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10 Unexpected Things Harming Your Immune System…

You’re doing all you can to keep yourself healthy, and yet you still come down with a cold… fever or worse yet, the flu. There are things that aren’t all that immunity. So keep washing your hands, drinking all the orange juice you like, and avoiding close contact with anyone who is obviously sick, watch for these added immunity sappers.

You’re breathing polluted air: The smog in the air isn’t doing
your lungs or your immune system any good. Research has shown that dirty air causes inflammation in the body and suppresses T cells, essential in terms of your immunity.
Invest in an air purifier for your home or office so you can breath easy inside.

You’re sitting too much: If you have a desk job, you likely spend
lots of time in the chair at your desk. This can slow down your
metabolic rate, causing your body to naturally absorb immunity
boosting nutrients at a slower rate than normal. Every hour and a
half, get up and step out of doors for a five-minute break. The
movement will activate your muscles, fire up your metabolism, and
the fresh air will wake you up, make you feel more alert.

You’re using the wrong beauty products: Things like foundation,
concealer and lipstick not only sit on your skin, they are absorbed into the body all day long. Some of these products have artificial ingredients that your immune system isn’t used to breaking down, so the bad stuff can readily slip past your internal defenses. Go all-natural with as many products as you can. The fewer ingredients a product lists, the safer it is for your body and immunity.

You’re eating too much white flour: The white flour in some
baked goodies actually impairs the T cells and B cells, both key illness fighters in the body. Make sure the grains you’re eating are
primarily whole grains, as they have lots of immunity building fiber.

You don’t make sleep a priority: If your body doesn’t produce
enough melatonin naturally as you sleep, your immune system isn’t
able to make the white blood cells it uses to fight off bacteria
and keep your body in good repair. Try for seven to eight hours of
sleep each night, and make getting that a priority, not a luxury.

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Fact: Poor Sleep Increases The Risk of Death/ Disease

Ever lain awake at night and counted the hours till dawn? Isn’t frustrating to be in bed and be unable to sleep?

With around 18 million prescriptions written every year for expensive sleeping pills…

…it’s clear that there’s a national epidemic.

So, what do doctors do when they can’t sleep?

Here’s the answer.

Learn how a retired M.D. Laney Chouest from New Orleans broke his 5-year addiction to Ambien, and now sleeps peacefully without medication.

Also, discover how a Licensed Psychologist, Sharon Stein McNamara, Ed.D.fromMinnesota broke her insomnia cycle.

Click through today to discover the 7 mistakes that are killing your sleep, and how overcome them…
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You’re eating too much animal protein: Too much animal protein
causes the body to naturally produce more of the IGI1 hormone, known to speed up the aging process and impact your immunity. Try to keep your intake of meat and dairy to 10% of your daily intake of calories. You might even consider cutting animal protein consumption even more, to about 5% of your daily intake, and you should see a difference.

Your diet doesn’t have enough good fat: Healthy omega-3 and omega-6 fats from fish, avocados and nuts do have anti-inflammatory properties that help improve your immunity. So avoid the processed foods, limit your intake of animal protein,
but try and add foods such as salmon, sardines, almonds and kale.

You’re lonely: Lonely souls tend to be less resilient in terms of stress, which causes the immune system to struggle. If this is you, schedule some time with those you like, friends, co-workers, neighbours, members of groups of like-minded people. People who have more relationships in their lives also appear to have a greater resistance to infection.

You think you thrive on stress: People think they work well under pressure, but long term stress brings up cortisol levels, and this reduces levels of other hormones like testosterone and estrogen.

When hormones are out of balance, your immune system can’t react to threats as quickly. Learn how to stress less, or find quick ways to relax.

You’re not doing yoga as part of your workout
: This type of workout appears to have the most impact on Immunity as it stimulates the body’s circulatory, digestive, endocrine and nervous systems, and these all work together to make the immune
system stronger. There are tons of tips out there for beginners so there’s no reason not to give yoga a try.

