Former Teen Heartthrob Reveals Illness That Will End His Career

When you ask anyone who was a teenager during the early 70s who their childhood crush was they are probably going to say one name: David Cassidy. The Partridge Family’s oldest son was always everyone’s favorite because of his long hair and his good-guy charm.

However Cassidy has revealed that he has been struggling with an illness that has put an end to his career. “I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming,” he said while he announced that he was suffering from dementia.

Both his grandfather and mother struggled with dementia before they passed away. Cassidy himself has been struggling with other issues including 3 arrests, bankruptcy and divorce. It hasn’t been an easy life but he has decided that with this latest diagnosis he will be taking time to himself.

It’s a little unclear whether or not he intends on completing his 2017 tour, originally he was supposed to finish it out but now he told People that he would be quitting sooner.

“I want to focus on what I am, who I am and how I’ve been, without any distractions. I want to love. I want to enjoy life,” David Cassidy said in his announcement.

5 Unstoppable People With Chronic Conditions Will Inspire You To Be Grateful

Life is so short and too precious to be wasted on negativity.

Sure, we’ve all got our bad days, but if you’ve got your health you’re already way ahead of many who struggle daily with chronic conditions. So many people live with chronic pain and depend on medical advances to keep them alive. And yet, they thrive because their fighting spirit cannot tolerate anything less than a life well lived.

If you’re having a tough day and need some inspiration, let their stories shine a light for you:

Diagnosed at the age of 10 with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS), she was constantly pushed to the sidelines because her illness was ‘invisible’. Her rare type of the syndrome caused her skin to loose it’s elasticity, causing it to sag.

After years of feeling insecure, she made the decision to raise awareness for EDS. The model/advocate wants to break society’s barriers to perfection.

“A reminder we all need: love your body, love yourself,be gentle with your body, be gentle with yourself. We are our own real life warriors. “

[The Mighty]

At the age of 29, Michael J. Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. Since then he has been an active proponent in the quest to finding a treatment and a cure for the chronic, progressive movement disorder.

In an interview with the Globe and Mail, the Canadian-American actor says that he doesn’t let his condition slow him down. One life lesson he’s learned: “Look at the choices you have, not the choices that have been taken away from you. In them, there are whole worlds of strength and new ways to look at things.”

[Globe and Mail / Good Housekeeping ]

Cast member of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” Yolanda Hadid suffers from Lyme disease, a condition caused by bacteria that is difficult to diagnose.

Although it can be treated successfully, it can often be misdiagnosed as it’s symptoms mimic other illnesses. Like many people with invisible illnesses, Hadid was accused of exaggerating her illness. Her advice to others:

“…Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about, so your kindness goes a long way, and together we can make a real difference in someone’s day.”

[Bustle/The Mighty]

In 2011, Venus Williams was forced to withdraw from the US Open due to Sjogren’s syndrome. The debilitating autoimmune disease temporarily derailed one of the world’s top female athletes, but she didn’t let the joint pain keep her down.

After her diagnosis, Williams adjusted her diet and her lifestyle to manage the disease. “I just see it as a challenge because in my life I’ve never been defeated by anything… I’ve lost and I’ve had to learn — but I’ve never had to lay down the towel, so to speak. “

[CNN]

The famous fitness trainer got a lot of heat after stating in an interview that she would rather adopt than put her body through the physical challenges of pregnancy.

However, she suffers from endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) – two painful, invisible illness that affect millions of women worldwide.  

“Don’t shut down your emotions. Embrace them. Your emotions are your internal compass telling you whether or not you are on track.”

[Sape / The New York Times]

Nature Valley Ad Reveals Devastating Effects Of Technology On Today’s Kids

Take a moment to think about what you did for fun when you were a kid.

Nature Valley recently released an ad that sheds some light on how kids choose to play now versus three generations ago. The results are concerning for any parent.

In the video, Nature Valley interviews three different groups of people: the elderly, the middle-aged, and school-aged children. Each person is asked the same question: When you were a kid, what did you do for fun?

All the adults smile and begin telling their stories of their outdoor adventures. Some went blueberry picking, gardening, fishing, playing sports, and building forts. Today’s kids have a very different answer.

