Researchers have achieved a new kind of chimeric first, producing sheep-human hybrid embryos that could one day represent the future of organ donation – by using body parts grown inside unnatural, engineered animals.
With that end goal in mind, scientists have created the first interspecies sheep-human chimera, introducing human stem cells into sheep embryos, resulting in a hybrid creature that’s more than 99 percent sheep – but also a tiny, little bit like you and me.
Admittedly, the human portion of the embryos created in the experiment – before they were destroyed after 28 days – is exceedingly small, but the fact it exists at all is what generates considerable controversy in this field of research.
“The contribution of human cells so far is very small. It’s nothing like a pig with a human face or human brain,” stem cell biologist Hiro Nakauchi from Stanford University told media at a presentation of the research this week in Austin, Texas, explaining that, by cell count, only about one in 10,000 cells (or less) in the sheep embryos are human.
The research builds on previous experiments by some of the same team that saw scientists successfully grow human cells inside early-stage pig embryos in the lab, creating pig-human hybrids that the researchers described as interspecies chimeras.
While the ‘mad scientist’ stereotype is fully present and accounted for in this kind of research, these divisive experiments could one day provide a unique solution for the thousands of people on donation waiting lists for live-saving organs – most of whom die before compatible body parts can be sourced for them, the researchers explain.
“Even today the best matched organs, except if they come from identical twins, don’t last very long because with time the immune system continuously is attacking them,” says one of the team, reproductive biologist Pablo Ross from the University of California, Davis.
Although it’s still a long way off, organs produced in interspecies chimeras could be one way of producing enough supply to meet demand – by transplanting, say, a hybridised pancreas, from a sheep or pig, to a desperate patient.
For the transplant to work, the researchers think at least 1 percent of the embryo’s cells would need to be human – meaning these first steps demonstrated in the sheep are still very preliminary.
But, of course, upping the human ratio in the chimera mix also inevitably increases ethical qualms about the kind of creature being created, ostensibly, for the sole purpose of having its essential organs harvested.
“I have the same concerns,” Ross explains.
“Let’s say that if our results indicate that the human cells all go to the brain of the animal, then we may never carry this forward.”
There are no easy answers to the kinds of ethical questions this sort of research raises, but with someone being added to a US transplant waiting list every 10 minutes, the researchers say we shouldn’t discount the possibilities of what chimeras could one day do for us.
“All of these approaches are controversial, and none of them are perfect, but they offer hope to people who are dying on a daily basis,” Ross says.
“We need to explore all possible alternatives to provide organs to ailing people.”
The findings were presented over the weekend at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Austin, Texas.



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Scientists Just Made Sheep-Human Hybrids. Here’s What You Need to Know


