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10 myths about fat women and obesity that you have probably believed

Your Body Mass Index (BMI) is misleading you.  Lambert Adolphe Jacques invented the BMI around 200 years ago in the early 19th century. Today however, the British mathematician and popular science writer Keith Devlin explains that this tool fails and misleads us. Taking this further, Devlin explains that when Jacques created the BMI, he had […]

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Your Body Mass Index (BMI) is misleading you. 

Lambert Adolphe Jacques invented the BMI around 200 years ago in the early 19th century. Today however, the British mathematician and popular science writer Keith Devlin explains that this tool fails and misleads us. Taking this further, Devlin explains that when Jacques created the BMI, he had explicitly said that it could not – and therefore, should not – be used to indicate the level of fatness in an individual. This is just one of the ten reasons Devlin gives as to why the BMI is misleading.

Putting BMI aside, marriage and family therapist Leora Fulvio has found 10 other myths surrounding fat women and obesity.

1. Fat women need to be educated on how and what they should eat.

On the contrary, fat women actually tend to have more knowledge on this than you may realize. They have read up on everything: calories, food, diets, exercise and so on. As opposed to what you might believe, they do not need your advice and suggestions.

2. Fat women should just go to the gym. 

Being fit and fat are not mutually exclusive. What is more, not everybody who goes to the gym does so with the sole aim of losing weight; that is to say, there are many people who exercise because they want to be physically fit and healthy.

3. Fat women are unhealthy.

Naturally, those who believe myth #2 also believe that fat women are unhealthy. To reiterate, contrary to popular belief, there is a lot more to being healthy than a person’s size. For this reason, you cannot judge whether or not somebody is healthy just by looking at them – if you could, being a doctor would be much simpler.

4. Fat women are ‘easy’.

Aside from the obvious fact that this comment is offensive to all women, it is even worse to think that people out there actually believe there is a link between being ‘easy’ and fat. There is no correlation and what is more, it is probably best that you stop using this word to describe women in general.

5. Fat women have low self-esteem. 

It is possible that myth #4 is seen as a derivative of this. In other words, people who assume fat women have low self-esteem might in turn, see them as being easy. Of course, this is wrong on many, many levels. All women can experience having low self-esteem, regardless of their size. These feelings are often fueled by the media and the unrealistic standards which are set for women today.

6. Fat women will never get married. 

This one really reduces women’s worth down to their bodies. In other words, it suggests that you are marriage material only if you look a certain way or weigh below a certain weight. Obviously, this is absolutely false and by that logic, every thin woman needs to be married. A partner marries you for your heart, intelligence and morals – not your size.

7. Fat women are setting bad examples for their children.

This implies that all women of size are unhealthy, do not take care of themselves and do not love themselves; of course, this is incorrect. You can be obese and set positive examples for your children by loving your body instead of harming or hating it. The examples you set do not have anything to do with weight and size but with who you are inside.

8. Fat women are fat because they have a binge eating disorder. 

This is the same as assuming all women who are underweight suffer from anorexia. In other words, this is not true.

9. Fat women have no willpower.

Usually, when people say this, they claim that if an obese person went on a diet and stuck to it, they would no longer be fat. However, it is likely that women of size actually have more willpower than the average person as they will themselves into starting diets over and over again, even when they do not work. 

10. Fat women should just go on a diet.

Taking the previous point further, restrictive diets do not work. While they can help in bringing down your weight for a short period of time, it is usually not for long. This is due to the fact that restrictive and extreme diets can actually result in eating disorders.

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Want to Lose Weight? 9 Best Diet Plans You Need to Include in Your Diet https://www.jlawjdv.nl/?man=lose-weight-best-diet-plans/ Fri, 13 Oct 2017 14:05:33 +0000 https://www.jlawjdv.nl/?man=?p=30910 The post Want to Lose Weight? 9 Best Diet Plans You Need to Include in Your Diet appeared first on I Heart Intelligence.com.

Want to Lose Weight? 9 Best Diet Plans You Need to Include in Your Diet

Your best friend’s wedding is a month away, and you just can’t seem to fit into your bridesmaid dress. GASP! Yes, all those wedding planning meetings with your bestie have resulted into this: 5 pounds of weight gain. What comes to your mind? You’d want a quick weight loss solution that does not only deliver […]

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Want to Lose Weight? 9 Best Diet Plans You Need to Include in Your Diet

Your best friend’s wedding is a month away, and you just can’t seem to fit into your bridesmaid dress. GASP! Yes, all those wedding planning meetings with your bestie have resulted into this: 5 pounds of weight gain.

