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Analysis Shows Nearly ALL Chicken (97%) Tainted with Harmful Bacteria ("free-range chicken wanted")

Analysis Shows Nearly ALL Chicken (97%) Tainted with Harmful Bacteria ("free-range chicken wanted") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
According to a new analysis from Consumer Reports, nearly all chicken (97 percent tested) is tainted with harmful bacteria, and then some.

“Our tests reveal that superbugs can be found in about half of the chicken we tested, from stores across the country. Our test results found that 49.7 percent of our samples contained at least one multidrug-resistant bacterium, and 11.5 percent had at least two. (Multidrug-resistant bacteria are defined as those that are resistant to three or more classes of drugs that they would normally be susceptible to”…”The bacteria we found were significantly more resistant to classes of antibiotics approved by the FDA for chicken production than for those not approved for such use.”

The research is a firm reminder that everything you purchase in the grocery store should be treated with care, as if it is contaminated. If you insist on purchasing chicken, make sure you are cooking it correctly and taking care that it not touch other surfaces in your kitchen until it is fully cooked. Also, to avoid meat that’s been treated with antibiotics, seek out organic chicken or develop a relationship with a local farmer.

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Why Working Out Is the ~ Least ~ Important Part of Losing Weight ("healthy diet and enough sleep vital")

Why Working Out Is the ~ Least ~ Important Part of Losing Weight ("healthy diet and enough sleep vital") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

If you really want to lose weight, the gym should be your last priority, the Revenge Body-trainer explains. Here's why.

As Pasternak explains, "There are 168 hours in a week, and even if you're working out two, three, four, or five times a week for an hour, you're still not working out at least 95 to 98 percent of the week. So it's what you do during that time that's far more impactful than what you do in the gym." That's why the women Pasternak was teamed up with weren't allowed "anywhere near the gym for the first two weeks." Yep—really!

1. Get Moving 

While Pasternak didn't have the women hit the gym for the first two weeks, he did have them moving. "The first thing I did was give them a Fitbit and a daily step goal. First, we started at 10,000 then 12,000, and eventually worked up to 14,000 steps per day."

2. Reset Your Diet 

The next thing he did? Put the women on his Body Reset Diet. This means, for the first five days, three smoothies and two crunchy snacks per day. The next five days, replace your dinner smoothie with a regular solid, single-dish meal (otherwise known as an "S" meal)—smoothie, soup, salad, sandwich, stir-fry, sushi, Pasternak explains. The reasoning? "It resets the metabolism, digestion, and appetite," 

3. Focus on Your Sleep 

"Although sleep is supposed to be one-third of our lives, we don't get enough sleep or quality sleep, and studies show that people who don't get enough quality sleep gain more weight," he says. 

4. Unplug 

Pasternak also had the women he was teamed up with unplug from their phones, computers, and other screens for at least one hour per day, since, as Pasternak explains, "Studies show that the blue light emitted from our screens has been shown to mess up our sleep patterns, mood, and appetite."

Bert Guevara's insight:
It's what you do outside the gym that matters more!
1. Get Moving
2. Reset your diet
3. Focus on your sleep
4. Unplug

"As Pasternak explains, "There are 168 hours in a week, and even if you're working out two, three, four, or five times a week for an hour, you're still not working out at least 95 to 98 percent of the week. So it's what you do during that time that's far more impactful than what you do in the gym." That's why the women Pasternak was teamed up with weren't allowed "anywhere near the gym for the first two weeks." Yep—really!"
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Why You Should Eat More Avocado (the cheapest food that can provide the most health benefits")

Why You Should Eat More Avocado (the cheapest food that can provide the most health benefits") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

A new review of scientific literature suggests that eating avocado may help prevent metabolic syndrome.

Here is some very good news for guacamole lovers everywhere: A new review of scientific literature suggests that eating avocado may help prevent metabolic syndrome. Dubbed "the new silent killer," metabolic syndrome is the term used to describe a combination of three or more risk factors for heart disease and diabetes (like high blood pressure, high triglycerides and large waist circumference). 

The review, conducted by Iranian researchers and published in the journal Phytotherapy Research, looked at 129 previously published studies examining the effects of avocado consumption on different components of metabolic syndrome. Most of the studies involved the fleshy part you’re used to eating, but some also included avocado leaves, peels, oil, and pits. 

The researchers concluded that avocados have the most beneficial effects on cholesterol levels and that consumption of the creamy fruit can influence several different measurements: LDL (bad) cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol, triglycerides, total cholesterol and phospholipids. 

That’s not all, though. "The lipid-lowering, antihypertensive, antidiabetic, anti-obesity, antithrombotic, antiatherosclerotic, and cardioprotective effects of avocado have been demonstrated in several studies," wrote the authors, and most of those studies recommend eating the fruit on a daily basis. In other words, avocados can help fight pretty much every aspect of metabolic syndrome.

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Don't believe the old myths about avocado. Eat them as often as possible and stay healthy.

The researchers concluded that avocados have the most beneficial effects on cholesterol levels and that consumption of the creamy fruit can influence several different measurements: LDL (bad) cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol, triglycerides, total cholesterol and phospholipids. 
That’s not all, though. "The lipid-lowering, antihypertensive, antidiabetic, anti-obesity, antithrombotic, antiatherosclerotic, and cardioprotective effects of avocado have been demonstrated in several studies," wrote the authors, and most of those studies recommend eating the fruit on a daily basis. In other words, avocados can help fight pretty much every aspect of metabolic syndrome.
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7 Reasons To Eat More Chocolate, According To Science ("why didn't i know this when i was a boy")

7 Reasons To Eat More Chocolate, According To Science ("why didn't i know this when i was a boy") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

If you love dark chocolate, then start celebrating. Here are 7 legitimate health reasons to eat chocolate every day.

So what are those great benefits? Aside from chocolate's reputation as an aphrodisiac and a momentary mood-booster, here are seven legitimate reasons you should be eating it every day.

1. Healthier skin

Eating antioxidant-rich chocolate leads to skin that's smoother, less dried out, and more resistant to sunburn, studies have shown.

