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In the health world, it’s always about what you put into your body. What you eat or drink has a direct impact on your body’s ability to function throughout the day. The more you do or the more exercise you get, the more important it is to watch what you ingest. However, the more you research, the weirder things start to get.

Apple cider vinegar has been used for a variety of reasons. Personally, I use it to catch fruit flies in the house during the summer. Now, it seems as though drinking it can have wonderful benefits for your health. Here are seven reasons you need to start drinking apple cider vinegar in the mornings.

1. Apple Cider Vinegar Weakens Your Appetite

If you’re trying to lose weight, it could be as simple as drinking apple cider vinegar to keep your appetite in check. During one study, an individual was able to consume 200 to 300 less calories throughout a 24-hour time period.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar Decreases Risk of Heart Disease

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death on a global scale.

It makes sense to try and avoid this fate if at all possible, especially if the preventative measures are easy. Vinegar will actually reduce the amount of bad cholesterol in the body, which causes plaque buildup in the arteries.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar Kills Unhealthy Bacteria

Vinegar has antibacterial properties, which is the main reason apple cider vinegar is used as a food preservative. Vinegar has always been used to clear and disinfect lice, nail fungus, warts, and even ear infections.

4. Apple Cider Vinegar is Anti-Carcinogenic

Anything that prevents cancer is probably worth researching, and it turns out that apple cider vinegar can do just that. The effect has been studied using lab rats, and in China, they have found that vinegar intake reduces cases of esophageal cancer.

5. Apple Cider Vinegar Soothes Sore Throats

Sore throats are extremely annoying, but they can also be pretty painful.

Apple cider vinegar is a germ killing liquid that can actually kill the germs that cause your sore throat in the first place. All you need to do is gargle some apple cider vinegar with warm water when you start to feel the symptoms of a sore throat.

6. Apple Cider Vinegar Clears Congestion

In addition to the nuisance of a sore throat, nasal congestion can be equally as annoying. Apple cider vinegar has a high potassium content, which means that it has the ability to thin mucus that collects in your nasal passages.

7. Apple Cider Vinegar Can Clear Acne

Acne can cause physical pain, self-esteem issues, and stress. However, due to the antibacterial properties of apple cider vinegar, it can be used as a natural remedy for breakouts. Certain acids found in the vinegar can both exfoliate and soften the skin, which balances the pH levels of the skin itself.

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Before recently, it was widely accepted that children inherit an equal amount of their intelligence from both parents, but it seems this is no longer accurate. Unfortunately for fathers everywhere, genetic research has found that people get much of their intelligence from the X chromosome, which happens to be the feminine gene. If the research is proven correct with further study, the mother has a much larger impact on their child’s intelligence than the father.

It’s not hard to see that this research is controversial. Studies that involve gene inheritance are always disputed, and they aren’t easy to conduct or prove.

This is even more the case when they pertain to intelligence. When reading about cases or studies like this one, it’s important to stay objective for the sake of science. Science is about growth and change, and of course, interpreting evidence; there are bound to be more studies on this topic in the near future.

In order to understand this research, you have to understand conditioned genes. Conditioned genes are gender specific, and they are made up of a biochemical material that creates a sort of tagging system.

This system allows us to see the gene’s origin, and determine the activated or deactivated state within the body. Activated genes influence development, while deactivated genes don’t.

This means that genes activated by the mother will result in deactivated genes from the father, and vice versa.

Cognition is thought to be influenced by the X chromosome, which we know to be feminine as females carry two and men only carry one. Intelligence is considered to be a highly conditioned gene that comes directly from the mother, which serves as the basis for the study’s hypothesis.

During the study, scientists used mice to prove their theory correct. They found that mice who were administered predominantly maternal genetic material developed a disproportionately larger cranium and brain, but had a smaller body.

Mice who received predominantly paternal genetic material experienced the exact opposite outcome; a smaller brain, but larger body.

In addition, researchers found that paternal genetic material within the cerebral cortex, which is the area of the brain responsible for executive functioning, did not exist.

This is significant because the cerebral cortex controls advanced thinking, language, planning, and the ability to reason logically.