They all said they use some sort of technology for fun, including playing video games, texting on their smartphones, or scrolling on their tablet. And how much time do they spend each day doing those things? One girl says: “Three to four hours,” while one boy claims he uses his tablet for “five hours straight.”

The video has a powerful message, so make sure you watch it.

We want to know your thoughts. Do you think kids today are addicted to technology? Is it taking away from the time they should be spending outdoors and socializing with other kids?

Don’t forget to share this important message with your friends!

Buy The Perfect Avocado Every Time

The popular convenience store company is celebrating its birthday today, July 11 – but they’re offering great deals for a week!

That’s right, an entire week. From July 11 to July 18 you can enjoy some of 7-Eleven’s most delicious snacks.

So whether you’re just in the area or getting some gas, take advantage of this offer and collect a freebie each day.

Wednesday July 11

Because today is the company’s birthday, they’re giving out

Your Daily Dose Of Caffeine Just Got A Bit Chewy

Who has time for a cup of coffee anymore? What we all need is something a bit more concentrated and quick to ingest.

Well, lucky for you there is a new invention that will get that caffeine buzz to your brain a lot faster and it is in chewable form. That’s right, chewable coffee.

Go Cubes claim to be “the future of coffee”. They are little bite sized cubes that each have the equivalent of a half a cup of coffee in them so two would get you the same kick as normal. They also have some extra benefits added in.

They have “reduced the jitteriness of caffeine and added nootropics for a well-rounded, steady and focused feel.” That way, you get all the energy without all the focus problems.

Go Cubes are currently available in three flavors: Mocha, Pure Drip and Latte.

“Go Cubes give you the kick of coffee with the relaxation of tea. This effect is created with our scientifically validated formulation which includes L-theanine which is found in green tea, and other nootropics.” – Statement on company website.

You can get the Go Cubes Sampler which is 6 of the 4 packs for $14 or a Go Cubes Box which contains 20 of the 4 packs for $35.

Would you ever try something like this or would you rather just drink a cup of coffee?

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7 Natural Cures That Are In Your Kitchen Right Now

No matter how healthy your diet and how much exercise you get, everyone gets sick from time to time.

It can be disappointing when your doctor tells you to try the same medicines that have been sitting in your bathroom cabinet for years, knowing that you’ll still feel awful for days. Luckily, there’s always a natural remedy you can try.

These foods – which you probably already have in your fridge and pantry – have been proven to help cure medical conditions as well or better than regular medicine. Learn what you’ve been missing all these years before you get sick again!

1. Use garlic on a sore throat

It’s good for more than keeping vampires away. Garlic can actually fix another pain in your neck: a sore throat. If you press garlic and mix it with warm water then drink it, the garlic will kill the bacteria in your throat that’s causing the discomfort.

2. Prunes for constipation

You may already know this about prunes, but if you’re only drinking prune juice you’re not getting the full effect. Prunes are natural laxatives and so is their juice, but the fruit itself is full of tough fibers that don’t break down in your stomach acid. Eat one a day and it will push everything through and keep you feeling regular.

3. Foods with calcium for PMS

Along with changes in their brain’s chemistry, women suffering from PMS experience lowered levels of calcium in their blood. So if you’re feeling upset you can reach for the ice cream or broccoli, both of which are full of calcium.

4. Take dark chocolate for a cough

One of chocolate’s ingredients is theobromine, which has actually been shown to cure a cough more effectively than some real medicines. So next time you reach for the cough syrup break yourself a Kit Kat instead.

Click the next page for more cures, including how to deal with cramps and heartburn!

5. Eat apples to calm your heartburn

The pain you feel during heartburn is caused by stomach acid backing up, which is why apples are a genius cure. These fruits are full of pectin, which soaks up the acid and gives you relief.

If your heartburn is still giving you trouble, there’s a list of foods doctors say you should avoid at all costs.

These soothing drinks will also give you relief from whatever tummy trouble you’re suffering from.

6. Use oatmeal on all sorts of rashes

This breakfast classic may be bland, but it has other uses. It’s anti-inflammatory, which makes it helpful to soothe both eczema and regular rashes. Grind some up, mix it with warm water and rub it on.

