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Sugar is a drug. In fact, sugar activates the same area of the brain as cocaine, is more addictive, and can cause a wealth of problems that even Tony Montana didn’t have. Excess sugar in the body can eventually lead to diabetes, cancer, depression, dementia, acne, infertility, and of course, heart disease. This isn’t a new discovery recently made in the world of health and food; we’ve known about the detrimental affect sugar has on our body for years.

According to the research, the average American consumes around 152 pounds of sugar each year. The average American male weighs about 195.5 pounds, while the average American female weighs in at about 167. These numbers are more significant when they’re compared to statistics from the 1960s; the average American male weighed about 167 pounds, and the average woman around 141 pounds.

This is exactly why Mark Hyman M.D. created a 10-day diet which attempts to rid sugar from the body. More than 600 people tried out his program, and they collectively lost 4000 pounds in just ten days. This specific diet is interesting because it changes the way a person looks, thinks, and craves food. It’s full of foods that reverse sugar addiction and reset the body so that you can cut the dangerous substance from your life. A true sugar detox.

Here’s what the 10-day diet really looks like.

1. Make the Decision

This is step one in the diet, and if you’ve decided to rid sugar from your body, you’re already on the right path.

2. You Have to Do It Cold Turkey

Just like an alcoholic can’t have one more drink, you can’t have one more sugary snack. As soon as you cheat just a little bit, your cravings will spike and it will all be over. Stay strong for ten days and let the diet do the work.

3. Don’t Drink Calories

Soda and sugary liquids are worse than sugary foods, according to the expert. It’s a fact that one soda a day can increase a child’s chance of being obese by 60 percent, and a woman’s chance of having type 2 diabetes by 80 percent.

4. Get Protein

Protein helps balance blood sugar and insulin levels, and most importantly, it’s a source of energy that is carb free. If you’re looking to cut even more weight from your body, you can invest in some great tasting protein powder that will give you all you need. Nuts are also a great source of raw protein, but be careful, they’re also fatty relative to their size.

5. As Many Good Carbs as You Want

You can eat any veggie you want, as long as they aren’t full of starch like potatoes, sweet potatoes, winter squash, or beets. Any green vegetable your heart desires you can have. Some good ones are broccoli, kale, peppers, asparagus, and artichokes.

6. Use Fat

This seems counterintuitive, but fat makes you feel full, which will limit your cravings for sugar. Believe it or not, there is such a thing as good fat, and it’s a necessary part of your cellular structure.

7. Be Prepared

You can’t even get in the car nowadays without seeing a wave of fast food restaurants waving at you from the side of the road. When blood sugar is low, these burger joints can look like an oasis in the desert. Keep an emergency pack with you filled with proteins and healthy snacks so that you aren’t tempted to make the wrong choice.

8. Don’t Stress

The stress hormone called cortisol makes you feel hungry and it activates fat storage in the body. Simply taking deep breaths can reverse this process, and actually move your body from a fat storage state to a fat burning state. Take five slow, deep breaths to the count of five, five times in a row, before every meal. You’ll be amazed at what happens.

9. Stop Gluten and Dairy

These two hidden food sensitivities are what most people have, and they crave these allergens. They’re going to be tough to quit, but after ten days of the diet, you’ll find your cravings have subsided drastically. You’ll also have more energy throughout your day.

10. Get Sleep

Not getting enough sleep will give rise to hunger hormones, decrease in appetite-suppressing hormones, and cause huge cravings for sugar and carbs. When you aren’t getting your energy from sleep, your body will look for it elsewhere. Sleep is one the best ways to ensure that cravings don’t overpower you.

An earth angel is someone who values love and harmony above all else. They help others find the best versions of themselves in this lifetime, and their selflessness knows no bounds. These people often describe themselves as old souls who have come to restore the planet back to balance. They connect with nature more so than with anything else, and they feel at peace around animals.

Earth angels associate with a time when humanity lived with the planet rather than on it, and because of this, they often get frustrated with the current state of affairs. They want to help move past heartache and live in harmony with all people, as well as protect the planet itself. If you think you might be an earth angel, here are five signs you could be right.

1. You Care for Others

Earth angels often forget to make time for themselves because of how much they care for others. Although they cherish their alone time when they have it, they often feel called to help the people around them, which makes it difficult to accept the alone time they need.

They are highly empathetic, meaning they can feel other peoples’ emotions, which attracts them to professional positions formed to help those in need.

2. You Need Alone Time

Earth angels rarely give themselves alone time, but they need it desperately.

Since they are extremely empathetic, they feel a rush of emotions throughout the day. This much emotion can be draining both mentally and physically, so being alone is essential in order for earth angels to recharge.

