep isn't the only thing sapping your energy. Little things you do (and don't do) can exhaust you both mentally and physically, which can make getting through your day a chore.

1. You skip exercise when you’re tired.

2. You don’t drink enough water.

3. You’re not consuming enough iron.

4. You’re a perfectionist.

5. You make mountains out of molehills.

6. You skip breakfast.

7. You live on junk food.

8. You have trouble saying ‘no’.

9. You have a messy office.

10. You work through vacation.

11. You have a glass of wine (or two) before bed.

12. You check e-mails at bedtime.

13. You rely on caffeine to get through the day.

14. You stay up late on weekends.

Bert Guevara's insight:

Any one of these habits might cause you to be feeling tired more often. Check out the article to view the list.


"Lack of sleep isn’t the only thing sapping your energy. Little things you do (and don’t do) can exhaust you both mentally and physically, which can make getting through your day a chore. Here, experts reveal common bad habits that can make you feel tired, plus simple lifestyle tweaks that will put the pep back in your step."

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Best approach to preventing low back pain ("the best proven remedy is exercise along with education")

Best approach to preventing low back pain ("the best proven remedy is exercise along with education") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Researchers say back support products and gadgets don't help, but this strategy does

Shoe inserts, back-support belts and other gadgets aimed at preventing low back pain may be a waste of money. Instead, exercise is the best way to ward off this common problem, a new review of studies suggests.

The researchers found evidence that an exercise program alone, or exercise along with education about how to prevent back pain, was effective in averting an episode of low back pain and reducing people's use of sick time at work. Education may include receiving training in proper lifting techniques, learning about correct posture or attending back school, which is a comprehensive program on back health.

To evaluate which preventive methods for low back pain are effective in easing its discomfort, the researchers analyzed data from 23 studies with a total of nearly 31,000 participants. The analysis found that exercise alone could reduce a person's risk of low back pain by 35 percent, and it could also cut the use of sick time by 78 percent over the course of a year.

But not all of the approaches for thwarting an aching back were deemed worthwhile. The study found that education alone, back belts (worn to protect the back from injury when lifting), shoe insoles and ergonomic adjustments (programs that modify a work station or redesign the steps involved in completing a task) were not effective in preventing back pain or reducing time off from work because of it.

Bert Guevara's insight:

Don't waste your money on ineffective methods to reduce or ease back pains. This study says that exercise, with education, is still the best.


"The analysis found that exercise alone could reduce a person's risk of low back pain by 35 percent, and it could also cut the use of sick time by 78 percent over the course of a year."

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How Do You Fight The World's 'Largest Environmental Health Problem'? Harness The Sun ("why not solar")

How Do You Fight The World's 'Largest Environmental Health Problem'? Harness The Sun ("why not solar") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
More than 4 million people die prematurely every year from household air pollution -- largely a result of cooking with smoky stoves.

Every day, nearly half the people in the world prepare their meals over burning wood, charcoal or animal dung. And every year, more than 4 million people -- most of them women and children -- die prematurely from the resulting household smoke. The practice also contributes to deforestation and climate change.

"This is a big problem, bigger than outdoor air pollution or dirty water," said Kirk Smith, an expert in health and climate effects of household energy at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health.

Sure enough, Powers' team detected a level of pollution inside the family's home that was 20 times as great as Beijing's air at the time. (It would be three or four times as dirty as Beijing's notoriously bad air today.)

A typical wood-burning stove might produce 400 cigarettes' worth of smoke every hour, says Smith. In high-altitude regions, such as the Himalayas and Andes, lower oxygen levels mean that fires burn even dirtier. Women and children tend to inhale most of the toxic particles.

In addition to the direct health effects -- among them heart and lung problems, and even suppressed IQs -- the practice of cooking food over fire often means that women and children lose opportunities to work or to go to school. Many young girls forgo an education to help collect the wood used for their families' meals. Some families pay for their children's education in wood -- and it's usually the boys who go to school, while the girls gather the fuel to finance it.

Bert Guevara's insight:

For some poor families, indoor air pollution from cooking using wood or charcoal is a big health problem. There are better and cheaper ways of cooking. Read and be aware.

 

"Powers' team detected a level of pollution inside the family's home that was 20 times as great as Beijing's air at the time. (It would be three or four times as dirty as Beijing's notoriously bad air today.)

