The Smarter You Are, The Longer You Yawn, Mad Scientist Says

Yawning is as common as it is mysterious: even though just about every animal with a backbone does it, we don’t really know why. A new study from the State University of New York has turned up some strange new details about yawning, finding that animals with bigger brains have longer yawns. Led by psychologist […]

Yawning is as common as it is mysterious: even though just about every animal with a backbone does it, we don’t really know why.

A new study from the State University of New York has turned up some strange new details about yawning, finding that animals with bigger brains have longer yawns.

Led by psychologist Andrew Gallup, the research team discovered this in the most scientific way possible: by timing YouTube videos of yawning animals, including cats, dogs, chimps, elephants, hedgehogs and — of course — humans.

The 29 animals in the study were chosen because of their inclusion in a 2005 study that precisely documented the weights of their brains and the number of neurons in their cortexes — the outer layer of the brain that processes the most information.

Heavy-brained humans had the longest yawns, while pinheaded mice and rats had the shortest. In general, primates had longer yawns than other mammals, lasting about 4.5 seconds on average.

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In the full paper, the researchers write that their finding supports the idea that yawning has some important “neurophysiological function” — most likely to enhance blood flow inside your skull or to regulate brain temperature.

Animals with more complex brains might need longer yawns to “to more effectively modulate cortical arousal”, that is, which parts of the brain get switched on (and not sexual arousal, which is what everyday folks usually mean by that word).

Yawning is legendarily contagious — so contagious that even reading this article about yawning might trigger a yawn — but the researchers aren’t sure what their finding indicates about the possible social or communicative function of yawns.

They concluded that further research on yawning is needed, and that it should take into account the duration of yawning.

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The paper quoted neuroscientist Robert Provine, who observed that “yawning may have the dubious distinction of being the least understood, common, human behaviour”.

FYI, Provine is the mad scientist who, in his research on yawning, attempted to produce a “doomsday yawn” — the perfect set of triggers that could induce a yawn 100 percent of the time. (It didn’t work, thankfully.)

 

11 Simple Ways to Practice Self Care and Release Stress

Life often produces “pre-packaged stresssfulness” that can come in many forms.  Buying a car, house, paying for college, looking for jobs, etc. are all examples of this. How you deal with the stressful situations however, makes all the difference. Stress can either eat away at you or empower you; it all depends on the self care strategies you employ to deal with the stress when you encounter it. If you have been extra stressed lately, it’s important to remember the value of YOU and take time for proper self care,

FIND FREEDOM FROM STRESS WITH THESE 11 SIMPLE, YET POWERFUL SELF CARE PRACTICES:

1. BREATHE DEEPLY.

In our fast-paced society, we often forget to slow down and pay attention to our breathing. Taking short, staggered breaths can increase your anxiety by restricting air flow to your lungs. Deep abdominal breathing has been shown to slow down the heart rate, decrease blood pressure, and also give your mind clarity.

When you find yourself in need of self-care, take deep breaths and visualize yourself in a calm, peaceful place. This will help decrease stress and regulate your breathing.

2. PRACTICE MEDITATION.

Eastern cultures have been practicing the self care ritual of meditation for centuries, as it is believed to connect us to our higher selves, spiritual masters, angels, and spirit guides. We can also restore cells and even transform our DNA though the practice of meditation. When you sit or lay down in a tranquil spot and just focus on your breathing and the pleasure of being alive, you can tune out of stressful situations and tune into what truly matters – your Spirit within.

3. INTRODUCE HEALING ITEMS INTO YOUR LIVING SPACE.

If you have been feeling a little disconnected and overwhelmed, try implementing crystals, peaceful or inspirational paintings, a small indoor Zen waterfall decoration, or even some lush indoor plants. All of these can balance your energies and give you a sacred space to relax and find inner peace again if you have been feeling frantic and scattered.

4. ENJOY TIME IN NATURE.

Oftentimes, stress can build up if we haven’t had adequate time outside. Bonding with the Earth keeps you grounded and connected with yourself and all that is. The sun shining on your skin can revitalize you and remind you what a blessing it is to be alive.

Nature provides powerful healing properties that can make you forget the causes of unease and stress.

5. TRY AROMATHERAPY.

Aromatherapy can automatically lower stress levels and trigger a deep, peaceful response. In addition to relieving stress, it is believed that aromatherapy can help to boost the immune system. Stress can make you vulnerable to illness, and aromatherapy can stimulate chemicals in the brain that help fight infection.