Much of their alone time is spent in nature as it speeds up the healing process and gets their spirits back in alignment with what’s important.

3. Your Intuition is Powerful

Being an earth angel means you feel more than you think, making intuition and emotion more powerful than logical reasoning. Earth angels feel more deeply than most people, which means that they don’t really connect with the way the modern world works.

Art, music, and stories make lasting impressions their lives, and they let that kind of emotion guide their every move.

4. You Reject Modern Society

Modern society, to an earth angel, seems completely nonsensical; they don’t place much value on money, a career, or being successful on a surface level. They don’t understand why people would work in careers that they hate in order to buy or live a lifestyle that they don’t actually need.

What’s important to an earth angel is what humanity seems to have lost since the birth of industry, technology, and nine-to-five living.

5. You Feel Called

Since earth angels have a strong sense of intuition and emotion, they often feel called to a specific purpose.

No matter what this purpose is, it usually involves helping others as much as possible. Making their own mark on the world is infinitely more important than following in somebody else’s footsteps, no matter the advice they receive. Many earth angels see themselves as healers, so they are prone to industries like nursing or social counseling.

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.

I don’t need to explain that sleeping is important. Forget the fact that it actually accounts for around one-third of your life, it makes an impact on everything we do while we’re awake. It manages our stress levels, it gives us the ability to make rational decisions, and it helps us achieve our goals in regards to work, school, or even personal relationships. If our sleep suffers, we suffer the next day.

This is why things like snoring or sleep apnea should be taken rather seriously. Although snoring might be something we shrug off at first, studies have shown that it can lead to daytime sleepiness. If you have a partner, your snoring could also have a negative impact on their next day as well.

Sleep apnea is more serious than just snoring, and it refers to pauses in breathing or shallow breath disruptions that can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. These lapses in breathing can occur as many as 30 times or more an hour. It’s no surprise that it results in a poor night’s sleep for those affected.

Although there are numerous medications or devices that can help alleviate the symptoms of chronic snoring or sleep apnea, the body always appreciates a natural remedy. If it works and it’s natural, it should always be your first choice for relief, no matter the issue.

Juicing is being used by many in order to naturally cure chronic ailments, including snoring and sleep apnea. It consists of foods that are both raw and unmodified, which makes it easy for the body to absorb the maximum amount of nutritional elements. What’s even better is that you can pretty much juice anything your heart desires.

The goal behind the juice that relieves snoring and sleep apnea symptoms is simple: to eliminate excess mucus that cause these issues in the first place. The ingredients and preparation is simple, although it is recommended that you get organic, fresh ingredients for the best effects.

You’ll need:

2 apples of any type

2 carrots

1/4 of a lemon

1 inch stick of ginger

Combine the above ingredients into a juicing machine and simply blend them together.

If you’d like to try something other than juice to relieve your symptoms and get a better night’s sleep, you can change up your diet accordingly. Avoid alcohol because it obstructs the central nervous system, don’t smoke due to its incredibly detrimental impact on the lungs and breathing in general, and exercise in order to maintain a healthy weight and avoid excess stress on the body.

A healthy diet can help with an incredible amount of physical issues, and chances are, it can help with whatever seems to be troubling you. Don’t underestimate the impact of the food you eat; make the healthy choice instead.

Am I the only one who sleeps naked and thinks it’s totally normal? Every time the subject of sleeping wear gets broached, which isn’t that often mind you, people look at me like I’m crazy. I try to explain myself for sleeping in the body’s most natural state, but nobody seems to genuinely care. I literally have to wear clothes in every other aspect of my life. It’s not so much a choice as it is a requirement, which is fine, it’s not like I’m trying to go to the grocery store naked, I’m just trying to make a point.

When I finally get to relax in my own bed and drift off to sleep, I don’t want to be hindered by unwanted and unnecessary material. I’m sure we’ve all experienced getting our shirt or shorts tangled up in bed within the sheets, no matter how comfortable our sleeping attire.

You know who doesn’t experience that anymore? Me. And anyone else who’s decided to ditch their clothes while in bed.

If you’re looking for even more reasons to take off your pants when it’s time to sleep, check out these four reasons that are sure to convince you.

1. Your Body Has a Chance to Breathe

Letting your body breathe or air out, for a lack of a better phrase, is healthy.

Wearing clothing all the time keeps this from happening, and it can be even worse while in bed under the sheets. This is especially true for women because wearing underwear during sleep can actually trap bacteria and yeast, which can lead to a number of problems. So go ahead, get some air where you usually don’t.

2. You’ll Sleep Better Throughout the Night

Although pajamas are incredibly comfortable, they can still be annoying when you’re trying to get some much-needed rest. Not only can they get tangled up when you’re trying to move around in your sleep, but they can also increase your body temperature drastically. Your body requires a cool environment to be comfortable, so the more you wear, the harder it is for your body to fall asleep, and stay asleep.

