Showing posts from February 18, 2018

Which Health Rules Are Flexible?

1/17 Can You Bend the Health Rules?Trying to be healthy can feel overwhelming. From exercise to nutrition to doctor visits, there's a lot to remember and a lot to fit into your life. Fortunately, most "rules" aren't one-size-fits-all mandates. So where can you take shortcuts or give yourself a break? Swipe to advance 2/17 Water"Drink eight glasses of water a day" isn't the whole story. The amount of total fluids you need (not just water you drink) depends on things like your health and where you live. You're probably fine if you don't feel thirsty and your pee is clear or pale yellow. Instead of counting, drink a glass of water with each meal and also between them. Drink water before, during, and after exercise, too. Swipe to advance 3/17 General ExerciseYour step counter may say 10,000, but did you break a sweat for any of them? The number isn't magic -- the key here is intensity. For cardio exercise to be effective, you need to get your heart rat…

Why Are You Always Hot?

1/15 HyperthyroidismFeeling warm? A problem with your thyroid gland could be to blame. With hyperthyroidism, the gland makes too many hormones. This speeds up the rate that your body turns fuel into energy, which makes you hot. You may be more thirsty, hungry, and sweaty and your heart may race. You also may have diarrhea or itchy rashes. Women may have lighter or skipped periods or trouble getting pregnant. Swipe to advance 2/15 MenopauseIt's when a woman stops having her period for good, usually around age 50. You'll likely get "hot flashes." These are sudden, brief increases in body temperature. Menopause may cause intense sweating, dizziness, and a racing heart. The symptoms usually start before your last period and can last for several years. If they're severe, your doctor may suggest you manage them with hormone replacement, medications, and lifestyle changes. Swipe to advance 3/15 Primary Ovarian InsufficiencyIt happens when a woman's ovaries don't make …

Is Chocolate Really an Aphrodisiac?

1/10 Chocolate Is Today's Healthy TreatChocolate. There are few foods that evoke as much passion as this decadent treat. Folklore from many cultures claimed that consuming chocolate instilled faith, health, strength, and sexual passion. Once an indulgence of royalty, it is now a treasured and accessible – and yes, even healthy – treat. So where did our infatuation with chocolate begin? Swipe to advance 2/10 Where Does Chocolate Come From?The cacao tree, whose pods contain seeds that can be processed into chocolate, was discovered 2,000 years ago in the tropical rainforests of the Americas. The first people known to have consumed cacao were the Classic Period Maya (250-900 A.D.). They mixed ground cacao (cocoa) seeds with seasonings to make a bitter, spicy drink that was believed to be a health elixir. Swipe to advance 3/10 What Was Chocolate's Great Allure?To the Mayans, cocoa pods symbolized life and fertility. The pod was often represented in religious rituals, including marriag…

Inspirational Quote – February 24, 2018

“I admire people who choose to shine even after all the storms they’ve been through.”

I really do! They inspire me to believe that I can do the same. If they can cope with all the stresses and problems that life throws at them and learn and move on, well so can I. People like this deserve our admiration for being role models for the rest of us. It’s as if they’re saying, look what we’ve been through, and we’ve coped and survived, so believe that you can too. Also, it helps that they have perhaps gone through a situation that we are currently experiencing, and can offer comfort and advice that there is a light at the end of the very dark tunnel and we just need to get there.

Five Boys' Response to Bullying

Every morning, the students at Franklin Elementary in Mankato, Minnesota, take the Pledge of Allegiance. But five fifth-grade boys embody "liberty and justice for all." When the boys noticed their classmate with a learning disability getting teased, they banded together and made him a part of their gang. Watch this short film in which the boys themselves tell you why they did what they did.

How to Overcome “Apocalypse Fatigue” Around Climate Change

Psychologist Per Espen Stoknes explains how to reframe discussions of climate change so that we feel inspired to act.BY JILL SUTTIE

Many people say they’re concerned about global warming. But how do we motivate people to act? Doomsday predictions of flooding coastlines, destructive storms and fires, and devastating species extinctions—repeated over and over in the press—can lead to “apocalypse fatigue.” In the face of these overwhelming messages, even well-intentioned people may start to avoid conversations around seeking solutions. Per Espen Stoknes, a psychologist and economist recently appointed to the Norwegian Parliament, has studied the ways in which humans react to hearing about catastrophic climate change. His book, What We Think About When We Try Not to Think About Global Warming, is about what we can do differently—how to reframe the debate and turn apocalypse fatigue into personal and societal action.  In his 2017 TEDGlobal talk, Stoknes said, “The biggest obstacle to dealing w…