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Delicious food that make you so crazy

Here’s the lowdown on body odor: when your body temperature rises as a result of stress, nervousness, or the smothering heat, it activates your sweat glands. But believe it or not, sweat itself is completely odorless. Body odor on the other hand, is the stench you emit when breaking a sweat, and it’s created once the sweat hits the skins surface and combines with bacteria, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Now, here’s the lowdown on terrible body odor: Eating foods with certain chemical elements can seriously intensify that odor to an almost unbearable level. More bad news: Some of these foods are super healthy and most men should have them in their diet. The good thing is that the odor is temporary. “It will only take two hours for the body to start smelling,” says Debra Jailman, a dermatologist, and author of Skin Rules: Trade Secrets From a Top Dermatologist, “and it can also last up to a few hours.” So next time you consume these foods (hopefully only the healthy ones), either avoid them before a big event (or a date). Alternatively, Jailman suggests this trick: Eat foods (or supplements) rich in chlorophyll—like a fresh sprig of parsley or cilantro after a meal—since they’re known to counteract odor.

In the meantime, knowing that your circadian rhythm affects pain, the easiest thing to do is work with yours instead of against it, especially if you already deal with ongoing joint pain. “We know in general having a healthy circadian rhythm is beneficial for health,” Gibbs says. Yep, you guessed it: Get yourself on a regular sleep schedule, and stay there. Keep your bedtime and your wake-up time as consistent as you can, even on weekends.

Clean and Press in 3 Steps

The clean and press is a magnificent exercise that builds stamina, cardiovascular endurance, muscular endurance and even strength. Not only that, but the clean and press offers another benefit that many strength exercises cannot boast: power. What’s so special about power? Power is a combination of strength and speed. Power training is important for athletes who need a sudden burst of activity in their sport, such as sprinting or jumping. Even those not focusing on specific sports use power exercises to push the heart rate to anaerobic levels, adding a higher calorie burn to their overall workout.

Originating as an Olympic lift, the clean and press works no fewer than eight different muscle groups. The lower half of the movement strengthens your hips, glutes, and hamstrings, while the upper half of the movement targets your shoulders, chest, back, and arms. Meanwhile, the entire move relies on you engaging your core. Talk about a powerhouse exercise!

Barring injury, the clean and press is something anyone can and should do as part of a regular strength training routine. This exercise can be performed with dumbbells or a barbell. The barbell allows you to go a bit heavier and provides a bit of stability with the bar. The dumbbells encourage each side to work individually rather than the stronger side covering for the weaker side. Of course, your fitness level will determine how much weight you decide to lift. If you are new to the clean and press, start with lighter weights and learn how to do the form properly. Once you are certain of your technique, start to add weight until you get to the point that 6-8 reps are making you breathless!

A clean and press can be done paired with other leg exercises such as squats or lunges to superset the lower body. It can also be placed in any upper body mix to push the heart rate higher. That being said, this move is a full body exercise. It would be a perfect move to use in a circuit-style workout. For instance:

  • 4 minutes on the treadmill or elliptical
  • 8 repetitions of clean and press
  • 4 minutes on the treadmill or elliptical
  • 8 repetitions of clean and press, and so on.

Follow that pattern and in 15-20 minutes you have a solid workout!

Below is step-by-step instruction on how to perform the clean and press. You can even practice with an empty bar. If possible, do it in a room with mirrors so you can really make sure your body is doing what you want it to do.

Hurt Worse Than Childbirth

unduhan-48There are plenty of things that pregnant women admit that they do not know about pregnancy. They might not be sure when they will feel their baby move, when prenatal care moves to every week or even when their belly will show, but there is one thing that almost every pregnant woman believes that she knows for sure: Childbirth is the worst pain you could ever feel.

You don’t have to look too far to find some reasons why this is believed. Every reality television show about labor and birth is quick to highlight the images of women, typically writhing in pain, during labor. Certainly this makes for great TV, so why wouldn’t they show it.

Now before you think I’m completely out of touch, I think there is pain in childbirth. Having had eight children, I’ve certainly been around the block myself once or twice. I’ve had short labors, long (45+ hours) labors. I’ve had an epidural and I’ve had a natural birth. I’ve had forceps. One of my births was twins, weighing in at a combo of almost 16 pounds. My biggest baby was 10 pounds, 2 ounces. This doesn’t include all of the various labors I’ve attended as a doula.