7. Take ginger for menstrual cramps

For hundreds of years natural healers have used this plant to fight all kinds of inflammation, including arthritis and joint pain. It also improves your blood flow, so it’s doubly effective when you’re feeling the pain of menstrual cramps. You can make a tasty, soothing tea from the roots and drink it for relief.

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How Would You Like Your Water To Be Chocolate Flavored?

There are some things that chocolate makes better. Cookies, cakes, ice cream, and most snacks. There are some things that probably should not be infused with the flavors of chocolate, and that includes water.

The New Zealand brand water company H2Go specializes in flavored waters, but their latest has people asking the very important question: Why?

The little single serve bottle is 200 ml that is flavored like chocolate. It has about two teaspoons of sugar in it which is actually significantly less than a lot of fizzy drinks.

Dietician Sarah Elliot checked out the water and said that it might be a good alternative for those who are big sugar addicts. “The main thing is that it’s a really great option for someone who doesn’t like water. If it stops them from drinking Coke, Fanta, or juice, then this would be a better option.”

She does caution that just because it’s better it doesn’t mean it’s healthy. “Despite being lower in sugar, it still drives an innate desire for sugar. It doesn’t help people dampen their cravings.”

All the benefits of actual chocolate are left out as well, so while it may taste sort of like your favorite cant it will not have nay of the good stuff.

What do you think, would you give it a try?

Get Healthy And Stay That Way With A Coldbuster Immune System Booster Smoothie

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There is nothing worse than having a cold. It’s uncomfortable, annoying and just a plain pain in the butt. Luckily for you, there is a delicious way to help soothe those cold symptoms and have you back to 100{49382ccf8aa3307257579caf6f867159d328eca730a0976815a1bacefc5bc6ee} in no time!

This Coldbuster Immune System Booster Smoothie is jam-packed with vitamin C that will help you get healthy and  stay that way! Give it a shot and cure that cold now!

Ingredients:

  • 10 ounce orange juice
  • 4 ounce peach greek yogurt, frozen
  • 1 cup strawberries, frozen
  • 1 cup peaches, frozen
  • 1/2 cup pineapple chunks, frozen
  • Handful of ice cubes

Directions:

Add the orange juice to your blender.

Add in your frozen yogurt.

Put in the strawberries, pineapples and peaches.

Top with ice.

Blend until smooth.

Pour and drink right away. You’ll be feeling better in no time!

7 Reasons Why You Need To Cook On A Himalayan Salt Block

Considered to be one of the purest salts in the world, Himalayan salt is mined by hand and carefully shaped into salt lamps, crystals and cooking blocks!

If you haven’t tried cooking with a Himalayan Salt Block, now is the time to start. Whatever you believe about it’s spiritual or healing abilities, you won’t be able to deny it’s super powerful effect on your food.

Made from  200 million-year-old fragments of an ancient sea, the salt is unearthed from layers of lava, snow, and ice. It was protected by the Himalayan mountains from pollution and preserved for millennia.

2. Use it inside or outside

The block can be heated over a barbecue or a gas stove. If you use it inside, slowly heat it the block over a burner until drops of water sizzle when sprinkled on the surface.

Himalayan salt has almost 80 different minerals. Plenty of which are essential to the body, they add to the salt’s distinct taste and texture.

Essentially a block of salt, there’s no need to add high-sodium table salt to your cooking. Just let the delicious flavor-enhancing block season your fish, poultry and beef.

Including Himalayan in your diet could boost your immune system. Recent studies suggest that sodium could contribute to stronger immune responses and faster healing times.

6. It’s Unprocessed

Unlike table salt that goes through a refining process, Himalayan salt is not heated and nothing is added to it, preserving both the mineral concentrations and the color.

7. Helps with Hydration

Sodium neutralizes acids in your body and helps maintain a healthy pH throughout blood and tissues.

A Google search shows that these blocks range in price from mid $30s to as high as $150 USD. No matter what your budget is, it’s definitely worth a try for healthier, tastier cooking!

[Source: Wonder How To / Health Line]

Every Parent Needs To Read This Warning From Blake Lively

It’s rare that celebrities bring attention to a cause that hasn’t directly affected themselves or a close family member, which is why the message Blake Lively shared with her fans recently is so important. The star, who had big roles in films like The Town and as Serena on Gossip Girl, married her Green Lantern costar Ryan Reynolds in 2012, and the couple have 2 young daughters, James and Ines.

