5 Scientific Reasons Why Your Hangovers Get Worse as You Age

While it’s fun going “all-in” on a night out, it might be the best plan for the next day. When you’re in your early 20s, you’re at your peak. The body performs at a high level and you can recover quite quickly. As you get into your 30s and up, this changes significantly. Here are 5 scientific reasons why your hangovers get worse when you’re older.

Your Brain Has Matured

Being out in your early 20s, the brain has a reward system. It doesn’t quite punish you for your irresponsible activities. However, that prefrontal cortex kicks in your mid to late 20s, you’ll start to see that things might be a bit cloudy that next day after binge drinking. 

Supplements and Alcohol May Not Be a Good Idea

If your idea is to stay healthy, you may want to abstain from drinking. Different prescriptions and health supplements actually alter the way your body works. If you’re drinking alcohol, this might be a one-two punch with you feeling awful the next day. 

Your Liver Just Can’t Keep Up

As you get older, your liver does a lot more work to keep it functioning well. All that extra alcohol has to go someplace. What can’t process through the liver goes straight to your bloodstream. That’s why hangovers hit a lot harder when you age. 

Not Drinking Enough Water

A good rule of thumb is to drink a glass of water between each shot of liquor or cocktail. It usually takes your body an hour to process the alcohol. If you’re drinking a good amount of water throughout the night to keep your body hydrated, you’ll have a better chance of avoiding a nasty hangover.

Junk Food Is a Bad Idea

While you may have gone on that 7/11 or late-night slice of pizza after hitting the bar, it may not work well as you age. Remember, it takes the body a lot to process food (especially fatty foods). This may have an adverse effect of getting rid of the alcohol. 


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15 Scientific Facts About The Brain

The brain is perhaps the most powerful organ in the body. It tells us what to do. Literally controls every single action we take. Movement, sleep, you name it but you would be amazed by just how much more there is to this powerful organ. In recent times, scientists have discovered so much about the brain and dispelled certain myths or misconceptions people had. So here are fifteen scientific facts about the brain.

1. The brain actually only reaches full maturity when one turns twenty-five

Ever wondered why babies have big heads? Well, the reason for that is as easy as, it needs to be that big to facilitate the growth of the brain. Very interesting that a two-year-old child has a brain that is about eighty percent of an adult’s and it is worth noting that it is only up to the time one turns twenty-five that their brain becomes fully mature. So yes, a teenager still has their brain growing. That said, parents are encouraged to let their children read out loud as this facilitates their brain development. They are also encouraged to talk loudly to their children, as weird as it may sound to enable the same. Note also, that the brain of a child who is learning to play a musical instrument can develop to a further extent than that of a child who is not.

2. Sweating causes brain shrinkage, jet lag can damage it

When you sweat for about ninety minutes, your brain could actually shrink, but no worries, it’s only temporary. Sweating temporarily causes as much shrinkage as a year of aging does. Jet lag on the other hand, when frequent, damages the temporal lobe. It releases stress hormones that can damage the brain altogether. Definitely not such great news to people who often travel a lot using planes but it really is a fact.

3. Alcohol never makes the brain forget anything

For those people who run to alcohol in the hope to forget certain things, there is some sad news for you. Alcohol never actually makes you forget a thing. It is common practice for stressed or hurt people to turn to alcohol with the belief that it will take whatever caused the stress or hurt away from their minds but this couldn’t be farther from the truth. It just makes your brain lose its ability to make memories temporarily when you black out. So that is why when you come to, everything comes back to you. This does make people go back to the alcohol because it could turn off that part they would like to forget for just a while but it will just bring about addiction but no permanent solution.

4. It is actually impossible to multitask

Shocker right? People, mostly women will always say they are multitasking but truth be told, they are usually just context switching. In simple terms, that just means we are not always doing different tasks at the same time but more of, we are usually switching very quickly, back and forth between them. Apparently, multitasking would just increase your error rate by up to 50% and would see you take longer to accomplish the tasks you are working on.

5. The brain is the most fatty part of the human body and actually needs cholesterol

Sixty percent of the brain’s dry weight is actually fat and the weight of an adult’s brain is three pounds. While cholesterol is majorly not a good thing to have in excess, seeing the number of risks it makes one susceptible to, it is a very integral part of the brain. In large amounts, cholesterol does make you susceptible to heart attacks, strokes, among other complications but you do need some of it for development of certain cells, like those in the brain. An inadequate amount of cholesterol in the brain will kill the brain cells. Twenty five percent of body cholesterol actually stays in the brain.

6.Aging reduces the brain’s ability to absorb new ideas

The reason why older people have trouble remembering things is that their brain is unable to both filter and remove memories that have stuck with them for some time and is subsequently unable to take in new ideas and memories. That would be a good explanation for why elderly people always seem to stick too much to their ways of doing things regardless of how outdated or conservative they may look.

7.The amount of blood flow to the brain in a minute is enough to fill a litre soda bottle

In sixty seconds, blood flow through the brain is 750-1000 millilitres. When this supply is suddenly stopped, the brain starts losing consciousness after about 8-10 seconds. That said, there are so many blood vessels in the brain that if you were to spread them all out, they would go up to 120,000 miles.

8. The brain can only go a maximum of 5-6 minutes without oxygen

Any time over this will cause it to die and will subsequently cause brain damage. Actually, despite making up just two percent of the total body weight, it uses up to twenty percent of the entire body’s oxygen intake and we might just add an equal percentage of its energy. That is why people who survive drowning will usually suffer from brain damage. An insufficient supply of oxygen could cause fainting.

