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Showing posts with label bad habits. Show all posts
Showing posts with label bad habits. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Did you know that drinking too much soda can hurt you greatly?


A recent Danish study found that drinking soda regularly leads to a dramatic increase in harmful fats and difficult to detect.

The researchers asked participants to drink soda, milk, containing the same amount of calories or diet cola every day for six months.

The results? The total fat mass is the same in all cases but those taking soda experienced a dramatic increase in the bad fats (hidden in the liver) and cholesterol.

Artificial sweeteners and food dyes have been linked to damage brain cells and hyperactivity. In addition, research has shown that people who drink diet soda have a higher risk of developing diabetes.

Containing flame retardants. Some of the most popular soft drink brands use brominated vegetable oil, a toxic-retardant to keep the artificial flavor.

A dangerous ingredient labeling, often appearing as BVO in soft drinks and sports drinks, and can cause symptoms of bromide poisoning, such as skin damage and memory loss and nervous disorders.

The average American consumes about 45 liters of soda a year.
Drinking soda makes you a lab rat.

Many brands sweeten their soft drinks with corn syrup high in fructose, a genetically modified compound from the 90's is part of our food chain.

The problem is we do not know what its effects on long-term health because the companies that developed these crops did not have to prove the long-term safety.

The point is that some recent results suggest that GM crops are linked to damage to the digestive tract, and even accelerated aging are a likely cause of infertility.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

How To Quit Smoking


Even though "Quit Smoking" is undeniably one of the most common New Year's resolutions, 21 percent of Americans still light up.

That's no doubt in part due to the fact that it's already hard to stick to New Year's resolutions in the first place, but it can also be extremely difficult to quit smoking.

But people who are able to kick the habit for good find the fight was worth it: Recent research found that successful quitters felt happier and healthier one and three years after quitting than people who continued smoking.

So how should you do it? There's no one best way to quit, but there are some methods that have be proven to work.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) helps reduce cravings and other withdrawal symptoms by delivering nicotine through methods other than smoking. Nicotine patches, gums and inhalers all supply about one-third to one-half the amount of nicotine found in most cigarettes, according to WebMD.

A 2007 review of 123 research studies about the effectiveness of NRT found that all these methods just about double a person's odds of successfully quitting, although a 2012 study suggests NRT methods make it easier to quit but may not help someone stay smoke-free in the long term, reports TIME.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

A new step to quit smoking without gaining weight

A group of U.S. scientists has discovered the mechanism by which nicotine helps control appetite, a finding that may be used to develop new drugs to stop smoking without gaining weight, or weight loss.

In the study, conducted with mice and published in the journal Science, researchers discovered that nicotine activates some neurons in the hypothalamus that signal the body that it has received enough food.

Nicotine acts on a receptor on the surface of neurons that are distinct from those that trigger the anxiety of snuff, which means that "it would be possible to suppress the appetite without activating the brain's reward centers," said in a note the author lead researcher Dr. Marina Picciotto, Yale University.

Picciotto recalled that many people do not leave the snuff out of fear of gaining weight. "Unfortunately, it is true that smoking prevents weight gain," he said. "We would like to help people maintain their weight when they quit, and perhaps also to nonsmokers who fight against obesity," he added.

The discovery, led by the faculty of medicine at Yale and attended by the Baylor College of Medicine, was done when the researcher Yann Mineur was studying a potential antidepressant drug that acts on these receptors and found that mice that ate less taken that those who had not been supplied the drug. In trying to find out why, the scientists found that a specific subtype of nicotinic receptor, the a3beta4, determines how much a person eats, and that when nicotine binds to this receptor neurons are activated proopiomelanocortin (POMC) that cut appetite and increase energy expenditure.

Mineur recognized that there are many other factors that influence the need for food and other potential effects of cigarettes on food, in addition to the mechanism described. "But it has been shown that the same number of calories nonsmokers kilos fatter than nonsmokers," he said.

The study opens the possibility of developing new treatments based on nicotine to help people quit smoking and control obesity and metabolic disorders in the future, scientists say.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Envy: Bad Adviser

 Envy is a common psychological phenomenon that makes many people suffer greatly, both for themselves and their victim envious, this is not mine but a statement of an expert in the field. So why are so envious? Why do we have to covet what others have?

 The human condition is jealous from the past, for envy has been killed, wasted, and burned calunniado.

We do not support someone succeed or achieve its goals through their own initiative, we always have to look for a catch or make a catch, or just humorous comment made triumphant the person trying to feel bad or feel guilty about what we just have not known or not we could do or achieve on our own capacity.

 Happens at school, work, sport, only envy not being able to reach the goals that we set and see how others perhaps with less capacity if they have achieved through their own efforts but that at this time is not valued, is valued more criticism, insult, be above the other even at the expense of upsetting the person envied.

I'm not saying that healthy envy is bad, quite the opposite is good and makes us better, but make no mistake this little envy there and reminded me a phrase I do not know who coined it and its author but that seems very accurate "If they were to fly would not be envious sun."