"A typical wood-burning stove might produce 400 cigarettes' worth of smoke every hour, says Smith. In high-altitude regions, such as the Himalayas and Andes, lower oxygen levels mean that fires burn even dirtier. Women and children tend to inhale most of the toxic particles."

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The Truth About 7 Old Wives' Tales About Food ("was grandma right after all or are these just myths?")

The Truth About 7 Old Wives' Tales About Food ("was grandma right after all or are these just myths?") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Does honey REALLY help a cough? Does turkey make you sleepy? Can water help you lose weight? Our resident RD weighs in.

Throughout my years as a sports nutritionist several athletes have asked whether they should avoid eating turkey on game days because it might make them sleepy. I’m also regularly asked things, like, “Do spicy foods really boost metabolism?” or “Do I really need eight glasses of water a day?” It seems there are a number of eating and drinking wives tales many people still wonder about, including some that are particularly relevant this time of year, like those dealing with colds and hangovers. To set the record straight on seven food-focused notions check out my roundup below. You may be surprised by which beliefs are solid, which are rooted in truth but often exaggerated, and which are just flat-out false.

Bert Guevara's insight:

Ano ba ang totoo sa mga karaniwang lunas na sabi ng matatanda?

 

Myth: Turkey makes you sleepy

Fact: Chicken soups helps with a cold

Myth: Alcohol helps you sleep

Myth: Hair of the dog helps a hangover

Fact: A spoonful of honey is good for coughs

Myth: Spicy foods cause ulcers

Fact: Drinking water helps you lose weight

 

 

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Do old wives tales work???

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Diabetes Drug Metformin Could Slow Down Aging Process, Let Us Live 120+ Years!

Diabetes Drug Metformin Could Slow Down Aging Process, Let Us Live 120+ Years! | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
According to scientists, the diabetes drug metformin "could hold the secret of long life" and has the potential to slow down the aging process so people could start living past 120 years old! Get the story...

Telegraph.co.uk reports that scientists “now believe that it is possible to actually stop people growing old as quickly and help them live in good health well into their 110s and 120s.”

They say that scientist have already proved that metformin (a common drug used to treat diabetes) has extended the life of test animals and they think the same thing can happen in humans!

The article says that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given the go ahead for human trials starting next year!

From the article:

“If successful it will mean that a person in their 70s would be as biologically healthy as a 50 year old. It could usher in a new era of ‘geroscience’ where doctors would no longer fight individual conditions like cancer, diabetes and dementia, but instead treat the underlying mechanism – ageing.”

Dr Jay Olshansky from the University of Illinois said:

“This would be the most important medical intervention in the modern era, an ability to slow ageing”

Bert Guevara's insight:

OMG! I have been taking Metformin for more than 15 years to keep my blood sugar level in check. Does this mean I can outlive my non-diabet friends?

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5 Myths Even Doctors Believe ("get the truth and you could outsmart your doctor")

5 Myths Even Doctors Believe ("get the truth and you could outsmart your doctor") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Dont believe these common medical myths. Get the truth and you could outsmart your doctor.

When you ask a doctor a question, you expect an answer backed by the latest science. But the reality is, the field of medicine is always advancing, and “there's too much knowledge for any one physician to master,” says Renée Fox, PhD, professor emerita at the University of Pennsylvania, who studies the sociology of medical research, education and ethics. As a result, certain popular beliefs that seem to make sense persist long after they've been challenged by studies. So we asked a range of experts, “What health myths drive you nuts?” Here, they bust five vexing misconceptions.

 

MYTH 1: “Rest is best for back pain.”

 

MYTH 2: “Hormone replacement therapy causes cancer.”

 

MYTH 3: “If medical tests come back negative, painful sex is probably in your head.”

 

MYTH 4: “A history of breast cancer only matters if it's on your mother's side.”

 

MYTH 5: “Younger women aren't at risk of stroke.”

 

Bert Guevara's insight:

Check out these so-called myths.

 

"Don’t fall prey to one of these medical whoppers. Get the truth—and you just might outsmart your MD."

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Smarter than my doctor?

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20 Health Mistakes You Need to Stop Making Before You Turn 40 ("early lifestyle changes to live longer")

20 Health Mistakes You Need to Stop Making Before You Turn 40 ("early lifestyle changes to live longer") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Nixing bad habits now can help you live a healthier life down the road.