One of the most widely-known fragrances to aid in stress relief is lavender. Try burning some lavender incense the next time you feel a little on edge. You can even buy lavender essential oils if you don’t like burning things in your home.

6. HUG SOMEONE.

A warm embrace from someone you know or even a stranger is a simply yet powerful self care tactic that can reduce your stress and remind you of all the positivity life has to offer. Hugging increases production of the “love hormone” oxytocin. This, in turn, causes your blood pressure to drop, heart rate to slow down, and gets rid of any tension you may feel. It also makes you feel loved, welcome, and comforted.

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16 Exotic Fruits You Must Try At Least Once In Your Life

A man is spoilt for choices when it comes to food and fruit. A casual look-in at the fruit section in the mall will give you the impression that you have a wide variety of fruit choices. But in reality, the abundance of mother nature’s bounty far exceeds the sampling you see in the mall or in the fruit market. The world is full of fruits that will stagger you with its size, shape and colors. Here are 16 exotic fruits that will challenge your imagination and make you salivate.

1. Ackee

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Ackee or Ackee apple belongs to the soapberry family. The fruit is informally called as “vegetable brain”. As the name suggests, the only the fruit’s inner, brain shaped, yellowish arils are edible. Though originally from West Africa, the fruit migrated to Jamaica in 1778. It is now the national fruit of Jamaica. Apart from Jamaica, Ackee is cultivated in Haiti, Barbados, and Cuba. The fruit is also used in Caribbean cuisine.

Consumption of unripe fruit can cause Jamaican Vomiting Sickness which can lead to coma or death. (source 12)

2. Rambutan

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Rambutan derived from the Malay-Indonesian word ‘Rambut’ means “hairy.” In Vietnam, it is called “Chom Chom.” The fruit is native to Malay-Indonesia and few other Southeast Asian countries. The hairy outer skin is peeled away and the tender, fleshy fruit is consumed by the fruit connoisseurs. Its taste is to grapes – sweet and sour. Rambutan has migrated all around the world. They are now cultivated in Mexico and Hawaii.

According to Purdue University, Rambutans are eaten raw but can be turned into a dessert by stewing it in a clove infused sugar syrup.(source 12)

3. Physalis

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Physalis are part of the nightshade family. Its fruit, structure and even its acidic taste remind one of tomato. The taste is mild and refreshing and can be substituted for tomatoes. The unusual lantern-like fruit makes it popular among the gardener’s. Physalis goes by many names such as Inca berry, cape gooseberry or simply golden gooseberry. The fruit is native to the Americas and can also be found in South Africa.(source 1,2)

4. Jabuticaba

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The unusual fruit appears to sprout directs from its tree barks and trunks. This makes it look as if the tree is covered in purple warts when fully in season. The fruit is native to Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Peru, and Bolivia. it is also known as Brazilian grape tree, jabotica, jabuticabeira, guaperu, guapuru, hivapuru, sabará and yvapurũ (Guarani). it is a thick skinned berry. The purple outer skin encloses a soft, gelatinous white or rose colored flesh. Embedded in the pulpy flesh or 2-4 large seeds. Their popularity is  compared to that of grape in America.

The fruit is largely eaten raw or made into tarts, jams, wines and liqueurs.

5. Horned Melon

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The fruit has horn-like spines on its body, hence the name ‘Horned melon’. Commonly called as  kiwano,  African horned cucumber or melon, jelly melon, hedged gourd, melano, the ripe fruit has yellow-orange skin and a green jelly-like flesh. It has a tart like taste and texture to cucumber. The fruit can be eaten at any stage but when it over-ripens, the fruit forcefully bursts  and releases its seeds. The fruit is a native of Sub-Saharan desert and is one of the few sources of water during summer in the Kalahari desert. The fruit has migrated to  California, Mississippi, Chile,Australia, and New Zealand.

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Cancer Cells Die In 42 Days: This Juice Cured Over 45k People

Have you ever heard of Rudolf Bruess? He is an Austrian man who dedicated his whole life to finding a natural cure for cancer! Rudolf came up with a juice that has shown a great positive outcome helping people who were and are dealing with cancer and several other ‘incurable’ illnesses. According to Rudolf one […]

Have you ever heard of Rudolf Bruess? He is an Austrian man who dedicated his whole life to finding a natural cure for cancer!

