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9 Ridiculously Easy Ways to Boost Your Recall Now—and Later - Health News and Views - Health.com

9 Ridiculously Easy Ways to Boost Your Recall Now—and Later - Health News and Views - Health.com | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Surprising tricks that will help you remember stuff today, as well as in decades to come.
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Tune in to Mozart. A new Finnish study found that listening to classical music enhances the activity of genes involved in memory.

Sniff rosemary oil. People who did this were better able to remember to complete tasks, per research presented at the 2013 British Psychological Society annual meeting.

Break to LOL. After seniors watched a funny video in a 2014 study, their cortisol levels dropped and they did better on memory tests. No matter your age, “anything that lowers stress will improve memory,” says Majid Fotuhi, MD, chair of the Memosyn Neurology Institute and author of Boost Your Brain.

Pick up a language. English speakers who studied Chinese for six weeks had better brain network connections, research found.

Take deep breaths. Studies show that meditation helps grow the hippocampus. Try Dr. Fotuhi’s 7-7-7 exercise: Inhale for 7 counts, hold for 7 and exhale for 7.

…And later

Turn off the boob tube. A 2005 study in Brain and Cognition found that the risk of Alzheimer’s went up 1.3 times with every added hour of TV a person watched per day between the ages of 40 and 59.

Hit the gym. People with low fitness levels in their 40s had less brain volume two decades later, per research from Boston University.

Get crafty. Folks who indulged their creative side in middle and old age were 73 percent less likely to develop memory problems, found a Mayo Clinic study.

Prioritize sleep. A review published in January revealed that people who enjoyed good-quality sleep in middle age had better mental functioning in their golden years. The sleep you get now may be crucial because it’s deeper than the sleep you get in old age, Dr. Small says: “It can help your brain clear out amyloid proteins associated with Alzheimer’s and reduces inflammation that can damage brain cells.”

Bert Guevara's insight:

Are you having problems remembering? Maybe it's about time you engage in some brain exercises.

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Key enzyme helps country kids ward off allergies and asthma ("natural exposure has its benefits")

Key enzyme helps country kids ward off allergies and asthma ("natural exposure has its benefits") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Children's immune systems are less likely to be hypersensitive if they are exposed to rural dirt, but one enzyme may also be vital for this effect

The idea that a lack of exposure to dirt and microbes is to blame for increases in childhood allergies and asthma is known as the hygiene hypothesis. As for the underlying mechanism, there’s evidence that a bacterial protein called endotoxin is important for damping down overactive immune systems.

Endotoxin is found on the surface of many species of common bacteria, like Escherichia coli. These common bacteria are even more abundant in farm environments, especially dairy farms. But new experiments in mice suggest that one of our own enzymes, A20, is also essential for protecting against allergies, and those who lack this enzyme don’t benefit from exposure to endotoxin.

A20 plays a role in controlling inflammation and is activated in newborn babies when they come into contact with benign bacteria in the birth canal. Evidence suggests the enzyme helps teach a baby’s immune system not to overreact to harmless microbes.

Children with gene mutations that disrupt the functioning of A20 are more likely to have asthma and allergies, soBart Lambrecht of Ghent University in Belgium and his team wondered whether A20 may be involved helping endotoxins to train our immune systems.

“It’s important because it shows that endotoxin can’t work on its own,” says Erika von Mutius of the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany, a leading proponent of the hygiene hypothesis. Her earlier work suggested that a tolerance for endotoxin is what protects children raised on farms, and this new study provides strong support for this protein’s role in guarding against allergies.

Instead, Parker believes a lack of exposure to parasites like lice and worms is to blame. “The virtually complete loss of contact with organisms such as intestinal worms that don’t produce endotoxin is known to be an important contributor to the over-inflammatory state of Western immune systems,” he says.

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Ever wondered why kids who grew up in the country do not have the allergies and asthma common to urban kids? Scientists have an explanation.


“It’s important because it shows that endotoxin can’t work on its own,”.... a tolerance for endotoxin is what protects children raised on farms, and this new study provides strong support for this protein’s role in guarding against allergies. ...

"Instead, Parker believes a lack of exposure to parasites like lice and worms is to blame. “The virtually complete loss of contact with organisms such as intestinal worms that don’t produce endotoxin is known to be an important contributor to the over-inflammatory state of Western immune systems,”

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Denmark Might Be Winning The Global Race To Prevent Food Waste ("they must be doing something right?")

Denmark Might Be Winning The Global Race To Prevent Food Waste ("they must be doing something right?") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
According to a recent report from the Danish government, Danes now throw away 25 percent less food than they did five years ago. Supermarkets are doing their part by selling older food at a discount.

Danes' increasing willingness to buy and consume items like just-expired dairy products has helped make them, arguably, the world champions in the fight against food waste. According to a recent report from the Danish government, Danes now throw away 25 percent less food than they did five years ago.

In 2008, after years of dismay at the amount of food she saw landing in Danish trash cans, Juul started the organization Stop Wasting Food.

Farmers and retailers often get the brunt of the criticism when it comes to food waste, but Juul decided to start at the other end.

"I thought, 'Who can we move? Well, we can move the people.' So we started focusing on the people," she says.

Juul created a Facebook group and two weeks later started appearing in the national media, where she has been a regular figure ever since.

It was an efficient strategy, given that individual consumers are responsible for 36 percent of food waste in this country, compared to retailers (23 percent), the food processors (19 percent) and primary producers (14 percent), according to figures from the Ministry of the Environment and Food.