Want look and feel young into your 40s and beyond? Now's the time to hit the refresh button.
"When you're in your 20s and 30s, you have forever"—or so you think, explains Heather Provino, CEO of the workplace wellness company Provant Health Solutions Inc., in East Greenwich, R.I.
But health and lifestyle errors can sneak up on you in midlife and, next thing you know, a routine checkup finds your blood pressure's up or your blood sugar's out of whack.
"If you're not using 40 as that check-in point and that turnout time, those issues will start compounding," leading to chronic conditions, like heart disease and diabetes, says Provino, an exercise physiologist and sports psychologist.
Here are some common mishaps and tips to get you back on track.

1. Being addicted to your mobile phone

2. Not making sleep a priority

3. Failing to floss

4. Skipping meals

5. Ignoring health warning signs

6. Sneaking a cigarette (or two)

7. Eating too much sodium

8. Being dehydrated all the time

9. Avoiding dairy products

10. Lying to your doctor

(Read on ...)

Bert Guevara's insight:

If you have not reached 40 years old, here are 10 sample tips of what you should not be doing.

1. Being addicted to your mobile phone

2. Not making sleep a priority

3. Failing to floss

4. Skipping meals

5. Ignoring health warning signs

6. Sneaking a cigarette (or two)

7. Eating too much sodium

8. Being dehydrated all the time

9. Avoiding dairy products

10. Lying to your doctor

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Vanilla Yogurt Makes Us Happy, And Scientists Explain Why ("here is a simple way of lightening up")

Vanilla Yogurt Makes Us Happy, And Scientists Explain Why ("here is a simple way of lightening up") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Yes, there's a science to it.

The researchers found that eating the vanilla yogurt resulted in the participants projecting more positive emotions than when they ate the other flavors, and that yogurts with lower fat content gave people a stronger positive emotional response. This was even true when the participants had said that they did not like the yogurt, or weren't familiar with the brand. 

"We were surprised to find no clear relationship between liking [the yogurt] and the mood effects, since a positive relationship is generally assumed," Mojet said.

But why vanilla? Maybe participants weren't sure how a neutral-colored yogurt would taste due to their past experiences with varieties of flavors, and then were pleasantly surprised.

There's also the possibility that the vanilla flavor itself may have played a role. Previous studies have shown that the scent of vanilla can reduce aggression and promote relaxation. 

Celebrity nutritionist Shira Lenchewski told Yahoo Health that she was not entirely surprised by the study results, especially since vanilla can be a mood-booster.

"Certain scents can boost your mood via endorphins -- the brain’s feel-good chemicals -- and vanilla happens to be a strong aromatic stimulant, shown to help reduce anxiety," she said.

Mojet also pointed out that our positive associations with vanilla may go back to when were babies.

Bert Guevara's insight:

Don't worry; be happy!


"The researchers found that eating the vanilla yogurt resulted in the participants projecting more positive emotions than when they ate the other flavors, and that yogurts with lower fat content gave people a stronger positive emotional response. ...

"Certain scents can boost your mood via endorphins -- the brain’s feel-good chemicals -- and vanilla happens to be a strong aromatic stimulant, shown to help reduce anxiety,"

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Make your own yogurt???

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27 Easy Ways to Sleep Better Tonight ("instead of taking pills, there are natural ways to doze off")

27 Easy Ways to Sleep Better Tonight ("instead of taking pills, there are natural ways to doze off") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
[Greatist] Never lie awake in bed again with these sleep tips that are proven to work.
1. Establish a bedtime routine

This lets the body know it’s time to unwind from the day’s stress and chill. Figure out a schedule and stick to it every night of the week—even weekends!

2. Journal

Thinking about or doing stressful activities can cause the body to release stress hormones, leading to alertness. But writing out stressful thoughts in a journal can help us avoid restlessness once we hit the sheets. Studies suggest certain types of journaling allow us to focus on the positive instead of the negative aspects of our day.1

3. Munch on magnesium

Research suggests magnesium plays a key role in our ability to sleep through the night. 2 Try chowing on magnesium-rich foods such as pumpkin seeds, spinach, andswiss chard 3 Or pop a ZMA supplement, another form of magnesium, about half an hour before bedtime.