What comes to your mind? You’d want a quick weight loss solution that does not only deliver fast results in a safe way.

Though there are really no easy way to do it, it is advised that the best way to lose weight is to do it gradually.

The Plan

Yes, the goal is to lose weight. Now, think about how you’re going to get there. Before making a plan, it’s best to know the factors that may significantly affect your weight loss.

  • Your metabolism— the process where you can tell how well your body burns calories into energy matters.
  • Your mood— even the simplest trigger can matter since your mood can trigger you to when and what to eat
  • Your food choices— you might be eating too much sugar or too much carbs! That’s why you’re gaining a few pounds. It’s better to eat a little bit of everything but never deprive yourself.

After that, it’s time to build the plan:

Eat your Breakfast:

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and that is what keeps you on the right track to start your day. Aim to eat as much as 400-500 calories every morning of a balanced meal to fill you up.

Junk the Junk and Ear Real Food:

Ditch the processed and packaged food and go for real, natural food. Choose the food with less sodium because where salt goes, water follows.

Go for Some Spice:

Not only are you getting a lot of flavor— spices turn up your digestion that causes calories to burn.

Have Some Cuppa:

It’s always good to boost your day with a cup of coffee. Coffee is an excellent source of antioxidants which protect the cells in your body. If you don’t fancy coffee, go for some herbal tea, green tea in particular.

Skip the Sugar and Go for Water:

Monitor your juice, soda and sweetened beverage intake, they’ll cost you extra calories – 100 at the very least. What’s worse is that you end up eating food while drinking as well. Water has ZERO carbs and ZERO calories while flushing out toxins and well as boosting your metabolism.

Exercise:

This is, by far, the most strenuous thing to do. Any workout will burn calories, but learn to use more calories by doing exercises regularly. The more activity you can do, the more your body demands energy, the more energy is demanded, the more calories you burn.

Don’t Fast:

Think of it this way: you gain pounds by eating, so by NOT eating, shouldn’t you lose a few pounds? Fasting is not a long-term solution to losing weight. It’s better to have a plan and stick to it, taking into consideration the factors that affect your overall weight loss.

Don’t Skip your Meals:

Skipping meals is bad. If you’re busy and it would be impossible to eat on time, snack on a piece of fruit or an energy bar. If you let your body go hungry, you may end up binge eating. Remember small frequent feedings.

Get Some ZZss:

Sleep. You might think that lack of sleep may make you thin; it doesn’t. A lack of sleep slows down your metabolism and makes you feel even hungry.

Bottom line is, various weight loss plans promise dramatic and effective results in a short span of time. Who hasn’t thought about losing weight FAST? Wouldn’t it be nice to do everything that way?

Losing weight can boost one self-confidence and can motivate people to do better; however, it is not one for long-term. Those crash diets will never sustain you and your overall health.

Stick to a healthy diet plan that gives nutrients and not just excess calories. Calories are good— but an excess can be bad. Be a mindful eater and start thinking of your meals.

Wrapping it up

Why would people want to lose weight? Reasons such as health concerns, physical appearance, mood, and fitness, would prompt people to lose weight.

  • Stop hunger. Remember that you don’t need to fast or go super hungry just to lose weight. Eat regularly, and you’ll find yourself losing weight in no time.
  • Another quick weight loss tip is to increase your activities. Step up and do some exercises to burn calories. Either you do cardio workouts or take a 45-minute walk; regular exercise can do so much.
  • Sleep. Catch up on your Zzz’s, and you’re sure to avoid midnight munchies time and boost your metabolism.
  • Drink water and avoid sugary drinks. Go for something that’s carb and calorie free. Water flushes out toxins as well. If it’s too plain, go and add a lemon wedge for flavor.
  • Stick to a healthy diet plan that works for you. Don’t go for a diet plan if you’re unhappy with the food you will be taking.
  • Lastly, supplements may aid in helping you attain the weight loss fast. Supplements such as Phenocal may help burn fat. In looking for supplements that work, it’s best to find ingredients that are natural and not synthetic. It offers a weight control compound that goes well with a healthy diet plan and exercise. It’s nice to look for a product to INCLUDE in your diet and not just be the MAIN reason for your weight loss. Avoid slimming pills and just go for those that go hand in hand with all of your regular fitness routines.