My point here is that there are things that do hurt more than having a baby. When I asked some women recently what they thought hurt worse than giving birth, here is what they came up with:

  • Broken Bones
    More than one person when asked about what hurts more than labor mentioned this as more painful. One person mentioned a broken ankle specifically. The only bone I’ve really ever broken was my clavicle and it certainly hurt a lot. It effected my ability to move my arm, my shoulder, and even turn my head. It lasted a lot longer than even my longest labor. I would think that something like a broken ankle would be even worse, given the wear and tear of having to use crutches.
  • Migraine Headache
    Migraines also topped the list of a couple of respondents. Having a migraine can last for days. Many sufferers report that the pain is unrelenting. There are also symptoms that come with a migraine like nausea, vomiting, light sensitivity, etc. This can make your normal activities nearly impossible to complete.
  • Kidney Stones
    These were mentioned as well. Kidney stones have to be passed. I did have a friend who had experienced both childbirth and kidney stones. She swore up and down that childbirth was easier than the kidney stones. Though I’ve also heard others say it’s about equal, stating that, “Kidney stones are as close as a man can come to giving birth.”
  • Gallstones
    Gallstones can also cause quite a bit of pain. While there are pain medications and nutritional avoidance of offending foods, this can plague you for a long time or come in waves of attacks. The moms who listed this said they’d be doubled over and nothing would really touch the pain.
What’s More Painful Than Spontaneous Labor?
  • Bladder Infections
    Bladder infections and urinary tract infections also made the list. This searing pain was described as 10 times worse than having a baby. The commenter mentioned the ring of fire that last for days. That hurts just to think about…
  • Root Canal
    I know it’s common to mention dental work and the pain of childbirth, but it did come up. To those who like to say that you wouldn’t have a root canal without pain relief, why would you have a baby that way? I’d like to point out that our bodies weren’t meant to have root canals, but that they were designed to give birth. That said, as in birth, sometimes the pain relief doesn’t work and you can feel the root canal. There is also the aftermath of the root canal to deal with, which can affect your daily activities for a couple of days.
  • Surgery
    Having any type of surgery can be more painful than giving birth vaginally. Cesarean surgery was specifically mentioned as was surgery in general. Obviously some surgeries are bigger than others, just as some labors are more painful than others, but the simple fact of cutting into the body can be very painful to recover from, even if you don’t fell the pain at the time of the incision.

SMOKING WEED DOES TO YOUR BODY

When it comes to polarizing health topics, few subjects spark more debate than weed (exept maybe CrossFit or the Paleo Diet). The latest marijuana research, from University of Michigan Health System, suggests toking up regularly can dull your emotional response and cause addiction.

Researchers at the University of Michigan analyzed 108 people in their early 20s (69 men and 39 women), all of whom were taking part in a larger study of substance use and all had MRI brain scans at three points over four years. In the study, participants played a game while a functional MRI scanned their brains. More specifically, participants played a game in which they pressed a button when they saw a target on a computer screen cross in front of them. Before each round, they were told they could win 20 cents or $5—or they might lose that amount, or have no reward or loss. Scientists assessed the moment of anticipation (a.k.a. when volunteers knew they could get a few dollars richer).

Now, you’d think getting free money would be cause for excitement, but scientists found the more marijuana use volunteers reported, the less their reward centers were activated.

“What we saw was that over time, marijuana use was associated with a lower response to a monetary reward,” study author and neuroscientist Mary Heitzeg, Ph.D, said in a press release. “This means that something that would be rewarding to most people was no longer rewarding to them, suggesting but not proving that their reward system has been ‘hijacked’ by the drug, and that they need the drug to feel reward—or that their emotional response has been dampened.”

That’s not all. Smoking weed might also be more addicting than you think.

“Some people may believe that marijuana is not addictive or that it’s ‘better’ than other drugs that can cause dependence,” Heitzeg said. “But this study provides evidence that it’s affecting the brain in a way that may make it more difficult to stop using it. It changes your brain in a way that may change your behavior, and where you get your sense of reward from.”

Find out all the other ways—good and bad—marijuana is influencing your health.

It Can Damage Blood Vessels

Secondhand smoke may not seem all that bad. But it can have a major impact on your blood vessels, according to research from the American Heart Association. After rats inhaled secondhand smoke for one minute, their arteries carried blood less efficiently for at least 90 minutes. When they were exposed to secondhand tobacco smoke, however, their blood vessels recovered after 30 minutes. “While the effect is temporary for both cigarette and marijuana smoke, these temporary problems can turn into long-term problems if exposures occur often enough and may increase the chances of developing hardened and clogged arteries,” said study author Matthew Springer, Ph.D.