4. Try a cup of chamomile tea

This herbal drink can reduce anxiety that might make it more difficult to fall asleep. 4

5. Exercise regularly

Studies suggest some aerobic exercise can reduce anxiety and improve quality of sleep in people who suffer from insomnia. 5

6. Work out earlier in the day

While exercise can help improve sleep quality, it’s important to schedule workouts that end at least two hours before hitting the hay so that post-workout adrenaline boost doesn’t keep you up.

Bert Guevara's insight:

For those with serious sleeping problems, try some of these practical and natural suggestions.

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Sleep better tonight?

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Why Kids Who Eat Junk Food Early Prefer It Later in Life ("teach them to eat healthy from the start")

Why Kids Who Eat Junk Food Early Prefer It Later in Life ("teach them to eat healthy from the start") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Children from lower income families tend to develop poor dietary habits during their first year that stay for the rest of their lives

“Dietary patterns are harder to change later if you ignore the first year, a critical period for the development of taste preferences and the establishment of eating habits,” lead author Xiaozhong Wen, an assistant professor at the University of Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, said in a statement.

Parents from lower income brackets and education levels tend to feed their children formula milk rather than breastfeed in a baby’s first six months, the researchers wrote in Pediatrics after looking at the eating patterns of more than 1,500 infants at six and 12 months old. After the breastfeeding period, those same parents often feed their children foods that are higher in sugar and fat — like candy, ice cream and fries. Alternatively, parents with higher income and better education tend to follow dietary guidelines recommended by doctors.

These habits have repercussions later in life, the study finds, as early exposure to certain types of food can influence children to prefer those same foods as they grow up.

“This is both an opportunity and a challenge,” added Wen. “We have an opportunity to start making dietary changes at the very beginning of life.”

Bert Guevara's insight:

It's hard to outgrow your food preferences. If you started with junk food since childhood, then you will most likely carry that preference until old age.

So parents, start your kids eating healthy from the time they start to eat solid food. You can be sure that they will carry the habit until old age.


"These habits have repercussions later in life, the study finds, as early exposure to certain types of food can influence children to prefer those same foods as they grow up."

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23 Ways to Earn Extra Money ("practical ideas applicable to you; skip the get-rich-quick scams")

23 Ways to Earn Extra Money ("practical ideas applicable to you; skip the get-rich-quick scams") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Skip the get-rich quick scams, and consider these ideas about how to earn extra money instead.

Yes, it’s tempting to gravitate towards those get-rich-quick and make-money-overnight offers, but unless you’re willing to risk becoming the victim of a scam, you’ll need to think of more creative ways to earn money.

With that in mind, here are 23 ideas to help you pad your wallet:

1. Become a Tutor

If you’re proficient in a certain subject then become a part-time tutor.

2. Sell Your Junk

This is a great task for pack rats. Garage sales, eBay, and Craigslist are all great venues for selling your stuff quickly.

3. Start a Website

Website start-up costs are next to nothing — and you can be up and running in hours. All you really need to get started is $10 to purchase a domain name and another $10 or so per month for a hosting plan.

4. Do Odd Jobs

Walking around your neighborhood and looking for odd jobs will not only put some quick cash in your pocket, but also get you acquainted with the neighbors.

5. Hand Out Fliers

Many local businesses will pay $100 or more to anyone willing to deliver marketing fliers.

6. Scoop Dog Poop

Yup, you heard me right. Many people who have dogs pay someone else to scoop and cart away their dog’s poop on a weekly or daily basis.

7. Invest in Domain Names

8. Peruse Craigslist

9. Write Articles

With so many people moving their businesses online and starting new websites there is increasing demand for talented writers.

Bert Guevara's insight:

One or two of these 23 suggestions may appeal to you, depending on where you are coming from. If you are looking for extra income (not instant millions), try these suggestions.

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These 7 Amazing Things Will Happen When You Drink Coffee Every Day ("more coffee breaks everyday?")