But Juul says her seven-year effort to poke and prod consumers is starting to trickle up the food chain.

"Now, because it's become a trend of not wasting food, the companies and the food producers and retailers are starting to act as well," she says. "Compared to other countries, Denmark, at the moment, has the most supermarkets doing something to reduce food waste."


 

Bert Guevara's insight:

Battling food waste is a whole lot of common sense and creative planning. It's time we get away from the straight-jacket of expiration and disposal. There are many ways of licking the problem. 

 

"It's just good business," she says. "Any grocer would rather sell something than throw it away."

"She says Dansk Supermarked's chains have sold food near expiration at reduced prices for decades. But while buying these items might once have been considered a sign of poverty for consumers, it's now a badge of pride. And the company has responded by piling reduced price goods in dedicated areas, marked with special signage."

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Bert Guevara's curator insight, September 2, 2015 9:06 PM

Battling food waste is a whole lot of common sense and creative planning. It's time we get away from the straight-jacket of expiration and disposal. There are many ways of licking the problem.

 

"It's just good business," she says. "Any grocer would rather sell something than throw it away."
"She says Dansk Supermarked's chains have sold food near expiration at reduced prices for decades. But while buying these items might once have been considered a sign of poverty for consumers, it's now a badge of pride. And the company has responded by piling reduced price goods in dedicated areas, marked with special signage."

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Herbal Teas, Not Just For Drinking ("is this a better way of taking tea? from the outside in?")

Herbal Teas, Not Just For Drinking ("is this a better way of taking tea? from the outside in?") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Naturopathy student Natasha Linz hand blends teas that nourish from the outside in.

Taking a 'tea break' is synonymous with enjoying a recuperating time-out. Natasha Linz has taken the concept from kitchen to bathroom with Temple Bath Teas. “I’ve always loved herbs and as soon as I learnt that you could heal with them, I thought that was the coolest thing in the world,” she says. “I wanted to start a tea business years ago, but it’s so saturated. Then I thought of bath teas.”

Linz is a naturopathy and health science student at Endeavour College of Natural Health. “I study herbal medicine. We’re taught about the constituents of each herb using a combination of historic information and scientific evidence,” she says.

Linz tailored her teas to target commonly suffered, stress-related ailments. The range includes Nourish, Detox, Immunity, Sleep and Soothe. “Herbal baths have been used therapeutically for centuries by all different cultures; they say Cleopatra had milk baths, in Japan they had green tea baths” Linz says. “Your skin is your body’s largest organ. When you immerse yourself in water, your pores open and are receptive to the healing properties.”

Unlike the fizzy bath bombs you may remember from childhood, Temple Bath Teas are made using 100% natural, mostly organic herbs, powders and salts. Packaging is simple, in clear ziplock bags. You can see the lavender, rose petals and coconut in the Nourish blend, while Detox is distinctly green thanks to Australian olive clay, green tea and aloe vera powder. “I love getting hands on with it, mixing the herbs like a little concoction,” says Linz.

Bert Guevara's insight:

Now a spa for herbal tea baths? Sound interesting. 

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Herbal teas.

#HerbalTeas.
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10 Easy Ways to Slash Sugar from Your Diet ("don't be an ignorant consumer; watch your sugar")

10 Easy Ways to Slash Sugar from Your Diet ("don't be an ignorant consumer; watch your sugar") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Sugar is in everything! These tips will help you cut down.

You may not be eating Oreos by the roll or guzzling cans of Coke, but that doesn't mean sugar's absent from your diet. You're likely eating sugar throughout the day without even realizing it, says Amari Thomsen, RD, owner of Chicago-based nutrition consulting practiceEat Chic Chicago. Sugar is added to foods that don't even taste all that sweet, like breads, condiments, and sauces. And it adds up: although the American Heart Association recommends women consume no more than six teaspoons of added sugar per day (or about 100 calories), most of us take in double that. (One note: we're talking about added sugar, not the naturally occurring sugars found in dairy and fruit.) A high-sugar diet boosts your odds of tooth decay,heart disease, and diabetes, not to mention weight gain. Slash your sugar intake now with these 10 expert tips.

1. Read food labels

2. Learn sugar's aliases

3. Buy unsweetened

4. Don't go cold turkey

5. Think protein and fat

6. Never go fake

7. Add more flavor

8. Don't drink it

9. Enjoy dessert

10. Stick with it!

Bert Guevara's insight:

I find these pointers very useful for the urban dwellers who fancy eating "sugared" commercial food. (One note: we're talking about added sugar, not the naturally occurring sugars found in dairy and fruit.)

 

"Sugar is added to foods that don't even taste all that sweet, like breads, condiments, and sauces. And it adds up: although the American Heart Association recommends women consume no more than six teaspoons of added sugar per day (or about 100 calories), most of us take in double that. A high-sugar diet boosts your odds of tooth decay,heart disease, and diabetes, not to mention weight gain."

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What's wrong with what we eat ("no longer a simple case of cholesterol intake; it affects the planet")

What's wrong with what we eat ("no longer a simple case of cholesterol intake; it affects the planet") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
In this fiery and funny talk, New York Times food writer Mark Bittman weighs in on what's wrong with the way we eat now (too much meat, too few plants; too much fast food, too little home cooking), and why it's putting the entire planet at risk.
Bert Guevara's insight:

Let's ponder for a moment about the food we eat, both on a macro level and on a personal level.