To your good health,

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Top 12 Concentration Killers, Part 1

Whether you have issues with attention or not, today’s world is full of distractions that are incredibly powerful. They are able to divert us from our purpose and scatter our resources. Fortunately, there are things you can do to handle the many unavoidable distractions, and they’re very simple steps to take.

Let’s start with some of the more obvious ones…

Social media is a fantastically easy way to stay connected with friends, and also break your connection on work or an important conversation, sometimes as often as several times an hour. Each update diverts your train of thought from your task so that you have to backtrack a bit when you take up your work task again. Not all that efficient to be sure.

The fix is the obvious one, don’t log into those sites wile you’re at work or doing something that calls for focus. If you must check in, do it at lunch or when you’re on break. For particularly bad social media habits you might need to purposely stay out of areas with internet access, so that you can’t check, even if you’re tempted.

Too many emails appearing in your inbox is often an unexpected drain on your concentration. Somehow the arrival of a new message in the inbox has a sense of urgency attached, for many people that incoming message must be checked right away and dealt with. This kind of disruption to your current task keeps you from making the progress you should for the time spent on the job.

Instead, set aside specific times of day to check your email, and for the rest of the day, shut down (or shut off the alert sound of) your email program. Now you have a block of time where you work, without being interrupted, or tempted to check something and reply.

Last but not least in terms of distraction is the tech you can’t live without, your cell phone. The ringtone commands attention like no other device can. Taking those calls costs us time in conversation; or short circuits your momentum in working the task at hand. It may also rouse tensions or stressors that keep you from focusing when you do return to work.

Take back your control by muting the ringer (all alert sounds) on your phone, and rely on the caller ID. If the call is anything other than a drop everything emergency, let it go to voicemail and return it when you are able – at lunch or when on a break. Listening to all your voicemails at one time is also more efficient than stopping what you’re doing and taking each call as it comes in.

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Fact: Poor Sleep Increases The Risk of Death/ Disease

Ever lain awake at night and counted the hours till dawn? Isn’t frustrating to be in bed and be unable to sleep?

With around 18 million prescriptions written every year for expensive sleeping pills…

…it’s clear that there’s a national epidemic.

So, what do doctors do when they can’t sleep?

Here’s the answer.

Click through today to discover the 7 mistakes that are killing your sleep, and how overcome them…
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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is not a problem for children since more than half of kids who have continue to have symptoms as they grow into adulthood. Trouble focusing and a short attention span are hallmark symptoms of the disorder in both kids and adults.

If staying focused is a struggle for you and this is a lifelong pattern, talk with a doctor or counselor and ask to be evaluated for ADHD. There are things you can do now, even as an adult that can help you function, and focus, better. To focus and realize your full potential.

Of course if you’re feeling tired, it’s hard to concentrate on anything, even in the best of circumstances. Research tells us that not enough sleep can affect both your attention span and short-term memory. The fix for this one is to get from 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night. Being well rested helps you get more done during the day. Also of value is to watch and see when you feel most energetic during the day, and schedule your more demanding tasks for those times.

Next up… some surprising concentration zappers that you’d never expect.

To your good health,

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Unexpected Ways Your Tech Devices Can Hurt You

We know that computers, tablets, laptops and cell phones have made life so much easier for many of us. The downside to all the access and convenience is that there are some technology related injuries – milder harm to neck and shoulder for instance all the way to deadly accidents – we need to recognize. A national study from 2009 appearing in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine shows sudden computer associated injuries rising at a rapid pace in the U.S. What’s worse, younger children are even more at risk than adults.

Here are some of the odd ways your tech devices can hurt you…

Lightening strikes are rare things, and bad enough on their own, but far worse when you’re holding an electrical object. When lightening strikes a person, the current goes over the skin (known as flashover) without entering the body, but holding a metal object against the skin disrupts the flashover and can result in internal injury.

PlayStation palmar hidradenitis (PlayStation rash) is a newly identified skin problem that’s named after the popular gaming system because it comes from holding the controllers too tightly for a long period of time. The game maker defends the product and mentioning how hundreds of millions of people use the game without the condition arising.

