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13 So-Called Healthy Foods That Really Aren’t So Great For You

You know what’s better than sitting down in front of a big bowl of kale? Sitting down in front of just about anything else.

A cup full of razor blades? Yup. A dish piled high with rusty nails? You bet. A plate of discarded dreams? Pretty much.

Very obvious (and probably abnormal) distaste for kale aside, green stuff is good for you. If you feel lethargic, irritable, sluggish, or generally out of shape, you’re probably not getting enough of it. That being said, there are some fruits, veggies, and dishes out there that get off on masquerading as health food just to watch us squirm. Here are a few culprits that your body really wouldn’t miss if you replaced them with chocolate.*

*Don’t replace vegetables with chocolate.

1. Peas

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Okay, so here’s the deal with peas and why they’re the worst. Not only do they taste like a combination of moth balls and sadness, but they’re really not all that good for you because they’re high on the glycemic scale. High-glycemic foods have been linked to weight gain and acne. Bye, peas. Bye.

2. Bell Peppers

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Because the universe has a personal vendetta against me and wants to rip the vegetables I actually like from my weak, unhealthy hands, bell peppers contain something called solanine. Basically, this little chemical can lead to inflammation that can eventually morph into diabetes and/or heart disease. The only domino effects you can count on in life are bad ones. Remember that.

3. Frozen Veggie Burgers

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Bad news, veg friends. The frozen veggie burgers we all know and love are usually packed with highly processed soy. To enjoy veggie burgers that actually contain vegetables, try making some from scratch.

4. Coconut and Almond Milk (in Cartons)

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Because drinking dairy milk is hands down one of the weirdest things human beings do, plenty of us opt for almond and coconut milk. And that’s fine. The downside is that those of us who have made the switch also purchase our milk of choice in cartons at the supermarket. Commercial producers of the stuff have to extract a lot of it in a short period of time, which leads to the addition of artificial vitamins like vitamin D2. These artificial versions have been linked to birth defects and brittle bones.

A substance called carrageenan is also used in this process, which was determined by the World Health Organization (WHO) to be a carcinogen. We’re all screwed.

5. Margarine

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If there’s one thing that sends me into an existential crisis, it’s the fact that I have to live my life knowing that butter is bad for me. While opting for fat-free, oil-based spreads like margarine might make you feel like you’re making a healthy choice, hydrogenated oils turn into trans fats at room temperature, and those are even worse than saturated fats. Everything is horrible and happiness is an illusion.

6. Celery

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There’s no long, drawn-out explanation for why celery isn’t the best choice. It’s just kind of pointless. If your intake of nutrition-packed veggies is adequate, go ahead and make some ants on a log. If it’s not, don’t rely on these crunchy little guys to get you where you need to be.

7. Whole-Grain Bread

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Why can’t the universe just let me be great? Here I am thinking that choosing whole-grain bread over white bread at the grocery store is the best way to go, but nah, nothing works. As it turns out, many of those lying, scheming loaves are dyed versions of their paler counterparts. They also tend to contain hydrogenated oils and added sugar. I love everything! (No I don’t!)

8. Yogurt

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Because I’m apparently wearing a sign that says “please play me” on my back, most yogurt in grocery stores contains as much sugar as a candy bar. Your best bet is to go as plain as possible and add your own fruit and toppings at home.

9. Dried Fruit

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Loved by crunchy people the world over, dried fruit also has a candy-like effect on the ol’ bod. Packed with sugar and preservatives, these snacks aren’t much better for you than gummy bears. And they’re obviously not half as good, so you’re playing yourself here.

10. Agave Nectar

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While artificial sweeteners are horrible, using agave nectar as an alternative just because it’s natural isn’t any better. In fact, it contains more fructose than any other common sweetener. Things just got real sour real quick.

11. Sandwich Thins

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You can just go ahead and assume that anything that calls itself “bread” and also comes with a mile-long ingredient list probably isn’t healthy. Instead, be way too cool for your friends and eat open-faced sandwiches if you want to skip out on some carbs.

12. Egg Substitutes

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Egg substitutes will essentially help you trade a little cholesterol for way too many preservatives (and will rob you of a few key vitamins in the process). Eating a few whole eggs a week isn’t going to hurt you.

13. Wraps

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My whole world is crashing down around me. Basically, tortillas are almost always made with white flour and packed with a third of your daily value of sodium. The other issue here is psychological. Because we’re excited about cutting back on bread, we opt for crispy chicken instead of grilled. We indulge on a little ranch dressing. Those calories add up. Guess everything is a lie, folks.

If you need me, you can find me in the kitchen eating my feelings (and I won’t be using a wrap to find sweet, edible relief).

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/not-so-healthy/

These 20 Gardening Tips Will Leave You Sporting A Green Thumb

They say gardening is the best form of therapy. It also might be the cheapest.