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Study shows sleep loss can make you fat ("sleepiness craves for fatty foods; so get enough sleep")

Study shows sleep loss can make you fat ("sleepiness craves for  fatty foods; so get enough sleep") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Scientists find evidence linking lack of sleep to fatty food cravings

Scientists said Tuesday they had found evidence that a lack of sleep causes changes in brain activity that lead to people feeling hungrier and craving more fattening foods.

Researchers have long pointed to a correlation between a steep rise in obesity in industrialised nations and a decline in sleep duration.

A causal link was suspected, but science has not been able to explain the mechanism, until now.

A team from the University of California said they used MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scans to spot changes in the brain activity of sleep-deprived test subjects.

"These findings provide an explanatory brain mechanism by which insufficient sleep may lead to the development/maintenance of obesity," they wrote in the journal Nature Communications.

"An additionally interesting finding was that high calorie foods became more desirable to the sleep deprived participants," said study co-author Matthew Walker of the psychology department at the University of California in Berkeley.

"These findings of impaired brain activity in regions that control good judgement and decision making together with amplified activity in more reward-related brain regions fit well with, and potentially explain, the link between sleep loss, weight gain and obesity," he told AFP by email.

"Our findings indicate that (to) regularly obtain sufficient amounts of sleep may be an important factor promoting weight control, achieved by priming the brain mechanisms governing appropriate food choices."

Bert Guevara's insight:

The connection has been made! Sleepy guys look for fattening food, leading to obesity. So why are you still awake?


"Scientists said Tuesday they had found evidence that a lack of sleep causes changes in brain activity that lead to people feeling hungrier and craving more fattening foods."

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11 Superfoods That Work Better Together ("some foods which come in combination")

11 Superfoods That Work Better Together ("some foods which come in combination") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Teaming up two superfoods may be better than one when it comes to eating a balanced diet.

Black beans + red bell pepper

 

Whole grains + onions + garlic

 

Tomatoes + olive oil

 

Salmon + collard greens

 

Broccoli + tomatoes

 

Green tea + black pepper

 

Turmeric + black pepper

 

Brussels sprouts + olive oil

 

Kale + almonds

 

Dark chocolate + apples

 

Garlic + salmon

Bert Guevara's insight:

Check out these 11 combinations; they may work for you. Open the link to know why.

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christopher cyril's curator insight, August 10, 2015 10:31 AM

Check out these 11 combinations; they may work for you. Open the link to know why.

Alberto Saavedra's curator insight, August 10, 2015 11:58 AM

Check out these 11 combinations; they may work for you. Open the link to know why.

Eric Larson's curator insight, August 11, 2015 2:30 PM

Great ideas.

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FDA Breathes New Life into Inhaled Insulin ("diabets may look like coke addicts inhaling their fix")

FDA Breathes New Life into Inhaled Insulin ("diabets may look like coke addicts inhaling their fix") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
The FDA has approved MannKind’s Afrezza® at the third time of asking, making it the first inhaled insulin available for people with diabetes since Exubera® in 2006. As Crown Bioscience reviewed last month, the path to FDA approval has not been an easy one, with concerns over efficacy, safety, and inhaler design. While this approval... Read more »

After 5 years, 3 submissions, and $1.5 billion dollars in operating costs, MannKind’s Afrezza has finally received FDA approval as a fast-acting insulin to be used at meal times for people with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes. The agent is the first inhaled insulin to be approved since Pfizer’s Exubera (which was removed after 1 year on the market due to low sales), and it will be the first ever ultra-rapid insulin to reach the market. It’s aimed at post-meal blood sugar spikes, meaning that it should be used with existing insulin regimes and not as a stand-alone insulin treatment. MannKind are now thought to be looking to find a pharma partner to manufacture and distribute Afrezza, with the product likely to be available in January, or the end of first quarter, 2015.

While the approval is positive for MannKind and people living with diabetes, it has come with some caveats. The drug is only to be used by adults and cannot be used by children, one patient group that may have preferred an alternative to injections. The FDA has requested a post-marketing study of Afrezza in pediatric patients, which MannKind are keen to start as soon as possible (likely to be mid-2015). The FDA still also has some safety concerns around the product. Afrezza must not be used by patients with chronic lung disease, such as asthma or COPD, and will come with a Boxed Warning that acute bronchospasm has been observed in these patients. The FDA has also put a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy in place around this, which consists of a communication plan to inform health care professionals about the serious risk of acute bronchospasm associated with Afrezza.

Bert Guevara's insight:

This is very encouraging for diabets who have to take insulin for life.

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4 ways to improve your brain health ("caring for the brain is simple and practical")

4 ways to improve your brain health ("caring for the brain is simple and practical") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Anthony Hannon outlines the current evidence supporting beneficial lifestyle factors into four pillars of brain health.

First: stay physically active

This is a somewhat obvious lifestyle recommendation, as everyone now knows that physical activity is good for the body. But not everyone yet realises the extent to which physical activity boosts brain health.

Second: stay mentally active

Two of the cardinal rules of brain plasticity (changes in the brain) appear to be “use it or lose it” and “neurons that fire together wire together”. There’s also some evidence that people who maintain higher levels of cognitive (mental) activity may be protected from Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

Third: eat a healthy diet

Yes, you no doubt know this is good for your body, but did you realise a balanced nutritious diet (such as the one recommended here) is also good for your brain?

Most of the nutrients from food circulate through your brain via the bloodstream. So a healthy diet can directly improve the health of brain cells and may even slow down brain ageing.

Fourth: don’t stress too much!