These 7 Amazing Things Will Happen When You Drink Coffee Every Day ("more coffee breaks everyday?") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

For most, coffee is a much-needed morning ritual. Its caffeine boost jolts the senses and the brain, jump-starting the day in the right direction. Not only is coffee a popular morning beverage, it’s also a frequent go-to choice for many people, no matter the time of the day. Coffee has only increased in popularity with the many Starbucks stores and local coffee shops opening around the country. In addition to giving bursts of energy, coffee also provides a variety of health benefits, especially for everyday drinkers. The following things that will happen when you drink coffee every day.
1. You’ll improve your workout performance

 

2. You’ll reduce your risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes

 

3. You’ll increase the production of brain neurotransmitters

 

4. You’ll be less likely to develop skin cancer

 

5. You’ll make smarter, more efficient decisions

 

6. You’ll be less stressed… just by the smell alone

 

7. You’ll feel happier

 

 

Bert Guevara's insight:

Having coffee breaks everyday is better than beer or wine sessions, although they have their respective health benefits.


"You should feel happier and healthier knowing that coffee is positively affecting your body, mind, and lifestyle. So whether you like your java with milk and sugar or just plain black, keep the coffee pot brewin’ all day long so you can reap the benefits for years and years to come."

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10 Small Things You Can Do Every Day to Get Smarter ("intelligence is a work in progress")

10 Small Things You Can Do Every Day to Get Smarter ("intelligence is a work in progress") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Intelligence is a work in progress. Maximize yours with these simple habits

You might be under the impression that intelligence is a fixed quantity set when you are young and unchanging thereafter. But research shows that you’re wrong. How we approach situations and the things we do to feed our brains can significantlyimprove our mental horsepower.

 

1. Be smarter about your online time.

Every online break doesn’t have to be about checking social networks and fulfilling your daily ration of cute animal pics. The Web is also full of great learning resources, such as online courses, intriguing TED talks, and vocabulary-building tools.

2. Write down what you learn.

“Write 400 words a day on things that you learned,” suggests yoga teacher Claudia Azula Altucher.

3. Make a ‘did’ list.

4. Get out the Scrabble board.5. Have smart friends.

It can be rough on your self-esteem, but hanging out with folks who are more clever than you is one of the fastest ways to learn. 

5. Have smart friends.

6. Read a lot.

7. Explain it to others.

8. Do random new things.

9. Learn a new language.

10. Take some downtime.

 

 

 

Bert Guevara's insight:

It's not yet too late to be smarter.

 

"You might be under the impression that intelligence is a fixed quantity set when you are young and unchanging thereafter. But research shows that you’re wrong. How we approach situations and the things we do to feed our brains can significantly improve our mental horsepower."

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6 Things That Determine How Long You'll Live

6 Things That Determine How Long You'll Live | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Researchers have developed a new lifestyle risk score that determines your risk for death, based on your bad habits.

A bit morbid perhaps, but lifestyle behaviors are responsible for a wide-range of preventable diseases from cancer to heart disease. Now, Australian researchers argue growing evidence suggests some other previously unconsidered risk factors like sitting for a long periods of time should be included when estimating a person’s mortality risk. By pulling six risk factors together into one index, the researchers argue they provide clinically relevant information about a person’s health, and what combination of red flags are especially concerning.

In the new study published in the journal PLOS Medicine, researchers looked a group of 231,048 Australian adults age 45 and up who were followed for six years.

The researchers then scored the participants on six behavior measures: smoking, alcohol use, dietary behavior, physical inactivity, sedentary behavior, and sleep.

When added together, they found that the people who had higher scores in these combined measures had a higher risk of death.

The researchers used the measurement “person-years lost,” which is the number of years lost due to a person in the study dying before the study ended. Based on their findings, the researchers calculated that if none of the men and women had any of the risk factors, a third of the person-years lost from death would have been avoided.


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Check out this article and video. It may help you live longer.


"The researchers then scored the participants on six behavior measures: smoking, alcohol use, dietary behavior, physical inactivity, sedentary behavior, and sleep.

"When added together, they found that the people who had higher scores in these combined measures had a higher risk of death."

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10 Ways to Soothe a Sore Throat ("before going to the doctor, try these tested home remedies")

10 Ways to Soothe a Sore Throat ("before going to the doctor, try these tested home remedies") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Here are 10 treatments to try the next time you're feeling scratchy, hoarse, or just plain sick

Anti-inflammatories

One of the most effective treatments for sore throat is probably already in your medicine cabinet: an over-the-counter, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) such as Advil or Aleve.

Saltwater gargle

Several studies have found that gargling several times a day with warm salt water can reduce swelling in the throat and loosen mucus, helping to flush out irritants or bacteria.

