Physical inactivity is very bad for you.

lazy dog

Winter time means less sun. Less sun means less energy. Less energy means less physical activity. So how physically active are you currently? A study developed over the summer has shown that physical inactivity can be as detrimental to your health as smoking. Yes, smoking!  According to the WHO, physical inactivity has been identified as the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality causing an estimated 3.2 million deaths globally. This is why it is very important to be physically active everyday. Unfortunately, physical inactivity has become a global public health problem. It is believed that global urbanization has produced environmental factors that discourage participation in physical activity. We must remember that regular moderate physical activity such as walking, cycling, or participating in sports all have significant health benefits.

“Inactivity plays a role in almost every chronic disease there is.” – John P. Thyfault, PhD

“Every time you get up it gets better. Every time you sit down it gets worse.” – James Levine, MD, PhD

woman walking

Are you seeking ways to be more physically active that wont take much effort and time out of your busy day? Take a look at these ten simple ways that you can become more physically active. Being physically active can also boost your energy and help break that winter lazy syndrome! Sure it may be too cold for some people to do outdoor activities, but you can always take a brisk walk inside the mall or play a dancing video game. There’s so much that you can do to avoid inactivity! Make it fun and enjoy the benefits!

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Are you willing to suffer for high fashion?

Ladies! Let’s face it, no pair of high heels are truly comfortable. Any woman wearing heels right now is probably experiencing some discomfort. If the heel isn’t significantly low or you’re wearing a $1,000 pair equipped and design with comfort, you are most likely feeling some pain. High heels can be cute, stylish, sexy and all, but they can also come with severe consequences for those who wear them. See a visually detailed graphic that reveals what high heels really do to your body. High heels are a staple in some women’s everyday look because of their work environment or profession. Still, high heels should be worn sparingly. No doubt high heels are high fashion but even the most fashion forward women should take heed. Take a look into the fashion world where high heels reign and get some tips on this issue:

Be stylish, yet safe. Don’t harm your body for the sake of high fashion!

Are you eating dirty food?

You would be amazed to see all of the grime, dirt and pesticide residue that sticks to the food you bring home from the supermarket. You must be sure to properly clean all of the fresh food items you plan to eat. Foods like beef and poultry are at high risk of Salmonella and other food borne illnesses. Any small dent or puncture in your fruits and vegetables open a path for bacteria to invade. Take a minute or two and have a look at the ten dirtiest foods that you and your family may be eating on a regular basis.

You must do more than a quick rinse to properly clean food. Think about the build up of pesticides and dirt on your produce. You must do more than rinsing to get it off. There are several effective ways to clean your produce that will ensure that you are eating clean food. Thanksgiving is around the corner and that means its about to be food heaven! Please folks, be careful with the food that you bring home from the grocery store and think twice before you snag grapes from the fresh fruit aisle for a quick snack! It’s bad, they haven’t been washed!

Be careful with coffee and caffeine!

Last week my great aunt, 71 was standing in the living room having a conversation with her daughter. In mid-conversation she fell to the floor, unresponsive for several minutes. Paramedics were called to the scene where they eventually got her to respond and rushed her to Galachia Heart Hospital to begin testing on her. My aunt is a real hardcore coffee drinker and her large consumption of coffee caused her to faint. Turns out that she was severely dehydrated as a result of drinking too much coffee and not enough water.

According to an article on DivineCaroline.comsome
health professionals recommend one cup of water for every cup of coffee that you consume. My aunt did not do this, and on top of that she was skipping meals until dinner time. The idea of caffeine dehydration has been thought of a myth due to studies have shown that in moderation, caffeine consumption does not lead to dehydration. Yet, this was not the case. My aunt was not drinking in moderation and health officials at the hospital determined that she was indeed dehydrated. According to Mayoclinic.com, dehydration is a side effect and a sign of a caffeine overdose. If you consume more than 500 mg (four to seven cups) of coffee daily, you may experience dehydration.

Don’t faint and scare the hell out of your entire family because you’re drinking insane amounts of coffee. Sure everyone is different, but if you’re drinking coffee and start feeling weird, stop drinking so much (even if it’s a little) and go talk to your doctor. That is all!

Presidential elections got you stressed out?

Who will be the president for the next four years? This is all people have been buzzing about for the past couple months and more intensely in the past week. Well folks, tonight is the night! Either Barack Obama will serve his last four years as president or Mitt Romney will open up a whole new era as president of the United States. Many people are worried about the outcome of this election, which looks very close already. Some are worrying about the future of a lagging economy, the housing crisis, their jobs and finances. Others are just stressing to cast their vote in time.

Nasty campaign ads, replays of the debates, Twitter and Facebook going crazy, negativity and opinions all over the media, leaving us with the constant reminder that your vote counts toward the future. All of this has gotten some people on edge and feeling stressed. Believe it or not, there is something experts are call, “Election Stress Sydrome.” Do you have it? Find out if you do, and if so, there are ways to handle this and to manage stress. Tonight is the night of truth! And remember, what it is will be! Stress is bad for you, don’t do it!