9. Water forms the most part of your brain.

Who knew right? Apparently, it only takes a small amount of dehydration, even as small as just two percent dehydration for your memory and attention, among other cognitive skills to be affected. Doctors and nutritionists have been advising people to take water for a number of reasons since time immemorial, all obviously health related, mostly touching on other body parts but you will agree that not too many think of the brain when they think of water benefits. The water percentage in the brain is actually seventy-three percent so always make sure you stay hydrated to maintain its normal functioning.

10. The brain actually generates electricity

How much you may ask. Well, about twelve to twenty-five watts which if you do not know is just about enough to power a single light bulb of low wattage. You should also be aware that just a simple change in power will have an impact on how your brain operates.  

11. The speed with which information travels in the brain is 268 miles an hour.

If you have watched Formula One race cars operate, you might find it interesting that the brain information travel speed is actually more than that of the race cars, which travel at 240 miles per hour compared to 268 miles an hour in the brain. In addition to how fast information travels, note that in just a single day, your brain can generate up to 50,000 thoughts on average.

12.The brain can operate faster than a computer

I bet you already knew this right? What you might not know is that the human brain can compute 10th to the 13th operations and 10th to the 16th in just one mere second. It processes so fast that its processing ability allows it to process an image faster than the time it takes you to blink. It can do this even for an image your eye has seen for a figure as low as 13milliseconds.

13. Neurons in the brain can transmit one thousand nerve impulses in a second

Get this, up to 100,000 neurons can be contained in brain tissue as small as a grain of sand. That is pretty much the same number of stars contained in the Milky Way galaxy. These neurons communicate with a billion synapses that are also contained in the tissue. The number of nerve impulses transmitted in a second by these neurons is 1000.

14. Our working memory can only hold a maximum of seven digits

We happen to have a form of memory that is short term. The working memory that will often store an idea or ideas for just long enough for us to comprehend them.

15. We have about 86 billion brain cells

The brain is made up of a variety of cells, all different in nature with there being an estimated ten thousand neuron types. It is estimated that we have around eighty-six billion cells in our brains. It is impossible to summarize everything about the brain as there is always bound to be more information explaining why the brain works the way it does being discovered by scientists.Meanwhile, these fifteen facts should help you understand more about your brain for now. In summary, we can call it the body’s computer in just simple terms, although as has been mentioned, it isn’t like your ordinary computer. It works better and much faster than those.That is what makes it so powerful.  

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15 Little Known Facts About The Human Anatomy

The human anatomy is interesting. We have two of certain parts and organs, one of some. We feel a certain way sometimes but just never understand why sometimes. Some parts of the body grow while others remain the same and the list is endless.

The truth is, there’s even more to our bodies than meets the eye and here are fifteen little known or mind blowing facts about the human body.

1.In a single lifetime, you produce enough saliva to fill a swimming pool

As gross as this sounds, 25,000 quarts of saliva are produced by the average human. While it sounds like a bad thing, this saliva helps keep our bodies clean.People who have lower levels of saliva are more susceptible to oral infections.

On that note, you might as well know that in just a day, you produce a whole litre of mucus.

2.Sleeping for less than 7 hours a day decreases life expectancy

Sounds scary right?

Well, getting less than seven hours of sleep consistently is said to lower your life expectancy.

It is sad that often times, life always seems to stand in the way of our getting the amount of sleep our bodies need. This is especially the case for people with full time jobs in busy cities that will often keep you on the road too long making you get home late and have you up too early if you are to get to work in time.It’s almost like we can’t exactly win on this one but it does increase your chances of dying prematurely.

At night when you sleep, your brain is more active as it starts to prepare for the next day. It gets rid of toxins and certain information to ensure you wake up revitalized.

The most ideal number of sleep hours is eight, although babies need even more sleep for healthy growth.

3. You are at a bigger risk of dying of a heart attack on a Monday

As if Mondays aren’t already bad enough, here comes more reason to not like them. A lot always seems to happen on Mondays come to think of it and most of all that is usually negative, which subsequently causes stress.

Apparently, 20% more people succumb to heart attacks on this dreaded first day of the week.

4. A Human being can distinguish between 1 trillion different smells

One trillion!

As shocking as that number seems, it is true. People often underestimate the nose but you, the average human can tell between this immense number of odors which compared to how many colors the eye can tell from, is impeccable.

The eye can only distinguish between 10 million colors.

5. A baby has 99 more bones than an adult

Yes, as crazy as that might sound, it is a fact.

It is said that a new born baby has around three hundred and five bones compared to a fully grown adult who has two hundred and six. The explanation for this is that a baby’s skeleton is mostly made up of cartilage and as the baby grows to the point of adulthood, through a process called ossification, the cartilage turns into adult bone.

6.You have as much hair as a chimpanzee

This one is funny. Chimps usually appear to be so hairy. In fact they just look like a ball of hair, so how can the amount of hair on the average  human being be compared to the amount of hair on a chimp?

Well, it has an explanation.

The hair on a human being’s body is often incredibly fine and is also very light so it isn’t as easy to notice, while that on a chimpanzee is much thicker.

It is believed that that appearance of our hair is to actually make us sweat better but this is still unclear.

7. Your heart pumps enough blood to fill 200 train tanks

Well, in a single lifetime, your heart will keep pumping blood as long as it has oxygen supply. This blood pumped throughout this entire time is about 1.5 million barrels.

Did you know that as long as this same heart is supplied with oxygen continuously, it can keep pumping even if it is outside the body?

This is because of its own electrical impulse.

The amount of energy produced on a single day by your heart can also power a truck for, wait for it, 20 miles.

8. Music heals the body

I’m sure you’ve heard of cases where music is used by expectant ladies for the sake of keeping the unborn baby relaxed, among other things related to that entire period of expectancy, but the wonders of music surpass that.