TV screens and photosensitive seizures happen to a small number of players when watching some light patterns on a TV screen or in a video game. Almost 3-5% of epileptics have a photosensitive form and should stay away from any regular moving patterns or flickering lights. Strobe lights in clubs and emergency vehicle lights may also product the same effect.

Computer vision syndrome is a risk for those who use a computer for move than 2 hours a day, and may affect up to 70% of users. Gazing at a computer screen is visually demanding and does tire your eyes causing issues like eyestrain, headaches, blurred vision and dry eyes. Most often the problems are temporary, but they can be trouble if they happen all the time or every day. You can help yourself by putting the screen 4-5 inches below your eye level and 20-28 inches away from your eyes. Anti glare screens and good lighting may also be helpful.

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Death from using counterfeit chargers. The inside of our device charges are rather sophisticated yet also rather easy for third parties to take apart, remake and sell more cheaply. Some of these knock offs have been involved of electric shocks caused by malfunctions of the units. Buyer beware.

Disturbing tinnitus is more likely in those who use their cell phones intensely for long periods, at least according to some recent research. Those with tinnitus hear sounds (buzzing, ringing, etc.) in the absence of external sound. The condition can go from mildly annoying to so severe it interferes with daily living for an estimated 1 in 100 adults.

Quiet death due to headphones that let us escape all the noise yet deafen us to warnings of danger that we’d otherwise hear in our environment. The numbers of traffic accidents that involve pedestrians who are wearing headphones is increasing. Most victims are male, under 30 – over half the accidents involved trains, another third involved vehicles that sounded a warning before the crash.

Nintendinitis and Wiiitis (names now used in the medical literature) cover the increasing numbers of injuries that players inflict on themselves as they play the games on the systems. Injuries traced back to the Wii games include shoulder dislocation, bone fractures and head injuries.

To your good health,

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Which Is Healthier, Organic Or Conventionally Grown?

When it comes to which is better for you, some people swear by organically grown, while others stick to the conventionally grown foods; but is one really better for you than the other? Experts have produced rock solid scientific arguments for both sides, which make it tough to know what to do. The debate has provided lots of controversy in the scientific community even as a $30 billion dollar market for organically grown foods has come into being.

Organics are usually chosen for two reasons – health and nutritional superiority that comes as the result of a lack of synthetic pesticides used during their growth. This perception, known as the “health halo effect”, assumes that if a food is healthy in one way, it is healthy in all ways. That is a dangerous assumption and many experts have come to be skeptical of such claims in recent years.

The US Department of Agriculture has a definition, and a requirement about the organic nature of any item sold in the U.S. Organic foods tend to be more expensive because of the manual labor involved in growing t hem, the higher cost of fertilizer and crop rotation, as well as the rather significant costs in certifying any product as organic.

A meta analysis appearing in the British Journal of Nutrition, conducted just this year examined 343 different published studies that compared composition differences between organically and conventionally grown crops. The work was carried out by a team at Newcastle University and found organic fruits and veggies were up to 70% richer in some (but by no means all) key antioxidants, and far lower in harmful heavy metals and pesticide residue.

Challengers say the results are not conclusive, and point out flaws (including publication bias) and misleading conclusions in the study. In fact, there was also evidence that organic foods have lower concentrations of fiber and protein, higher concentrations of carbs, though the differences are small.

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Fact: Poor Sleep Increases The Risk of Death/ Disease

Ever lain awake at night and counted the hours till dawn? Isn’t frustrating to be in bed and be unable to sleep?

With around 18 million prescriptions written every year for expensive sleeping pills…

…it’s clear that there’s a national epidemic.

So, what do doctors do when they can’t sleep?

Here’s the answer.

Click
through today to discover the 7 mistakes that are killing your sleep, and
how overcome them…

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Which Is Healthier, Organic Or Conventionally Grown? Continued…

Two other research projects (2009 in the UK; 2012 at Stanford), of similar size and scope, both found that there’s insufficient evidence of a difference in the nutrient content of organic as compared to conventionally grown. As you can see, the science is so divided it’s hard to know what to do.

