The Loneliest Generation?

LonelyMore  young people nowadays are reporting loneliness compared to their elders. The details of this study are alarming but the prognosis is even more jaw-dropping  considering it has nothing to do with blood sugar or body weight and everything to do with emotional health.

The mind set of a lonely person is worse, according to researchers, than the physical ailments of heart disease or obesity. It can cause insurmountable stress that is damaging on many levels.

A majority of people in this study said that they feel alone or not included in  events held by friends and family. Participants in the study were in Generation Z, which is considered to be people born between the late 1990s and late 2010s.

Could this loneliness be due to technological pile-drivers of interpersonal connection like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram? Technology does plant a deep seed of depression, disconnection, and disassociation. Sounds like a recipe for loneliness to me.

Not too long ago, a challenge was presented to people far-and-wide to take a technology vacation. It was phrased in such fun ways like a ‘digital detox‘ or just being ‘unplugged’. It was for the very reason this the younger generation is shown to be lonelier than their older and wiser peersCould you do it?

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Baking Soda to the Inflammation Rescue

BakingSodaIn our oh so acidic world, a few of us appreciate baking soda with the due diligence it deserves. People agonizing with the plight of rheumatoid arthritis may bode well with a daily dose of baking soda.

Sodium bicarbonate is shown to help regulate the pH balance of the body and mitigate inflammation. It also regulates the immune response. Rheumatoid arthritis is one of the autoimmune responses that affects 1.3 million people in the US and it’s triggered by an over-reactive immune system.

Researchers saw that the daily inclusion of baking soda can help mitigate the immune response and remarkably reduce inflammation in the body and joints. Why wouldn’t you do something measurably influential to reduce inflammation if it only takes a kitchen staple?

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Re-gifting a Transplanted Kidney

KidneyThe sad truth is that far more people need kidney transplants than there are people willing to donate. The more saddening fact is that once a person is transplanted, their lifespan is shorter. What if the transplanted kidney remains healthy longer than the recipient lives? Here’s where our story begins.

Doctors are considering the option of re-transplanting healthy kidneys from recipients who predeceace the health of the transplanted kidney. In simple terms, an immunosuppressed person is likely not to live as long as people with healthy immune systems. Of all the folks waiting on the list for a kidney, perhaps someone who’s already been there is a great chance for others to get their kidney, after all.

It’s been done before. Chances are it can be done many more times. Sometimes when we have a perplexing problem that cannot be solved with simple solutions, you must look outside the conventional box. This could very well be a small perk to the otherwise significant deficit of organ donors to people needing them. Of course, there’s always the option to grow human organs in animals.

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Tips to Improve Mental Health

MentalHealthAs people are living longer, their quality of life isn’t so great. Finally physicians are starting to realize it’s more than just the blood pressure, body weight, and blood sugar that amounts to perfect health. Maybe our brains have more to do with it than textbooks tell us. They do!

Look at the percentage of the population who battle depression, anxiety, addiction, and overabundance of one crutch (technology, work, shopping) to pacify something. Our mental health is suffering, no doubt.

Love yourself thoroughly in order to emit loving kindness for yourself as much as you have for others. Be in the moment for yourself. Spend time observing the silence for your well being. The moments you spend today will payoff in dividends for the rest of your life.

Foster real relationships, offline. As inhuman and virtual as our lives have become, it’s no wonder depression and social detachment is a common result for many of us. By foraging into the world of face to face correspondence, you’re reintroducing yourself to the lost art of interpersonal communication. It’s definitely a mental health perk.

Minimize meat, sugar, and processed foods. Our brains suffer vastly for it. How closely do you think you can get to a plant-based diet? Veganism is pretty intense and most people cannot do it. But those who can, swear by their health difference. They say it’s like night and day.

These are just a few of the recommendations in the Forbes magazine article. What have you got to lose by trying one, a few, or all of them? If you’re looking to take a few baby steps toward a healthier mindset, here’s your guide.

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Meet the New Meats

BurgerWho said not to reinvent the wheel? I love it when somebody re-purposes an existing product that can be better. This is exactly what I’m talking about when I mention this new packaging for meat, courtesy of this supermarket chain in England.

Millennials are notorious for being socially-conscious, environmentally savvy, and a hint of germophobe. To serve the customer, this supermarket chain has found a way to package meat so that it’s essentially hands-free. No icky meat juice anywhere. Save your dish-washing gloves for the dishes, champ.

This is an abrupt transition but have you heard about the culinary genius of Impossible Foods? They’ve crafted a meatless burger beyond reproach. It’s vitamin B infused with the magic of coconut oil. How many ways can you church-up the soybean plant? Let the impossible burger show you.

The California-based company has been singing the praises of the meatless burger in all directions. Now that they’re in Japan, they’ve arrived! If you’re near a chain where you can pickup an Impossible Slider, enjoy your plant-based burger indulgence!

