What You’re Breathing In When You Sit In Traffic

Everybody who drives a car knows the perils of sitting in traffic. After so many hours of watching taillights and inching across the roads, it can take a toll on your body. With more and more people on the road, your increased inactivity in the car may have you at risk for developing a variety of health conditions.

When you are inactive, your risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, or weight problems increase. Add that hour or so of traffic everyday to your inactivity and you are headed down an unhealthy path.

Inactivity aside, you are probably unaware that air pollution in your car is a real thing. Closing the windows, relishing in the air conditioning, and jamming out to the radio doesn’t seal you off from air pollution. There was a study conducted that found that air pollution in your car is a real thing. In fact, it’s 15 times worse than walking around outside.

We are going to get a little sciency for a second, so bear with us. Every car has a ventilation system, but each system doesn’t prevent large matter from entering your car. Basically, this means that pollutants are getting trapped in your car and you are breathing that polluted air.

How much time do you spend in your car? The number of hours spent in a car varies from person to person and from city to city. On average, people in Boston don’t spend as much time in traffic as people in Los Angeles. The data suggests that drivers 16 and up spend an average of an hour in the car on each commute. That’s two hours a day in the car, people!

When you are behind the wheel for hours every month, the findings show that the air you breathe exceeds the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) limits. Cars emit many pollutants, including carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen oxides. Those fumes creep their way into cars; and nitrogen oxide pollution kills about 23,500 people a year in the U.K.

The best thing you can do to have the freshest air in your car is to roll up the windows and recirculate the air. Unless you’re driving through the woodland hills with your face out the window like a dog, keep those windows rolled up. Recirculate the air in your car by pressing that little button by the air conditioning. Every now and then the car may get stuffy if two or more people are in it. Pull in outside air for a few minutes, go back to recirculating the air, and repeat that cycle.

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Cancer & Alzheimer’s May Be Prevented By Doing This

The top killers in America are heart disease, obesity, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease. Want to know something interesting? All of these diseases are linked to insulin and leptin resistance. To put it more simply: there is an underlying problem that is caused by eating too many carbs and/or protein.

Processed foods and grains, which Americans consume like they’re going out of style, are loaded with sugars. By eating all of these sugars, the body develops a resistance to leptin and insulin, and that makes the body hold on to fat. Additionally, this resistance can trigger inflammation and cellular damage.

How can you fix this?

It may be time to have your body enter into nutritional ketosis. This means that your body starts burning fat instead of glucose (sugar). As more research has surfaced, studies indicate that a ketogenic diet could be the answer for many health problems, including cancer, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s.

A ketogenic diet is a very low carb diet that primarily consists of healthy fats, omega-3 fatty acids, and omega-9 fatty acids. You can get most of these from foods like sprouted nuts and seeds, avocados, coconut oil, or olive oil, in addition to many others. The goal with this diet is to eliminate glucose entirely, except from whole fruits and vegetables, so that your body begins burning fat for energy. The body only burns fat for energy once glucose is no longer available. Not only does this aid optimal health, but it helps you lose weight more efficiently, considering that your body is constantly burning fat for energy.

There are certain people who should not jump right into a ketogenic diet. If you are a diabetic on medication, take medication for high blood pressure, or are breastfeeding, there are certain extra measures you need to take, so do a little research before starting the diet.

The Benefits of Nutritional Ketosis:

Weight Loss: By switching to a ketogenic diet, you are essentially turning your body into a fat burning machine. Your body uses fat more efficiently than carbs, and burning fat usually helps establish a healthier metabolism.

Fighting Cancer: Cancer cells feed off sugar. That’s a fact. By eliminating sugar and carbs from you diet, you may be able effectively prevent or fight cancer. Unlike the cells in our body, cancer cells cannot switch to use fat for energy. By starving the cancer cells of sugar, which they need to multiply, they essentially starve to death. Ideally, you want a diet that is 70% healthy fats (not junk food), 20% protein (ideally not from meat), and 5% healthy carbs (legumes, nuts, whole grains, or whole fruits and vegetables).

Improves Brain Health: More and more medical studies are revealing that a ketogenic diet can be a natural cure for Alzheimer’s disease. By entering your body into natural ketosis, you establish a natural flow of ketones (small fuel molecules) to your brain. Eating certain foods negatively affects your brain, so it makes sense that foods, which nourish your brain, can improve cognitive function. The diet also increases your focus and mental performance.

Take note that healthy carbs are still an important part of your diet. Bread, chips, and loads of junk food are not the carbs you need, though. The aforementioned healthy carbs are great in moderation on the ketogenic diet. When transitioning to this diet, it is important that you stay hydrated. Your body also may need a two week transition period for it to start burning fat.

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How to Prepare a Baby Room

Bringing a baby home is one of those occasions which you can never be adequately prepared for. The first step of preparation however begins with the baby’s room and there is nothing more exciting than preparing the room to welcome your baby home. Here are some handy tips to ensure a safe and comfortable for baby and you.

Be practical: When choosing the room for the baby be practical. It can be either your own room or a separate one, but ensure that the room is in a quiet corner of the house. You may need to shuffle the furniture in the room to make it more practical and baby proof.

Climate control: Depending on the climate of the place of your residence ensure adequate climate control in the baby’s room. In case you live at a place with a hot climate, make sure the baby’s room is adequately ventilated and in case the general climate is cold ensure adequate heating for a pleasant temperature for the baby.

Light but not bright: in the initial months, the roof of the room is what the baby will look at the most. So ensure that there is no harsh light on the roof or the room. Make sure that tech lighting in the room is soft and subtle and not directly in the baby’s line of sight. In case the natural lighting in the room is bright, using window curtains is a good idea, especially when the baby is sleeping.

Baby proofing: The room and all the furniture in the room need to be baby proofed. The flooring needs to be carpeted for padding to avoid chances of any serious injury. Ensure adequate means of waste disposal so that the hygiene in the rooms maintained. Clean the room with a vacuum cleaner to make the room dust free.

Calming colors: Use calming soothing pastel colors in the baby’s room. To bright and bold colors may agitate the baby. Ensure that the furnishing in the room matches. While it is preferable for the furnishing to match, it’s important for it to be practical too.

Baby monitor: Place the baby monitor in a way that it remains out of the way while ensuring that it is close enough to keep watch on the sounds in the baby’s room.

Organize: Everything that the baby requires should be organized in the room. Everything from diapers, to wet wipes to medicines should be organized in the room to make it handy and within reach all the time. The baby’s clothes, blankets and all other changes of clothes should be kept with reach.

Pick the right crib: Ensure that the baby’s crib is safe. The crib slats should not be more than 2-3 inches apart to ensure the baby’s safety. Additionally, it helps to line the crib with long pillows so the baby doesn’t bump into the slats. Ensure that all mobile hangings on the crib are out of the breach of the baby. Ensure that the color/ coat/varnish on the crib has been dried long enough and it doesn’t give off fumes.

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