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Alicia Silverstone recommends eco-friendly vibrator

Alicia Silverstone recommends eco-friendly vibrator | The Coil Reader | Scoop.it

Alicia Silverstone ... who is well known for her vegan diet and eco-friendly lifestyle - has recommended people purchase the Leaf Vibrator sex toy, which is inspired by the outdoors.

 

Writing on website OpenSky.com, on which people can recommend products to one another, she said: "These vibrators from Leaf come in a bunch of different shapes, all inspired by nature.

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Body Fat Myths vs. Facts / Nutrition / Fats

Body Fat Myths vs. Facts / Nutrition / Fats | The Coil Reader | Scoop.it

Losing body fat isn't impossible, but common misperceptions can make it harder.

 

Myth: You Can Lose Body Fat from Just One Area

Myth: Starving Yourself Helps Burn Body Fat

Myth: Body Fat Comes from Fatty Foods

Myth: Very Small Amounts of Excersize Will Burn Body Fat

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The Worst Drinks for Your Body

The Worst Drinks for Your Body | The Coil Reader | Scoop.it
From cocktails and energy drinks, to smoothies and soda, find out the 11 worst drinks for your body.

 

Juice drinks

Whipped Coffee drinks

Flavored Water

Diet Soda

Frozen Mixed drinks

"Healthy" Fruit Smoothies

Sports drinks

Hard Liquor

Lemonade

Soft drinks

Energy drinks

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Beware of the Food You are Eating Before You Have Sex

Beware of the Food You are Eating Before You Have Sex | The Coil Reader | Scoop.it
There is nothing that will kill a romantic night in the bedroom faster than what happens when you eat certain foods before sex.
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Got Milk? You Don’t Need It! (Infographic)

Got Milk? You Don’t Need It! (Infographic) | The Coil Reader | Scoop.it

Plant-based milks have cow’s milk beat, hands down – from a nutrition standpoint, and perhaps soon even from a cost standpoint! Not to mention the horrific ways cows and their offspring are treated in the dairy industry and the fact that drinking the milk of another species is just NOT natural!

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Cooking with Tofu + 9 Delicious Recipes

Cooking with Tofu + 9 Delicious Recipes | The Coil Reader | Scoop.it

Tofu is a nutritious, versatile, convenient, and flavorful addition to any diet! Although some questions remain about the potential health benefits and risks of soy products, the latest research suggests that moderate consumption is healthful. Here are some great reasons to eat more tofu

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7 Reasons To Eat Breakfast

7 Reasons To Eat Breakfast | The Coil Reader | Scoop.it

[E]ating breakfast is good for your health. ... [T]here's also a ton of research suggesting it's actually good for your brain and bodily health.

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Chefs' Healthy Snacking Habits Keep The Weight Off

Chefs' Healthy Snacking Habits Keep The Weight Off | The Coil Reader | Scoop.it

Top chefs who spend long, late hours preparing meals for others, face greater temptation than most mortals to over-eat but they say small portions, healthy snacks and drinking plenty of water can help to keep the weight off.

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The Proposed Nutrition Label: A Quick Read, Out Front

The Proposed Nutrition Label: A Quick Read, Out Front | The Coil Reader | Scoop.it
How a new graphic on the front of food packaging would work.
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Rock Climbing Styles

Rock climbing can be a very exciting and challenging sport. While it can be dangerous, with the right safety precautions and training, you can minimize your risk of injury or death. There are several different types of climbs, that you should be aware of before starting.The best way to start climbing is with Indoor Rock Climbing. While you can use almost any of the below styles while climbing indoors, it is the safest way to learn how to climb.

 

When you head out into the wild for your first climb, you will be faced with a large natural rock formation. You may choose to climb the entire formation and end up at the summit or top, or you may choose to only climb a portion of it. This is known as a pitch climb.

 

Free climbing is the most common type of rock climbing today. The climber relies entirely on their own strength and ability, safety gear is just there as a precaution, not as an aid.

 

Aid Climbing is another type, and the safest of them all. It allows the climber to use equipment for hand and foot holds at every step of the way.

