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  • 6 Scientifically Proven Health Benefits of Fasting


    1. Fasting improves digestion. Studies show that intermittent fasting like that observed in the Ethiopian Orthodox tradition helps you have a healthier digestive system.

    2.  Fasting helps you understand your appetite and hunger cycles. When you fast you increase your tolerance levels for hunger and also understand better the way your body craves different food types, thereby building up a resistance. 

    3. Studies show that growth hormones kick up production when your body is deprived of food. Cell repair goes into high gear. The changes in hormone production have been reported to be up to a 5-time increase in growth hormones as your body changes the way it deals with stored fat. Read about why growth hormones increase through fasting

    4. Intermittent or on and off fasting is good for the brain. It increases thoughtfulness and some studies on animals even indicate that it may contribute to the growth of new nerve cells. You can also reduce forgetfulness and helps prevent Alzheimer's through fasting

    5. Fasting also helps you gain muscle and become stronger. Even though this is counter-intuitive many studies have been made that provide evidence for this. 

    6. Through a year-round fasting regiment, you can fight diseases better and increase your immunity  


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  • List of 6 Things All Successful People Have in Common

    DireTube #Merjea video on the common pattern in most if not all successful people provides the following 6 traits. Study these traits and watch the video to join the ranks of effective people and make 2017 a great year. 

    1. A Good positive outlook means believing that something you want will happen.  Positivity in your outlook makes your mind healthy and you choose the best things in life. You don't allow for any thoughts of weakness. In this state there is no boredom

    2. Successful people set goals and have solutions in hand for challenges. They prepare for challenges and have solutions since they generate ideas about how to solve problems. They know their where to start and where they want to end up, and learn from their mistakes.

    3. They take responsibility for problems that arise at work.  Instead of regretting and feeling remorse about a problem they choose to learn useful life lessons from it and move on.

    4. Successful people choose their company wisely. They spend time with people who are like them or even more educated, better at solving problems and overall at a higher level than they are. Through learning from these people they constantly improve themselves.

    5. Another common behavior in all successful people has to do with relationships. People who do great in life have good and strong bonds with people around them. They treat everyone with respect at a minimum and nurture friendships.

    6. Lastly, successful people have excellent time management skills. They set time aside to decide what they are going to do with their day and then they do it.  




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  • Eating Less Slows Aging in Mice

    Researchers say they may have found a way to stave off aging. They say you might need to eat less.

    Writing in the journal Molecular & Cellular Proteomics, researchers from Brigham Young University say eating less can slow the aging of cells in the body.

    Fewer calories slow down a mechanism in the cells called ribosomes, at least in mice. They are responsible for making vital proteins in the cells, but with fewer calories they slow down, giving them more time to repair themselves, researchers said.

    Ribosomes, researchers say, use from 10 to 20 percent of the cell’s energy to make those proteins. Read more here

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  • Foods to beat inflammation

    Inflammation is part of the body’s immune response that helps us heal. It’s what happens when you get a splinter and the whole area turns red and gets a bit puffy – that’s your immune system at work helping fight off any viruses or bacteria that might have gotten in, and that’s a good thing.

    But when inflammation is constant or out-of-control it can damage the body. While experts have always thought anything with an “itis” at the end involved ongoing inflammation – such as arthritis or appendicitis, recent research shows that a much larger number of diseases, including heart disease, certain cancers, and possibly Alzheimer’s disease may also be triggered in part by chronic inflammation. Do your body a favor by including the following anti-inflammatory foods in your diet.

    Orange Juice: Although green juices have been stealing the spotlight recently, America’s sweetheart, orange juice, should not be overlooked when it comes to fighting inflammation. Research suggests that a glass of 100 percent orange juice may help reduce inflammation given its overall nutrient content and the flavonoid, hesperidin, that it contains. One study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that consuming 100 percent orange juice with a high-fat, high-carbohydrate meal helped to reduce markers of inflammation better than water alone, or water with sugar added to equal the number of calories in the orange juice. Reducing inflammation with 100 percent orange juice may also help support a healthy heart and circulation as well as promote overall health and wellness. 