I have the utmost respect for those who grow fruits and veggies in their very own gardens. I can’t even fathom the time commitment it must take to plant, water, and harvest everything. I barely find the time to walk through the produce department at my local grocery store, so kudos to those of you with green thumbs.

With that being said, I’ve tried my hand at gardening on quite a few occasions, each time with disastrous results. Long story short, everything green I touch turns to dust. I am really good at making fertilizer out of all the plants I’ve managed to kill, though.

So for those of you out there in the same boat as me, here are 20 tips that will make everyone think you belong on the cover of Fine Gardening.

1. Turn your used plastic cutlery into garden markers.

2. No watering can? No problem! Make one with an empty milk container.

3. Store your extra seed packets in an empty photo album.

4. Save your fast food cup carriers for an awesome place to start growing your seedlings.

5. Decrease the number of tools you need in your garden by turning your rake into a measuring stick.

6. Create your own garden markers out of rocks.

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7. Combine four liters of vinegar, 250 grams of table salt, and one tablespoon of hand soap to make your own weed killer.

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8. Adding diapers to your pots will hold in moisture, keeping your soil moist for days.

9. Toilet paper also serves as an excellent seed tape.

10. Start out your seedlings in used egg shells for a perfect biodegradable pot.

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11. Water your houseplants with just a glass of water and a paper towel.

12. Keep soil from leaking out the bottoms of your pots with a coffee filter.

13. Create this awesome hanging garden with a shoe organizer.

14. Have an old shower caddy hanging around? Transform it into a vertical garden.

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15. Who knew you could grow seeds in a lemon?

16. Soak your seeds in water 24 hours before you’re ready to plant them.

17. Paint your worn-out tires and turn them into unique planters.

18. Banana peels are the perfect fertilizer to help your rosebushes grow.

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19. Save the ashes from your summer campfires — they make an excellent fertilizer.

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20. Never forget to water your plants again with this automatic waterer.

These tips make gardening look so easy. I’ll have a green thumb in no time!

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/garden-like-a-pro/

We Tried A Classic Love Experiment And This Is What Happened

Can asking each other 36 questions and staring into each other’s eyes for four minutes make two people fall in love?

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A few weeks ago, Mandy Len Catron of the New York Times published “To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This,” which has since gone viral and even inspired a few parodies. In the piece, Catron talks about going to a bar with a man who would later become her boyfriend and asking each other 36 questions, followed by four minutes of uninterrupted eye contact. The study, formed by Dr. Arthur Aron of Stony Brook University, was originally designed to measure closeness in strangers, but has since then been used to try to form romantic bonds between people.

“We were trying to find a method in the laboratory to create closeness,” Aron told BuzzFeed. “There had been a fair amount of research on how people tend to form friendships, and what that research showed was that a very standard process is that they self-disclose, reveal personal things about themselves at a gradually increasing rate, and that it’s reciprocal. So we wanted to see if we could make that happen in a short amount of time in a lab.”

What matters even more than self-disclosure, Aron said, is how the other person responds. “If I’m sitting there self-disclosing and the other person is just sitting there blankly and then takes their turn, it’s not going to have the same effect, we think, based on the research, than if the other person is nodding and appreciating that that’s how you feel.”

“Believing that someone is interested in deeply knowing you and seeing you for your true self is an extremely important ingredient for intimacy to develop,” Dr. Jill P. Weber told BuzzFeed. “But more powerful than believing this about a person is actually experiencing someone asking questions and displaying interest in a person’s most intimate details.”

As far as the eye contact’s effect, Dr. Kelly Campbell of California State University told BuzzFeed that “researchers have found that the ‘bonding’ or ‘love’ hormone of oxytocin gets released during prolonged eye contact. This is the same hormone that gets released when mothers breastfeed and gaze into the eyes of their infant.”

With all that in mind, we decided to test out this experiment ourselves.

Some of us were meeting strangers for the first time on a blind date. Some of us had just started seeing the person or were in new relationships. Others were together for a decade or so.

The official study had the 36 questions divided into three sets, where each section was timed for 15 minutes and the whole experiment lasted for 45 minutes total. However, we decided to answer all 36 questions the same way that Catron did in her piece, our experiences ranging from three and a half to seven hours, respectively.

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Brett Vergara and Anonymous, Blind First Date

A: The hardest part was probably the build up to it. I was really nervous about the idea of opening up to a complete stranger. When I got there it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. I actually really enjoyed myself!

BV: What quickly became apparent doing this exercise is how we were far more similar than I’d have originally anticipated. On the surface, it would seem that my partner and I came from very different backgrounds, with entirely different upbringings, and in turn had completely contrasting life experiences. This definitely wasn’t the case. It only took a few questions to unravel the similarities and common chords in our backgrounds.

