5 Signs That Your Body Is Starving For Vitamins

man tired exercise runningWhen your body is trying to tell you something—for example, that you’re skimping on critical vitamins—it may go to some strange lengths.

“With today’s diet of processed foods, it’s easy to become vitamin-deficient, either by not eating enough of the right foods or not absorbing them properly due to digestive issues,” says Dr. Susan Blum, the founder of the Blum centre for Health and the author of the new book The Immune System Recovery Plan.

“You may not get a disease, but you can end up with impaired functioning, because vitamins are cofactors for all the biochemical reactions in the body. We need them in order to function properly.”

That impaired functioning can sometimes manifest in mysterious ways.

Here are five unusual warning signs that you may be vitamin-deficient. 

The good news: Most are fixable with dietary tweaks—all the more reason to make nutrition a top priority. But if food cures don’t work, be sure to check in with your doctor.

Body Cue No. 1: Cracks at the corners of your mouth.

The Deficiency: Iron, zinc, and B vitamins like niacin (B3), riboflavin (B2), and B12. “It’s common if you’re a vegetarian to not get enough iron, zinc, and B12,” Blum says. Ditto if you’re skimping on essential immunity-building protein due to dieting.

The Fix: Eat more poultry, salmon, tuna, eggs, oysters, clams, sun-dried tomatoes, Swiss chard, tahini, peanuts, and legumes like lentils. Iron absorption is enhanced by vitamin C, which also helps fight infection, so combine these foods with veggies like broccoli, red bell peppers, kale, and cauliflower.

• • •Body Cue No. 2: A red, scaly rash on your face (and sometimes elsewhere) and hair loss.

The Deficiency: Biotin (B7), known as the hair vitamin. While your body stores fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, K), it doesn’t store most B vitamins, which are water-soluble. Body builders take note: Eating raw eggs makes you vulnerable, because a protein in raw eggs called avidin inhibits the body’s ability to absorb biotin.

The Fix: Reach for more cooked eggs (cooking deactivates avidin), salmon, avocados, mushrooms, cauliflower, soybeans, nuts, raspberries, and bananas.

• • •Body Cue No. 3: Red or white acnelike bumps, typically on the cheeks, arms, thighs, and butt.

The Deficiency: Essential fatty acids and vitamins A and D.

The Fix: Skimp on saturated fat and trans fats, which you should be doing anyway, and increase healthy fats. Focus on adding more salmon and sardines, nuts like walnuts and almonds, and seeds like ground flax, hemp, and chia. For vitamin A, pile on leafy greens and colourful veggies like carrots, sweet potatoes, and red bell peppers. “This provides beta carotene, a precursor to vitamin A, which your body will use to make vitamin A,” Blum says. “For vitamin D, though, I recommend a supplement—2,000 IU a day in one that also contains vitamins A and K, which help with D absorption.”

• • •Body Cue No. 4: Tingling, prickling, and numbness in hands, feet, or elsewhere.

The Deficiency: B vitamins like folate (B9), B6, and B12. “It’s a problem directly related to the peripheral nerves and where they end in the skin,” says Blum, noting that these symptoms can be combined with anxiety, depression, anemia, fatigue, and hormone imbalances.

The Fix: Seek out spinach, asparagus, beets, beans (pinto, black, kidney, lima), eggs, octopus, mussels, clams, oysters, and poultry.

• • •Body Cue No. 5: Crazy muscle cramps in the form of stabbing pains in toes, calves, arches of feet, and backs of legs.

The Deficiency: Magnesium, calcium, and potassium. “If it’s happening frequently, it’s a tip-off that you’re lacking in these,” Blum says. And if you’re training hard, you can lose more minerals (and water-soluble B vitamins) through heavy sweating.

The Fix: Eat more bananas, almonds, hazelnuts, squash, cherries, apples, grapefruit, broccoli, bok choy, and dark leafy greens like kale, spinach, and dandelion.