Medical practitioners, mainly in cardiovascular units, are starting to incorporate music into treating of patients because it has been found to generally relax the body, lower their heart rate as well as their blood pressure.

Careful though with the kind of music for this purpose. It needs to be nice and slow in order to avoid sending the patients into a state of shock.

9. An unborn baby can actually save the mother

This is a very interesting fact. When a woman is expectant and has a malfunctioning organ, the foetus has a way of sending stem cells to save the mother.

It is a beautiful phenomenon because typically the mother’s body is what protects the foetus as it grows but it turns out, the mother can also count on her unborn baby in the event that she faces a health risk.

10. Your eyes  actually never change in size ,but the nose and ears do

Yes, your eyes as an adult are the exact size they were when you were still a baby. In fact, that is why babies usually look so cute and adorable. It’s because their eyes , other than being so bright, appear bigger.

Contrary to this, your ears and nose will always keep growing for as long as you are alive.

11. You lose 600,000 particles of skin in every hour

Do you realize that this is an equivalent of 1.5 pounds lost every year? Sure it doesn’t look like much but for automatic skin particle shedding, it is quite the figure.

That is a lot of dead cells.

12. The fastest human sense is hearing and the most active muscle is the eye

The average brain can tell sound faster than the blink of an eye. How fast? Well, 10 times faster.

That is why it is obviously easier to get someone’s attention by yelling than it is to do a gesture.

The eye on the other hand is the most active among the body’s muscles as it moves a hundred thousand times in a single day.

13. Your body has enough acid to dissolve a razor blade and more chemicals

In just the stomach alone, a razor blade can dissolve in the acid present.

The sulphur in your body can finish off all the fleas on a dog.

About nine hundred pencils can be made from the carbon present in the body.

There is also enough fat to to make seven bars of soap. The fat part might be a little scary for some but it is a fact.

14. The feet contain 52 bones

Realize, this is approximately a quarter of all the bones contained in your entire body. This should not actually be a surprise seeing the amount of work the feet do . They literally support your entire body throughout the day.

In addition to the number of bones, they also contain thirty three joints, nineteen different muscles and more than a hundred ligaments.

15. When you wake up, you are actually taller than you were before you slept

Are you sure about that?

You may ask, because you probably never note the difference in your height.

Well it is not much of a difference but if it counts, then you will be glad to note that you wake up a centimeter taller, so maybe another reason not to underestimate the power of a good night sleep.

There will always be more to learn about the human body and knowledge of this is power because it could, to a great extent, shape how we look after ourselves and generally all our activities.

Understanding such facts should be interesting.

Fifteen is just a small number compared to how much more there is to human beings but certainly a good number to start with in learning.

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15 Foods for Healthy Eyes

Nowadays, we stare at the monitor all day while working, if not, then read the news or reply to the messages on the phone. We read our novels in ebook form before we go to sleep. Our eyes are under extreme exertion every day. Have you ever thought about what you could do to help their health? Here is a list of 15 foods to boost your eye health.

1. Raw peppers

Did you know that Vitamin C was first purified from pepper in 1928 by a Hungarian biochemist Albert Szent-Gyorgyi? This vegetable gives you the most vitamin C per calorie, which is good for the blood vessels in your eyes that could lower your risk of getting cataracts.

2. Salmon

Salmon is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals (including selenium, vitamin B12, and potassium), high-quality minerals, but the most important is their content of omega-3 fatty acids. Several studies suggest omega-3 fatty acids can help protect eyes from dry eye syndrome and macular degeneration.

3. Beans and Legumes

Do you prefer a vegetarian, high-fiber option to keep your eyes healthy? Then black-eyed peas, lentils, kidney beans, and chickpeas are a great choice for you. Beans and legumes are known as a perfect source of zinc.

4. Squash

The ultimate vegetarian option to keep your vision sharp. You can get lutein and zeaxanthin from squash basically all year long. Summer squash is rich in vitamin C and zinc, the ones that grow during winter will give you vitamins C and A as well as omega-3 fatty acids.

5. Citrus fruits

Citrus fruits are great sources of vitamin C. Such as vitamin E, vitamin C is an antioxidant that is recommended by the AOA (American Optometric Association) to fight age-related eye damage. Lemons, oranges, grapefruits are all rich in Vitamin-C.

6. Sweet potatoes

Interesting fact that orange-color fruits and vegetables – such as carrots, sweet potatoes, apricots, mangos – are rich in beta carotene- which helps your eyes’ ability to adjust easier to darkness.

7. Beef

Beef is a great source of zinc which has been determined as a key element of long-term eye health. It can help delay age-related sight loss. Meats like chicken breast and pork loin also contain zinc but in lower quantities than beef.

8. Whole Grains

Whole grains have a low glycemic index (GI) that can help reduce your risk for age-related macular degeneration. Besides the zinc, vitamin E and niacin found in whole grains also help support overall eye health.

9. Sunflower seeds and Nuts

According to numerous studies, vitamin E together with other nutrients can help to prevent slow age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Sunflower seeds, peanuts, almonds, and hazelnuts are all great sources of vitamin E.

10. Leafy green vegetables

Dark leafy green vegetables such as spinach, kale, and collard greens are rich in both vitamins E and C. Besides of that they contain a large amount of lutein and zeaxanthin which are also known for their excellent eye-strengthening effect.

11. Eggs

Eggs are really useful from the eye protection point of view. The zinc in an egg helps your body use the lutein and zeaxanthin. Besides of that the yellow-orange color of its compounds help boost the amount of protective pigment in your macula and block harmful blue light from damaging your retina.