Narcissists can be harmful to your pet.  Watch for the following signs, in order to protect you and your pet.
1. Narcissists will use the pet as a manipulation tactic.
If you talk about leaving, they will tell you that you will never see your pet again.  Or if you are leaving the narcissist and moving into a smaller place, the narcissist will tell you that it is not fair you are subjecting your pet to a smaller space, and tell you that your will probably die earlier from loneliness.  The narcissist will say anything to get you to stay so the narcissist doesn’t have to experience that deep fear of abandonment.
2. People are seen by the narcissist as not as deserving of love, attention, and affection as animals.
The narcissist has very absolute views of people and animals.  They alternately idolize a person or animal and then demote it to being the lowest form of life possible.  There is no middle ground.
3. The narcissist has unrealistic expectations of animal behavior.
People and animals are both expected to act perfectly—and anything else is seen as a personal affront to the narcissist.  They expect people and animals to fill their deep-seated insecurities—and the narcissist is never able to have that deep hole in their psyche filled.
4. They physically abuse pets.
If a narcissist’s dog has urinated on the carpet while the narcissist was out, the narcissist sees it as a personal affront—even though the narcissist left the dog alone for 12 hours. The narcissist then hits the dog and calls it names. The dog learns to fear the narcissist. When people or animals fear the narcissist, he or she gets a psychological payoff of control.
5. While you are away, your pet is put down or neglected by the narcissist.
You get home from a business trip, and the narcissist says they are sorry to tell you that your dog was aggressive to them, and the narcissist had your dog put down.  By eliminating your pet, the narcissist has removed one more barrier in order to control you.
6. The narcissist “sets up” your pet for unwanted behavior.
The narcissist knows that your pet is prone to getting in the garbage.  So while you are out, the narcissist purposely leaves the lid off the kitchen trash or in extreme cases, may even put trash around the house. When you get home, the narcissist loudly (and sometimes proudly) proclaims that they were right, you have a bad dog. The narcissist figures this is a good way to get you to align with the narcissist and against your dog.
7. The narcissist “accidentally” lets your pet out of the house.
Letting the dog escape once in a while can happen to anyone. But with narcissists, it’s a pattern. The narcissist thinks that getting rid of your pet means your attention will now solely be on them. Since it was an “accident” the narcissist will argue you are blaming them for your dog’s bad behavior.
8. The narcissist does not adhere to your rules regarding your pet.
The narcissist feels that they know best. They will tell you (and show you) that they know more about your pet than you do. You may have a rule that your dog doesn’t get fed table scraps. However, you see the narcissist openly flaunting this rule and feeding your dog right at the table. When you tell the narcissist to knock it off, they say, “What’s wrong with giving him a little snack?  You just want to waste food.” Your rules are described to you as being unrealistic or petty.
9. They will contact you after a breakup, telling you that they are lost without the dog, or if you divided pets after a breakup, the pet they have is missing your pet terribly. 
This is a way to punish you for leaving, by guilting you into giving up your pet. It is also a way to get contact started again. The narcissist knows once that door to contact is opened, they can continue to pry it open. Get ready for more manipulation. If the narcissist says their pet is lonely without the pet you have, tell them that you will happily take their pet so it doesn’t have to be alone. See how quickly the narcissist backpedals.
10. If your narcissist ex has “custody” of your pet, expect them to flaunt that. 
Your narcissist ex may send you photos of themselves and their new partner with your dog or cat in the photo. They may even send you photos of just their new partner with your pet. Your ex is “punishing” you for having the audacity to leave them.  Even if your narcissist partner left you, they will still try to torment you with photos of your pet. Keep in mind this is quite different from just updating a partner about a previously shared pet.
11. They tease your pet.
You go to the dog beach, and the narcissist is kicking sand into your dog’s face.  Your dog doesn’t react, because he thinks the narcissist cares for him, the same way that you do.  So the narcissist laughs and continues.  The narcissist offers your pet a treat, and then takes it back. The narcissist gets a payoff from seeing people and pets suffer under their control. By teasing your pet, the narcissist is also pushing your pet into snapping at them as a way to tell the narcissist to stop. The narcissist will use this as a reason to tell you that you have a violent dog and it needs to be put down.  Without your dog, the narcissist feels that you can now focus all your attention on them.
12. Pet emergencies are created to get you to come home.
Going somewhere out on your own is a threat to the narcissist.  The narcissist wants your attention on them at all times.  You get frantic calls and texts about your cat being sick—but when you come home, it doesn’t appear to be much of an emergency.
The solution?  Get you and your pet away from the narcissist.  Don’t have a narcissist watch your pet—ever.  If you are in a relationship with a narcissist and you don’t feel you have the strength to leave, at least leave for the sake your pet.  In my article, “How to Leave a Narcissist For Good,” read about going “no contact” is the best way to leave a narcissist for good.  As always, if you feel that leaving may put you in danger, contact your local domestic violence shelter.


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12 Reasons Why You Should Never Leave A Narcissist Around Your Pet


