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Study: Turmeric can Protect the Aging Brain from Decline ("the spice that makes your brain younger")

Study: Turmeric can Protect the Aging Brain from Decline ("the spice that makes your brain younger") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
A study indicates that turmeric can protect the brain from age-related brain dysfunctions, including stroke, dementia, and neurodegenerative disease.

According to the study, published in the journal Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry, this brain-protection effect is a result of something called uncoupling protein 2 (UCP2) and its role in reducing oxidative stress in the brain.

As GreenMedInfo reports, curcumin, the compound in turmeric that gives it its distinctive color, may be able to upregulate UCP2, protecting the brain from oxidation and related age-related damage.

In addition, the researchers noted, the curcumin promoted phosphylation of AMPK and eNOS, both related to improved endothelial function and cardiovascular risk factors. The curcumin was also able to reduce production of Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) , which is associated with decreased oxidative stress and cell damage.

But this is far from the first study to link turmeric and curcumin to brain benefits. It’s the consumption of turmeric in countries like India that is often credited with their low rates of Alzheimer’s disease and cancer.


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To senior citizens, the wonder brain spice is here with us. Start by using turmeric in your cooking.

"While science attempts to sort out how turmeric is able to fight disease and degeneration that is often considered untreatable by conventional medicine, we can still experience the benefits now by adding this deep-flavored root to our cooking."

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Turmeric May No Longer Be So Miraculous (it's still good, but not 'super' as previously thought")

Turmeric May No Longer Be So Miraculous (it's still good, but not 'super' as previously thought") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Are there still reasons to include the “golden spice” of turmeric, with its active compound curcumin, in your diet?

Turmeric, the bright yellow spice often used in curries, mustards and golden milk lattes, has gained quite a reputation as a superfood. It’s been touted for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and hailed as a natural defense against cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. 

That reputation, however, may have just gone down a notch: A new review of scientific literature on curcumin, the most well-known chemical in turmeric, suggests that the compound has limited, if any, actual health benefits. 

There may still be reason to include the “golden spice” in your diet, say the authors of the new review, published in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry. But as far as current evidence shows, its most famous compound doesn’t live up to its hype. 

Ground turmeric root has been used in Indian and Chinese cooking (and traditional medicine) for centuries. But when the reviewers looked at several recent clinical trials and epidemiological studies on curcumin, they noticed that research findings often weren’t translated correctly in the media.

One big problem, the new report notes, is that curcumin is not easily absorbed by the body. And despite the thousands of research papers published on turmeric, the reviewers were unable to find any double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials (the gold-standard of medical research) to support its myriad health claims.

But don’t count out turmeric just yet, says registered dietitian Wendy Bazilian, who was not involved in the new research. She says it’s true that curcumin is no cure-all—“just like no other single nutrient isolated and extracted from a food, or for that matter, any one food itself.” But based on research in both animals and humans, she adds, “there’s no question that there are some health properties associated with the spice.”

Bert Guevara's insight:
Like any wonderful herb, it may be best taken in combination with other stuff to aid in absorption in the body.

"One big problem, the new report notes, is that curcumin is not easily absorbed by the body. And despite the thousands of research papers published on turmeric, the reviewers were unable to find any double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials (the gold-standard of medical research) to support its myriad health claims."
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5 Things to Finally STOP Doing in 2017 ("be more earth-friendly and feel good about it")

5 Things to Finally STOP Doing in 2017 ("be more earth-friendly and feel good about it") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

New Year's resolutions often center around things we'd like to add our lives — this year, take some things away instead.

1. Cancel Your Cable

There are many reasons to ditch your digital subscription, but the strongest argument for me has always been the amount of advertising you can avoid.

What can you do instead? Consider switching to something like Netflix, which provides commercial-free entertainment (and, according to some estimates, will save you from watching more than six days’ worth of commercials each and every year).

2. Stop Shopping

We are far more than just passive consumers, and in order to remember this, it would behoove us to spend less of our time wandering around these massive monuments to consumption.

3. Eat Less Meat

This is another area where it doesn’t have to be all or nothing — just reducing your meat intake by one burger a week for a year can have the same effect as taking your car off the road for 320 miles. Not only that, but it allows the environment a little breathing room.

4. Just Say No to Disposable Products

5. Jettison Judgment

When you’re making positive change in your life, it’s easy to slide right past patting yourself on the back to becoming smug and judging others for not making similar shifts. As you carry your new habits through 2017, remember that everyone makes changes at their own pace and to fit their own lives.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Let's strive to become MORE earth-friendly in 2017 by applying some discipline or abstaining from some wasteful habits.
(These suggestions are not mine, nor do I claim to be doing all of it.)

1. Cancel Your Cable
2. Stop Shopping
3. Eat Less Meat
4. Just Say No to Disposable Products
5. Jettison Judgment 
When you’re making positive change in your life, it’s easy to slide right past patting yourself on the back to becoming smug and judging others for not making similar shifts. As you carry your new habits through 2017, remember that everyone makes changes at their own pace and to fit their own lives.
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5 Bad Things about Detoxing You Don't Know ("our bodies have better natural systems of detoxing")

5 Bad Things about Detoxing You Don't Know ("our bodies have better natural systems of detoxing") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Most people have already failed at keeping up with the New Year’s resolutions they made on January 1 and are thinking of coming up with new ones. Many Many toxins are used to grow the food we eat, so we consume the harmful chemicals all the time. Even the air we breathe has too many. The liver and kidneys naturally get rid of them every time you sweat or go to the bathroom. This has been the case for thousands of years. So why do people need to do more? They don’t. Cleaning up your diet instead will do just fine. The basic principle of cleansing is not eating foods or drink beverages that contain toxins. That list can be endless. The goal is to “purify” the body but, again, it does that on its own.toxins are used to grow the food we eat, so we consume the harmful chemicals all the time. Even the air we breathe has too many. The liver and kidneys naturally get rid of them every time you sweat or go to the bathroom. This has been the case for thousands of years. So why do people need to do more? They don’t. Cleaning up your diet instead will do just fine. The basic principle of cleansing is not eating foods or drink beverages that contain toxins. That list can be endless. The goal is to “purify” the body but, again, it does that on its own.Detoxing has been a popular diet over the last several years.