You need to understand that organically grown does not mean pesticide free. It’s not that organically grown doesn’t use pesticides, they do, it’s the origin of the pesticides that are used that is the difference here. Organic farming uses pesticides that come from natural (plant or mineral) sources, not synthetic ones. Just because a chemical is “natural” does not necessarily mean it is safe or better than a synthetic – this is a misconception that is very dangerous for all of us, and an important point of distinction to keep in mind.

As a consumer, you need to make choices that are best for your own circumstances, lifestyle and overall goals. Now you can make those choices as a more informed buyer. In the end, eating more fruits and veggies, whether organically grown or not, is so important for your overall health and well-being. Put your efforts there, and wait for the science to sort itself out.

To your good health,

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How To Survive A Heat Wave Without Air Conditioning

With the often unpredictable weather we’ve seen, heat waves are more likely to appear in parts of the world where cooler climates are the norm. The places least prepared for such an event. In these areas the buildings and homes aren’t equipped with air conditioning as is common in warmer climates. So if you’re stuck in a heat wave and without air conditioning, here are 12 tips to help you keep cool through the days of blistering heat.

1. Use box fans or ceiling fans to get air moving. Or you can make a home made air conditioner by aiming a fan at a pan filled with ice or an open cooler and sitting in the path of the cooler airflow.

2. Close shades, draw blinds and shade the sunny side of your home. This keeps the inside cooler. At night, when the air naturally cools, open all the windows and turn on the fans to get the cool air through the house.

3. Harness the cooling power of water. Use wet towels or bandanas on your shoulders or head. Take cool showers or baths, or carry a spritzer or spay bottle (some have fans) and mist yourself all during the day. You might also fill a bucket with cold water and some ice cubes and soak your feet.

4. Stay on the lower floors of your home. Since hot air naturally rises, the upper stories of your house will be hotter than the ground floor. Your basement is an even better refuge during the mid day heat.

5. Reduce any unexpected sources of heat. Things like light bulbs, computers, printers and even kitchen appliances throw off a lot of heat. Cook on the stovetop or outdoors to avoid turning on the oven and heating up your kitchen.

6. Be sure to drink enough water, more than usual during days of high temperatures, especially if you’re sweating a lot or doing anything strenuous. Electrolytes will also need to be replaced either by drinking a special electrolyte replacement beverage or eating a small amount of food with your water. Remember, thirst is the first sign of dehydration.

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Fact: Poor Sleep Increases The Risk of Death/ Disease

Ever lain awake at night and counted the hours till dawn? Isn’t frustrating to be in bed and be unable to sleep?

With around 18 million prescriptions written every year for expensive sleeping pills…

…it’s clear that there’s a national epidemic.

So, what do doctors do when they can’t sleep?

Here’s the answer.

Learn how a retired M.D. Laney Chouest from New Orleans broke his 5-year addiction to Ambien, and now sleeps peacefully without medication.

Also, discover how a Licensed Psychologist, Sharon Stein McNamara, Ed.D.fromMinnesota broke her insomnia cycle.

Click through today to discover the 7 mistakes that are killing your sleep, and how overcome them…
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7. Don’t drink alcohol or take in too much caffeine. Both substances act as diuretics and encourage dehydration, the opposite of what you want when your body already hot.

8. Visit public buildings with air-conditioning whenever possible, especially during the hottest hours of the day. Head for the mall, the movies, the public library or a museum.

9. Avoid large, protein filled meals. These increase your metabolic heat and warm up the body.

10. Know the symptoms (elevated body temperature, headache, nausea, weakness, dizziness, fainting, muscle cramps, seizures, confusion, coma) of heat related illness and take action if you see symptoms. Do what you can to cool the person down, get them out of the heat and call 911 right away.

11. Remember pets struggle in the heat as well, so be sure to cool your furry friend by giving them a bath or shower (or swim if they like it). Laying a cool towel on a tile floor is another good cool down for a pet. Some animals do better with a cool towel lying over their skin as they sit next to a fan. Be sure your pets have lots of cool, fresh water to drink.