Lively is known for keeping her children out of the spotlight – her daughter’s names weren’t even public knowledge until recently – and until her husband’s Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony last year, there were only a handful of photos of the happy family together.

That fact that lively is so hush-hush about her kids and her life at home with Reynolds is part of why her recent Instagram post has been making waves online.

In a message to “all mamas and daddies out there,” Lively stressed the importance of taking an infant CPR class, and shared a photo of herself attending one. Both she and her husband recently completed the safety course, and she wants other parents to do the same.

It’s a simple message, but one that’s getting a lot of support from parents. As Lively says, if you haven’t taken one already you should run – not walk – the the nearest class!

See Lively’s post on the next page, and learn the basic of infant CPR!

Even if you remember taking a basic CPR course in high school, there are lots of important differences when it comes to how to give young children CPR. If you’re a parent or you regularly babysit for one, you should learn the basics right now, then take a class as soon as possible.

The basics of CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) are to keep a person’s blood pumping and brain supplied with oxygen after they’ve passed out. This involves pushing down on their chest and breathing into their mouth.

It’s important to act quickly, because in just 8 minutes an unconscious person can suffer permanent brain damage. To make things worse, while most adults only need CPR when they have a heart attack, children are much more fragile.

Choking (on food, water, etc), drowning, suffocating, poisoning, or even a hard fall can stop a toddler’s heart. They also need to be treated differently than adults: chest compressions during CPR should be smaller, and their heads shouldn’t be tilted back as far as an adult’s.

Look online for local classes taught by the American Heart Association or the Red Cross, then retake the class every 2 years to keep your skills sharp!

Lively is doing the responsible thing by making sure she’s prepared to help her little ones, every parent should do the same.

Share her warning with a parent!

Why I’m Never Buying Instant Noodles Again

It’s the favorite food of starving college kids and busy families everywhere, and on days when you just don’t feel like cooking you’ve probably enjoyed some instant noodles yourself.

They’re a cheap and easy-to-make snack, plus you can pick your favorite flavor from a wide variety – but deep down we all know that they’re not very healthy. Still, you may be surprised to learn just how bad for you these popular meals are.

New research from Harvard’s School of Public Health confirms that you should keep this out of your grocery cart if you worry about your family’s health. Eating instant ramen often enough can lead to a number of health risks.

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The new study, which is published in the Journal of Nutrition, links eating noodles regularly to a whole host of heart risks. Eating them could give you metabolic syndrome, the group of symptoms like high blood pressure and high cholesterol that increase your risk of diabetes or a heart attack.

While lots of foods are bad for you noodles create a pretty drastic risk: women in the study who ate noodles at least twice a week had a 68{49382ccf8aa3307257579caf6f867159d328eca730a0976815a1bacefc5bc6ee} higher risk of developing metabolic syndrome.

Like all foods that hurt your heart, noodles are very high in sodium. But they’re also harder to digest because they’re loaded with preservatives.

The ingredients that keep your noodles fresh after sitting in your cupboard for months – including the preservative TBHQ – are a pain for your body to digest.

Eat Drink Better

An experiment by New York’s school of design found it took hours longer for your body to digest instant noodles compared to the real thing.

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Why I’m Never Buying Instant Noodles Again

It’s the favorite food of starving college kids and busy families everywhere, and on days when you just don’t feel like cooking you’ve probably enjoyed some instant noodles yourself.

They’re a cheap and easy-to-make snack, plus you can pick your favorite flavor from a wide variety – but deep down we all know that they’re not very healthy. Still, you may be surprised to learn just how bad for you these popular meals are.

New research from Harvard’s School of Public Health confirms that you should keep this out of your grocery cart if you worry about your family’s health. Eating instant ramen often enough can lead to a number of health risks.

DNA India

The new study, which is published in the Journal of Nutrition, links eating noodles regularly to a whole host of heart risks. Eating them could give you metabolic syndrome, the group of symptoms like high blood pressure and high cholesterol that increase your risk of diabetes or a heart attack.

While lots of foods are bad for you noodles create a pretty drastic risk: women in the study who ate noodles at least twice a week had a 68{49382ccf8aa3307257579caf6f867159d328eca730a0976815a1bacefc5bc6ee} higher risk of developing metabolic syndrome.