A: I’m hoping that after this experience I will go into future dating situations being less afraid to really open up about who I am.

BV: I would say that going through this process serves more as an intensifier of any type of relationship, romantic or platonic. I mean, before I went through this experience there wasn’t a single person that knew the answer to every question involved with this exercise. Not my parents, not anyone I’ve been in a prior relationship with, not even my closest friends. When someone knows that much about you, especially on that intimate of a level, it’s only bound to bring you closer.

Sarah Karlan and Becca Sherman, Dating for Two Months

SK: I like sharing what is going on in my head. I found it more strange to hear how I appear to another person. I think we all have an idea of how we come across to others, but to hear someone say what they ‘like’ about me was weirdly amazing — and also made me feel uncomfortable at the same time. Such brazen honesty is not usually how we function in everyday life. It was refreshing.

BS: The weirdest part of this for me was talking so much about my childhood and family. I don’t spend a lot of time reflecting on my childhood, and don’t think of asking about it or discussing it much with someone I’m dating — at least, not in some sort of analytical way. That being said, I surprised myself with some of my answers, and it felt important and worthwhile to share with her.

SK: I like the idea of “cutting to the chase” or “cutting through the bullshit” and asking real questions. On dates sometimes you can get wrapped up talking about the superficial but it was a different ballgame doing the deep dive into each other’s lives. I think more people should do this even with non-romantic partners. Do it with your friends, your mom, everyone! Maybe not the eye contact though… that could get weird.

BS: I think I was most surprised at how comfortable the eye contact part of the experiment was for me. I had built that part of the experiment up in my head, and was expecting it to be pretty nerve-racking and/or awkward, but after spending time digging into all of these questions, it just felt right. You spend this very direct, focused time digging deep into who you both are with these questions, learning to “see” who the other person really is, and then you spend a really direct, focused amount of time physically seeing this person. I thought it was just a really perfect way to wrap it up and make you feel even closer.

Jenna Guillaume and Chris Guillaume, Together for 13.5 Years, Married for Two

JG: The hardest part for me was staring into each other’s eyes for four minutes. It didn’t feel natural — I kept wanting to lean forward and kiss Chris or ask what he was thinking or talk or do SOMETHING. It felt a little absurd, and I think it was probably more to do with my habit of constantly wanting to keep myself busy. Being still without any distractions was tough for me. But it was kind of relaxing too.

CG: I was surprised at how nice it was to share these things with each other again. It brought up wonderful memories of what we have done and achieved together.

JG: The thing that struck me most was that there weren’t really any surprises, which is probably good considering we’ve been together for 13.5 years. We know each other better than anyone else. The most surprising part for me was actually thinking about my OWN answers, and dwelling on a few things I hadn’t really considered before.

CG: The main takeaway from this was that talking more is always going to make for a happy relationship. It is easy to forget to talk with all the distractions in life these days so setting time aside each day to just talk might be my new favorite part of the day.

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Julia Pugachevsky and Anonymous, Second Date

JP: I really liked the questions where we had to name things we liked about each other, because we had to do it several times and go deeper than just “you’re smart” or “you’re attractive.” He had some very thoughtful things to say about me that I don’t think would normally come up on a second date, and it was quite wonderful to hear what nice things people notice about you when they first meet you.

A: As we opened up to each other more and more, to my surprise, I actually felt more physically attracted to her. I tend to think of physical attractiveness as this immutable rating, like one you’d give a Sims character or something, certainly something that only changes over a long time scale. But I guess it’s rare to look at someone hard, really scrutinizing them, without the intent of criticizing them or judging them negatively, and really finding the good.

JP: In some ways, this felt more comfortable to me than a standard second date at a bar because it gave us the freedom to open up when it’s usually considered a dating taboo to reveal too much too soon. I ended up telling him some hilariously incriminating stories about myself and we both had a good laugh, and I think that was a positive experience for me — not being afraid to really make fun of myself and just trusting the other person to get it.

A: Something that I’ll take away from this exercise is just remembering to compliment people. It felt so great when she said nice stuff about me. It’s so basic, but everyone’s so wrapped up in trying not to seem too vulnerable or too interested that people don’t compliment each other enough.

Arianna Rebolini and Brendan N., Together for 1.5 Years

AR: The questions that assumed or required us being strangers were funny, we had to alter how we were answering them, like the things we appeared to have in common. That one is probably better when you’re venturing a guess instead of being like, “We both like sushi; this is a fact.” Same things for the ones that were better suited for single people (like the “I wish I had someone to share ___ with” one).

BN: I had a hard time with some of the more abstract ones, like the one about love and affection.

AR: I was surprised at how visibly uncomfortable he was talking about himself. I feel like I knew he didn’t like being the center of attention, but it was like he didn’t want to take up time on his own stuff. I was also surprised by how much we DID know. I thought we’d be like learning all these new things about it each other but I guess we’ve covered a lot.