The bottom line is that you can “purify” your body by treating it right. Stop eating junk food and replace it with healthy snacks, fish and lean meat. Add vegetables as sides to your meals and fruits to your smoothies. Drink more water and stay away from sugary drinks. These choices will do you a lot more good than a hundred detoxing diets put together.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Know the negative side of detox diets after the holiday season. Cleaning up your diet is better than meddling with your liver and kidney.

"Many toxins are used to grow the food we eat, so we consume the harmful chemicals all the time. Even the air we breathe has too many. The liver and kidneys naturally get rid of them every time you sweat or go to the bathroom. This has been the case for thousands of years. So why do people need to do more? They don’t. Cleaning up your diet instead will do just fine. 
"The basic principle of cleansing is not eating foods or drink beverages that contain toxins. That list can be endless. The goal is to “purify” the body but, again, it does that on its own."
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14 Dry Eye Symptoms You Shouldn't Ignore ("good reason to get emotional when watching drama movies")

14 Dry Eye Symptoms You Shouldn't Ignore ("good reason to get emotional when watching drama movies") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Know the dry eye symptoms: Dry eye syndrome means you have a chronic problem with tear production, which can lead to serious eye issues if not treated. The problem? Although it sounds easy to spot, dry eye symptoms can be mistaken for other problems, sometimes for years, before getting a proper diagnosis.

They say oil and water don’t mix, but tell that to your eyes. The tears produced by healthy orbs have a lubricating layer of watery tear and oil, and without this combo, your eyes can be in serious trouble. 

That's where dry eye syndrome comes in. Different from just a one-time episode of dry-feeling eyes, this is an umbrella term for a variety of problems in which tear production is faulty. Ophthalmologists tend to lump dry-eye sufferers into two camps: Those whose tears are in short supply and others whose tears are lacking in oil, causing moisture to evaporate too quickly from the eye’s surface. Some people experience a combination of the two.

Here are some common and troubling dry eye symptoms:

- Red or bloodshot eyes

- Eyes that feel gritty

- Light sensitivity

- Sensitivity to irritants

- Stinging or burning eye pain

- Stringy mucus in the eye

- Excessive tearing or watery eyes following dryness

- Your contacts hurt

- Blurred vision that comes and goes

- Inability to cry

- Heavy eyes or eyelids

- Eye strain when using electronics

- Difficulty driving at night

- Suicidal thoughts

Bert Guevara's insight:
In my last eye exam, I was told I had dry eyes. Aside from the eye drops, I decided to watch more movies that made me emotional. I realized the health value of tears. 
(Check out the symptoms in the article.)

“All bad dry eye starts out as annoying nuisance, or just minimal dry eye,” he says. “If you let it build up over time, you become a significant risk factor for more significant dry eye.”
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A beer a day may be great for your cholesterol ("beer and red wine in moderate dosage is healthy")

A beer a day may be great for your cholesterol ("beer and red wine in moderate dosage is healthy") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
The study, conducted by researchers at Pennsylvania State University and Kailuan Hospital in China determined that drinking up to two alcoholic beverages a day may slow the decline of “good” high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, which helps to remove “bad” low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. 
LDL cholesterol at high levels can cause plaque buildup in the arteries and increase a person’s risk of a heart attack or stroke. High-density lipoprotein carries the ‘bad’ back to a person’s liver, where it can be broken down and eliminated from the body. 
For the study, the team analyzed 80,081 Chinese adults who were an average age of 49 years, Medical News Today reports. Participants were then grouped into those who never drink, used to drink, lightly drink, moderately drink, and heavy drinkers. Their drinks of choice were also recorded. Moderate drinking is described as one of two daily servings for men and up to one a day for women. 
Participants HDL levels were then measured every two years beginning in 2006 and ending in 2012. 
While all participants experienced a loss in HDL levels, researchers found that moderate drinkers experienced the slowest decline. They also found that those who drank beer saw a slower decline than those who preferred hard liquor. The study noted that they did not have enough wine drinkers to determine the correlation between drinking wine and slowed reduction of HDL. 
“Alcohol consumption was associated with slower HDL decreases, with moderate consumption slowest. However, the data suggested differential effects on the basis of alcoholic beverage type,” the study claimed.
Bert Guevara's insight:
Cheers!

"The study, conducted by researchers at Pennsylvania State University and Kailuan Hospital in China determined that drinking up to two alcoholic beverages a day may slow the decline of “good” high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, which helps to remove “bad” low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol."
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Stop junk food ads on kids' apps - WHO - BBC News ("professional media used to attract kids to junk")

Stop junk food ads on kids' apps - WHO - BBC News ("professional media used to attract kids to junk") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Children need to be protected from the pervasive marketing of junk food to children through apps, social media and video blogs, the World Health Organization says.

Its report warns parents are often unaware of the sheer volume of such adverts as they are precisely targeting children. 

The WHO also criticised governments for failing to keep up with a revolution in the way people consume media. 

Children's doctors said strict measures were needed to stop childhood obesity. 

The report attacked the way some video bloggers - vloggers - get paid by junk food retailers to promote their food. 

It quotes a US analysis that suggests vloggers are now more influential at promoting brands than film or TV because of perceived authenticity. 

It also raised concern about the way fast food chains encourage kids through their doors by making restaurants important locations in augmented reality games like Pokemon Go. 

And said data on children - their age, location, likes and preferences - were being collected to target them with junk food adverts. 

Dr Joao Breda, the WHO programme manager for nutrition, physical activity and obesity, told the BBC News website: "It is going digital very strongly and we know that existing models of regulation have holes and gaps that don't cover the needs of our children. 

"We think it's huge, but parents don't know - sometimes they don't realise their children are being exposed.

"You could argue that is it more dangerous [than traditional media like TV]." 

Some countries such as the UK have introduced rules to protect children from junk-food advertising such as bans during children's television, however, the report said regulation had "failed to keep up with the pace and scope of change in the media".

Bert Guevara's insight:
Our homes are being invaded and our kids are the victims! Aggressive forms of new media are influencing our children and chances are, they are pushing our kids towards junk food.
This is a new challenge to parenthood.

"Prof Viner said there needed to be "strict measures put in place to protect" children and that governments needed to act urgently to prevent "marketers cynically targeting children online, on our streets and on television". 
"Dr Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist at Public Health England, said: "Our evidence review shows that all forms of advertising and marketing - including the use of characters, advergames and digital marketing - affect the balance of children's diets."
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Why dietary supplements are suspect - Harvard Health ("be selective; study your choices; go systemic")

Why dietary supplements are suspect - Harvard Health ("be selective; study your choices; go systemic") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Herbal remedies and other dietary supplements aren’t held to the same standards as FDA-approved drugs. Evidence indicates that few are effective, and many are useless, and others may be harmful.