Lozenges and sprays

Sucking on cough drops stimulates saliva production, which can help keep your throat moist. But many varieties are no more effective than hard candies, Dr. Linder says. For an added benefit, choose brands with a cooling or numbing ingredient, like menthol or eucalyptus.

Cough syrup

Even if you don’t have a cough (yet), over-the-counter cough syrups can help ease soreness. Like drops and sprays, they coat the throat and provide temporary pain relief.

Fluids

“Staying hydrated is very important, especially when you’re sick and your throat is irritated or inflamed,” Dr. Linder says. “You should be drinking enough fluid so that your urine is light yellow or clear. This keeps your mucous membranes moist and better able to combat bacteria and irritants like allergens, and makes your body better able to fight back against other cold symptoms.”

Tea

Tired of drinking water? A warm cup of herbal tea can offer immediate, soothing relief for a sore throat. What’s more, non-herbal teas—whether they’re made with black, green, or white leaves—contain antioxidants that are thought to strengthen immunity and ward off infection.

(Refer to the article for more remedies.) 

Bert Guevara's insight:

Here are home 10 remedies you may want to try in the next sore throat episode.

 

"Regardless of the cause, your immediate concern when soreness strikes is how to get relief, fast. You may be tempted to run to your doctor, but some of the best treatments are home remedies and over-the-counter meds, says Jeffrey Linder, M.D., an internist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Boston."

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This company is bottling air in Canada and selling it to China ("same idea as bottled water")

This company is bottling air in Canada and selling it to China ("same idea as bottled water") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Yes, someone is really selling air from the Canadian Rockies -- guess that's one way to deal with smog.

After recently being duped by a non-existent climate change realtor, my guard against fake businesses is permanently up. So when I heard about a company selling bottled air, I assumed it was a conceptual art project, a commentary on the state of global air quality. But, no. It’s real. (At least, I’m pretty sure it is — Donald “I Will Build A Great Wall” Trump is leading the polls. Who even knows what’s real anymore.)

Vitality Air, a Canadian start-up, markets two products: The first, Premium Oxygen, is a canister of 97 percent pure oxygen, and it’s not that weird. People have been selling “pure” oxygen for years, both in travel containers and at oxygen bars. Proponents of “oxygen therapy” say it reduces stress, boosts energy, and increases concentration. It’s also, according to Vitality Air, good for hangovers. “Using shots of oxygen from start to finish during your night of hard partying prevents the hangover before it even happens,” reads their website. Talk about a wingman.

The second product Vitality Air sells is a bit less … conventional. Fresh Clean Air is air harvested, for lack of a better term, from the Canadian Rockies, and it comes in two flavors, Banff and Lake Louise. The product description for Banff bottled air reads: “In the setting of Banff National park in Alberta, Canada, we have painstakingly distilled and bottled the air in this pristine UNESCO World Heritage Site using our patented filtration technique. The air is collected over days, concentrating the essence of where it was captured.”

Bert Guevara's insight:

Sure, we all need clean oxygen for all its health benefits, the same way we need clean water. The company that sold it to China filled up a demand and made good business from a free resource in Canada.

Why don't we sell "SAGADA AIR" to China too?

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The 7 Best Foods to Decrease Your Heart Disease Risk ("before it's too late, take up the diet")

The 7 Best Foods to Decrease Your Heart Disease Risk ("before it's too late, take up the diet") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Simple dietary changes can reduce the risk by half

Imagine a room full of 10 people you know. Eight of them could be on a path to heart disease, according to recent research. But you don’t have to be one of them. You—and they—can slash risk by more than half, just by taking a few simple steps.

In fact, more than 50% of deaths that occur every year from heart disease could have been prevented, according to the study, put together by researchers at Emory University in Atlanta. You already know to avoid smoking, but the other four main causes—obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes—can each be eliminated or dramatically reduced with a handful of dietary changes, studies show.

So take your heart health into your own hands. The editors of Eat This, Not That! magazine have identified the absolute best foods to dramatically reduce your risk of heart disease, while dropping pounds and protecting you from diabetes, as well.

1. Dark Chocolate

2. Edamame

3. Rooibos Tea

4. Tomatoes

5. Walnuts

6. Flaxseeds

7. Sprouted Garlic

Bert Guevara's insight:

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.


