People become vegetarians for many reasons, including health, religious convictions, concerns about animal welfare or the use of antibiotics and hormones in livestock, or a desire to eat in a way that avoids excessive use of environmental resources. Some people follow a largely vegetarian diet because they can’t afford to eat meat. Vegetarianism has become more appealing and accessible, thanks to the year-round availability of fresh produce, more vegetarian dining options, and the growing culinary influence of cultures with largely plant-based diets.
Today, six to eight million adults in the United States eat no meat, fish, or poultry, according to a Harris Interactive poll commissioned by the Vegetarian Resource Group, a nonprofit organization that disseminates information about vegetarianism. Several million more have eliminated red meat but still eat chicken or fish. About two million have become vegans, forgoing not only animal flesh but also animal-based products such as milk, cheese, eggs, and gelatin.
Traditionally, research into vegetarianism focused mainly on potential nutritional deficiencies, but in recent years, the pendulum has swung the other way, and studies are confirming the health benefits of meat-free eating. Nowadays, plant-based eating is recognized as not only nutritionally sufficient but also
Beautiful hair adds some kind of personality to your image and naturally beautifies you. An attractive hairdo makes you the “eye candy” while, if there are visible dandruff flakes, you are certainly being eyed for a different reason.
Here are some natural hair care tips, which will help you maintain healthy locks:
- Nutritious diet and a healthy lifestyle is a “must”, if you desire to have beautiful tresses. Drink lots of water and make sure to include protein into your diet, lentils and meat, for example, are good sources. Vitamin A is a vital nutrient promoting hair growth, hence green leafy vegetables, carrots and cod liver oil should also be included into your diet regime.
- Stay away from hair styling treatments and products. Use of harsh chemicals will only spoil your hair growth in the long run; hence, it’s advisable to embrace the natural beauty of your hair and find the way to avoid chemicals based treatments, or, at least, use them rarely.
- To treat dry or damaged hair, to add shine and volume try to use aloe vera or curd for conditioning your hair, they are some of the the most effective,
Did you know that your body weight is approximately 60 percent water? Your body uses water in all its cells, organs, and tissues to help regulate its temperature and maintain other bodily functions. Because your body loses water through breathing, sweating, and digestion, it’s important to rehydrate by drinking fluids and eating foods that contain water. The amount of water you need depends on a variety of factors, including the climate you live in, how physically active you are, and whether you’re experiencing an illness or have any other health problems.
Water Protects Your Tissues, Spinal Cord, and Joints
Water does more than just quench your thirst and regulate your body’s temperature; it also keeps the tissues in your body moist. You know how it feels when your eyes, nose, or mouth gets dry? Keeping your body hydrated helps it retain optimum levels of moisture in these sensitive areas, as well as in the blood, bones, and the brain. In addition, water helps protect the spinal cord, and it acts as a lubricant and cushion for your joints.
Water Helps Your Body Remove Waste
Adequate water intake enables your body to excrete waste through
Well, you’re getting biceps well marked, but what he looks like your liver? Is ‘fit’ your heart? You measure your progress in the gym watching you in the mirror, but that you cannot judge how your organs are.
All that sweat in the gym, only serves to show off a chocolate bar on the beach? That’s a very laudable aim, but since you work so hard, be nice profit from the effort. And it is possible. Exercise will help you be healthier and even be happier. An investigation of the Faculty of Public Health at Harvard University (USA) found that increasing energy expenditure only 950 kilocalories per week can reduce the risk of death from severe illness by 20%. And we tell you more:
- Against Alzheimer:
Intelligent men load much. The Alzheimer’s Society UK notes that the risk of developing the disease by six times if you have stress and high cholesterol. At the same time, according to recent studies, regular exercise helps remove LDL (bad) blood to the liver where cholesterol is removed. At Brandeis University (USA) found that weight lifting circuits with a large load (60% of your maximum in a replay at least) were more effective than exercise was
A new study shows that 54 million Americans whose BMI classes them as overweight and obese are in perfect health according to cardiometabolic measures, while 21 million whose BMI puts them in the normal category are unhealthy.