2. Healthier teeth

In fact, in a study of Indian children who hadn't brushed in four days, a single rinse with a cocoa-based mouthwash reduced plaque by nearly 50% and killed 21% of bacteria.

3. Reduced cravings and weight gain

Researchers from the Netherlands found that people who simply smelled 85% dark chocolate reported that their appetite levels dropped by up to half. Smelling dark chocolate, they found, stimulates production of an antihunger hormone called ghrelin, and the effect lingers for about an hour.

4. A healthier heart

Chocolate is often vilified because it contains cocoa butter, which is high in saturated fat. But it turns out that like other forms of saturated fat, such as coconut oil, cocoa butter could actually be good for you.

5. Sharper focus

6. Less anxiety

Stress prompts your body to produce cortisol, which has an added downside of triggering the accumulation of the abdominal, or visceral, fat that builds up around your organs and can contribute to depression, along with heart disease and stroke.

7. A more effective workout

Boosting your pre-exercise energy levels, powering through a hard sweat session, and cutting down on post-workout soreness—chocolate helps all three.

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If you love dark chocolate, then start celebrating. Here are 7 legitimate health reasons to eat chocolate every day.

"So what are those great benefits? Aside from chocolate's reputation as an aphrodisiac and a momentary mood-booster, here are seven legitimate reasons you should be eating it every day.
1. Healthier skin
2. Healthier teeth
3. Reduced cravings and weight gain
4. A healthier heart
5. Sharper focus 
6. Less anxiety
7. A more effective workout"
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The Benefits of Being an Older Mother ("there are notable merits in mature motherhood; be proud moms")

The Benefits of Being an Older Mother ("there are notable merits in mature motherhood; be proud moms") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

See the growing list of benefits for older mothers.

Here are a few more reasons not to sweat later-life parenting: 

- Older moms live longer: 

According to a 2016 study of 28,000 U.S. women, those who had their first child after age 25 were 11% likelier to live to age 90 than those who became mothers younger. 

- Their kids are taller and smarter:

The investigators surveyed 1.5 million men and women in Sweden and found that those born to older mothers were more physically fit, had better grades when they were in school and had at least a small height advantage over people born to younger mothers.

- They have more energy than you’d think: 

A study of mothers who had babies via egg donation after age 50 — well and truly beyond the point at which most women consider conceiving — found that they had levels of energy and physical function similar to women who had babies in their 30s and 40s.

- Trends are on their side: 

In the U.S., maternal age at the time of first birth has risen from 25 to 26 since 2000, and it’s gone up at nearly twice that rate in three states and Washington, DC.

- And as for dads? 

You know, those ostensible sperm factories who can just keep on cranking out kids for as long as they remain alive? Well, an increasing number of studies do find that older fatherhood is linked to a range of health and developmental issues in babies, including autism, certain cancers and low birth weight.

Bert Guevara's insight:
This article made me take a closer look at my kids. One was born to my wife at 38; the other at 40.
Come to think of it, this article is credible.
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Why Swimming Is the Best Cardio Workout There Is ("here are 10 reasons to dive in pool this summer")

Why Swimming Is the Best Cardio Workout There Is ("here are 10 reasons to dive in pool this summer") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Swimming can make over your muscles, transform you into a cardio goddess, and turn back the aging clock. Check out these awesome benefits of swimming.

1. It Counts as Both Cardio and Strength Training 

Plus, water is about 800 times denser than air, ..., so your muscles are under constant resistance. 

2. It's Easy on the Impact 

"You can swim at higher intensities on a regular basis without feeling wear and tear on your body," 

3. It's Great for Your Lungs 

When your face is under water, oxygen is at a premium. 

4. It Makes You a Better Runner 

By increasing your ability to take in and effectively use oxygen, swimming increases your endurance capacity like crazy, 

5. Anyone Can Do It 

Whether you're recovering from an injury, pregnant, a new mom, or an Ironman competitor, swimming can give you a great workout 

6. It Slashes Major Stress 

While exercise-induced endorphins will do wonders for your stress levels, getting in the water for your workout may have its own special brand of mood-boosting benefits ...

7. It Turns Back the Clock 

Scientists say that, even up until your 70th birthday, swimming affects blood pressure, cholesterol levels, cardiovascular performance, central nervous system health, cognitive functioning, muscle mass, and blood chemistry to be much more similar to that of your younger self. 

8. It Hits Otherwise Underworked Muscles 

... swimming helps you develop the deep stabilizing muscles in your core and lower back that women often miss. 

9. Benefits of Swimming: It Makes You Smarter Blood flow to the brain increased by up to 14 percent when men submerged themselves in water up to their hearts, 

10. It Opens You Up to Awesome Experiences 

"Swimming's a life skill. It opens the doors to a lot of fun stuff."

Bert Guevara's insight:
Summer season is here and swimming can be the best thing to do for your health. Here are 10 reasons why, in case you didn't know.

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EWG's Cancer Defense Diet Calculator: Am I Eating The Right Foods? ("answer & submit questionnaire")

EWG's Cancer Defense Diet Calculator: Am I Eating The Right Foods? ("answer & submit questionnaire") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

A diet rich in fruits and vegetables can help reduce your risk of cancer. See how your diet stacks up.

A diet rich in fruits and vegetables can help reduce your risk of cancer. 

See how your diet stacks up. 

Fill out our quick questionnaire to learn: 

- How your diet compares to experts’ recommendations, 

- The kinds of beneficial plant compounds, or phytochemicals, your diet packs – or lacks – and 

- How to fill holes you might have in your diet. 

Don’t have time for a questionnaire? See how the average American scores. 

Instructions 

Use your best guess of the typical foods you eat weekly. For foods that you eat occasionally, use your best estimate of your consumption over the course of a month or a year. If you only want feedback on your diet over the past week or month, that’s fine too. But, always consider both the amount and frequency with which you eat a food on average. 

Unsure of how to estimate amount or frequency? Use our guidelines.

