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Fast-food diet 'linked to asthma' ("we need more home-cooked meals")

Fast-food diet 'linked to asthma' ("we need more home-cooked meals") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Eating fast food three times a week may lead to asthma and eczema in children, say researchers who have looked at global disease and dietary patterns.

Fast food often contains high levels of saturated- and trans-fatty acids, which are known to affect immunity, while fruit is rich in antioxidants and other beneficial compounds, say the researchers.

In the study, children in their early teens who ate three or more weekly servings of fast food had a 39% increased risk of severe asthma.

Six- and seven-year-olds had a 27% increased risk.

Eating three or more portions of fruit a week cut the risk of severe asthma, eczema and rhinoconjunctivitis by between 11% and 14%.

The study authors, Prof Innes Asher, from the University of Auckland in New Zealand, and Prof Hywel Williams, from the University of Nottingham in the UK, said: "If the associations between fast foods and the symptom prevalence of asthma, rhinoconjunctivitis and eczema is causal, then the findings have major public health significance owing to the rising consumption of fast foods globally."

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Fighting the fake baby milk crooks ("hi-tech app can now detect fake goods, but manufacturers have to cooperate")

Fighting the fake baby milk crooks ("hi-tech app can now detect fake goods, but manufacturers have to cooperate") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

The tech tackling fake baby formula, dodgy drugs, conflict diamonds and fishy fish.

And while fake jeans may only prove to be a fashion disaster, counterfeit medicines can prove extremely harmful. 

But technology is coming to the rescue; specifically blockchain. It's being used to verify the authenticity of baby formula, medicines and even to help reduce the harmful trade in blood diamonds. It's also being used to help keep our fish supply fresh.

A small wire in the formula label wraps around the container, explains Alexander Busarov, chief executive of blockchain startup WaLiMai. "You cannot open the can of baby food without breaking the label," he says. 

The wire acts as an antenna for a signal from an RFID chip, which a smartphone can read. The chip, like some bank cards, generates a new code each time it is scanned. Authenticating takes about two seconds, says Mr Busarov, then you get the result, the logistics details, a picture of the product and where it was labelled.

Blockchain offers a powerful way to verify pharmaceuticals, says Suzanne Somerville, from a project called MediLedger, a joint venture between San Francisco start-ups, TheLinkLab, and Chronicled.

So far, three of the 10 largest US pharmaceutical companies have signed up. Two wholesalers responsible for more than 50% of prescription drug movements in America have, too.

With blockchain, he says, so long as a majority of players and actors are trustworthy, they can keep malicious ones from tampering with the system.

Bert Guevara's insight:
This is a very new strategy to fight fake products. It uses technology that is available to the consuming public. It is still in its infancy, but they have the right idea. 

"A small wire in the formula label wraps around the container, explains Alexander Busarov, chief executive of blockchain startup WaLiMai. "You cannot open the can of baby food without breaking the label," he says. 
"The wire acts as an antenna for a signal from an RFID chip, which a smartphone can read. The chip, like some bank cards, generates a new code each time it is scanned. Authenticating takes about two seconds, says Mr Busarov, then you get the result, the logistics details, a picture of the product and where it was labelled."
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How Dehydration Dries Up Your Brainpower ("check out how lack of water affects the brain; stay hydrated!")

How Dehydration Dries Up Your Brainpower ("check out how lack of water affects the brain; stay hydrated!") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Even mild levels of dehydration can screw with your mood, your energy, and your ability to think clearly.

Call it “dry brain.” The moment your noodle feels even mildly parched, a bunch of its most important functions tend to go haywire. From the way you feel to the power your mind has to process info and memories, dehydration does immediate damage to your mental abilities. It even shrinks your brain, research shows.

Here are a bunch of good reasons to keep a water bottle by your side this summer.

Here’s what his research found: Dehydrated women experienced a significant drop-off in energy and mood. Basically, they felt tired and lousy about life, Lieberman says. “Also, women were more likely to have headaches and report difficulty concentrating,” he adds. Why? “The brain is extremely sensitive to even small changes in the amounts of ions like sodium and potassium found in your body’s fluids,” he explains. While he can’t pinpoint exactly why your brain flips out when it becomes dehydrated, he says the mood and energy changes may be some sort of built-in alarm system, there to let you know you need water. (Men experienced some of these effects, but not to the same extent as women. He says that probably has to do with body composition differences.)

Along with those mood and energy deficits, your dehydrated brain also has to use a lot more energy to accomplish the same tasks, shows a study from King’s College London. After comparing the heads of slightly dehydrated teens to those of their properly watered peers, the thirsty young guys and girls showed especially strong activity in the frontal-parietal region of the brain during a problem solving task. Despite that surge of brainpower, the parched teens didn’t perform any better on the task than their well-hydrated buddies.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Keep your water bottle or water dispenser close by. The negative effects of dehydration are not insignificant. They can make or unmake your day.

"Call it “dry brain.” The moment your noodle feels even mildly parched, a bunch of its most important functions tend to go haywire. From the way you feel to the power your mind has to process info and memories, dehydration does immediate damage to your mental abilities. It even shrinks your brain, research shows."
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Is Organic Food Healthier?: All the Factors Analyzed - Earth911.com ("there is still a discussion on overall benefits")

Is Organic Food Healthier?: All the Factors Analyzed - Earth911.com ("there is still a discussion on overall benefits") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

When you're shopping, you want to do right by your family and the planet — but is organic food healthier? The answer isn't so simple.

We sifted through the research and have gathered answers into three parts: the good, the bad and the unclear.

The Good 

We’ll start with some positive news. Multiple studies have proven that organic growing methods are better for soil quality and for the farmers growing our crops, too. An article in the Washington Post summarized the key benefits of organic farming methods based on a 23-year USDA comparison study as: 

- Having more-fertile soil 

- Using less fertilizer and much less herbicide 

- Using less energy 

- Locking away more carbon in the soil 

- Being more profitable for farmers

The Bad

The problem is that science hasn’t ever demonstrated a hard link between organic food and greater health benefits. A review published in 2012 went through 17 studies of human beings and 223 studies of nutrient and contaminant levels in food, and in general found no meaningful difference between organically grown or conventionally grown, nor any clear link between organic food and higher nutrient levels.