Gaslighters, people who try to control others through manipulation, will often accuse you of behaviors that they are engaged in themselves. This is a classic manipulation tactic. Read more to learn why this tactic works so well.
In the article Gaslighting: Know It and Identify It to Protect Yourself, I described gaslighting as a series of manipulation tactics used to discredit you, keep you off-balance, and have you question your reality. The gaslighter uses these tactics in order to get “revenge” or gain control over you. Gaslighting tactics include:
Blatantly lying.
Splitting — pitting you against a friend or family member.
Working to align others against you.
Telling others that you are crazy, unstable, or manipulative.
Lying about things they said and did, even though you swear those things happened.
Telling you they don’t like your family and friends — but for vague reasons.
Many gaslighters:
Cheat in relationships, yet they accuse their victims of cheating.
Accuse their victims of being addicts, when they are the true addicts.
Accuse their victims of manipulation, when they are the ones who manipulate.
Gaslighters will accuse others of actions — even when there is direct evidence that they are engaging in those same behaviors. So why do gaslighters do this? They are doing pre-emptive strikes and/or are projecting.
Pre-Emptive Strike
First, the pre-emptive strike tactic. The gaslighter is cheating — they are planning the secret meetings with their lovers, and getting a rush from it. They are invested in keeping up the charade. To keep you off-kilter, they start accusing you of cheating. The goal is to keep you so busy defending yourself and being emotionally distraught that you don’t have enough time to pay attention to the gaslighter’s own behavior. By accusing you, the gaslighter has bought themselves time.
The gaslighter can go as far as claiming they saw you out with someone — when in fact you were at home waiting for the gaslighter to show up late from work again. The gaslighter has you in a bind — you can’t prove that something never happened. But you try and try to prove to them that you did nothing wrong — but whatever evidence you produce is not good enough for the gaslighter. You become more concerned about being falsely accused than paying attention to the gaslighter’s own behavior.
The gaslighter may even present “evidence” to others of being manipulated by the victim. This evidence may be completely fabricated by the gaslighter, or the gaslighter takes facts and manipulates them, or “forgets” to share them. For example, the gaslighter tells your friends they are sure you are cheating because you “claimed” you were working late a few nights this week.
You actually were working late a few nights this week — to earn extra money in overtime. But the gaslighter conveniently leaves this fact out when badmouthing you to your friends. When you remind the gaslighter that you told them you were working late, they deny you ever told them this — and then they bring up another reason why they are “convinced” you are cheating.
Let’s say the gaslighter in your life is addicted to heroin. You suspect they have stolen money from you to feed their addicition. Before even getting a chance to confront them, the gaslighter calmly tells you that they are concerned you are an alcoholic. You immediately go into defense mode — no one has ever accused you of this before, and it is a shock. It throws you into a tailspin. The gaslighter brings up times where they knew you were drunk — but you don’t recall any of these times. The gaslighter may even accuse you of blacking out, and claims that’s why you can’t remember. You start questioning your sanity — and this is exactly the exact goal of the gaslighter. Meanwhile, the gaslighter keeps using and stealing.
Besides direct contact with the victim and their family and friends, the gaslighter also uses social media as a way to accuse and deflect from their own behavior. The gaslighter knows that once something is posted on social media, the information travels quickly. The gaslighter is also in a position of power on social media by never answering any questions about the truth of their claims, thus perpetuating the gaslighter’s lie.
Projecting
The gaslighter may accuse you of being manipulative because they are projecting — one of the more commonly used defense mechanisms. I can’t own up to my behavior, so I’m going to put it on you. While a pre-emptive strike is a gaslighter’s conscious choice to manipulate you for their gain, projection can be done on a conscious or unconscious level. While some gaslighters are very aware that they are putting their behavior on someone else to get what they want, some gaslighters who are projecting are not even aware that they are doing it. In either case, projection is an unhealthy behavior and should not be tolerated.
Some gaslighters unconsciously project out of guilt or shame. In the case of narcissistic personality disorder, narcissists feel they are totally okay, and think that everyone else has a problem. This is called ego-syntonic behavior. It is very difficult to get a narcissistic gaslighter to get help through counseling — because they think you have the problem, not them. Projecting behavior can get to the point where a gaslighter delusionally believes that they are being persecuted by the victim — when in fact the opposite is true.
Whatever the origin of the gaslighter’s accusatory behavior, they are still 100 percent responsible for it. Treat all cases of accusations towards you as what they are — accusations, not fact. There is no need to spend your extra energy trying to defend yourself – because it will never be good enough. Instead, take a hard look at whether the behavior the gaslighter accuses you of is actually something they are doing. Don’t let smoke and mirrors get in the way of uncovering the gaslighter’s behavior for what it is — manipulation of you and others by way of accusation and distraction.


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Why do Gaslighters Accuse You of Gaslighting?