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A diet rich in fruits and vegetables can help reduce your risk of cancer. See how your diet stacks up. 
A diet rich in fruits and vegetables can help reduce your risk of cancer. 
See how your diet stacks up.
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Is Cold-Pressed Juice Really Healthier? ("not all juices are made the same; make the healthy choice")

Is Cold-Pressed Juice Really Healthier? ("not all juices are made the same; make the healthy choice") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Whether you like to grab a bottle post-workout on the way home or have been known to subscribe for a mail-order cleanse, cold-pressed juice

"Cold-pressed juice refers to juice made using a hydraulic press to extract the juice from fruits and vegetables, which is different from the pasteurization process, which involves high heat," says Dr. Haythe. "The cold-pressed process involves shredding fruits and vegetables and then compressing them between two plates at a very high pressure." The pasteurization process is what helps kill potentially harmful bacteria in juice, while the cold-pressing process gets the most liquid and nutrients out of the produce as possible. All juices are not created equal, and many grocery stores and health stores sell both pasteurized and unpasteurized juices. It's important to look at what you are buying.

When a juice is pasteurized, the same high temperature that kills bacteria also helps to prolong the shelf life. (Pregnant women should stick with pasteurized for that reason, FYI.) This means that the pasteurized orange juice you buy from the grocery store is likely to last you a long time, while the cold-pressed juices you pick up should be consumed in a matter of days.

Because no heat or oxygen is used in the cold-pressing process, nutrients are not lost as they typically are when heated during pasteurization. That makes cold-pressed juice sound like a win, right? 

Not necessarily, says Dr. Haythe. The high-pressure processing of cold-pressed juice leaves behind the pulp, where fiber is typically stored, so cold-pressed juices may be lacking in fiber. And no matter what kind of process your juice goes through, all juices are still high in sugar. Drinking your fruits and veggies may give your body the nutrients it needs. But the missing fiber can do a number on your glucose levels and even your weight, since you may consume more calories trying to reach that full feeling that you're missing with a fiber-filled snack. Even more, "there is no data to support the idea that cold-pressed juices are healthier than other juices."

Bert Guevara's insight:
Be an informed consumer. Not all fruit juices are made the same.

"The pasteurization process is what helps kill potentially harmful bacteria in juice, while the cold-pressing process gets the most liquid and nutrients out of the produce as possible. All juices are not created equal, and many grocery stores and health stores sell both pasteurized and unpasteurized juices. It's important to look at what you are buying."
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How to eat cake and not regret it ("made of vegetables! wow this is the ultimate guilt-free dessert")

How to eat cake and not regret it ("made of vegetables! wow this is the ultimate guilt-free dessert") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Imagine biting into a beautiful cake, but instead of a sugary rush you get the fresh flavors of celery, carrot and red cabbage.

Nagoya native Mitsuki Moriyasu, a cafe owner and food stylist, in 2015 invented what she calls the "Vegedeco Salad" (decorated vegetables) as a guilt-free alternative to traditional baked goods.

These sinless sweets substitute cream "frosting" for that made out of tofu, a "sponge" base for one of soy powder, eggs and vegetable oil, while the rainbow hues that decorate the "icing" come from natural vegetable colorings such as red beetroot juice. 

Marinated, diced and cooked vegetables such as radish and daikon replace the sponge, while this wheat-free creation uses a traditional Japanese yeast to achieve a subtly sweet flavor. 

"It looks like a normal cake -- but it's made of only veggies. You can have it for breakfast, lunch -- and it's very suitable for dinner with wine," Moriyasu tells CNN. 

"Each cake tastes different, depending which vegetables we use -- but I would say it tastes like something you've never had before."

Moriyasu's two sons have food allergies and so for years she had been tinkering with recipes, to find alternatives for sugar and wheat. 

"We had homemade meals as I wanted them to eat lots of vegetables, and not take too much sugar," she tells CNN.

Bert Guevara's insight:
I will surely enjoy going vegetarian if food looks this good! Even picky kids may make the switch to veggies if they are as colorful as these.

"Food is, and has always been, a place for creativity and innovation in Japan. Salad cakes are just one manifestation of food play in that nation."
"Without using sugar and wheat, I realized you can still have a fun and surprising experience eating a salad that is shaped like a cake. 
"Eating beautiful color energize and makes you smile. That's our wish."
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The best exercise to stay young ("try HIIT - high intensity interval training & boost mitochondria")

Regular high intensity interval training (HIIT) helps to reverse the declining ability of our cells to generate energy.

HIIT it! We’re often told that exercise is the best medicine, and it now seems that regular high intensity interval training (HIIT), in particular, is great for reversing the declining ability of our cells to generate energy. 

HIIT involves short bursts of very intense activity, interspersed with recovery periods of lower-intensity exercise. Sreekumaran Nair at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and his colleagues assigned groups of people aged between 18 and 30 and between 65 and 80 to three months of interval training, weight training or a combination of the two. Muscle biopsies were taken before and afterwards to measure the impact of these regimes on their cells. 

Interval training boosted the ability of the mitochondria within cells to generate energy by 69 per cent in older volunteers, and by 49 per cent in the younger group.

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For seniors, try this routine anti-ageing regimen.

"Mitochondrial activity declines with age, which may aggravate fatigue and reduce the size and ability of muscles to burn excess blood sugar – a risk factor for diabetes. But this decline was halted and even reversed in the older interval-training group. “
"After three months of interval training, everything converged towards what we saw in young people,” says Nair. Interval trainers also saw surges in lung, heart and circulation health. The amount of oxygen they could inhale and consume at full tilt rose by 28 per cent in the younger group and by 17 per cent in the older group.
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12 Reasons to Stop Multitasking ("does not always lead to better efficiency; may only slow you down")

12 Reasons to Stop Multitasking ("does not always lead to better efficiency; may only slow you down") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

We all do it: Text while walking or email during meetings. But too much multitasking can actually make you LESS efficient.

Research shows that it’s not nearly as efficient as we like to believe, and can even be harmful to our health. Here are 12 reasons why you should stop everything you’re doing—well, all but one thing—and rethink the way you work, socialize, and live your life.