The Unclear

The thing is, none of the NOP’s rules really address many of the issues that have animal rights groups concerned about animal welfare. Male chicks are still routinely destroyed, calves are still removed from their mothers directly after birth, and access to the outdoors is at the farmer’s discretion and subject to handfuls of dependencies.

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The discussion on going organic or conventional should be approached intelligently. We sifted through the research and have gathered answers into three parts: the good, the bad and the unclear.

"The question that comes to many of our minds when standing in the produce aisle trying to decide between a conventionally grown apple or an organic apple is this: Does it really matter? Especially when organic items tend to be more expensive than their conventionally grown peers, is organic food really worth it?"
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Nearly Half of Cancer Cases Are Within Your Control, Researchers Say ("going back to a healthy lifestyle canbe a remedy")

Nearly Half of Cancer Cases Are Within Your Control, Researchers Say ("going back to a healthy lifestyle canbe a remedy") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
In a study published in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, researchers led by Dr. Farhad Islami at the American Cancer Society analyzed national cancer data and calculated how much of cancer cases and deaths can be attributed to factors that people can change. These included smoking, exposure to second-hand smoke, being overweight or obese, drinking too much alcohol, eating red and processed meats, eating too few fruits and vegetables, not exercising, exposure to ultraviolet radiation through activities like tanning and six cancer-related infections (including HPV).
Among more than 1.5 million cancers in 2014, 42% were traced to these factors, as well as 45% of deaths in that year.
Cigarette smoking accounted for 20% of the cancer cases: the largest contribution by a modifiable risk factor. Overweight or obesity was the second-greatest contributor, accounting for nearly 8% of cases and 6.5% of deaths. Alcohol accounted for 5.6% of cases and 4% of deaths; red and processed meat consumption contributed to 1.3% of cases and deaths, and not exercising enough accounted for 2.9% of cancer cases and 2.2% of deaths. Eating too few fruits and vegetables — which applies to around 90% of Americans — was responsible for nearly 2% of cancers and 3% of cancer deaths.
The data are sobering, especially because deaths from cancer have dropped by 25% since 1991. While that’s good news, the latest data suggest that the decline might be even steeper if people address some of their risky behaviors that contribute to cancer. About 600,000 people are expected to die of cancer in 2017.
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Causes of cancer and cancer deaths can be addressed by simple lifestyle changes. Check these out:

Among more than 1.5 million cancers in 2014, 42% were traced to these factors, as well as 45% of deaths in that year.
1. Cigarette smoking accounted for 20% of the cancer cases: the largest contribution by a modifiable risk factor. 
2. Overweight or obesity was the second-greatest contributor, accounting for nearly 8% of cases and 6.5% of deaths. 
3. Alcohol accounted for 5.6% of cases and 4% of deaths; 
red and processed meat consumption contributed to 1.3% of cases and deaths, and 
4. Not exercising enough accounted for 2.9% of cancer cases and 2.2% of deaths. 
5. Eating too few fruits and vegetables — which applies to around 90% of Americans — was responsible for nearly 2% of cancers and 3% of cancer deaths.
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3-month-old baby dies after vaccination in Lapu-Lapu ("we cannot pretend to be in control of diseases thru blended vaccines")

3-month-old baby dies after vaccination in Lapu-Lapu ("we cannot pretend to be in control of diseases thru blended vaccines") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

PARENTS are calling for an investigation on the death of their 3-month-old baby who died after getting pentavalent vaccine at a health center in Sitio Abuno, Barangay Pajac in Lapu-Lapu City. The baby, Ghir Vaughn McReign Igoy, was immunized last Wednesday, November 8. Igoy's mother, Gian Millicent, said that a certain midwife Grace Mailingin was the one who injected the pentavalent vaccine on her son.

According to the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef), pentavalent vaccine "is a combination of five vaccines in one: diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, hepatitis B and Haemophilus influenza type b (the bacteria that causes meningitis, pneumonia and otitis)." 

Gian Millicent and Riel Igoy, the baby's grandfather, are asking for an investigation on the incident. “For my Beloved Grandson... gusto lng nko mapa imbstigahan ang nag immunize sa ako apo nga 3 months old pa lang dha sa ABUNO HEALTH CENTER sa Brgy. Pajac last Wednesday (Nov. 8, 2017).

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This is what may happen when 5 vaccines are blended into one. We may never know what killed this baby.
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Doing This for 30 Minutes a Day Can Help You Live Longer ("walking can be anywhere; wear comfy shoes")

Doing This for 30 Minutes a Day Can Help You Live Longer ("walking can be anywhere; wear comfy shoes") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

People who met the minimum recommendation for physical activity were 20 percent less likely to die during the follow-up period.

Whether people achieved their 150 minutes a week of physical activity through only walking or through other activities didn’t seem to matter; both groups reaped similar longevity benefits. In the walking-only group, those who walked the most were better protected against death from respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, and cancer than those who walked the least. 

This wasn’t surprising to the researchers, because walking has previously been associated with a lower risk of heart disease, diabetes, and breast and colon cancers. But Patel was a bit surprised that the people who only walked got almost as much benefit as those who got other types of exercise as well.

Only half of U.S. adults—and even fewer adults 65 and older—meet the recommended guidelines of 150 minutes of moderate activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity per week. For those people, Patel says, simply aiming to meet that threshold could have real implications on longevity.

The average pace people in the study walked at was 3 miles per hour, or a 20-minute mile. “It’s faster than you’d walk in the grocery store, and it’s enough to get your heart rate up a little bit, but it’s not like they were power walking or jogging,” says Patel. “Walking is the most common type of physical activity that people engage in in the United States, so I was very, very happy to see these results.”

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"Whether people achieved their 150 minutes a week of physical activity through only walking or through other activities didn’t seem to matter; both groups reaped similar longevity benefits. In the walking-only group, those who walked the most were better protected against death from respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, and cancer than those who walked the least. 
"This wasn’t surprising to the researchers, because walking has previously been associated with a lower risk of heart disease, diabetes, and breast and colon cancers. But Patel was a bit surprised that the people who only walked got almost as much benefit as those who got other types of exercise as well."
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3 Nutrients You Should Add To Your Diet (vitamins B, D & magnesium are easy to get from daily meals")

3 Nutrients You Should Add To Your Diet (vitamins B, D & magnesium are easy to get from daily meals") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Even generally healthy eaters can miss out on critical vitamins and minerals that the body needs to stay in fine tune.