There is no doubt that this study, and further studies of intelligence, will be subject to a high level of scrutiny. However, the study shows that the mother of a child has a much greater impact on intelligence than the father, as of now. Of course, intellect has a great deal to with a person’s experiences and work ethic in addition to genetics, which is why it will also be a topic up for debate.

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Professionally, a nervous breakdown is categorized as a stressful situation that brings about a person’s inability to function normally in daily life. Nervous breakdowns are usually brought on by stress and anxiety when a person feels overwhelmed in some aspect of their life. Work, relationships, and social stress can all be causes of a nervous breakdown.

It’s important to note that a nervous breakdown is a not a medical condition; the name itself is not a medical term. However, it can be a sign that some mental issues need to be addressed and resolved. It’s both your mind and your body’s way of telling you that you’ve reached a limit. Here are six signs of a nervous breakdown you don’t want to ignore.

1. Irregular Heartbeat

A nervous breakdown can be identified through several physical symptoms, but an irregular heartbeat tends to be the most common. During a nervous breakdown, you may feel like your heart is pounding out of your chest, making it hard to breathe. This can exacerbate the problem and make it difficult for you to calm yourself down.

2. Tension Headaches

Stress and anxiety can be the sources of intense headaches.

They have the ability to manifest themselves physically, and our desire to keep everything in causes our bodies to tense up. Eventually, this tension moves to the head and causes pain. If you feel yourself slouching or not walking upright, try to correct your posture and give your neck muscles a break.

3. Irregular Sleep

When you’re stressed out, it can be difficult to get a decent night’s rest. Sometimes, intense stress can cause you to oversleep; you’ll wake up still feeling like you didn’t sleep very well, or you might feel like just staying in bed all day.

Insomnia can keep you awake for hours, wake you up several times throughout the night, or wake you up too early.

4. Upset Stomach

Stress, nervousness, and anxiety can be the root of chronic stomach pains. Your digestive system is directly linked to your mental health, so when it’s not working, it’s most likely because your brain is having trouble working too. Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is trigged by the immune system’s response to excess stress levels.

5. Inability to Concentrate

Another sign of a nervous breakdown is the inability to concentrate. Your mind has been focused on too many things for too long, and now it’s impossible to concentrate on one particular task.

Stress has the power to increase storage space within the brain and help you concentrate, but chronic stress has the power to do the opposite. In severe cases, stress can actually start destroying the brains ability to hold memory.

6. Anxiety

Anxiety is caused by fear, usually intense and chronic. Anxiety makes it almost impossible to see past the current moment due to a feeling or sense of paralysis. Phobias are commonly associated with anxiety because the fear itself causes people to stress out. Prescription medication for anxiety is not unheard of, but it’s always better to try some natural remedies like yoga or exercise before going to such lengths.

You just got home from a long day at work. Finally, you get to kick off your shoes, grab a refreshing drink, and sit down in your favorite chair in the living room. As you ease into the seat cushion, you automatically make the move to cross your legs. Crossing your legs has become synonymous with relaxation, and so many people do it when they sit down to rest.

Unfortunately, being comfortable isn’t synonymous with being healthy. Posture can have a major impact on your body’s health, and if it goes unchecked, it could cause some serious imbalances in the bones and muscles. As it turns out, crossing your legs is an example of bad posture. Here are three reasons why you should stop.

1. A Raise in Blood Pressure

When you go to the doctor, there’s a reason why he or she asks you to sit with your legs uncrossed and your arms flat during a blood pressure exam; crossing your legs raises your blood pressure.

In 2010, seven studies revealed that leg crossing causes a higher blood pressure, which can be incredibly problematic for people who already suffer from high blood pressure.

Cardiovascular disease and heart conditions are the number one cause of death around the globe, indicating that people are already prone to having high blood pressure.

When you cross your legs, you decrease your body’s ability to pump blood because you’ve constricted the vessels in your legs.

2. Muscle Numbness

When you cross your legs, not only do you constrict the blood vessels, but you also put pressure on the peroneal nerve at the back of your knee. This nerve supplies sensation to the lower extremities, so when it’s cut off, you may feel your feet going numb.

Having your foot fall asleep is no big issue, except when it happens all the time. If you tend to cross your legs when you sit down, your foot probably falls asleep more often than it should. This can indicate that the nerve behind your knee has some permanent damage that may need to be addressed.