The study provides more evidence to support the idea that a person’s body mass index (BMI = weight in kg divided by height in m2) is a flawed measure of health.
In spite of this, BMI continues to be used as a yardstick for determining health status. Many employers use it to calculate workers’ health care costs, note the researchers behind the new study, who report their findings in the International Journal of Obesity.
And soon, if a rule proposed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is adopted, US employers will be allowed to charge employees up to 30% of health care costs if they fail to meet certain health criteria such as not having a BMI in the normal range (between 18.5 and 24.99).
The study, led by A. Janet Tomiyama, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA), analyzed the link between BMI and cardiometabolic health using data from the
Children from poorer families are more likely to experience changes in brain connectivity that put them at higher risk of depression, compared with children from more affluent families. This is the conclusion of the new study by researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO.
First study author Deanna M. Barch, PhD, chair of the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences in Arts & Sciences, and colleagues publish their findings in The American Journal of Psychiatry.
The study builds on previous research from the team published last year, which found that children raised in poverty have reduced gray and white matter volumes in the brain, compared with those raised in richer families.
Additionally, they found that such brain changes were linked to poorer academic achievement.
For this latest study, the team set out to investigate whether childhood poverty may also lead to brain changes that influence mood and risk of depression, given that children raised in poorer families tend to be at higher risk of psychiatric illness and have worse cognitive and educational outcomes.
Poorer preschool children at greater depression risk aged 9 or 10
To reach their
The likely cause? Too many of us view diet and exercise programs as punishment for bad behavior rather than a positive lifestyle change. We think we can achieve our aesthetic goals of trimming and toning by forcing ourselves — like it or not — to show up at the gym and go through the motions. Whether walking mindlessly on the treadmill while watching TV or pushing ourselves in a bootcamp-style class designed to “crush” us, we usually disregard any connection between our mind and body in an attempt to simply get through our exercise.
This war-against-our bodies, means-to-an-end approach is not only difficult to maintain, but highly destructive to our self-esteem and body image.
You can frame your exercise goals to support a positive body image. Still, most get-in-shape aspirations are aesthetically focused, striving for a body that looks better rather than a mind and body that feel better. Yet connecting your mind and body is the key to dropping the “no pain,
THURSDAY, Feb. 18, 2016 — Here’s yet another reason to snuff out that cigarette: Smoking can damage the cervical discs in your neck, a new study contends.
The discs, located between your vertebrae, absorb shock to the spine. They become dehydrated and shrink with age, and this degeneration can lead to neck pain.
This new study found that smoking seems to worsen this natural wear and tear.
The researchers analyzed CT scans of 182 people. Current smokers had more advanced cervical degenerative disc disease than nonsmokers, according to the study.
The findings were to be presented Thursday at the Association of Academic Physiatrists’ annual meeting, in Sacramento, Calif.
“This is another example of the detrimental effects of smoking. Tobacco abuse is associated with a variety of diseases and death, and there are lifestyle factors associated with chronic neck pain,” said lead investigator Dr. Mitchel Leavitt. He is a resident at Emory University’s physical medicine and rehabilitation department, in Atlanta.
“Pain and spine clinics are filled with patients who suffer chronic neck and back pain, and this study provides the physician with more ammunition to use when educating them about their need to
Runaway drug prices. “Pharma bro” Martin Shkreli became the most hated man in America in 2015 after he raised the price of an old drug and called a journalist a “moron” on Twitter for asking why. The issue so inflamed the public that a number of presidential candidates joined in the outcry, and a Senate committee launched an investigation into four companies – including Shrkeli’s — for their pricing practices. While Shrekli has been let go from his position as CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, the issue of drug pricing continues to be a major concern among consumers. Since then, a number of different interest groups have come up with proposals for different types of pricing schemes, from more federal subsidies for those in need, increasing things like coupons or programs offered by companies to discount prices or even something very radical like tying prices to outcome — meaning that those that extend life the longest would be most expensive.
