How to ID Bogus #Headlines

bogusnewsEarlier this week, your heart may have sank if you’re a Nutella lover. Bacon lovers know their beloved meat strip is a prophet of heart disease but Nutella is a little more sacred. USA Today put out a story that saber rattled the cancer-causing aftermath of foods like Nutella and bacon. Please. The Nutella story failed to outline the ‘relative risk’ and the ‘absolute risk‘ for the product. Knowing the difference is essential to knowing how big, if any, a risk exists to you. The absolute risk applies to anybody over the span of their lifetime. A relative risk applies to the people in the related circumstances. Back to the bacon and Nutella cancer scares… The increased risk of bowel cancer from consumption of bacon was a relative cancer-risk that was written about in the absolute context. This means that the published stories were worded in such a way all people believed this increased risk applies to them. Not so. Before you make a decision, gather all information to best assess your risk. Don’t rely on the headlines in this day and age. Bogus new, less-than-smart news, and headlines with ulterior motives are rampant. Don’t let yourself be a statistic caught-up in the noise.

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Repurposing Drug for #Depression Treatment

depressionA drug typically used as a wakefulness pill is showing promise in helping people dealing with depression. The name of this drug is Modafinil. Although it’s a stimulant, it’s shown promising results in a small study for people recovering from depression. Curiously, back in 2015 doctors were prescribing the drug “off-label” for depression treatment. Medafinil is like Adderall and Ritalin but it doesn’t increase dopamine and norepinephrine, it decreases the gamma-aminobutyric acid, or GABA. Fun fact about GABA is that it can stimulate some vivid dreams. It’s a fact that sleep deprivation gives rise to a defeatist attitude and depression. Modafinil is a drug used to treat sleep disorders like narcolepsy and shift work disorders but regulating sleep for depression sufferers is proving to be a serendipitous find. So often in life we find answers in the most unlikely places. Perhaps this is one of them!

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Eat #ChiliPeppers To Prolong #Life

peppersFor those lovers of spicy hot foods, this might be your lucky day. Chili peppers of all colors contain a special something that is shown to prolong life. That something is known as capsacin, which can aid in the metabolism of fat breakdown and storage. This can aksi reduce hypertension and the risk of Type 2 diabetes. Furthermore the spicy hot element in chili peppers is known to have an anti-inflammatory effect. For those of us who dread inflammation (rightfully so) — chew on a chili peppers once in a while. Spice and cancerous cells are inversely related. Is it a direct correlation? Maybe, maybe not. But if you like it hot – why not eat spicy for good health?

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Try This #Energy #Snack for a Valuable Perk

awakeenergybarMy wish was granted as I was scrutinizing the 7-Eleven selections for an energy bar. To my delight, I happened upon a caffeine-filled energy bar called Awake Energy. Of course, I hopped online to see what this magical bar is all about. The home site welcomes you with the daring statement “this is no ordinary granola bar.” Ain’t that the truth?  In January 2016, the bars were picked-up by Walmart and have continued to spread like wildfire.  If you would like the perk of a cup of coffee with the nutritional value of whole grains and B vitamins – you’re welcome! I tried the cinnamon bun flavor this morning and it was out of this world and kept me satisfied for hours. More of the delectable flavors include: dark chocolate peanut butter, dark chocolate caramel, coconut apricot, and caramel. May the Awake Energy Bar lift your spirits and keep you energized for hours.

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#Foods to Include in Your 2017 #Diet

probioticsIt’s said that the average person has about 20 foods that makeup their daily diet. One element of nutrition that should exist in your 2017 diet is probiotics for it’s immune boosting, gut health benefits. Try something cool like corn and sweet potato tortilla chips or everybody’s favorite probiotic popcorn. For more on the preferred food list for 2017, the food experts are touting  thes foods find their way into a healthy food lovers diet. This year holds a brave new world of delicacies that will leave you curious. The jackfruit is an experience you didn’t expect from a fruit. Seriously, it tastes like chicken. If you’re seeking a snack to promote longevity and healthy skin, pop a few goji berries. Rumor has it, it promotes healthy vision, too. Let seaweed be your guide if you’re looking for a snack packed with iodine, calcium, and trace minerals and low in calories. Javone seaweed is a crowd pleaser in Korea.  Another well-received item in nutrition circles is coconut sugar for its low glycemic index rating. Any people with diabetes use coconut sugar instead of regular cane sugar?Even Dr. Weil wrote about it. Ever hear about avocado oil? It’s a rock star when it comes to its anti-aging and anti-wrinkling magic properties.  The most daring and least appetizing food on the list is insects. If you’re up for the challenge, start with an open mind. However, I will not be the one taking you there.  Happy feasting!