12. Do nothing strenuous during the heat of the day, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, rest in the shade if you can. If you must be active, or do something physically demanding, plan the activity for the cooler hours of early morning or evening.

To your good health,

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9 Surprising Ways You Make Allergies Worse

Yes, you read that right. You may be doing things that make your allergies even worse. Anyone who has them knows first hand that allergies cause the most disruptive, most lingering and unpleasant symptoms. For the estimated 60 million Americans who struggle, it might surprise you to hear that though you keep your windows closed, you stay indoors when pollen counts are high, you may still be doing things that contribute to your symptoms.

Here are nine, along with quick fixes.

1. A friend who smokes cigarettes around you, as allergy sufferers appear to be especially vulnerable to the effects of second-hand smoke. Some times particles from a heavy smokers clothing or hair can also be problematic.

2. Showering only in the morning. Those who deal with hay fever actually benefit from a quick shower as soon as they get home, or after being outside for any length of time. This helps remove hidden pollen particles on your body, hair, clothing and shoes that can keep on triggering symptoms even after you’re inside. If you’re dealing with a pollen allergy, make it a habit to slip out of your shoes, change and put your clothes in the hamper and shower as soon as you come inside.

3. Stress laden deadlines at work. Research from 2008 found that subjects with allergies had more symptoms after taking a test designed to induce anxiety, compared to when the same subjects did something that didn’t make them feel anxious. Those troublesome stress hormones may increase the body’s production of blood proteins that bring on allergic reactions. So if you’re under stress, be sure to get enough sleep and keep up with any stress reduction strategies that work for you. If you don’t have any, find some, fast.

4. Having another glass of wine with dinner. Surprisingly, alcohol can increase the chances of perennial allergic rhinitis by 3% for every added alcoholic drink consumed in a single week. It may be that the bacteria and yeast naturally part of wine produce histamines and these are the cause of those uncomfortable allergy symptoms… stuffy nose and itchy eyes. You’ll might want to hold off on the alcohol when your symptoms are acting up.

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5. Waiting too long to take your medication. The drugs you’ve been given to help your symptoms work best before you’re ever exposed to the allergen. Your best bet is to start taking your allergy medications a few weeks before the season starts, or before you’ll have to be around your own allergy triggers.

6. Wash water that’s not hot enough. If you find you sniffle a lot in bed, turn up the temperature of the water in the washing machine to the hottest setting you have and launder your bedding again. In South Korean research, washing cotton sheets at 140 degrees killed all the dust mites, but at a warm, 104 degree just 6.5% of the dust mites were killed. Hotter is better.

7. You’re allergic to a houseplant – over 75% of hay fever allergies come from at least one of the most common plants we keep indoors according to a Belgian project. The allergens in plant sap can diffuse into the air. The plants most likely to cause trouble are the ficus, yucca, ivy, palm, orchid and fern.

8. Skipping evening medications is not a good habit to get into. Taking your allergy medication at bedtime allows for the drug to be circulating in your bloodstream all night long and first thing in the morning. Allergy symptoms like sneezing, weepy eyes and runny nose actually are worst in the morning according to Richard J. Martin, MD, who is chair of the department of medicine at the National Jewish Medical and Research Center in Colorado. A smart suggestion is to choose the regular (instead of non drowsy) formula so you’ll fall off easily.

9. Water workouts in an indoor pool can cause lots of problems for your system thanks to all that chlorine. It disinfects the water but also is super hard on your skin, eyes and respiratory tract. A study in the journal Pediatrics reports that teens who spend more than 100 hours per week in a chlorinated pool have a 3 to 7 times greater risk of suffering from hay fever when compared to swimmers who do laps in chlorine free pools. A good strategy here is to wear a mask or goggles, try not to swim in a chlorinated pool every day, and swim outdoors instead of inside, where chlorine fumes can build.