Grocery Shopping Tips

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You are what you eat, so it only makes sense that you think before you do and even before that – plan and shop smart. Hunt for your food like a pro! Healthy grocery shopping is a skill and once you master it, it’ll help you make better eating choices, naturally. Here are some tips on how to get the maximum out of your shopping budget, get the best and get into eating better effortlessly. 

Never go grocery shopping on an empty or a full stomach. 

When you are hungry you are likely to make snap decisions and pick all the wrong things, quick meals and sweets instead of real food. Even someone with the best intentions will be tempted with a pie when the hunger pangs kick in. The complete opposite happens when you go shopping when you have just eaten, you suddenly think you can survive on a few lettuce leaves and some water and end up not buying enough food for the week. Have a snack before you go, a banana or a small yoghurt, or, if you have eaten, wait a little before you go so you can think clearly about what you’re buying.  

Buy real fresh food. 

If it’s been processed it’s not great for you. It’s been designed to look attractive and taste good but it’s probably high in preservatives, sugar and salt and has been through so much processing already it may just as well have been eaten at least once before. And it’s all a trick anyway, you are not saving anything by buying processed food and ready meals – neither time nor money, but you do lose out on the quality. 

Get meat cuts and fish, whole fresh vegetables and fruit, grains, eggs and plain yoghurts. You can do wonders in the kitchen in under 15-20 minutes if your fridge is stocked with these. 

If you have to buy ready meals use a simple rule: the shorter the list of the additives they contain on the packaging – the better it is for you.  Continue reading

10 Mind-Blowing Theories That Will Change Your Perception of the World

Reality is not as obvious and simple as we like to think. Some of the things that we accept as true at face value are notoriously wrong. Scientists and philosophers have made every effort to change our common perceptions of it. The 10 examples below will show you what I mean.

1. Great glaciation.
Great glaciation is the theory of the final state that our universe is heading toward. The universe has a limited supply of energy. According to this theory, when that energy finally runs out, the universe will devolve into a frozen state. Heat energy produced by the motion of the particles, heat loss, a natural law of the universe, means that eventually this particle motion will slow down and, presumably, one day everything will stop.

2. Solipsism.
Solipsism is a philosophical theory, which asserts that nothing exists but the individual’s consciousness. At first it seems silly – and who generally got it into his head completely deny the existence of the world around us? Except when you put your mind to it, it really is impossible to verify anything but your own consciousness.

Don’t you believe me? Think a moment and think of all the possible dreams that you have experienced in your life. Is it not possible that everything around you is nothing but an incredibly intricate dream? But we have people and things around us that we cannot doubt, because we can hear, see, smell, taste and feel them, right? Yes, and no. People who take LSD, for example, say that they can touch the most convincing hallucinations, but we do not claim that their visions are “reality”. Your dreams simulate sensations as well, after all, what you perceive is what different sections of your brain tell you to.

As a result, which parts of existence can we not doubt? None. Not the chicken we ate for dinner or the keyboard beneath our fingers. Each of us can only be sure in his own thoughts.

3. Idealist Philosophy
George Berkeley, the father of Idealism, argued that everything exists as an idea in someone’s mind. Berkley discovered that some of his comrades considered his theory stupid. The story goes that one of his detractors kicked a stone with his eyes closed and said, “There I’ve disproved it!”

The idea being that if the stone really only exists in his imagination, he could not have kicked it with his eyes closed. Refutation of Berkeley is hard to understand, especially in these days. He argued that there is an omnipotent and omnipresent God, who sees all and all at once. Realistic, or not? Continue reading

Will Smart Machine Create a World without Work?

Paul Wiseman and Bernard Condon, The Associated Press, Washington | World | Fri, January 25 2013, 12:22 PM

They seem right out of a Hollywood fantasy, and they are: Cars that drive themselves have appeared in movies like “I, Robot” and the television show “Knight Rider.”

Now, three years after Google invented one, automated cars could be on their way to a freeway near you. In the US, California and other states are rewriting the rules of the road to make way for driverless cars. Just one problem: What happens to the millions of people who make a living driving cars and trucks —jobs that always have seemed sheltered from the onslaught of technology?