Groundbreaking study finds that a 10% increase in ultra-processed foods in the diet is linked to a 12% increase in cancer.
New research led by a group of scientists based at the Sorbonne in Paris reveals what many of us have likely assumed instinctively: Ultra-processed foods increase the risk of cancer.
The researchers used data collected from some 105,000 adults who are part of the French NutriNet-Santé cohort study – they analyzed the medical records and eating habits, and created a database of 3,300 different food items.
The Guardian reports:
They found that a 10% increase in the amount of ultra-processed foods in the diet was linked to a 12% increase in cancers of some kind. The researchers also looked to see whether there were increases in specific types of cancer and found a rise of 11% in breast cancer, although no significant upturn in colorectal or prostate cancer.
“If confirmed in other populations and settings, these results suggest that the rapidly increasing consumption of ultra-processed foods may drive an increasing burden of cancer in the next decades,” notes the study, which has been published in the BMJ.
The team used the classification of “ultra-processed food” as defined by Nova, a group of scientists in Brazil who have created the classification tool for nutrition and public health research, policy and action. The system is comprised of four groups: Unprocessed or minimally processed foods; processed culinary ingredients; processed foods; and ultra-processed food and drink products. Nova describes the fourth group as:
Industrial formulations typically with five or more and usually many ingredients. Such ingredients often include those also used in processed foods, such as sugar, oils, fats, salt, anti-oxidants, stabilisers, and preservatives. Ingredients only found in ultra-processed products include substances not commonly used in culinary preparations, and additives whose purpose is to imitate sensory qualities of group 1 foods [unprocessed or minimally processed foods] or of culinary preparations of these foods, or to disguise undesirable sensory qualities of the final product. Group 1 foods are a small proportion of or are even absent from ultra-processed products.
Typical ultra-processed products include: carbonated drinks; sweet or savory packaged snacks; ice-cream, candies; mass-produced packaged breads and buns; margarines and spreads; cookies, pastries, cakes, and cake mixes; breakfast cereals, cereal and energy bars; energy drinks; milk drinks, sweetened yogurts and fruit drinks; cocoa drinks; meat and chicken extracts and instant sauces; infant formulas; “health” and slimming products such as powdered or fortified meal and dish substitutes; and many ready to heat products including pre-prepared pies and pasta and pizza dishes; poultry and fish nuggets and sticks, sausages, burgers, hot dogs, and other reconstituted meat products, and powdered and packaged instant soups, noodles and desserts.
“The results are very strong – very consistent and quite compelling,” Mathilde Touvier, lead author of the study says.
“But we have to be cautious,” she adds. “It is the first study. We should not be alarmist. These results need to be confirmed in other prospective studies.”
Interestingly, the mechanics of the cancer risk could not be ascertained, noting specifically that the lack of nutritional value did not seem to be the smoking gun.
“We did a statistical analysis to try to see if the whole association was only due to poor nutritional quality,” Touvier says. “But the results do not depend on that.”
“We need to understand the mechanism,” she adds. “Maybe in the future we will have an idea whether one or two molecules are the problem and not all the ultra-processed foods.”
The massive database they created – which includes all the additives in specific foods, by commercial names and brands – will prove to be a valuable tool for research in the years to come.
And honestly, it can’t come soon enough. As the study notes, “After undergoing multiple physical, biological, and/or chemical processes, these food products are conceived to be microbiologically safe, convenient, highly palatable, and affordable.” Meanwhile, surveys in Europe, the US, Canada, New Zealand, and Brazil suggest that ultra-processed food products contribute to between 25 percent and 50 percent of total daily energy intake.
With all of this in mind, perhaps the most prudent thing to do is to keep Nova’s advice in mind:
Opt for water, milk, and fruits instead of soft drinks, dairy drinks, and biscuits. Do not replace freshly prepared dishes (broths, soups, salads, sauces, rice and beans, pasta, steamed vegetables, pies) with products that do not require culinary preparation (packaged snacks and soups, instant noodles, pre-prepared frozen dishes, sandwiches, cold cuts and sausages, industrialised sauces, ready-mixes for cakes). Choose homemade desserts and avoid industrialised formulations.
Or to put it more simply, remember the Nova golden rule: Always prefer natural or minimally processed foods and freshly made dishes and meals to ultra-processed products.