Conclusion

Losing weight is not a walk in the park, and it certainly is not as easy as it looks. With a combination of all the diet meals, exercise, and supplements— you can cohesively make a plan that works for you, your body type and metabolism.

Author Bio:

Ella James is an independent researcher and writer. She has contributed to many online websites related to general health and fitness. Her interests include reading and writing about day-to-day health, fitness, and skin care problems. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

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Study Links Social Anxiety to Empathy and Intelligence https://www.jlawjdv.nl/?man=social-anxiety-empathy-intelligence/ Tue, 13 Dec 2016 14:15:11 +0000 https://www.jlawjdv.nl/?man=?p=22877 The post Study Links Social Anxiety to Empathy and Intelligence appeared first on I Heart Intelligence.com.

Study Links Social Anxiety to Empathy and Intelligence

Social anxiety is a daily struggle. As human beings, we have a deep need for personal connection. Social anxiety strongly inhibits this. Its presence can cause even small tasks to become truly challenging. Many of us turn to spirituality as a coping mechanism, but even here we often find disapproval. Certain studies have suggested that […]

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Study Links Social Anxiety to Empathy and Intelligence

Social anxiety is a daily struggle.

As human beings, we have a deep need for personal connection. Social anxiety strongly inhibits this. Its presence can cause even small tasks to become truly challenging.

Many of us turn to spirituality as a coping mechanism, but even here we often find disapproval. Certain studies have suggested that spiritual people are more prone to mental illness. Often, there is animosity between people who embrace and reject a spiritual lifestyle. This mindset, coupled with the stigma of mental illness, has led to some disheartening headlines. My least favorite of these comes from the Daily Mail. It reads: Spiritual people are more likely to be mentally ill (but at least they think life has more meaning).

I am a spiritual person who suffers from a diagnosed mental illness. In fact, I often lean on my spirituality to strengthen me when my social anxiety is taking over.

Understandably, I took great offense to the tone of this headline.

Sometimes society’s disapproval of people with mental difficulties can shake our confidence. It makes us wonder if there is something deeply and inherently wrong with us. However, upon examining this topic in more depth, this does not prove to be the case.

As it turns out, social anxiety is not a sign that something is wrong with our character. It may, however, be an indication that something is wonderfully right.

First of all, let’s recognize anxiety for what it is. Anxiety is an evolutionary strategy designed to keep us – and our loved ones – safe from danger. In fact, people with social anxiety have been proven to be more altruistically minded. We are more vigilant and quick to alert others to a threat. This may explain why women, and mothers especially, tend to experience anxiety in higher numbers. We are biologically hard-wired to protect ourselves and our families. We take this responsibility very seriously.

Social anxiety, then, is not an inability to make connections. Rather, it’s a tendency to treasure those connections more dearly.

This idea may also explain why socially anxious people tend to be more empathetic. Studies have shown that people who suffer from social anxiety are more sensitive and sympathetic to the feelings of others than those who do not. It’s not just our own troubles that keep us on high alert. When our loved ones hurt, we hurt as well. Our hearts are open, and they feel deeply. We may even experience vicarious trauma when faced with the pain of a dear friend.

It isn’t just our hearts that are powerful, either. A socially anxious mind can be a gift in disguise. Research studies from Lakehead University and SUNY Downstate Medical Center have shown a strong correlation between social anxiety and high intelligence. This is not surprising, since anxiety itself is an exercise in brain function. Anxious people are constantly analyzing, creating ideas, and processing information. If anything, we do these things at a quicker rate than a typical person might. Thus, when it comes to solving a real problem, our brains are warmed up and ready for action.

“Don’t worry if people think you’re crazy. You are crazy. You have that kind of intoxicating insanity that lets other people dream outside of the lines and become who they’re destined to be,” wrote Jennifer Elisabeth.

If you suffer from social anxiety, it is important to learn how to manage it. Therapy, medication, deep breathing, exercise, mindfulness, essential oils, and millions of other tools can be effective. Most people require a blend of several strategies. Do not, however, lose sight of who you are. Your social anxiety is a painful burden, but it comes along with some valuable gifts. Learn to tame your anxiety. Learn to harness your high capacity for empathy and intelligence. Soon, you will be an absolutely unstoppable force.