Here, three nutrients that keep everything from your brain to your immune system humming—plus easy ways to make sure you get them, courtesy of Health’s contributing nutrition editor, registered dietitian Cynthia Sass.


B vitamins 

They boost your brainpower and protect your heart 

Of the eight B vitamins, B12 and folate are the most famous. B12 helps your body convert food into energy, and you need it to make the insulation, called myelin, that covers your nerves and helps neurons in the brain communicate with one another. B12 deficiency has been linked to cognitive issues like memory loss, confusion, and depression.


Vitamin D 

It's good for your bones and your immune system 

Scientists don’t agree on exactly how much D people truly need. But plenty of science shows it’s crucial for a healthy body. One of the nutrient’s most important functions is improving your ability to absorb calcium, which helps build strong bones. Vitamin D is also key when it comes to regulating your immune function. There is some evidence linking low levels of D to the development of autoimmune diseases like Crohn’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and multiple sclerosis.


Magnesium 

It helps you snooze and eases pain 

Lately it seems every insomniac is popping magnesium like crazy. While it won’t knock you out the way a sleeping pill might, the nutrient has been shown to help muscles relax and is also popular among athletes for soothing achy muscles, says Blatner. And magnesium, which may help quiet areas of the brain that keep us awake, could have a calming effect, helping to relieve mild anxiety that keeps you up at night. There’s also evidence that magnesium may ward off migraines.

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Are you aware of what you are missing without vitamins B, D and magnesium? Actually, they can be found in healthy eating. Check out this article.

"Even if you watch what you eat (most of the time), generally healthy eaters can still miss out on critical vitamins and minerals that the body needs to stay in fine tune, says Wendy Bazilian, DrPH, author of Eat Clean, Stay Lean. Here, three nutrients that keep everything from your brain to your immune system humming—plus easy ways to make sure you get them, courtesy of Health’s contributing nutrition editor, registered dietitian Cynthia Sass."
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Diet and Exercise Tips for Type-2 Diabetes ("back to basics may work if you have discipline")

Diet and Exercise Tips for Type-2 Diabetes ("back to basics may work if you have discipline") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Diabetes is considered to be the next pandemic and is spreading at a rampant pace. Diabetes is disease in which there are high levels of sugar in the blood. This condition can’t be treated but only be controlled. If left uncontrolled for long periods of time, the high blood sugar levels can damage the tiny blood vessels that supply blood to the the eyes, kidneys and nerves. This in turn leads to permanent damage to those organs.
The best way to manage the disease is strict Diet control, regular physical exercise and if required Hypoglycaemic drugs (drugs that bring your blood sugar down). Hypoglycaemic drugs usually are not prescribed in the initial 3 months of diagnosis of Diabetes Mellitus. The idea here is to attempt to control disease with diet restrictions and regular physical exercise. The way to monitor the control of blood sugar levels over the long term is through Glycosylated Haemoglobin levels (Hb1AC). 
Diet tips in Diabetes Mellitus 
1. Have shorter and frequent meals at regular intervals. 
2. Strictly follow a diet chart which includes low carbohydrates, low fat, and limited amount of protein. 
3. Have lots of vegetable salads before every meal to fill your stomach and satisfy your hunger. 
4. Avoid food items which have high glycaemic index like sugar candies, rice, sweet corn etc. 
5. Avoid consumption of alcohol and smoking.

Any exercise which helps in burning the calories will help.
Bert Guevara's insight:
There is still hope with diabets who exercise discipline. 

Diet tips in Diabetes Mellitus 
1. Have shorter and frequent meals at regular intervals. 
2. Strictly follow a diet chart which includes low carbohydrates, low fat, and limited amount of protein. 
3. Have lots of vegetable salads before every meal to fill your stomach and satisfy your hunger. 
4. Avoid food items which have high glycaemic index like sugar candies, rice, sweet corn etc. 
5. Avoid consumption of alcohol and smoking.
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Bisikletang gawa sa kawayan, may hatid na benepisyo sa komunidad ("bambikes make good green sense")

Bisikletang gawa sa kawayan, may hatid na benepisyo sa komunidad ("bambikes make good green sense") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Bukod sa pagtulong sa kalikasan, maraming Pinoy din ang nabibigyan ng trabaho dahil sa bamboo bikes.

Kilala nang paraan ng pag-eehersisyo ang pagbibisikleta. Pero sa Iloilo, may espesyal na bisikletang may hatid na benepisyo hindi lang sa kalusugan, kundi maging sa kalikasan at komunidad. 

Tampok sa Iloilo ang "bambikes" o bisikletang gawa sa kawayan. Simple lamang ang disenyo nito, ngunit ipinagmamalaking matibay. 

Binuo ni Brian McClelland noong 2010 ang bambikes — o bamboo bikes — at unang ipinasada sa Iloilo City na kilalang bike-friendly na siyudad. 

Bukod sa pagtulong sa kalikasan, maraming Pinoy din ang nabibigyan ng trabaho dahil sa bamboo bikes. 

“May actual full-time job plus mayro’n ding sustainable livelihood fund, meaning, for every bike sold, for every bike tour taken, may percentage na pabalik sa komunidad,” ayon kay McClelland. 

Nakatutulong din ito sa pamamagitan ng iba't ibang sinusuportahang community-based programs. 

Dahil sa magagandang feedback, pursigido ngayon si McClelland na palawakin ang produksyon ng bambikes.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Bamboo bikes or "bambikes" are both green and sustainable, and lightweight.

"Tampok sa Iloilo ang "bambikes" o bisikletang gawa sa kawayan. Simple lamang ang disenyo nito, ngunit ipinagmamalaking matibay.
"Binuo ni Brian McClelland noong 2010 ang bambikes — o bamboo bikes — at unang ipinasada sa Iloilo City na kilalang bike-friendly na siyudad."
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You Asked: Should I Worry About Wi-Fi Radiation? ("threats still theoretical, just maintain distance")

You Asked: Should I Worry About Wi-Fi Radiation? ("threats still theoretical, just maintain distance") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Researchers have spent years looking for health risks tied to the types of radio waves wireless networks emit. They’ve yet to find any.