Rudolf came up with a juice that has shown a great positive outcome helping people who were and are dealing with cancer and several other ‘incurable’ illnesses.

According to Rudolf one must undergo a strict diet that lasts 42 days. During these 42 days one’s health will be dramatically increased.He designed a strict regimen that consists of drinking tea and a special juice with beetroot as the main ingredient. In order to make his special juice you will need all organic veggies.

  • Beet root
  • Carrots
  • Celery root
  • Potatoes
  • Radishes

**Breuss juice vegetable juice that consists of 55% red beet root, 20% carrots, 20% celery root, 3% raw potato, 2% radishes. This juice is called Breuss juice. The drink is to be fasted on for 40+ days under the instructions outlined in the therapy for the desired therapy results to be tangible. **

Put all of these things in your blender, remember half of the smoothie should be beetroot, then carrots, and little bits of the rest. Drink as much as you feel your body needs of this mixture but more is key. All of these veggies are important because they’re overflowing with anti-oxidants, vitamins, and detox reps. Why not give it a try?

120 ZERO CARB FOODS LIST + (ALMOST) ZERO CARB FOODS LIST

Can you imagine that there is a zero carb world where nervous counting doesn’t exist? If you’re starting with low carb, speeding up ketosis or in Atkins Induction, no carb foods will help you and set you free. There is a HUGE list of low carb foods. Zero carb foods are more limited. That’s especially […]

Can you imagine that there is a zero carb world where nervous counting doesn’t exist? If you’re starting with low carb, speeding up ketosis or in Atkins Induction, no carb foods will help you and set you free.

There is a HUGE list of low carb foods. Zero carb foods are more limited. That’s especially the case with fruits and vegetables, but there are still over 100 choices for rich satisfying meals.

Using the No Carb Foods List

Technically, fats are the only foods that are completely zero carb. Meats and seafood also contain trace amounts. The foods on this list have very minor amounts of net carbs – fractions of a gram. These foods are so close to zero that most low carbers consider them ‘no carb foods.’

The “almost” zero carb foods are a bit higher, but a single serving from the list is still under 1 net carb.

The only warning is that you should track your servings. Trace amounts of carbs add up.

Tips for Going Zero Carb

You’ve decided to go low. These three easy tips simplify starting a zero carb diet.

1. Give yourself a few days to prepare.

Check your fridge and cabinets. Move any higher carb foods to the side and fill the space with your favorite no carb foods.

Plan a zero carb grocery trip and stock up!

2. Focus on what you ARE allowed to eat.

Zero carb foods are savory and delicious. You won’t feel like you’re depriving yourself.

3. Have fun. Try new things.

If you are eating foods with no carbs, you are cooking more often. Have some fun with your food. It is a good way to build positive associations.

No Carb Food Labels

Many food labels list foods as having zero carbs. Labeling laws allow food companies to print “zero grams” on the label if the food has less than one gram of carbs.

Sugar substitutes, cheeses, eggs and spices are common examples of this situation. If you’re being extra cautious, count them as .5 net carbs per serving.

List of No Carb Foods

Here, we are presenting you foods that have zero carbs based on the National Nutrient Database published by the US Department of Agriculture.

Zero Carb Meat

Most natural meats have zero carbs and are high in protein and vitamins. Packaged, cured and processed meats (sausage, hot dogs, deli meat, bacon, etc.) have some carbs because of added flavoring, preservatives or starchy binders. Always check the labels.

These natural meats have no carbs:

  • Beef
  • Veal
  • Lamb
  • Pork
  • Fowl (turkey, chicken, duck, goose, hen, quail)
  • Organ Meats (brains, tongue, liver, heart, kidneys)
  • Game Meats (venison, bison, ostrich, caribou, elk)
  • Exotic Meats (such as ostrich and emu)

Zero Carb Seafood

Fresh (unprocessed) seafood is zero carb:

  • Cod
  • Flounder
  • Sole
  • Haddock
  • Halibut
  • Sardine
  • Swordfish
  • Tuna
  • Trout
  • Salmon
  • Catfish
  • Bass
  • Crab
  • Shrimp
  • Lobster
  • Squid
  • Oysters
  • Mussels
  • Clams

Zero Carb Dairy

  • Butter
  • Whipped Cream (check each label)
  • Heavy Cream (check each label)

It’s possible to find zero carb cheese, particularly hard cheese. Most cheese is low carb, ranging from 0 to .5 net carbs per ounce (complete list below).