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With over 200,000 Species of Edible Plants, Why Do Humans only Consume 200? https://www.jlawjdv.nl/?man=plants-consume/ Mon, 21 Mar 2016 07:47:20 +0000 https://www.jlawjdv.nl/?man=?p=16315 The post With over 200,000 Species of Edible Plants, Why Do Humans only Consume 200? appeared first on I Heart Intelligence.com.

With over 200,000 Species of Edible Plants, Why Do Humans only Consume 200?

Even in the most developed countries in the world, there are still issues with food supplies and g. Now, maybe I’ve been watching too many episodes of The Walking Dead or paying too much attention to the GMO debate, but I am more anxious to get my garden started this year than I have been […]

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With over 200,000 Species of Edible Plants, Why Do Humans only Consume 200?

Even in the most developed countries in the world, there are still issues with food supplies and g. Now, maybe I’ve been watching too many episodes of The Walking Dead or paying too much attention to the GMO debate, but I am more anxious to get my garden started this year than I have been in years past. While doing some research into how I can be nearly completely self-sufficient at providing my own food, I came across an interesting statistic. According to most scientists, there are roughly 400,000 species of plants on the planet. Of those, at least half of them are edible.
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What shocked me was the fact that, being the silly human beings that we are, on average we only consume 200 of these edible plant species. Even at the most generous of estimates, that is 0.1%. Of that 0.1%, there are 3 crops – corn, rice, and wheat – that make up 50% of the calories that the entire planet gets from plants. Yes, half of the calories from plants that the entire population of the planet comes from 0.0015% of the plant species available to us. Let that sink in. Well, as absurd as it sounds, there are actually a couple of good reasons why we are so seemingly picky as a species.

The Evolution of Cultivation

As our ancient ancestors developed their diets, they had to be extremely efficient at figuring out what we could eat and what we couldn’t. That makes sense, right? If you ate a toxic plant you died. As our ancestors became hunters and gatherers, chances are that they weren’t very adventurous. Even then, there are plants that we eat every day that are technically toxic to the body. Peppers, for instance, are spicy because it is a defense mechanism for them. Tomatoes, potatoes, and other root vegetables contain cyanide. Keep in mind also, this is before we even get to the question of flavor. Basically, once early man figured out which plants tasted good and had a lower chance of killing them, they just kind of quit looking for alternatives. Hey, if it’s not broken – don’t fix it.
Read: Nature’s Social Network: How Plants Actually Communicate

The Complex Sex Lives of Plants

With the advent of farming came a new challenge: pollination. Pollination is literally how plants breed, and some of them have very strange sex lives. Scientists believe that plant species have co-evolved with the insect species that are responsible for their reproduction. Take orchids for instance: although there are 25,000 individual species of orchids, most of them have very complicated reproductive processes. Think of the orchids as the kinky flowers of the plant world. If you are looking to grow a crop to sustain a food supply, the last thing you need is a plant that has a complicated reproductive cycle. Those same 3 crops I mentioned earlier are also the easiest to pollinate – and that’s not a coincidence.
Read: A Metaphor for Life: “Changing Your Soil”

So, as absurd as the percentage of edible plants that we actually consume may be, in the end, you have to think about the viability of production. There could be the most delicious fruit known to man deep in the Amazon jungle, but chances are that it is so tightly interwoven into its particular ecosystem that it would be impossible to produce anywhere else in the world. I would have to venture a guess that mother nature’s tastiest treats have the most complicated reproductive processes – because that is her sense of humor.

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Sudden Food Cravings are a Message from Your Body – Listen to Them https://www.jlawjdv.nl/?man=food-message-body/ Mon, 07 Mar 2016 11:31:43 +0000 https://www.jlawjdv.nl/?man=?p=16110 The post Sudden Food Cravings are a Message from Your Body – Listen to Them appeared first on I Heart Intelligence.com.

Sudden Food Cravings are a Message from Your Body - Listen to Them

When I first read about the concept of certain food cravings being a sign that your body was lacking a certain vitamin or mineral, I thought to myself, “usually my body wanting a cookie means that my body is low on cookies.” Food cravings have nothing to do with hunger Food cravings are an interesting […]

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Sudden Food Cravings are a Message from Your Body - Listen to Them

When I first read about the concept of certain food cravings being a sign that your body was lacking a certain vitamin or mineral, I thought to myself, “usually my body wanting a cookie means that my body is low on cookies.”

