Friday, May 27, 2011

100 Interesting Facts About That Body of Yours!!

It may take you awhile to read through these but they are pretty interesting! You may already know some of these, you may not want to know some of these but it was fun reading for me! Some of the ones I found interesting I've posted below. To read more just click the link!

The human brain cell can hold 5 times as much information as the Encyclopedia Britannica. Or any other encyclopedia for that matter. Scientists have yet to settle on a definitive amount, but the storage capacity of the brain in electronic terms is thought to be between 3 or even 1,000 terabytes. The National Archives of Britain, containing over 900 years of history, only takes up 70 terabytes, making your brain’s memory power pretty darn impressive.
Your brain uses 20% of the oxygen that enters your bloodstream. The brain only makes up about 2% of our body mass, yet consumes more oxygen than any other organ in the body, making it extremely susceptible to damage related to oxygen deprivation. So breathe deep to keep your brain happy and swimming in oxygenated cells.
Human hair is virtually indestructible. Aside from it’s flammability, human hair decays at such a slow rate that it is practically non-disintegrative. If you’ve ever wondered how your how clogs up your pipes so quick consider this: hair cannot be destroyed by cold, change of climate, water, or other natural forces and it is resistant to many kinds of acids and corrosive chemicals.
Scientists have counted over 500 different liver functions. You may not think much about your liver except after a long night of drinking, but the liver is one of the body’s hardest working, largest and busiest organs. Some of the functions your liver performs are: production of bile, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, and detoxification.
You could remove a large part of your internal organs and survive. The human body may appear fragile but it’s possible to survive even with the removal of the stomach, the spleen, 75 percent of the liver, 80 percent of the intestines, one kidney, one lung, and virtually every organ from the pelvic and groin area. You might not feel too great, but the missing organs wouldn’t kill you.
Sneezes regularly exceed 100 mph. There’s a good reason why you can’t keep your eyes open when you sneeze–that sneeze is rocketing out of your body at close to 100 mph. This is, of course, a good reason to cover your mouth when you sneeze.
The average person expels flatulence 14 times each day. Even if you’d like to think you’re too dignified to pass gas, the reality is that almost everyone will at least a few times a day. Digestion causes the body to release gases which can be painful if trapped in the abdomen and not released.
On any given day, sexual intercourse takes place 120 million times on earth. Humans are a quickly proliferating species, and with about 4% of the world’s population having sex on any give
On any given day, sexual intercourse takes place 120 million times on earth. Humans are a quickly proliferating species, and with about 4% of the world’s population having sex on any given day, it’s no wonder that birth rates continue to increase in many places all over the world.
Most men have erections every hour to hour and a half during sleep. Most people’s bodies and minds are much more active when they’re sleeping than they think. The combination of blood circulation and testosterone production can cause erections during sleep and they’re often a normal and necessary part of REM sleep.
Women are born better smellers than men and remain bettersmellers over life. Studies have shown that women are more able to correctly pinpoint just what a smell is. Women were better able to identify citrus, vanilla, cinnamon and coffee smells. While women are overall better smellers, there is an unfortunate 2% of the population with no sense of smell at all.
Everyone has a unique smell, except for identical twins. Newborns are able to recognize the smell of their mothers and many of us can pinpoint the smell of our significant others and those we are close to. Part of that smell is determined by genetics, but it’s also largely do to environment, diet and personal hygiene products that create a unique chemistry for each person.
By the age of 60, most people will have lost about half their taste buds. Perhaps you shouldn’t trust your grandma’s cooking as much as you do. Older individuals tend to lose their ability to taste, and many find that they need much more intense flavoring in order to be able to fully appreciate a dish.A simple, moderately severe sunburn damages the blood vessels extensively. How extensively? Studies have shown that it can take four to fifteen months for them to return to their normal condition. Consider that the next time you’re feeling too lazy to apply sunscreen before heading outside.
Over 90% of diseases are caused or complicated by stress. That high stress job you have could be doing more than just wearing you down each day. It could also be increasing your chances of having a variety of serious medical conditions like depression, high blood pressure and heart disease.
A human head remains conscious for about 15 to 20 seconds after it is been decapitated. While it might be gross to think about, the blood in the head may be enough to keep someone alive and conscious for a few seconds after the head has been separated from the body, though reports as to the accuracy of this are widely varying.
We are about 1 cm taller in the morning than in the evening. The cartilage between our bones gets compressed by standing, sitting and other daily activities as the day goes on, making us just a little shorter at the end of the day than at the beginning.
It takes twice as long to lose new muscle if you stop working out than it did to gain it. Lazy people out there shouldn’t use this as motivation to not work out, however. It’s relatively easy to build new muscle tissue and get your muscles in shape, so if anything, this fact should be motivation to get off the couch and get moving.
Humans shed and regrow outer skin cells about every 27 days. Skin protects your delicate internal organs from the elements and as such, dries and flakes off completely about once a month so that it can maintain its strength. Chances are that last month’s skin is still hanging around your house in the form of the dust on your bookshelf or under the couch.
Human lips have a reddish color because of the great concentration of tiny capillaries just below the skin. The blood in these capillaries is normally highly oxygenated and therefore quite red. This explains why the lips appear pale when a person is anemic or has lost a great deal of blood. It also explains why the lips turn blue in very cold weather. Cold causes the capillaries to constrict, and the blood loses oxygen and changes to a darker color.
The colder the room you sleep in, the better the chances are that you’ll have a bad dream. It isn’t entirely clear to scientists why this is the case, but if you are opposed to having nightmares you might want to keep yourself a little toastier at night.
Your body gives off enough heat in 30 minutes to bring half a gallon of water to a boil. If you’ve seen the Matrix you are aware of the energy potentially generated by the human body. Our bodies expend a large amount of calories keeping us at a steady 98.6 degrees, enough to boil water or even cook pasta.
Women burn fat more slowly than men, by a rate of about 50 calories a day. Most men have a much easier time burning fat than women. Women, because of their reproductive role, generally require a higher basic body fat proportion than men, and as a result their bodies don’t get rid of excess fat at the same rate as men.