The human body, including of course the brain, has evolved over many thousands of years. When we were cave-dwellers and hunter-gatherers, the stress response (“fight or flight”) served a very useful purpose in evading predators, obtaining food and other aspects of survival.

Bert Guevara's insight:

4 practical prescriptions:

First: stay physically active

Second: stay mentally active

Third: eat a healthy diet

Fourth: don’t stress too much!

 

"To conclude, I think it was Woody Allen who famously said: “The brain is my second favourite organ!” Considering how fundamental it is to everything we think, feel and do, perhaps we should all be more mindful to look after this most fantastic and plastic of organs, the human brain."

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Improve your brain health.

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Why Stevia is Better for Children than Sugar ("a natural alternative to sugar to combat child obesity")

Why Stevia is Better for Children than Sugar ("a natural alternative to sugar to combat child obesity") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
In the last thirty years doctors have seen childhood obesity quadruple.

Pediatricians are currently dealing with conditions that twenty years ago they would have told you were virtually impossible. From breast cancer in young girls to cardiovascular disease, never before have our children faced such dire health consequences attributable to one main cause: Sugar!

Sugar is not the only devil in this childhood obesity equation, but it is by far the leading cause for the epidemic we face as parents. In the early 1800’s we were consuming less than ten pounds of sugar per year per person. By the turn of the century in 2000, this amount had skyrocketed to over 100 pounds per person per year. This tenfold increase in less than two centuries has clearly marred the health of those we see around us today.

Stevia has been on the menu of the Guarani peoples of South America for over 1500 years. Leaves of the Stevia plant were used to add a touch of sweetness to teas, medicines, and as a sweet treat.

The leaves of Stevia rebaudiana contain active ingredients called steviol glycosides, and it is these ingredients that offer a natural alternative to refined sugar. The ingredients contained in Stevia are estimated to be approximately 150 times sweeter than sugar, which means you need very little extract to equal the amount of refined sugar.

Stevia not only reduces calorie intake but may in fact help to reduce the blood sugar spikes that result in cravings and fatigue. In a study published in Metabolism, researchers showed that the consumption of Stevia actually reduced postprandial blood glucose levels.


Bert Guevara's insight:

With all the negative findings of sugar, here is an alternative coming from natural sources. Read the article and find out why.


"Sugar is not the only devil in this childhood obesity equation, but it is by far the leading cause for the epidemic we face as parents. In the early 1800’s we were consuming less than ten pounds of sugar per year per person. By the turn of the century in 2000, this amount had skyrocketed to over 100 pounds per person per year. This tenfold increase in less than two centuries has clearly marred the health of those we see around us today."

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Lance LeTellier's curator insight, July 20, 2015 8:46 AM

Stevia is what we use in our all natural energy drinks: https://www.mylifevantage.com/lletellier#axio

Eric Larson's curator insight, July 28, 2015 7:50 PM

Stevia combating obesity.

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10 Myths About Vegetarian Diets, Busted ("you can always find the equivalent nutrients in veggies")

10 Myths About Vegetarian Diets, Busted ("you can always find the equivalent nutrients in veggies") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Before you write off a meatless diet, learn the truth about these common vegetarian myths

Myth: You can't get enough protein from plants

Meat doesn't have a monopoly on protein. In fact, almost all foods (except alcohol and sugar) contain some. A half-cup of beans even has about the same amount of protein as one ounce of meat.

 

Myth: Your workouts will suffer

If vegetarian athletes Venus Williams and Carmelo Anthony can cut out meat and stay on top of their game, you can certainly fuel your workout on plants,

 

Myth: It guarantees weight loss

 

Myth: Meatless diets aren't safe for pregnant women

 

Myth: Vegetarian eating is expensive

Sure, produce comes with a price tag, but at three-plus bucks per pound, meat is one of the priciest groceries money can buy, making vegetarian eating by and large less expensive, 

 

Myth: It has to be all or nothing

Trimming your meat habit (even just a little) could cut your risk of cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. 

 

Bert Guevara's insight:

All food is good when consumed in a balanced manner. However, there are just too many myths about a pro-vegetable diets. It is fair to tackle them, if only to know the truth.

After reading the myths against vegetable diets, it will be up to you to make a switch for your own health considerations.

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The 7 Best Food Combinations for Weight Loss ("complementary combos for better metabolism")

The 7 Best Food Combinations for Weight Loss ("complementary combos for better metabolism") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Try corn and beans

7. Tuna + Ginger

Want to look better on the beach? Look no further than the ocean—or at least the oceanside sushi joint. Pairing a tuna roll, or a few pieces of tuna sashimi, with ginger may help your waistline.

6. Spinach + Avocado Oil

If you’re tiring of your usual go-to spinach-and-olive-oil salad, mix things up with avocado oil. Made from pressed avocados, it’s rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats that may help improve cholesterol and ward off hunger. 

5. Corn + Beans

While eating “a musical fruit” may not sound like the best way to lose weight or reduce bloat, hear us out. A calorie-restricted diet that includes four weekly servings of protein- and fiber-rich legumes has been proven to aid weight loss more effectively than a diet that doesn’t include beans, according to Spanish researchers. 

4. Honeydew + Red Grapes

Fight fat and banish bloating with a fruit salad comprised of honeydew and red grapes. 

3. Cayenne + Chicken

You feel like chicken tonight? Good for you: Protein-rich foods like poultry not only boost satiety, but also help people eat less at subsequent meals, according to research. And adding cayenne pepper fires up your fat burn.