3. Skeletal Issues and Poor Posture

Having poor posture now can mean several issues later.

Crossing your legs isn’t good for your posture, and it won’t just affect your lower body. When you cross your legs, your shoulders round and lean forward, your muscles become stretched in certain places, and can cause lower back and neck pain.

Over time, these issues will worsen, and have a permanent impact on your skeletal system later in life. Crossing your legs can also create a pelvic imbalance that makes the inner thigh muscles shorter, while making the outer thigh muscles longer. This puts unnecessary pressure on the joints.

Personally, I hate pickles. Actually, I love them so much that I hate them… Let me explain. When I was young, I can remember eating pickles all the time. I didn’t think anything about how much I consumed the fermented food, as a child never does, until one day it was simply too much. I was out to eat with my parents, but instead of eating a meal, I as adamant about just eating pickles for dinner.

Having a nurse as a mom, she knew that sometimes people just need to learn things the hard way; she let me order what I wanted. As it turns out, eating that many pickles on an empty stomach doesn’t sit well with an active kid’s digestive system. I threw them all up before I even got home, and now I can’t look at a pickle without remembering that moment.

Now, I wish I hadn’t learned that lesson the hard way. It turns out that eating fermented foods like pickles, sauerkraut, and yogurt may ease certain types of anxiety. This was a discovery made some time after it was found that the stomach plays an important role in mental health.

In a recent study, 700 students at the College of William and Mary were observed to have lower social anxiety levels if they ate higher levels of fermented foods. This is likely due to the probiotics that are contained in fermented foods, which are good for the stomach and digestion in general. What’s good for the stomach, it seems, is also good for the brain.

Scientists also believe that probiotics, or good bacteria, found in fermented foods increases the levels GABA, which is a chemical that has an anti-anxiety effect on the body as a whole.

However, everybody digests and reacts to foods and bacteria differently, so it’s difficult to say just how much fermented food you need to eat to experience this effect.

What’s great about this find is that it sets the stage for natural remedies for anxiety. There are plenty of medications and prescription drugs that people can take for high levels of anxiety, but natural remedies are always better. In fact, increasing the chemical GABA is the motivation behind many prescription drugs aimed at decreasing a person’s anxiety levels, but fermented foods use probiotics to help the body do it naturally.

If you’re feeling anxious when it comes to your social life, school, work, or anything else, try eating some fermented foods.

Good bacteria is called good bacteria because it helps you; it’s good. Now that we know the brain and stomach are connected directly, we have proof that a good diet can help the brain in a number of ways. Just don’t eat so much that you get sick, trust me.

Managing your emotions, especially anger, can be one of the most difficult things to attempt. It’s not easy to let things go, to let things roll off your back without frustrating you. The important thing to remember is that anger management is not about the suppression or the denial of angry feelings, which can make everything much worse. Anger management is about learning to deal with the angry feelings you have.

We’ve all experienced infuriating moments in our lives, some of us more than others. Maybe you were cut off during a traffic jam, or someone close to you starts conflict for seemingly no reason. Whatever the reasons, anger happens, and it happens to all of us. Don’t worry about feeling angry, just worry about how you confront that anger internally. Here are four anger management tricks that work.

1. Try Forgiveness

Forgiving is extremely difficult, but it’s also extremely powerful when it comes to getting over an issue. If you allow yourself to be continuously bothered by a disagreement, fight, or insult, you aren’t doing anything but feeding your own angry desires. Forgiveness allows you to realize and come to terms with the fact that only you are responsible for the way you feel.

2. Find Your Outlet

Sometimes, anger needs to be dealt with in a positive outlet. If you enjoy playing sports, blow off some steam on the court or the field as a means of anger management therapy.

Even doing menial tasks can help you think through your issues and resolve them internally. Cleaning your apartment or house can be a great outlet for anger; it doesn’t require much thought, and it allows time for reflection.

3. Listen to People

The initial emotions we feel in a situation aren’t always the most trustworthy. If you’re in a debate or argument with someone close to you and things start to heat up, don’t get angry, but focus on listening.

Listening to someone can help you understand their perspective, which will keep you from going immediately into defense mode. If they say something that strikes your personally, take a step back and calmly explain why that isn’t right.

4. Relaxation is Your Mantra

When you’re angry, it feels like the last thing you want to do is relax, but this should be your ultimate goal.