 

Bouldering involves much smaller rock formations, so small in fact that safety gear (except for a helmet) is not required as the distance a fall would take you is very minimal.

 

Top Climbing involves a rope that is already attached to the top of the rock formation....

 

Lead Climbing also involves a partner who will climb ahead of you and set up a belay system as they go. ...

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Vegetarians live longer than meat eaters

Vegetarians live longer than meat eaters | The Coil Reader | Scoop.it

Being vegetarian may give you more health benefits than eating meat...

 

Vegetarian Adventist men live to an average of 83.3 years and vegetarian women 85.7 years — 9.5 and 6.1 years, respectively, longer than other Californians, Fraser explained.

 

The Adventist Health Study 2 also found that

- Vegans are, on average, 30 pounds lighter than meat eaters.

- Vegans are also five units lighter on the BMI scale than meat-eaters.

- Vegetarians and vegans are also less insulin resistant than meat-eaters.

- Lean people are also more likely to exercise regularly, eat plants, and avoid cigarettes than overweight people, suggesting that numerous factors are boosting the overall health of these participants.

 

Perhaps the most staggering finding is that obesity cuts an African-American's life span by 6.2 percent.

 

The study population is 25 percent African-American and half vegetarian.

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Healthy Eating Habits Help Reduce Breast Cancer Risk

Healthy Eating Habits Help Reduce Breast Cancer Risk | The Coil Reader | Scoop.it
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and this year it's estimated that more than 226,000 women will be diagnosed with the disease.

Studies have shown that women who exercise 30 minutes at least three times a week are less likely to develop the disease, partly because exercise helps boost the immune system.

 

Studies have not shown that a specific diet lowers risk of breast cancer.

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Squat and go relay

Something magical happens when you combine squats with running. This simple (but far from easy) exercise combination will drive your heart rate up higher than ever before and also push your legs to the limit. If you want cardio, fat burning and lower body conditioning, this workout has the lot!

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The 8 Healthiest Fruits You Should Be Eating

The 8 Healthiest Fruits You Should Be Eating | The Coil Reader | Scoop.it

Blueberries, oranges, bananas, apples, kiwis, grapes, strawberries, and papayas -- take your pick and take a bite, because these fruits are superfoods for your health.

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7 Reasons You Think You Can’t Run an Ultra Marathon (When You Can)

7 Reasons You Think You Can’t Run an Ultra Marathon (When You Can) | The Coil Reader | Scoop.it

The thought of running an ultra marathon can be daunting. It’s a terribly long and intimidating distance. If you’re a newbie, you have no idea what to expect and ultra runners seem like  super heroes. But many people have it in them to run an ultra. Once you desmystify a few key aspects, it’s a very achievable goal.

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5 Japanese houses designed to keep you in shape | Spoon & Tamago

5 Japanese houses designed to keep you in shape | Spoon & Tamago | The Coil Reader | Scoop.it

Here are 5 Japanese homes that help you keep in shape ... where designers come up with creative solutions that enable residents to exercise and keep in shape – both physically and mentally – in the comfort of their own home.

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Cooking, Sustainability merit badges to become Eagle-required

Cooking, Sustainability merit badges to become Eagle-required | The Coil Reader | Scoop.it

Sustainability and Cooking merit badges will join the list of Eagle-required merit badges over the next 14 months, the Boy Scouts of America’s National Executive Board announced today.

 

Sustainability, a new merit badge, will join Environmental Science as an Eagle Scout option after its debut at the 2013 jamboree. ...

 

The goal is to “reflect a better balance of the needs of youth and our nation today and in the future,” according to the BSA’s resolution. ...

 

Sustainability becomes more important as our population increases while resources decrease. And a boy who reaches Eagle without skills in cooking and healthy eating habits hasn’t become fully “Prepared. For Life.”