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Study Confirms “Ultra-Processed Food Linked To Cancer”



Intelligent people have double the risk of mental illness compared to their lesser-intelligent peers – and more often suffer anxiety-related physical woes, a new study has found.
Researchers at Pitzer College screened 3,715 members of Mensa, the IQ society, for anxiety, depression, autism, ADHD and other disorders.All of the participants had an IQ over 130, significantly higher than the 85-115 average.
The study revealed 20 percent of the intelligent group suffered anxiety and depression, compared to 10 percent of the general population.
Intriguingly, the participants also seemed more susceptible to asthma, allergies and poor immunity.
Experts say the study offers an unprecedented insight into the links between intelligence and mental illness, as well as the links between mood disorders and physical illnesses.
Researchers at Pitzer College screened 3,715 highly-intelligent people for mental illness. They found they had double the rate of mental illness and a higher risk of asthma and allergies than others.
Dr Nicole Tetreault, co-lead author of the study, said the higher rate of mental illness among intelligent people may be down to the fact that highly intelligent people are hyper-aware of their environment and social cues, making them hyper-sensitive and overly analytical about social interactions.
She explained: ‘A minor insult such as a clothing tag or an unnatural sound may trigger a low level, chronic stress response which then activates a hyper body response.’
She added: ‘Our findings are relevant because a significant portion of these individuals are suffering on a daily basis as a result of their unique emotional and physical over-excitabilities.
‘It is important for the scientific community to examine high IQ as being front and center within the system of mechanisms that may be at play in these disregulations.’
As for physical woes, it is not the first time researchers have suggested that psychological illness exacerbates inflammation in the body. However, this is tipped as the clearest break-down of that relationship.
‘To our knowledge, no studies have examined the potential psychoneuroimmunological interplay between each of the variables,’ the authors wrote.
‘We sought to directly address the question, “Is there a relationship between a heightened cognitive capacity (hyper brain) and heightened psychological and subsequent physiological immune responses (hyper body)?”’
To do so, they examined the prevalence of mood and anxiety disorders, ADHD, food and environmental allergies, asthma, autoimmune disease, and ASD in those with high intelligence compared to the national average.
Their evidence found a clear correlation between high intellectual capacity and all of the psychological and physiological conditions they screened for.
In conclusion, they said they believe people with hyper brain activity also have hyper body activity.



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Study Explains Why Smart People Are More Prone To Mental Illness


All human beings love being close to nature and respond to it, whether they consciously feel connected to it or not. Erich Fromm coined the term biophiliato describe this fact, which was later expanded by Harvard biologist E. O. Wilson, in his effort to describe the connections that people unconsciously seek with the natural world.
Scientific studies have repeatedly proven that people have an inherent connection with the natural world, by showing the amazing physical and mental health benefits of spending time in nature. Below are 5 fascinating findings from such studies, all pointing out to how healing nature could be to us, if only realized this and chose to spend more time close to it.
  • The cognitive functioning of children was enhanced when a park or greenery could be seen from their home. [1]
  • Workers in rooms with windows tend to have a better overall health, feel less frustration and have more patience, as well as enjoy working more. [2]
  • Two groups of patients who had the exact same surgery had different health outcomes, depending on whether their hospital rooms had a view of a brown block wall or a stand of trees. In particular, those patients whose rooms looked out on trees experienced shorter stays–that is, one full day on average–and had a lower need of taking medication to soothe pain. In addition, it was found that their moods were better, and they suffered fewer minor complications. [3]
  • When two groups of patients in a John Hopkins Hospital were told to spend the hours before surgery either listening to recordings of a birdsong and a babbling brook, as well as look at a poster depicting a landscape, or spending time without sounds or image, the former group reported significantly better pain management the the later group. [4]
  • When participants in a University of Essex experiment were shown before and after pictures of urban and rural scenes and then were put on a treadmill, those participants who were shown pleasant rural scenes had a significantly lower blood pressure, while those who were shown unpleasant urban photos were found to have an increase in their blood pressure levels. [5]
It seems that the physical and mental health benefits one can have by choosing to spend more time in the natural would are enormous. Most of us, however, living in big cities, spending most of our time in small rooms of concrete, don’t realize it or overlook it. From now on, whenever you can, choose to spend more of your time in natural surroundings, and reap the amazing benefits of it!
“Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.” ~John Muir





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5 Fascinating Studies That Prove the Physical and Mental Health Benefits of Spending Time in Nature