BN: I couldn’t believe how hard it was for me to tell my life story. It was such a struggle, and I picked such weird things. It felt impersonal the way I told it, like what was it, my fucking Facebook timeline? It felt like the most impersonal of all my answers.

Erin Chack and Sean C., Together for 9.5 Years

EC: I found it funny when I asked Sean the first question — “Who would like to have dinner with?” — and he looked at me blankly and said, “Am I supposed to say you?” After topping off his glass of wine and explaining the experiment wasn’t to prove we are in love but to help new couples accelerate intimacy, he relaxed. It was endearing how nervous he seemed at first.

SC: Erin and I have been dating for nine years so it was cool to go over a lot of views we’ve both talked about in our relationship and see what has changed, which wasn’t much.

EC: The most surprising thing to me was that there was literally nothing we didn’t know about each other. I thought there’d be some uncharted territory, but every response he gave I knew before he said it. The only new thing I learned was Sean thinks he’s going to die very old and I think I’m going to die young, which is something we may have never enunciated but I ascertained from the way we talk about our futures.

SC: Just thinking about the foundation of our relationship again was cool. And to always try to remember what we clicked together on and how we grew with each other and grow outside our relationship as well.

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Isaac Fitzgerald and Alice Kim, Together for Two Years

IF: I found out things I didn’t know about Alice, which is always exciting. I also thought it was really interesting to see what she focused on when telling her life story in four minutes. I was actually surprised by what I focused on during my own answering of that question as well.

AK: You get into a groove concerning the day-to-day, which is fine, but a little high-flown abstract talk never hurt anybody.

IF: I think there are ways that I could better support Alice based on some of her answers. I feel more familiar with the things she’s hopeful for, and with the things that she worries about. (She really didn’t like looking me in the eyes for four minutes, so we should probably avoid that in the future.)

AK: I had no problem staring at Isaac for that long, as he’s dreamy, but I found myself getting twitchy and self-conscious about being looked at — really looked at — for so long.

Krystie Yandoli and Chris W., Blind First Date

KY: Answering these questions wasn’t difficult for me because I like to consider myself a pretty honest and open person (plus, I talk a lot anyway). Asking the questions wasn’t difficult for me either, since I interview people all the time and am comfortable having conversations that involve an in-depth level of thought. But just sitting there with another person who, presumably was supposed to be a potential love interest felt bizarre in itself — opening myself up to that possibility was new and way overdue.

CW: I think by nature I’m pretty willing to reveal almost anything about myself in almost any situation, so the intimacy and privacy wasn’t a big deal. Maybe the hardest part, then, was staying on track enough to actually get through the questions in a reasonable amount of time since we both were pretty interested in pursuing tangential follow up questions. The whole thing took like five hours!

KY: I haven’t been open to the idea of love or romantic relationships for the past few years, so it was nice to be reminded of the work that needs to be done in order to create a substantial relationship. Since I went out with Chris, I’ve become more approachable, initiated dates, given out my number, and have had plenty of successful romantic interactions. This hasn’t been entirely intentional on my part, but I think subconsciously I’ve opened myself up to the idea of being comfortable with guys and knowing that if I want something, I have to go after it myself.

CW: The biggest takeaway was about the scope and topics of the questions. Essentially they access deeper forms of connections by trying to avoid questions of what you “do” and get in to who you “are.” Sure, getting to know someone’s tastes and interests is important, but by focusing on personal history and how the other person feels about specific emotional cues, or what their hopes or wishes are about their life ahead, these kinds of questions bring out more nuance and information about a person’s personality.

Intrigued? Here are the 36 questions so you can try it for yourself!

Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/juliapugachevsky/we-tried-the-new-york-times-love-experiment-and-this-is-what

14 Exercises That Will Get You In Good Shape…And Improve Your Sex Life

Everyone wants to be fit and healthy, whether they care to admit it or not. One of the main reasons why people want to get in shape, lose weight, or get healthier is to make life a little easier for themselves and the people they love. It also helps in the romance department, if you know what I mean.

Something that’s important to many people is having a good sex life. But did you know that there are simple exercises out there that will improve all of that? If that sounds appealing to you, you’ll definitely want to keep reading.

1. Pushups

Pushups will help you gain the stability and strength you’ll need to hold yourself up during sex. They work the chest, shoulders, triceps, and all of the muscles in your core, which are all necessary when it comes to having great sex.

2. Squats

Having strong legs means that you can hold yourself (and possibly your partner) up for long periods of time. Squats work the glutes, quads, hamstrings, and calves.

3. Bridges

Bridges are great for opening up your hips. Having stiff hips isn’t conducive to having awesome sex, so you’ll want to make sure that they are free and open. Bridges will also work your calves, glutes, and abs.