2. Potatoes + Pepper

1. Coffee + Cinnamon

Bert Guevara's insight:

"More and more research confirms what great chefs and home cooks have always known: Foods weren’t meant to be eaten alone. They’re meant to work in partnership, each bringing its own set of unique flavors (and nutrients) to create the perfect weight-loss meal."

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How to avoid getting sea(food) sick - CNN.com ("better eat fish in season, than frozen")

How to avoid getting sea(food) sick - CNN.com ("better eat fish in season, than frozen") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Just like fresh produce, seafood should be consumed seasonally, too. Learn when your favorite fish is at its peak freshness and nutritional best.

You know fruit and vegetables have the most flavor during the months when they're being harvested. It might be surprising, though, that the same is true of seafood. "Many species are migratory, meaning they're available fresh in various regions only at certain times of the year," says Jeff Ludwin, meat, poultry and seafood specialist at FreshDirect.

So what's the big deal if you're consuming seafood out of season? It will have been frozen at some point, which can harm the quality and maybe even lower the nutrition benefits. Read on for Ludwin's advice about why fresh is best — and how to ensure you're getting the catch of the day.

Better flavor and texture are the most obvious reasons to opt for fresh fish. Get seafood from the freezer, or that which has been previously frozen, and it likely will be bland and mushy or break apart easily when cooked. Another thing to consider: When you eat seafood in season, you'll avoid ingesting extra chemicals. "Preservatives and other additives are often added to frozen varieties to help maintain their quality," says Ludwin. "Scallops and shrimp, for instance, are treated with sulfites to prevent them from deteriorating." Note: Scallops are one of the few types of seafood in season nearly year-round, along with mussels, so getting them fresh should never be an issue.

Keep in mind that seasonality comes into play only with wild species (those that have grown in their natural habitat). Farmed seafood (that which has been raised in a tank or other manmade facility) — including salmon, shrimp, and tilapia — is available fresh year-round. The health benefits of farmed versus wild fish have been debated, with research suggesting that the former contains more chemicals but higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids. Recently the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch organization included both in its list of healthiest seafood. Check the packaging or ask your grocer to know which variety you're purchasing. Whichever you pick, make sure you're getting a fresh catch.

Bert Guevara's insight:

Fresh vs frozen seafood? 


"Finding seafood that's in season is just the first step to guaranteeing freshness. Next you'll want to carefully choose your fish to get the best quality. "If you're looking at a whole fish, the gills should be dark red, not dull brown, and the eyes should be clear and not cloudy," says Ludwin. Pay attention to the texture of the flesh: It should feel very firm and bounce back if you push on it. Finally, stay away from any seafood with a strong fishy odor. If it was just caught from the ocean, it'll smell like briny saltwater instead."

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Benefits of Drinking Black Coffee ("the caffeine is the key ingredient vs colon cancer & diabetes")

Benefits of Drinking Black Coffee ("the caffeine is the key ingredient vs colon cancer & diabetes") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Among people with advanced (stage III) colon cancer, drinking four or more cups of caffeinated coffee daily lowered the risk of cancer recurrence or death during the study by 52 percent compared to those who drank no coffee.

Drinking two or three cups per day was also beneficial, lowering the risk of recurrence or death by 31 percent.

The researchers stressed that other caffeinated beverages, such as soda, did not have the same effect. No link was found between decaffeinated coffee and risk of colon cancer recurrence either.

Further, a causal link was not found. This means it could simply be that coffee drinkers tend to follow a healthier overall lifestyle that’s contributing to the lower risk. However, the antioxidants and other beneficial plant compounds in coffee have been linked to a lower chronic disease risk before.

In fact, coffee has been linked to a lower risk type 2 diabetes as well, a condition known to increase the risk of colon cancer. It’s likely that compounds in coffee may lower the risk of multiple chronic diseases via similar pathways.

As reported by the New York Times:2

“The researchers’ hypothesis is that the factors that increase risk for Type 2 diabetes, such as obesity, a sedentary lifestyle, and high insulin levels, also drive colon cancer, Dr. [Charles S.] Fuchs [director of the Gastrointestinal Cancer Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston] said.

And many studies have shown that coffee consumption is associated with a lower risk for Type 2 diabetes, a chronic illness that may increase the risk of colon cancer.

Bert Guevara's insight:

Enjoy your coffee and live longer.


The analysis determined the lowered risk associated with coffee was… because of the caffeine. One hypothesis is that caffeine increases the body’s sensitivity to insulin, so it requires less of the hormone. That, in turn, may reduce inflammation, which is a risk factor for diabetes and cancer.”

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Coconut Oil Reverses Dementia in 100 Year Old Woman ("testimonies keep coming in; it must be working")

Coconut Oil Reverses Dementia in 100 Year Old Woman ("testimonies keep coming in; it must be working") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
I have seen such an improvement with coconut oil beginning with the first day. She seldom repeats herself, she loves to listen to music and dance. She has been remembering her past.

A friend recently emailed me a video of Dr. Newport and her research of coconut oil on Alzheimers.  After viewing it I went out to buy some coconut oil.  I figured if it helps Alzheimer’s patients, it should help someone with dementia.

I started her on 2 tablespoons Saturday, March 31, 2012.  I have seen such an improvement beginning with the first day.  She seldom repeats herself, she loves to listen to music and dance.  She has been remembering her past.  She had not spoken of her past since 2010.  I heard her singing a song she used to sing pre-depression.  Once she goes to bed, she stays there until the morning.  I can tell by the blankets that she had a restful night.  Normally the blankets would be all over the place. One thing that has changed drastically is she is now an early riser.  This is a woman who never wanted to get up earlier than 10 am.  Now she’s up at 7:30 and hungry.