Your health is your life, and your wealth represents the fruits of your labor.  I assume you don’t want to be wasteful with either of them.  Here’s how to save both at the same time:
So many people spend their health gaining wealth,
and then have to spend their wealth to regain their health.
– A.J. Reb Materi
  1. Reduce Your Consumption of Drugs – That includes alcohol, cigarettes, over the counter, prescription and otherwise.  Drugs are a huge financial drain, and in most cases, unhealthy for the human body.  A significant portion of the global population abuses the crap out of them on a daily basis, legally and illegally.
  2. Learn to Cook and Prepare Healthy Food – People who eat every meal out tend to have lighter wallets and heavier rear ends.  With the exception of pricey, upscale dining establishments, you’ll find that most restaurants use lower-grade ingredients and employ sketchy sanitary practices that fall well below the standards you embrace in your own kitchen.  So when you eat out, you’re either spending more cash or eating low-grade product.  Regardless, you lose.  The ability to cook and prepare healthy meals is a vital skilleveryone should know how to do.
  3. Brown Bag the Leftovers for Lunch – Always cook enough at dinnertime so you can enjoy lunchtime leftovers the following day.  Leftovers are faster, easier, cheaper and healthier than anything you’ll find at the local fast food eatery.
  4. Avoid Overpriced, Unproven Supplements – Most people assume that FDA approved nutritional supplements are proven products.  Wrong!  Do you really think the FDA has enough resources to precisely verify every new dietary supplement proposed to hit the market?  I assure you, they don’t and there is no feasible way they ever will.  Remember, the FDA concentrates its efforts on drugs, not supplements.  Under the active Dietary Supplement and Health Education Act, producers of dietary supplements do not have to verify that their product is effective, safe or at all healthy prior to placing it on store shelves.  Sometimes someone has to become dreadfully ill from a dietary supplement before it even becomes a “blip” on the FDA’s radar.
  5. Drink Filtered Tap Water – I’ve said it before, people go to work and trade priceless hours of their lives for dollars and then waste the dollars buying something that’s already free.  A Brita water filter is an inexpensive investment that makes free tap water as healthy and pure as the bottled water for sale at the local supermarket.  Since a penny saved is a penny earned, you’ll be making money every time you take a sip.  Also, substituting beverages like soda for filtered tap water is another healthy way to save.
  6. Stop Driving Like a Maniac – The faster you accelerate your vehicle, the more gas you will burn.  People who are heavy on the pedal use up to 37% more gas during every mile of city driving.  At $4 a gallon, that’s a lot of wasted money.  Also, the faster you drive, the less time you have to react to hazardous road conditions.  Bottom line: Drive responsibly at or below the speed limit.
  7. Brew Your Own Coffee – Is coffee perfectly healthy for you?  It’s hard to say for sure.  There is a good deal of medical research to validate both sides of the argument (see here andhere).  However, one point remains certain: millions of people across the globe drink coffee every single morning.  Many of them wasting significant amounts of money on fatty, sugar and cream packed coffee beverages from Starbucks-style coffeehouses.  So the real question is: How do you make the coffee drinking habit healthier and less expensive?  The answer is simple.  Brew your own coffee.  If you like, add a dash of low fat milk and a single packet of sugar.  It’s quick, fairly healthy and way cheaper than Starbucks.  We have aCuisinart Two-to-Go Coffeemaker and absolutely love it.
  8. Wear Helmets and Protective Body Gear – How many motorcyclists, bicyclists, skateboarders, etc. do see foolishly blazing around without wearing any form of protective body gear?  It’s your life.  A quality bicycle helmet will cost you $40 and 2 seconds of your time to put it on before you ride.  If you don’t wear one and end up crashing and cracking your head open, it could cost you thousands of dollars in medical bills and take months, if not years, for your body to fully recover.
  9. Stay In and Hang Out – Your home is your haven.  It’s the safest, most comfortable environment to relax and socialize in.  It also happens to be a far cheaper alternative to the local bars, pubs and clubs.  You can save money on gas and entertainment costs while avoiding a lungful of secondhand smoke.  So login to eBay, sell some stuff you don’t use, buy yourself a Wii and invite over a few of your favorite people.  Don’t forget to crank-up the tunes.  ????