Like all foods that hurt your heart, noodles are very high in sodium. But they’re also harder to digest because they’re loaded with preservatives.

The ingredients that keep your noodles fresh after sitting in your cupboard for months – including the preservative TBHQ – are a pain for your body to digest.

Eat Drink Better

An experiment by New York’s school of design found it took hours longer for your body to digest instant noodles compared to the real thing.

Share this post so people can learn the truth about instant noodles!

Your Common Food Habits Could Lead To Early Death

As we get older, it’s hard not to think about death.

“Am I exercising enough? Should I be taking vitamins? Am I eating properly?”

Most of our habits are formed as children, but did you know that a lot of common food habits are linked to early death?

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, an estimated 45.4{49382ccf8aa3307257579caf6f867159d328eca730a0976815a1bacefc5bc6ee} of all deaths in America are caused by heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. 9.5{49382ccf8aa3307257579caf6f867159d328eca730a0976815a1bacefc5bc6ee} of these deaths are caused by diet-related issues.

Take a look at some of these common food habits and see if you are guilty of any of these.

Not Enough Fruit

7.5{49382ccf8aa3307257579caf6f867159d328eca730a0976815a1bacefc5bc6ee} of diet-related deaths have to do with people not eating enough fruit in one day. One serving of fruit is one whole fruit, or one cup equivalent.

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Not Enough Vegetables

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Same idea with veggies. 7.6{49382ccf8aa3307257579caf6f867159d328eca730a0976815a1bacefc5bc6ee} of diet related deaths are due to a lack of vegetables in their diet. This is more common in men than in women.

See what else is sabotaging your health on the next page!

Not Enough Protein

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Nuts and seeds are protein-rich foods, and not eating enough led to an estimated 8.5{49382ccf8aa3307257579caf6f867159d328eca730a0976815a1bacefc5bc6ee} of diet-related deaths in 2012. It’s recommended to eat 5.5oz of protein-rich foods (like walnuts) per day.

Totally Cutting Out Grains

Full Life Nutrition

When people think of eating healthy, they often cut out grains completely. However, too few whole grains led to 5.9{49382ccf8aa3307257579caf6f867159d328eca730a0976815a1bacefc5bc6ee} of all diet-related deaths. Cutting out refined grains (like white rice and flour) is a good idea, but whole grains are an important part of your diet.

Too Much Salt

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9.5{49382ccf8aa3307257579caf6f867159d328eca730a0976815a1bacefc5bc6ee} of all diet-related deaths are linked to eating too much sodium. If you’re over 65, you are more likely to fall victim to death because of salt.

Too Many Processed Meats

Healthify

Processed meats, such as bacon, lead to 8.5{49382ccf8aa3307257579caf6f867159d328eca730a0976815a1bacefc5bc6ee} of all diet-related deaths, primarily heart disease and diabetes. The risk is higher in men than women.

These are some of the more common food habits that lead to early death. Are you guilty of any of these habits? I am…

The 5 Non-Meat Foods To Supplement Your Body With This Important Nutrient

There’s a common misconception that one should eat meat to have enough iron. Well, let me tell you right off the bat that this is simply not true.

There are plenty of non-meat (non-heme) food products that will supplement your body with the level of iron you need to remain healthy. For example, beef contains 3mg of iron/100mg while rolled oats has about 7mg.

The important thing to note if you’re iron deficient is that when trying to increase your iron intake is absorbability, once you figure out how it works then you’re good to go.

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Here’s a list of 5 non-meat products that rank high in iron content based on the required 18 mg Daily Value (DV) percent:

1. Squash and Pumpkin Seeds

Squash and pumpkin seeds contain 15mg of iron/100mg which is about 83{49382ccf8aa3307257579caf6f867159d328eca730a0976815a1bacefc5bc6ee} of the required DV. Eat about a cup of these seeds as a snack or by adding it to your salad and you’ll get 188{49382ccf8aa3307257579caf6f867159d328eca730a0976815a1bacefc5bc6ee} of your DV. Sesame seeds and flax seeds are also great sources of iron.

2. Nuts

Nuts like cashew, almond, peanut and hazelnut contain a little over 6 mg of the DV. These types of nuts are also good sources of protein and healthy fats so you’ll definitely be getting some extra nutrition when you snack on them.