To your good health,

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10 Unexpected Things Leading To Poor Immunity

You’re doing all you can to keep yourself healthy, and yet you still come down with a cold… fever or worse yet, the flu. There are things that aren’t all that obvious that might be impacting your immunity. So keep washing your hands, drinking all the orange juice you like, and avoiding close contact with anyone who is obviously sick, watch for these added immunity sappers.

You’re breathing polluted air: The smog in the air isn’t doing your lungs or your immune system any good. Research has shown that dirty air causes inflammation in the body and suppresses T cells, essential in terms of your immunity. Invest in an air purifier for your home or office so you can breath easy inside.

You’re sitting too much: If you have a desk job, you likely spend lots of time in the chair at your desk. This can slow down your metabolic rate, causing your body to naturally absorb immunity boosting nutrients at a slower rate than normal. Every hour and a half, get up and step out of doors for a five-minute break. The movement will activate your muscles, fire up your metabolism, and the fresh air will wake you up, make you feel more alert.

You’re using the wrong beauty products: Things like foundation, concealer and lipstick not only sit on your skin, they are absorbed into the body all day long. Some of these products have artificial ingredients that your immune system isn’t used to breaking down, so the bad stuff can readily slip past your internal defenses. Go all-natural with as many products as you can. The fewer ingredients a product lists, the safer it is for your body and immunity.

You’re eating too much white flour: The white flour in some baked goodies actually impairs the T cells and B cells, both key illness fighters in the body. Make sure the grains you’re eating are primarily whole grains, as they have lots of immunity building fiber.

You don’t make sleep a priority: If your body doesn’t produce enough melatonin naturally as you sleep, your immune system isn’t able to make the white blood cells it uses to fight off bacteria and keep your body in good repair. Try for seven to eight hours of sleep each night, and make getting that a priority, not a luxury.

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You’re eating too much animal protein: Too much animal protein causes the body to naturally produce more of the IGI1 hormone, known to speed up the aging process and impact your immunity. Try to keep your intake of meat and dairy to 10% of your daily intake of calories. You might even consider cutting animal protein consumption even more, to about 5% of your daily intake, and you should see a difference.


Your diet doesn’t have enough good fat
: Healthy omega-3 and omega-6 fats from fish, avocados and nuts do have anti-inflammatory properties that help improve your immunity. So avoid the processed foods, limit your intake of animal protein, but try and add foods such as salmon, sardines, almonds and kale.

You’re lonely: Lonely souls tend to be less resilient in terms of stress, which causes the immune system to struggle. If this is you, schedule some time with those you like, friends, co-workers, neighbors, members of groups of like-minded people. People who have more relationships in their lives also appear to have a greater resistance to infection.

You think you thrive on stress: People think they work well under pressure, but long term stress brings up cortisol levels, and this reduces levels of other hormones like testosterone and estrogen. When hormones are out of balance, your immune system can’t react to threats as quickly. Lean how to stress less, or find quick ways to relax.

You’re not doing yoga as part of your workout: This type of workout appears to have the most impact on Immunity as it stimulates the body’s circulatory, digestive, endocrine and nervous systems, and these all work together to make the immune system stronger. There are tons of tips out there for beginners so there’s no reason not to give yoga a try.

To your good health,

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Serious Downside To Tech Use

Here’s something to think about for you guys who can’t live without technology in hand. Studies have found that mobile use appears to play a role in both erectile dysfunction and poor sleeping patterns. Neither is a topic that easy to talk about, but the facts are important, and will help you suffer less, recover faster.

Some new studies have found that men who spend too much time with their phone deal with these unpleasant problems in the bedroom. In one project that was published by the Environmental Health Trust, men who carried powered on mobile phones for more than four hours a day had a higher risk of erectile dysfunction, perhaps the result of the heat or radiation emitted by the device. It’s the length of time carried that matters, and is especially worrisome when you think about where you keep your phone… if your phone is between your desk and your private parts for hours at a time you might want to rethink that.

