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Let’s Talk Teavana

Yes, I know, another post about tea.

In my last post on tea, I talked about shaking up the coffee-drinkers routine by adding tea to the mix. With different flavors for all palates, great health benefits, and less caffeine jitters, tea is truly a great option for people who are tired of coffee or want to add another caffeine addiction to their day (I, personally, drink both because I love having multiple beverages to choose from at any given time).

 

Now I want to talk about bad tea, and how certain companies sell it by thriving off the terrible, terrible sugar epidemic in America.

Basically, I want to talk about Teavana.

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Could a vitamin D deficiency lead to pre-mature death?

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Late this winter I was feeling worn out, run down, and straight up exhausted. After suffering through weeks of this I finally threw in the towel, and made a visit to my doctor. Turned out, my excessive exhaustion was the result of a vitamin D deficiency. After picking up a bottle of vitamin supplements at the local pharmacy, I decided to get on the computer to investigate my prognosis further.

The main purpose of vitamin D is to aid calcium, and phosphorus absorption in our bones. It also helps cell communication throughout the body. If you are healthy, active, and get outdoors enough than the suns exposure should regulate the vitamin within your body with no extra supplementation needed. People that live in climates that force them to be indoors, those with darker completions, and individuals that wear a lot of sun protection are more likely to suffer from this particular deficiency.

Recently, a study was released from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, which caught my eye. It suggests those with lower levels of vitamin D in their body are two times more likely to die a premature death than those with higher levels of the vitamin. Diseases such as Osteoporosis, Cancer, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, and Diabetes have all been linked to vitamin D deficiencies.

These findings are both scary, and startling for someone who has just learned of their own vitamin D deficiency. Interestingly enough, I am not alone in this battle. Nearly two-thirds of the U.S. population is living with the same problem, some unknowingly. Suffering from fatigue, muscle cramps, or chronic joint pain may be an indication that you are also in need of vitamin D. There are endless resources to acquire this information, however the best way to know for sure is to visit your doctor.

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Design Meets Healthy Living: Three Personal Favorites

 

I am hooked on my devices: the iPhone, the iPad, and even the Sync system in my car. I also love great design. I think that great design paired with desirable technology can inspire healthy lifestyle choices. Bottom line, if it looks cool, or makes you look cool, you are more likely to do it.

Here are three of my favorites.

 TERA Fitness Mat

Where do put home exercise equipment? While I prefer to go to yoga class and practice with a group, a trip to the gym is not always possible. However, it can be difficult to feel the same motivation when you are alone. I was excited then, to learn about  TERA, an interactive fitness mat that actually senses your movement and responds by training you. BONUS: It is also a beautiful wool area rug.  

 Fitbit Bracelet

Do you have any idea how far you walk in a single day? The fitbit bracelet tracks your activity level and even how well you are sleeping.

Lifefactory Water Bottle

Do you drink enough water? I drink about 12 glasses a day, and as silly as it sounds, it is because I love my water bottle. I love how it looks, how it feels in my hand. Another plus, this bottle is non-toxic glass protected by a stylish silicone sleeve—basically, the bottle is unbreakable.

 

 

Take the Poo to the Loo, yo.

WATCH THIS VIDEO.

Mr. Poo is an excellent subject for my introductory blog post (that’s right, Lady Procrastinator over here, hello). What a wonderful example of using media and potty humor to spread the message of a serious social issue. This might not be the most tailored blog post, but I’ll be damned if anyone beats me to posting about this. It’s just too good.

Mr. Poo. the face of Unicef’s recent health campaign in India, aims to decrease the number of people defecating in public (which is estimated to be half the population, which is a lot of public poo). It’s a big task to take on, but I think Mr. Poo can handle it.

The humor in the video is interesting because it mixes more juvenile/cartoon graphics with a funny, catchy tune that just happens to drop verbal shit bombs many times over (pun intended). Am I that square that I didn’t think an organization like Unicef would use (what is commonly referred to as) a profanity in a campaign? Does the word shit have a different place in India as far as social acceptance goes? Or is Mr. Poo and his Bollywood-dancing poo fools just that bad ass?

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There is a definite entertainment factor to Mr. Poo and his jingle, but is the video effective? Do you think it will inspire change, like the radio show Taru did in Abirpur?

Let’s discuss below, cool? Cool.

 

 

Are e-cigarettes really better for you?

Are e-cigarettes really better for you?

*Disclaimer* I don’t smoke. I never have, and at this point in my life I probably won’t start. So I’m not going to pretend to have all the answers. I do know a lot of people who use e-cigarettes and that’s why I wanted to look into it.

With the price of cigarettes up to almost $10 a pack, people are now looking into ways to save money without having to give up smoking. So they are now turning to e-cigarettes. These are touted as less expensive and a healthier alternative to regular cigarettes.

I almost feel like this is cheat smoking. You’re still smoking, it may not be a traditional cigarette but you’re still smoking. Nicotine is bad for you and these have just as much and sometimes more than a regular cigarette. 

Not to mention, there is no regulation on these. Makers of e-cigarettes can put whatever they want in them and none the wiser for us. There are no rules and no limit to what they can put in these things.

If you really want to give up smoking, than do that. I know that is way easier said than done but it is possible. To think that going from a traditional cigarette to a e-cigarette is going to help you stop smoking sounds crazy to me.

I know this is starting to sound like an anti smoking campaign, it isn’t. I really don’t care if you or anyone smokes. What you do is your business and I honestly mean that. But I feel that the makers of these things need to be honest.  No one really knows the health risk or benefits yet so they should slow down on the “this is healthier” track they’re on.