Asked for specifics, Foster says it helps to understand how Wi-Fi works. While most people assume their wireless router is constantly sending and receiving information, Foster says these devices actually transmit just 0.1% of the time. “Maybe that goes up somewhat if you’re streaming video,” he says, “but most of the time your router is just sitting idly waiting for something to happen.”

Also, every inch you put between yourself and your Wi-Fi router significantly lowers the strength of the radiation your body encounters. “Put it this way,” Foster says. “During a call, your mobile phone is transmitting steadily at a strength maybe 100 times more powerful than Wi-Fi, and you’re holding the phone right against your head, and we still don’t find any health issues with that level of exposure.”

The World Health Organization and the International Agency for Research on Cancer have classified mobile phones as a “possible carcinogen,” which means there’s currently not enough research to say whether either causes cancer.

Moskowitz doesn’t disagree with Moulder. But he says the amount of radio wave radiation people—and especially children—are exposed to today is different, and this raises new concerns. When it comes to our long-term, cumulative exposures to all our wireless networks and gadgets, “we’re basically flying blind,” he says.

Of course, trying to avoid radio wave exposure is more or less impossible if you live in modern society. Moskowitz advises keeping wireless devices away from your body and turning off wireless networks when they're not in use. While any health risks are still theoretical, “I think trying to minimize exposure is the best advice at this point,” Moskowitz adds.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Anything in excess has possible negative effects, although there are no conclusive studies yet. In the meantime, do not be paranoid; just apply precautions in the use of your wifi gadgets.

"Of course, trying to avoid radio wave exposure is more or less impossible if you live in modern society. Moskowitz advises keeping wireless devices away from your body and turning off wireless networks when they're not in use. While any health risks are still theoretical, “I think trying to minimize exposure is the best advice at this point,” Moskowitz adds."
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5 Ways to Stop Your Phone Addiction, According to Research ("phone addicts need quick rehab or else")

5 Ways to Stop Your Phone Addiction, According to Research ("phone addicts need quick rehab or else") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

People average 3 hours a day on their phones. In the pre-smartphone era that number was just 18 minutes.

How long do you think the average work email goes unread? 10 minutes? 5 minutes? 1 minute? 

Try 6 seconds.

Yes, Houston, we have a problem. Instead of improving our lives, technology is increasingly getting in the way of enjoying our lives. And the biggest source of trouble is that device that’s with you wherever you go. I figured it was time to call an expert for some advice…

Some might say that they’re not addicted to technology — they just enjoy it. But those same people probably say things like, “I wish I had more time to do the things I love.” As Thoreau once said, “The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.” 

Well, people average 3 hours a day on their phones. In the pre-smartphone era that number was just 18 minutes. And what happens when you ask young adults if they’d rather have a broken bone or a broken phone? Here’s Adam: 

There’s a study that was done asking people, mainly young adults, to make a decision: if you had to break a bone or break your phone what would you prefer? Forty-six percent of people would prefer to have a broken bone than a broken phone. But even for the fifty-four percent of people who say they’d prefer to have a broken phone, it wasn’t a snap decision. They agonized over it.

Bert Guevara's insight:
What can you do about your phone addiction? First is to admit it! Then what?

"Here’s how to stop checking your phone: 
1. “Don’t” say “Can’t”: You can always check your phone. But decide to be the kind of person who doesn’t. 
2. Proximity is destiny: Put your phone across the room and laziness becomes a superpower. 
3. Use a “stopping rule”: Leaving the house with your phone at 5% battery is extreme… but it’ll work. 
4. You don’t break habits. You replace them: Good apps up front. Evil apps must be downloaded. 
5. Dr. Jekyll, prepare for Mr. Hyde: Give your phone to a friend before you drink so the werewolf can’t drunk-text exes.
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9 Causes of Leg Cramps—and How To Stop Them ("know the causes and decide to adopt lifestyle changes")

9 Causes of Leg Cramps—and How To Stop Them ("know the causes and decide to adopt lifestyle changes") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

We asked experts to explain what causes leg cramps and how you can avoid them in the future

What are leg cramps? 

If you haven't already, you will probably experience leg cramps at some point in your life. They can hit at the worst possible moments; whether you're lying in bed at night or taking a run on the treadmill, that sharp stabbing pain can feel totally debilitating. If leg cramps, also called charley horses, persist, they can become even more irritating, perhaps knocking you off your typical exercise or sleep routine. 

A leg cramp is a sharp, sudden contraction or tightening of the muscle in the calf, which usually lasts a few seconds to a few minutes. If a cramp does hit, you can ease it in the moment by stretching the muscle gently. To find a long-term solution to leg cramps, however, you might need to take a closer look at their many potential causes. 

To keep leg cramps at bay, make sure you're nourishing your body and getting enough rest. You'll also want to rule out any underlying issues that could be contributing to leg cramping, such as peripheral artery disease or thyroid issues. See a doctor when cramps prevent you from exercising, or if they seem to happen spontaneously without a trigger. 

Here, experts weigh in on the major reasons you might be experiencing leg cramps, so you can keep those muscles free of charley horses for good.


1. Dehydration 2. Mineral deficiency 3. Pregnancy 4. Overuse 5. Exercise intensity 6. Fatigue 7. Sitting or standing 8. Medications 9. Medical conditions


Bert Guevara's insight:
Leg cramps can become really painful and no one wants to suffer regularly from them. First step is to check the WHY and later decide on the HOW TO. Read the article to know more.

1. Dehydration 
2. Mineral deficiency 
3. Pregnancy 
4. Overuse 
5. Exercise intensity 
6. Fatigue 
7. Sitting or standing 
8. Medications 
9. Medical conditions
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Why Cauliflower Is the New 'It' Vegetable ("substitute for white rice and glutten-filled grains")

Why Cauliflower Is the New 'It' Vegetable ("substitute for white rice and glutten-filled grains") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

No longer a boring side dish, cauliflower is seeing a surge in popularity, driven by the desire for alternatives to gluten-filled grains

Driven by carbo-adverse consumers' desire for a healthy alternative to white rice and gluten-filled grains, demand for cauliflower has grown steadily over the past few years.