12. Dairy

Yogurt, milk and other dairy products are a great choice for improving eye health. They are rich in zinc, vitamin A, calcium, and phosphorus. Vitamin A helps protect the cornea, zinc helps prevent cataract.

13. Oysters

Oyster is one of the richest dietary sources, high in protein, low in calories and a good source of calcium. Just one can provide an adult with their daily mineral requirement. Oysters contain a large amount of zinc that ensures that the eye’s pigment is adequately produced in the retina.

14. Broccoli and Brussels Sprouts

Another ultimate combination of eye-supporter nutrients: vitamin A (lutein, zeaxanthin, and beta-carotene), vitamin C, and vitamin E. You will get about 50% of the daily recommended value of vitamin A from a cup of cooked broccoli.

15. Water

Drinking enough water has a number of health benefits, including supporting eye health. Dehydration affects every organ in the body, not just your eyes. Lack of water leads to a number of different issues for your eyes such as dry eye, eyestrain, or vision problems. Drink at least two liters of water every day to maintain your eyes’ health!

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15 Benefits of A Vegan Diet

The term veganism has become very popular in recent times, with it referring to a lifestyle that involves staying away from food or even clothes that have been made through the involvement of some kind of human exploitation of animals. Even more popular is the vegan diet as it refers to the eating aspect of this kind of lifestyle.

The vegan diet refers to consumption of only plant-based foods with the aim of eliminating any exploitation of living beings. How vegans are different from vegetarians is just in the fact that vegetarians can actually consume honey, milk, and eggs while for a vegan, even these are never an option.

While it might seem like a difficult lifestyle choice at face value for anyone who is used to tasty animal products, living on a vegan diet actually harbors a lot of benefits and here are fifteen of them.

1.It can help you lose weight

Weight loss is usually a tough journey for most people, especially nowadays when obesity has become rampant but studies show that vegans tend to have a relatively lower Body Mass Index (BMI) than people who are not. This could be attributed to the fact that animal products are higher in calories owing to the amount of fat contained in them.

When you choose to go vegan, it means you can enjoy more food since it’s generally lower in calories, which subsequently makes you less prone to cravings and hunger pangs, compared to meat eaters who have to watch their portions and will often feel hungry. You generally take in more fibre which makes you feel fuller.

2. Veganism helps increase physical fitness

Others might argue that veganism is not the best way to go especially if you are looking to get into physical activities such as working out among others. Their reason is mostly centred on the fact that the protein intake of a vegan is relatively lower than that of a person who eats meat.

The thing is, if you eat a varied vegan diet, it supports faster recovery and vegans who like to train are often able to get back to training faster as they will be able to get as much protein as they need in order to stay healthy. It’s not all about the muscle. Recovery period counts too. Vegans are also less likely to get injured as their diet does not include foods that generally weaken the body.

3. There is a reduced risk of kidney failure among vegans

Kidney failure can be attributed to the kind of protein intake and animal proteins are actually very harmful especially when consumed in plenty.

Proteins obtained from plants, which make up part of the vegan diet, are known to encourage proper production levels within body organs such as the kidney and the liver.

4. It helps in avoiding certain cancers

Cancers are deadly and often times, the cause is unknown, but in certain cases, it is possible to reduce the risk of getting some of them. According to the World Health Organization, close to a third of cancers are as a result of the kind of foods we eat.

Eating more fruits and vegetables, for example, will reduce your risk of dying from them by about fifteen percent. The nutrients in a plant-based diet usually protect your cells. Colorectal cancer, breast cancer, and prostate cancer are a few examples of cancers that can be reduced from proper eating. Although you might not entirely be able to avoid getting them, you can certainly reduce the risk of dying from them by choosing a vegan diet.

5.It can reduce pain from arthritis

Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints that comes with a lot of pain. When people affected by arthritis go on a vegan diet, they are relatively able to function better than those who consume animal products. Studies show that vegans will have an improvement in symptoms and higher energy levels, meaning less pain, less stiffness or swelling.

6.It can help lower sugar levels

Blood sugar should be maintained at a certain level and having high blood sugar is dangerous to your health. A diet that is plant-based actually reduces your chances of getting diabetes type two by between fifty to seventy-eight percent. This is because the diet helps in reducing damage caused by high sugar intake.

The whole grains and fiber eaten by vegans break down slowly, meaning they keep the sugar levels down.

7.It is richer in certain nutrients

When you get into this kind of diet, you should learn how to properly replace the meat in order for you to have sufficient intake of nutrients. This is just in case you’ve heard of the misconception that vegans lose out on nutrients. Often times, the nutrients referred to in this case are proteins.

Meat usually has a way of taking up the better part of any recipe which should not actually be the case and it also often makes you reduce your intake of micronutrients. A vegan diet, on the other hand, ensures that you never overlook certain micronutrients, contrary to what a non-vegan diet could do. Going vegan allows you to absorb all the nutrients necessary for a healthy body.

8. It reduces your risk of getting heart disease

The number of people dying of heart disease has increased in recent times and diet is one of the factors that cause it. More meat consumption means an increase in blood pressure and cholesterol levels, owing to the fact that it involves the consumption of saturated fats. This subsequently puts a strain on the heart.

With a vegan diet, you reduce your risk of getting heart disease by up to forty-two percent. In fact in vegans, chances of getting high blood pressure are significantly reduced by seventy-five percent owing to the fact that they are more likely to eat foods that maintain a healthy heart such as vegetables and whole grains.

9. It lowers your levels of cholesterol

Cholesterol can only be consumed through animal products and not through plants, making vegans have relatively lower cholesterol levels than people who eat meat.