Halloween hazards

Halloween is one of the most fun festivities of the year. You get to dress up in silly costumes and it’s perfectly normal. The little ones get to be their favorite cartoon character or celebrity and they get to scream, “Trick-or-treat!” and get their candy buckets with treats. It’s all fun and sweet right? Not really. There are some important warnings that you should adhere to before you get all up in the Halloween spirit. Protect yourself and your children before you set out on your trick-or-treat travels. Beware of Halloween face paints that have toxic ingredients, hair coloring that creates allergic reactions, painted props that contain lead, and candy that is not so much of a treat. Sadly, just dressing up for Halloween can pose scarier dangers than any ghost or goblin. Beware!

Terror from the toilet.

I despise public restrooms. Especially if they don’t provide toilet seat covers, adequate amounts of toilet paper, paper towels and soap. Without these items provided in the stall, I feel like I’m in an unsanitary war zone. Honestly, I have a public toilet phobia. I always feel like there’s live STDs and diseases just waiting on the seat to find an entrance to my body. I don’t know about you, but I never sit on a bare public toilet. Toilet seats are yucky when considering how many butts have sat on them and how much crap and urine goes in them from anonymous people. Toilet seat covers just make me feel a bit safer.

But in reality, toilet seat covers don’t really do much as far as sanitation. For seat covers to be effective, they need to be disinfected with some type of alcohol solution. It turns out that there are other many other dangers in the bathroom not caused by sitting on the seat.

According to The Baseline of Health Foundation, most disease-causing organisms can survive only seconds on the toilet seat. The only way you can be infected with something on a toilet seat is if it has direct contact with your genital tract or it enters through an open wound. “The probability of contracting a disease from the toilet seat, unless you have open sores on your behind, equates to the chance of getting struck by lightning.” That’s a relief, but I still wont be bare-butting on a public toilet seat!

Arsenic in rice? NO!!!!

I love rice! I love it covered with gravy or a stew, fried, steamed, whatever! There’s so many options for rice and its guaranteed to fill you up. Rice makes up the main food source for almost half of the world’s population. It also has various health benefits. No doubt that this is an extremely important crop. It is devastating to know that while I am enjoying fluffy rice, I may be at risk for cancer.

According to an article in Fooducate.com, Arsenic is a naturally occurring element in the soil.  However, inorganic arsenic is found in the soils that were contaminated by arsenic based pesticides and fertilizers, industrial districts or mining areas, municipal waste, or contaminated water. Not all rice is contaminated, however, “76% of all rice grown in the US comes from areas where inorganic arsenic is an issue.” – Fooducate.com

According to the EPA, “the ingestion of inorganic arsenic can lead to cancer of the  skin, bladder, liver, and lung.  There are no studies of low levels long term arsenic exposure in food; however studies relating to low level arsenic exposure  in water have shown increased likelihood of diabetes type II and poor neuro-psychological functioning.” Three letters: B.A.D.

What can you do ?

First, learn how you can reduce your Arsenic intake from eating rice.  Second, sign the petition asking the FDA to regulate arsenic in rice and spread the word to your family and friends! DO NOT wait!

Can too much caffeinated coffee really harm your vision?

Personally, I am not big coffee drinker. However, I can appreciate a nice cappuccino or hot chocolate on a chilly day, but it is nowhere near a necessity to get through the day. One research study has found that people who drink a lot of caffeinated coffee are at higher risk of developing a particular form of glaucoma called exfoliation glaucoma. This condition affects nearly 10 percent of 50-plus adults, and the study showed that heavy coffee drinking can increase the risk by 66%. Female subjects who had a family history of glaucoma were the most at risk. If you are a heavy coffee drinker now in your youth, odds are that you wont kick coffee to the curb when you get older, possibly increasing your risk for exfoliation glaucoma. What is your risk for this condition? Is this enough to deem caffeinated coffee bad for you?

We know stress is bad, but how so?

Stress is a part of life. Many things in life we can’t change and have to deal with them, thus leading to stress. Just knowing about all of the things in life that are bad for you stresses me out! Even thinking too much can cause stress. As college students, we tend to stress a lot. Especially those of us who are attending classes full-time, working a job and dealing with our personal lives. We often feel overwhelmed and tend to stress more than we should. What is good about stress is that it means that we actually care about what’s going on otherwise we wouldn’t care to stress about it.

When stress turns into dis-tress, that’s when stress turns dangerous with the potential to cause various health issues. It’s important to understand how stress can affect you, then maybe you will try not to do it.Don’t stress! You must learn how to cope. There are various steps that you can take to relieve your stress. Be stress free because too much stress is bad for you!