1.  You’re not really multitasking

“When it comes to attention and productivity, our brains have a finite amount,” he says.

2.  It’s slowing you down

In fact, it will probably take you longer to finish two projects when you’re jumping back and forth than it would to finish each one separately.

3.  You’re making mistakes

4.  It’s stressing you out

5.  You’re missing out on life

6.  Your memory may suffer

As the brain ages, researchers say, it has a harder time getting back on track after even a brief detour.

7.  It’s hurting your relationships

8.  It can make you overeat

9.  You’re not actually good at it

10. It’s dampening your creativity

11. You can’t OHIO

The problem with multitasking, though, is that it makes Only Handling It Once a near impossibility—instead, you’re handling it five or six times,

12. It can be dangerous

Texting or talking on a cell phone, even with a hands-free device, is as dangerous as driving drunk—yet that doesn’t stop many adults from doing it, even while they have their own children in the car.

Bert Guevara's insight:
I am one of those who try to be efficient by doing several things at the same time. My desktop has 3 monitors running at the same time with my phone as the 4th, just to cite an example.
After reading this, i am seriously rethinking my work habits.

"We all do it: Texting while walking, sending emails during meetings, chatting on the phone while cooking dinner. In today’s society, doing just one thing at a time seems downright luxurious, even wasteful. 
"But chances are, you’re not doing yourself (or your boss, or your friends and family) any favors by multitasking your way through the day. Research shows that it’s not nearly as efficient as we like to believe, and can even be harmful to our health. 
Here are 12 reasons why you should stop everything you’re doing—well, all but one thing—and rethink the way you work, socialize, and live your life."
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What's the Difference Between Cage Free, Free Range and Pasture Raised Eggs? ("aren't they the same?")

What's the Difference Between Cage Free, Free Range and Pasture Raised Eggs? ("aren't they the same?") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

How much access to open space do chickens that lay cage-free eggs get? And are these eggs, or pasture-raised eggs, better for your health?

More consumers are paying attention to how the chickens that lay their breakfast eggs are treated, and industry is starting to respond. In the last few months, several major American fast food restaurants chains have made a pledge to switch to eggs from cage-free chickens in the next decade, some by 2020 and others by 2025. 

Should the hens be happy?

Cage free: A cagey term

Cage-free hens, by contrast, are able to walk freely inside the building in which they’re housed and lay their eggs in nests. 

That doesn’t mean they get fresh air and sunshine. Cage-free hens often “live in very large flocks that can consist of many thousands of hens who never go outside,” explains the Humane Society. NPR reports these hens get only 1 square feet of space each on average.

“Free range” and “pasture raised” equal outdoors time

Free-range eggs are eggs produced from birds that are allowed outdoors for at least part of the day. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) asks producers to show that the chickens have been allowed outside access in order for them to claim their poultry is free-range. "Outdoors" doesn't necessarily mean grassy fields, however. 

Pasture raised eggs, on the other hand, are eggs from hens that were fully raised outdoors and had a diet of feed, wild plants and insects, according to the USDA.

"Certified Organic"

Certified organic eggs come from hens that are fed organic and vegetarian feed, free of pesticides and antibiotics, in accordance with the USDA’s National Organic Program regulations. By law, these hens also have access to the outdoors and are not confined to cages.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Eggs aren't all made the same. Be informed. In the first place, hens aren't machines.

"Is cage free healthier for you? 
"It's possible. One 2010 study conducted by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences found that eggs from pastured hens contained more healthy omega-3 fatty acids and more vitamin E than factory hens."
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Here Are the Hidden Health Benefits of Your Workout Routine ("get off that chair & get moving")

Here Are the Hidden Health Benefits of Your Workout Routine ("get off that chair & get moving") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Find out what hidden perks come with your favorite workout routine beyond basic weight loss and calorie burning.

Fitness: Maybe you don’t need another reason to hit the gym, but if you do… Did you know that exercising three times a week can lower your chance of depression? And that getting the recommended 150 minutes of weekly activity (even just energetic walking) can cut your risk of heart disease by 25 percent? We’ve gathered research on the lesser-known payoffs of all types of workouts so you can pat yourself on the back for the perks that you didn’t realize you were getting—or tweak your regimen to reap extra rewards! 

1. The Workout: Lifting Light Weights 

Added Benefit: Builds Bone Density

2. The Workout: A Brisk Morning Walk 

Added Benefit: Improves Sleep

3. The Workout: Strength Training 

Added Benefit: Boosts Memory

4. The Workout: Interval Cycling 

Added Benefit: Relieves Arthritic Pain

5. The Workout: Cross-Training 

Added Benefit: Helps You Live Longer


More is More: Why not add at least one more activity to your weekly routine? If yoga is your primary activity, find time for some strength training. If you’re a runner, mix it up with some cycling. And if you haven’t had time to be active at all lately, let this information motivate you to try different offerings at the gym and fall in love with a few types of movement.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Get off that chair; turn off that computer or gadget and get moving!!! Do some simple exercises and live longer!

"We’ve gathered research on the lesser-known payoffs of all types of workouts so you can pat yourself on the back for the perks that you didn’t realize you were getting—or tweak your regimen to reap extra rewards! 
1. The Workout: Lifting Light Weights 
Added Benefit: Builds Bone Density 
2. The Workout: A Brisk Morning Walk 
Added Benefit: Improves Sleep 
3. The Workout: Strength Training 
Added Benefit: Boosts Memory 
4. The Workout: Interval Cycling 
Added Benefit: Relieves Arthritic Pain 
5. The Workout: Cross-Training 
Added Benefit: Helps You Live Longer"
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Why You Should Stop Eating Egg Whites ("benefits of whole egg beats the fear of cholesterol")

Why You Should Stop Eating Egg Whites ("benefits of whole egg beats the fear of cholesterol") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Eat your yolks, folks. They have fat, cholesterol and a ton of good nutrients that you just don't get from egg whites.

