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Feb 14, 2018

Want to Lose Weight? Here’s How To Get 10 Servings Of Fruit And Vegetables Daily

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Summary: Practical tips on how to consume 10 servings of fruits and vegetables daily to lose weight and improve health. [This article first appeared on the LongevityFacts website. Author: Brady Hartman.]

Fruits and vegetables are rich in phytonutrients and are an integral part of the healthiest diet plans. Here are practical tips on how to incorporate more plant foods into your meals.

Due to a poor diet, about half of all American adults have one or more preventable chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes, overweight, obesity or cardiovascular disease. A large body of evidence, including newly published research on the health benefits of fruit and vegetables, shows that increased consumption of whole plant foods is linked to reduced risk of death and chronic diseases.

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Feb 14, 2018

Heart Healthy Chocolate What You Need to Know

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, food, health

Take Home Message

  • The EPIC Systematic Review showed that chocolate lowered the risk of coronary heart disease by 25% and cardiovascular deaths by 45%.
  • Raw cocoa powder is lower in calories when compared to chocolate.
  • Cocoa has many antioxidants called flavonols, shown to be heart healthy.
  • Research suggests that cocoa reduces atrial fibrillation, improves cholesterol, benefits vascular health and reduces blood pressure.
  • Cocoa is the key ingredient in heart healthy chocolate.
  • Dark chocolate is also heart healthy and is higher in flavonols than cocoa powder. Dark chocolate has more fat.
  • Dark chocolate and cocoa powder both have their advantages.
  • To get the heart health benefits of chocolate without the extra calories, add a pure cocoa powder to foods you normally consume.

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Feb 14, 2018

This Vending Machine Gives Free Food To The Homeless

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This free vending machine offers food and supplies to the homeless.

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Feb 13, 2018

Decentralized Digital Identities and Blockchain – The Future as We See It

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, food, neuroscience, security

Howdy folks.

I hope you’ll find today’s post as interesting as I do. It’s a bit of brain candy and outlines an exciting vision for the future of digital identities.

Over the last 12 months we’ve invested in incubating a set of ideas for using Blockchain (and other distributed ledger technologies) to create new types of digital identities, identities designed from the ground up to enhance personal privacy, security and control. We’re pretty excited by what we’ve learned and by the new partnerships we’ve formed in the process. Today we’re taking the opportunity to share our thinking and direction with you. This blog is part of a series and follows on Peggy Johnson’s blog post announcing that Microsoft has joined the ID2020 initiative. If you haven’t already Peggy’s post, I would recommend reading it first.

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Feb 12, 2018

Researchers discover key enzyme sabotaging our weight loss

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Summary: A research team at UCSD discovered a key enzyme that plays a role in burning calories during both obesity and dieting and sabotages weight loss. Moreover, these scientists may have just found an existing drug that counteracts this enzyme. [This article first appeared on the website LongevityFacts.com. Author: Brady Hartman. ]

Ever wonder why dieting often leads to a plateau in weight loss? It happens because the body is trying to maintain a steady weight by regulating the expenditure of energy. How this happens has remained a mystery until now.

In a paper published on February 8 in the journal Cell, a team of researchers at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine led by Alan Saltiel, Ph.D. has identified a key enzyme that sabotages weight loss efforts during dieting. Dr. Saltiel is the director of UCSD’s Institute for Diabetes and Metabolic Health, and says.

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Feb 12, 2018

This pillow claims to reduce acid reflux symptoms — I decided to try it

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This pillow is dedicated to reducing acid reflux. This is the MedCline Reflux Relief System. It reclines your body, so stomach acid can’t reach your esophagus.

Liz Jassin, Business Insider:

I’ve had acid reflux for five years. I went to the doctor, and they gave me a long list of foods to cut out of my diet to reduce my reflux symptoms. No chocolate. No alcohol. No coffee. Which, I can’t do that. No spicy foods, to cut acidic foods. It was a ridiculous list that I couldn’t cut out.

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Feb 12, 2018

Japanese Scientists Created Ice Cream That Doesn’t Melt

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Are you Ice cream lover? What a stupid question! We all love Ice cream and it loves us (except for those that are lactose intolerant, you have our sympathies).Scientists in Japan have come up with a ‘cool’ solution to stop ice cream from melting before you have had time to finish it. They’ve invented one that doesn’t melt.

Most ice cream starts melting just moments after it is scooped from a container and placed into a bowl or on a cone. Because of this, people have taken to eating it quickly. But now that may change, as a team in Japan has found a way to maintain the shape of ice cream no matter how slowly it is eaten.

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Feb 12, 2018

Edible QR Codes Could Deliver Exactly What Your Body Needs to Heal

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, food, mobile phones

A new study suggests that printing drugs on a QR code that patients can scan with their phones could pave the way for personalized medicine.

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Feb 12, 2018

How Swarm Intelligence Is Making Simple Tech Much Smarter

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, bitcoin, food, robotics/AI

As a group, simple creatures following simple rules can display a surprising amount of complexity, efficiency, and even creativity. Known as swarm intelligence, this trait is found throughout nature, but researchers have recently begun using it to transform various fields such as robotics, data mining, medicine, and blockchains.

Ants, for example, can only perform a limited range of functions, but an ant colony can build bridges, create superhighways of food and information, wage war, and enslave other ant species—all of which are beyond the comprehension of any single ant. Likewise, schools of fish, flocks of birds, beehives, and other species exhibit behavior indicative of planning by a higher intelligence that doesn’t actually exist.

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Feb 12, 2018

Farms Of The Future Will Use No Soil And 95% Less Water

Posted by in categories: food, sustainability

A zero-soil vertical farm is growing fresh greens stacked over 30 feet high.

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