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  • 'Gender-biased infections' may exist

    Viruses can evolve to become more aggressive in men than in women - at least in theory, a study suggests.

    The report, published in Nature Communications, argues there is a benefit to a virus "going easy" in women as it helps it spread.

    Some infections are known to be less deadly in women, but this is largely put down to differences in the immune system.

    Experts said the findings were intriguing.

    Viruses have ways of spreading that are unique to women - such as to a child in the womb, during birth or breastfeeding.

    Scientists at Royal Holloway University in London used mathematics to model whether this altered the way viruses behaved.

    Their findings suggest there may be an advantage to infections being less aggressive in women as reducing the risk of killing the mother increases the chance of infecting the child.

    Dr Francisco Ubeda, one of the researchers, said: "Viruses may be evolving to be less dangerous to women, looking to preserve the female population, the virus wants to be passed from mother to child, either through breastfeeding, or just through giving birth."

    Studies have shown that gender plays a role in the types and severity of infections.

    The main ideas are differences in the immune system, hormones or sex chromosomes affecting risk.

    Dr Ubeda told the BBC News website: "We're turning it on its head and taking the pathogen's eye view.

    "We show theoretically it is possible, which is challenging, but we haven't proven what the mechanism is that would trigger this difference.

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  • Must read: Know when to use what gear in an automatic car

    So you did not want to struggle much learning to drive so you skipped the manual transmission and opted for an automatic car. Possibly, you have been cruising around but wondering why your colleagues say their car does 12km per litre of gas but you can only do 14km per litre and are always in the garage. Or you have just got your driving permit – hopefully after doing and passing the driver’s test – and are ready to jump into your first shiny new car.

    Whatever the case, you are convinced that driving an automatic is a piece of cake and you are ready to go. You are wrong.

    There is a right and wrong way to use an automatic transmission. So unless you have some shade tree mechanic working near your house, or you just have deep pockets to spend on fuel and garage, let’s cover the basics.

    You should know that a vehicle with automatic transmission usually has three basic gear transmissions.

    When you select Drive, the car will only shift through the first three gears. Overdrive introduces a fourth and fifth gear that allows your car to achieve better fuel economy at high speed.

    However, if you have a button activated Overdrive mode, you can press it on and press it off while driving at constant speed to feel the effects. You’ll lose RPMs when engaging overdrive and get better fuel economy if and only if you do not strain the engine. The Overdrive gear is higher than a 1:1 ratio, so acceleration is an uphill battle with it engaged.

    Your gear selector probably has P, R, N, D and/or (0) along with any combination of L, 1, 2, or 3.

    P: Is the position that is selected when the vehicle is parked.
    R: Reverse. Used when the driver wants to go backwards.
    N: Neutral. Only used when you need to roll the car from one place to another.
    D: Drive. The drive range is selected when you wish to drive the vehicle forward.
    L, 1, 2, and 3: These are modes that will lock your automatic transmission into using a particular gear. This is helpful when you do not want the transmission to shift in response to throttle position or load. It is useful if you need to pull someone out of a ditch or engage engine braking.

    Not all roads are the same. Most automatic transmissions also allow you to manually select one or more lower gears, such as Low (L), 1st (1) and 2nd (2). In the case of L and 1, the transmission will stay in the lowest gear and not shift on its own. That allows maximum power when you need it, such as on a steep hill, but greatly limits your speed. Some automatic transmissions will shift out of 1st once you reach a certain speed, to prevent damage to the transmission or engine, or cut power to the engine. And with others, if you select 2, the transmission starts in 2nd gear and is locked in that gear.

    This is useful when starting out on slippery surfaces or for engine braking when descending a steep hill. So L, 1, 2 and 3 modes are very useful in specific conditions. On some of the muddiest roads, the 2 range helps to get you rolling over very slippery areas. Because you are selecting a higher gear, less spin (per engine rotation) is being imparted to the wheels, which helps prevent you from spinning your tires when you take off on slippery terrain.

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