Is the public outcry so strong that 2016 will be the year when the government or industry comes up with a way to ease the burden on patients?
Women who were born in the summer are more likely to be healthy adults, suggests new research published in the journal Heliyon. The authors of the study, which involved almost half a million people in the UK, say more sunlight — and therefore higher vitamin D exposure — in the second trimester of pregnancy could explain the effect, but more research is needed.
According to the study, birth month affects birth weight and when the girl starts puberty, both of which have an impact on overall health in women as adults.
The environment in the womb leads to differences in early life — including before birth — that can influence health in later life. This effect, called programming, has consequences for development throughout childhood and into adulthood.
The researchers behind the new study, from the Medical Research Council (MRC) Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge, UK, looked at whether birth month had an effect on birth weight, onset of puberty, and adult height. They found that children who were born in the summer were slightly heavier at birth, taller as adults and went through puberty slightly later than those born in winter months.
“When you were conceived and born occurs largely ‘at
Over 40,000 civil society observers, government delegation members, heads of state (from over 190 countries), lawyers, negotiators, policymakers, healthcare professionals, scientists, students (the list goes on…) gathered in Paris the last two weeks to come to a global agreement about where we stand, where we are headed, and more specifically, what needs to be done about rapid climate change and its impact on people and planet. That’s no small order.
This was my second time attending the UN Climate Negotiations. I have had the opportunity to work with both civil society organizations (last year at COP20 in Lima, Peru) and government delegations (this year, with the country of Seychelles and other small island developing states). On this global, UN level, I work to advocate for a fair, equitable, and legally binding global agreement, especially in terms of gender justice and human and indigenous rights.
This year, with better planning and more time, I was also able to incorporate the work that I like to be involved with on-the-ground – tropical forests and health care. After spending my summer in Sukadana, I wanted to understand how a program like ASRI fits into the global climate agenda.
With this in mind, I was keen on
Hello, thank you for coming to this page! We are in a completely new time and it’s exciting and if we are going to evolve as a human species we need to consider the other species who share this planet with us. How can we have true peace on this planet if we continue to kill and cause suffering to others? To have true peace for all, means peace for all species as we truly are all interconnected in this great web of life. So what we do with our buying choices and what we do with our food choices affects others. And those others are human and non-human. It’s time to be mindful and caring of others. It’s time to evolve! Once humans depended on animals, and used them for food, sacrifice, divination, clothes and shelter. But today we don’t need to. We have so many choices, and the animals have told me over and over that they are finished suffering. So let’s honour them for their sacrifice and allow them to live in peace in the new era. It’s well and truly time to give them the respect and reverence they so deserve. Let’s champion a world without
Kirstie Alley learned the hard way that cutting meat from your diet is not a magic route to svelteness. As she told People magazine earlier this year, “For seven months I was a vegetarian, and I can’t tell you how much weight I gained being a vegetarian!” (She actually does tell us: 83 pounds.) Indeed, while a plant-based diet has been associated with many health benefits—including a smaller risk of death from heart disease, lower LDL cholesterol levels, and a reduced incidence of diabetes, obesity, and cancer—the diet has to be “appropriately planned,” as the American Dietetic Association said in its recent position statement on the subject.
What does that mean? Here are six tips to keep in mind if you’re thinking of going all—or partially—veggie.
Define what you mean by vegetarian. There are lots of variations on a vegetarian diet. Most strict are vegans, who eschew any kind of animal products, including butter and eggs. (Vegans disagree over whether to eat honey; some feel it’s cruel and exploitative of bees.) Less stringent are vegetarians who eat eggs or dairy. Some, oxymoronically, eat fish, though the accurate term for them is pescatarian. And then there are