"In fact, more than 50% of deaths that occur every year from heart disease could have been prevented, according to the study, put together by researchers at Emory University in Atlanta. You already know to avoid smoking, but the other four main causes—obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes—can each be eliminated or dramatically reduced with a handful of dietary changes, studies show."

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Top 4 Lies About Nutrition That You Actually Believe In – Health and Beauty Makeup ("do your own study")

Top 4 Lies About Nutrition That You Actually Believe In – Health and Beauty Makeup ("do your own study") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
The real info about healthy nutrition,lies that are all around us,and the best detox food for our natural beauty.

 

“Saturated fats are bad for your heart”

Research: In fact, there could be further from the truth. A study made together with another 21 studies of more than 350,000 people, of whom 11,000 had heart disease, which took place almost 14 years. Conclusion? There is no correlation between eating saturated fat and heart disease.

 

“Carbohydrates make fat”

But do you actually have to feel bad and to worry about the effect of carbohydrates on your waist? If you like to destroy yourself with maple syrup, reduce weight with pancakes or Twix snack throughout the day. Yes, it is more likely that you will hook-up your fat.

 

“Fruit juice is healthy”

Research by the University of California shows that increased consumption of fructose can increase your body fat, but also can have many negative effects on your body. To achieve this level of fructose requires many fruits. But fruit juice that you drink can cause you many negative health consequences. So stick to water, tea or black coffee (in moderate quantities the last one of course).

 

“Foods with low fat are really healthy”

What is a food with “low fat”? They just removed the fat from the food, right? In the words of English nutritionist, Ben Coomber when you hear a “low fat”, make sure you have lots of chemical stuff in the product. That’s because when they remove the “fat” (or sugar in some cases) the product is filled with chemicals. Most of them are harmful to the body, and the biggest culprit is aspartame. So maybe it is better for your waist and your health to choose the option with full fat.

 

 

Bert Guevara's insight:

“Saturated fats are bad for your heart”

“Carbohydrates make fat”

“Fruit juice is healthy”

“Foods with low fat are really healthy”

Conclusion? Do your own research

 

"Do not just believe the claims of “professionals” about health on television or ads in the morning shows looking for you to go out and buy a product. If you’re planning to drive down food from your diet completely, do a quick search on “Google” and see if in fact there is any research to back up their claims. Because usually there is nothing to find."

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Coffee could literally be a lifesaver - CNN.com ("700 years of coffee health history")

Coffee could literally be a lifesaver - CNN.com ("700 years of coffee health history") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Drinking coffee, whether regular or decaf, could reduce the risk of death, a new study says.

hroughout the ages, coffee has been called a virtue and a vice for our health. The latest study comes down in favor of virtue: It says that drinking coffee, whether regular or decaf, could reduce the risk of death.

Researchers started with data from surveys of adults in the United States that asked how much coffee they consumed, as well as other foods and drinks, and then they looked at their rates of death and disease over the following two decades.

The study was large, including more than 200,000 women and 50,000 men.

At first, researchers did not see an obvious relationship between coffee consumption and death rates. Study participants who drank between less than a cup of coffee and three cups a day had 5% to 9% lower risk of dying than those who drank no coffee. Those who drank more than three cups a day did not see any benefit. The finding was murky, like previous studies, some of which suggested a benefit and some did not.

But when the researchers looked at coffee consumption only among people who said they never smoked, the relationship became clearer: Those who drank between less than a cup of coffee and three cups a day had 6% to 8% lower risk of dying than noncoffee drinkers. Those who drank three to five cups and more than five cups had 15% and 12% lower death rates.

"The lower risk of mortality is consistent with our hypothesis that coffee consumption could be good for you (because) we have published papers showing that coffee consumption is associated with lower risk of type 2 diabetes and (heart) disease," said Ming Ding, a doctoral student in the Harvard School of Public Health department of nutrition. Ding is the lead author of the study, which was published on Monday in the journal Circulation.

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Follow the amazing health history of coffee over a 7 centuries and discover how it has evolved into a life-saver.

 

"In keeping with this possibility, Ding and her colleagues found that coffee drinkers were about 10% less likely to die of heart disease. They were also between 9% and 37% less likely to die of neurological diseases such as Parkinson's and dementia.