Zero Carb Seasoning

Flavoring zero carb foods makes them much more palatable. There are over 60 low carb spices to choose from – and eight of them speed up fat loss.

  • Salt and Pepper
  • Vinegar
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Most Hot Sauces
  • Pre-mixed Seasonings (check the label)
  • Yellow Mustard
  • Dill weed
  • Chives
  • Zero Carb Oils and Fats
  • Olive oil
  • Coconut oil
  • MCT oil
  • Avocado oil
  • Fish oil
  • Animal Fats (including lard)
  • Butter (particularly grass-fed)

Less healthy, yet zero carb oils:

  • Mayonnaise (check each label)
  • Vegetable Shortening
  • Canola oil
  • Peanut oil
  • Sesame oil

Zero Carb Beverages

  • Water
  • Sparkling Water
  • Club Soda
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Diet Soda (watch the artificial sweetener)

Zero Carb Sweeteners

Aspartame, sucralose, saccharine and stevia are advertised as no carb sugar substitutes. However, the powder and granular ones usually contain trace amounts of carbohydrate fillers.

It only takes a little to go a long way. Use a sprinkle.

Note: Artificial sweeteners can affect insulin the same way sugar does, so watch your progress, use sparingly and with caution.

Zero Carb Alcohol

Always use alcohol with caution. Your body burns alcohol before it burns fat for fuel. When you have metabolized all the alcohol, your body will return to burning fat. Alcohol knocks some low carbers out of ketosis for several days after drinking alcohol. Everyone is different, so watch your progress and adjust if necessary.

  • Gin
  • Rum (unflavored)
  • Vodka (unflavored)
  • Whiskey
  • Tequila
  • Scotch

(Almost) Zero Carb Foods

This list of almost zero carb foods expands your options without compromising your plan. A single serving of these foods contains less than 1 net carb. Try to measure carefully and spread your extra carbs throughout the day.

Almost Zero Carb Fruits and Veggies

Many of the leafy green vegetables (spinach, lettuce, celery, kale, turnip greens) are great choices for going zero carb. Although commonly thought of as vegetables, avocados are fruit, almost zero carb and a source of healthy fat. Raspberries are high in fiber and are great to sprinkle over a salad or top with whipped cream.

Serving size: 1/2 cup

  • Spinach .2
  • Parsley .4
  • Avocado .5
  • Radish .5
  • Lettuce .25
  • Bok Choy .7
  • Celery .8

Serving size: 1/4 cup

  • Mushrooms .5
  • Garlic (1/2 clove) .5
  • Pokeberry Shoots .5
  • Cabbage .5
  • Asparagus (3 pieces) .6
  • Coconut .5
  • Yellow Squash .7
  • Raspberries .7
  • Cauliflower .7
  • Broccoli .8
  • Cucumber .9

Almost Zero Carb Dairy

Eggs are so versatile: fried, scrambled, omelets, quiche, boiled, deviled and of course – egg salad.

  • Eggs .2 to .7 (check the carton)

Eggs are almost zero carb, ranging from .2 to 1 net carb per egg. Organic, free-range, cage-free, etc. eggs have larger yolks, making them lower in carbs. Be sure to check each carton.

Almost Zero Carb Cheese

Most natural, unprocessed cheeses are with no added flavors or ingredients. They include 0 to 1 net carb per serving. Hard cheeses will be the lowest; softer, creamy cheeses will be the highest.

The following cheeses and net carb amounts are from FatSecret, Popular Cheeses. Check each label.

Serving size: 1 oz = 1″ cube = ¼ cup grated (approx..)

  • Asiago .9
  • Blue .6
  • Brie .1
  • Camembert .1
  • Cheddar .3
  • Colby .7
  • Edam .4
  • Fontina .4
  • Goats .6
  • Gouda .6
  • Gruyère .1
  • Havarti .7
  • Mexican Blend Cheese .5
  • Monterey .1
  • Mozzarella .6
  • Muenster .3
  • Neufchatel .1 to .8
  • Parmesan .9
  • Provolone .6
  • Ricotta .8

Aldi Bans All Pesticides, Goes Organic, Rivals Whole Foods As Healthiest Grocery Store In The U.S.