Erectile dysfunction, ED, is the name given to the condition when a man can no longer get (or keep) an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. Having trouble in this area once in a while is not unusual… fatigue or too much alcohol can do that. When ED is an ongoing problem, it can bring terrible stress for a man, be the source of relationship problems and certainly impact his feelings of self-confidence. ED can be the result of poor blood flow to the penis due to narrowing blood vessels. It can also be caused by medications or a chronic illness such as heart disease or poorly controlled diabetes.

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Fact: Poor Sleep Increases The Risk of Death/ Disease

Ever lain awake at night and counted the hours till dawn? Isn’t frustrating to be in bed and be unable to sleep?

With around 18 million prescriptions written every year for expensive sleeping pills…

…it’s clear that there’s a national epidemic.

So, what do doctors do when they can’t sleep?

Here’s the answer.

Learn how a retired M.D. Laney Chouest from New Orleans broke his 5-year addiction to Ambien, and now sleeps peacefully without medication.

Also, discover how a Licensed Psychologist, Sharon Stein McNamara, Ed.D.fromMinnesota broke her insomnia cycle.

Click through today to discover the 7 mistakes that are killing your sleep, and how overcome them…
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Serious Downside To Tech Use Continued…

When it comes to poor sleep, technology is being found to play a pretty significant part.

A recent UK YouGov poll uncovered that 28 million adults (nearly 6 in 10) get under seven hours of sleep a night, 78% of the people told researchers they used electronic gadgets (phones and laptops or tablets) before bedtime.

The blue light that comes from these devices suppresses the production of melatonin, the body’s natural sleep-inducing hormone according to respected expert on sleep, psychologist Richard Wiseman.

It’s harder than ever to unwind before going to bed. Our culture over stimulates us so that by the time we get to bed… we’re even more tired than ever. But the bedroom is no longer treated as a sleep only place, there’s a TV in the bedroom. More than half of those examined in research admitted to having a television in the bedroom. Another 29% said they had a laptop or mobile phone there. Worse yet, more than one in ten said that the bed has turned into an extension of their workspace. This is a growing cause of concern for many… lack of sleep due to technology, overstimulation is not a good thing for people.

No one is suggesting you destroy your devices… but it’s likely there are limits you’ll want to set on how often you use them. Power down all devices about two hours before bedtime, keep limits on how often you check them during the day and practice leaving the devices at home once in a while. If the thought of turning your device off for a few hours at the movies makes you break into a cold sweat, it might be time to take steps to end your dependence on that device.

To your good health,

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5 Places In Your Home Where Allergies Attack

If you’re dealing with seasonal allergies, your home may not be the safe haven you expect it to be, and in fact might be the source of all your uncomfortable symptoms. There are places in every home, even clean, uncluttered ones, where allergens lurk, waiting to cause trouble. We’ve highlighted these areas here, plus offered some tips to use to get rid of mold, dust mites and other culprits that set off your worst allergy symptoms.

In the family room…

Look at your windows and be sure to caulk all the edges so outside allergens don’t find their way into your home. You should also set your air conditioning system to “circulate” to keep from bringing new air pollutants into the room.

Keeping things clean is very beneficial for allergy sufferers. Look under the couch and other furnishings for dust and eliminate as much as you can – it’s the source of dust mites. Use a damp mop under furniture and a damp cloth on dusty surfaces like bookcases, blinds, fake plants, windowsills and the like. A damp cloth traps dust as it cleans, so it won’t be sent back up into the air, for you to breathe in.

Keep area rugs to a minimum and remove as much wall-to-wall carpeting you can. If you can’t be rid of this type of floor covering, vacuum as often as possible as this will help keep the dust, and pollen spores tracked in, from accumulating and causing an allergy flare up.

In the kitchen…

This is most often the room where the pet bowls are, but you can enjoy the companionship of a pet if you follow some simple suggestions. Pet allergies are most often triggered by the proteins that are secreted by their skin into the dander. With that in mind, don’t allow the pet to sleep on your bed or on upholstered furnishings. Wash your hands, face and arms after holding or grooming your pet. Weekly baths for your pet keep down the dander.