When you start to feel yourself getting upset or mad, start telling yourself to relax. Don’t deny your feelings, but simply acknowledge them, accept them, and move on. This practice will be difficult at first, but things will get easier in time.

When you’re working on anger management, don’t deny yourself the ability to feel those feelings, they are perfectly natural. What matters is how you acknowledge those feelings, and what you do to satisfy them. Learn how to deal with your anger and make it positive.

When it comes to bone and immune system health, perhaps there’s no more important vitamin than Vitamin D. Not only does its consumption directly impact bone and immune system strength, but it’s also known to stave off a number of other serious health conditions as well.

A Vitamin D deficiency is most commonly associated with the condition known as rickets, or brittle bones, in children. When a child has rickets, their bone tissue doesn’t fortify or mineralize the way it should, which makes the skeletal system weak. This can lead to a wealth of injuries and even bone deformities with age.

Research now suggests that Vitamin D may play a role in both the prevention and treatment of multiple conditions such as hypertension, type1 and type2 diabetes, and multiple sclerosis. In essence, you need Vitamin D; it boosts your immune system, strengthens your bones, and keeps you from developing serious issues. Here are four signs you need more.

1. Weak or Impaired Immune System

When the Vitamin D levels in your body are low, your immune system will be serious affected.

The immune cells contain a large number of Vitamin D receptors, which indicates that this area of the body needs a good amount to function properly. In a study conducted in Japan, students who were given Vitamin D supplements suffered from illness less than those who did not receive the supplement.

2. Pain and Muscle Weakness

You may not notice this symptom at first, but as long as you keep deny your body the Vitamin D that it desperately needs, the pain can get severe. When Vitamin D is metabolized, it enhances muscle contraction, which is an essential part of the bone strengthening process. The greater the deficiency, the weaker the muscles and the bones.

3. Increased Sweating

A symptom of Vitamin D deficiency that people are surprised to learn is excessive sweating. Medical experts are exactly sure what about the deficiency causes people to sweat excessively, but there is a direct link between the two.

It could just be another way for your body to tell you that it needs something it doesn’t have. The body is one of the best communicators in nature; all you have to do is listen.

4. Heart Trouble

The most common cause of death globally is related to hear disease.

There is a direct correlation between a Vitamin D deficiency and heart disease, which doctors attribute to calcium build up or plaque that forms within a person’s arteries. Vitamin D can reduce the amount of plaque buildup, and lower the amount of bad cholesterol in the body.

Drinking water makes everything better. People who stay hydrated throughout the day understand that they function better, they can work harder, and their brains are happier no matter what life throws at them. If you’re skeptical about hydration and how it can impact the body, try and drink eight cups of water a day for a week; you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the results.

Now, it seems that simply adding lemon and turmeric to you water everyday can be even more beneficial.

If you’ve ever thought about giving yourself an herbal supplement, turmeric is a great place to start. Not only is it a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, but it’s also antiviral, antibacterial, and an anticancer agent.

All of this is packed into a single spice, which should be reason enough to keep it around the house. It’s also been found to prevent Alzheimer’s disease by keeping neurons from degenerating in the brain. At the very least, it helps with memory loss due to age.

Turmeric has been used for centuries in order to combat disease and illness. It has very few side effects or potential health risks, which has made it the ideal place to start if you feel like your body needs a little extra help. However, if you’re trying to get pregnant, talk to your doctor about using turmeric daily as it could help to prevent conception.

Lemon, much like it’s vibrant color, can give you a sunny disposition when you ingest the tart fruit.

However, because of its intense taste, putting it in water or any other drink makes it a lot easier to consume. Lemon has the power to make your body feel refreshed, more alert, and rejuvenated. Think about lemonade on a summer’s day; that feeling of refreshment isn’t just in your head.

Lemons are also high in Vitamin C, which is great for your health overall. Lemon juice provides your body with soluble fiber, folate, thiamin, potassium, calcium, niacin, Vitamin B6, and a wealth of other nutrients the body needs. The citric acid, which makes the lemon tart, can even help you digest your food more easily as it breaks things down in the stomach.