Last summer, Whole Foods introduced a 365-branded cauliflower rice to its freezer section. It now ranks at No. 4 in the store's top 10 frozen vegetables, a list that previously was limited to mainstays like broccoli, peas and spinach, says Jenna Layden, senior buyer for the private label brand at Whole Foods. Cauliflower rice is so popular at Trader Joe's that the grocery chain recently began enforcing a two-bag limit per customer, rationing it so that there's enough to go around. When manufacturer B&G acquired Green Giant in 2015, the company immediately expanded its cauliflower line to include three types of cauliflower rice, increasing the amount of the vegetable harvested every week from 5 acres to 35 acres, according to Green Giant VP and general manager Jordan Greenberg.

The versatility of cauliflower has boosted its popularity. It can be mashed and buttered like potatoes, sautéed in spices for a curry or tossed in buffalo sauce and fried to make meatless chicken wings. The more home cooks learn about the creative ways they can prepare cauliflower, the more we're seeing it on the dinner plate — in a phenomenon similar to Brussels sprouts' growth about four years ago, says Michael Solmonov, the chef at Zahav, an Israeli restaurant in Philadelphia.

Bert Guevara's insight:
When was the last time you had cauliflower? Check out it's now popularity.

"Driven by carbo-adverse consumers' desire for a healthy alternative to white rice and gluten-filled grains, demand for cauliflower has grown steadily over the past few years.
"The versatility of cauliflower has boosted its popularity. It can be mashed and buttered like potatoes, sautéed in spices for a curry or tossed in buffalo sauce and fried to make meatless chicken wings. The more home cooks learn about the creative ways they can prepare cauliflower, the more we're seeing it on the dinner plate — in a phenomenon similar to Brussels sprouts' growth about four years ago, says Michael Solmonov, the chef at Zahav, an Israeli restaurant in Philadelphia."
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How Eating Breakfast Can Help Your Metabolism ("sleep early, get up early, exercise and eat breakfast")

How Eating Breakfast Can Help Your Metabolism ("sleep early, get up early, exercise and eat breakfast") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Eating breakfast affects how fat cells function in the body, changing the activity of genes involved in metabolism and insulin resistance.

Plenty of research has found that eating breakfast is important for weight maintenance, metabolism and overall good health. Now, the evidence gets even stronger: a small new randomized controlled trial finds that regularly eating a substantial morning meal directly affects how fat cells function in the body by changing the activity of genes involved in fat metabolism and insulin resistance. The findings suggest that eating breakfast every morning may help lower people’s risk for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, the study authors say—and that even if a morning meal increases a person’s total calorie consumption, those calories may be offset by other energy-burning benefits.

They found that in people who had normal weights, eating breakfast decreased the activity of genes involved in fat burning. In other words, there was some evidence that skipping breakfast actually increased fat burning, says lead author Javier Gonzalez, associate professor in nutrition and metabolism at the University of Bath in the UK, in an email. But total energy balance—the most important aspect for weight loss or weight maintenance—did not drastically differ between groups. “Breakfast consumption increased total calorie intake in lean people, but this was offset by breakfast also stimulating physical activity energy expenditure in lean people,” he says.

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Eating breakfast regularly can help diabets. Read and find out how.

"They found that in people who had normal weights, eating breakfast decreased the activity of genes involved in fat burning. In other words, there was some evidence that skipping breakfast actually increased fat burning, says lead author Javier Gonzalez, associate professor in nutrition and metabolism at the University of Bath in the UK, in an email. But total energy balance—the most important aspect for weight loss or weight maintenance—did not drastically differ between groups. “Breakfast consumption increased total calorie intake in lean people, but this was offset by breakfast also stimulating physical activity energy expenditure in lean people,” he says."
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How marriage might be linked to dementia risk ("being single all your life and those who are widowed have a higher risk")

How marriage might be linked to dementia risk ("being single all your life and those who are widowed have a higher risk") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

People who have been single all of their lives have a 42% higher dementia risk than those who are married, a new paper suggests.

People who have been single all of their lives could have a 42% higher risk of developing dementia than those who are married, suggests the paper, published Tuesday in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry. 

Those who are widowed could have a 20% higher risk, the paper found.

Yet the relationship between marriage and dementia risk is not causal: "We don't think that it is marriage itself or wearing a wedding ring which reduces people's risk of dementia," he said.

"Instead, our research suggests that the possible protective effect is linked to various lifestyle factors which are known to accompany marriage, such as living a generally healthier lifestyle and having more social stimulation as a result of living with a spouse or partner," he said.

After analyzing the studies, the researchers found that people who had been single all their lives and those who were widowed were more likely to develop dementia compared with those who were married at the time of the studies, despite their age and sex.

With pooled data from multiple studies, the new paper had adequate power to test the hypothesis that marriage could impact dementia risk, Dr. Bryan Woodruff, a neurologist at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, wrote in an email.

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People who have been single all of their lives could have a 42% higher risk of developing dementia than those who are married ... Those who are widowed could have a 20% higher risk, the paper found.
What can you get from being married? - diabetes, hypertension? Ha-ha, just kidding! Live life to the full while you still can. If you find a partner for life, get married!

"Instead, our research suggests that the possible protective effect is linked to various lifestyle factors which are known to accompany marriage, such as living a generally healthier lifestyle and having more social stimulation as a result of living with a spouse or partner," he said.
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Reversing Diabetes Through Weight Loss: How Much Should You Lose? (33 lb is an attainable target")

Reversing Diabetes Through Weight Loss: How Much Should You Lose? (33 lb is an attainable target") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

An analysis suggests losing a certain amount of weight can help reverse diabetes in some individuals.

The authors noted that losing 33 pounds (lbs) often helps put diabetes into remission. Yes, that sounds pretty specific, but it makes more sense if you consider that the data is based off of losing 15 kilograms, which equals 33 lbs. It's a bold statement, considering many people think type 2 diabetes is a chronic, lifelong condition.

The specific figure is taken from previous research: A study published in May 2016 in the journal Diabetes Care found that 40 percent of people who lost about 33 lbs and kept it off for six months through a low-calorie diet were able to send the diabetes into remission.

It’s well established that losing weight if you have prediabetes can prevent the condition from developing into full-blown diabetes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), losing a modest 5 to 7 percent of your body weight is the magic range. That would be 10 to 14 lbs if you are a 200-lb person.