4. Stability Ball Crunches

This exercise is a core-training staple. If you do some crunches while balancing on a large ball like this, you’ll be able to work your abs, obliques, and even the muscles in your back. You’ll be stable and ready for anything if you improve your core.

5. Lunges

Lunges work your quads, hamstrings, glutes, and calves. They also open up your hip flexors, and we already know why that’s a big deal.

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6. Straddles

This is more of a stretch than an exercise, but you can’t beat strengthening your lower back and loosening up your hips at the same time.

7. Back Bends

Back bends improve flexibility in your back, but they also work out your shoulders, glutes, wrists, and ankles. Those last few joints go overlooked sometimes, but trust me, you’ll want to keep your wrists and ankles flexible.

8. Inchworms

These loosen up your entire body and help improve overall flexibility over time.

9. V-Sits

This move requires a lot of power in your hips and core muscles, but if you can perform v-sits, it will vastly improve your sex life.

10. Plié Squats

This version is a simple spin on the old standby that will target your hips and glutes in a totally new way.

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11. Planks

Planks are essential to any core exercise routine. It’s important for you to be able to hold yourself up while having sex, and this exercise will help you do that.

12. Reclined Butterfly

While this is also a stretch, it is essential for improving hip flexibility and strength.

13. Lying Leg Raises

These are great for improving core strength and stability.

14. Hollow Body Hold

This hold will work your core and hips incredibly hard while stretching out your back, which is often injured during sex.

(via Women’s Health / Livestrong / Men’s Health)

If you want to have better sex, I suggest you start taking some notes on these exercises. It looks like they require a lot of core strength, stability, and hip flexibility. If you learn to target those areas of the body, you’ll be able to have the sex that you’ve always dreamed of.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/sexercises/

Let’s Talk About How To Make Your Farts Less Stinky

Farting. It’s just a part of life.

In fact, a healthy person farts between 10 and 20 times a day. And even though most of us do our best to keep this particular bodily function private, we’ve all been in a room where someone let one rip and the stench filled the space. Not to give credence to the “he who smelt it, dealt it” saying, but that person might have even been you.

Luckily, we have science to tell us just what’s going on in our bodies and how to avoid these stinky embarrassments.

Dr. Myron Brand, a gastroenterologist, recently spoke to Thrillist about why farts smell.

He said, “Smelly odor is not bad, it’s just a function of what you’re eating and what your bacteria is doing inside your gastrointestinal tract. Everyone is different. Foul smell just means the carbohydrates you consume are being malabsorbed — it’s fermented.”


Unfortunately, eating healthy foods can lead to more gas.

According to fitness and nutrition scientist Cassandra Forsythe, apple, pear, watermelon, cabbage, asparagus, leeks, onions, garlic, avocado, mushrooms, and cauliflower are some of the biggest flatulence offenders.

Dr. Brand recommends a high-protein diet with a low carbohydrate intake for fewer nose-plugging moments.

Read More: People In These 5 Locations Around The World Are Living Longer — Here’s Why

However, it’s important to remember that smelly farts are just kind of part of the deal for humans.

If you’re experiencing an excess of flatulence, though, it’s good to check in with a doctor. If it’s only the smell that’s bothering you, try incorporating more protein into your diet.

Read More New Study Shows The Dangerous Side Effects To Drinking Coffee On Empty Stomach

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/why-farts-stink/

Could These Food Habits Help You Live Longer? Science Says Yes

It’s no secret that maintaining a healthy diet and exercise plan is key to living longer. That being said, doing that would be a lot easier if we all lived in nations around the world that have been classified as “blue zones.”

David Katz, president of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, was able to pinpoint five blue zones across the world where thousands of people live to 100 and beyond. This discovery is the end result of over a decade of research. Areas with the highest concentrations of centenarians on Earth are Ikaria, Greece; Okinawa, Japan; Ogliastra, Sardinia; Loma Linda, California; and the Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica.

To help you live more than a century, here are the best dietary habits from each blue zone.

1. Loma Linda, California

This community is filled with Seventh-Day Adventists, many of whom outlive most Americans by over a decade. This Christian group practices a strict routine in terms of diet and fitness. They avoid meat and dairy products at all costs. While some eat meat in moderation, this area of California is mostly vegan. They center their diets around grains, nuts, and legumes, and quench their thirst by drinking only water.

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2. Sardinia, Italy

The people pf Sardinia are known for growing their own food and living off the land. This allows them to eat the freshest foods while getting a good amount of exercise. The cost of slaughtering animals is incredibly high, so meat consumption is saved for special occasions. They typically stick with a diet of fish, vegetables, and whole grain foods, all of which are beneficial to cardiovascular health.