3. Beans and Legumes

Kidney beans, chickpeas, black beans and legumes such as lentils contain more iron per 100mg than beef! You’ll get about 37{49382ccf8aa3307257579caf6f867159d328eca730a0976815a1bacefc5bc6ee} of the required daily minimum when you eat a cup of these beans or legumes.

4. Whole Grains

Not only are whole grains useful in keeping you full longer, they’re also packed with iron! You’ll get about 15{49382ccf8aa3307257579caf6f867159d328eca730a0976815a1bacefc5bc6ee} of the DV from a cup of grains like quinoa, barley and rice. If you’re depending on whole grains as your main source of iron, you should not consume them with iron supplements.

5. Dark Leafy Greens

Popeye ate lots of spinach for a very good reason! Greens like spinach, swiss chard and kale contain 3.6 mg of iron per 100mg which amounts to about 20{49382ccf8aa3307257579caf6f867159d328eca730a0976815a1bacefc5bc6ee} of the DV.

Remember: you should always consult with a doctor before making any changes to your diet.

9 Foods That Fight Fatigue

If you watch your diet and exercise regularly there’s still one part of your life that will suffer: your energy levels.

The fact is we can only work so hard for so long before our bodies need a break. You can rearrange your sleep schedule, but eventually you’ll find yourself feeling tired at work.

If you’re not interested in the crash that caffeine gives, you’ll be happy to know there’s a healthier way to stay alert. Lots of great tasting, natural foods can give you just the boost of energy you need to get through the day. Read this list of 9 fatigue fighting foods and start adding them to your diet!

1. Sweet Potatoes

Nutrition Studies

Be glad that this vegetable has so many great health benefits, because it’s one of the tastiest things you can add to your diet. They’re full of potassium, so you stay hydrated and alert longer, plus they lower your blood pressure.

2. Milk

Authority Nutrition

There are lots of healthy alternatives to milk, but when it comes to giving you a little pep during the day, nothing else compares. Milk revitalizes your muscles and refuels your electrolytes, so a glass or a bowl of healthy cereal is a great snack.

3. Chia Seeds

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You’ve probably been told to add these tiny seeds to your diet for some regular fiber, but they also have a nice balance of healthy fats and protein. Plus, they absorb ten times their weight in water to help keep you hydrated.

4. Green Tea

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We know what you’re thinking: won’t tea give me a caffeine crash in the afternoon like coffee? Actually, this drink has a much smaller caffeine kick than coffee and amino acids that improve your focus.

5. Nuts (especially almonds)

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If you’re searching for a healthy snack to keep you feeling well rested, nuts are a safe choice. They have enough healthy fats to give you a guilt-free energy boost, so snack on them between meals to keep your energy up.

6. Beans

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Beans get a bad reputation for being unhealthy because we often think of baked beans first. But there are lots of ways to serve these tasty legumes. They’re full of fiber, which helps balance your blood sugar levels.

7. Oatmeal

Medical Daily

Oatmeal A) is low in calories, B) contains enough protein to lift your energy levels and C) is delicious. It’s also incredibly versatile, so why aren’t you enjoying some every day?

8. Water (seriously!)

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We know you’ve been told this over and over again but it’s so important we need to repeat it one more time. It’s easy to be dehydrated without realizing it, and that can make you feel sluggish and tired.

9. Eggs

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This tasty breakfast staple is loaded with protein, helping you feel wakeful longer. Start your day with a few of these and you won’t be yawning before lunch.

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Gluten-Free Diet Can Increase Your Risk Of This Serious Chronic Disease

There are two kinds of people in this world: The 1{49382ccf8aa3307257579caf6f867159d328eca730a0976815a1bacefc5bc6ee} who are gluten-intolerant and those who are not. While the first group have very valid reasons for adopting a gluten-free diet, the latter seem to be doing the same for the sake of being part of the health-conscious trend.

Whether you’re already part of the fad or not, there’s a new development scientists need you to know about before you jump on the gluten-free bandwagon.

Prior to turning into a trend, gluten-free diets were primarily used to treat celiac disease which affects roughly 1{49382ccf8aa3307257579caf6f867159d328eca730a0976815a1bacefc5bc6ee} of the population. Individuals with the disease experience inflammation in the small intestine upon consuming food with the gluten protein, so eliminating it from their diet helps manage the symptoms and avoid complications.