Dietary supplements—including herbs, vitamins, minerals, and other products—are a $37-billion industry in the United States, and 60% of women are taking them regularly. At the same time, mounting research is suggesting that supplements—even mainstays like calcium—may be harmful at high doses.

The traditional practice of herbal medicine involves combining different herbs and using them in a variety of preparations. Herbal remedies marketed today are usually powders or extracts derived from plant leaves, stems, or roots. Several studies, largely NIH-funded, have put some remedies often recommended for women to the test. The results are summarized below.

What's up with supplements? 

Vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and other compounds that are essential for good health have been marketed as supplements for decades. However, relatively few have been tested in clinical trials. Those that have been or are being subjected to scientific scrutiny include the following:

Calcium. 

Research has indicated that high doses of calcium from supplements don't have much of an effect on bone density and increase the risk of heart disease and kidney stones. If you aren't getting at least 500 to 700 milligrams (mg) of calcium in your daily diet, you may need a supplement, but it's a good idea to limit your supplement intake to 600 mg a day. 

Glucosamine and chondroitin. ... Clinical trials have shown that they have little effect. 

Melatonin. ... is used for jet lag, sleep disturbances, and insomnia. Research has determined that it can be effective at doses as low as 0.5 mg.

Vitamin D. Because most people who live in northern latitudes don't make enough vitamin D from sun exposure, a supplement may be necessary to fill the daily requirement of 800 international units (IUs). 

Omega-3 fatty acids. ... it's questionable whether omega-3 supplements—available primarily in fish oil capsules—have the same effect.

Supplements for other purposes. ... These, too, are unproven, and some may contain stimulants that are harmful when used for extended periods.

Bert Guevara's insight:
The bottom line.  
The value of most herbs and supplements has been discounted or remains unproven. Few are worth the money spent on them. Moreover, there is no guarantee that the pills, capsules, or tablets contain all—or even any—of the ingredients listed on the packaging. 

"Most important, taking supplements can be risky. A study published in October 2015 in The New England Journal of Medicine found that the adverse effects of supplements were responsible for an average of 23,000 emergency department visits per year. 
"If you are concerned that your diet isn't providing all the nutrients you need, don't shop for supplements before talking to your doctor. If you truly need a vitamin or other dietary supplement, your clinician can suggest an appropriate product and dose. If you're currently talking a vitamin or other supplement, let your health care team know."
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The secondhand smoke you don't even know you're exposed to is killing you ("smoke sniper attack!")

The secondhand smoke you don't even know you're exposed to is killing you ("smoke sniper attack!") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Individuals who are unaware that they’re being exposed to secondhand smoke may face a higher risk of death from cancer and other smoking-related disease, according to a study from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Individuals who are unaware that they’re being exposed to secondhand smoke may face a higher risk of death from cancer and other smoking-related disease, according to a study from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

“Of over 20,000 non-smokers, we found that in those who had high levels of cotinine, somehow they’re getting exposed to smoke without realizing it— many of these [individuals] are going to be in public housing, low-income communities and minority communities,” study author Dr. Raja M. Flores, chairman of the department of thoracic surgery and professor at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, told FoxNews.com.

Cotinine only remains in the blood for a few days, indicating that these findings suggest subjects were exposed very recently. 

According to their study, which was published online on Sept.7 in Carcinogenesis, non-smoking individuals with the highest levels of cotinine lost 13.8 years of life. 

What’s most alarming, Flores said, is that non-smoking individuals are unaware of their risk, answering “no” when asked if they are exposed to secondhand smoke. 

“Little do they know that underneath the door, through the cracks, crevices, there’s stuff seeping in living quarters, work areas or spaces in some other way,” Flores said. 

Doctors need to work on better identifying these unknown at-risk patients, Flores said, including finding out if they live in high-risk areas and potentially screening for diseases like lung cancer.

Bert Guevara's insight:
The unseen killer (2nd hand smoke) may be in the other room or outside the door or window. Whether you are aware of it or not (most people are not), the danger of cancer from second-hand smoke is there.
Protect your health by proactive avoidance.

"What’s most alarming, Flores said, is that non-smoking individuals are unaware of their risk, answering “no” when asked if they are exposed to secondhand smoke. 
“Little do they know that underneath the door, through the cracks, crevices, there’s stuff seeping in living quarters, work areas or spaces in some other way,” Flores said.
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Why You Should Stop Eating Egg Whites ("eat whole egg; rich in the carotenoids lutein & zeaxanthin")

Why You Should Stop Eating Egg Whites ("eat whole egg; rich in the carotenoids lutein & zeaxanthin") | 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.

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:
No need to separate the (yellow) yolk from the white. Eat the whole egg and discard the old myth about dietary cholesterol.

"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."
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12 Worst Habits For Your Mental Health ("daily small choices may affect your mood more than u think")

12 Worst Habits For Your Mental Health ("daily small choices may affect your mood more than u think") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

You can't help depression, but there are tricks to help improve your mood. You can change your social media habits, exercise routine, and the way you walk. Read on for how you're sabotaging your good moods, and what you can do to turn it around.

1. You slouch when you walk

Get happy now: Lift your chin up and roll your shoulders back to keep your outlook on the positive side.

2. You take pictures of EVERYTHING

Get happy now: Focus on your subjects when taking pictures—or, better yet, just sit back and enjoy yourself.

3. You're letting a bully get the best of you

4. You don't exercise

Get happy now: Just get out and move.

5. You procrastinate 

Think about a task you've been putting off. If the reason is because it's boring or you just don't feel like doing it, well, we can't help you there.

Get happy now: Before you finally tackle your problem head-on, do something that helps you ease stress:...

6. You're in a toxic relationship

Get happy now: You may need some help with this one.

7. You take life too seriously

Get happy now: Seek out humor every day.

8. You don't sleep

Sleep is our bodies way of regenerating and without it the system malfunctions.

Get happy now: Try to figure out why you aren't sleeping and then take the steps to create a restful environment.

9. You're never alone

10. You don't actually talk to anyone

If you primarily use texting, Facebook, and other social media to stay in touch with friends, you're not having meaningful contact...