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How Drinking Affects Your Mouth

AlcoholEven though many mouthwashes contain 10 to 20% of alcohol, it is shown that regular alcohol consumption reflects poorly on your oral health.

For those of you not in the know, the oral biome is the collection of bacteria in your mouth. Much like they got we have good and we have the bed. Obviously, the good food well on health outcomes. Bad? Not so much.

People who drink 1 to 2 alcoholic beverages a day have an imbalance of good to bad oral bacteria. Trying to ramp up the good bacteria he is as simple as rebalancing the pH in your mouth.

Consistent alcohol consumption sways the pH to be more acidic. If drinking less alcohol is nonnegotiable, you may try using baking sodaswitching to alcohol free mouthwash, or living a more alkaline lifestyle.

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Are GMO Foods Safe?

gmo conceptIf 90% of scientists believe GMO‘s are safe to consume – why is the public so freaked out about it? Word-of-mouth is very influential but sometimes the court of public opinion overrides “science”. These are studies likely funded with federal grants, for the record.

The labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMO) foods has become a mandate as of 2016. Clearly this did put the public on high alert. In no way is this meant to nullify public concern but this is a cautionary tale to let people know that GMO‘s can help us.

The introduction of genetic modification has been part of agriculture for thousands of years. We only started making noise about it recently because we tagged it with the sophisticated word “engineering”. Borrowing a certain element from cold water fish helps create a more durable crop of spinach. This is an example of a GMO food. Same nutritional content as non-GMO spinach.

Personally, I am responsible for avoiding the financial burden of purchasing non-GMO products. Fact: GMO foods are cheaper. The government subsidizes the manufacturing of these GMO products. Cost efficacy is how you feed a nation of 325 million people.

For clarity on the subject, check-out the book “GMO Myths and Truths” on Amazon. It actually makes me wish I was rich enough to eat organic, all day, every day. And the science-based information in this book may sway your opinion, too.

So the short answer to a long, convoluted question is yes, most GMO foods are safe. A nation that is famished because it can’t sustain proper nourishment is a much bigger problem than GMO foods. The government clearly sees GMO‘s as the best way to support a growing population. The opportunity cost of eating organic produce versus GMO is up to you.

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Bedtime Snacks Good and Bad

bedtimesnackIf you’re the type of person who gets to the gym later in the day, the concept of carb back-loading may work out well for you and your weight loss aspirations.

Carbohydrates consumed earlier in the day are likely stored as fat and not used for energy. This is because carbs consumed later in the day, especially if you exercise later in the day, are stored as glycogen for time-released energy the next day. So indulge in any type of carb till your heart’s content.

If you’re looking for a better night sleep, you may want to consume the foods listed here to help you sleep better. Your best bets for sleep aids are kiwis, pistachios, tart cherries, jasmine rise, and salmon. Later dinner? You definitely can portion some of the aforementioned out for a well-balanced meal.

Survey says don’t eat these foods before bedtime. Somehow, some way these foods will interrupt your peaceful night of rest. The list include alcohol, coffee, turkey, hot sauce, french fries another fried foods, and last but not least coffee ice cream. I almost forgot to mention water. What kind of a fascist made this food list? Peace-out, I always take water to bed with me anyway.

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Escaped Baboons Returned Willingly

BaboonsImagine if baboons collaborated to escape a holding pen in a facility. Sounds like the plot of a science fiction thriller, doesn’t it? Well it actually happened last week in a Texas research facility.

Never underestimate the power of animals to collaborate in achieving a goal. Four baboons escaped. Three were captured within 30-minutes of their escape and the last one returned to the pen on his own accord.

The research facility is used to test treatments for conditions like obesity, heart disease, and epilepsy. It is quite interesting to see how a team effort proves to get things done, even if it’s for the sake of seeing how far you can get.

There was no need for animal treatment of bystander medical intervention. Thankfully it was an uneventful caper. The living conditions can’t be all that terrible if these monkeys returned home after their had their “joy ride” on the premises.

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Friends Share Brains?

bESTIESScience says we choose are friends based on familiarity of traits we see in ourselves. That being said, it’s not surprising that the similar traits in your friends can translate to the sharing of brainwaves, says a study.

Your brain responds to a stimuli similar to your friend’s brain. This is the friend you’ve cherry picked because he or she is so much like you, of course you two react the same. Like peas and carrots.

Have you ever heard the saying show me your friends and I’ll show you your future? All things being said, perhaps there’s an inkling of truth to it. Sometimes people intentionally choose friends with a wide variety of attributes so they can behold the experience vicariously.

Scientists and psychologists agree – a lack of friendships is poisonous.  For our own survival and growth, we choose friends who bring a sense of fulfillment to our inherent needs. It’s not about choosing friends. It’s about appreciating them while they’re it it. Trust me! It’s a good reason.

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