Since gluten is mostly found in grains, food that contain wheat, barley and rye are excluded from the diet. However, by entirely skipping certain food categories, the body may be deprived of essential nutrients that it needs to function well.

A recent study by Harvard University is warning health-conscious consumers about the risk of unnecessarily adopting a gluten-free diet.  

Click on the next page to find out what the alarming risks researchers uncovered.

The study looked at 30 years worth of medical data and found that those who were eating the most gluten, about 12g per day, exhibited a 13{49382ccf8aa3307257579caf6f867159d328eca730a0976815a1bacefc5bc6ee} lower risk of developing a very common chronic disease that affects over 29 million Americans.

According to the researchers, reducing or eliminating gluten from your diet can increase your risk of diabetes by 13 per cent.

“People without celiac disease may reconsider limiting their gluten intake for chronic disease prevention, especially for diabetes” says Geng Zong, the study’s co-author and Harvard research fellow.”

He adds, “Gluten-free foods often have less dietary fibre and other micronutrients [such as vitamins and minerals], making them less nutritious and they also tend to cost more.”

If you’ve been following a Gluten-free diet for some time, it may be a good idea to see a doctor and get tested for diabetes. The symptoms can go undetected for long periods of time and cause serious damage to your body.

Unless you suffer from Celiac disease, you might want to think twice before giving up gluten from now on.

Will this new information change how you eat? Let us know in the comments!

[Source: National Post]

School Shames Girl For Something That Is None Of Their Business

A teenage girl was shamed by her school because of something her mother did. Sure, it was an innocent ‘mistake’, but according her high school, this girl was reprimanded by a form tutor for inappropriate mealtime choices.

Her outraged mother took to Mumsnet, a community message board to air out her grievances about the unjust treatment of children who are actually making healthy choices and the parents who are supporting them!

“(my daughter) is nowhere near overweight and even if she was, surely it’s not up to the form tutour to be telling her she has too much lunch in front of the class.

Apparently, the school felt that her vegan daughter had packed too much food for lunch.

The contents of her lunch?

Peanut butter sandwich with brown bread. A small banana, strawberries, a few grapes, and less than a handful of raisins and dried coconut flakes.

She also got told off for having a few pieces of sliced up avocado because it’s ‘unhealthy,’ writes the girl’s mother, “I will try sending in a strongly worded note with DDs lunch today.”

Does the school have a right to monitor and criticize a teenager’s lunch contents? Are teenagers old enough to make their own food choices? Where’s the line?

[Source: Woman’s Day]

Michael Buble’s Wife Reveals Details Of Son Noah’s ‘Devastating’ Battling With Cancer

Michael Buble’s wife, Luisana Lopilato recently opened up about their three-year-old son’s agonising seven-month battle with cancer.

She confirmed that their young son’s cancer is now in remission.

In an emotional interview with Argentina’s leading chat show host, Luisana described how it was her instincts that urged her to secretly fly the young boy to America for a second opinion.

Originally, doctors in Argentina told her that the little boy had mumps and prescribed antibiotics for a throat infection.

Without consulting with Bublé, she flew with young Noah straight to America. Since she couldn’t reach her husband, she made the executive decision to bring him to doctors in the United States. Further tests revealed their worst nightmare: he had cancer.

As soon as he got word of his son’s diagnosis, Bublé flew to Los Angeles to be with his wife and children. The worried parents cleared their work schedules and spent the next seven months by their son’s side.

“It’s devastating for any parent to receive the news we did when Noah fell ill.” She said, “If I hadn’t done the ultrasound to rule out mononucleosis, they wouldn’t have discovered what they did in his stomach, and it would have been worse after,”

The most recent image she shared on Instagram shows a heartwarming moment between mother and son as they snuggled on the couch. It is only the second picture of little Noah that the family has shared since they announced that he was recovering from cancer.

While she describes the news as ‘devastating,’ she thanks God that the worst is now over.  “We thank God for the strength he has given all of us.” She said, “our gratitude to his doctors and caretakers cannot be put into words.”

[h/t Daily Mail / TODAY]