Left behind are a wobbly mix of water, protein, some vitamins and little else. These whites are also sold in one-ingredient cartons, pasteurized so they can be eaten raw. (That's not the case for shell egg substitutes, like Egg Beaters Original, which come with egg whites but cut out cholesterol by mimicking the yolk with natural flavor and color, vegetable gums, maltodextrin and many other added ingredients.) 

But there's good reason not to fear the yolks. Scientific research has vindicated dietary cholesterol, finding that eating cholesterol has no real impact on cholesterol metabolism. That is, eating foods high in cholesterol does not mean you’ll develop high cholesterol. Some evidence suggests that eggs might even be beneficial for cholesterol by raising levels of HDL cholesterol, the “good” cholesterol that’s linked to a lower risk of heart disease. 

Egg yolks contain a vibrant mix of saturated and unsaturated fat—another nutrient that, when it comes from a healthy whole food source, is unfairly slandered. Yolks have a good helping of vitamin E, one of the nutrients Americans eat too little of. But the real case for egg yolks can be made by their abundance of carotenoids, nutrients in plants and animal fats that give things like egg yolks (and even autumn leaves) their yellow color. Egg yolks are rich in the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, which help eye health and protect against inflammation.

Sure, you can find carotenoids in more virtuous places, like fruits and vegetables. But egg yolks have an edge. Carotenoids need to be eaten with fat in order for the body to more fully absorb them, and a whole egg is the total package. Eat them, and you’ll get more of these nutrients—not just from the eggs, but from the stuff you eat it with, too. Two large eggs provide 143 calories, 13 grams of protein and almost 10 grams of fat.

Bert Guevara's insight:
There is a good reason why eggs were created with the yellow and the white together. Find out why you should eat them together.

"... Egg yolks are rich in the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, which help eye health and protect against inflammation.
"Sure, you can find carotenoids in more virtuous places, like fruits and vegetables. But egg yolks have an edge. Carotenoids need to be eaten with fat in order for the body to more fully absorb them, and a whole egg is the total package. Eat them, and you’ll get more of these nutrients—not just from the eggs, but from the stuff you eat it with, too. Two large eggs provide 143 calories, 13 grams of protein and almost 10 grams of fat."
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Eye Problems in Elderly: Never Miss Eating These Foods ("choose colorful fruits and see clearer")

Eye Problems in Elderly: Never Miss Eating These Foods ("choose colorful fruits and see clearer") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Because of the increasing percentage of the older population, the incidence of eye problems in elderly is expected to rise.

Aging is not reversible. However, many health related conditions can be prevented or at least have their negative effects to our body minimized. Since most people don’t like taking medications; other reasonable treatment alternatives should be considered. One of these alternatives is balanced nutrition.

The federal government’s National Eye Institute sponsored Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) found that adding vitamin C, E, beta carotene, zinc and copper at levels above the recommended daily allowances could reduce the risk of developing macular degeneration by 25%.

Vitamin C 

This vitamin is an effective antioxidant that protects many essential molecules of the body. It is a water-soluble vitamin that is necessary for the making of muscles, ligaments, collagens and structural components of blood vessels.

Vitamin E 

Vitamin E is also an antioxidant and protects against the oxidation of fat. The retina has a large amount of fatty acids and therefore, protection against free radicals is an important process in this tissue.

Beta Carotene Studies have shown that the daily beta carotene consumption in U.S. is around 3-6 mg/day and the average intake in U.S. men and women over 50 years of age is around 2.6 mg/day. The above mentioned study (AREDS trial) showed a positive effect of taking beta carotene in addition to vitamins C and E, zinc, and copper in reducing the rate of macular degeneration

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This $100 Gadget Is Taking Over Kitchens Everywhere ("this 7-in-1 cooker must be good to be in Time")

This $100 Gadget Is Taking Over Kitchens Everywhere ("this 7-in-1 cooker must be good to be in Time") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

The Instant Pot multi-tasking pressure cooker is Amazon's best seller in the kitchen category, with nearly 18,000 reviews. Cooks rave about it.

Instant Pot, which functions as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté pan, yogurt maker and warmer, tends to draw the kinds of over-the-top reviews that seem plucked directly from infomercials. "I seriously can't believe how many foods can be cooked in here!" one reviewer wrote. "Love this!! I was scared to buy a pressure cooker but with all the functions on this it is a breeze to use," another said. The word "love" comes up a lot in these reviews.

How could such a hit product still remain relatively below the radar? The main explanation is that Double Insight, the Canadian firm that makes Instant Pots, has used very unconventional marketing strategies. In fact, the Instant Pot's runaway success was entirely viral.

Instant Pot has been very involved in low-cost social media marketing as well. The company encourages Instant Pot owners to join its Facebook community — which has nearly 450,000 members — where they can share recipes and crowdsource cooking advice. 

Instant Pot runs recipe contests and has a slew of cooking videos on its site — which is good, because one of users' few complaints is the steep learning curve for figuring out how to best use it. There’s a small but growing number of Instant Pot cookbooks too.


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"Instant Pot, which functions as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté pan, yogurt maker and warmer, tends to draw the kinds of over-the-top reviews that seem plucked directly from infomercials. ...
"How could such a hit product still remain relatively below the radar? The main explanation is that Double Insight, the Canadian firm that makes Instant Pots, has used very unconventional marketing strategies. In fact, the Instant Pot's runaway success was entirely viral."
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Eating More of This Will Make You Live Longer ("you have to love fruits & veggies to extend life")

Eating More of This Will Make You Live Longer ("you have to love fruits & veggies to extend life") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

A new study shows people that eat 10 helpings of fruits and vegetables lived longer

By now we know that eating more fruits and vegetables is good for our health, but a new study suggests that eating even more produce can prevent millions of deaths each year. 

In the report, published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, researchers from Imperial College London conducted a meta-analysis of 95 studies looking at fruit and vegetable intake. They estimated that 7.8 million premature global deaths could be avoided yearly if people ate 10 portions of fruits and vegetables a day. 

The researchers characterize 10 portions as 800 grams of fruits and vegetables a day. For context, one medium apple is around 182 grams. 