Get happy now. Make sure to schedule a date with a friend, family member, or partner at least once week.

11. You can't live without your mobile phone

Get happy now: Create an electronic Sabbath, where you abstain from all devices once a week, even if just for half a day.

12. You multitask

Get happy now: It's simple, really: put down the phone, turn off the television, and pay attention to what you are doing and what is going on around you.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Diagnose yourself with these 12 bad habits that affect your mental health. Read the article and find out how to overcome these.

"But the small choices you make every day may also affect your mood more than you may realize. Your social media habits, exercise routine, and even the way you walk may be sucking the happiness out of your day, and you may not even know it. Luckily, these behaviors can be changed."
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Blend Turmeric + Ginger With Coconut Milk. Drink Before Bed To Flush Liver Toxins While You Sleep

Blend Turmeric + Ginger With Coconut Milk. Drink Before Bed To Flush Liver Toxins While You Sleep | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Golden Milk Recipe-as it is popularly called, is a mixture of turmeric spice, coconut milk, ginger and black pepper. Raw honey can be added to it to it for more sweetness and additional health benefits.

We would like to share a bedtime beverage recipe that has an even stronger calming and soothing effect on your body and it is simultaneously packed with a myriad of healthy substances.

“Golden milk” as it is popularly called, is a mixture of turmeric spice, coconut milk, ginger and black pepper. Raw honey can be added to it to it for more sweetness and additional health benefits.

This amazingly delicious, aromatic and warming potion will wipe out any traces of anxiety and stress accumulated during the day with its calming effect, enabling you to fall soundly asleep. 

But that is not all: while you are resting, the magical substances from the drink will continue to detoxify, restore and replenish each system of your body. If you incorporate it into your daily routine, you will definitely reap the amazing benefits over time.

If there is one spice that should be the staple product in every person’s kitchen, it is definitely turmeric. 

This golden plant seems to be more valuable than gold when it comes to the number of medicinal activities it offers. It is also probably one of the most studied plants in the world. 

More than 8 000 evidence-based studies have only confirmed what the ancient civilizations discovered centuries ago: turmeric has valuable properties that cover almost all health issues that a person might have.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Detox your liver while you sleep and wake up unstressed. Try this concoction.

“Golden milk” as it is popularly called, is a mixture of turmeric spice, coconut milk, ginger and black pepper. Raw honey can be added to it to it for more sweetness and additional health benefits.
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You Asked: What High-Fat Foods Should I Be Eating? ("nuts, seeds, fish, and vegetable oils for sure")

You Asked: What High-Fat Foods Should I Be Eating? ("nuts, seeds, fish, and vegetable oils for sure") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

They're fatty foods, but nuts, seeds, fish, and vegetable oils should all be part of your diet. Cheese and butter? That’s trickier.

By now you’ve probably gotten the message: dietary fat is not the enemy. When you reach for low-fat salad dressing or fat-free snack foods, you’re not doing your health or waistline any favors. “We’ve focused on fat reduction for 40 years, and it’s sent us in exactly the wrong direction in terms of obesity and diabetes,” says Dr. David Ludwig, a professor of nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health. 

So which high-fat foods should be packing your plate? Start with nuts and vegetable oils, says Dr. Lydia Bazzano, a professor of nutrition at Tulane University. 

Bazzano has coauthored several studies that found ditching carbs—rather than fat—is a healthier way to control appetite, lose weight and improve risk factors for heart disease. She says there’s still not a ton of good research looking at the health impacts of specific fat-rich foods.

But thanks to the PREDIMED study, which examined the impact of a Mediterranean diet on heart disease risks, nuts like walnuts and almonds and vegetable oils like extra virgin olive oil and sunflower oil are now well-established health champs. The monounsaturated fats in these foods appear to lower levels of bad cholesterol, which may explain their health benefits, Bazzano says. 

Add fish and seeds to your shopping list, says Fumiaki Imamura, a nutritional epidemiologist at the University of Cambridge in the UK. Imamura’s research suggests the polyunsaturated fatty acids in these two food groups are protective against oxidative stress and unhealthy blood sugar adaptations, and therefore may lower your risk for diabetes—among other diseases.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Another reminder of what high-fat foods we should be eating.

"Ludwig agrees, saying there’s no “nutritional requirement” for dairy. But if you decide to eat dairy, “the existing epidemiological evidence suggests full-fat dairy is associated with healthier outcomes than low-fat dairy,” he says.
"If you’re looking for the simplest rule of thumb, follow Mozaffarian’s golden rule: “Eat foods that give rise to life.” Nuts, nut butters, seeds, seed oils, olives, olive oil and avocados all fit the bill. 
“It’s also crucial to point out that the benefits come from replacing carbs with healthy fats,” he adds. Think fewer crackers and bagels, and more olive oil-drenched salads sprinkled with seeds and nuts."
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Benefits of Aromatherapy | Organic Facts ('just make sure no chemicals added; results proven!")

Benefits of Aromatherapy | Organic Facts ('just make sure no chemicals added; results proven!") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Some of the health benefits of aromatherapy include its ability to reduce anxiety, ease depression, boost energy levels, speed up the healing process, eliminate headaches, boost cognitive performance, induce sleep, strengthen the immune system, reduce pain, improve digestion, and increase circulation.

Aromatherapy is a fascinating alternative medicine that involves the use of volatile plant materials, also known as essential oils, that can be aromatically inhaled by patients of a wide variety of health conditions. It is often used to improve mood, change cognitive states, and can also be utilized as a supplemental medicine.

Aromatherapy has been around in some form for thousands of years, but it wasn’t until the 11th century when steam distillation first made it possible to properly remove the essential oils from plant materials. Since then, cultures around the world have utilized aromatherapy for a wide range of functions. Perhaps the most common countries to find aromatherapy being practiced would be in India, France, England, and the United States, although it can be found in dozens of other countries as well. There is more to it than simply using essential oils; aromatherapy can be quite complex, involving carrier oils, absolutes, herbal distillates, vaporizer oils, and phytoncides. These scientific elements would need an article in themselves to describe, so if you are getting involved in aromatherapy treatment, simply ask the administrator of the treatment for literature on the various components and applications.

An important element of aromatherapy is synergy, which is the combination of numerous essential oils that can actually create a more powerful effect than the oils would have on their own. This is why blending essential oils is such an important area of study for alternative healers, since the range of possibilities is almost endless.