Cholesterol is harmful in that it could lead to your having blocked arteries which is a cause of heart disease. That is why a vegan lifestyle helps you stay healthy as it allows your body to naturally create cholesterol in the required levels.

10. It protects against osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a condition whereby bones become fragile. Contrary to popular belief that animal products such as milk are great for boosting the strength of your bones and calcium as well, proteins in animal products generally leach calcium from your bones because they are high in sulfur.

Instead of boosting bone strength, they increase fracture rates compared to plant-based foods which contain two to five times less amino acids than meat. Plant foods reduce calcium loss and promote bone strength.

11. It reduces migraines

A vegan diet can be of great help to people who constantly suffer from migraines as it excludes several migraine triggers e.g. dairy products and has a positive general effect on hormones. Compared to meat-based products, they have less inflammatory properties

12. It helps in stress reduction

A vegan diet has a positive impact on a person’s mood in that it reduces their levels of anxiety. Meat-based diets contain high levels of arachidonic acid which in high amounts, will distort the existing balance between omega six and omega three acids, thus causing stress.

High intake of arachidonic acid alters the brain and causes a change in mood. Studies, therefore, show that vegans report lower levels of stress compared to people who eat meat.

13. A vegan diet is great for balancing hormones

For our bodies to function properly, the hormones need to be balanced as they control every function. The high fat contained in animal products increases estrogen in the blood which, if present at high levels, could lead to serious health problems.

Vegans have lower estrogen levels because of the lower fat content of their diet as well as the fact that they have more of the sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) that ensures the hormones only become active when needed.

14. It protects against asthma and allergies

Some allergies can be affected by certain foods and nutrition can also cause certain changes in people with asthma. With a diet based on plants, people with asthma have noticed a decrease in the amount of medication they need as well as a reduction in the number of episodes they get. Eating more fruits and vegetables reduces the risk of asthma because they are an improvement to the body’s immune system function.

The slimmer figure of vegetarians also makes them less susceptible to asthma as thinner people compared to heavier ones have just a one-third risk of getting asthma.

15. It makes your skin appear more beautiful

Diet is among the factors that affect the appearance of the skin. A low-fat diet such as the ones eaten by vegans means less acne for people. Dairy products could cause severe cases of acne vulgaris compared to native traditional low-fat foods which is why the skin of people on a plant-based diet is often healthier and clearer.

These are fifteen of the many benefits that exist when it comes to incorporating a vegan diet. Despite a few red flags raised with regards to it such as the lower intake of protein, the benefits certainly outweigh the disadvantages.

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The 15 Best Foods To Eat In The Morning

Breakfast is undeniably the most important meal of the day because it provides us with the energy needed to work throughout the day. Eating a healthy breakfast is linked to having better memory and ability to concentrate more in your tasks in addition to the fact that it keeps you healthy, which is why choosing the right foods to eat in the morning is so important. Here are 15 best foods to eat in the morning.

1. Eggs

It has been proven that eating eggs in the morning will help you feel fuller throughout the day making your calorie intake less at your next meal. Though they are high in cholesterol, in most people, they do not increase cholesterol levels in the body. In fact, they reduce your chances of getting heart disease by modifying the shape of bad cholesterol and improving your insulin sensitivity. Eggs boost your metabolism and especially help you shed more fat around your belly area. The yolks prevent fat absorption while providing you with iron, Vitamin A and B-12.

2. Coffee

It is common practice for a lot of people to have coffee in the morning with the belief that it helps keep them awake. Well, if you are one of those people, you will be glad to know that coffee does indeed keep you alert and improves your overall mental performance. Taking black coffee in the morning helps boost memory power and keeps the nerves in check. The amount of caffeine in coffee has also been proven to improve your mood and increase your metabolic rate in addition to the fact that for people who like to exercise, it increases their performance during workouts. Antioxidants rich in coffee decrease your chances of getting diabetes and liver disease. Coffee can also help clean your stomach by flushing out toxins as it is a diuretic beverage.

3. Sweet potatoes

They make for the perfect breakfast addition as they are packed with both minerals and vitamins. Eating just one already means you have taken some vitamin A, B6, vitamin C, E, and vitamin K, all of which are necessary for good health. Sweet potatoes also contain fibre, manganese, phosphorous, copper and riboflavin. All these play a big role in keeping your blood sugar stable, promoting good eyesight, helping you out in case you are on a weight loss journey and enhancing your overall immunity. The best thing about sweet potatoes is that they can be eaten by almost everyone regardless of their dietary restrictions.

4. Oatmeal

If you are into eating cereals for breakfast, then oatmeal is the best for you. Oatmeal is made from ground oats that are very healthy as they contain oat beta-glucan, which is a unique fiber. This fibe keeps you from feeling hungry and reduces your cholesterol. The antioxidants present in oats generally decrease the chances of getting high blood pressure and keep your heart healthy. They support the cells in the circulatory system as well. Oats easily make for a balanced breakfast as they can be served alongside other foods that are good for you in the morning.

5. Berries

Other than being delicious, berries are rich in antioxidants and relatively contain lower sugar compared to other fruits. They are very rich in fibre and reduce inflammation markers. From just a cup of raspberries, for example, you can get as much fibre as you can get in certain types of beans. The antioxidants in berries help you age better other than protecting your heart. Eating mixed berries every morning could give you higher levels of good cholesterol required by your body and could also lower your blood pressure.

6. Greek yogurt

Greek yogurt is creamy and full of protein which is known to reduce feelings of hunger. It helps in weight control as it increases your metabolic rate. The conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) contained in it can reduce the risk of getting breast cancer other than just increasing fat loss. Greek yogurt is also a great source of calcium which is a requirement for healthy bones. The probiotics present in Greek yogurt help keep the bacterial balance in your gut healthy. Eating Greek yogurt in the morning is also good because the acidity present in it will make it easier for your body to absorb the rest of the other nutrients it needs.