Already eating plenty of fruits and vegetables cut people’s risk of early death from heart disease and cancer. But the researchers estimated that if people ate up to 10 portions a day, there would be a 24% lower risk of heart disease, 33% lower risk of stroke, 28% lower risk of cardiovascular disease, 13% lower risk of cancer, and a 31% lower risk of dying early when compared to not eating any fruit or vegetables.

The fruits and vegetables that were linked to lower risk of heart problems included the usual suspects like apples, citrus, and leafy veggies like spinach. Other cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and Brussels sprouts as well as peppers and green beans were linked to potentially lower cancer risk.

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"But the researchers estimated that if people ate up to 10 portions a day, there would be a 24% lower risk of heart disease, 33% lower risk of stroke, 28% lower risk of cardiovascular disease, 13% lower risk of cancer, and a 31% lower risk of dying early when compared to not eating any fruit or vegetables.
"But how realistic is it to ask people to eat up to 10 portions of produce? Considering fewer than 18% of Americans eat the recommended amount of fruit and less than 14% eat the recommended amount of vegetables, that will be a challenge."
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The Ingredient to a Long, Healthy Life is in Your Bowl of Cereal ("less sugar; more fiber is the key")

The Ingredient to a Long, Healthy Life is in Your Bowl of Cereal ("less sugar; more fiber is the key") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Some scientists at the Harvard School of Public Health have been researching the impact of cereal fiber on diet for years. They found that people who reported in surveys a diet rich in cereal fiber lived longer than those who chose less well in the morning. They had a 19 percent reduced risk of death, compared to those who ate the least amount of cereal fiber. 
Crunching the numbers even further, the authors found that high fiber cereal eaters had a 34 percent lower risk of death from diabetes and a 15 percent reduced risk of death from cancer. People who ate a lot of whole grains and dietary fiber had a 17 percent lower risk of all-cause mortality. 
Cereal fiber, they conclude, is one “potentially protective component” of a really healthy, premature death-preventing diet.
Whole grains and regular dietary fiber also may help reduce your mortality risks, the study found, and those can be found in a large number of products. 
Consider oatmeal or a non-high fiber cereal (3 to 5 grams), eat a piece of wheat bread (about 5 grams) or a whole wheat tortilla (about 5 grams). Black beans are a rich source for dietary fiber (19.5 grams). And add even some fruit like apples (a large one has 4.5 grams) or a half a cup of blackberries (4.4 grams) all of that would add up to this ‘higher’ total that may improve your odds of living a longer life. 
And if you don’t want to spend hours reading labels at the grocery store, dietitian Lori Zanini said she tells her clients this fiber rule of thumb: “No animal product will naturally have this,” Zanini said. “Plants are where you should go to find fiber. It only comes from the cell walls of plants.”
The operative word is “may,” study author Dr. Lu Qi said. Keep in mind the study looks at connections; it doesn’t show causality. To definitively show cereal is the key to long life, the professor at the Harvard medical school and Harvard’s school of public health said, you’d need a clinical trial that would look at this specific issue.
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We already know the health benefits of oatmeal, wheat bread, wheat tortilla and black beans. Now we learn that cereal fiber diet for breakfast is good for long life. Check this out.
But stay away from the sugary brands.

"They found that people who reported in surveys a diet rich in cereal fiber lived longer than those who chose less well in the morning. They had a 19 percent reduced risk of death, compared to those who ate the least amount of cereal fiber. 
"Crunching the numbers even further, the authors found that high fiber cereal eaters had a 34 percent lower risk of death from diabetes and a 15 percent reduced risk of death from cancer. People who ate a lot of whole grains and dietary fiber had a 17 percent lower risk of all-cause mortality. 
"Cereal fiber, they conclude, is one “potentially protective component” of a really healthy, premature death-preventing diet."
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5 Ways to Lower Your Cholesterol ("is it too hard to do live a healthy daily routine? start today!!!")

Learning you have high cholesterol can be scary, but the good news is that by making a few small changes to your diet and lifestyle, you can significantly lower your cholesterol levels.

How to Start Lowering Your Cholesterol Today 

1. Change the way you eat 

One of the contributing factors in the development of high blood cholesterol is a diet high in saturated fat, which is a form of fat typically found in foods that come from animal sources, including beef, pork, poultry, and dairy products like cheese and milk. Saturated fat can also be found in processed food and snacks like chips, cookies, and doughnuts.   

2. Lose weight 

Losing weight is key to helping you lower your blood cholesterol, particularly if you’re obese. Shaving off as little as 5 to 10 percent of your body weight will help you improve your cholesterol levels. As mentioned above, switching to a plant-based diet is a good first step to help you lose a few pounds. 

3. Start moving 

Regular physical activity doesn’t just help you maintain a healthy weight, it also helps you lower cholesterol by stimulating the enzymes that move the “bad” cholesterol in your blood to the liver, where they’re either converted to bile for digestion or excreted. 

4. Quit smoking 

Smoking creates a double whammy in terms of cholesterol by lowering HDL levels (“good” cholesterol) while simultaneously worsening existing LDL. Research suggests that the toxins produced by cigarettes oxidize LDL cholesterol, making the “bad” cholesterol more potent and damaging. 

5. Get enough sleep 

Sleep is as important as diet in combating high cholesterol. An investigation done by a research group in Helsinki concluded that the gene responsible for cholesterol transport is less active in those who are sleep-deprived. The study also showed that people who suffer from sleep loss have lower HDL levels compared to those who are getting at least seven hours of sleep each night.

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"You can see that lowering your cholesterol level doesn’t have to be a difficult process. Even though millions of Americans are taking statin drugs to lower their cholesterol levels, you can make a bigger impact by simply making a few positive lifestyle changes. As you develop good eating habits, exercise regularly, and get plenty of sleep each night, you’ll fight off “bad” cholesterol and better utilize “good” cholesterol to boost your overall health and significantly reduce your risk for heart disease and stroke."
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Eat a rainbow: The benefits of colorful foods ("check out the infographic; each color has a purpose")

Eat a rainbow: The benefits of colorful foods ("check out the infographic; each color has a purpose") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

The following infographic explains the health benefits of colorful fruits and vegetables.