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10 New Foods That Power Up Your Workout

10 New Foods That Power Up Your Workout | The Coil Reader | Scoop.it

Get faster, stronger, leaner, and sexier and recover in less time with these delicious picks:

 

Coffee

Ginger

Apples

Tomato Juice

Leafy Greens

Raisins

Tart Cherry Juice

Bananas

Beets

Greek Yogurt

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smart ebike polo

Polo can be played on bikes in an urban environment, Spring Break is a UK bike polo team doing just that, and they're using Smart's eBike to do so.

 

Just like regular polo, bike polo is fast-paced and requires plenty of coordination and balance, and with only three players on each side teamwork is particularly important.

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10 healthy comfort food recipes

10 healthy comfort food recipes | The Coil Reader | Scoop.it
These recipes for healthy comfort food offer nutritious, guilt-free ways to indulge in your favourite meals...
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Foods that are healthy for boosting fertility

Foods that are healthy for boosting fertility | The Coil Reader | Scoop.it
Changing to a healthier diet and lifestyle can increase your chances of getting pregnant. Dr. Victoria Maizes recommends adding these foods to your diet to help boost fertility.

 

1. Eat more vegetable protein

2. Add omega-3s

3. Opt for iron-rich foods

4. Eat whole dairy products

5. Consume low-glycemic carbs

6. Supplement wisely

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Today's Tidbit: Want to Be Happier? Don't Eat Junk Food « Weekend Tidbits

Today's Tidbit: Want to Be Happier? Don't Eat Junk Food « Weekend Tidbits | The Coil Reader | Scoop.it
Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that motivates us to engage in rewarding activities such as eating and sex. Animals without dopamine stop eating and starve to death.

 

Scientists fed rats diets of calorie intense food (cookies, cheese, chocolate chips, marshmallows, etc.). After a few months, the rats became obese. They then examined their brains—sure enough, the obese rats had fewer dopamine receptors than rats stuffed with the same number of calories of normal chow.

 

So, it's the calorie intense food that does it, not how much one eats. Not only that, but the changes in the calorie-intense-food-fed rats were long lasting.

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Researchers suggest alternatives to blasting bacteria with antibiotics - The Boston Globe

Researchers suggest alternatives to blasting bacteria with antibiotics - The Boston Globe | The Coil Reader | Scoop.it

Seven decades after penicillin revolutionized the treatment of infections by killing bacteria, medicine is poised for another revolution. The central idea: Many bacteria, rather than creating disease, actually protect against it. ...

 

In recent generations, we’ve killed off many weaker strains of bacteria with antibiotics and antibacterial soaps and detergents, leaving the most dangerous strains — many of which have grown more resistent to treatment. And we’ve simultaneously stopped eating the probiotic foods of our ancestors, which provided our great-grandparents with a steady diet of healthy microbes to keep their intestinal flora in balance. ...

 

Sarkis Mazmanian, a professor of biology at the California Institute of Technology, ... was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship earlier this month for his work.... In his own life, Mazmanian said he follows the principle: “Do things we’ve done for millions of years, not the last 50-100 years.” ...

 

Eating heavily processed foods and killing bacteria with dishwashing detergent could be harmful to your microbiome, Mazmanian said... He does not use dishwashing detergent — instead running his dishwasher with water only — because research shows detergent doesn’t clean any better than water, Mazmanian said, and leaves a chemical residue that may be dangerous. ...

 

Some foods, like greens, oats, barley, beans, and artichokes naturally spur the growth of good bacteria, said Floch, of Yale, who has led a national effort to systematically gather information on probiotics.

 

Yogurt is the most frequently cited probiotic, and Floch, Xavier, and Lynch said they regularly eat yogurt, in part for its probiotic benefits. Mazmanian said he doesn’t eat much dairy because humans didn’t begin raising cattle until relatively recently in evolutionary history.

 

Most cultures have developed fermented foods that promote probiotic activity, including German sauerkraut, Korean kimchi, and French cheeses, said Dr. Marc Micozzi, of Rockport, a physician and anthropologist who wrote the medical school textbook “Fundamentals of Complementary and Alternative Medicine.” Beer and wine are probiotics, too, said Micozzi.

 

“They’ve been around for thousands of years,” he said, and “are part of our dietary history.”

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