Bert Guevara's insight:
Here is a partial list of 100 effective uses. They are amazingly true, if you have the right stuff. (I can get you the best natural stuff. PM me.)

Health Benefits of Aromatherapy:
- Stress relief
- Antidepressant capacity
- Memory
- Boost energy levels
- Healing and Recovery
- Headaches
- Sleep aid
- Immune system
- Pain relief
- Digestion
Also, be sure to only acquire essential oils from approved sources and don’t attempt to mix and use oils unless you have been trained as a professional aromatherapist. Happy Inhaling!
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Nutella maker fights back on palm oil after cancer risk study ("would nutella make the shift?")

Nutella maker fights back on palm oil after cancer risk study ("would nutella make the shift?") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

The $44 billion palm oil industry, under pressure in Europe after authorities listed the edible oil as a cancer risk, has found a vocal ally in the food sector: the maker of Nutella.

The $44 billion palm oil industry, under pressure in Europe after authorities listed the edible oil as a cancer risk, has found a vocal ally in the food sector: the maker of Nutella. 

Italian confectionery firm Ferrero has taken a public stand in defense of an ingredient that some other food companies in the country are boycotting. It has launched an advertising campaign to assure the public about the safety of Nutella, its flagship product which makes up about a fifth of its sales. 

The hazelnut and chocolate spread, one of Italy's best-known food brands and a popular breakfast treat for children, relies on palm oil for its smooth texture and shelf life. Other substitutes, such as sunflower oil, would change its character, according to Ferrero. 

"Making Nutella without palm oil would produce an inferior substitute for the real product, it would be a step backward," Ferrero's purchasing manager Vincenzo Tapella told Reuters. He features in a TV commercial aired in Italy over the past three months that has drawn criticism from some politicians.

Any move away from palm oil would also have economic implications as it is the cheapest vegetable oil, costing around $800 a ton, compared with $845 for sunflower oil and $920 for rapeseed oil, another possible substitute.

The World Health Organization and the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization flagged the same potential risk that EFSA had warned of regarding GE, but did not recommend consumers stop eating palm oil. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration also has not banned the use of palm oil in food.

Bert Guevara's insight:
To Nutella-addicts! Take it easy! Beware of the palm oil; not the hazelnut.
There are local chocolate/hazelnut spreads available that taste almost the same.

"The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) said in May that palm oil generated more of a potentially carcinogenic contaminant than other vegetable oils when refined at temperatures above 200 degrees Celsius. It did not, however, recommend consumers stop eating it and said further study was needed to assess the level of risk.
"The World Health Organization and the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization flagged the same potential risk that EFSA had warned of regarding GE, but did not recommend consumers stop eating palm oil. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration also has not banned the use of palm oil in food."
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The Case for Eating Cheese is Stronger Than Ever ("the common myths against cheese now debunked")

The Case for Eating Cheese is Stronger Than Ever ("the common myths against cheese now debunked") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Despite its high saturated fat, sodium and cholesterol counts, cheese may actually be beneficial to health, new nutrition research suggests.

That cheese can be a dieter’s friend will come as a surprise to many. It has a reputation as a fatty, sodium-filled indulgence, and there’s no denying that it’s rich in both; just an ounce (about a slice) of cheddar cheese will run you 9 grams of fat and 180 mg of sodium. It’s also high in saturated fat and cholesterol.

... Recent research, from Astrup and others, is showing that the thousands of molecules that make up cheese are working in ways that make the food beneficial to health. Some of these attributes are obvious but others less so. 

Here’s what new research pinpoints as some of the nutritional perks of cheese.

1. It’s high in protein, calcium and hard-to-get B12. Cheese contains almost as much protein as it does fat, which the body uses to build cell structures and stay full. It also contains plenty of bone-building calcium—200 mg per ounce in cheddar cheese, or about 20% of a person’s recommended daily amount—and is one of the few foods to naturally contain vitamin D. Cheese, too, has vitamin B12, which helps red blood cells form properly and neurological function. 

2. It may help your heart. A 2016 paper published in the Journal of the American Heart Association found that eating a little more than an ounce of cheese daily was linked to about a 3% lower risk of stroke. 

3. It doesn’t increase high blood pressure risk. What’s more, its high sodium content may not be so bad after all. Salty as it is, cheese wasn’t linked to hypertension in another analysis of studies. 

4. It’s full of good bacteria. Some evidence suggests that eating cheese favorably changes the microbiota, the concentration of bugs in the gut, which in turn may be improving metabolism. 

5. It contains a particularly great fatty acid. “It turns out that this is really a wonderful fatty acid,” he says. It’s generated by the body in small amounts, but it’s found most abundantly in full-fat dairy products—especially cheese. Palmitoleate neutralizes the damage caused by saturated fatty acids, acts like insulin by getting excess sugar out of the blood and is anti-inflammatory, Hotamisligil says. Together, these properties can help protect against excessive lipids and type-2 diabetes, he says.

Bert Guevara's insight:
I love cheese. Now I can have it without the guilt. Read the article and find out why.

"Recent research, from Astrup and others, is showing that the thousands of molecules that make up cheese are working in ways that make the food beneficial to health. Some of these attributes are obvious but others less so.
1. It’s high in protein, calcium and hard-to-get B12.
2. It may help your heart.
3. It doesn’t increase high blood pressure risk.
4. It’s full of good bacteria.
5. It contains a particularly great fatty acid."
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Why Apple Cider Vinegar Is So Good For You ("just the right holiday diet neutralizer; diabets read!")

Why Apple Cider Vinegar Is So Good For You ("just the right holiday diet neutralizer; diabets read!") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Apple cider vinegar has been touted as a cure-all for decades. It seems to help regulate blood sugar and boost digestive health.

One promising benefit: It seems to help regulate blood sugar. A study published in Diabetes Care looked at men and women with type 2 diabetes. The researchers found that when the participants downed two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bed with a snack (one ounce of cheese), they had lower blood sugar levels the next morning, compared to when they ate the same bedtime snack paired with two tablespoons of water.

Another study published in the same journal compared the effects of apple cider vinegar on healthy adults, people with pre-diabetes, and people with type 2 diabetes. Study participants in all three groups had better blood glucose readings when they consumed less than an ounce of apple cider vinegar with a high-carb meal (a white bagel with butter and orange juice), compared to when they the had the same meal and drank a placebo. People with pre-diabetes improved their blood glucose levels with vinegar by nearly half, while people with diabetes cut their blood glucose concentrations by 25%.