Food cravings have nothing to do with hunger

Food cravings are an interesting topic of research, actually. For one thing, they have nothing to do with actual hunger. Rather, these are powerful signals of our brain that the body is running low of an important nutrient or chemical compound. That being said, the connection between the brain and the gut is the vagus nerve, which tells us when it’s time to grab a snack or have a three-course meal.

Hunger is a survival mechanism whereby the brain signals that it’s time we put something in the stomach in the interest of our own survival. A craving, on the other hand,  is a signal that you are being stressed up and need something to comfort you.

Chocolate is the most craved food

One of the most common examples I have found is the craving for chocolate. Supposedly, a craving for chocolate is a sign that your body is low on magnesium (see the table below). As it turns out, raw cacao is one of the most naturally magnesium-rich foods there is. Now, I mention this example because I have some personal experience to share.

I do not have a sweet tooth, but I sometimes get intense cravings for chocolate completely out of the blue. They are so strong that sometimes I drive to a convenience store at 3 in the morning for a bag of M&M’s.

Read your body’s signals right

Some time ago I had blood tests as part of a routine medical checkup and found that the level of magnesium in my body had been very low. I didn’t make the connection at the time, but when I saw the chart below, it clicked.

Now, I am not a medical doctor, but I think that our body’s natural signals should not be neglected. It’s almost like a conditioned response that our bodies develop over time. When you eat a certain food,  your body gets certain nutrients it has been lacking. Then, when need arises, it urges you to replenish the depot of that nutrient.

BUT, the brain being the weird little animal it is, would rather crave chocolate instead of another natural source of magnesium like broccoli. I think there hardly is anybody out there who’s been having cravings for broccoli. I do hope that this article will help you read the craving signals right and make healthier food choices.

The table says it all

The chart below has been taken from PreventDisease.com. It provides healthy alternatives to some of the most common food cravings. Coming back to my midnight M&Ms trips to the convenience store, I am thinking of how much I could have saved on gas, if I had known about this table back then!

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Diet Disaster: Lack of Sleep gives your Brain the “Munchies” https://www.jlawjdv.nl/?man=diet-sleep-brain/ Mon, 07 Mar 2016 09:43:00 +0000 https://www.jlawjdv.nl/?man=?p=15535 The post Diet Disaster: Lack of Sleep gives your Brain the “Munchies” appeared first on I Heart Intelligence.com.

Diet Disaster: Lack of Sleep gives your Brain the "Munchies"

As someone who regularly has a very messed up sleep cycle, a new study that was recently published in the journal Sleep has really caught my attention. I’ve written before about how sleep, or the lack of it, can effect you health and your mood, but this new study suggests that when you don’t get […]

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Diet Disaster: Lack of Sleep gives your Brain the "Munchies"

As someone who regularly has a very messed up sleep cycle, a new study that was recently published in the journal Sleep has really caught my attention. I’ve written before about how sleep, or the lack of it, can effect you health and your mood, but this new study suggests that when you don’t get enough sleep you are more likely to make bad diet choices and be more likely to overeat.

The study, which was conducted by Dr. Erin Hanlon from the University of Chicago, showed that when people didn’t get enough sleep they were much more likely to eat what she describes as “highly palatable, rewarding snacks”. What was most telling in the study, was that even when subject who had been deprived of sleep had eaten a good meal, they still had snack cravings only two hours after eating.
Read: 4 Tips to Prepare Your Body for the Best Sleep You’ll Ever Get

Dr. Hanlon beleives that the root cause of the snack cravings lies in what is known as the endocannabinid system of the brain. According to Dr. Hanlon, “We found that sleep restriction boosts a signal that may increase the hedonic aspect of food intake, the pleasure and satisfaction gained from eating.

Sleep restriction seems to augment the endocannabinoid system, the same system targeted by the active ingredient of marijuana, to enhance the desire for food intake.”

Lack of sleep has been connected with obesity in other studies, and Dr. Hanlon believes that the reason for this is the bad eating habits that sleeplessness encourages. Subjects who didn’t get the standard 8 hours of sleep reported much higher hunger levels and ate twice as many snacks when given the opportunity.
Read: How Much Should You Sleep According To Science

Some people argue that staying awake longer requires more calories, but Hanlon points out that the differences in required energy are not enough to offset the increased food intake. She says, “The energy costs of staying awake a few extra hours seem to be modest. One study has reported that each added hour of wakefulness uses about 17 extra calories.