So why does weight loss make such a difference? “The key mechanism for the reversal of type 2 diabetes has to do with loss of fat from the pancreas and liver,” says McCombie. She references a study published in October 2011 in the journal Diabetologia that found that losing weight by reducing caloric intake for eight weeks improved function of beta cells, which are located in the pancreas and whose function it is to store and release insulin. The researchers said that insulin resistance and problems with insulin secretion all come down to excess fat in the pancreas and liver.

One problem? Many people with type 2 diabetes aren’t aware how important it is to lose weight, which can have a big impact on your future health. “The consequences are severe, particularly as people are developing the disease much younger, and the [problems] have time to manifest,” says McCombie. Rather than solely relying on medication to manage blood sugar, weight loss has the added benefit of addressing the root cause of the disease, she notes.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Is there a relation between weight loss and Type 2 diabetes? Some doctors say there is. Check out how.

"One problem? Many people with type 2 diabetes aren’t aware how important it is to lose weight, which can have a big impact on your future health. “The consequences are severe, particularly as people are developing the disease much younger, and the [problems] have time to manifest,” says McCombie. Rather than solely relying on medication to manage blood sugar, weight loss has the added benefit of addressing the root cause of the disease, she notes."
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Cinnamon Has a Surprising Health Benefit ("interested in natural weight loss, try this proven food spice")

Cinnamon Has a Surprising Health Benefit ("interested in natural weight loss, try this proven food spice") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

New research finds that cinnamon boosts metabolism in mouse and human fat cells, suggesting that it may be beneficial for weight loss.

They found that exposure to cinnamon oil triggered both the mouse and the human cells to start burning calories through a process known as thermogenesis. A closer look showed that the oil increased the activity of several genes, enzymes and proteins that are known to enhance fat metabolism.

Fat cells, also called adipocytes, normally store energy in the form of lipids. From an evolutionary standpoint, that stored energy can be used by the body during periods of food shortage, or converted to heat during colder months.

But in a society where food and heat are relatively plentiful, stored energy often has nowhere to go and can contribute to unwanted weight gain. Study author Jun Wu, research assistant professor at the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute, says that consuming cinnamon on a regular basis may be one way to make fat cells burn some of that energy, rather than storing all of it.

The study looked at cinnamon’s effects on adipocytes directly—not on an actual human bodies—so much more research is needed to know if cinnamon has the same effect in real people and what the implications of increased thermogenesis really are. And while cinnamon is considered safe in quantities normally used in food, Wu says it’s still too early to determine an effective dose.

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Another interesting spice beneficial to diabets:

"This isn’t the first study to suggest that cinnamon may have beneficial effects on the body’s metabolic processes. Other research has found that the spice appears to protect mice against obesity and hyperglycemia, and that it’s associated with lower blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. 
"Wu says that her team’s research is another piece of evidence in cinnamon’s favor. “After this, I would recommend eating a little more than you do already,” she says. “If you already eat a lot of it, carry on—and if it’s not something you use regularly, it’s a great time to start.”
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If You Think 120/80 Blood Pressure is Normal, You Are Wrong ("there is an european standard too")

If You Think 120/80 Blood Pressure is Normal, You Are Wrong ("there is an european standard too") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Many people all around the world think that 120 over 80 is a normal blood pressure, That is the standard according to the American Heart Association (AHA). But European heart experts are suggesting something different here. European experts conducted a study and released their findings in 2013.

European Society of Cardiology (ESC) issued new guidelines, according to which the normal pressure to 140 systolic (the top number in a blood pressure measurement) and 90 diastolic (bottom number). So According to ESC, the new standard for normal Blood Pressure Stands at 140/90. 

This does not apply to people with diabetes, in which the limit is 130 over 80, as in the older population.

Previously was thought that if someone’s blood pressure is 139 over 89 that that person is already in hypertensive condition and that this person needs to take meds immediately in order to avoid increased risk of heart attack or stroke.

Blood pressure generally considered to be low when either systolic blood pressure is less than 90 mmHg or diastolic blood pressure is less than 60 mmHg, but if your blood pressure is severely low — less than 80/50 mmHg — or you experience a sudden drop in blood pressure, consult your health care provider.

If you have low blood pressure and do not have any worrisome symptoms, such as dizziness, headaches, or an abnormal heart rate, it is probably not a concern. 

Knowing your blood pressure is an important part of health management since undiagnosed hypertension puts you at risk for a variety of other conditions.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Don't panic right away when your BP goes beyond 120/80. 

"European Society of Cardiology (ESC) issued new guidelines, according to which the normal pressure to 140 systolic (the top number in a blood pressure measurement) and 90 diastolic (bottom number). So According to ESC, the new standard for normal Blood Pressure Stands at 140/90.
"This does not apply to people with diabetes, in which the limit is 130 over 80, as in the older population."
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Does the world really need "diet" avocados? ("maybe they misunderstood the healthy fat in the fruit")

Does the world really need "diet" avocados? ("maybe they misunderstood the healthy fat in the fruit") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

A Spanish company just announced a low-fat version of the fruit, but some experts question if it's really necessary.

A Spanish company has been making headlines this week after announcing that it will be launching reduced-fat avocados later this month. 

According to Isla Bonita's website, the "Avocado Light" will contain 30 percent less fat than regular avocados. 

The company claims the product is 100 percent natural and "cultivated in very specific climates" in Latin America. 

It also says the fruit ripens faster, oxidizes slower (meaning it won't turn brown as quickly when sliced), and will be produced year-round, though at this time it will only be available for purchase in Spain. 

The Food and Health Program of the Spanish Heart Foundation has given the Avocado Light its seal of approval as a product with reduced fat content. 

But does the world need a low-fat version of the much beloved avocado?

Generally lauded as a"super-food," avocados contain heart-healthy monounsaturated fat that may help lower LDL cholesterol levels – often referred to as the "bad" kind of cholesterol. 

"Avocados are also a good source of fiber, and this combined with its healthy fat helps stabilize blood sugar levels and promotes satiety after meals," Kelly Hogan, a registered dietitian and clinical nutrition and wellness manager at the Mount Sinai Dubin Breast Center, told CBS News. "They also contain a variety of vitamins and minerals, and consuming it with other plants helps our body absorb fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, K) found in various foods."