  10. Buy Healthy, Generic Brand Food – When it comes to the bare essentials on your grocery list, generic brands can provide thesame food quality at a significantly reduced cost.  U.S. food manufacturers are forced to follow a set of standards which basically guarantees the quality of the food they produce.  Many large-scale grocery chains purchase name brand products directly from the manufacturer and simply slap their own generic brand label on the packaging.  You should always compare the generic brand’s list of ingredients to a name brand product just to make sure everything matches up. 
  11. Eat Fresh Produce that is In Season – Based on abundant crops and excessive supplies, produce that is in season is fresher, more nutritious and cheaper than produce that is out of season.  Take a quick look around the produce isle.  The fresh, seasonal produce will be piled high and priced low.  The fluctuations in price can be quite significant.  For instance, an ear of corn will cost about 10 cents in the summer and nearly a dollar in the wintertime.
  12. Play Sports with Your Friends – Racquetball, tennis, kickball, basketball… Honestly, it doesn’t matter what you play, so long as it’s an active sport that you enjoy.  When you play sports with your friends you’re basically hitting 3 birds with 1 stone.  You’re getting healthy exercise and quality social time without spending a dime.
  13. Walk a Mile Everyday – Most medical professionals agree that walking is the healthiest form of exercise.  Studies have shown that overweight twenty-somethings spendsignificantly more on medical bills over the course of their lives.  Adding a 1 mile walk into your daily routine is a quick way to get some exercise and lose a couple pounds without spending money on a gym membership.  My colleagues and I walk a mile everyday after lunch.  We walk, we talk and we come back to the office feeling refreshed.
  14. Do Some Weekly Meal Planning – A little meal planning can reduce the cost of preparing a meal by preventing you from overspending on ingredients you don’t need.  It’s also much less stressful to prepare a meal without running around at the last second trying to figure out what ingredients you have so you know what you can cook.  This scenario is exactly why most people give up and waste their money at unhealthy fast food restaurants.
  15. Buy in Bulk, Cook in Bulk – Join a discount shopping club like Costco.  Even though there’s a membership fee, discount clubs can be extremely cost-effective if you purchase the majority of your groceries in bulk.  Buying and cooking food in bulk is a great way to save money and maintain a healthy diet.  If you cook a week’s worth of healthy food in bulk, you’ll probably end up eating healthier all week long than you would have otherwise.  Angel and I usually cook in bulk for the entire week on Sunday evenings.  Having our food already prepared when we return home from work is a huge time saver and stress reducer on busy week nights.
  16. Eat Slow to Eat Less – By eating slow you give yourself enough time to properly chew your food, which is much healthier for your digestive system.  It also gives you enough time (usually 20 minutes is needed) to realize you’re full.  Many people eat so fast that they continue stuffing their faces long after their stomachs are at capacity.  The slower you eat, the less you will eat.  The less you eat, the less money you will spend on food.
  17. Reduce Consumption of Sugar-Loaded Deserts – Consuming a sugary snack on occasion is fine for you, but not when you habitually fix one onto the end of every single meal you eat.  Most sugar-loaded deserts have little nutritional value and simply empty your wallet and make your jeans 2 sizes too small.
  18. Get Annual Medical Check-Ups – If you think that scheduling medical check-ups when you’re healthy is a waste of your time and money, think again.  The exact opposite is actually true.  Annual medical check-ups are the best form of severe illness prevention, and prevention is greatest cure of all.  Regular medical check-ups can detect potential health issues before they get out of control, allowing you to treat the condition before it becomes an expensive, time consuming drain on your life.
  19. Wash Your Hands Before Eating – Washing your hands takes two seconds and kills thousands of germs that could potentially lead to illness.  When you catch a cold, what do you do?  You buy expensive over the counter medications.  Do you want to stay healthier and wealthier?  Wash your hands before you eat, EVERY SINGLE TIME you eat!  If you can’t wash your hands, use a quality hand sanitizer.
  20. Brush and Floss Your Teeth Every Night – I know so many people who brush their teeth every morning to kill bad breath, but get lazy and forget to brush and floss their teeth before bedtime.  The bacterium that causes tooth decay can multiply30 times during the course of the night while you sleep.  If you only want to brush and floss your teeth once a day, do it before bedtime.  It is the most effective time for maintaining a healthy set of teeth.  Remember, dentistry is painfully expensive, so be proactive and take care of your teeth.



Source: mysticalraven.com

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