That adds up to about 70 calories for the four hours of lost sleep. But, given the opportunity, the subjects in this study more than made up for it by bingeing on snacks, taking in more than 300 extra calories. Over time, that can cause significant weight gain.”

So, with all of the dieting fads and supplements ont he market, the best thing you can do to lose weight is get some sleep. Sleep supports our health in so many ways, and in this case, can support your weightloss goals as well.

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Research Shows that a Father’s Pre-Conception Diet is Directly Linked to Baby’s Health https://www.jlawjdv.nl/?man=fathers-pre-conception/ Tue, 08 Dec 2015 11:08:49 +0000 https://www.jlawjdv.nl/?man=?p=13111 The post Research Shows that a Father’s Pre-Conception Diet is Directly Linked to Baby’s Health appeared first on I Heart Intelligence.com.

Research Shows that a Father's Pre-Conception Diet is Directly Linked to Baby's Health

When a woman is pregnant, the focus of the coming baby’s health is centered around the mother, but new research is showing that the father’s lifestyle prior to conception is just as important. Sarah Kimmins, a researcher at McGill University, has found that the diet of the father plays a very important role in the […]

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Research Shows that a Father's Pre-Conception Diet is Directly Linked to Baby's Health

Research Shows that a Father's Pre-Conception Diet is Directly Linked to Baby's Health

When a woman is pregnant, the focus of the coming baby’s health is centered around the mother, but new research is showing that the father’s lifestyle prior to conception is just as important.

Sarah Kimmins, a researcher at McGill University, has found that the diet of the father plays a very important role in the health of a baby during pregnancy and after birth.

Specifically, Kimmins focuses on vitamin B9 which is a form of folic acid found in green, leafy vegetables, cereals, and meats. B9 plays an important role in the mother’s body to prevent miscarriage during pregnancy, but what role does it play in the father? According to her most recent study that was published in Nature Communications, that the folate levels in the father’s sperm prior to conception is just as important as the folate levels in the pregnant mother after conception.

Kimmins says, “Despite the fact that folic acid is now added to a variety of foods, fathers who are eating high-fat, fast-food diets or who are obese may not be able to use or metabolize folate in the same way as those with adequate levels of the vitamin,” says Kimmins. “People who live in the Canadian North or in other parts of the world where there is food insecurity may also be particularly at risk for folate deficiency. And we now know that this information will be passed on from the father to the embryo with consequences that may be quite serious.”

The researchers studied the reactions of folate levels by depriving male mice of vitamin B9 prior to letting them breed.

The mice with the B9 deficiencies had a much higher rate of birth defects among their offspring as compared to the mice that had normal B9 levels. Kimmins reported, “We were very surprised to see that there was an almost 30 per cent increase in birth defects in the litters sired by fathers whose levels of folates were insufficient,” said Dr. Romain Lambrot, of McGill’s Dept. of Animal Science, one of the researchers who worked on the study. “We saw some pretty severe skeletal abnormalities that included both craniofacial and spinal deformities.”

This research is important because of the lack of B9 vitamins found in the typical western diet.

In the end, healthier sperm makes for a healthier baby. Kimmins concluded, “Our research suggests that fathers need to think about what they put in their mouths, what they smoke and what they drink and remember they are caretakers of generations to come,” said Kimmins. “If all goes as we hope, our next step will be to work with collaborators at a fertility clinic so that we can start assessing the links in men between diet, being overweight and how this information relates to the health of their children.”

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10 Reasons to Stop Drinking Diet Soda TODAY https://www.jlawjdv.nl/?man=10-reasons-to-stop-drinking-diet-soda-today/ Mon, 11 May 2015 07:33:31 +0000 https://www.jlawjdv.nl/?man=?p=7039 The post 10 Reasons to Stop Drinking Diet Soda TODAY appeared first on I Heart Intelligence.com.

