Tis the season when most earthlings develop symptoms of a ‘September cold’. When trying to combat the early onset of the cold bug, it’s important to note what works and what should be left in the fridge or cupborad. Here’s a list comprised by ouur good friends over at Huffington Post:
1.) Plenty Of Tea & Water
Hydration is key as fluids assist in flushing everything out. Warm liquids can also soothe a sore throat and ease congestion.
2.) Say No To Juice
The running thought is that OJ, with its heavy dosage of vitamin C, provides the perfect counter attack. The truth is that its high caloric and sugar content “hinders white blood cells from fighting infection.” – Ilyse Schapiro, R.D., C..D.N.
3.) Sip Some Soup
Components of broth are found to be anti-inflammatory and work to fight against infection.
4.) No Alcohol
There are properties of alcohol that decrease your immune system; thus, rendering your body helpless against an infection.
5.) EAT BROCCOLI!
High in antioxidents and vitamins. Nuff said.
Via: Huffington Post Green
Cutting down the amount of red meat we eat not only affects our physical health, but also the health of the environment, a new study from the United Kingdom suggests.
Researchers from the University of Cambridge found that cutting back on red meat consumption could decrease the number of cases of chronic disease by 3 to 12 percent, and make the carbon footprint nearly 28 million tons smaller per year by decreasing greenhouse gas emissions.
The BMJ Open study included data from the National Diet and Nutrition Survey of British Adults in 2000-2001. Researchers looked at the amount of meat the people in the study consumed, as well as how many green gas emissions were emitted that are linked to 45 different kinds of food.
After adjusting for proportions, the researchers found that people who regularly ate red or processed meat in the study also just generally consumed more food than people who didn’t regularly eat red or processed meat. So, they calculated that if people who ate the most red and processed meat in the study were to adjust their eating habits so they ate like the people who consumed the least red and processed meat in the study, that would decrease health risks (such as risk of diabetes, colorectal cancer and heart disease) anywhere from 3 to 12 percent.
Specifically, the Telegraph reported that if men with an average meat consumption of 91 grams per day cut it down to 53 grams per day, it would translate to a 12 percent decrease in colorectal cancer and Type 2 diabetes risks.
Plus, the decreased greenhouse gas emissions linked with food and beverages would decrease each year by about 0.45 tons per person, the researchers calculated.
Even though the data is from 2000 and 2001, the researchers noted that red meat consumption hasn’t changed significantly over the last 10 years.
“This indicates that our estimates remain relevant and may even be conservative and highlights the need for action to prevent further increases in intake in the UK population,” the researchers wrote in the study.
Previous research has shown a possible link between processed meat consumption and cancer risk, with an extra 50 grams a day of processed meat being linked with a 19 percent increased risk of pancreatic cancer, according to a British Journal of Cancer study.
And even more recently, a group of water scientists has predicted that the whole world is going to be vegetarian anyhow by 2050, in order to accommodate growing population growth.
“There will not be enough water available on current croplands to produce food for the expected 9 billion population in 2050 if we follow current trends and changes towards diets common in western nations,” according to the report by Malik Falkenmark and other scientists at the Stockholm International Water Institute noted, as reported by The Guardian.
Hand, foot, and mouth disease
The viral infection causes mouth ulcers and tiny blisters on the hands and feet. “There’s been an increase lately,” Martinez says. Although it’s moderately contagious, it’s usually not serious. There’s no specific treatment, but practicing good hygiene — such as frequent and thorough hand washing — can keep your little one safe.
There’s no such thing as “cold season.” Colds can strike at any time of the year, and are caused by more than 20 different viruses. Symptoms include congestion, a runny nose, headache, cough, sore throat, and tiredness. Typically, a cold-ridden kid is contagious for two to three days. The best medicine? Lots of fluids and plenty of rest.
These are “very contagious,” Martinez says. Particularly worrisome: Respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, which sends at least 2 million kids under age 5 to the doctor or hospital each year. Symptoms include shortness of breath, a “seal bark” cough, fever, stuffy nose, and wheezing. It’s most common from late fall through early spring.
Ouch. Strep brings fever, stomach pain, and red, swollen tonsils. Since strep-causing bacteria migrate to the nose and throat, sneezing, coughing, and shaking hands can spread it from person to person. Strep requires antibiotic treatment, but kids typically recover within a few days. If it’s not treated, it can trigger scarlet fever — all the symptoms associated with strep, along with a scarlet-colored rash that commonly appears on the neck, chest, armpits, elbows, groin, and inner thighs.