It May Increase Testicular Cancer Risk

Researchers at the University of Southern California found smoking weed may increase your odds of getting testicular cancer. In the study, men who had testicular germ cell tumors were more likely to report previously using marijuana than those who didn’t have the tumors. A doctor for the American Cancer Society said that while the findings were interesting, more research needs to be done to determine if there was a causal relationship between cancer and marijuana use.

It Impacts Short Term Memory

Stoners get a bad reputation for being forgetful; and it turns out this stigma might not be a myth. Northwestern University scientists found former pot smokers had developed brain abnormalities in regions associated with short-term memory. Study participants also demonstrated reduced performance on memory-related tasks. Even more unsettling is the brains of pot smokers were abnormally shaped and looked smiliar to brains damaged by schizophrenia. (That’s not to say that smoking weed causes schizophrenia.)

It Hinders Creativity

Artists, musicians, and other creative types sometimes credit marijuana as their source of inspiration. However, a study from the Netherlands seems to prove otherwise. Volunteers who were given marijuana with high THC content were not able to come up with as many solutions to a problem as those given a placebo. So, uh, you might want to put down the marijuana during your next brainstorming session.

It Could Destroy Brain Cells

All those jokes about stoners killing their brain cells? They might have some merit, according to a 20-year study on smoking pot, which suggests that lighting up could decrease cognitive function, in addition to an increased risk of psychotic symptoms and disorders.

It Could Help Heal Broken Bones

It’s not all bad news for pot smokers. A study from researchers at Tel Aviv University found weed may help bones heal stronger and faster. Cannabinoid cannabidiol, which is found in cannabis leaves and stems, helped mice recover from broken bones more effectively. Researchers believe the substance helps minerals get into the bone tissue, making bones stronger, sturdier, and less likely to break in the future.

Why your body always hurts in the morning

images-49You know the feeling: You fall asleep feeling fine — feeling good, even — and wake up with the sense that it’ll take a crane to get you out of bed. Everything hurts in the morning, and it’s not just because you slept in a wonky position or on a lousy pillow.

Turns out our bodies seem to suppress inflammation when we sleep, leading to worse pain when we wake up and the inflammation is, so to speak, turned back “on,” according to a new University of Manchester study published in the journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.

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The researchers examined human and mice cells with the inflammatory disease rheumatoid arthritis. Patients with RA have long known that their symptoms can vary throughout the day, with many afflicted with greater joint stiffness upon waking. But little is known about how our circadian rhythms — our inner clocks that tell us when to go to bed and when to get up — control this swinging pendulum of pain. The UK researchers wanted to figure that out. (Heal your whole body with Rodale’s 12-day liver detox for total body health.)

What they found was that when mice were exposed to constant light, their paws were more swollen and there were higher levels of some markers of inflammation in their blood. In darkness, those inflammatory markers decreased. “At nighttime, those inflammatory markers go down but gradually rise up again in the morning,” says University of Manchester researcher and study author Julie Gibbs, PhD. She cautions that this particular study didn’t examine pain, but if you were to assume that with greater inflammation comes more pain, “you would expect more inflammation in the joints and increased pain levels in the morning,” she says.

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Very specific proteins in our cells govern the ticking of our circadian clocks, Gibbs explains, and it seems that one of the proteins involved in our inner clockwork, called cryptochrome, also influences inflammation. With more research, she believes experts might be able to predict at what time of day anti-inflammatory meds might be most helpful or even develop treatments that could target this protein to reduce inflammation, although that’s still a long way off, she says.

Drug is killing far more people than heroin

The most commonly prescribed opioid painkillers — like oxycodone and hydrocodone — were involved in more overdose deaths than any other type of the drug. Those deaths rose by 9%.

“The increasing number of deaths from opioid overdose is alarming,” CDC Director Tom Frieden said in a press release.

According to the report, two main shifts are driving the tragic trend:

  • More Americans are using opiate painkillers: Research suggests that one of the reasons that abusing opiates can make people more susceptible to future heroin abuse is because the drugs act similarly in the brain. A report released in July found that people who abused opiate painkillers were 40 times as likely to abuse heroin.
  • Inexpensive heroin has become more widely available: Heroin costs about one-fifth as much as most prescription opioids.

In recent surveys, nearly three in every 1,000 Americans said they used heroin in the previous year. That’s up from under two per 1,000 about a decade ago, a 62% increase that translates to hundreds of thousands more people.