7. Chia seeds

They are known to be a great source of fibre. The viscous fibre in chia seeds usually increases the volume of food that moves through your digestive system because it absorbs water. This means that eating chia seeds will help you feel satisfied longer. They also improve blood sugar and blood pressure and are highly recommended for people with diabetes. Eating them also reduces chances of inflammation and the high antioxidants in them will help keep the cells in your body protected from free radicals produced during metabolism.

8. Nuts

They are very tasty and filling which helps prevent weight gain. They may be high in calories but your body does not absorb all the fat present in nuts. They are high in potassium and magnesium which you need. Eating nuts is good for diabetic people as they reduce blood sugar levels. They also reduce cholesterol levels, decrease inflammation and insulin resistance. Other studies have shown that eating nuts could also protect you from certain types of cancer.

9. Green tea

Drinking tea is generally good for you because certain teas have many health benefits. Teas are great because they are flavored but still add fluid to your body. If you are looking to improve your alertness and mood throughout the day, then you should consider taking green tea. Aside from reducing blood sugar levels and insulin levels as well, drinking green tea can also protect your brain from damage and keeps your nervous system safe. Green tea contains catechins, which are phytonutrients. The catechins help you burn more calories. This is great particularly for people trying to lose belly fat and it will also generally stop you from gaining weight.

10. Fruit

You’ve probably been advised countless times to eat lots of fruit since you were younger, because other than just being delicious, fruit is very nourishing. Well, starting your day by incorporating fruit in what you eat in the morning has many health benefits. Fruit is rich in vitamins, fibre and potassium other than being very filling. The natural sugars present in fruit are just what you need to wake up your body and keep your brain sharp and energized. Making it a habit to eat fruit regularly significantly reduces your chances of getting chronic diseases.

11. Protein shake

Starting your day with a protein shake or a smoothie is definitely a good idea as it reduces your appetite for the rest of the day. The protein in it is absorbed faster and has a way of preserving muscle mass during aging and also assists in weight loss. Protein shakes help stabilize your blood sugar levels. Whey in protein shakes could help lower your blood sugar and even treat diabetes type 2.Better start incorporating protein shakes into your mornings because other than these benefits, they enhance your body’s defenses generally.

12. Flaxseeds

They are also rich in viscous fibre and have been known to keep you full for a good number of hours when eaten in the morning. An important fact to note is that they also protect you from breast cancer. Eating flaxseeds will also improve your insulin sensitivity.

13. Cottage Cheese

Cottage cheese is high in protein and usually decreases the hunger hormone. This type of cheese can actually be compared to eggs when it comes to how filling it is. Eating cottage cheese will also strengthen your bones because this type of cheese is rich in calcium. It is also packed with magnesium and can improve one’s digestion.

14. Tomatoes

They are very rich in water content and will have you very nourished and hydrated throughout the day when eaten in the morning. They are also very rich in antioxidants which provide energy and assist in cell repair. Eating tomatoes also benefits your body because they contain carbohydrates, fibre and other minerals that your body needs.

15. Kales

Eating kale as part of your breakfast is a great idea as it is low in calories but still keeps you full. Kales also provide us with a number of nutrients such as vitamin A and C as well as iron. In addition to the vitamins, they also have calcium which is required for healthy bones and stimulates immunity. Eating kales in the morning will support your body’s overall well being and will prevent a variety of health complications.

Hopefully, these fifteen foods have given you an idea of what to start your day with. Studies show that if certain important nutrients are missed during breakfast, it becomes harder to compensate for them during the rest of the day. While taking breakfast is a personal choice, making sure that you eat what’s right for your body is important. This should be enough to encourage you to choose wisely what you take in shortly after waking up.

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Why is Detoxing a Myth

We hear about detoxing very often, especially before spring. During the cold winter, we tend to pay less attention to what we eat. As a result, at the end of winter, we often have to face smaller fat pads on our bodies and a few or more extra kilos. In addition to diets and sports, detoxification is added to our pre-spring to-do lists. But is it a good idea?

The majority of detox cures are only money-making tricks. – says Gabor Zacher Hungarian toxicologist. More and more studies are published nowadays that support the opinion of the toxicologist: he states that what we call today „detoxification” is just an invention of the fitness industry.

People are incredibly gullible, says Zacher, and the business life takes the advantages of it. A range of companies sells completely useless products and services like ’detox foot baths’ or patches. Many products and treatments that advertised as “detoxifying” are not only useless but can even be dangerous in some cases.

For example the fast and drastic detox diets. Such a cure may completely disrupt the functioning systems of the body and its balance. Unfortunately, the elderly and chronic patients often do it because they hope for healing – but instead, they can worsen their condition.

So it can be an absolutely dangerous fad.

The whole detox topic is a huge bluff, an alternative reality that has been built by people and companies who want to earn money on that. Our body does not work like a house, that needs to be deep cleaned once or twice a year. In addition, the excretion of toxins does not require any magic powder, tea, capsule or Diatomaceous Earth, as the excretion of these is perfectly completed by our organs such as the kidney or liver. “Toxins” are excreted in urine and feces. So, in fact, a person who sits on the toilet daily detoxifies perfectly, so detoxification does not require different cures, but a toilet paper.

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The Most Surprising Side Effect of Marijuana

New study finds that Marijuana smokers have significantly higher sperm counts, reasons are unknown yet.