3. Okinawa, Japan

With crystal blue oceans, it’s not hard to believe that the people of Okinawa rely heavily on a fish-based diet. However, you might be surprised to learn that soybeans also play an important role in their longevity. These beans are full of protein and carbohydrates and low on fat. Because stir-fry is so popular in this blue zone, it’s worth noting that people’s diets in Okinawa are packed with veggies.

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4. Ikaria, Greece

Like those in Sardinia, the people of Ikaria reap the benefits of a Mediterranean diet. Meal portions are reminiscent of Spanish tapas, which means that they’re pretty small. Products made with goat and sheep’s milk along with bread made of wheat, rye, and barley are key components of the Ikarian diet. These whole grain breads help increase fiber intake. The people of Ikaria experience a 20 percent lower risk of cancer than Americans.

5. The Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica

Meals in the Nicoya Peninsula are typically cooked earlier in the day than we are accustomed to. People in the region also believe in eating what is necessary and nothing more. Science has proven that the combination of eating early and only eating what is essential can help extend a person’s life by at least a few years.

If you’re already a coffee addict, you’ll be excited to know that these people consume a ton of the stuff. Coffee is believed to help cut down the risk of dementia and symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

Listen, I’m not worried about whether or not I’ll make it to 100, so I think I’ll keep focusing on living life to the fullest with a cheeseburger and fries every now and then. What about you? Does this make you want to change your eating habits?

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/life-prolonging-foods/

According To Science, These Are The Things We Should Do To Become Immortal

Immortality is one of the most sought after super-powers in fables. There’s always some evil super villain who burns down a village to get his hands on the potion that will grant him invincibility. Well, good news guys. You can put down the torches and pick up the candy bars because science has finally given us the deets on an eternal existence. Follow this guide and you should live to be 300 years old… maybe.

1) Eat More Nuts – According to The New England Journal Of Medicine, the more nuts a person eats, the less likely they are to die. 7 or more servings a week could lead to a 20% reduction in death.

2) Buy A Cat –  Believe it or not, The University of Minnesota’s Stroke Association states that simply owning a cat can cut your risk of a heart attack by nearly one third.

3) Drink More Beer – Based on their data, The Journal of the American Dietetic Association believes that drinking beer can greatly reduce the risk of a heart attack. It makes the human blood less sticky and therefore less likely to clot.

4) Chew More Gum – Stress is a known killer. Fortunately, scientists at Swinburne University in Melbourne believe that chewing gum regularly can drop your anxiety levels by nearly 17 percent.

5) Stop Eating Red Meat – Recently, The Harvard Health Publication linked regular consumption of red meat to an increase in L-carnitine-loving bacteria. It’s a significant discovery that helps explain the higher risk of heart issues associated with red meat.

6) Watch More Sports – Exercise has been linked to longer lifespans, which is good news for sports fans. The School of Medicine at the University of Western Sydney has found evidence that just watching your favorite team play will actually jumpstart your nervous system as if you were playing in the game. The effects are minimal, but shhhh I WANT TO BELIEVE.

7) Hold Hands With Someone – Researchers at The University Of North Carolina (the smart one) recently found data that shows holding hands with someone for 10 minutes could measurable slow the release of cortisol in the brain. In layman’s terms, this would reduce your stress levels and keep you alive longer.

8) Stop Screaming – Obviously frustrated with their argumentative spouses, researchers at Duke University concluded that screaming could increase your chances of suffering heart disease or a stroke. 

9) Eat More Chocolate – We should all listen to the Cleveland Clinic because their research shows that eating a moderate level of chocolate can offer your body some sweet benefits. They include vascular health, improving blood flow to the brain, and lower blood pressure. I think I speak for everyone when I say: “THANK YOU.”

 

Look. If science tells me to eat more chocolate, I’m going to listen. BRING ON THE FOOTBALL. Oh, right… no screaming. Studies also show that sharing this post with your friends will increase awesomeness levels. Who doesn’t want that?

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10 Dangerous (And Expensive) Skin Care Myths That We Need To Leave Behind Forever

Whenever a new beauty trend hits the scene, I’m first in line to buy every product in sight.

Korean skin care? Way ahead of you. SPF serum? Sign me up. As a true junkie, I pride myself on knowing what’s up, but that doesn’t mean I don’t get sucked in by fads that fail to do a whole lot in the results department.

And that’s mainly because most of us, beauty addicts or otherwise, buy into a whole host of myths that have no evidence to back them up aside from word-of-mouth advice. Let’s take a look at the ones we need to ditch.

1. Myth: Lavender is great for calming irritated skin.

Fact: While that statement in itself is not false, here’s where adding lavender to your routine gets tricky. Although the soothing properties of lavender can calm redness, the plant can also make your skin photosensitive. That doesn’t bode well for anyone looking to spend time outside, especially when beach weather rolls around. To avoid burning and further damaging your skin, slather on some serious SPF if you use these creams, oils, and serums.

If you want to learn more about the pros and cons of using lavender-laden products, check this out.