When the benefits of both turmeric and lemon are taken into consideration, it’s no wonder they can be powerful while working together in the body. When you combine them in a cup of water, they’ll create a brownish-yellow liquid that’s safe to drink. Just a teaspoon of turmeric is enough to get the benefits, but you can add more if you like the taste. If you don’t like the taste, add honey or mint until the powerful concoction tastes as good as it makes your body feel.

Mornings are often difficult. You’re tired, your groggy, and you simply need some time to get back into the awakened world. Not everyone can be a natural morning person, but mornings are simply something that all of us have to endure. If we can make them better, why wouldn’t we try? Harvard psychologist and author of the book Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges, explains that the best thing we can do for ourselves is stretch. Before we even fling our legs out from under the covers, we need to stretch as much as we can.

The theory is called power posing, which is practiced by making your body as large as possible. By stretching out as much as you can, you create confident motions that influence the part of the brain that’s associated with self-confidence and self-esteem.

Simply stated, when practice confident movements, you become a more confident person. This will help your mornings immensely.

Cuddy believes that our posture has the power to influence our thoughts and emotions, so much so that our entire lives can either be positive or negative. She even believes that standing like Wonder Woman, a direct quote, can build confidence in a person’s way of thinking. It is true that behavior follows emotion, but the opposite can be equally true.

“It’s obviously bi-directional, but the people who wake up like are super happy, like annoyingly happy,” she explains. “And what are nonverbal expressions of power and dominance? Well, this what they are. So in the animal kingdom, they are about expanding. So you make yourself big, you stretch out, you take up space, you’re basically opening up.”

When you sleep and wake up curled in a ball, you’re essentially doing the opposite.

“If you sleep in a fetal ball, we have some preliminary evidence that people who wake up like that wake up much more stressed out,” she went on to discuss.

She believes that approximately 40 percent of people sleep cured up in the fetal position, which could be contributing to a lack of self-confidence throughout their day.

Think about how important our movements are in other aspects of our lives. Body language is more than significant when it comes to everyday communication, and it’s even been found that someone who speaks while using their hands has a higher capacity for intelligence. Body language also allows you a greater insight into a person’s emotions, even when they aren’t saying anything at all.

Let your body spread out, stretch out, and open up. You’ll give your self-confidence a boost, and you’ll make your mornings much more bearable.

Yoga is an activity that can be practiced for a lifetime. It’s both physically stimulating and mentally beneficial when practiced regularly, and it’s inspired millions around the world to lead healthier lives. Personally, my own yoga experiences can’t be described as anything but positive, and I believe that’s the case with most people who give it an honest try.

There are many forms of yoga that are specific to the goals you wish to achieve, but you don’t have to subscribe to just one style. I enjoyed Bikram yoga the most because of its meditative focus in repetition, and for the strenuous workout I received in a heated room. Yoga is like a martial art; you need to keep an open mind, and figure out which style is right for you.

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Jean Dawson, from England, is a 100-year-old yoga practitioner who understands the activity’s lasting benefits on the body. Currently, she’s practicing yoga everyday despite her age, and changing peoples’ minds when it comes to old age and physical activity.

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“I really enjoy doing yoga. It has really changed my life and has helped cure aches and pains I use to have trouble from a slipped disc in my back, but doing yoga really helped me cope with it,” she explains.

She admits that she was never interested in sports when she was growing up, and only started practicing yoga when she turned 67. Now, she practices Iyengar Yoga, which incorporates postures that focus on body alignment. She credits this practice to relieving her of back pain, increased flexibility, and her much improved stamina.

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“It has given me good posture, balance, concentration, flexibility, and stamina; I heartily recommend yoga to all and sundry. Suffice to say, I’m a yoga addict.”

However, working on her physical strength and health isn’t the only reason she enjoys the practice. “I have met many kind people through yoga and made some good friends. I don’t know how I would be today if I hadn’t taken up Iyengar Yoga,” she says.

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Dawson isn’t the only person proving that old age doesn’t have to influence the amount of activity you pursue.

Ida Keeling, who runs the 100 meter dash in the centenarians division, just broke the world record by running a 1:17 split.

104-year-old Fauja Singh completed the Mumbai Marathon and is the oldest marathon runner in the world. He started long distance running at the age of 81. You’re never too old to start a sport. All you need is the confidence to get up and move, doing something that you truly love.