I put the coconut oil in her oatmeal and cook all her meals with it. I am very pleased with the changes in her. Of course at 100 I don’t expect her to suddenly act like a 90 year old.  My mom is a very healthy woman with no serious diseases. I’m so glad to see that now she can have conversations with friends and family.

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Another testimony to the wonder of coconut oil on dementia.


"I am glad to say that everyone over the age of 70 who was at this gathering has gone out to get some coconut oil.  They were very impressed with the changes they saw in my mother.  As a side note, I have cut back on the amount of coconut oil.  I started her out on 2 tablespoons but found that she had too much energy.  Although mom is healthy and walks ok, at 100 years of age, she is limited in her activity.  She takes 1 tablespoon which is sufficient to see results."

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77 Expiration Dates That You Should Know ("know how long products can stay useful")

77 Expiration Dates That You Should Know ("know how long products can stay useful") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
A handy keep-or-toss guide to 77 foods, beauty products, and household goods

Certain items in your house practically scream “toss me” when their prime has passed. That mysterious extra white layer on the Cheddar? A sure sign it needs to be put out of its misery. Chunky milk? Down the drain it goes.

But what about that jar of olives or Maraschino cherries that has resided in your refrigerator since before the birth of your kindergartner? Or the innumerable nonedibles lurking deep within your cabinets and closets: stockpiled shampoo and toothpaste, seldom-used silver polish? How do you know when their primes have passed?

With help from experts and product manufacturers, Real Simple has compiled a guide to expiration dates. These dates are offered as a rough guideline. The shelf lives of most products depend upon how you treat them. Edibles, unless otherwise indicated, should be stored in a cool, dry place. (With any food, of course, use common sense.) Household cleaners also do best in a dry place with a stable temperature. After the dates shown, beauty and cleaning products are probably still safe but may be less effective.

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Do you have an idea how long food and non-food items can stay in the refrigerator or cabinet? Check out this practical guide to expiration dates.

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Trans fats, but not saturated fats, linked to risk of death ("know the difference between fats")

Trans fats, but not saturated fats, linked to risk of death ("know the difference between fats") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
A large new review of existing research suggests that for healthy people, a reasonable amount of saturated fat in the diet poses no health risk. Trans fats

A large new review of existing research suggests that for healthy people, a reasonable amount of saturated fat in the diet poses no health risk.

Trans fats, on the other hand, were associated with an increased risk of death from any cause, death from cardiovascular disease and a diagnosis of coronary heart disease.

Dietary guidelines recommend that saturated fats, found in animal products like butter, egg yolks and salmon, make up no more than 10 percent of daily calories. Trans unsaturated fats, known as trans fats, like the hydrogenated oils that keep processed foods and margarine shelf-stable, are primarily industrially produced and should provide no more than one percent of daily calories.

For the new review, researchers at several Canadian institutions including McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, included data from 41 studies of the association between saturated fat intake and health outcomes, covering more than 300,000 people, and 20 studies of trans fat intake and health outcomes that covered more than 200,000.

Saturated fat intake was not tied to coronary heart disease, cardiovascular disease, stroke or type 2 diabetes, but its link to risk of death from coronary heart disease was unclear.

Consuming industrial trans fats was associated with a 34 percent increase in all-cause mortality, a 28 percent increased risk of heart disease mortality and a 21 percent increase in the risk of heart disease, the study team reports in The BMJ.

Because the evidence was uncertain for saturated fats, more studies would be helpful, the researchers write. None of the studies they included were randomized controlled trials, the most rigorous type of study; all were based on observation over time, so other factors in participants’ lives could have played a role in their health outcomes.

Bert Guevara's insight:

The enemy is trans fat; not saturated fats. Know the difference and enjoy your healthy meals. In reality, your body needs the right fats, including the brain.

 

"Several reports since 2010 have confirmed that saturated fats are not associated with heart attack or stroke, said Dr. Ronald M. Krauss of Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute in California, a coronary artery disease expert who was not part of the new review.

"Saturated fats are found in dairy, red meat and tropical oils, he said. “Among these, the only category consistently associated with heart disease risk is red meat, and even in this case, it's not clear that saturated fat all by itself is the main culprit,” Krauss told Reuters Health by email. “There may be other potential mechanisms.”  

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Freedom to eat eggs | mb.com.ph | Philippine News ("new discoveries show health benefits")

Freedom to eat eggs | mb.com.ph | Philippine News ("new discoveries show health benefits") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

A human mannequin poses as Lady Justice in making an appeal that consuming fowl eggs does not violate the rights of animals to live, opposing the claims of some animal rights groups, during the Philippine Poultry Show at SMX Mall of Asia in Pasay City yesterday (August 15). Hundreds of breeders and poultry owners attended the event. 

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The technology of egg production has gone several notches higher, that eggs have been promoted as containing healthy nutrients, contrary to old myths. 


"A human mannequin poses as Lady Justice in making an appeal that consuming fowl eggs does not violate the rights of animals to live, opposing the claims of some animal rights groups, during the Philippine Poultry Show at SMX Mall of Asia in Pasay City yesterday (August 15). Hundreds of breeders and poultry owners attended the event."