Aldi,the German grocery chain recently announced that they will be removing 8 pesticides from all stores in the United States immediately. Those are: Deltamethrin Chlorpyrifos Clothianidin Cypermethrin Imidacloprid Thiamethoxam Sulfoxaflor Fipronil Aldiis the first major grocery store in Europe that bans the pesticides that are dangerous to bees, and this is going much further. Removing some […]

Aldi,the German grocery chain recently announced that they will be removing 8 pesticides from all stores in the United States immediately.

Those are:

  • Deltamethrin
  • Chlorpyrifos
  • Clothianidin
  • Cypermethrin
  • Imidacloprid
  • Thiamethoxam
  • Sulfoxaflor
  • Fipronil

Aldi is the first major grocery store in Europe that bans the pesticides that are dangerous to bees, and this is going much further.

Removing some artificial ingredients from their products and adding more gluten-free items,they are expanding their brands for organic food.

Aldi has removed partially hydrogenated oils, certified synthetic colors, and MSG from their private-label products, which make up 90% of sales.

They’ve expanded their sales of organic and fresh meat and produce, as well as the “Never Any!” brand of meats which doesn’t contain any added hormones, antibiotics, animal by-products or other additives.

Also,the chain of supermarkets will expand their gluten-free brand and the SimplyNature line, which is free of more than 125 artificial ingredients.

Their milk is already free of artificial growth hormones, but now their yogurt, cottage cheese, sour cream, and other dairy products will be too.

Last of all, they have begun to offer more high-end foods like smoked salmon, artisanal cheeses, coconut oil, andquinoa.

Aldi,in the US currently has 1,500 stores and has plans to open 500 more by 2018.  Due to the focus on health, this company is dignified to take over as the healthiest and largestgrocery store chain in the world.

According to Business Insider, “The grocery chain is expanding organic-food brands, removing some artificial ingredients from its products, and adding more gluten-free items in hopes of attracting more health-conscious shoppers”.

Neonicotinoid isquitea new type of insecticide, used in the last twenty years for controlling a variety of pests, particularly sap-feeding insects, like aphids on cereals, and root-feeding grubs. Neonics are systemic pesticides.

A Syrian Refugee Who Swam For Her Life Just Won Her Olympics Heat

“I want to represent all the refugees because I want to show everyone that, after the pain, after the storm, comes calm days.”

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A Syrian refugee who found sanctuary in Europe after swimming in the icy Mediterranean waters inspired people around the world on Saturday when she won her Olympic swimming heat.

Yusra Mardini is one of 10 athletes selected to compete in the first ever Olympics team composed entirely of refugees. The men and women from Syria, South Sudan, Ethiopia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo received huge applause when they entered the opening ceremony on Friday.

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Mardini, 18, was forced to swim for her life when her boat began sinking as it was ferrying her and roughly 20 other refugees to Europe last year.

She and her sister, who both knew how to swim, jumped out and pushed the boat for three and a half hours until they reached the Greek island of Lesbos, she told the UN Refugee Agency.

“It would have been shameful if the people on our boat had drowned,” she said. “There were people who didn’t know how to swim. I wasn’t going to sit there and complain that I would drown. If was going to drown, at least I’d drown proud of myself and my sister.”

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After they found refuge in Berlin, Mardini began swimming at a local sports club where she caught the eye of a coach.

When the International Olympic Committee decided to field a team of refugee athletes to draw global attention to the refugee crisis, Mardini was among those who qualified — barely nine months after she first arrived in Europe.

On Saturday, Mardini won her women’s 100-meter butterfly swimming heat, posting a time of 1:09:21.

Although her time wasn’t good enough to qualify for the semifinals, Mardini’s victory in her heat has already led people to rejoice on social media.

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“I’m going to make them proud,” Yusra said in March. “I want to represent all the refugees because I want to show everyone that, after the pain, after the storm, comes calm days. I want to inspire them to do something good in their lives.”

Mardini with fellow refugee team member Rami Anis in Rio. Buda Mendes / Getty Images

“I want everyone not to give up on their dreams and do what they feel in their hearts,” she said. “Even if it’s impossible, even if they don’t have the right conditions, you never know what will happen, just keep trying. Maybe you’ll get a chance like I did. Or maybe you’ll make your own chance.”