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Friday, May 13, 2011

Foods To Cool The Summer Heat In You

Ok, I know its not summer yet, but w/ Texas at least already having had some pretty hot days this year, most everyone is already needing to cool off!

Chinese nutrition is primarily based on the properties of food i.e. hot, cold, warm, cool & neutral as well as the effect certain foods will have on qi, blood, body fluids, yin, yang & how to reduce damp &/or phlegm accumulation.

Below are foods that are important to keep in your diet during the summer months & they are all good for you too w/ important nutrients everyone needs!

Cold, Cool & Neutral Foods:
Grains:  Barley, Millet, Wheat, Corn, Rice
Legumes, Nuts, Seeds:  Tofu, Mung Beans, Lentils, Peas, Almonds, Sesame & Sunflower Seeds, Aduzki Beans
Veggies:  Asparagus, Bamboo Shoots, Radishes, Kelp, Seaweed, Beets, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Celery, Cucumber, Eggplant, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Spinach, Tomatoes, Green Beans, Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, Turnips
Fruit:  Bananas, Kiwi, Lemons, Persimmons, Watermelon, Apple, Figs, Mango, Citrus Fruits, Pears, Strawberries, Dates, Grapes, Olives, Pineapples, Plums
Seafood:  Clam, Crab, Oyster, Herring, Mackerel
Meat:  Duck, Beef, Chicken, Egg, Ham, Pork
Herbs, Spices, Etc:  Tea, Beer, Mint, White Sugar, Honey, Milk
-- Most of these foods will serve a dual purpose in helping to generate fluids to keep the body hydrated, though we must never forget the importance of 64-90oz. of water daily!!

Given we're trying to stay cool & keep our fluids up in the summer it is best to avoid foods & beverages that can create heat in the body such as spicy foods, fried foods & salty foods.  I know... All of our favorite BBQ foods. Which leads me to note--you can also always treat yourself! Over my years of personal & professional experience, I have found "everything in moderation" to hold true.

Enjoy the summer, eat to your health to enjoy it that much more & keep you feeling & looking your summer best!

Monday, May 2, 2011

A Reason to Choose Chinese Herbs & other natural supplements

According to the May 26, 2005 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, "most major drugs are effective in only 25 to 60 percent of patients, and more than 2 million cases of adverse drug reactions occur annually in the United States, including 100,000 deaths."
So what does this mean for you?
Now, I know this is an older study, but not much has changed since then. The above is a reason to stick with natural herbs that work with you body's natural chemistry rather than against it using synthetic compounds. Though herbs & certain supplements are considered "natural" they can still have powerful effects or adverse effects if used improperly. Therefore, its in an individuals best interest to only use herbs under the guidance of a qualified, licensed herbalist. As for what one can purchase over the counter, research it. There's a wealth of quality information online or just ask a qualified professional.