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Stop Exercising To Lose Weight ("there has to be a higher motive otherwise you may give up")

Stop Exercising To Lose Weight ("there has to be a higher motive otherwise you may give up") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
But, what if we dropped the weight loss angle? What if we just started moving around because it made us feel good? Imagine what would happen if we stopped looking at exercise as a part of the grind and started looking at it as a moment of the day that just makes us feel great? No hefty baggage attached.

In that spirit of wellbeing - not weight loss - here are five reasons to exercise that have absolutely nothing to do with dropping pounds:

1. Because it feels good right now: Exercising has a way of making you feel better in this exact minute. Right now.

2. You get a moment of ultimate control: When you choose your exercise, you are in control. Nobody else gets to decide. Among frenetic societal pressures that pull us in a million directions all day, you get to call this one. Not your boss, or your girlfriend, or your mother. Just you.

3. Movement helps dial down the stress needle: Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S. We live in a world where stress rules our minds. Exercise is one of the few truly effective strategies to get out of our heads, allowing us to reengage with a calmer, more directed, self.

4. Exercise makes you smarter: Not only are you smarter right after you exercise,but overall fitness is also associated with increased thinking capacity and brain healthin the long term.

5. We all need a little "me time": Our days are filled to the overflowing brink. Family responsibilities, social engagements, professional obligations. We hardly ever take moments to reconnect with ourselves anymore. Exercise - whether it's gardening, walking the dog, painting houses, throwing weights around or running speed intervals - is one simple way to spend a little more time with yourself.

Bert Guevara's insight:

Exercising should be done for the right reason, otherwise you will probably stop sometime soon.

 

"Exercise should never be a chore, a punishment, or a moment of shame. It should be a time to clear your head and feel good -- feel GREAT -- right now. If losing weight is a side effect, it's a bonus. And even if you exercise everyday and still don't drop those pounds, you're still better off being the most fit and happy you can be."

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Natural News Blog: Inhaling secondhand vapor from electronic cigarettes - it's TOXIC!

Natural News Blog: Inhaling secondhand vapor from electronic cigarettes - it's TOXIC! | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Secondhand e-cig vapor still contains nicotine!  - - the latest study

"People sharing a room with an e-cigarette user are exposed to "vaporized" contaminants, including nicotine, particulates and hydrocarbons. Variation in product contents, designs and emissions suggests that some produce little toxicant exposure, whereas others may pose greater risks. E-cigarette use produces a visible vapor that is usually able to be smelled, depending on the flavors and other contents of the fluid. The vapor is discharged into the air only when the user exhales (i.e. there is no sidestream vapor), in contrast to tobacco cigarettes that discharge smoke continuously while kept alight, and when the user exhales. The study  measured levels of potential e-cigarette pollutants in a ventilated room while volunteers consumed e-cigarettes with and without nicotine for two hours and found a change in air quality. The concentration of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) in the indoor air increased by 20%, while particulate numbers also increased. The authors concluded that exposure to e-cigarette pollutants might be a health concern, as fine and ultrafine particles might be deposited in the lung. Research assessed indoor air concentrations of common tobacco smoke by-products (VOCs, carbonyls, PAHs, nicotine, TSNAs, and glycols) emitted by generic e-cigarettes using four different high nicotine e-cigarette liquids (‘e-liquids’), and compared the results with those from analysis of tobacco cigarette smoke tests; they then undertook risk analyses based on dilution into a 40 m3 room and standard toxicological data."
Bert Guevara's insight:

Second-hand smoke from e-cigarettes can also be harmful. Here's why.


"The main concern with electronic cigarettes lies in the fact that the people who use nicotine are exhaling the same amount of nicotine, and maybe even trumped-up MORE, thanks to artificial additives and other chemicals. ...

"When speaking of electronic cigarettes, those nicotine doses can vary greatly, but still from about ten to twenty milligrams on average, and on down to zero for the people who just "vape" for the fun of it and don't want or need the nicotine, like much of the younger generation."

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Second-hand smoke from e-cigarettes can also be harmful. Here's why.

 

"The main concern with electronic cigarettes lies in the fact that the people who use nicotine are exhaling the same amount of nicotine, and maybe even trumped-up MORE, thanks to artificial additives and other chemicals. ...

"When speaking of electronic cigarettes, those nicotine doses can vary greatly, but still from about ten to twenty milligrams on average, and on down to zero for the people who just "vape" for the fun of it and don't want or need the nicotine, like much of the younger generation."

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7 Ways To Make Small Spaces Feel Way Bigger ("i like these practical tips in handling interiors")

7 Ways To Make Small Spaces Feel Way Bigger ("i like these practical tips in handling interiors") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

For those of us who live in tiny spaces that we begrudgingly call home, it can be hard to keep knick-knacks and necessities alike nice and organized. That means a messy abode and a look that's less than decorated. 

To combat congested disaster, insurance company FBD compiled seven rules that'll keep tiny rooms looking good. Although routine cleaning is a must on this list (yes, just do it), the infographic gives renters and owners important tips for utilizing spaces and surfaces to their full capacity. 

Before you consider just getting rid of every single thing in your little home, take a look at the rules below and be truly inspired. 

 

Bert Guevara's insight:

7 Golden rules for keeping a small space organized:

Rule 1. Use your walls.

Rule 2. Invest in double-duty furniture.

Rule 3. Streamline technology.

Rule 4. Go mono.

Rule 5. Make use of dead space.

Rule 6. De-clutter relentlessly.

Rule 7. Clean it regularly.

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Make smaller space bigger?