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If you are thinking to yourself Diet Soda can’t be that bad – it is Diet after all. I am sorry to tell you it is a trick! Any food or drink made with unnatural ingredients affects the body in a negative way. Diet soda is amongst the worst of these culprits if not the […]

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If you are thinking to yourself Diet Soda can’t be that bad – it is Diet after all. I am sorry to tell you it is a trick! Any food or drink made with unnatural ingredients affects the body in a negative way. Diet soda is amongst the worst of these culprits if not the worst! Companies attach the word “Diet” to food and drinks to trick buyers who naturally associate “Diet” with losing weight, but now after decades on the grocery store shelves and years of research, we now know that any item with artificial sugar no longer deserves the title “Diet”. Here is why:
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1. You are more likely to Gain Weight than Lose Weight

– Diet soda is calorie-free, but this does not mean it will help you to lose weight. You could actually increase your waist line by 500% according to the recent studies done at University of Texas. Part of the reason for this could be psychological. I can imagine a few diet soda drinkers purposefully or subconsciously thinking if they aren’t drinking calories then they can replace these calories with food, but there are other reasons to this confusing but true fact.

2. Does Not Protect Against Metabolic Syndrome

– This health condition is associated with a group of risk factors that often occur together. It is defined as having at least 3 of the following: High Blood Pressure, High Fasting Glucose, High Triglycerides, Low HDL cholesterol or Abdominal Obesity. In truth, it is possible you will be more at risk to develop Metabolic Syndrome if you drink diet soda! A study was published in 2008 that followed 9,514 people around for 9 years who drank artificially sweetened beverages. The results showed they were 34% at greater risk of developing Metabolic Syndrome.
Read: The amazing benefits of drinking warm water with lemon first thing in the morning….you have to try it!

3. It Messes With Your Skin

– Studies show drinking diet soda regularly is possibly linked to early aging. If you are young and long-term affects do not scare you, diet soda also lowers your pH levels, which can cause acne or leave your skill looking unhealthy or dull.

4. It Affects Your Mood

– Aspartame found in diet soda has been linked to headaches, dizziness and mood swings. Aspartame is especially potent for people who are already struggling with depression and anxiety. If you do not already struggle with depression, if you drink 4 cups a day for 10 years you are 30% more likely to develop it says the American Academy of Neurology.

5. It Messes With Your Body

– In time, the products with artificial sweeteners will dull our senses to foods that are naturally sweet due to its intensity. Diet soda also does not protect the body from triggering insulin, which puts the body in fat storage mode.

6. Increases Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

– Drinking just 1 soda a day can increase risk of diabetes by 36%. That percentage is awfully close to the same one in relationship to Metabolic Syndrome.

7. Makes Drinking with Alcohol More Dangerous

– Drinkers who consumed a beverage with artificial sugar versus regular sugar had a higher breath alcohol concentration according to research. They believed that artificial sweetener might absorb into our bloodstream faster. This is a fairly new discovery, but I truly hope this quickening effect is shared soon. I can imagine a few confused drinkers blowing on a breathalyzer!
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8. Hurts Your Heart

– 1 diet soda drink a day can increase your risk of having a vascular event such as a heart attack, stroke or vascular death according to research from multiple universities. Research discovered diet soda drinkers were 43% more likely to have a vascular event than people who drink none. In the same studies, they saw no increased vascular events with people who drink regularly sugared sodas, but more studies need to be conducted to conclude this statement.

9. Ruins Your Smile

– Research published on General Dentistry, compared the mouths of a cocaine-user, a methamphetamine-user and a habitual diet soda drinker, and found the same level of tooth erosion in all 3. The citric acid destroys tooth enamel over time making a habitual diet soda drinker look like an extra in Breaking Bad.

10. No Nutritional Value

– With everything stated above, why drink diet soda? You are receiving zero benefits and a long list of possible concerns with regular consumption. If you are accustomed to using the fizziness, sparkling water is the perfect replacement and the body needs water for bodily functioning.

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Make The Most Of Your 20s With These Little Tips

After years of awkward adolescence, reaching the age of 20 might have made you feel like you’re on top of the world. Indeed, reaching your twenties opens endless possibilities. It’s at that moment when you finally feel that you have control over your life. But soon enough, the responsibilities that come with being in your […]

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Make The Most Of Your 20s With These Little Tips

Make The Most Of Your 20s With These Little Tips
After years of awkward adolescence, reaching the age of 20 might have made you feel like you’re on top of the world. Indeed, reaching your twenties opens endless possibilities. It’s at that moment when you finally feel that you have control over your life.
But soon enough, the responsibilities that come with being in your twenties will come creeping and you might find yourself on several crossroads that will make or break your life. As cliché as it may be, every decision you make, big or small, would carry over to the next 10-20 years, so be sure to make good ones!

With that said, here are a few life hacks for all twenty-somethings that need to be said more often.