Some research also suggests that apple cider vinegar may ward off scale creep. In a study published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, mice fed a high-fat diet along with acetic acid—vinegar’s key component—developed up to 10% less body fat than control rodents. The researchers believe the findings support the notion that acetic acid turns on genes that trigger enzymes to break down fat and prevent weight gain.

Bert Guevara's insight:
If you believe in virgin coconut oil, then here is another equally wonderful elixir - apple cider vinegar. Best during holiday overeating blues.

"The researchers believe the findings support the notion that acetic acid turns on genes that trigger enzymes to break down fat and prevent weight gain.
"... At the end of the study, the people who drank one of the beverages with vinegar had less belly fat, lower triglycerides and waist measurements, and a lower body weight and BMI, compared to the no-vinegar group.
"The researchers found that when acetic acid was added to their drinking water, they had higher levels of good bacteria in their guts, such as Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria, and reduced symptoms of the gastrointestinal disease."
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You Will Never Throw Away Rice Water After Reading These 8 Miracle Benefits ("ensure rice is organic")

You Will Never Throw Away Rice Water After Reading These 8 Miracle Benefits ("ensure rice is organic") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
It is already well know how household products can boast benefits that we even dream of it. How about rice water, for sure we can say that it is one of the best beauty secrets of our culture. Most of us toss the water after the rice is done, right? In this article, we will reveal a lot about rice water that will make you think twice before throwing it down your sink. First of all, rice water is rich in beauty minerals and vitamins that are extremely good for both your skin and hair. Here are some of those things that you can do with rice water. - - Rise water preparation 
- Take some organic rice and boil it in distilled water 
- Pour the excess water in a glass jar 
- Cover it and store it in the refrigerator 
- Once cooled, you can use it for different purposes.
1. Great Hair 
Shampoo your hair properly 
After this apply some rice water to your hair 
Leave it for a few minutes and wash it off 
Gain smooth and shiny hair with the rich proteins which fill up the cracks of your hair. 
2. For Good Skin 
Wash your face with water 
Now take a cotton pad and dip it in your already prepared rice water 
Apply it all over your face like a toner 
This will fix your pores by conveying a sparkle to your face. 
3. Skin Irritation and Inflammation 
Prepare a good quantity of rice water 
Take at least a 15-minute bath in rice water twice a day 
This remedy will cure rashes and other annoying skin irritations. 
4. Acne Healer 
Using a cotton ball apply on affected area. 
The treatment will help you to outburst acne and reduce the inflammation. 
5. Eczema 
Treat the affected area with cooled rice water. 
Repeat the treatment to obtain better results. 
The usage of the rice water will help you to cure the eczema due to the starch components which are highly effective. 
6. Curing Diarrhea 
Take cooked rice water in a glass 
Apply a pinch of salt to it 
Mix it well to make a homogenous solution 
Drinking this solution during diarrhea is highly effective and expedites the treatment process. 
7. Starching White Clothes 
Take your white clothes and soak them in rice water 
Dilute the rice water by adding more water 
Keep them for a few minutes and wash them off 
8. Health benefits 
Drinking rice water is good for the health in general. 
The richness with 8 essential amino acids help the muscle to regenerate and also is responsible for makes more energetic because the presence of carbohydrates.
Bert Guevara's insight:
Here are 8 more reasons why you should buy organic rice!

You Will Never Throw Away Rice Water After Reading These 8 Miracle Benefits:
1, Great hair
2. For good skin
3. Skin irritation and inflammation
4. Acne Healer
5. Eczema
6. Curing Diarrhea
7. Starching white clothes
8. Health benefits
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Do you need to be de-prescribed? 5 questions for anyone taking meds ("a timely assessment needed")

Do you need to be de-prescribed? 5 questions for anyone taking meds ("a timely assessment needed") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Many Americans are taking too many medications, experts say.

Many Americans are taking too many medications, experts say. And that's especially true of seniors. Shuttling from specialist to specialist to deal with a variety of ills, it's not uncommon for people to end up taking numerous medications. Studies have shown that nearly 40 percent of patients in their 60s are taking more than five different medications. In older patients those medications may produce unhealthy side effects or they may interact in dangerous ways. To combat this, doctors around the country are increasingly embracing a practice called "de-prescribing." That means evaluating all the medications a patient is taking and pruning them back to ease side effects and improve patient health. Dr. Anthony Zizza, a staff geriatrician at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and Dr. Sarah Barry, geriatrician and clinical researcher at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and program director for the geriatric medicine fellowship, spoke with NBC News about de-prescribing.


1. Medications are supposed to make us healthier. Where do things go wrong?


2. What about medications that you've been taking for a long time?


3. Are there medications that are especially problematic for seniors?


4. If I'm taking one of these medications and think I'm having problems related to it or if I start having side effects after being prescribed a new medication, should I just stop taking it?


5. Is this a problem only for seniors?

Bert Guevara's insight:
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Do you need to be de-prescribed? Check out these questions:

"1. Medications are supposed to make us healthier. Where do things go wrong? 
2. What about medications that you've been taking for a long time? 
3. Are there medications that are especially problematic for seniors? 
4. If I'm taking one of these medications and think I'm having problems related to it or if I start having side effects after being prescribed a new medication, should I just stop taking it? 
5. Is this a problem only for seniors?"
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You Asked: Which Foods Are Treated With Antibiotics? ("meds can't keep up w/ evolution of superbugs")

You Asked: Which Foods Are Treated With Antibiotics? ("meds can't keep up w/ evolution of superbugs") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Foods from fruit to farmed fish are treated with antibiotics. But poultry and livestock are the ones keeping health experts awake at night.

But at least as far back as 1945, health experts have warned that overusing antibiotics could lead to so-called “superbugs,” or sickness-causing bacteria that are resistant to antibacterial drugs. “Bacteria are wily, and they evolve very quickly,” says Lena Brook, a food safety and policy expert with the non-profit National Resources Defense Council (NRDC). “So we always knew we were operating on a limited timeframe in terms of an antibiotic’s effectiveness.” 

“We understood the limitations, but for a long time we assumed there’d always be another drug, and so this wouldn’t be a big deal,” says Dr. Lance Price, director of the Antibiotic Resistance Action Center at George Washington University. “But now we’re seeing new bacteria that have built up resistance to nearly all our drugs.”