"The researchers also found that study participants who drank at least a cup of coffee a day had between 20% and 36% lower rates of suicide, although those who drank less than a cup had 36% higher rates."

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Your Foolproof Guide to Treating and Preventing the Flu ("the simple things are often overlooked")

Your Foolproof Guide to Treating and Preventing the Flu ("the simple things are often overlooked") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
[Greatist] Coughing, sneezing everywhere! Protect yourself from this year’s flu infection with these tips.

Whether you’re already sniffling or just want to prevent yourself from getting sick, here are our science-backed tips to help you stay healthy this flu season.

 

1. Get a flu shot, and get it now.

2. Get some shut-eye.

3. Stay away from sick people.

4. Keep your hands off your face.

5. Wash your hands.

6. Stick to healthy foods.

7. Work out!

8. Stop smoking.

9. Stay hydrated.

 

If You Get Sick

 

1. Stay home.

2. Consider an antiviral drug.

3. Take a pain reliever.

4. Get plenty of rest.

5. Drink lots of fluids.

6. Don't buy the snake oil.

7. Don't risk it.

If symptoms persist or get worse (or if you have any other personal reason for concern), head to the doctor. When you're unsure, it's always best to consult a medical professional.

 

Bert Guevara's insight:

Don't be a flu transmitter. Know some practical steps to prevent flu. If you have it, how do you  cope with it?


"Unfortunately, feeling fine (or just not terrible) doesn’t necessarily mean you’re in the clear, and neither is everyone around you. Turner says that it’s actually possible for a person to pass the flu to someone else before even knowing they’re sick. Theinfectious period typically begins one day before a person starts feeling sniffly and lasts up to a week after they’ve started showing symptoms."

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Maagang paglabo ng mata, isinisisi sa mga ‘smartphone’ - DZIQ Radyo Inquirer 990AM

Maagang paglabo ng mata, isinisisi sa mga ‘smartphone’ - DZIQ Radyo Inquirer 990AM | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
  Ang paggamit umano ng mga smartphone ay nagdudulot ng maagang paglabo ng mga mata. Ayon sa Misaki Eye Clinic sa Shibuya Ward ng Tokyo, nadadagdagan ang mga kaso ng paglabo ng mata ng mga nasa edad na 20 hanggang

Ayon sa Misaki Eye Clinic sa Shibuya Ward ng Tokyo, nadadagdagan ang mga kaso ng paglabo ng mata ng mga nasa edad na 20 hanggang 30 taong gulang sa Japan na tinatawag na ‘smartphone-induced presbyopia’.

Ang ‘presbyopia’ ay ang natural na paglabo ng mata sa tuwing titingin sa mga bagay na malapit na karaniwang nararanasan habang nagkakaedad ang isang tao.

Gayunman, dahil umano sa malimit na paggamit sa mga smartphone na karaniwang may maliliit na LCD screen, napupuwersa ang mata na mag-focus.

Paliwanag ni Mishaki Ishioka, director ng Misaki Eye Clinic sa Shibuya Ward ng Tokyo Japan, dati ay tumatanggap sila ng 3 hanggang 4 na pasyente lamang ng mga may presbyopia.

Ngunit ngayon, nasa 10 hanggang 30 pasyente na ang nagpapatingin sa kanila bawat buwan na kalimitang nasa pagitan ng edad 20 hanggang 30 taong gulang.

Kalimitang idinadaing aniya ng mga pasyente ay ang problema sa pag-focus sa mga bagay na malapit sa kanilang mata.

Dahil aniya sa malimit na strain sa mata sa pagtingin sa mga smartphone, maagang tumitigas ang mga mga muscles sa mata.

Dati aniya, karaniwang nararanasan ng mga taong nasa edad na 40 pataas ang naturang kondisyon, ngunit ngayon ay mas napapaaga nang maranasan ang ‘presbyopia.’

Bert Guevara's insight:

Lumalabo ba ang iyong mata dahil sa madalas na paggamit ng smartphone? 

 

"Dahil aniya sa malimit na strain sa mata sa pagtingin sa mga smartphone, maagang tumitigas ang mga mga muscles sa mata.

"Dati aniya, karaniwang nararanasan ng mga taong nasa edad na 40 pataas ang naturang kondisyon, ngunit ngayon ay mas napapaaga nang maranasan ang ‘presbyopia.’"

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