3. Sleeping Naked Can Reduce Stress

If you sleep naked with a partner, the skin-to-skin contact that you feel can actually reduce your stress levels. We all know that cuddling and getting close to a person can be healthy for your brain, but sleeping naked will take that to a whole other level. Studies have shown that it will lower your blood pressure and help you relax.

In the long term, this can be incredibly beneficial to your health, and in the short term, it will help you fall asleep faster.

4. Sleeping Naked Helps You Lose Weight

When you don’t get enough sleep at night, you increase your stress levels. This makes binge eating junk foods much more of a threat.

However, we already know that sleeping naked increases your chances of a good night sleep, but it also keeps your stress levels in check. The most common sign of increased stress levels involves the food we eat, so it’s important we keep those stress levels down for the sake of our own physical health.

Humanity is fascinated by the possibility of alien life in space. Some could argue that it’s the fundamental motivation for pushing the boundaries of our own existence through space exploration. It’s an interesting concept that many people believe, but more importantly, it’s a concept that you can’t explain away. In fact, when you start to do some research and actually get a sense for just how expansive the universe truly is, it’s actually hard not to believe it yourself.

This is why Tabby’s star is so interesting to astronomers and amateur astronomers alike. When the star was first presented over a year ago, interest was piqued because of the rumor of an alien megastructure surrounding it. Even though this rumor has been largely dispelled, the star has some weird, mysterious activity that’s keeping astronomers focused.

The reason the star is so interesting is that it displays unusual dips in starlight. However, after more than a year of study, no one has found anything alien-like around the star at all. What we do know is that because of its unusual light activity, it’s a star like we’ve never found before.

Andrew Siemion, Director of the Berkeley SETI Research Center, and Co-Director of Breakthrough Listen, has been paying close attention the star’s activity.

“The Breakthrough Listen program has the most powerful SETI equipment on the planet, and access to the largest telescopes on the planet,” he explains in a recent statement, “We can look at it with greater sensitivity and for a wider range of signal types than any other experiment in the world.”

Let’s look at some facts. Fact number one: the universe is huge. Not only is it huge, but it’s actually still expanding and getting even more huge. We know this because the continuous expansion of the universe makes itself evident through constant change. Galaxies are getting further away and more spread out, and we can even see changes happening within the Milky Way as well. I remember from my astronomy 101 class in undergrad, complete with textbook verification, that there are more stars in the universe than there are grains of sand on Earth.

Simply, mind boggling.

Fact number two: NASA already has a team in place where their sole purpose is to find other planets with similar conditions to Earth. This means water, distance from a central star, and the existence of an ozone layer, just to list a few qualities. The Kepler mission, as it’s been called, has found thousands of Earth-like planets as of this May, and more are sure to follow.

These findings come from a very limited scope in regards to our technology. As our technology continues to develop, so will our ability to discover even more planets similar enough to Earth.

My point here is that to claim humanity is the only intelligent life in the universe, you’re basically buying a lottery ticket and claiming you’re the winner before they even choose the numbers. It’s just not very likely when you consider the size and scope of the universe we live in, let alone our own galaxy. It’s no wonder that finds like Tabby’s star get people and astronomers interested. We want to know who else is out there, and if there is other life, we want to make contact.

The reliance we place on fossil fuels has taken its toll. Many of the environmental issues we’re faced with today come as a result of our inability to move away from fossil fuels like coal as a means for energy. Although companies and innovators are coming up with ways to combat harmful air pollution, global warming, and other environmental problems, we’ll never really have a solution until we’re able to rely on renewable energy to power our daily lives. Until we’re able to substitute renewable energy for fossil fuels, any solutions we create will only be covering up the real problem.

However, we are making giant steps in the right direction, and renewable energy is becoming more prevalent throughout the global community. Over 500,000 solar panels were installed each day last year, and renewables finally passed coal in order to become the largest source of power capacity on a global scale. The International Energy Agency, or IEA, reported that renewables accounted for more than half of the new power capacity around the planet. Solar and wind power are responsible for leading this drive away from fossil fuels more than any other forms of renewable energy.

Installation of environmentally friendly energy sources was up a total of 15 percent in 2014, which forced the IEA to change its predictions for renewables. They predicted the use of renewables to increase by only 13 percent between 2015 and 2021, underestimating how quickly countries would start following suit. The movement is largely driven by Asia, with China in the captain’s chair, but India and the United States have been contributing significantly. Europe, once thought to be the leader of the renewable energy movement, is falling behind.