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Surfeit of #ArtificialSweeteners in #Kids Juice

kidsjuiceIt could be the fantasy world in which I live but don’t parents want their kids to avoid the processed junk foods and substances that could adulterate their bodies for as long as humanly possible? Pizza, soda, and beer will taint their palates someday. Just not yet. If that’s the case, than why are low-calorie kid’s juices jam-packed with sugar substitutes to the tune of a 200% increase? Kids are not supposed to be exposed to substances that give rise to insulin resistance. A less-active lifestyle is bound to be a stop on the road ahead. Let’s not slip in challenges before they hit the turbulent spots on the timeline.  For adults trying to cut-calories, sugar substitutes aren’t the worst thing in the world. However, if insulin resistance is a concern, they’re adding fuel to the fire. Why burn your kids so early in life? There’s plenty of time for that ahead ;)

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ABCs of #Flu Prevention

fluIn case you hadn’t heard, the flu seems to be a real thing this year. Those of us who didn’t get a stomach bug over the holidays were likely coughing up a lung at some point in the last few months. Rumor has it the flu season will continue on till May. Good news! A doctor has shared his ABCs of flu prevention. They include: attack, barricade, and clean. The attack is being proactive in making sure you’re armed and ready for when the flu germs flow through your path. In other words get your flu vaccine. The easiest way to prevent getting a full-blow 10-day case of the flu is to get a flu shot. Even if you get the flu, it will be a much weaker strain than those who don’t get a flu shot. The B stands for barricade. The doctor’s orders say to stay home if you are feeling under the weather. The last thing you need is to put your body in a war zone of germs, increasing your risk of spreading and acquiring more germs. The C stands for clean: clean everything around you like your car, house, desk, door knobs. Being OCD in the flu season might keep you well. No germ is worth the fever, coughs, sneezing, sore throat, stuffy head and misery it can cause. ABC your way to flu prevention.

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Easy #Weightloss Tips for #2017

gheeTwo truths and a lie for weight loss in 2017. Games make everything more fun. Perhaps dark chocolate is a valuable asset to your New Year’s resolution. Adults who consume dark chocolate are able to activate anti-inflammatory guy bacteria to help slim your waist line. What better way to end your day, right? Drinking ghee, clarified butter, is a trimming trick of none other than Kourtney Kardashian. The fat-filled elixir is said to help boost good gut bacteria, boosting immune health, fortifying hair and skin growth, and bringing your overall cellular health to optimal condition. Try a spoonful first thing in the morning. Plus, fat tends to quiet cravings. Try some ghee if you’ve got anything to lose and everything to gain in gut health! Lastly, it’s our lie: Don’t be misled by the agave hype. The natural nectar isn’t necessarily the best choice for people with aspirations of weight loss. Although agave doesn’t increase blood sugar the same as cane sugar, it increases insulin resistance. For those with diabetes on the brain – that’s public enemy #1. Also, the bG tends to rise hours later, which demands more insulin. More insulin means more stored fat. Lose the agave and give stevia a chance. The Truvia commercial says it all. Full disclosure: I mule Truvia with me everywhere because it’s my preferred sweetener that doesn’t require insulin.

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Why #Everybody Needs #Stress

stressNeitzsche knew the key to life: that which does not kill you makes you stronger. I’m paraphrasing but everybody has stress. Believe it or not, stress can make us stronger, smarter, resilient, and well-rounded. Yes, it can manifest in ugly ways if you don’t handle it with aplomb. A good way to think about it is the comparison of a pounding heart, sweaty palms, dry mouth, stomach churning…. it could either be a harrowing job interview or a person in-love. Neither will kill you but the way in which we regard it is essential to how your body interprets it. Instead of considering it anxiety (negative), think of it as excitement (positive). Your brain embraces positive and shuns negativity. Do your body and brain a favor – put every situation in a positive light.

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A #Pill for #MorningSickness

morningsickSince the beginning of time, mother’s braved morning sickness in the relentless snow, unforgiving heat, and torrential rains to birth healthy babies. Nowadays, we’re popping a pill to quiet the storm. If you experience morning sickness during your pregnancy, there’s a good chance the health of your baby is good. It’s never advisable to take drugs when pregnant, if it can be avoided. However,  a panel of OB/GYNS recommended that for pregnant women who are still unable to quell morning sickness with simple measures, this option may provide a small benefit. Avoid bad smells, eat dry toast, and take your multivitamin. If all else fails, this pill might be your savior.

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