The endocrine system is responsible for hormonal functions in the body and produces thirty distinct hormones each of which has a very specific job to do. This system controls your physical growth, mood, hormone output, reproduction, mental functionality, and immune system. When not working properly you become more susceptible to disease and your ability to fight off infection is weakened. Endocrine glands and their functioning impacts every area of your health.
Originating from the Greek word ‘cryo’, meaning cold, and ‘therapeia’, meaning cure, Cryotherapy is used for extreme and elite athletes that need to alleviate from sports related injuries or speed up healing time. While some medical and fitness professionals may argue that Cryotherapy is the same as dipping your body in an ice bath or packing frozen peas on body parts after games, it is this pricey new ‘whole body cryotherapy’ (WBC) trend that seems to turnout happier and more pain free athletes.
You better believe college, professional and Olympic athletes are getting their regular share of cryotherapy these days. Just because you were born with faster twitch muscles, train 6-10+ hours a day since you were a toddler and eat like a bird doesn’t mean you can’t pay (or have your sponsors pay) for special super healing powers!
The Special Things Vitamin K Does For Your Body
Regulate blood clotting. When an injury occurs and there is a tear in the blood vessels, an automatic process called amalgamation of prothrombium happens. Blood clotting is made up of a group of molecules that continuously move through the bloodstream. Vitamin K assists in regulating blood clotting by means of transporting calcium along the bloodstream.
It is always best to be mindful when we eat. Our parents taught us to sit at the table together as a family. We had to turn off the television and absolutely no toys at the table. Chew thoroughly. Many nutritionists teach their clients to note their mood when they choose to eat when not feeling hunger signals. Were they feeling mad, sad, frustrated or happy? Seeing the connection between food decisions and emotion may better help us understand when and why we crave the foods we do. But with the fast paced life we live nowadays, we are often either forgetting to eat, scarfing down the most convenient available choices (fast foods) on the go, letting our kids play with electronical devices at the table or in front of the television, and eating it in the car or at our work desk or standing up in the kitchen. Are we teaching and perpetuating negative food habits? Below are 8 causes of our food cravings. Understanding them will hopefully make us better eaters and healthier, optimal functioning people.
Lecithin. Its role is to breakdown the fats in your body. Lecithin is naturally found in the foods that most of us eat, especially rich foods, such as egg yolks, soybeans, grains, wheat germ, liver, cauliflower, fish, legumes, yeast, and peanuts.
Maurice Gobley, a French scientist discovered lecithin in the egg yolk in 1950, and since then, scientists, the food industry and the government has worked hard to ensure that a synthetic form of this lecithin is not only present in almost every processed food, but that it would be harmful to the body.
Monoculture is the agricultural practice of producing or growing a single crop or plant species over a wide area and for a large number of consecutive years. It is the most popular use of modern industrial farming in our world today. Monoculture farming has two simple goals: large harvests with minimal labor, thus maximizing profits.
Studies for decades now have shown that monocultures lead to the quicker spread of diseases, because a uniform crop is more susceptible to pathogens. ‘Crop monoculture’ is the practice of growing the same crop year after year.
Did you know that only female mosquitoes bite people? Yes, female mosquitoes need human blood to develop fertile eggs, and they are a little picky when it comes to the dinner menu.
In most places, from May to September marks mosquito season. I remember growing up in Florida and wearing long blue jeans in the 100 degree heat, just so I could protect my legs from being an “all you can eat buffet” for these omniscient and relentless six legged predators. I always thought they particularly liked my blood because I ate bananas. Surprisingly, however, science shows that these insects do have a blood sucking preference for meals. These discoveries are great tools for populations that are at risks for medical diseases such as malaria and West Nile, for instance. This being said, there is ongoing research being conducted to better pinpoint what exactly mosquitoes are attracted to.
Eating seasonally is not only environmentally sound; it is good for your body! Purchasing local foods in-season drastically decreases environmental damage caused by shipping foods thousands of miles. The damage is associated to CO2 emissions needed to grow and transport the food we eat. When unprocessed fruits and vegetables are grown and consumed in their correct season, they contain more of the immunity boosting antioxidants and taste more sweet, juicy and fresh.
Many substances can travel from your bloodstream into the breast milk. This, for mothers of nursing babies, means that what you eat, drink and consume can affect the quality and nutritional content of your baby’s food. How do medicines, alcohol, caffeine, and recreational drugs measure up and what precautions should you take? Read below to find out.
What people eat and drink is often directly apparent in their skin and hair. Acting as a mirror, these two canvases are the effects of lifestyle wellness and well-not. When people drop pounds fast with the latest fad diet, for instance, it could leave them with less-than-healthy-dry and thinning hair — along with a growling stomach. Low-calorie diets are often low in some of the most important nutrients for healthy hair, including omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, and vitamin A. In addition to stunting hair growth and leading to dullness, super-low calorie plans may even cause hair loss.