The following infographic explains the health benefits of colorful fruits and vegetables. 

Nutritionists tell us to eat fruits and vegetables of many different colors in order to get a wide range of nutrients, but do you know what those nutrients actually are or what they do for your health? This fun, informative infographic has lots of specific facts and tips that will inspire you to fill the fruit bowl and crisper and get munching.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Check out the info-graphics in the original article. 
You will not go wrong. My advise: eat all of them (as much as possible) according to their season and as natural as possible.

Although I cannot document it, colorful foods have improved my eyesight despite my diabetes.
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Does Drinking Soda Really Give You Diabetes? ("better to get used to water in quenching your thirst")

Does Drinking Soda Really Give You Diabetes? ("better to get used to water in quenching your thirst") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Find out what your soda habit is doing to your blood sugar and risk of diabetes.

In a study of over 1,600 people, those who drank regular soda more than 3 times a week were 46% more likely to develop prediabetes—a disease where your blood sugar is elevated, but not quite at the diabetes threshold—over a 14-year period than those who didn’t drink any of the beverage. 

Even just one 12-ounce can of soda more than three times a week is enough to raise your health risk. 

This link between soda and prediabetes persisted even after the researchers adjusted for potential factors that may be skewing the relationship, like calorie consumption, physical activity levels, and body mass indexes (BMI).

One possible reason is that the sugar content of regular soda may overwhelm the drinker’s system with excess glucose and fructose, says lead study author Nicola McKeown, PhD, of Tufts University. 

The extra sugar rush raises the amount of sugar in your body in the short-term. But it can also mess with your system long-term, by changing the way the pancreas releases insulin, a hormone that allows your body to absorb glucose for energy. As a result, you can develop insulin resistance, a condition where your body needs higher and higher amounts of insulin to function, says McKeown. When your body can’t churn out enough insulin to keep up with that demand, the glucose builds up in your blood, and you can develop prediabetes, and eventually diabetes.

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Why? 
One possible reason is that the sugar content of regular soda may overwhelm the drinker’s system with excess glucose and fructose. 

"The extra sugar rush raises the amount of sugar in your body in the short-term. But it can also mess with your system long-term, by changing the way the pancreas releases insulin, a hormone that allows your body to absorb glucose for energy. As a result, you can develop insulin resistance, a condition where your body needs higher and higher amounts of insulin to function, says McKeown. When your body can’t churn out enough insulin to keep up with that demand, the glucose builds up in your blood, and you can develop prediabetes, and eventually diabetes."
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Can Organic Food Prevent a Public Health Crisis? | Civil Eats ("recent findings clearly show benefits")

Can Organic Food Prevent a Public Health Crisis? | Civil Eats ("recent findings clearly show benefits") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

From children’s development to antibiotic resistance, a new European Parliament report charts the many benefits of organic food.

Previous reports have looked selectively at the potential benefits of organic food and agriculture—its environmental sustainability or whether it contains certain pesticide residues, for example. This report, however, takes an unusually comprehensive look at the full range of possible benefits, from nutrition to absence of toxics. It’s also based on hundreds of studies that include food analyses and epidemiological and laboratory studies. 

Their findings are clearest when it comes to minimizing exposure to pesticides and to antibiotics used in livestock production. But the report also found that organically grown produce tends to contain less of the toxic metal cadmium—which the authors note is “highly relevant to human health.”

Most striking in its findings is the evidence suggesting organic food can help protect children from the brain-altering effects of some pesticides. And while there is evidence of greater nutrient content in some organic food—particularly milk and meat—as health benefits, these differences appear to be less significant than organic food’s lack of hazardous chemicals. 

When it comes to pesticides, antibiotic resistance, and cadmium exposure, the authors write, “If no action is taken, an opportunity to address some important public health issues would be missed.”

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Is organic food better for us? A growing number of scientific studies suggest that it is.

"Previous reports have looked selectively at the potential benefits of organic food and agriculture—its environmental sustainability or whether it contains certain pesticide residues, for example. This report, however, takes an unusually comprehensive look at the full range of possible benefits, from nutrition to absence of toxics. It’s also based on hundreds of studies that include food analyses and epidemiological and laboratory studies. 
"Their findings are clearest when it comes to minimizing exposure to pesticides and to antibiotics used in livestock production. But the report also found that organically grown produce tends to contain less of the toxic metal cadmium—which the authors note is “highly relevant to human health.”
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White wine linked to higher risk of certain melanomas - Harvard Health ("better choose red vs white")

White wine linked to higher risk of certain melanomas - Harvard Health ("better choose red vs white") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Data from more than 200,000 people indicates that the risk of developing melanoma increases by 13% for every glass of white wine consumed per day. Drinking…

Alcohol is responsible for about 4% of cancer cases worldwide, typically in the esophagus, liver, pancreas, colon, rectum, and breast. A possible explanation is that the ethanol in alcohol metabolizes into acetaldehyde, which damages DNA and prevents DNA repair. 

A team of researchers from Harvard and Brown universities sought to determine whether alcohol consumption can also raise risk for melanoma—a potentially deadly skin cancer. They used data from three large prospective studies in which 210,252 participants completed questionnaires about their alcohol consumption. The researchers noted which people developed several types of cancer, including melanoma, over an average of 18 years. 

Overall alcohol intake was associated with a 14% higher risk of melanoma per drink per day. While each drink of white wine was associated with a 13% increase in melanoma risk, beer, red wine, and liquor had no significant effect. The researchers speculated that white wine may be more likely than red to increase melanoma risk because it contains more acetaldehyde and a lower concentration of antioxidants to counter the effects than red wine does. The study appeared in the December 2016 issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. 

If you drink white wine, you might want to consider reserving it for special occasions. And you may want to sample a few reds as well.

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If you have a choice between red wine, white wine, beer or liquor, which do you think is healthier?