Australian athlete Alex Hartmann Worked At Big W For Nine Years To Follow His Olympic Dream

Australian athlete Alex Hartmann is damn fast. So fast in fact that he’s currently in Rio, competing in the Olympics.

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Alex’s race is the 200-metre sprint. Yeah, the same race in which Usain Bolt will be trying to break his own world record next week.

Unlike most Olympic athletes however, 23-year-old Alex didn’t start any kind of athletic training until he was 16. This was mainly due to the fact that it’s bloody expensive.

“Growing up, money was always a little tight” . “It’s not like we didn’t have food to eat or anything like that, but extras like Little Athletics just weren’t a necessary cost. At the time, my parents just couldn’t justify spending what was a fair amount of money.”

As soon as he was old enough, Alex got a job at Big W, where he stayed for the next nine years. Besides buying a Suzuki Swift, almost all of the money he earned went towards training, gear, and competitions.

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“My managers knew I was striving to be an Olympic champion and pretty much let me work the hours I wanted,” said Alex. “On a standard day, I’d work in the morning, go home for a half-hour nap, eat, and then spend the evening training. I’ve done pretty much every job there that didn’t require me being a manager.”

A year and a half ago, Alex quit his job to train full-time. While he refused a farewell dinner, his colleagues threw a morning tea to see him off.

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“I still visit the store every now and then to see how everyone is and to have a laugh – they’re some of my biggest fans.”

“The Olympics are known to produce some amazing results, so anything is possible,” said Alex, counting down the days until his first race in Rio.

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7 Incredible Things that will Happen to Your Body if You Drink Lemon Water Every Day

It’s important that we begin our days the right way, and the best way that we can do that is giving our body exactly what it needs in the morning to get things started.

The way that you treat your mornings is essentially what you’re going to be feeling for the rest of the entire day. If you begin it negatively, or with things that are going to upset your body’s happiness, then things will find a way to act the exact same way.

One of the ways we can begin our days off on the right foot is by drinking lemon water. Just by drinking lemon water every single day you can improve the health of your body tremendously. Water in general is a necessity to your body’s needs in order to flush out unwanted toxins and other things your body does not need. The lemon adds antioxidants that are used to boost your body’s immune system.

Here some other things that drinking lemon water every day can do for you:

1. Fresh Breath

Drinking lemon water every single day, after you brush your teeth, can leave you with fresh breath for the rest of the day. Swishing a little bit of it around your teeth and mouth is not only delicious, but satisfies the hygiene of your mouth as well. If you have troubles dealing with fresh breath, then this natural remedy is just for you.

2. Removes Constipation

Drinking lemon water every single day can do wonders for your digestive system. Even if you have an unfortunate case of constipation, drinking this cool beverage has the ability to break down waste, allowing for much more smoother bowel movements. Drinking water in general is very important for digestion, so make sure you keep hydrated with every meal you eat.

3. Less Hungry

Drinking lemon water every single day can provide your stomach with the sensation of being full, preventing you from over-snacking or indulging in too many things you would regret eating later.

How Chemistry Impacts Our Choice of Good/Bad Partners

Why is that old cliché of girls liking the bad boy who mistreats them, even a cliché in the first place?

Why are we drawn to people who could be toxic for us?

It could be their mysterious personality that entices us, or the thrilling times we had with them that seem to out shine the negative experiences. Many people are drawn to relationships where they want to help or fix the other person, and that is usually a recipe for disaster. Some of us have had relationships where we feel we have been treated unfairly, yet were simultaneously sweet talked and shown different forms of kindness. As with everything in this universe, there’s always an ebb and flow of energy between people. When we meet someone of interest who doesn’t show us emotional availability, we give them more energy to try and have it reflected back. This can create a cycle of giving way more energy than receiving it. Of course, it is our brain firing different synapses which make us feel such deep emotions for our partners. The first of which would be dopamine.

Dopamine

Also known as the pleasure center of our brain, dopamine controls the neurotransmitters which associates feelings of happiness. When we have intensely joyous times with someone, the chemicals released during those times sticks with us. So when relationships take a negative turn and you remain in them, you can become like a gambler at a slot machine. You keep investing your time and energy into something that you receive every now and again. It is like hanging onto the few good times when there are much more bad times piling up. It’s that feeling of safety in those good times are what makes you want more, even at the expense of your own happiness.

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