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Take it from me; avocado is good with all its natural fat. I don't need a low-fat avocado!

"Generally lauded as a"super-food," avocados contain heart-healthy monounsaturated fat that may help lower LDL cholesterol levels – often referred to as the "bad" kind of cholesterol. 
"Avocados are also a good source of fiber, and this combined with its healthy fat helps stabilize blood sugar levels and promotes satiety after meals," Kelly Hogan, a registered dietitian and clinical nutrition and wellness manager at the Mount Sinai Dubin Breast Center, told CBS News. "They also contain a variety of vitamins and minerals, and consuming it with other plants helps our body absorb fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, K) found in various foods."
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How to Make Natural Viagra Using Watermelon Juice ("works for both genders, in case you need it")

How to Make Natural Viagra Using Watermelon Juice ("works for both genders, in case you need it") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

This homemade natural Viagra is perfectly safe and brings positive effects in men of all ages. Women should feel free to use it.

Viagra is a very powerful drug for men that increases sexual performance and “masculinity”, but only a handful of people know that you can prepare a similar drug with even better effects at home! 

This homemade Viagra contains ingredients that are powerful aphrodisiacs and can be found in any grocery store. Here’s how to prepare it:

Ingredients for Natural Viagra 

- Watermelon 

- Lemon juice


Preparation

Begin with cutting the watermelon into small pieces, remove the seeds and then mash them in a blender to get about 1 liter of watermelon juice. Also, make sure you also blend the white lining of the watermelon shell as it is rich concentrated citrulline.

When done, pour the juice into a pot and boil it for a few minutes, then add the lemon juice. Continue boiling until the amount of the mixture reduces to a half. 

Let the mixture to cool down for an hour, then store it in a clean glass bottle and put in the fridge. Drink any amount from 2 tablespoons to 1/3 of a cup of this amazing drink in the morning on an empty stomach and in the evening as well. Consuming it regularly will improve your potency and sexual performance soon. The drink is safe to be consumed by people of all ages and both sexes.

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"Viagra is a very powerful drug for men that increases sexual performance and “masculinity”, but only a handful of people know that you can prepare a similar drug with even better effects at home! 
"This homemade Viagra contains ingredients that are powerful aphrodisiacs and can be found in any grocery store. Here’s how to prepare it: ..." (read article on Scoop.it)
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Third-hand smoke in furniture and clothes damages mouse organs ("more reasons to regulate smoking")

Third-hand smoke in furniture and clothes damages mouse organs ("more reasons to regulate smoking") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Exposure to smoke residue increases rodents’ stress hormones and puts them at higher risk of diabetes, as well as harming their livers and brains.

Exposure to “third-hand smoke” – residue left behind on carpets, clothing and furniture – appears to increase the risk of liver damage and diabetes in mice. 

Residues of cigarette smoke cause a cocktail of toxins to accumulate on surfaces and clothes. Such toxins are thought to resist removal by industrial cleaners. 

To investigate the potential health risks of third-hand smoke, Manuela Martins-Green at the University of California, Riverside, and her team exposed curtains, upholstery and carpets to levels of smoke similar to those found by the US Environmental Protection Agency in smokers’ homes. 

They then exposed caged mice to segments of these fabrics for up to six months, taking brain, liver and blood samples at various intervals. 

After one month, these mice experienced around a 50 per cent increase in inflammatory molecules in their blood and liver compared with control mice who weren’t exposed to the fabrics. 

Two months in, the team saw increased cell damage in the rodents’ liver and brain. At four months, cortisol levels had increased by 45 per cent compared with the controls. High cortisol levels have been linked to weight gain and a weakened immune system. 

At four months, mice exposed to the smoky fabrics saw a 30 per cent rise in the levels of fasting blood glucose and insulin – both measures put the mice at increased risk of diabetes. These levels were even higher at the six-month mark.

Bert Guevara's insight:
BEWARE OF THIRD-HAND SMOKE! 
The dangers of cigarette smoking are further enhanced, although not conclusively yet. Anyhow, this article serves as a precaution.

"Martins-Green believes third-hand smoke is just as dangerous as first and second-hand smoke. She warns parents against assuming that only smoking in their child’s absence, or only smoking outdoors, protects their kids from the smoke’s harmful effects. “Cotton shirts are a terrible sink,” she says. “A parent goes outside to smoke, but then crawls into bed and reads a book to their kid.” 
"Children are especially vulnerable to third-hand smoke because they breathe faster than adults and are in closer contact with household surfaces, says Jonathan Winickoff at Massachusetts General Hospital, whose team coined the term “third-hand smoke”. He says that their effective doses may be 20 times higher than adults’."
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8 Dirty Things in Your Life ("from smartphone to steering wheel, from money to toothbrush, be aware")

8 Dirty Things in Your Life ("from smartphone to steering wheel, from money to toothbrush, be aware") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

From your smartphone to your steering wheel, the items you touch on a daily basis get pretty gross. Here's how to get them squeaky clean

SMARTPHONE

Harboring ten times more bacteria than the average toilet, your smartphone is a technological petri dish.

EARBUDS

When these guys get dirty enough, they can even cause ear infections. And we know you’re a nice person, but we recommend keeping these to your ears only.

COMPUTER KEYBOARD AND MOUSE

Stop reading and look down at your keyboard. See any crumbs? Your computer keyboard and mouse can carry five times more bacteria than a toilet seat.

YOGA MAT

Don’t think too hard about how dirty your yoga mat gets—hands, feet, dust, dirt, sweat. Gross.

CAR STEERING WHEEL AND GEAR SHIFT

You wash the outside of your car regularly, but we bet you don’t pay as much attention to the inside.

TOOTHBRUSH

Bacteria is having a heyday on your damp toothbrush. Germs in your bathroom can stay airborne for at least a few hours. Shudder.

REUSABLE SHOPPING BAGS

You’re doing your part for the environment, but did you ever guess that these might be carrying more fecal matter than your underwear? And at least you wash them.

MONEY

Dollar bills. Gross.

Bert Guevara's insight:
These 8 dirty things look so innocent until you realize the truth.