The threat posed by these antibiotic-resistant bacteria is not theoretical, and it is not a problem for future generations. This year, at least 2 million Americans will be infected with drug-resistant bacteria and 23,000 will die, CDC data show. According to Jean Whichard, who heads the CDC’s National Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance Laboratory, antibiotic resistance is one of the world’s most pressing public health problems. “Illnesses that were once easily treatable with antibiotics are becoming more difficult to cure and more expensive to treat,” Whichard says.

What does all this have to do with your food? “Antibiotics are used heavily in animal agriculture, mostly to encourage growth and to compensate for the stressful, unsanitary conditions these animals live in,” the NRDC’s Brook explains. This heavy antibiotic use accelerates the speed at which bacteria evolve and develop drug resistance.

Bert Guevara's insight:
The threat posed by these antibiotic-resistant bacteria is not theoretical, and it is not a problem for future generations. ... “Illnesses that were once easily treatable with antibiotics are becoming more difficult to cure and more expensive to treat,” Whichard says.

"But at least as far back as 1945, health experts have warned that overusing antibiotics could lead to so-called “superbugs,” or sickness-causing bacteria that are resistant to antibacterial drugs. “Bacteria are wily, and they evolve very quickly,” ... 
“We understood the limitations, but for a long time we assumed there’d always be another drug, and so this wouldn’t be a big deal,” says Dr. Lance Price, director of the Antibiotic Resistance Action Center at George Washington University. “But now we’re seeing new bacteria that have built up resistance to nearly all our drugs.”
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What You Can Do in Your 20s to Prevent Osteoporosis ("if you missed this chance, try AgeLOC supplement")

What You Can Do in Your 20s to Prevent Osteoporosis ("if you missed this chance, try AgeLOC supplement") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

There's a lot you can do in your 20s to strengthen your bones and reduce your risk of getting osteoporosis later on.

“Bone loss is inevitable in women,” says Deena Adimoolam, MD, assistant professor of diabetes, endocrinology and bone disease at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “But there are plenty of lifestyle changes that can help slow down the process.” 

Your bones are still being rebuilt in your 20s, she explains, which means you can continue to strengthen them during this time. Here, a few smart lifestyle strategies that can help offset your risk.

Stay active

“Physical activity has been shown to have beneficial effects on bone health, especially by adding weight-bearing activities into daily workouts,” ...

Eat the right foods 

The diet choices you make in your 20s can help build strong bones for life: “Calcium and vitamin D are very important for bone health,” ...

Maintain a healthy weight

“Women who are underweight are at risk of developing osteoporosis at an earlier age,” she says. Belly fat could also up your risk: Recent research from Harvard found that premenopausal women who had more visceral fat had decreased bone mineral density.

Understand your risk factors 

Some women have greater risk of developing osteoporosis than others. If these factors apply to you, consider discussing bone health with your doctor. 

You have a family history.

You have irregular periods.

You have premature ovarian failure.

You’re a smoker. As if you needed another reason to quit: In addition to lung cancer, heart disease, and stroke, smoking cigarettes can also contribute to osteoporosis.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Please tell your young daughter to read this before it's too late. What if you are past your 30's? 
(My suggestion: take AgeLOC Y-Span supplement to reset the genes that age your bones.)

"While osteoporosis can develop in both men and women at different ages, it most frequently affects older women who have gone through menopause. (Estrogen levels drop during menopause, and experts believe the hormone helps maintain bone density.) The good news, though, is that there’s a lot you can do in your 20s to strengthen your bones and reduce your risk of getting osteoporosis later on."
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12 Reasons Why Dehydration Is Bad for Your Body ("health effects from fatigue & smelly breath")

12 Reasons Why Dehydration Is Bad for Your Body ("health effects from fatigue & smelly breath") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Being dehydrated can make you tired, grumpy, prone to weight gain, and more.

Are you low on water? 

It doesn't take much to become dehydrated. Lose just 1.5% of the water in your body (the human body is usually about 60% H2O), and you've reached the tipping point of mild dehydration. It can be brought on by many things—and it can do much more to your body than just make you feel thirsty. Dehydration also brings on health effects ranging from fatigue and smelly breath to more dangerous consequences like distracted driving.

- It gives you bad breath 

It's easy to forget to drink water during a busy workday, but at the end of the day you may find people standing unusually far from you when you open your mouth.

- It makes you crave sugar 

Dehydration can mask itself as hunger, particularly sugar cravings. 

- It wrecks your workout

- It dries your skin out 

Keeping skin healthy and glowing requires drinking enough water,

- It may affect your ability to drive safely 

Few things are more uncomfortable than being stuck in traffic or on a long drive when you need to use the restroom.

- It makes you tired 

A mid-afternoon slump may have more to do with hydration than you think.

- It sours your mood 

Cranky much? Drink a glass of water and your mood may change.

- It can give you the chills 

It may seem counterintuitive, but dehydration can bring on chills.

- It can cause muscle cramps 

A lack of water causes less blood circulation, which can make muscles cramp up,

- It makes you feel dizzy and foggy

- It can give you a headache

- It constipates you 

Your body needs water to keep things moving through your colon.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Are you low on water? 

"It doesn't take much to become dehydrated. Lose just 1.5% of the water in your body (the human body is usually about 60% H2O), and you've reached the tipping point of mild dehydration. It can be brought on by many things—and it can do much more to your body than just make you feel thirsty. Dehydration also brings on health effects ranging from fatigue and smelly breath to more dangerous consequences like distracted driving."
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The 27 Best Anti-Aging Tips of All Time ("these are all good for those who have discipline and will")

The 27 Best Anti-Aging Tips of All Time ("these are all good for those who have discipline and will") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Prevent fine lines, wrinkles, sagging, dark spots, and other visible signs of aging with these proven anti-aging strategies from dermatologists, beauty experts, nutritionists, and more.

But when it comes to preventing and fading the fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots that tack years onto your appearance, making smart lifestyle changes is what will really erase years from your face. These 27 anti-aging tips really work, according to research, dermatologists, and beauty experts.