According to recent legal trends, laws have been loosened up a lot in terms of smoking Marijuana. We easily could have the impression that it’s surely because they realized that it is not harmful at all to use, however, scientists still don’t exactly know what impact Marijuana has to the human body. Nevertheless, one totally unexpected side effect got emerged by researchers of Harvard University, published in the journal Human Reproduction. Scientists found that smoking Marijuana seems to increase sperm count.

New study found positive effect of marijuana on sperm count.

Between 2000 and 2017 a team of researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health gathered 1,143 sperm samples from 662 middle-aged men, with an average age of 36. All of them were asked about their joint smoking habits – have they ever smoked Marijuana, if so, how many times, and whether they smoke any recently. According to the answers, 55% of the volunteers have tried marijuana before, 44% sometime in the past, 11% confessed themselves as current smokers.

The researchers, to their biggest surprise, found that men who have used the drug had higher semen counts than those who never smoked a joint. The difference is quite conspicuous: the users had an average of 62.7 million sperm per millimeter, while the team of “clean” men an average of 45.4 million. In addition, researchers also found that only 5% of the Marijuana smokers had semen count below the WHO-defined normal level, while this number is as high as 12% amongst the non-smokers.

Marijuana smokers seem to have higher level of testosterone, study found.

As a next step, the Harvard team took blood tests from 317 participants. This time they checked the hormone levels and the results showed that testosterone levels of marijuana smokers are also higher.

All this news is undoubtedly exciting, however, the researchers emphasize that the study certainly had its limitations – for example, all of them college-educated, white men – and it still hasn’t been proved that marijuana makes good for your reproductive or even general health. In the medical literature, we can find a previous research that connects marijuana to reduced fertility, adding a final twist to the story.

Co-author Jorge Chavarro underlines that these findings just prove how little we know about the health effects of marijuana, and how much more is to learn. A research-process always has a risk that answers of the participants are usually self-reported, and they might not give the correct answers to certain questions. In this specific research, the volunteers were all registered at a fertility clinic which means their partners had issues with conceiving. Also, they were only asked whether they ever had a joint or two, which is not enough to shade the picture of users versus non-users. Who knows, probably the whole story is the other way round, and the men with higher testosterone level (and higher sperm count) are the ones who enjoy the risk of taking marijuana.

Higher fertility at men smoking mariujana.

Not to leave anyone in doubt, the researcher team summarized the conclusion in short, saying that moderate use of marijuana might improve testicular function, however, the effect most likely reverses beyond a certain level of smoking. If there would be other benefits? They say they need more researches to have the answer.they need more researches to have the answer.

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15 Misleading Health Tips You Need To Forget About

People will do anything just to stay healthy and as a result, there are always tips emerging on how to stay healthy. You’ve probably come across so many but a good number of them are actually not true. You should actually be careful with the tips you follow so that you do not put yourself at risk while trying to do the opposite.

Here are fifteen health tips you need to forget about.

1. You should always use antibacterial soap

Funny that this is a health tip given in order to keep germs away but did you know that your sanitizer used too often could have a negative effect on your body? Shocking right? The thing is hand sanitizers contain an antibacterial agent called Triclosan that could affect your thyroid and cause weight gain because the hormones in the thyroid are responsible for metabolism. Research has shown relatively higher levels of Triclosan in people who work at hospitals mostly because these antibacterials are mostly used there. These levels are tied to a 0.9 percent BMI increase. So instead of using antibacterial soaps to wash your hands, just use the normal soaps.

2. Always have bottled water with you

Water is good for the body and for the normal functioning of the brain. As a result, we have been advised to always have bottled water with us every time so as to stay healthy. This is a health tip that needs to be forgotten because bottled water is actually not the best for you. The thing is, these throwaway bottles contain Bisphenol A which has been known to contribute to obesity. It can also cause infertility problems for women. You should just stick to reusable bottles and not the common ones that you throw away. This has the added benefit of reducing plastic waste.

3. You should work out on a daily basis

The benefits of exercise cannot be overlooked and that is why we are advised to do so in order to stay fit and maintain our figure. However, contrary to what we have heard numerous times, it is actually not advisable to work out everyday. There is a difference between working out regularly and working out everyday. You need to give your body time to recover and to rebuild so once or twice a week should be good enough.

4. Skip high-calorie meals altogether

A lot of people who are trying to watch what they eat believe that it’s better to postpone eating a meal till later if they find themselves in a situation where whatever is being served is full of calories. The truth is, doing this will not do any good for you because starving yourself stands in the way of your maintaining a healthy eating habit. Skipping meals also does not help you in portion control because it will make you overeat later. So if you suspect that you might end up in a situation that would have you next to food that has a lot of calories, it’s better to carry something that is healthy for you so that you can eat that instead of starving.

5. You can substitute food with healthy snacks to lose weight

A lot of people who are trying to keep the calories away or generally trying to lose weight nowadays are turning to “healthy snacks” and are substituting full course meals with these. While companies that make these snacks are aware of this, they will often market them as whole wheat or low fat even if they are really not, just to lure people to buy them. The truth is, one should not substitute full course meals in order to shed weight, rather, fill your kitchen with healthier foods to supplement your workouts.

6. Stay away from fats, they will give you health problems

It is mostly believed that staying away from fats is the key to living healthier. This is not entirely true. Trans fats are indeed not good for you as they increase your levels of cholesterol but your body needs certain types of fats in some amounts for you to stay fuller longer. Fats also help us absorb vitamins and reduce your body mass. Examples of such fats include coconut oil and olive oil. Substituting these harmless fats with low-fat products is actually why people will end up getting a sugar rush and after a very short while, start feeling hungry. So don’t be so scared of consuming fats. Just choose the right ones.