In your bedroom…

Any upholstered furnishings here are also a magnet for allergens. Keep upholstered chairs vacuumed and do not allow pets to sit on them, even once. You’ll also want to use a damp mop to wipe down your bedsprings and under the bed. There are many allergen trapping covers you can use for your mattress and box spring, invest in these. A damp cloth is perfect for removing dust on bureaus and TV screens. Wash all your bedding in hot water once a week to be sure you are rid of dust mite waste, a major allergen.

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In your bathroom…

Because of the warm, moist air, your bathroom shower is a prime spot for mold growth, so you’ll need to be scrupulous about keeping this area clean. Use an anti mold spray in the shower, on the shower curtain or enclosure, around the sink and toilet tank to keep your bath free of troublesome mold buildup. Airing out the room on warm days also helps.

In the closet…

Surprise, molds are very light and super easy to take with you… right into your home and into your closet. To keep this to a minimum, don’t put your shoes into the close without a wipe down, and never put wet shoes or other clothing in there either, as this is a perfect breeding ground.

To your good health,

Why You Can’t Resist Junk Food…

We all know junk food is not good for us… but it tastes so good it’s hard to resist. You can tell us about heart trouble, high blood pressure, depression and many other life-altering aliments, but to those who love it, the junk food always wins out, deafening us to good sense advice about limiting our intake. The reason so few are able to do this isn’t a surprise, there’s actually science behind why we crave junk food so much and so powerfully.

For the last 20 years Steven Witherly, Ph.D., a leading expert in the food science area has been examining what makes some foods more addictive (and tasty) than others. He draws on his food science expertise to create an exceptional report that everyone needs to check out titled, Why Humans Like Junk Food.

It seems that when you eat something that tastes especially good there are two things that make the experience pleasurable. There’s the
sensation of eating the food itself
, what it tastes like (sweet, salty or meaty), what it smells like and how
it actually feels inside your mouth
, known technically as orosensation. Food
companies spend generously to find the best level
of crunch in a snack.

The second part of eating and enjoyment is the macronutrients inside the food you’re eating. This is the blend of proteins, fats and carbs. When it comes to junk foods, it’s more like finding the perfect combo of sugar, salt and fat that turns on your brain and keeps you coming back for more.

There are many factors that go into making snack foods so appealing and the food companies spend a good deal of time and effort to make sure their products push every last button. Here’s a look at six areas where the food industry puts special effort.

1. Dynamic
contrast
refers to a combination of different sensations in the same food. Think edible shell that crunches, followed by something soft, creamy and loaded with taste active substances. An Oreo is a great example. Our brains enjoy crunching through part of the cookie to get to the creamy middle.

2. Salivary response is a natural part of the eating experience, but the more a food causes you to salivate, the more it will swim all through your mouth and cover those taste buds. Butter, chocolate, salad dressings, ice cream and mayo are all examples of items that provide a salivary response that lathers your taste buds with tastiness. This is why we all love foods with sauces or glazes on them.

3. Rapid food meltdown and disappearing calorie density. A food that “melts in your mouth” signals the brain that you’re not eating as much (in terms of calories as you really are. Anything that melts quickly in your mouth tells your brain there are no real calories in the food, and you can keep on eating.

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4. Sensory specific response, experiencing the same taste over and over brings less pleasure after time… but the time can be as short as a few minutes. Junk foods avoid this response by offering enough taste to be interesting but not enough to dull your sensory response. The crunch and sensation is new to your brain each time, which is why you can polish off a bag of chips and be ready for more.

5. Calorie density is a fine line that’s meant to convince the brain it is getting nutrition, enough sustenance to provide energy, but not enough to fill you up. So you crave a snack to start, though it takes a lot of time to feel full from eating it.

6. Memories of past junk food eating. When you eat something that tastes good, your brain registers the feeling, so the next time you see, smell or even read about the food, your brain starts to trigger the memories and other responses that you had when you ate it. These memories are powerful, they can cause you to salivate – the mouth-watering craving you get when thinking about your favorite foods.

All this means the companies are working (and spending millions)
to create foods that taste great and encourage you to eat more than you should,
to keep coming back for more
.

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