2. Myth: You should never use oils or rich lotions on oily skin.

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Fact: As someone with an oily face, I can tell you that stripping your skin is never the answer. In fact, using harsh, drying cleansers and toners can actually trick your skin into producing even more oil. A good beauty routine starts with moisturization, so don’t be afraid of anti-aging oils and creams. Just use them sparingly. After a while, your skin will balance itself out. It can only do that if it’s healthy and nourished.

3. Myth: Eating too much of any junk food will make you break out.

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Fact: The association between all junk food and breakouts is a little too general. Instead of pointing the finger at every indulgence, blame high-glycemic foods. Treats falling into this category often contain refined sugars and carbohydrates, which cause inflammation. Studies have linked inflammation to breakouts, so that’s why zits appear after binging on stuff like pizza.

You can find more information about high-glycemic foods and their relationship to acne here.

4. Myth: All products labeled “hypoallergenic” will work for sensitive skin.

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Fact: Much like the term “organic” has turned into an unregulated mess in grocery stores, the term “hypoallergenic” tricks consumers with sensitive skin into thinking that products labeled as such will not cause irritation.

According to the folks at Paula’s Choice, “We’ve seen hundreds of products that are said to be good for sensitive skin that contain seriously problematic ingredients like fragrances, which are capable of triggering allergic breakouts or sensitive skin reactions.” Be on the lookout for ingredients like alcohol, menthol, and camphor. For further details, follow this link.

5. Myth: Using products from the same line will yield better results.

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Fact: You can chalk this up to clever marketing, people. While every brand under the sun claims that there’s a special relationship between ingredients in products from the same line, you can save some serious cash by doing your research. If you love an expensive lotion but can’t afford the serum that supposedly goes along with it, check the ingredients and look for them elsewhere on sites like Amazon and Dermstore.

6. Myth: Facial exercises can prevent and counteract the signs of aging.

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Fact: According to Dr. Frederic Brandt, the mastermind behind Dr. Brandt Skin Care, “The muscle contractions used in facial exercises can actually contribute to wrinkling.” Just think about how smile lines form. Over the course of a lifetime, those pesky parentheses on either side of your mouth become permanently etched into the skin. Repeatedly performing the same facial exercises can have similar effects.

7. Myth: Natural ingredients are always better than synthetics.

Fact: There’s a reason why businesses like LUSH (which is an amazing brand, by the way) do so well. They give consumers the option to swap out harsh synthetics for natural alternatives. The researchers at LUSH know exactly which processes their ingredients need to go through to make them safe and effective. For that reason, not all natural products are created equal. Citrus juices and coconut oil, for example, can actually harm and irritate your skin if they’re not processed correctly.

To learn more about which natural ingredients will actually help your skin, check out the LUSHopedia.

8. Myth: It’s best to use products that contain collagen and elastin.

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Fact: While all those claims about bioengineered collagen and elastin penetrating the skin and fusing with the collagen you already have sound great, they don’t hold up on a molecular level. The fact of the matter is that the particles found in these products are way too big to penetrate the skin, let alone bind with pre-existing collagen.

9. Myth: High-end products are way more effective than anything you could possibly find at the drugstore.

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Fact: According to most experts, the active ingredients in anti-aging products across the spectrum are pretty much the same. Even if concentrations of these ingredients in drugstore products are lower, you’ll still get similar effects over time. (And while we’re at it, I’d like to point out that no anti-aging lotion is going to make you look like you just had a facelift, even if you spent a small fortune on it.)

10. Myth: Baking soda is great for exfoliating and detoxifying the skin.

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Fact: This one is particularly maddening, since beauty gurus, DIYers, and even major brands claim that baking soda is something that you should be using on your face. In fact, Biore just came out with a face wash based on the harmful trend. You absolutely should not use baking soda on your skin.

Not only is it too harsh to use as an exfoliant, but it’s also way too basic. The PH level of baking soda can throw your skin totally out of whack — so much so that you could rob your skin of its natural ability to fight bacterial infections. Click here for more details.

The fact of the matter is that everyone’s skin is different.

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What works for me might not work for you, and that’s totally fine! While it’s important to acknowledge the shortcomings of beauty fads and call out problematic myths, the pros of using lavender oil may outweigh the cons for you, or you really might break out after eating any form of junk food. Just figure out what works (and doesn’t work) for you. Before starting any new regimen, it never hurts to do some digging online and consult a dermatologist!

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These 6 Lifestyle Choices Aren’t As Bad For You As You Once Thought

If you search the internet looking for the truth about healthy dos and don’ts, you’ll find some rather conflicting reports.

The news is always flooded with the latest university study announcing the next healthy habit to pursue or avoid.

As science develops, we have come to discover that many of the habits we once thought were horrible for our health, can actually be quite beneficial. From me to you, here’s a sampling of six lifestyle habits that aren’t so bad for you after all.