“I am pleased to see that last year was one of records for renewables and that our projections for growth over the next five years are more optimistic. However, even these higher expectations remain modest compared with the huge untapped potential of renewables. The IEA will be working with governments around the world to maximize the deployment of renewables in coming years,” explains IEA Executive Director Dr. Faith Birol in a statement.

Although the new capacity added has accounted for a record 153 Gigawatts of renewable power, this type of electricity generation is only expected to make up around 28 percent of all generation globally by 2021. Green, environmentally friendly energy is the fastest growing source of electricity generation in the world, but we’re still falling short in regards to meeting the Paris Climate Agreement, and we won’t be able to keep the planet below a 3.6 degree Fahrenheit warming temperature.

This increase in the use of renewable energy, especially solar and wind power, isn’t only driven by the looming Paris Climate Agreement, it’s also driven by human safety. In Asia, the main concern is air pollution and population health, not meeting the terms of the agreement. Diversifying the energy supply while improving energy security also plays a role in the renewable rise.

As we move forward, we will continue to see a shift in power markets being led by renewables. The market for these types of renewable energies is getting more competitive, which means costs will continue to drop. It’s never been a better time to invest in something real, renewable, and vital.

Of course, we all have a chronological age.  It’s the number of years that have passed since we were born.  But, we also have an emotional age.  Your emotional age is determined by how emotionally mature you are.  And, it turns out, our emotions have an influence not only on how we see the world and life in general, but how we see colors.

You’ve all heard the saying, “I feel blue.” meaning the person is feeling down or depressed.  “Everything is rosy.” meaning things are great.  You “see red” when you’re angry.  People equate happiness with the color yellow, serenity with lavender and nature with the color green.

Our emotional maturity can also have an influence on how vividly we can see colors.  In other words, you might see the color yellow as bright while I might see the exact same shade of yellow as more muted.  I’m not talking about someone being color blind, either.  That’s a whole different thing.  What I mean is that the hues and saturation of a color is perceived differently by different people depending on their emotional age.

Interesting, isn’t it?  The quiz below will analyze how you perceive colors, with your answers determining your emotional age.  So, take the quiz and let us know what you think in the comments!

Our personality is made up of our qualities and characteristics.  Our personality develops over time and is heavily influenced by the environment we grew up in.  Even though you may act differently in different situations and around different people, your true personality is a constant.  It’s who you inherently are as a human being.

Even though we are all different, unique people, our personality falls into one of four categories:  Introvert, Socializer, Intellectual and Thinker.  Introverts enjoy solitude more than social activities.

Socializers are active, outgoing people who love attention and praise.  Intellectuals are inventive and perceptive.  They’re curious and question everything.  And Thinkers quiet, reserved, well-organized people who like to figure out what makes things tick.

According to research, the words you choose to use are also determined by your personality type.  Some psychologists believe that they can tell what your personality type is solely by analyzing your speech and words.  So, it makes sense that someone could determine the words you use the most by determining your personality type.

So, take the quiz below and let us know in the comments how accurate your results are!

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The push to go solar is very real. It seems like every other week there’s a new development in renewable, sustainable energy, especially when it comes to solar power. It’s becoming easier and easier for people to make the switch to solar energy; companies, homeowners, and now entire regions are converting to a form of energy that will help bring the world into a brighter future, no pun intended.

Earlier in the year, the Pakistani Parliament became the first in the world to rely entirely on solar energy for power.

The panels installed in the house produce 80 MW of electricity, 62 MW of which are consumed by the National Assembly, and 18 MW that are contributed to the national grid.

Parliamentary speaker, Ayaz Sadiq announced the change while thanking the Chinese government for the part it played in the solar-power upgrade. The project was initially launched by Chinese President Xi Jinping and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif while the Chinese President was in Pakistan in 2015.

The project itself cost around 55 million dollars to complete, but it was largely funded by the Chinese government. Although it was pricey, the upgrade is projected to save an estimated 267,265 dollars per year.

Check out the video below to get some more details on the project.

Sharif has claimed that the country would solve its energy crisis by 2018 as they begin to modernize in terms of energy use; they are completely engaging in a solar culture and sustainable future.

This is a way of thought that countries all over the world need to adopt. Solar energy isn’t just good for a specific region or nation itself, but for people all around the globe. Sustainable energy needs to be the focus for leaders as we continue to find out more regarding the negative impact modern energy sources create.

Pollution is at an all-time high, we’re quickly running out of fossil fuels, and we’re in need of a sustainable energy source that will continue to power our daily lives. Solar energy is just one solution to the problem; there are a number of other forms of renewable energy that we can take advantage of.

Start thinking about how you can have an impact on the world through your energy use. Whether it means upgrading your home, your car, or your business, it’s time to start doing your part.