1. Skip the straw

2. Seriously, don't smoke

3. Eat your antioxidants

4. Fill up on fermented foods

5. Pack on the protein

6. Cut back on sugar

7. Sleep on a silk pillowcase

8. Sleep on your back

9. Fill up on healthy fats

10. Make exercise a priority

11. Manage your stress

12. Exfoliate the right way

13. Get on the retinoid bandwagon

14. Scale back on salt

15. Drink plenty of H2O

16. Go easy on the booze

17. Take care of your hands

18. Take time off your chest

19. Wash your face before bed

20. Get serious about sunscreen

21. Sleep it off

22. Visit a dermatologist

23. Moisturize before skin dries

24. Load up on vitamin C

25. Brighten your smile

26. Watch the way you text

27. Let up on the heat styling

Bert Guevara's insight:
Even if you apply all these 27 anti-ageing tips, it will take a lot of discipline and will power (which is quite rare in an urban lifestyle) to maintain the regimen. Is there a simpler way?

What if there is a NATURAL, non-invasive technology that RESETS your 'ageing' GENES to bring them back to when you were younger, by a minimum of 20 years -- this means your body becomes young from the inside. Will you be interested to know more about it?
(If you are seriously interested, let me know. It's already in the market. Clue: "AgeLOC")
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10 Slimming Foods to Eat If You Sit All Day ("sitting is the new smoking; get your blood moving")

10 Slimming Foods to Eat If You Sit All Day ("sitting is the new smoking; get your blood moving") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Tweaking your diet is an easy way to diminish the health risks associated with sitting.

“Wanna take a sit break?” said no desk-bound employee, ever. Most of corporate America is already sitting for eight to 10 hours daily, so instead, we stretch our legs, step out for air, or take a walk around the block. Basically, we do anything we can to get the blood moving, because sitting all day leaves us feeling lethargic and just plain bad. Which makes a lot of sense considering being glued to a chair is slowly, but surely, eroding our health—and making us sick and fat in the process.

But tweaking your diet may also help diminish some of the health risks associated with sitting. A number of nutrients have been shown to fight inflammation by “turning off” inflammatory genes. Add these recommended foods that follow into your diet to help ease some of the damage of your 9-to-5 and you’ll be on your way to a leaner, healthier you.

1. Berries 

Regularly eating berries has been shown to significantly reduce inflammation, ...

2. Nuts

3. Pineapple 

Pineapple contains powerful anti-inflammatory called bromelain.

4. Olive Oil 

Like ibuprofen, olive oil fights inflammation by preventing the production of pro-inflammatory COX-1 and COX-2 enzymes.

5. Turmeric

6. Garlic

7. Green Tea 

There are some really blow-your-mind good reasons Vacharasanee recommends sipping green tea.

8. Avocado 

If you love extra guacamole, this is the anti-inflammatory food for you.

9. Fatty Fish

10. Flaxseeds

Bert Guevara's insight:
Do you sit down more than 8 to 10 hours a day?
Getting off your tush and moving around is a vital part of the puzzle. Whether you’re at the office or on your couch, taking a “walk break” every half hour. Head to the bathroom, grab a green tea, go wherever you want — just move. Even fidgeting and stretching your arms and legs in your seat helps improve the tissue quality of tight muscles, returning them to their natural state,Vacharasanee says.

"But tweaking your diet may also help diminish some of the health risks associated with sitting. A number of nutrients have been shown to fight inflammation by “turning off” inflammatory genes. Add these recommended foods that follow into your diet to help ease some of the damage of your 9-to-5 and you’ll be on your way to a leaner, healthier you."
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Woman Finds Relief for Hypothyroidism w/ Coconut Oil – Drops Medication ("less drugs & side effects")

Woman Finds Relief for Hypothyroidism w/ Coconut Oil – Drops Medication ("less drugs & side effects") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

I must post about my amazing experience with Virgin Coconut Oil. I am 35 years old and severely hypothyroid. I was on thyroxine at very high does for 5 years.

I have read all these questions and felt I must post about my amazing experience with Virgin Coconut Oil. 

I am 35 years old and severely hypothyroid. I was on thyroxine at very high does for 5 years before I started looking for an alternative. My doctor said my levels were alright, however I was still extremely lethargic and suffered from “brain fog”. 

I started out taking 2 tablespoons a day and instantly felt the effects. It was so energizing that I couldn’t take it before bed or I wouldn’t sleep. 

I upped my dose to around 3 tablespoons, eating it off a spoon, adding it to my coffee (yum!), with jam on toast, baking with it, rubbing it on my skin instead of a moisturizer… even using it as personal lubricant! 

After 3 months I went back to the doctor as I was getting night sweats and losing weight. I dropped my medication by 1/2 to support the work the Virgin Coconut Oil was doing. 

All the bad side effects were reversed and I’m taking less drugs. I’ve been taking it for over a year now, at times with Apple cider vinegar, and I’ve just started taking fish oils again. 

I feel I will take this oil for the rest of my life and I will tell my story to anyone who asks! See Also: Coconut Oil Benefits for Thyroid Health

Bert Guevara's insight:
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Working Over 25 Hours Per Week After Age 40 Could Lead to a Decline in Cognition, Study Finds

Working Over 25 Hours Per Week After Age 40 Could Lead to a Decline in Cognition, Study Finds | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

A new study from the University of Melbourne finds that working over 40 hours per week could lead to a decline in cognition for people over the age of 40.

The study notes that while work can stimulate older workers’ brains, long hours can “cause fatigue and physical and/or psychological stress, which potentially damage cognitive functioning.” For those over 40, working over 25 hours per week could impair intelligence, while working up to that produced the opposite effect.

Colin McKenzie, a professor of economics at Tokyo’s Keio University and an author of the paper, told the BBC, that 40 is a tipping point because it’s when “most people perform less well at memory tests, pattern recognition and mental agility exercises.” 

“Work can be a double-edged sword, in that it can stimulate brain activity, but at the same time, long working hours and certain types of tasks can cause fatigue and stress which potentially damage cognition,” he told the BBC. 

The decline can be attributed to stress and lack of sleep, per McKenzie. But there are other factors. McKenzie hypothesizes that being a caregiver to someone can add additional stress, and creates a job on top of a job.

Bert Guevara's insight:
After age 40, study says that workers can only be effective for 5 hours a day, or 25 hours per week.
Can we charge OT for the remaining 3 hours? Or is this a reason to replace workers over 40? Or should you change jobs and start a less demanding business after 40?

(Comment: If you are looking for a new career that involves less capital, less hours of work, less years to build a retirement fund and constantly increasing income, contact me on Messenger. I may have the correct career switch for your age.)
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