1. Exercising while tired

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After a long day at the office, the last thing on your mind is changing into your favorite workout clothes and hitting the gym. However, according to a study published by Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, a simple 30-minute workout while feeling fatigued can actually have the reverse effect. It can quickly reduce your tiredness, improve mood, and reduce stress and anxiety.

2. Late-night eating

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I’ve been known to work some odd hours of the day, and inevitably, I may not eat dinner until closer to 9 or 10 p.m. I always think that I shouldn’t eat so late…but thanks to two researchers, I can finally ignore those silly thoughts. Apparently, ignoring late-night cravings can actually cause restless sleep. Eating at odd hours of the night won’t actually cause you to gain weight, as long as you stay within your allotted calorie range for the day.

3. Not showering regularly

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According to New York-based Dermatologist, Dr. Joshua Zeichner, many Americans bathe every day because it has become the societal norm. We’re actually a lot cleaner than we think!

But by showering less frequently, you’ll allow the “good” bacteria time to grow. This bacteria helps fight off infection and dangerous chemicals that would otherwise soak directly through our skin into our blood streams. Over-showering can also dry out your skin and leave your hair feeling flat and dull.

4. Drinking tequila

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Who knew that tequila could actually aid in weight loss? That’s right, according to the British Journal of Nutritiona regulated amount of tequila can help stimulate your metabolism. The secret is the agavins (or sugars) found in tequila. With their simpler molecular structure, these sugars go almost undetected in the bloodstream.

Taking a shot of tequila right after a meal can also aid in food digestion. It is also considered to be both a prebiotic and probiotic, can fight off osteoporosis, prevent Type 2 diabetes, and lower your chances of developing dementia.

5. Not brushing your teeth after eating

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Howard R. Gamble, former president of the Academy of General Dentistry has said that in addition to brushing daily, it’s important to brush your teeth at the right times. Brushing immediately after eating can actually cause the acid from certain foods to speed up the damage done to your enamel. Instead, try waiting 30 minutes to an hour before brushing those pearly whites.

6. Drinking non-diet soda

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Diet Pepsi has the word ‘diet’ in the name, so it must be healthy, right? Wrong!

Research conducted at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health revealed that adults who drank diet soda consumed more food calories throughout the day than those who drank regular soda.

In addition, most diet soft drinks offer up promises of being “low-cal” or “no-sugar added.” The problem with these promises is that in order to take something out, something else has to be added. In this case, sugar is replaced with artificial sweeteners. Artificial sweeteners have been linked to weight gain, Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and metabolic syndrome.

Now if you need me, I’ll just be over here improving my metabolism!

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11 Reasons Why Running Is Not As Good For You As You Might Think

Running is an incredibly simplistic form of exercise. All you need is some jogging clothes and a pair of shoes and you’re off. It’s a go-to for a lot of people who are trying to lose weight and work up a sweat.

But running may not be as good for you as you think. There are a lot of dangers associated with running that you might not even know about. Here are just a few of the reasons why you should probably pump the breaks on jogging.

1. Running is a high-impact exercise that can do a number on your joints and ligaments. Once you wear that cartilage away, you can’t get it back.

2. If you run on sidewalks and roads, you are putting yourself at risk for joint damage because of the hard landing your body has to endure with every step.

3. Other forms of exercise are far more effective than running in terms of burning calories and boosting your heart rate, and they don’t kill your joints. Swimming, rowing, and even weightlifting can burn more calories than jogging.

4. You can burn more calories in a shorter amount of time with those other forms of exercise. Plus, they’ll help you build muscle.

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5. If you are running for cardiovascular exercise, you could be doing more harm than good. People who are hardcore runners have been known to suffer from arterial plaque buildup and inflammation of the heart.

6. Because of all the stress you put on your body while running, it really wears you out. If you do this every day, your muscles won’t heal properly.

7. If you run outdoors, it can get pretty hot. It might make you want to take your shirt off. Well, running for long periods of time in the hot sun increases your risk of getting skin cancer, so be sure to put some sunblock on when you’re out there.

8. Taking a brisk walk can be just as effective when it comes to burning calories and losing fat.

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9. Your vertebrae get jammed together with every running step you take, and that can cause a lot of discomfort down the line.

10. One study found that people who run every day for many miles have the same life expectancy as those who don’t jog at all. This is because the heart is compromised by the large amount of stress that running puts on the body.

11. Take a look at long distance runners’ bodies and then take a look at the bodies of gymnasts. If you’re more into the sculpted look, try gymnastics, yoga, weightlifting, CrossFit, MMA, and exercises like that. Running alone will not get you there.

There you have it, folks! There are obviously many benefits when it comes to running, but the activity comes with its fair share of risks. How will you broaden your fitness horizons?

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