"Alcohol is responsible for about 4% of cancer cases worldwide, typically in the esophagus, liver, pancreas, colon, rectum, and breast. A possible explanation is that the ethanol in alcohol metabolizes into acetaldehyde, which damages DNA and prevents DNA repair.
"While each drink of white wine was associated with a 13% increase in melanoma risk, beer, red wine, and liquor had no significant effect.
"If you drink white wine, you might want to consider reserving it for special occasions. And you may want to sample a few reds as well."
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9 unique eats in Nueva Ecija ("from tilapia ice cream, batotay, to bangus spaghetti to buko lumpia")

9 unique eats in Nueva Ecija ("from tilapia ice cream, batotay, to bangus spaghetti to buko lumpia") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

For those going to Nueva Ecija, here are just a few of the unique dishes you can find there.

1. Tilapia ice cream 

Tired of the usual rocky road and vanilla ice cream? How about a nice big helping of tilapia ice cream? Daerry’s novelty ice cream is one of the products of the Central Luzon State University (CLSU), developed as a response to the challenge to make use of tilapia, a type of freshwater fish.

2. Puno's Ice Cream & Sherbet

3. Pinapaitang kambing with alibangbang leaves

In Nueva Ecija, a local version involves cooking the broth in alibangbang or butterfly leaves, a souring agent similar to tamarind leaves.

4. Boodle fight 

The military style of eating where food is prepared on a long table for people to eat with bare hands has become a culinary experience it itself, especially for city folk and balikbayans who have never tried it.

5. Local kakanin

PMP Paradise Farms offers culinary tours where visitors can try making palitaw and nilupak among others. Palitaw is a small, sweet rice cake made from rice flour and water. The treats are sprinkled with sugar, coconut, and sesame seeds before serving. Nilupak is another delicacy made from either mashed cassava, sweet potatoes or cardaba bananas wrapped in banana leaves and served with margarine.

6. Batotay and Cabanatuan longganisa

7. Bangus spaghetti

Chanos Chanos' spaghetti uses bangus flakes with a creamy tomato sauce, resulting in a healthier yet still delicious family favorite.

8. Buko lumpia

9. Carabao's milk dairy products

Bert Guevara's insight:
Trying some local delicacies can be healthy; just take it easy.

For those going to Nueva Ecija, here are just a few of the unique dishes you can find there. 
1. Tilapia ice cream 
2. Puno's Ice Cream & Sherbet 
3. Pinapaitang kambing with alibangbang leaves 
4. Boodle fight 
5. Local kakanin 
6. Batotay and Cabanatuan longganisa 
7. Bangus spaghetti 
8. Buko lumpia 
9. Carabao's milk dairy products
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The Surprising Benefit of Showering at Night ("it's the timing & how it tells your body to sign off")

The Surprising Benefit of Showering at Night ("it's the timing & how it tells your body to sign off") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Discover how a hot shower before bed can improve your sleep.

The main trick is to not start too late. “You don’t want to heat yourself up right before bed,” says Dr. Dianne Augelli of the the Center for Sleep Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. That’s because body temperature plays an important part in regulating circadian rhythm, which tells the body when to feel sleepy or alert. During the day, body temperature naturally rises until the late afternoon, when it reverses and begins to fall. “Cooling down is a signal that tells us we’re supposed to go to sleep,” she says, so interrupting this process can make it harder to fall asleep.

Showering earlier in the evening gives your body a chance to cool off and can even trigger sleep, says Shelby Harris, director of behavioral sleep medicine at New York’s Montefiore Medical Center. Several studies have shown that warming your body by taking a bath can help induce sleep when there’s enough time to cool off afterward. While much of the research has focused on baths, a 20-minute shower would have similar effects, Harris says. 

Time your shower so you’re done about an hour and a half before you want to hit the sack, Harris recommends. That way, by the time you lay down in bed, your body will be cool, dry and ready for sleep.

As a bonus, you can fold the very important step of washing your face into your nighttime shower. According to the National Sleep Foundation, cleansing before bed can help clear your skin and reduce breakouts, guard against wrinkles and help night creams and moisturizers work more effectively.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Develop the right habit of telling your body to sign off by taking a shower at night, about an hour and a half before your planned bedtime.
And turn off those gadgets!

“Cooling down is a signal that tells us we’re supposed to go to sleep,” she says, so interrupting this process can make it harder to fall asleep.
"Time your shower so you’re done about an hour and a half before you want to hit the sack, Harris recommends. That way, by the time you lay down in bed, your body will be cool, dry and ready for sleep."
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South Pacific islands ban western junk food and go organic ("so we can live w/o junk food")

South Pacific islands ban western junk food and go organic ("so we can live w/o junk food") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Leaders of Vanuatu province want to turn local people and tourists away from unhealthy imports in favour of locally grown crops and seafood

A group of south Pacific islands are banning foreign junk food imports in favour of an all-local, organic diet as a way to combat future health problems. 

Torba province, part of Vanuatu, aims to impose restrictions on the import of western foodstuffs and instead take advantage of its productive agricultural land and rich natural resources. 

Located in the northern part of Vanuatu, Toba is often described as the “forgotten province” and the majority of its 10,000 people are subsistence farmers.

Father Luc Dini, a community leader and head of the local tourism council, said a ban on foreign food imports would improve the health and wellbeing of islanders. 

“At the moment we have an infiltration of junk food from overseas,” he said. 

“It is easy to boil noodles or rice, but they have almost no nutritional value and there is no need to eat imported food when we have so much local food grown organically on our islands.” 

Dini said his province had an abundance of locally grown or sourced food to sustain its population including fish, crabs, shellfish, taro, yams, paw paw and pineapple. 

The most popular imported foods consumed in Torba were rice, sweets, tinned fish and biscuits, he said. 

“We are Vanuatu’s most isolated province and so far our health has stayed pretty good because of that, but we want to continue to be healthy,” he said.

Bert Guevara's insight:
It only makes sense to eat natural organic food when it is available. We can survive without junk food. Tell that to your kids!

“If you really want to live on a paradise of your own, then you should make do with what you have and try and live with nature,” he said.
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