You know the symptoms: Fever. Coughing and a sore throat. Headache and runny nose. Chills, fatigue, and maybe some nausea and vomiting. Flu season typically starts in October, peaks in January, February, and March, and winds down in May. The federal government recommends everyone 6 months and older get the flu shot, which arrives in most towns this month. The sooner you and your kids get the shot, the sooner you’re all protected. It doesn’t wear off: If you get vaccinated now, you’ll still be protected when flu season wraps up next year. Although it doesn’t completely rule out the chance of getting sick, the vaccine reduces the likelihood by 70 to 90 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
These tiny, parasitic insects live among human hairs, feeding on blood drawn from the scalp. Three- to 12-year-old girls are particularly at risk, although boys in that age range are not immune. Contrary to popular perception, personal hygiene has nothing to do with getting head lice. Adult lice are about the size of a sesame seed; eggs are similar to dandruff flakes. Lice are very contagious — close contact and sharing hats or hairbrushes hike the risk. Both over-the-counter and prescription medications can treat the problem
Most Americans are probably enjoying their favorite snack at this very moment as major food companies fight to maintian complete disclosure of the GM (Genetically Modified) indredients used in those same products. Say hello to Prop 37; legislation that would require labels on ALL food identifying GM ingredients. GMO’s have been linked to cancer, diabetes and any other preventive disease imaginable.
The right to know what you’re consuming seems like a non issue, right? Apparently not to the 18 companies listed below as they’ve spared no expense in fighting the truth.
PepsiCo, Inc. – $590,220.06
Sunny Delight Beverage Company – $93,795.90
Mars, Inc – $100,242.69 [Read more...]
“Every child has heard the healthy-eating mantra “You are what you eat.” But there may be a closer resemblance between good-for-you grub and your body than you thought. We found 10 foods that mirror the body parts they provide nutrients for—for example, brain-boosting walnuts actually look like a brain. Coincidence? Maybe.”
Slice a carrot in half crosswise and it’s easy to see that the veggie resembles an eye—look closely and you’ll even notice a pattern of radiating lines that mimic the pupil and iris. And the old wives’ tale is true: Munching on carrots will actually promote healthy eyes. “Carrots are filled with vitamins and antioxidants, like beta-carotene, that decrease the chance of macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss in older people. [Read more...]
Stop spending time with the wrong people. – Life is too short to spend time with people who suck the happiness out of you. If someone wants you in their life, they’ll make room for you. You shouldn’t have to fight for a spot. Never, ever insist yourself to someone who continuously overlooks your worth. And remember, it’s not the people that stand by your side when you’re at your best, but the ones who stand beside you when you’re at your worst that are your true friends.
Stop running from your problems. – Face them head on. No, it won’t be easy. There is no person in the world capable of flawlessly handling every punch thrown at them. We aren’t supposed to be able to instantly solve problems. That’s not how we’re made. In fact, we’re made to get upset, sad, hurt, stumble and fall. Because that’s the whole purpose of living – to face problems, learn, adapt, and solve them over the course of time. This is what ultimately molds us into the person we become.
Stop lying to yourself. – You can lie to anyone else in the world, but you can’t lie to yourself. Our lives improve only when we take chances, and the first and most difficult chance we can take is to be honest with ourselves. Read The Road Less Traveled.
Stop putting your own needs on the back burner. – The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too. Yes, help others; but help yourself too. If there was ever a moment to follow your passion and do something that matters to you, that moment is now. [Read more...]
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Meet my little cousin Nina: A graduating senior and Green Club President at Fayetteville High School in Fayetteville, GA. She recently reminded me of the initiative being taken by young students worldwide to spread environmental awareness.
@Jay_BC: So how did you guys spend Earth Day?
Nina: We got people around our school to sign their names on a green leaf for Earth Day to bring awareness to global warming, Earth Day, and going green as a whole!
Here’s some info on why drinking lemon water is highly recommended and should become a regular habbit for all:
1. Boosts your immune system: Lemons are high in vitamin C, which is great for fighting colds. They’re high in potassium, which stimulates brain and nerve function. Potassium also helps control blood pressure.
2. Balances pH: Drink lemon water everyday and you’ll reduce your body’s overall acidity. Lemon is one of the most alkaline foods around. Yes, lemon has citric acid but it does not create acidity in the body once metabolized.
3. Helps with weight loss: Lemons are high in pectin fiber, which helps fight hunger cravings. It also has been shown that people who maintain a more alkaline diet (see #2) lose weight faster.
4. Aids digestion: Lemon juice helps flush out unwanted materials. It encourages the liver to produce bile which is an acid that required for digestion. Efficient digestion reduces heartburn and constipation.
5. Is a diuretic: Lemons increase the rate of urination in the body, which helps purify it. Toxins are, therefore, released at a faster rate which helps keep your urinary tract healthy.
6. Clears skin: The vitamin C component helps decrease wrinkles and blemishes. Lemon water purges toxins from the blood which helps keep skin clear as well. It can actually be applied directly to scars to help reduce their appearance.
7. Freshens breath: Not only this, but it can help relieve tooth pain and gingivitis. The citric acid can erode tooth enamel, so you should monitor this. I admit, I’m slightly worried about it.
8. Relieves respiratory problems: Warm lemon water helps get rid of chest infections and halt those pesky coughs. It’s thought to be helpful to people with asthma and allergies too.
9. Keeps you zen: Vitamin C is one of the first things depleted when you subject your mind and body to stress. As mentioned previously, lemons are chock full of vitamin C.
10. Helps kick the coffee habit: Have a glass of hot lemon water and feel the difference.
- Drink your warm lemon water in coffee cups that has coffee or tea stains. The lemon water will help remove them.
- Grind the used lemon rinds in your garbage disposal to help deodorize it.