"From your smartphone to your steering wheel, the items you touch on a daily basis get pretty gross. Here's how to get them squeaky clean.
"No doubt you’ve read up on the seven dirtiest places in your house. But now it’s time to turn your attention to the things you touch every day, like your smartphone, computer keyboard and/or yoga mat. And guess what? They’re pretty gross."
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The Low-Fat vs. Low-Carb Diet Debate Has a New Answer ("there is much to learn about fats and carbs")

The Low-Fat vs. Low-Carb Diet Debate Has a New Answer ("there is much to learn about fats and carbs") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

A study comparing the health effects of low-fat and low-carbohydrate diets leads researchers to say the focus on fat may have been all wrong

If there’s one message that most people get about their diet, it’s to cut back on fat. Too much fat, especially the saturated fat and cholesterol found in animal meat, dairy products and cheese, can clog up arteries and lead to heart disease, stroke and obesity.

But fat may not be only culprit in those unhealthy conditions. In recent years, studies have revealed that cutting back on fat doesn’t always contribute to a lower risk of heart disease or reduced chance of dying early. In fact, some studies show the opposite, that people who eat extremely low amounts of fat tend to die earlier.

That may be because of something else they’re eating instead. In one of the most comprehensive studies to date looking at how diet affects health and mortality, researchers led by a team at McMaster University report that rather than lowering fat, more people might benefit from lowering the amount of carbohydrates they eat. In a study published in the Lancet, they found that people eating high quantities of carbohydrates, which are found in breads and rice, had a nearly 30% higher risk of dying during the study than people eating a low-carb diet. And people eating high-fat diets had a 23% lower chance of dying during the study’s seven years of follow-up compared to people who ate less fat.

Bert Guevara's insight:
The common knowledge on fat intake and health have changed because of the new findings. It is wise to read the whole article to guide your everyday food choices.

"More study will also be needed to figure out exactly how much fat and how much carbohydrates should be recommended for optimal health. The study did not compare, for example, people who ate low-fat diets to those who ate low-carb diets to see how their diets affected their mortality."
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10 Unbelievable Diet Rules Backed by Science ("the diet debate goes on and we need more science")

10 Unbelievable Diet Rules Backed by Science ("the diet debate goes on and we need more science") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Get ready to question everything you've ever been told about conventional weight-loss strategies!

When describing how you really feel about the latest miracle fix in the diet and fitness world, you'd probably like to drop an F-bomb—as in, what the fad? After all, how many times have you trusted logical sounding ideas, put all your faith in a diet strategy, only to find out that the time you invested was a waste—and you still haven’t dropped the weight?  

Consider this your F-bomb free zone. No fads, no faking, and no frustration. You see, when you really dig into the research, most of what you assume is correct about dieting is actually wrong. Discover the real diet rules for weight loss here and the only f-words coming out of your mouth will be “Finally. Fat loss!”

1. SKIP BREAKFAST FOR WEIGHT LOSS IF YOU WANT

No one meal is more important than any other. What matters most is total calorie intake, food selection (think salad versus Big Mac), and then how much time you spend eating each day.

2. IT'S OKAY TO EAT A BIG DINNER

Living in a world where you can’t eat at night and can’t enjoy food with your friends and family is restrictive and doesn’t adhere to any science-backed rules of weight loss.

3. SNACKING DOES NOT AFFECT METABOLISM

4. EAT CARBS TO GET LEAN

5. THERE IS A WEIGHT-LOSS PILL WORTH BUYING

6. EXERCISE ON AN EMPTY STOMACH

7. EAT SATURATED FAT FOR A HEALTHY DIET

8. CONSIDER FASTING FOR WEIGHT LOSS

9. GOING ORGANIC WON'T HELP WITH WEIGHT LOSS

10. THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS "TOO MUCH PROTEIN"

Bert Guevara's insight:
What's the FAD-FREE truth?
Get ready to question everything you've been told about diet rules and conventional weight-loss strategies.

1. SKIP BREAKFAST FOR WEIGHT LOSS IF YOU WANT
2. IT'S OKAY TO EAT A BIG DINNER
3. SNACKING DOES NOT AFFECT METABOLISM 
4. EAT CARBS TO GET LEAN 
5. THERE IS A WEIGHT-LOSS PILL WORTH BUYING 
6. EXERCISE ON AN EMPTY STOMACH 
7. EAT SATURATED FAT FOR A HEALTHY DIET 
8. CONSIDER FASTING FOR WEIGHT LOSS 
9. GOING ORGANIC WON'T HELP WITH WEIGHT LOSS 
10. THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS "TOO MUCH PROTEIN"
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20 Ways to Stop Allergies ("there are practical ways to minimize the attacks, check out some pointers")

20 Ways to Stop Allergies ("there are practical ways to minimize the attacks, check out some pointers") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

20 Ways to Stop Allergies.

It's like a scene from a low-budget horror flick: the trees are blooming, the grass is growing... and runny-nosed zombies are invading the planet! Seasonal allergies are here, but if you're one of the sniffly multitudes, you may have noticed that the "allergy season" can span most of the year (and that symptoms may flare right before your period).  

Here's your best defense—from least to most invasive, medically speaking. Try the first few and you may not need to hit the pharmacy at all.

Tree pollens, grasses, and weeds 

Your symptoms surfaced as early as February, when trees started blooming. Right now, it’s grasses that are making you miserable (they will through late summer). Weeds will keep you wheezing through fall. 

Police pollen 

Click on the National Allergy Bureau’s website for a daily ranking of allergens, including seasonal tree pollens, grasses, weeds, and outdoor molds. Stay indoors when levels are high or very high for those that you’re sensitive to.

Wear a mask 

If you must finish that gardening before the in-laws show up, don a not-so-chic but très useful N95 filter mask ($17 for 20; drugstore.com), which keeps pollen out of your nose and mouth.

Wash your hair at night 

Rinse the pollen out, especially if you’re a gel or mousse fan. These products can trap pollen.

(Go to the original article for more suggestions.)

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This problem applies to me, and more and more like me. We can do something about it.

"Seasonal allergies are here, but if you're one of the sniffly multitudes, you may have noticed that the "allergy season" can span most of the year (and that symptoms may flare right before your period). 
"Here's your best defense—from least to most invasive, medically speaking. Try the first few and you may not need to hit the pharmacy at all."
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