7. You need to work out very early in the morning

Working out seems like such a good thing to do for yourself at 4:00 am. It appears like the perfect way to get yourself energized and healthy for the rest of the day but it turns out there is something wrong with that. Getting up too early to work out means you are depriving yourself of sleep and something could actually go wrong with your health as a result. Research has shown that people who sleep for around five or fewer hours gain belly fat two and a half times more than a person who sleeps longer. It is therefore advisable that you keep your sleep time between 6-8 hours in order for your body to respond well to working out.

8. In order to be re-energized, you should sleep a lot longer

As contradictory as it may sound, this is another health tip that people should do away with. Too much of everything is poisonous at the end of the day and while inadequate sleep is linked to weight gain, sleeping for over eight hours can cause some very serious health problems such as heart complications, stroke and even diabetes in addition to the fact that it could cause an increase in your belly fat. You should avoid snacking before going to bed as well.

9. Avoid eating altogether to keep the calories away

Studies have shown that a lot of people tend to skip meals in order to keep their weight down. This is actually counterproductive as in the real sense, skipping meals slows down your metabolism and as a result, increases your chances of gaining weight. So, instead of skipping meals, it is advisable to eat small portions of foods rich in fibre and protein every two to three hours as it helps you burn more fat.

10. Egg yolks are bad for you

This is something that has been going around for ages but it’s time people realized that egg yolks actually are of great benefit to your health as they contain iron and also provide you with vitamins A and B-12. Taking them in the morning could also prevent fat absorption.

11. You can overeat on the healthy foods

While it is advisable to eat healthily, many people will often use this as an excuse to ignore portion control. A good number of people believe that it is alright to eat a lot just because you have filled your diet with foods that are required for your body to stay nourished. What you might not be keeping in mind is that some healthy foods can still make you gain weight. Examples include avocado, chicken, oatmeal among others. To avoid this, make sure you eat a plate that has a good balance of vegetables, protein, grains and fat.

12. You should eat before and after a workout

This is an idea that has been fixed into people’s minds for the longest time and we do this even if it means ignoring our actual feelings of hunger and even ignoring that we might actually be full. While it is important to do this, for your athletic recovery, the truth is that most people will still have the energy to keep them going during a workout from the past meal they ate and really don’t need the extra calories.

13. Stay away from dairy products

This is actually depriving yourself of nutrients that could be very helpful to your body. Milk contains calcium required for healthy bones, products such as Greek yogurt are full of protein and the acidity in this kind of yogurt actually helps you absorb nutrients for the rest of the day.

14. Using waist trainers will help your metabolism

Waist trainers are being used more and more by women who want to lose belly fat. People believe that they will compress your core and release toxins but the truth is, using them will make you eat less for the period of time you have them on. The reason is as simple as no one will feel the urge to eat when their stomach is being pushed to their spine or even their chest so eating a lot when you have them on will just give you trouble breathing. When you remove them, you will be back to square one and will probably feel hungry again.

15. You should stay away from coffee

You may have heard that coffee has the stress hormone that will make you get belly fat, but understand that drinking coffee every morning isn’t exactly a bad thing for you. Getting your coffee fix in the morning will actually keep you active. The caffeine in it will increase your performance during workouts.

So the next time you hear these health tips, do not fall for them.

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New Findings Can Bring a Medical Breakthrough in Cancer Research

Scientists discovered energetic cancer cells that might be responsible for the spread of cancer

What we have known for long about the process of cancerous cells spreading is that it all starts when normal cells lose their ability to control their own life-progress. Instead of dying at the time the others do, they start to multiply themselves with no limit, and they will be able to spread even to other tissues in the body.

In new research published recently in the journal Frontiers in Oncology, scientists found that there seems to exist a very unique cancer cell which is much more harmful than the others, and they might be the key in understanding the aggressive spread and growth progress of cancer.

Cancer cells spreading.

As a next step, they wanted to know how much of these cells – called energetic or origin cancer cells – are to be found in the total cancer cell population. They found that these energetic cancer cells have a presence of 0.2% among the total cancer cell population. These cells have their very specific characteristics,  therefore they are being considered a separate subcategory. Their mitochondria creates much more energy than normal cancer cells and their proliferation rate shows also a higher number. These two factors make them more likely responsible for creating and spreading tumors.

Professor Federica Sotgia, a co-author from the University of Salford says they are now looking for the answer of how these cells materialize. Where do they come from? They believe that the dying progress of the normal cells creates these defective cells, they are born from senescent cells. They found during the research that in the original cancer cells a certain biomarker of senescence (known as p21-WAF) was circa 17 times higher than in the others. That’s a huge difference. It seems that the energetic cancer cells do not simply take over the senescence volume of the dying cell, but somehow they also boost it to their advantage.

Newly discovered energetic cancers cells are more malignant than the others.

Professor Sotgia’s college, Senior Author Michael Lisanti summarizes the finding that energetic cancer cells behave like an insane spree killer, breaking through all the lines and spreading malignant cells, at last creating a tumor. The team did find that famous needle in the haystack, and they are all extremely excited to have been able to open a new window in cancer research. The final goal is to stop cancer once and for all. “And we might do it” – he closes his words.

For the future, the researcher team would like to adapt this finding into practice: to target directly these origin cells during cancer treatments. With this, they hope to stop the spread of cancer from the original tissue that causes the death of many patients all around the world.

New findings can bring a breakthrough in cancer research.

Today, cancer kills an estimated 9.6 million people globally, every year. According to the data of the World Health Organization cancer is the second leading cause of death, and 1 in 6 deaths are linked to cancer. Let’s hope the researchers can find the answers very soon.