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Simple cooking methods flush arsenic out of rice ("more hot water washing can flush out arsenic")

Simple cooking methods flush arsenic out of rice ("more hot water washing can flush out arsenic") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Preparing rice in a coffee machine can halve levels of the naturally occurring substance.

Cooking rice by repeatedly flushing it through with fresh hot water can remove much of the grain’s stored arsenic, researchers have found — a tip that could lessen levels of the toxic substance in one of the world’s most popular foods.

Billions of people eat rice daily, but it contributes more arsenic to the human diet than any other food. Conventionally grown in flooded paddies, rice takes up more arsenic (which occurs naturally in water and soil as part of an inorganic compound) than do other grains. High levels of arsenic in food have been linked to different types of cancer, and other health problems.

Andrew Meharg, a plant and soil scientist at Queen’s University Belfast, UK, wondered whether cooking the grain in a different way might help to lessen the health risk. The standard method for making rice — boiling it in a pot until it soaks up all the liquid — binds into place any arsenic contained in the rice and the cooking water.

Meharg and colleagues found that using this method with increasing proportions of water removed progressively more arsenic — up to a 57% reduction with a ratio of 12 parts water to one part rice. That result confirmed that the arsenic is 'mobile' in liquid water, and thus can be removed.

 

Bert Guevara's insight:

You are probably eating commercial rice with certain levels of arsenic. Here is how to flush out the arsenic in a simple kitchen procedure. Read and learn.


"Cooking rice by repeatedly flushing it through with fresh hot water can remove much of the grain’s stored arsenic, researchers have found — a tip that could lessen levels of the toxic substance in one of the world’s most popular foods."

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Arsenic in rice flushed.

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MRI Shows Cancer Cells Thrive On Processed Sugar - Complete Health and Happiness

MRI Shows Cancer Cells Thrive On Processed Sugar - Complete Health and Happiness | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
by Amanda Froelich Want to improve your health? Change your diet! This message is slowly permeating mainstream society, but has yet to convince fast-food lovers and sugary-treat fanatics. Largely unaware of food consequences, many still dive into high-fat, high-sugar food options without a second thought; but a recent study affirming that Cancer cells grow and …

Want to improve your health? Change your diet! This message is slowly permeating mainstream society, but has yet to convince fast-food lovers and sugary-treat fanatics. Largely unaware of food consequences, many still dive into high-fat, high-sugar food options without a second thought; but a recent study affirming that Cancer cells grow and thrive on processed sugar may change that.

Nature Medicine recently confirmed that processed sugar is one of the primary driving forces behind the growth and spread of cancer tumors. The results were so conclusive, in fact, that future cancer screening may rely on scanning the body for accumulated sugar for signs of the disease.

These sources conclude and relay the importance of choosing wholesome, unprocessed, and predominantly plant-based foods to keep the body healthy, and the mind nourished. Start by adding more greens, vegetables and plant-based proteins, while decreasing the amount of processed foods you consume. The body truly is capable of healing itself, and the necessity to make such changes for it to happen is becoming increasingly evident.

Bert Guevara's insight:

Find out what feeds cancer cells. This means, these are what we should avoid or at least, minimize.

 

"The main culprits of deadening sugar include: white sugar and flour, sweetened and processed foods, and fast food. The way these break down in the body (compared to natural sources of fructose from fruit), is that they cause an increase of hormones to be released (specifically insulin), and in effect, signal for cancercells to feed and continue to grow in size."

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Processed sugar can be a cancer cause.

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Here's How to Battle Your Smartphone Addiction ("are you one of 81% who can't be away from phones?")

Here's How to Battle Your Smartphone Addiction ("are you one of 81% who can't be away from phones?") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
There is bad news, but there is also good news

In a series of polls related to smartphone use released last week, Gallup found that about half of smartphone users check their phones several times an hour or more frequently; 81% of people said they keep their phones near them “almost all the time during waking hours” and 63% do so even when they’re sleeping. The condition is especially severe among the young, one-in-five of whom cop to “checking their phone every few minutes.”

While that might elicit a “tsk, tsk” from grandparents appalled by such behavior, all this checking doesn’t just come at the cost of neglecting the world around us. Researchers have been building a body of disheartening-but-fascinating research about the mess of mutual dependence that is our relationship with our smartphones. They’ve connected it to anxiety and stress and our increasing state of distraction.

“They reported feeling a loss of identity,” he says. “When objects become possessions, when we use them a lot, they’re potentially capable of becoming an extension of ourselves.” When digital natives born today grow up to be toddlers who are crying because a parent takes their iPad away, Clayton says that could leave us with interesting questions: “Are they upset because they can’t play their game? Or are upset because they don’t have the iPad, the object, the possession?”

The good news is that Rosen does have a plan: weaning off devices bit by bit and making a public statement that you’re going to do so. This second part is key. Only if you’ve warned your parents and friends that they shouldn’t take it personally when you don’t text them back or like their picture right away, he says, will you be able to actually relax, no longer in fear of offending anyone who expects you to be on all the time. Meanwhile, you must wage an internal battle against your own FOMO.

Bert Guevara's insight:

You have to admit the addiction first, before you begin your rehabilitation. I hope the "withdrawal" is not that drastic.

Read this article and find out if you belong to the 81%.


“You announce to the world that you’re only going to check your phone once a half hour,” he says, “and then you allow yourself a minute or two every half hour to check in, return a call, text back, and then turn it off and put it away.” Then perhaps get bold and go up to an hour. Then perhaps two hours, in an attempt to eventually make the phone less like the limb it has become and more like the really cool toaster it could be.

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