Health

AVOID:

Smoking
There’s a rising trend among young men and women with regards to smoking, it’s called the “social smoker.” Social smokers are those who smoke only in the presence of others, particularly at parties or other social events. Most social smokers believe that they only smoke enough to get the psychoactive effects of nicotine but avoid developing lung disease or cancer. Studies have shown, however, that social smokers are more likely to underestimate the negative impact of smoking on their health, thus putting them at a greater risk.
It does not matter if you smoke two sticks a week or a pack per day. The result will eventually be the same. So, if you plan to live a long and fruitful life, quit smoking altogether as soon as possible.
Binge drinking
Alas, along with the “social smokers” come the “social drinkers.” Social drinkers do not hide bottles of scotch under their office desks, but do not shy away from tequila shots during happy hours either. It’s fine to drink occasionally to relieve stress and a bit of inhibition, but, as with everything in life, too much drinking is a no-no.
A nasty hangover is the least of your problems after binge drinking, as studies have proven that excess alcohol may lead to long-term brain and kidney damage.
UV exposure
The sand, the sea, and the waves hold much promise for those looking for some fun and relaxation, but never forget to pack sunblock. Natural sunlight might give you some much-needed vitamin D and a perfect sun-kissed tan, but it could also expose you to UV rays that hasten the appearance of signs of aging like wrinkles and dark spots, and may ultimately lead to skin cancer. Tanning booths are another source of harmful UV radiation so keep away from those, too. A helpful tip when choosing sunscreens: choose the ones with SPF 15 or higher with a coverage both UVA and UVB rays.
Unprotected sex
What seems pleasurable to you now may result to being a nuisance to you for the rest of your life. Unprotected sex is a surefire method of obtaining dreaded STDs. If abstinence is not an option for you, find ways of ensuring your protection during each sexual encounter.

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Exercise
There’s no denying the benefits of exercise in preventing hypertension and heart disease and the advantages do not end there. As a bonus, exercise also improves mood and gives you that much-needed energy boost, which is why so many successful people include a morning workout in their daily routines. It’s not about the intensity either – a 30-minute jog or other cardio workout for 3x a week could already do wonders for your health and overall wellness.
Sleep
Students tend to believe that some part of their success is related to the hours of sleep skipped in order to study. Well in fact, an adequate amount of sleep is an integral part of the whole learning process as it is the only time when the brain can synthesize all that you have learned while awake. This still holds true even for adults. Establish a good sleeping pattern to improve cognitive function and also allow the entire body to regenerate, thus preventing diseases.
Regular check-ups
Just because you are young doesn’t mean that you are invincible. Regular check-ups are important in ensuring that you are in the best state of health possible. Remember, when it comes to your health prevention is always better than prescription.

Diet

AVOID:

Junk food
The temptation of ordering fast-food will always be there and it will take a lot of proactive effort to shy away from them. Keep in mind that these food ‘shortcuts’ will eventually lead to a more complicated life in the future. Fast-food is usually full of saturated fat and processed ingredients which impede metabolism and also increase the risk for heart disease.

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Home-cooked meals
While still in your twenties, you may want to consider learning how to cook healthier meals. It’s an easy way to ensure that the food that goes into your body will do more good than harm. You don’t need stress yourself out on counting each calorie you eat – just make sure that you eat well-balanced meals.

Dealing with stress

AVOID:

Unnecessary stress
These years of your life are the perfect time for some de-cluttering. Chronic stress leads to anxiety, depression, and generally a poor mental and psychological state. Stress is inevitable, yes, but there are several avoidable sources of stress that you must have the confidence to remove from your life whether it be complicated people, things, or situations.

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Go-to stress-reliever
Whether it be yoga, meditation, or knitting, it’s important to establish what simple activities you can rely on to alleviate some of your stress and anxiety.

On wisdom

AVOID:

Running like a horse on blinders
Setting a goal and a straight path to success is essential, but learn to always keep an open-mind. The common notion among young people, especially those coming straight off of college, is that they are more educated than those who came before them. Indeed, the changing times call for fresher ideas from the younger generation, but nothing beats learning from experience. Being in your twenties gives you an excuse to make mistakes and learn from them, so relish the opportunity.

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Counsel
Don’t be afraid to take the advice of those who paved the path that you walk in – parents, professors, bosses. Their journeys may not have been perfect, but you can always pick up a thing or two from their experiences. Be sure to take notes and integrate the tips you’ve learned so you can make the most out of your own life.

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