“All those jobs are going to disappear in the next 25 years,” predicts Moshe Vardi, a computer scientist at Rice University in Houston. “Driving by people will look quaint; it will look like a horse and buggy.”

If automation can unseat bus drivers, urban deliverymen, long-haul truckers, even cabbies, is any job safe?

Vardi poses an equally scary question: “Are we prepared for an economy in which 50 percent of people aren’t working?”
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How A Hangover Works

“What actually causes hangovers? If alcohol is metabolized after a few hours, why do I still feel crummy the next day?”

Alcohol Affect Body

If the data is any indication, at least 75 percent of youwill recognize this feeling: a throbbing headache, exhaustion, queasiness and even muscle fatigue following a night of overindulging. But what is it about drinking alcohol that causes such discomfort?

The cause is a combination of factors, but primarily one: dehydration.

“Alcohol is a diuretic, so you end up losing water. And the dehydration effect is probably the most severe contributor to hangover,” says Dr. Gary Murray, the program director for the Division of Metabolism and Health Effects of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

The more you drink and the higher the concentration of alcohol in the drinks you choose, the more dehydrated you’re going to be. According to an overview of the research, that’s because alcohol suppresses the release of the hormone vasopressin, which normally repurposes water released by the kidneys back into the body. With the absence of vasopressin, that water is marked for the bladder and eliminated. Alcohol also causes inflammation of the stomach lining, which can cause diarrhea — another dehydrating condition.

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Tips Perawatan Ban Mobil

10 tips perawatan ban mobil :

1. Jangan menunggu hingga ban rusak. Biasakan untuk selalu memeriksa tekanan ban mobil anda, paling sedikit sekali sebulan dan terutama sebelum melakukan perjalanan jarak jauh. Ban dengan tekanan yang kurang memadai akan menyebabkan ban mudah panas karena gesekan yang besar dengan aspal, sehingga ban cepat aus dan bisa membahayakan keselamatan mengemudi.

2. Anda harus hapal dengan tekanan yang proporsional dari ban mobil Anda. Ukuran tekanan ban yang pas bisa dilihat pada stiker yang menempel di bagian dalam dari pintu kendaraan Anda, atau pada buku petunjuk pemilik kendaraan.

3. Untuk pengukuran yang valid terhadap tekanan ban mobil Anda, periksalah ban saat suhu mereka dingin. Jika mobil Anda habis menempuh perjalanan jauh, tunggulah kurang lebih tiga jam.

4. Lakukan pemeriksaan berkala, paling tidak sebulan sekali dan jagalah agar ukuran tekanan ban mobil Anda selalu pada batasan yang proporsional. Sehingga mobil Anda siap untuk digunakan, jika sewaktu-waktu Anda butuhkan.

5. Uang koin bisa digunakan sebagai alat penunjuk bahwa ban mobil Anda telah gundul. Letakkan uang koin di tapak ban mobil Anda. Jika Anda bisa melihat seluruh gambar uang koin tersebut, maka saatnya bagi mobil Anda untuk ganti ban.

6. Jagalah ban mobil Anda dari lobang di jalan. Sebab lobang yang terlalu besar tak hanya bisa merusak ban mobil Anda, melainkan juga akan mengganggu keseimbangan atau balance dari ban mobil.

7. Buatlah jadwal. Pastikan Anda menukarkan ban mobil Anda antara yang di depan dengan yang di belakang tiap 6000 mil, agar menyeragamkan kondisi seluruh ban dan mempertahankan masa pakai ban lebih lama.

8. Jangan mengendarai mobil dengan ban yang tanpa penutup pentilnya. Mengemudikan mobil dengan ban tanpa penutup pentil bisa jadi menyebabkan kebocoran udara dari dalam ban dan bisa mengakibatkan ban kekurangan tekanan.

9. Periksalah keseimbangan atau balance dari ban mobil Anda secara periodik, untuk menghindari putaran ban yang tak stabil.

10. Perhitungkan bobot yang harus dimuat oleh mobil Anda. Jika muatan melebihi kapasitas maksimal dapat menimbulkan tekanan yang berlebih pada ban mobil Anda dan itu bisa sangat membahayakan.